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Thor #182: Review

Nov 1970
Stan Lee, John Buscema

Story Name:

The Prisoner-- the Power-- and-- Dr. Doom!

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5 stars

Thor #182 Review by (July 16, 2014)
Review: Thor versus Doctor Doom! The mind boggles! Terrific issue is full of nice touches at the hands of master artist John Buscema, especially Don’s teleportation and Doom’s cinematic unmasking! If there is a debit, it’s that Sif comes across as the standard fearful girlfriend instead of the tough lady warrior she will become in the hands of later writers. But that’s a matter of projecting current sensibilities into the past. For 1970, this comic had it all—even though Thor doesn’t actually meet Doom until next issue!

Comments: Part one of a two-part story. John Buscema takes over penciling with this issue.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Thor #182 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Thor sits on a rooftop brooding over how to regain the public’s trust after Loki’s wicked impersonation of him (last issue). He sees a protest in front of the Latverian Embassy turn into a riot. Rushing over there in the guise of Dr. Don Blake, he rescues the lone protestor, a young woman, from being injured by the mob by turning into Thor. He takes her back to his office and ministers to her injuries as Dr. Blake. She relates her story: she is Cosette LaFarge, daughter of a prominent French scientist who was kidnapped and brought before Dr. Doom who held her hostage while her father constructed missile silos for the dictator. The underground finally helped her to escape and she found sanctuary in America. Don assures her help is on the way and puts together a plan to confront Dr. Doom. He contacts his reporter friend Harris Hobbs and asks him to run a certain story in the paper—suddenly Thor is summoned to Asgard by Odin who would send him on a mission to the World Beyond! Thor asks leave to finish his task on Earth first. Odin grants his return, as the Lady Sif agonizes over the threat that awaits her lover in the World Beyond.

The planted news story that Dr. Donald Blake has discovered a new method of plastic surgery which can repair any facial disfigurement comes to the attention of Doctor Doom. Embittered at the accident which left his visage horribly scarred he seizes on this new hope and travels to America. There he uses his molecular displacer to teleport Don Blake from a city street into his limousine. Don is then taken to a hidden cave in the woods where Doom loads him onto an aircraft and flies him to his palace in Latveria. There, with a mix of promises and threats, Doom demands that Don examine him—and he removes his mask. Don, shocked, recoils in horror and says he can do nothing to help him. Enraged, Doom consigns Don to the dungeon. Don, chained to the wall, is able to retrieve his cane and with his feet strike it on the floor. Transformed into Thor, he breaks free and heads to the sky. Doom orders a stalker missile launched against this new threat—a missile which will devastate the village if the Thunder God dodges it. What will Thor do?

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


Listed in Alphabetical Order.


(Balder the Brave)
Doctor Doom
Doctor Doom

(Victor Von Doom)


Plus: Harris Hobbs.

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