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Thor #126, Mar. 1966

thor126Thor #126, Mar. 1966

Stan Lee, the literary lion!
Jack Kirby, the pencilling pussycat!
V. Colletta, the delineating dragon!
Artie Simek, the lettering looks it!

Script: Stan Lee
Art: Jack Kirby
Inking: V. Colletta
Lettering: Artie Simek

two-stars

Wow, it’s been a long-ass time since I wrote on this site, over a year in fact! Let’s see if I remember just what it was I was supposed to be doing… Well, this is the first issue of Thor, since they renamed Journey Into Mystery with this issue. Why? Because when was the last time you ever saw Thor solving a mystery? The dude isn’t exactly Sherlock Holmes. Also, they’d been calling it Thor for a while, and it’s been almost three years since there was any non-Thor stuff in the mag.

The feature story is almost entirely the fight between Hercules and Thor, supposedly over the affections of Jane Foster, but really it’s just because Hercules really likes fighting and Thor doesn’t like that Hercules really likes fighting, but refuses to give up. As punishment for escaping Asgard last issue (after Odin ordered that everybody kill Thor), Odin zaps Thor so he’s at half strength again. Of course this happens at the end of the fight, and Herc finally gets an edge over the thunder god. Defeated, Thor gets all depressed and whiny, and despite the fact that Jane doesn’t care if he lost or not, he declares that he’s no longer worthy of her love because he’s a prideful guy and wanders off into the sunset. Meanwhile, Hercules gets a deal as a Hollywood actor with all the babes and legs of mutton he can eat! Gotta love Hercules.

In Tales of Asgard, Thor goes to rescue Loki from the queen of the flying trolls, and she agrees to let him go if Thor agrees to be her king… FOREVER!! Could be worse, I guess, but Odin intervenes and the two brothers fly back to the Odinship in time to watch Volstagg fall down and claim to be amazing. Also, Odin appears and tells everybody to come back home because the feature just isn’t doing that good and maybe they should all just wrap it up.

I actually don’t know if this is getting to the end of Tales of Asgard, but I sure hope it is. By god has that thing overstayed its welcome. Basically it just feels like an extra ten pages that are being robbed from the feature story, which is 100% of the time much, much better. And on another note, will this be the only comic book I read and review in 2014? COULD BE!! I HOPE NOT THOUGH!!!

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Journey Into Mystery #125, Feb. 1966

Journey Into Mystery #125, Feb. 1966

Bombastically written by Stan Lee
Brilliantly drawn by Jack Kirby
Beautifully inked by Vince Colletta
Bashfully lettered by Artie Simek

None but Marvel’s Stan Lee could tell such a tale!
None but Marvel’s Jack Kirby could draw such a tale!
None but Marvel’s Vince Colletta could ink such a tale!
None but Marvel’s Artie Simek could be such a pussycat!

This is the last issue of Journey Into Mystery! That is, it gets renamed as just Thor starting next issue (keeping the same numbering), but still, that’s an important occasion! For me! Because I really like having to do bookkeeping stuff for this site, it makes me feel all official. Also it’s boring to do the same ten comics from every month in the same order, now that they’re all monthlies and it isn’t going to change for a while.

Thor quickly dispatches the Demon (the crazy witch doctor with a stolen Norn Stone, remember?) and takes the Norn Stone back to Asgard. Last issue Thor revealed his secret identity to Jane Foster, so he’s a little nervous about going back home, knowing his dad isn’t going to be very happy about this. In fact, Odin is right pissed, and orders everyone else in Asgard to kill Thor because of the whole thing. It seems a little harsh, but Thor doesn’t really have much trouble getting through all of them and taking the Bifrost back to Earth. On Earth, he finds that Jane is having a soda with… Hercules?! Oh, now it’s on.

In Tales of Asgard, the weird bee troll swarm that came after their ship is just floating around and not attacking (for some reason). Thor decides not to attack until they do first, but Loki knocks them all out with a poison potion mist anyway. In return, the trolls kidnap Loki and bring him back to their queen, and Thor declares that they have to go after him.

Hercules is pretty much the greatest. He’s as strong as Thor, but he’s much more of a party dude. He comes to Earth and just sleeps for a while until someone comes along and tells him that there’s a town, then he immediately goes to a fancy restaurant where he eats, drinks, hangs out with dames and plays a madrigal on a guitar. What’s not to love, seriously?


Journey Into Mystery #124, Jan. 1966

Journey Into Mystery #124, Jan. 1966

Story by: Stan (the Man) Lee
Pencilling by: Jack (King) Kirby
Delineation by: Vince (the Prince) Colletta
Lettering by: Artie (Sugar Lips) Simek

How gallant, this script by: Stan Lee
How glorious, this artwork by: Jack Kirby
How gracious, this inking by: Vince Colletta
How come? This littering by: Artie Simek

Despite what this cover says, Hercules doesn’t really show up in this issue. I mean, he’s there for like, a page, but it’s just Zeus telling him to go to Earth and it has nothing to do with anything else. Honestly, it’s a little weird that they put him on the cover, but it just figures. Gettin’ my hopes up like that, jeez.

Dr. Don Blake finally decides to tell his nurse, Jane Foster, his secret: That he is actually Thor, the God of Thunder! Jane… actually takes it quite well. She doesn’t seem all that surprised, really, she just makes Don promise that he’ll never leave her again. Of course, he has every intention of keeping this promise until he hears about a warlord in Asia that they call The Demon, and how he’s the biggest threat over there since Genghis Khan. Turns out this “demon” is a witch doctor who picked up one of Loki’s Norn stones that Thor dropped a couple issues back and has been using it’s power to make himself invincible.

In Tales of Asgard, Balder has collapsed after blowing his horn so hard that he killed a dragon (that HAS to be a euphemism for SOMETHING). Hogun the Grim applies some poultice or other to him so he wakes up, and then Volstagg wackily tries to blow Baldur’s horn in celebration… summoning a swarm of flying trolls who came from a giant rock wasp nest. That’s pretty metal.

There’s a really interesting bit in this issue that I have been waiting to talk about since I started this. Thor is just reading a newspaper in the middle of the street when a little girl comes up to him and tells him that her dad is big and strong like Thor and he’s serving in Vietnam, and she wonders if Thor has ever been there. In response, Thor hugs her and tells her that he has, and that he sends his best wishes to all the people serving over there. Clearly this is partly because America had only recently began sending armed troops over to Vietnam, partly because Stan Lee was ex-army himself, but I gotta imagine it’s mostly because comic books were just one of the things that servicemen used to read a lot of. A lot of guys in the army were young 20-somethings and you get a lot of feedback from them in the letters pages of these comics saying that they love the fantastic adventures of superheroes, especially when they seem to have the same cares about the real world as they do. It’s kind of a touching moment, and it’s a very classy way to show appreciation for men in uniform.


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.


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.