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131: Journey into Mystery #101 (v1) [A Story]

" The Return of Zarrko the Tomorrow Man "
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Journey into Mystery #101a (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: Jack Kirby, George Roussos
Writers: Stan Lee
Pencilers: Jack Kirby
Inkers: George Roussos
Letterers: Sam Rosen
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: February 1964
Release Date: December 1963
Story Arc: -
Pages: 13
Cover Price: $0.12
Times Read: 1,014                 Times Rated: 538
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Loki has given back Zarrko his memory. Zarrko, with the memory of his last defeat, has returned to the 20th century to defeat Thor with a powerful robot!
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
Thor last appeared in Journey into Mystery #100c (v1). Thor next appears in Journey into Mystery #102a (v1).
Supporting Characters
Giant-Man last appeared in Tales of Suspense #49a (v1). Giant-Man next appears in Avengers #3 (v1).
  The Wasp
The Wasp last appeared in Tales of Suspense #49a (v1). The Wasp next appears in Avengers #3 (v1).
  Iron Man
Iron Man last appeared in Tales of Suspense #49a (v1). Iron Man next appears in Avengers #3 (v1).
Odin last appeared in Journey into Mystery #100c (v1). Odin next appears in Journey into Mystery #102a (v1).
Heimdall last appeared in Journey into Mystery #95 (v1). Heimdall next appears in Journey into Mystery #104a (v1).
  The Tomorrow Man
The Tomorrow Man last appeared in Journey into Mystery #86 (v1). The Tomorrow Man next appears in Journey into Mystery #102a (v1).
Loki last appeared in Journey into Mystery #100c (v1). Loki next appears in Journey into Mystery #102a (v1).
Group Appearances
The Avengers (Roster II)
The Avengers last appeared in Tales of Suspense #49a (v1). The Avengers next appears in Avengers #3 (v1).
The Gods of Asgard
The Gods of Asgard last appeared in Journey into Mystery #100c (v1). The Gods of Asgard next appears in Journey into Mystery #102a (v1).
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  Shark Says:    
  2011-10-24 16:34:52  
  Is it me, or in page 8, when Zarrko is designing the robot, it resembles in some manner to modern Iron Man? Later the real robot turns out to be slightly different.  

  thomassp74 Says:    
  2011-11-25 22:25:38  
  It does a little...especially with the helmet and the "nipples."

Not much to say about this story but "ugh." It was funny seeing Thor throw a temper tantrum though. Verily.

  Ice Says:    
  2012-07-28 13:27:51  
  I love how Giant Man is portrayed in the main story. In the span of three panels, he tells The Wasp to stop talking, insinuates she won't be any help if the Avengers have to fight, and says "Well, what are you waiting for? Let's GO!" How valiant! How chivalrous!  

  Anonymous Says:    
  2012-08-09 11:58:41  
  For battling the evil ones Thor earns 30 forcepoints!  

  Dark_Knight93 Says:    
  2012-09-10 16:07:35  
  I thought the idea of Thor throwing a temper tantrum was amusing, and I also liked how he lost half his powers. Well to humble him lol.  

  specialque Says:    
  2012-09-21 12:23:36  
  I was shocked that Thor's hissyfit at the beginning of the story was legit, and not some Loki-induced hypnotism or something. I love how these stories are starting to build on each other, with ideas and themes carrying over. I was never a Thor fan, but these comics are getting better and better, and Tales from Asgard has been consistently good.  

  sputnix Says:    
  2012-10-25 17:40:18  
  I hate how the b-story is now thor's past and not Odin's, those were more enjoyable  

  Redsvetz Says:    
  2012-12-07 21:26:04  
  I love the cover on this one. The big metal gauntlet thingie is awesome and the dude in the green jacket is really sellin' it! Tell 'em what time it is, Thor!  

  Phantasmagoria Says:    
  2012-12-10 19:10:09  
  I agree with Redsvetz on the cover for this one. It seems like Jack Kirby is really starting to improve about this point in The Order.  

  Phantasmagoria Says:    
  2013-01-10 18:34:10  
  This issue is a definite step in the right direction for Thor and the characters that surround him. He's starting to sound more like the Thor we know and love today, and his supporting cast are all getting gradually more defined. Loki, though in this issue he has still yet to hint at the complex character he will become, shows some real cunning playing his father off Thor. Oh, and the guest appearances from Giant Man, Iron Man, and Wasp are well done.

Ultimately, the biggest weakness of this issue is the lack of definition of how strong Thor actually is. It seems a little far-fetched that he'd have trouble with a mining robot.

  Dopey Says:    
  2013-03-30 15:04:14  
  I noticed how Heck was taken off of the credits, I wonder if that's a permanent thing...

Not much else to say about this one that hasn't been said yet. Good development, awesome cover, it's weird to see Thor acting like the Hulk at the beginning. I like the Tales of Asgard panel where the baddies were charging the literal hole in Asgard's defenses.

One star for The cover. One star for Heimdall.

  Spider-Borg Says:    
  2013-05-07 20:50:40  
  Thought this issue was a big improvement over the last few! Most enjoyable!  

  CrangTheCimmerian Says:    
  2013-05-13 04:11:08  
  Heimdall's armor in the first page of Tales of Asgard is really something... Jack Kirby's perfect design.  

  leisch Says:    
  2013-07-27 13:53:53  
  Too bad Stan isn't doing his bombastic titles yet--"Lo! There Shall Be a Pity Party!" Thor needs to get over it. That's public property he's trashing.  

  Alex Daily Says:    
  2013-08-18 19:28:31  
  Five stars just for how cute Thor is in the Tales of Asgard story. (First one I liked, too.)  

  dpaone Says:    
  2013-09-24 15:55:41  
  look out! It is the spin in reverse = go back in time Thor tornado.  

  punisher67 Says:    
  2013-10-05 17:23:46  
  After the previous 2 issues with mr Hyde this issue was poor in comparison. Thought the proportions on some of the artwork was dodgy as well - in particular the robot when it was destroying a building.
The b story was terrible total non-event. Yet again poor in comparison to previous

  Durango55 Says:    
  2013-11-02 14:45:16  
  Average issue overall, but I really liked the cover with Zaarko standing in the giant robots hand. Very effective, and would have definitely interested 11 year old me to buy it. Also liking the improved integration of Thor's supporting cast.

Now if they can just get his powers to be more consistent from issue to issue...

  Tarquinnff3 Says:    
  2013-11-19 10:56:37  
  This is a long stretch to go just reading Thor comics. I can't say I'm totally enjoying it, but this was a decent issue.  

  marvelcomicslover Says:    
  2013-12-03 22:16:24  
  I loved the coloring in the Thor story, the story it self wasn't that good. The Tales Of Asgard story was pretty decent.  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2014-02-22 20:13:32  
  3 stars for the return of the Tomorrow Man, and a great Tales of Asgard backup!

Cover Me - As others above have said; Tomorrow Man standing in the robot's hand is quite striking!

Swinger - On page 2, panel 8 You just knew that Tony would have a bachelor pad with a zebra rug!

Power Source - Interesting note during the Thor & Heimdall melee. Heimdall was using a cosmic powered sword, and Thor's hammer can channel Netherworld energy.

Old Bag - Funny that the Norn Hag 1st app is in the main story, and in the Tales of Asgard story as well!

God Of Misinformation - It's odd that Loki thinks that Thor took away Zarrko's memory.

Nice Ride - Zarrko may just be a lowly clerk now, but his car sure is awesome! His Timecube is pretty sweet also!

One And Done - Rime Giants! Why don't we ever see these guys again! Also, a freakin' dragon with enchanted breath no less!!!

'Nuff Said - "Mortals! How like chattering monkeys you are!!"-Thor

  gmonkey Says:    
  2014-03-21 05:50:14  
  Great cover and Thor going on a petulant rampage is awesome. Odin continues to be a prat in the name of the sideplot.  

  Bramwell Says:    
  2014-04-05 16:27:45  
  1. my first little mini-run with all this Thor stuff
2. the artwork on the rainbow bridge is fantastic
3. really entertaining battle with Heimdall
4. i really like the villain and im looking forward to seeing him through the years
5. thor new power discovery rate reaching alarming levels
6. once again Lieber's art on the second story is excellent...very gritty

  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2014-04-07 05:31:33  
  So in the previous story Thor is shocked that anyone would think he robbed a bank and was ill-tempered, and yet this story starts out with him on a mindless rampage and he basically tells humanity that he cares nothing for them.

Nice to see the Avengers pop in, as far as some sort of continuity goes, but they're pretty ineffective. The rest of the tale is a setup for the part 2, so we'll see what happens.

As for the Tales of Asgard story, the shot of Thor turning into a tree was awesome!

  skerit Says:    
  2014-06-13 18:07:20  
  Just a few issues ago we got our very first cliff hanger (in an Ant Man tale) and now we`re being treated to the same in Thor over even more issues. Fun!  

  Zimek Says:    
  2014-09-16 13:10:38  
  Really good issue with interesting twists. I liked Thor's rampage and weakening him because of previous deeds. Finally it feels like single issues make one big story of the main character.
One question only: when The Tomorrow Man threatens that he will destroy the Earth if Thor don't go with him to the future, wouldn't he destroy the future itself?

  MattDog37 Says:    
  2014-12-26 11:54:16  
  Word of the Avengers sure has gotten around. That bystander seemed to be very familiar with their exploits, even after just two issues.  

  mushroommunk Says:    
  2015-02-26 11:25:11  
  Everyone back then seems to be a giant cry baby. And the avengers just let Thor smash a truck? Blah.  

  J-Smack Says:    
  2015-03-02 20:51:27  
  Thor taking the front end of that car off was hilariously awesome. "Thor watches out for NOBODY![mother *****!]"  

  Hovis Says:    
  2015-09-28 12:06:36  
  Hmmm, Let me see..Should I alert the Avengers about stopping this guy and his robot for good? or just give up and go with him to he future........future it is  

  Urgat Says:    
  2015-12-09 17:47:45  
  why is Odin so dumb and is even listening to what Loki has to say about Thor...he knows how much Loki hates his Brother....and why is Loki Roaming freely around in Asgard and not imprisoned or isolated...but other then that good first Part...  

  wingot Says:    
  2015-12-11 02:00:35  
  The tantrum was good, and involving the other Avengers was a surprise (and for once not billed on the cover). But when did Odin become an idiot? First last story with the misunderstanding of Jane's purpose, then this one with not understanding that Thor lost because of Odin's doing? Would make a sort of sense if Odin is "watching without audio" or something, but it's clear that audio comes across as well at other times.  

  gonzo Says:    
  2016-02-15 14:19:48  
  Badass cover, but didn't care for the way Thor was drawn on the splash page.

Iron Man clearly has more than enough money to fix that dude's truck, but I wonder where he keeps his wallet in that suit of armor?

  RobinHoodMtl Says:    
  2016-04-29 22:14:25  
  • That’s my line – “I'll contact Iron Man! It may take us both to calm Thor down!” (Giant-Man) – Hey Hank, why take Janet with you then?

  • I agree with everyone about the great cover. Nicely done!

  • It bothers me that when super-heroes act like villains on a rampage, no one punishes them.

  • Giant-Man making excuses to the truck driver is hilarious. “Lemme take care of this! See? Brand new! Thor says he’s sorry! Kay?” It’s also funny Iron Man now carries some cash to pay for the damage. Cah-chiiing!!

  • If Odin keeps saying Thor is his favorite son right in front of Loki, no wonder the other son turned bad! That's bad parenting!

  • Wait! Loki can walk freely in Asgard now? Man, the penal system sucks just as much in Asgard as it does in New-York!

  • Why not ask his friends the Avengers for help taking down the robot? Yeah… I know... To make a better solo story!

  • Not bad, but I’m growing wee bit tired of the Odin-Jane issue. 3 stars.

  Calion Says:    
  2016-05-31 20:23:03  
  Wait…Odin pledges to punish Thor…by Thor (thunder)? That seems an ineffectual oath.  

  Billstar2 Says:    
  2016-06-08 23:42:38  
  A little slow but a decent story overall. Thor must not be thinking straight over the Jane/humbling thing. Just about any hero could take the poor man's Kang and his mining robot. The Avengers, Fantastic Four, or maybe even Spidey.  

  kent18 Says:    
  2016-11-12 10:15:28  
  Man oh man, is that Kirby/Roussos art team sweet or WHAT -- ?!?

Thor's public snit fit/door-slamming session was adroitly handled by Lee; the whole thing could so very easily have ended up making him look like a sulky tweener girl who'd just been told she couldn't go to the mall with Tiffany and Brittney this weekend. (I did have to snicker at one point, however, when a blase Giant-Man phlegmatically assures a motorist whose truck Thor has just totaled "Now, don't get excited, fella! No harm done!" Hank, dude... the entire front half of the poor guy's rig was just knocked seventy-five feet the hell down the friggin' *street* -- !) ;)

I've also never quite managed to grasp the whole "Zarrko" thing, to be quite honest. I mean: he knows the secret of time travel... has a giant "indestructible" robot, armed with disintegration beams... and lives in a future where (we are repeatedly assured) "no one else possesses any sort of weaponry." So explain again to me exactly WHY he needs Thor in order to take over the world, in his era...?

Those two nits are the only things knocking this issue down from what would have been an easy five stars, to a final grade of four instead.

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   February 21, 2015 TStarnes Deleted listing of Rime Giants.
   February 21, 2015 TStarnes Deleted listing of Ice Giants.
   February 21, 2015 TStarnes Deleted listing of Skoll.
   February 21, 2015 TStarnes Added Creator Listing.
   March 12, 2014 fragsel Added Rime Giants to the issue.
   January 14, 2014 fragsel Deleted listing of Haag.
   December 28, 2013 fragsel Added Ice Giants to the issue.
   November 23, 2013 Drax Updated the listing for Loki.
   November 23, 2013 Drax Updated the listing for Heimdall.
   November 23, 2013 Drax Updated the listing for Odin.
   November 23, 2013 Drax Updated the listing for Iron Man.
   November 23, 2013 Drax Updated the listing for The Wasp.
   November 23, 2013 Drax Updated the listing for Henry Pym.
   November 23, 2013 Drax Updated the listing for Thor.
   October 28, 2013 Drax Updated the listing for Skoll.
   October 28, 2013 Drax Added Skoll to the issue.
   July 22, 2013 fragsel Updated the listing for The Gods of Asgard.
   May 26, 2013 TStarnes Updated the listing for The Avengers.
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