Writer: Stan Lee
Artist: Jack Kirby
Publication Date: March 1965
According to the credits, this issue was written "at white heat" by Stan Lee (not that white heat), so we're already off to a good start.
Anywho, this issue marks the first appearance of the Absorbing Man, who will remain a mainstay villain in the Marvel Universe for many a year. What I did not realize is that in his initial origin story, it is the trickery of Loki that grants him his power. I wonder if that'll be retconned in a decade or two.
On the other end of things, Jane and Thor (or rather his alter ego) seem to be getting along swimmingly, which is a refreshing change of pace from the feelings of love left unexpressed in most of the other stories we've got running right now. Of course, being a superhero mag and all, Thor does ditch Jane to go off and fight a super villain, but really, who could fault the man for that? The story ends on a cliffhanger, with Thor riding to fight Loki, who has captured his lady love.
In the backup tale, Stan spins the yard of Little Red Hiding Hood, Norse-style. The story is actually a french fairy tale originally, although there are similar elements in the Norse Poetic Edda).
And he's not referring to the Absorbing Man's wife!
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