Episode 83: Super-terrorism (Journey Into Mystery #98) -- November 1963


In this episode:

Mike and Ed discuss the first super-powered person from India, the Cobra, who has abilities similar to Spider-Man and apparently knows how to duplicate how he developed his powers in other people. How do we handle a situation where not just countries, but individuals, have the ability to create armies of super-powered people? How long can we keep this technology secret? How will we handle terrorists when anyone can have super powers? And does the government have the right to stop experimentation on our own bodies?

In this issue:

A scientist working in India figures out how to give himself superpowers based on cobras, which is to let a radioactive cobra he had been working on bite him. Now calling himself the Cobra, he heads to the US and demands control over the entire planet. Thor intervenes and battles the Cobra, who can fly and shoot deadly venom vapour. The Cobra bests Thor twice, but on their third encounter, with the Cobra holding Thor’s friend Jane Foster hostage, Thor comes out on top. The Cobra slithers away, clearly intent on revenge another day.

Assumed before the next episode:

People are wondering if the Cobra’s miraculous powers are, indeed, capable of replication.

This episode takes place:

After Thor finally defeated the Cobra.