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Ten Goofiest Moments in the First Ten Thor Comics

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Every day this month will have the five goofiest moment from a five-issue stretch of a particular comic book run. Once a week it will be the ten goofiest moments of a ten-issue stretch. Here is a list of the moments featured so far.

Today we’re looking at the ten goofiest moments from Journey Into Mystery #83-92, the first ten comics featuring The Mighty Thor! The stories were plotted by Stan Lee, scripted by Larry Lieber, with pencils by Jack Kirby on #83-89, Al Hartley on #90 and Joe Sinnott on #91-92. Sinnott inked Kirby’s first issue, then Dick Ayers inked #84-89. Hartley and Sinnott inked themselves.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

There’s cliche, and then there’s CLICHE…

The romantic tension between Don Blake and Jane Foster was introduced in Journey Into Mystery #84, and while it is hard to imagine someone laying it on thicker than Stan Lee, his brother managed to outdo him here…



Some variation of those exact lines are used in pretty much the next 8 issues.

The beginning of Odin’s capriciousness

After not saying anything on the subject for 8 issues, when Don Blake goes to reveal his identity to Jane Foster, Odin suddenly reminds him…


Odin was much like a Silver Age comic book writer – he just made up the rules as he went along.

The sparks are flyin’…

I like this panel from #87 mostly because of the surprisingly good joke in the first panel…


but then also, what a weird use of Thor’s powers.

10. Hey look, it’s Captain Obvious!

In Journey Into Mystery #88, Thor is separated from his hammer, allowing Loki to run free and cause trouble, including changing the objects in New York City. I just love the great observation…


It’s almost as if he doubts himself, “cars aren’t made out of ice cream! Or are they?”

9. Such fierce loyalty!

In Journey Into Mystery #85, we meet Loki for the first time, and Jane Foster (who was mooning over Thor in #84) is nearly as capricious as Odin…


By the way, “Loki,” “dashing” and “romantic” don’t seem to go together.

8. A SUPER familiar power

Early on, they really seemed to be doing an awful lot of Superman parallels in Thor’s comics. Like the whole love triangle with Thor/Jane/Don, but also, in this issue – super-ventriloquism?


Mort Weisigner, is that you?

7. Here’s the story of a hurricane breath…

In #86, Thor travels to the future to fight Zarrko, the Tomorrow Man. I guess I don’t mind Thor having “hurricane breath” (although, once again, very Superman-esque), but hurricane breath that can pierce dimensions?


That’s just goofy.

6. Speaking of goofy…

Check out Thor’s vibrational powers in Journey Into Mystery #84…


You’d think he’d try to use that power more frequently, no?

Go to the next page for the top five!

5. Somewhere That’s Green…

Jane’s obsession with Thor took a turn for the bizarre with this daydream sequence in #89…



Between our frozen dinner
And our bed-time: nine-fifteen
We snuggle watching Lucy
On our big, enormous
Twelve-inch screen

4. What? You don’t know the legend of Loki? It’s totally part of it. If you don’t know, you’re just ignorant…

I love the introduction in Loki’s first appearance of his vulnerability to water, of all things…



Yeah, you know, from the legend of Loki! Yeah, that’s the ticket!

3. God of Mischief, not of Observation

In the aforementioned #88, Loki separates Thor from his hammer. How he tricks him into getting it back is surely not something Loki will be wanting to put into his scrap book any time soon…


2. Thor’s version of Bat Shark Repellent…

In #85, Loki gets Thor’s attention by magically turning people into…negatives!!!


You have to love how Thor rescues them…



What do you think Kirby was thinking while drawing it? “I’ll have Thor twirl his hammer and they’ll be free – Stan can think of some reason why that worked later on…”

1. So, I was figuring we’ll just kill them….

In #90, a shape-shifting alien race tries to invade Earth. Thor stops them, but there are a few aliens left behind. As we saw in Fantastic Four #2, Reed Richards’ idea was to make them turn into cows. Thor, though, is even more messed up than that…



“It’s funny, because we effectively just killed them.”