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.