Thursday, February 25, 2010

Enchanted Hammer

Season: 1
Episode Number: 2c
Season Episode Number: 2c
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Voices: Chris Wiggins (Thor), Peg Dixson (Jane Foster), Len Carlson (Loki), Bernard Cowan (Narrator, Odin), (Sandu), (Police Officer), (Bystander).

Plot: Sandu has trapped Thor, who is shackled in chains, in a ditch under a building. Without his hammer, how will Thor defeat the all-powerful Sandu, Master of the Supernatural?

Review (Warning! Spoilers!): Finishing off the story from Journey Into Mystery #91, there are a few scenes left out that cause some confusion in the storytelling. For instance, Sandu has just placed a building on top of Thor when he is confronted by two police officers. After stopping bullets fired from their guns, Sandu tells them that he is teleporting them "back to the city."

But they were already in the city! If the missing scenes were included, we would have scene that the police officers were teleported outside of the city along with the bank and it was there where the confrontation with Sandu took place. By removing the scene and not changing the dialogue, some continuity problems arose.

Another continuity issue is the way the two artists draw Odin. Sinnott puts horns on Odin's helmet, but the reused footage from the previous episode has Kirby's art which has wings instead. I actually didn't realize at first that they were both Odin because the drawings are so different. I wish they would have been more consistent, but I understand the limitations that animation studios had in the sixties.

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