Writer: Stan Lee
Artist: Jack Kirby
Publication Date: June 1963
What was I saying last post about being thankful that the communists weren't involved? Oh well.
We see Thor take sides in a politic battle here, which others have also done in this early Marvel Universe. This practice will decline in later years, with only a few characters having well known political beliefs. Heroes seem to argue over ideology more than democrat vs. republican. Take note of the popular Civil War storyline from a few years past.
We also get some more hypnosis in this issue, one of Stan's favorite tropes. Hypnosis and commies and Thor. Gotta love it.The ending of this story is a bit ambiguous. Did Radioactive Man die? Did Thor actually kill him when he sent him back to communist China. I guess time will tell. Time, or this.
- Thor is referred to as the protector of democracy. Interesting.
- We see Thor at work as a doctor again this issue. Sadly, we also see him head into a lab and light up a pipe.
- Radioactive Man deflects Thor's hammer and lightning bolts with (what else) radioactivity. How does that work?
Next: Strange Tales # 109