Journey Into Mystery (Vol. 1) #121

Credits:

Cover Date: October 1965

Cover Artists: Jack Kirby, Vince Colletta

“The Power! The Passion! The Pride!”

Plotters: Stan Lee, Jack Kirby

Scripter: Stan Lee

Penciller: Jack Kirby

Inker: Vince Colletta

“Tales of Asgard: Maelstrom!”

Plotters: Stan Lee, Jack Kirby

Scripter: Stan Lee

Penciller: Jack Kirby

Inker: Vince Colletta

What’s Going On?

Thor battles the Absorbing Man!

Details:

In the main story:

  • Picking up from last issue, Loki has used his magic to bring Crusher Creel, the Absorbing Man, back to Earth to fight Thor.

  • Creel’s superpowers allow him to have as much strength as Thor, but he doesn’t have Thor’s skill as a fighter.

  • Realizing that he will inevitably lose a straight fight against the Thunder God, Creel tries a different tactic: absorb enough building materials to become truly gigantic.

  • Immense size helps make the Absorbing Man more powerful than Thor, but Thor quickly tricks Creel into reverting back to his normal size.

  • The two continue to brawl across town; they are too evenly matched for either to land a decisive blow.

  • When a child wanders into the danger, though, Thor opts to keep them from danger. Too bad the Absorbing Man doesn’t play fair; he takes the opportunity to sucker punch Thor while he was distracted.

  • To be continued…!

In Tales of Asgard:

  • Having finally assembled their crew, Thor & Loki have set sail and reached the Sea of Fear. Caught in a maelstrom, the crew panics as they lose control of the ship in the storm.

  • Thor orders the crew to use oars to direct the ship past the dangerous Pillars of Utgard. But will this desperate strategy work?

  • Meanwhile, Balder has scrambled to the front of the ship with a mysterious horn. But why…?

  • To be continued…!

Is It Good

This is an improvement over last issue. The main story is basically a long fight scene between Thor and the Absorbing Man, with a few interruptions to develop subplots. And you know what? It was a fun fight. It would have been better if Thor hadn’t had a moral conundrum in the middle of the fight and not treated Creel like a delicate flower when he transformed to glass, but no issue is perfect.

The Tales of Asgard story finally is moving forward. Not much happens in this issue, but at least there’s some action.

Continuity:

  • This is the second chapter in the latest main storyline, featuring Loki getting his revenge by sending the Absorbing Man to attack Thor.
  • This is the fifth chapter in the ongoing Odinsword saga in “Tales of Asgard.”
  • The Absorbing Man is apparently worthy enough to lift Thor’s hammer?!?

  • Loki is supposed to be paying penance for his crimes by serving as the warlock Ularic’s underling. Last issue, Loki imprisoned Ularic. No one has discovered that Loki is unsupervised and plotting against Thor…yet.

  • Jane Foster’s disappearance is partially explained in this issue. She has been kidnapped by a mysterious masked man, and held against her will in a secure apartment. She cannot leave, but she has been treated well, otherwise.

  • It looks like the Norn Stone Thor accidentally dropped last issue will be a plot point soon.

Comics Are Goofy:

  • “The golden-haired one” seems like a pretty bad nickname for a Norse god. It’s only slightly more specific than “the Norseman that probably enjoys salted fish.”

  • Turning Absorbing Man into a gas and letting him disperse into the vast emptiness of space? Thor has no problem with that. Shattering Absorbing Man when he’s made of glass? That goes against Thor’s sworn morals, apparently.

  • Someone call DCFS. This idiot gawked at Thor and Creel knocking down buildings, decided to watch the fight instead of scramble for safety, and let her idiot son wander past a police cordon.

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