Issue: Journey into Mystery # 121
Writer: Stan Lee
Artist: Jack Kirby
Publication Date: October 1965
Thor goes for a rematch against the Absorbing Man. My money is on Thor to win this one, but the issue ends on another cliffhanger after a whole lotta fightin. At one point, Thor has the opportunity to destroy Absorbing Man when he tricks him into absorbing glass, but Thor stays his hand from slaying his opponent. This is a kinder and gentler Thor than the one who appears in Norse legend, but Stan still prevents his heroes from ever delivering the killing blow.
In the backup tale, our team in search of Odinsword encounters an enormous storm at sea, and, well, that's about it. Better luck next time on this story moving forward. We'll forgive Stan and Jack since they were probably working on the annual, which is up next.
Is it me, or does Loki look like Maleficent in this panel? Come to think of it, he always kind of looks like her.
Next: Journey into Mystery Annual # 1