“The Mighty Thor Vs. The Executioner”
Journey into Mystery #84
Written by Stan Lee and Larry Lieber
Pencils by Jack Kirby
Inks by Dick Ayers
I guess these Stop the Evil Commie stories resonated a lot more back in ‘62 than they do now. I don’t know, most of them reek of absent-mindedness and cheap exploitation of America’s paranoia. Nevertheless, when dealing with comics, one must expect a certain level of, erm, politcal investment. Especially with the CCA overlooking everything like, well, A Nasty Red!
And so we are brought to Thor’s second story, just one month later (you have to wonder why, considering The Hulk and later on, Spider-Man would get their own runs after little to no time in anthologies) in Journey to Mystery once more. As a plot, like I say, it’s mindless. Yet as a device to show off Thor beating the red out of some poorly written Russians, plus ever so slightly developing the love interest of Jane Foster (Thor/Don Blake’s Lois Lane), it’s sufficient enough.
Oh, and, Dick Ayers on the inks, ladies and gentlemen! Huzzah!
MY SCORE: 3.0 (out of 10)