Appearing in "Trapped by Loki, The God of Mischief"Edit
- Jane Foster
- Heimdall (First appearance)
- Odin (First appearance)
- Balder (First appearance)
- Tyr (First appearance)
- Loki (First Modern Age appearance)
Races and Species:
- Asgardians (First appearance)
- Asgard- Home of the Norse Gods (First appearance)
- United States of America
- a subway
Synopsis for "Trapped by Loki, The God of Mischief"Edit
In the far off land of Asgard, home of the Asgardians, the trickster god Loki has spent time trapped in a tree, so put there by Odin until someone would shed a tear over him, thus freeing him from his prison. Having taken partial control over the tree, Loki causes a leaf to fall from its branches as the god Heimdall is walking past it. The leaf lands in Heimdall's eye causing him to shed a tear, unknowingly freeing Loki from his prison. Now free, Loki begins plotting revenge against his half-brother Thor, and uses his mystic link to Thor's hammer to track Thor to New York City on Earth.
Appearing on Earth, Loki takes on a mortal guise and goes to the hospital where Thor was putting on a show for sick children, but finds that Thor had just left. Unable to find Thor in the teeming millions of people, he decides to flush the Thunder God out by casting a spell that makes people in the streets turn into negative images thereby causing a panic. In his civilian guise of Donald Blake and out with his nurse Jane Foster, Thor spots the problem and slips away to transform himself into his godly form.
Using his Uru hammer's mystical properties, Thor manages to change the people back to normal. As he is being praised by the crowd, Thor is approached by his half-brother who reveals his true identity to him.
Part 2: The Vengeance of Loki
Seeking to take their battle to the sky, Loki is really setting up Thor for a trap, and easily hypnotizes his opponent. He commands Thor to hand over the hammer, which Thor refuses due to the will of his father Odin, try as he might Loki cannot get Thor to give up his hammer. Eventually Loki succeeds when he creates a mystical duplicate of Thor and tells his thrall to hand it over to the double, which Thor does willingly. Loki then commands that Thor go to the zoo and let all the animals loose.
What Loki doesn't account for is the fact that once Thor is away from his hammer for more than sixty seconds he reverts back into the form of Donald Blake. When this happens, Blake is free from Loki's control and manages to get past a group of people trying to lift Thor's hammer (unable to do so because they are unworthy of wielding it) changing himself back into Thor. With his plot foiled, Loki attempts to escape under the cover of a flock of birds, however Thor follows after the God of Mischief. This leads to a battle across the city where eventually Loki tries to escape on an animated statue of Pegasus.
Thor finally stops Loki when he manages to trap him in a pipe, knocking him off his horse and into the bay. Quickly capturing Loki, Thor takes him to the top of the Empire State Building where he uses his hammer to hurl Loki back to Asgard before Odin for punishment. After his hammer is returned to him, Thor reverts back to his Donald Blake guise and reunites with Jane Foster, who is once more gushing over Thor's exploits.
Appearing in "Filbert's Frightful Future"Edit
- Filbert Phelps
- Phelps' Assistent
- Time Machine
Synopsis for "Filbert's Frightful Future"Edit
Man invents a time machine to become fabulously wealthy off future events. He realises too late that his time machine does not travel into the future with him and the future is comprised of nothing until it reaches the present.
Appearing in "Off Limits"Edit
- Rip Van Winkle
Synopsis for "Off Limits"Edit
This casts the character of Rip Van Winkle as a humanoid alien who visits planet Earth in violation of galactic travel guidelines which have declared the planet off limits due to its dormitive effect.
- For the longest time this issue was considered the first appearance of Loki. However, as Marvel now considers all the Timely Comics/Atlas Comics super-hero stories part of Marvel canon, Loki's first appearance was in reality Venus #6. However Journey into Mystery #85 is Loki's first silver age appearance.
- Loki will appear next in Journey into Mystery #88.
- This issue introduces Asgard and some of the concepts and characters associated with it, such as Odin, Tyr, Balder, Heimdall, the Bifrost Bridge, and Uru metal.
- This issue is reprinted in other comics and books, see references for more info.
- No trivia.
Links and ReferencesEdit
Review of the issue http://extremisreviews.com/2014/04/24/is-loki-marvels-joker/
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