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Thor #183: Review

Dec 1970
Stan Lee, John Buscema

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Trapped in Doomsland

Review & Comments

5 stars

Thor #183 Review by (July 16, 2014)
Review: A satisfying conclusion to the epic confrontation—and with a twist ending viz. Thor lies. Yeah, for a warrior woman, Sif is still a bit whiny but the rest of the tale makes up for it.

Comments: Conclusion of a two-part story. After Doom dispatches the Silent Stalker, it is never mentioned in the story again; must be more silent than anyone suspects. The comic contains an ad for this very issue, which seems like a waste of space.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Thor #183 Synopsis by Marvel Comics

In the skies over Latveria, Thor is targeted by a missile; the Thunder God knows that if he outflies it, the weapon will fall on the village below. Instead he hurls his hammer Mjolnir skyward, creating a suction which pulls the missile far into the stratosphere where it explodes harmlessly. Thor, without the hammer, falls to Earth where he transforms into Don Blake after sixty seconds. Mjolnir lands in the village square where Doctor Doom tries to lift it. Unsuccessful, he encloses it in a force field until he can solve the problem at a later time. Back at his castle, Doom dispatches the Silent Stalker, a robot designed to track down any quarry, to find Don Blake….

Meanwhile in Asgard, Odin is concerned (and Sif near panic) over the predicament Thor/Don is in. Balder comforts Sif while Odin expresses confidence that the spirit of Thor will overcome the limitations of Don’s body….

Don has made his way to the only place of sanctuary he could think of, the laboratory of the kidnapped Professor LaFarge—but LaFarge is too suspicious of Don and frightened of Doom to help him, so Don heads elsewhere. He spies his hammer in the courtyard and discovers the force field around it so resorts to a clever scheme. He noisily digs a small hole next to the field; guards come running and, assuming that Blake is hiding in the hole, they fire their blasters into it. Ther head back to report to Doom and Don drops into the tunnel they created, and digs up under the force field and extracts Mjolnir easily. Odin cheers in Asgard and Thor crashes into the castle to confront Doctor Doom. The dictator threatens to launch his missiles at the world’s cities unless Thor surrenders his hammer. Thor hands it over and Doom is knocked to the ground, giving Thor time to destroy the missile controls. The two battle, supernatural power verses advanced technology, and Thor comes out ahead. He then heads out to destroy all the missiles, pausing to assure the impatient Odin his task is almost finished. Thor then heads to LaForge’s lab to take him to his daughter. With a shock he learns that LaFarge was there willingly, greedy for Doom’s rewards and he starts shooting at Thor. A bullet ricochets off Mjolnir and mortally wounds him, and he dies cursing his daughter for involving Thor. The Thunder God leaves, ignoring Doom who vows revenge, and returns to Cosette LaFarge in New York. There he shades the truth telling her that her father perished while fighting for what he believed and the last words he spoke were of her. She is consoled and Thor speeds to Asgard and the World Beyond!

Preview Pages
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John Buscema
Joe Sinnott
John Buscema (Cover Penciler)
John Verpoorten (Cover Inker)
Letterer: Art Simek.


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Doctor Doom
Doctor Doom

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