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Journey Into Mystery #123, Dec. 1965

Journey Into Mystery #123, Dec. 1965

Written by Stan Lee!
Illustrated by Jack Kirby!
Embellished by Vince Colletta!
Lettered by Artie Simek!

Stan Lee, Writer
Jack Kirby, Penciller
Vince Colletta, Inker
Artie Simek, Letterer

The Marvel universe’s treatment of Thor and Asgard and all that is similar in ways, but also very different from actual Norse mythology. One of the biggest differences is Odin, who’s just kind of a powerful dude in the Marvel comics, not the omniscient king the Norse saw him as. I mean, the guy gets surprised by EVERYTHING in these comics.

The Absorbing Man seems to be holding his own against Odin and his “Supreme Scepter”, and it’s at that point that Thor arrives in Asgard. Thor really wants to fight Creel some more, but Odin just keeps telling him to cool off and wait for things to unfold. Loki asks for Odin to surrender his scepter and rule of Asgard, so he does. The Absorbing Man starts fighting Loki for the scepter, but they both find that they’re stuck to it and Odin sends them both into space, assumedly to kill them. Maybe they should have not tried to dethrone ODIN.

In Tales of Asgard, Thor’s boat is still in trouble, as it looks like it’s going to be eaten by a dragon. Baldur keeps blowing his horn, which only seems to make the dragon angrier… until it blows up. Huh. Well, I didn’t see that coming, that’s for sure.

I like Baldur, as lame as he is. He’s basically just Thor Jr., what with the bravery and fighting against impossible odds and what have you. I keep trying to think of something else to say about this issue, but nothing’s coming to mind. So… bye.

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Journey Into Mystery #122, Nov. 1965

Journey Into Mystery #122, Nov. 1965

Written with compassion by: Stan Lee
Drawn with comprehension by: Jack Kirby
Inked with competence by: Vince Colletta
Lettered for compensation by: Artie Simek

A Stan Lee story spectacular!
A Jack Kirby pencilling panorama!
A Vince Colletta delineation drama!
An Artie Simek lettering landmark!

Hey, a cop out to a cool battle that I actually didn’t mind, for once! Loki bringing the Absorbing Man up to Asgard to help him beat Odin is way better than the standard fare where the bad guy just leaves or falls into the ocean or… I dunno, whatever stupid shit they do to make sure bad guys keep coming back.

So the fight between Thor and Crusher Creel doesn’t seem to be going too well for the thunder god… until the start of this comic where Thor just comes back and beats the SHIT out of him. Thor’s tired of this nonsense and reminds the Absorbing Man just who the fuck is in charge of the situation. Creel is intimidated and frightened by Thor’s sudden ability to easily win, but luckily Loki transports him up to Asgard before he can be beaten. Loki uses Creel to fight their way to Odin’s throne room, as he thinks this is his best weapon to take over Asgard. On Earth, Thor finds his nurse/girlfriend Jane Foster, who was taken captive months ago. He grabs her and turns back to Dr. Don Blake… but there’s a reporter there who takes his picture! Good job, Thor.

In Tales of Asgard, the boat full of Asgardian warriors are still on a boat on the Sea of Fear, and afraid they are. Loki incites a riot, which means the whole thing is just a big brawl on the boat (where Volstagg falls on a bunch of guys, because he’s fat and worthless and the comic relief). Baldur eventually snaps everyone out of it by riding the head of the boat and blowing his horn, which he seems to believe will help them get through the dangerous waters. That’s why they call him Baldur the BRAVE, not Baldur the SMART.

I don’t care about Tales of Asgard, so let’s talk about this panel. Thor spins around and travels through time with the reporter who knows his secret identity, telling him that he could just drop him off in dinosaur times, or far in the future where there are crazy monster things, and he wouldn’t actually have broken his vow of hurting anybody. He really doesn’t want people to know that he’s also Don Blake. If I got taken to the far future and it looked like a monstrous Kirby landscape, you better believe I’d do whatever the hell the guy taking me there would want me to do so I wouldn’t be left behind. It’s equal amounts of awesome and horrifying.


Journey Into Mystery #121, Oct. 1965

Journey Into Mystery #121, Oct. 1965

Another towering triumph for Stan Lee, writer!
Another fabulous feat for Jack Kirby, illustrator!
Another amazing achievement for Vince Colletta, delineator!
Another day, another dollar, for Artie Simek, letterer!

A saga steeped in grandeur by Stan Lee, writer & Jack Kirby, illustrator
Delineated by: Vince Colletta
Lettered by: Artie Simek

I really do love Crusher Creel, the Absorbing Man. Maybe it’s because Thor is at his best when he’s fighting a foe that is just completely and totally unbeatable. He’s got that whole “god” thing going for him where he’s really egocentric, but also noble and refuses to ever back down no matter what.

The entire Thor story in this is just him fighting the Absorbing Man, with the two of them being more or less evenly matched in powers. The difference, of course, being that Creel is a stone-cold bastard and Thor has the heart of a god. At the end of it, Thor gets knocked out because he tries to save an infant from being smushed. That’ll teach him!

In Tales of Asgard, the goddamn boat FINALLY took off, and instantly goes to the “Sea of Fear”, which apparently makes people afraid. During a rough storm, the crew nearly mutinies, but the butch leadership of Thor straightens them out and they seem to be pulling through just fine. Will they be fine? Find out, five issues from now!

I’ve said it before but I’m going to keep on saying it, Tales of Asgard is such a pointless backup feature. Sometimes it’s neat to see more Asgardian furniture from King Kirby, but otherwise it’s just six pages of a tiny snippet of a story. Six pages which would ALWAYS be better added to the main story, at least in my opinion. DEFINITELY when it’s the motherfucking Absorbing Man!


Journey Into Mystery #120, Sept. 1965

Journey Into Mystery #120, Sept. 1965

Written in the fire of inspiration by Stan Lee
Drawn in the flame of dedication by Jack Kirby
Inked in the heat of devotion by Vince Colletta
Lettered in the other room by Artie Simek

Told by: Stan Lee
Drawn by: Jack Kirby
Inked by: Vince Colletta
Lettered by: Artie Simek

I guess every once in a while you have a story that takes a break from the constant adventure and excitement and just… hangs around for a while. Ah well, they can’t all be winners.

Now that all that Destroyer business is taken care of, Thor has a chance to get back to Asgard and prove to his dad that Loki cheated in their race (because just the fact that he’s Loki isn’t proof enough for dumb ol’ Odin). Now that he’s got some free time, he decides to go back to Earth and check up on Jane Foster… but he can’t find her anywhere. Huh. Meanwhile, Loki has found the helium form of the Absorbing Man in space and re-constitutes him, then sends him back to Earth to kill Thor again. Hooray!

And, in Tales of Asgard, these fucking idiots still haven’t gotten their goddamn boat out of the ASSHOLE BASTARD HARBOR! GET ON WITH IT!!!

I really don’t get Loki’s plan. I mean, I get that he wants to beat Thor is some vague way, but he helped his brother out last time when he was about to be killed by the Destroyer because he thought he would be blamed for starting it and be sentenced to death as well. HOW IS THIS ANY DIFFERENT?! I need a drink.


Journey Into Mystery #115, Apr. 1965

Journey Into Mystery #115, Apr. 1965

Story by: Stan Lee, the sage of the Marvel Age!
Penciling by: Jack Kirby, the rage of the Marvel Age!
Inking by: Frankie Ray, for his wage in the Marvel Age!
Lettering by: Artie Simek, from his cage in the Marvel Age!

Stan Lee, Writer
Jack Kirby, Illustrator
Vince Colletta, Delineator
Artie Simek, Letterer

There’s a part in this issue where Loki uses the phrase “By the power of Deathless Sorcery,” which is pretty much the coolest thing an evil magic guy can say. On a semi-related note, I’m watching an off-brand Thor movie right now called Almighty Thor, made for the SyFy channel, which features Richard Greico (B-list actor extraordinaire) as Loki, and his performance is actually way better than Tom Hiddleston’s from last year’s Thor. Everything else about it is god-awful (HA! GODS! GET IT?! AHAHAHA). Anyway.

When we left Thor last time, he had gone to Asgard because he learned that Loki had kidnapped Jane Foster, Thor’s main squeeze. After a short and pointless battle, Odin stops the half-brothers from fighting and sentences Thor to be judged for… something. Loving a mortal, I think. Thor asks for some time to go back to Earth and continue kicking the shit out of the Absorbing Man, and Odin of course agrees. Ol’ Crusher Creel has invited himself into a nice home in the woods and threatens the couple living there that he’ll kill them if they don’t serve some sandwiches, which gives Thor enough time to catch up with the guy. After another short battle Thor swings his hammer around at “cyclotronic speed”, which apparently allows him to turn the Absorbing Man into helium, and he floats harmlessly away into space. I had no idea Thor could do that. That’s fucking horrifying.

In Tales of Asgard, a bunch of Asgardians fight a giant, which Loki helps in return for his evil help at a later time. Tales of Asgard is such a waste of space.

Obviously Thor is referencing the Cyclotron with his power, which is a small particle accelerator. The idea that he can swing his hammer around and replicate the affect of a particle accelerator… again, that’s just scary as shit to me. Thor could cause nuclear reactions by flailing. Well, it’s a hammer, not a flail. Oh god, I’m starting to approach a dangerous mass of nerd references here, I better stop before I destroy the internet with my cyclotronic posting.