Journey Into Mystery (1952) # 107

Thor vs. The Grey Gargoyle is pure Silver Age lunacy.

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Comic dated August 10, 1964

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(The Grey GarJIM107Covergoyle / Balder Must Die) This book is at the same time proof that early Marvel is too stupid to justify reading all of it and too awesome to skip. The Grey Gargoyle has an amazingly dumb origin and power set, and Thor / Don Blake resorts to equally stupid contrivances to overcome him.

Paul Duval is an ordinary – one might even say mild-mannered – French research chemist. When his boss distracts him one day, he spills an abnormal mixture on his hand that turns it into stone. He soon discovers that touching anything (people included) turns that thing to stone for an hour. He’s the only one who can move around when petrified; others are immobile. Being an intelligent, rational man, Paul decides there’s only one way to use this gift: crime!

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Journey Into Mystery (1952) # 105

Comic dated June 10, 1964

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Journey into Mystery # 105 CoverHere we have the introduction of Mr. Hyde in the A-story and the B-story (When Heimdall Failed) is an archetypal Kirby fever dream – in a good way. Heimdall suspects foul play when a tiny air sprite (a Vanna) sneaks past him. He considers this a failure, but Odin praises him for giving Asgard advance warning based on his instincts.

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