Thursday, January 26, 2012

Marvel History 248: Journey into Mystery # 116

Issue: Journey into Mystery # 116
Writer: Stan Lee
Artist: Jack Kirby
Publication Date: May 1965

Brief Summary:


http://marvel.wikia.com/Journey_Into_Mystery_116


Commentary:

Thor and Loki are thrust into the trial of the gods, because Odin is...unhappy, or something.  But wait!  Baldur believes that Loki is bringing about some trickery.  Loki?  Really?  Yes, it seems the god of tricksters has, once again, deceived his father, by playing dirty in the trial of the gods and putting the life of Thor's beloved Jane Foster into danger.

The issue ends of a cliffhanger, as Loki apparently wins the challenge.  This issue is also very much embedded in the other stories taking place in the Marvel Universe at this point.  There are shots of the Avengers meeting where they call for more members, Daredevil racing off to fight Namor, and the Frightful Four wondering if they have truly defeated the Fantastic Four.  Very typical of the Marvel Universe when Stan was in charge.

In the backup story, Thor throws a goblet at a king's crown, and somehow comes out of it the hero.  In other words, Loki is really bad at his job.

Favorite Panel:

Whaaaaat - look at Odin's bathrobe!  Never mind that, look at his SLIPPERS!

Next: Sgt. Fury # 18