Journey Into Mystery #88 features the return of Loki. After spying on Thor, Loki discovers Thor’s secret identity. Thus, armed with this knowledge, Loki sneaks out of Asgard to challenge Thor and to bring down general mischief to the Earthlings (such as turning people into blank people and turning vehicles into ice cream).
This is actually a surprisingly good issue compared to what’s been going on this issue previously. Also, no reds! Loki is definitely a quality villain and him running around treating humans basically as toys was in line with his character. The artwork here was well done and I especially liked Kirby’s depiction of Asgard and the Bifrost road. Probably the only downside this issue has more to do with the overall flaw of having Thor have a secret identity and that is wouldn’t Loki, being Thor’s brother, already know it? If not, does Thor not really exist? But that can be the case because Odin calls him his favorite son, and I’m pretty sure Odin would know his identity, right? Ah, it’s just so confusing.
Journey Into Mystery #88 is worth a read in all of it’s Silver Age craziness, just don’t expect much in the way of character development here.
- Writers: Stan Lee, Larry Lieber
- Pencilers: Jack Kirby
- Inkers: Dick Ayers
- Letterers: Artie Simek