Comic Browser:


Journey Into Mystery #125: Review

Feb 1966
Stan Lee, Jack Kirby

Story Name:

When Meet the Immortals!

Review & Comments

4.5 stars

Journey Into Mystery #125 Review by (February 24, 2013)
Review: Demon? What Demon? Let’s face it, even with the power of the Norn Stone, this guy was never a threat to Thor, so our hero takes him out in a couple of pages and the story moves on to what we paid to see: Hercules! Thor, who has put up with a lot of crap for Jane—including making his father angry and incurring the Ritual of Steel—is finally reunited with her—and she’s miffed that he ran off again. So she goes out with another guy to make him jealous. Problem is, the other guy is Hercules, who won’t meekly fade into the background when the real true boyfriend returns. This sets up an epic story arc that is one of the Thor classics, so big, they had to change the title to accommodate it (at least I think so). Stan and Jack at their best! Gobsmacking good times next issue!

Comments: Final issue as JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY; the book is retitled THOR with issue #126. 1. The picture of Jane Foster at the bottom of page 15 looks remarkably like Natalie Portman, who would play the role in the 2011 THOR movie, despite the comic having been published 15 years before she was born. Did someone in Hollywood see this comic book?


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Journey Into Mystery #125 Synopsis by Arcturus Jackson

Thor faces off against the Demon, an Asian shaman granted superhuman powers by the missing Norn Stone. The Thunder God easily overcomes his foe who retaliates by hurling an enormous boulder at him; Thor deftly smashes the rock to bits with one blow of his Uru hammer. The Demon orders his followers to fire on Thor with a confiscated cannon. Thor recognizes it as one that fires powerful rockets. He hurls his hammer into the barrel of the weapon causing to explode. When the smoke clears, he recovers the Norn Stone from the unconscious would-be world conqueror and returns to Asgard where he turns the stone over to Odin. The All-Father is in a rage that Thor has revealed his secret to the mortal Jane Foster and orders Balder and the warriors of Asgard to subject the God of Thunder to the Ritual of Steel; if he survives he will never visit Earth again. The warriors surround and attack Thor with their strength and swords….

Meanwhile, Hercules is taking a nap in a rural area after arriving on Earth when a nearby commotion awakens him. He investigates and finds a train stranded by a tree which has fallen across the tracks. He easily lifts the enormous tree and tosses it away and accepts as his reward passage to New York City. Once there he visits a nightclub where he is a sensation among the adoring woman and a Hollywood scout who thinks he would be perfect for the role of Hercules in the mivies. As he entertains the ladies with a few ballads, a gang of crooks arrive to rob the place. Annoyed at being interrupted (and even more irritated by being shot) Herc makes short work of the thugs. Outside the getaway driver speeds off but Hercules uproots a lamppost and flings it like a javelin, ripping the car’s chassis out from under it. Jane Foster, about to be discharged from the hospital, notices the commotion from her upper story window and concludes that the powerful hero down there must be her beloved Thor. She hurries down there and is disappointed to see a stranger; however she has caught the eye of Hercules, who dumps the movie scout in a trashcan and takes her off for some entertainment….

Thor, meanwhile, has fought his way past the Asgardean warriors and arrived at the Rainbow Bridge. There he engages in combat with the guardian Heimdall who is his equal in combat. Remembering Heimdall’s overly sharp hearing, Thor creates a sonic boom with his mallet, deafening the guardian and allowing Thor to dash past. Returning to New York, the Thunder God sees a commotion around the hospital and is directed to a soda parlor where Jane is relaxing with Hercules. Thor enters and confront her, brushing off Hercules, and receiving a cool reaction from his beloved. Hercules, offended at being ignored and at Thor’s rude treatment of Jane, slugs the God of Thunder, who challenges his Greek counterpart to combat….

Story #2

The Queen Commands (Tales of Asgard series)

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

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

The warriors of Asgard aboard the Odinship assemble, ready to fight off the invasion by the Flying Trolls of Thryheim. The enemy surrounds the ship…and waits, hovering in the air. Thor calls on his heroes to restrain themselves from attacking first. Below decks, however, Loki and his sidekicks Kroda and Magrat fill a cannon with a mixture of potions and launch a poisonous gas at the trolls, driving them off. Loki boasts of his deed to Thor who is angry at the breach of orders. The Flying Trolls return and snatch up Loki, bearing him back to their hive where Queen Ula prepares a welcome for Thor, who is sure to follow….

Preview Pages
Click sample interior pages to enlarge them:

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


Listed in Alphabetical Order.


(Balder the Brave)

(Loki Laufeyson)


Plus: Demon, Kroda the Duellist, Magrat the Schemer, Queen Ula.

> Journey Into Mystery: Book info and issue index

Share This Page