Sunday, February 5, 2012

Journey into Mystery # 117

Issue: Journey into Mystery # 117
Writer: Stan Lee
Artist: Jack Kirby
Publication Date: June 1965

Brief Summary:


http://marvel.wikia.com/Journey_Into_Mystery_117


Commentary:

So, there's a couple different things happening this issue, but most importantly is Odin's pink hat.  The Norse god is big pimpin.  Apparently, he still requires proof in certain situations that Loki is lying, though.  Odin, you should know better.

What starts as a struggle to prove himself to his father turns into a conflict in the middle of Vietnam for our hero Thor.  Still not quite sure how that happened.  But, naturally, Stan turns the tale into a morality play about the horrors of communism.  Stan did not want to make an enemy of Senator McCarthy.  Thor's effort to prove himself to his father will have to wait until next issue.

In the backup story, Odin shows his sons Odinsword.  If Odinsword is ever drawn, it shall mean the end of the world.  Alas, Odinsword has a crack in it, and Odin bids his sons to find the cause.  The quest begins next issue.


Favorite Panel:

There's Balder, lookin pretty snazzy in a suit.


Next: Sgt. Fury # 19