Apparently being a medical doctor also means that you can also build a sophisticated android with super intelligence, because that’s exactly what Dr. Blake does in Journey Into Mystery #95. However, Dr. Blake entrusted his invention to the wrong person to demonstrate at a conference, as Professor Zaxton soon sabotages the invention out of jealously.He then decides to kidnap and hold Jane Foster hostage until Dr. Blake assists him in making his duplication ray work on living matter. This eventually leads to a duplicate Thor, who of course naturally has to be evil.
While the idea of Thor having to fight himself is entertaining, as well as the idea of a duplication ray, there are a number of issues that bring this story down. Probably the biggest one is that the duplication ray switches people’s personalities when they are duplicated. In addition, they are controlled telepathically by Dr. Zaxton. The issue with all this is there’s no way he could have programmed the ray to do that, because he required Dr. Blake’s assistance on to make it work on living matter to begin with. Also, how would an evil Thor be able to lift Thor’s hammer in the first place, let alone two of them?
In the end Journey Into Mystery #95 was an entertaining, if deeply flawed story that really makes no sense, and really adds nothing to the character overall. Although the ending. was nicely done in my opinion. Still, it was nice to see Loki being given a break, as he was in danger of getting overexposed.
- Cover Artists: Dick Ayers
- Writers: Stan Lee
- Pencilers: Joe Sinnott
- Inkers: Robert Bernstein
- Letterers: Sam Rosen
- Editors: Stan Lee