Thursday, May 5, 2011

Marvel History Post 86: Journey into Mystery # 97

Issue: Journey into Mystery # 97
Writer: Stan Lee
Artist: Jack Kirby
Publication Date: October 1963

Brief Summary:

http://marvel.wikia.com/Journey_Into_Mystery_97

Commentary:

Odin's a bit of a jackass in this issue, refusing to let Thor ask for the hand of a mortal woman (Nurse Jane Foster). While that kind of sucks, it was nice to see some traction on the simmering romance between the two characters.  Stan introduces another villain from below the surface of the earth. This one is at least more daunting than Mole Man (where has that lovable little guy been these past eighty some posts, anyway?). Still, with the sheer volume of writing Stan is doing, I'm beginning to gain a little respect for some of the more familiar plot lines continuing to surface. Also, Stan does a nice job of keeping some of his sub plots moving forward. I'm kind of excited to see what happens with the Jane subplot, as she leaves Dr. Don Blake at the end of the issue for another doctor.

Also, one of the backup stories in this issue features Tales of Asgard. We are slowly seeing the other types of stories told by Marvel phased out in favor of the super heroics. Although, yes, Modeling with Millie is still in publication as of this point in time. And yes, the back up story in this issue means Frost Giants. Awesome.

Quick Thoughts:
  • Thor's one great fear is revealed: publicity! Iron Man he ain't.
  • The Lava Man talks about only the strongest surviving. Perhaps he's friends with Darwin. Or Apocalypse.
Favorite Panel:

Frost Giants!

Next:

Strange Tales # 113