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Journey Into Mystery #122: Review

Nov 1965
Stan Lee, Jack Kirby

Story Name:

Where Mortals Fear to Tread!

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4 stars

Journey Into Mystery #122 Review by (January 29, 2013)
Review: The fight wraps up with Thor a victor—and the villain moves to Asgard where he mows down imperial guards. Meanwhile, Thor doesn’t like the sleazy tricks of the news media (and this in 1965!). Thor shows a dignity that is usually reserved for times of sacrifice, but here he unleashes it to enhance his status as a god. You don’t want to diss this deity, dude! Another great issue but again it is a chapter in a very long-running serial rather than a complete story, the kind of thing that turned me off about Marvel Comics back in the day, until I was old enough to start heading to the local grocery store weekly to ensure I got every issue! Collected edition make this really cool but it was a pain in the olden days!


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Journey Into Mystery #122 Synopsis by Arcturus Jackson

As the Absorbing Man gloats in his victory over Thor, the Thunder God rises and assaults his foe, raining blows on him with such speed and dexterity that the villain cannot recover to retaliate. In Asgard, Loki notes this turn of events and, now that the City is defended by only a skeleton force, he decides the time is right to challenge Odin. Loki unleashes an attractor beam to draw the Absorbing Man to Asgard, surprising Thor. A further surprise comes when a gas explosion is heard overhead; it is Jane Foster, risking her life to attract the Thunder’s God’s attention so he may rescue her from her mysterious captor. Thor flies up to the room and changes into Don Blake to see to her injuries—and the transformation is caught on film by the hooded bad guy, who unmasks as reporter Harris Hobbs, who now knows Don’ s secret….

The Absorbing Man arrives in Asgard and is naturally unwilling to become Loki’s flunky—so the God of Mischief sends him to cool off in the Arctic. There, absorbing the snow, the villain is in danger of becoming absorbed by it and relents, agreeing to aid Loki in his scheme of conquest. The two then enter the Imperial Palace and the Absorbing Man takes on the guards, increasing in strength and changing into the steel of their weapons until he is unbeatable….

On Earth, after seeing Jane safely in the care of a hospital, Don goes to meet Harris Hobbs as Thor. The reporter demands a full account of Thor’s life and career in exchange for the incriminating photos but Thor will have none of that. The God of Thunder is no grist for a newsman’s mill; he creates a wind vortex and draws Hobbs inside. Thor takes the reporter to the prehistoric past and threatens to leave him there, then to the doomed and desolate Earth of the far future. Returning to the present Hobbs is grateful for the Thunder God’s mercy and asks one boon—to see Asgard, even if his memory is erased afterward. Thor grants that wish…

Meanwhile in Asgard, the Absorbing Man has fought his way to Odin’s throne room where he confronts the All-Father. Odin responds with a cosmic blast—which only transforms his foe into pure cosmic energy. The Absorbing Man returns the blast….

Story #2

The Grim Specter of Munity! (Tales of Asgard series)

Writer: Stan Lee. Penciler: Jack Kirby. Inker: Vince Colletta. Colorist: ?. Letterer: Art Simek.

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

In face of the terrifying maelstrom, Loki leads several of the crewmen to mutiny. Thor still refuses to turn back from the deadly Pillars of Utgard and battle breaks out. The swashbuckling Fandral and the merciless Hogun account for several of the enemy yet it is the fat and boastful Volstagg who gives the best account—when he is knocked unconscious he falls on several mutineers. Suddenly the melee is halted by the sound of a horn—the one blown by Balder from the ship’s figurehead. The ship is now entering the zone of death between the two pillars….

Jack Kirby
Vince Colletta
Jack Kirby (Cover Penciler)
Vince Colletta (Cover Inker)
Stan Goldberg (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Art Simek.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Absorbing Man
Absorbing Man

(Crusher Creel)

(Balder the Brave)

(Loki Laufeyson)

Warriors Three
Warriors Three

(Fandral, Hogun, Volstagg)

Plus: Harris Hobbs, Kroda the Duellist.

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