“On the Trail of The Tomorrow Man”
Cover Date: November 1962
Writer: Stan Lee, Larry Lieber
Penciller: Jack Kirby
Inker: Dick Ayers
Cover Artists: Jack Kirby, Dick Ayers
What’s Going On?
Thor is helping the military test their equipment…
…when a man appears and steals the prototype cobalt bomb right before their eyes. Just as suddenly, the thief vanishes! It is quickly determined that the thief must be a time traveler. Naturally, Thor uses his hammer to travel through time to find the thief. Once he finds the villain, Thor makes short work of him, and brings the cobalt bomb back to the present.
Is It Good?
It’s…pretty weird. There are a lot of moments here that make you scratch your head, and the only explanation is “[shrugs] Comics!” We get another cameo from Odin in this issue, and we get a glimpse of Kirby’s wild Asgardian designs. I wish we got to see more of the future city, because Kirby drawing advanced technology is always good.
- Zarrko, The Tomorrow Man, is from the year 2262. In the future, war and weapons are a thing of the past — and Zarrko wants to use them to rule the world!
- Zarrko uses the threat of the cobalt bomb to force people in the future to follow his lead.
- This is the first appearance of Zarrko, the Tomorrow Man.
- Thor can use his hammer to not only travel through time (which is new!), but also home in on where a particular object is in the timestream.
- This is apparently a known ability of the hammer, because Odin asks if Thor forgot about it.
- Thor not knowing about his hammer’s abilities is another sign that we are following Don Blake’s mind in Thor’s body. When will readers first meet Thor’s mind in Thor’s body?
- Thor is still tapping his hammer to unleash its powers.
- Thor has super-breath.
- Jane Foster’s crush on Don Blake seems to have faded in favor of Thor.
Comics Are Goofy:
- This guy is pretty proud of “inventing” something that Doctor Doom had 300 years earlier.
- The best name they could come up with was “anti-missile missile”?
- Why does the military need Thor to race their missiles? Couldn’t they just keep upgrading them to increase the speed?Why are they using Thor as a unit of measurement?
- Shouldn’t Thor be far faster than the missiles? Last issue, he threw his hammer — with Loki tied to it — all the way to Asgard, and it returned within 60 seconds.
- They’re testing a bomb by having it explode directly in front of Thor??? Because he “believes he can survive it”?!?
- Hey, bomb scientists, name one possible bit of “invaluable information” you would get from Thor if he survives the bomb. The only thing I can think of is concluding “Huh, well…the bomb is not strong enough to kill a god,” and that is not very useful information!
- Really, scientist? In a world with Invisible Girls and fast-shrinking Ant-Men, time travel is you immediate conclusion? I do love his “there was no time travel in the past” logic, though.
- They totally missed a perfect opportunity for Thor to say “to journey into mystery” here.
- Whoa! That robot is worthy enough to lift Thor’s hammer, so it should transform into Robo-Thor! Why don’t they show Robo-Thor?!?