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132: Journey into Mystery #102 (v1) [A Story]

" Slave of Zarrko, the Tomorrow Man "
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Journey into Mystery #102a (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: Jack Kirby, George Roussos
Writers: Stan Lee
Pencilers: Jack Kirby
Inkers: Chic Stone
Letterers: Artie Simek
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: March 1964
Release Date: January 1964
Story Arc: -
Pages: 13
Cover Price: $0.12
Times Read: 998                 Times Rated: 531
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Thor has become a servant of Tomorrow Man in the 23rd century by swearing an oath to help him become the ruler of Earth!
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Main Characters
Thor last appeared in Journey into Mystery #101a (v1). Thor next appears in Journey into Mystery #103a (v1).
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Odin last appeared in Journey into Mystery #101a (v1). Odin next appears in Journey into Mystery #103a (v1).
Loki last appeared in Journey into Mystery #101a (v1). Loki next appears in Journey into Mystery #103a (v1).
  The Tomorrow Man
The Tomorrow Man last appeared in Journey into Mystery #101a (v1). The Tomorrow Man next appears in Marvel Team-Up #9 (v1).
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The Gods of Asgard
The Gods of Asgard last appeared in Journey into Mystery #101a (v1). The Gods of Asgard next appears in Journey into Mystery #103a (v1).
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  thomassp74 Says:    
  2011-11-25 22:26:35  
  The “highly sophisticated” police robot wears a police hat? Haha

All of that “an immortal may never break his oath” BS was a bit hard to swallow.

“I have been gently rubbing my hammer head.” I need to grow up. Haha

Pretty pathetic story.

  Leelas Says:    
  2012-05-26 06:33:41  
  Boring main story redeemed by an awesome Tales of Asgard.  

  Ice Says:    
  2012-07-28 14:25:28  
  Of all the villains to bring back for another go...Zarrko? Really??

The previous two parter was much better than this Zarrko story. But, Tales of Asgard turned this one into a worthwhile read, in my opinion.

During this story, I started thinking about how fun it would be to try to compile a Marvel Universe Future Timeline. With Zarrko's century and Rama Tut's century and all the other "futures" in Marvel comics. If Marvel has anything to say for it, Earth is in for a wild ride over the next couple thousand years...

  Agrippina Says:    
  2012-07-29 22:52:26  
  The whole premise of this story was just so illogical. Why would Thor choose to be complicit in an attack on the future people of Earth, who have no weaponry to defend themselves against, instead of continuing to fight an attack on present-time Earth, where he'll be supported by a pile of other superheroes and where the people have armies and weapons to defend themselves? I know you can't think too hard with these old issues, but this one really made me wonder whether Thor's IQ had been damaged by being around electricity too much.  

  chrisWhite Says:    
  2012-08-18 15:12:04  
  If a simple mining robot can subdue Thor wouldn't the robot be more useful than Thor in the 23rd? Surely there is more than one mining robot, couldn't the others subdue Zarrko, Thor and his robot? Technology clearly isn't lacking so why wouldn't the world have the resources to construct a weapon or robot that could easily match Zarrko. If time travel is so easy couldn't they have returned to the past to bring in other heroes of the 20th century to fight Zarrko?

I obviously don't expect comics, especially silver age comics to be logical and consistent but this one goes a little too far for me. At least Tales of Asgard continues to be great!

  Dark_Knight93 Says:    
  2012-09-10 16:12:41  
  Stupid first story story, not much more to say about that. Tales of Asgard is the only thing saving this issue from a one star rating.  

  specialque Says:    
  2012-09-21 13:16:17  
  I was not at all impressed with that ending. It was even weaker than Thor at half-strength.

Tales of Asgard is great, again. That's become the rule it seems. Even when the main Thor story disappoints, Tales of Asgard always delivers the goods. And the Gods!

  sputnix Says:    
  2012-10-25 17:59:13  
  Is it just me or does Sif look like Sue Storm?
Also thor can "simply" go twice the speed of light to time travel at HALF STRENGTH!

  Maidel Says:    
  2013-01-02 15:39:43  
  Time travel aways sucks...

This was no exception.

  Phantasmagoria Says:    
  2013-01-10 18:59:54  
  @ Maidel Correction: Time Travel (almost)always sucks in series that don't pay a lot of attention to the fact that the characters are fucking traveling through time. If you really think it through and/or have good reasons why the characters wouldn't cause paradoxes, it can be great.

This issue was only okay, really. I gave it four stars for the first appearances of a lot of important characters. Did anyone else notice that for a story taking place in a future that is supposedly without weapons, there were a whole heck of a lot of weapons in this?

  Phantasmagoria Says:    
  2013-01-10 19:01:59  
  Oh, and correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't this the first time Stan introduced the creative team with cute little epithets?  

  edgar987 Says:    
  2013-01-14 13:09:30  
  THe splash page was awesome and Chic Stone inking J.K. is awesome. The ToA was just awesome.  

  minicheddaz Says:    
  2013-03-01 12:46:34  
  the zarko story was even worse than the hyde story. the tales of asgard was great.  

  rebelmswar Says:    
  2013-03-18 07:17:22  
  Such a cop out of an ending... rubbing the head of his hammer, for the love of Oden, couldnt you have done ANYTHING else?  

  Dopey Says:    
  2013-03-30 18:22:10  
  All of the powers that Mjolnir is developing are kind of tough to swallow. I thought Mjolnir's strength was also reduced by half when The All Father disciplined his favoured son, so why is it that we're seeing brand new all-powerful abilities from the uru hammer?

The 23rd century doesn't really hold up to expectations with Stan's new, more realistic universe. It's already been said that Zarrko's plan is intensely flawed, and that Thor makes some silly decisions in the last issue by going back to the future to conquer the people there so that he can finally defeat the Tomorrow Man.

There did seem to be quite a few weapons in that weaponless future, now that it's been brought to light.

Stan and Jack seem to have realized how effectively the Nordic mythos can be mined for great stories, finally! And this is a place where Kirby can really shine.

One star for Tales of Asard, where we learn how Thor was originally blessed with Mjolnir! One more star for Sif... Hubba Hubba

  CrangTheCimmerian Says:    
  2013-05-13 04:34:21  
  Two pages of retelling what happened in the previous issue in thirteen pages story... again.  

  CrangTheCimmerian Says:    
  2013-05-13 05:08:07  
  Wait... what... how... "I must do as I am bidden"... What the... There is no threat to 20th century anymore as Zarrko and his robot returned with Thor to 23rd century. Thor could have landed his hammer on Zarrko's head anytime he wanted and end this stupid charade but no "I have given you my oath, evil Zarrko! I shall do as you command..." Noble and honorable Thor will sooner destroy sidewalks, smash flying cars from the sky, wreak havoc and terror upon peace loving citizens than break stupid oath given under threat to lunatic madman...  

  leisch Says:    
  2013-07-27 14:03:07  
  Where did this alpha particle power for the hammer come from? The Asgard stories are great, paving the way for sword & sorcery in the Marvel line.  

  Alex Daily Says:    
  2013-08-19 13:41:38  
  What, exactly, are the Techni-Guards supposed to protect machines from if there's no crime in the 23rd century?  

  Anonymous Says:    
  2013-08-21 16:51:44  
  I think the Techni-Guards were there to protect people from machines being that they were the only possible threat... Besides the tomorrow man who they already had a conflict with... Then again the guards would explain why Tomorrowman needed Thor but that doesn't explain Thor's new powers and why he thought no one else could take on the robot, apparently Odin reduced Thor's IQ as well  

  Antifa Says:    
  2013-09-23 13:47:12  
  damnit i really respect what this person is doing and so far i'm loving this reading order, but i kinda hoped i would be able to avoid reading like 8 journey into mysteries in a row. they're better than the very early ones, and the art in the asgard stories is excellent, it's just a bit of a drone and i still have several more in a row...

there's a reasonable break after the mr. hyde storyline where he could put some other titles. they even say in 101 that it's been a month in their universe since the previous issue. i get not wanting to stick an avengers in there, but how about a spider man or x-men?

  punisher67 Says:    
  2013-10-06 02:28:03  
  2nd part was as poor - if not poorer than the first from the previous issue. The ending was complete nonsense.

  Spider-Borg Says:    
  2013-10-12 00:58:17  
  Another "future" cliché being the moving sidewalks. I rolled my eyes on that one lol. But man this issue was bad.  

  Durango55 Says:    
  2013-11-02 15:10:08  
  Hmmm... Odin has forgotten he has halved Thor's power... but he just did it a short while ago timewise/ Hmmm.. Odin must be having short term memory issues or these immortals must be forgetting all kinds of things all the time.

Yeah, I can see where a traffic cop robot of the future would need a police cap.

Alpha rays?

Ahhh - the super-effective C-Bomb...

  Psychopat Says:    
  2013-11-03 13:10:19  
  Very average issue I hated Thor discovering sudden new power for his hammer. The Tale Of Asgard was exellent, ANOTHER!  

  Tarquinnff3 Says:    
  2013-11-21 12:23:32  
  I could use a break from Thor. Maybe I'll read these in the future and find them more enjoyable.  

  marvelcomicslover Says:    
  2013-12-03 22:42:00  
  Wow some of Kirby's art in this was amazing. I loved the drawing of the Octo-Robot wrapped around Thor. Good work Kirby and Stone. Story however was terrible. As always Tales Of Asgard was great.  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2014-02-22 22:34:08  
  Just 2 stars for the Tomorrow Man follow up, but 1 more star for the 1st app of Hela!

Splash - Like edgar987 said, the splash page is awesome! They should of used that for the cover.

Robocop - About the police robot with a hat; everyone knows that a chick robot digs a robot in uniform!

Who's In Charge Here - It states that the World Council are men that make the rules for the robots to carry out. Yet, the Master Machine gives the WC their orders!

Dyed In Hel - The lovely Sif has blond hair!

'Nuff Said - "Back! Stand back! Make way for Zarrko and his invincible slave, the mighty Thor!"-Zarrko

  Bramwell Says:    
  2014-04-05 21:24:11  
  1. super-sweet cover
2. robot in a police hat. how odd
3. thor should be more careful about making oaths if he is going to take them so seriously
4. crap....thor now has power over alpha particles AND the netherworld....who knew the Norse
mythos contained atomic zombies from the 23rd century
5. if thor cant have the head gently rubbed thrn what hope is there for the rest of us
6. and now time travel....thor seems to be able to do anything
7. i know people are not liking these middle stories but I think Lieber's art is very advanced for the time
8. woot for the hammer and Hela looks hela-good

  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2014-04-08 05:54:40  
  I'm sorry, but I can't read the lines about Thor rubbing his gleaming hammer head without snickering.

I love the shot of Zarrko on Page 8, Panel 7. So haughty and smug!

And Odin just seems like a blustering idiot in these stories... like, just on the verge of senility.

And no wonder Loki hates everyone... How many times does he have to hear Odin say "Thor! My favorite son!"

  MattzLadd Says:    
  2014-07-27 17:12:16  
  Not essential for first app of Hela and Sif?

Boo, Reading order. Boo!

  MattzLadd Says:    
  2014-07-27 17:24:47  
  So...even with half his powers, Thor can swing Mjolnir twice as fast as the speed of light and travel in time?


  Zimek Says:    
  2014-09-20 12:54:44  
  Last issue was pretty good, but this one sucks. Honorable Thor is a stupid Thor. Nevertheless, I can see some improvement from a few latest Thor stories.  

  Pope_Snarky Says:    
  2015-02-09 00:25:32  
  Hail Eris!

I give it three stars for sub-plot development, and for superheroes who are very far from perfect.

Vegas before bros before hos.

  mushroommunk Says:    
  2015-02-27 09:53:41  
  Odin can't remember that he took half of Thor's power, yet he is allowed to rule over a kindgom and deny him love? I've never liked odin (even in actual Norse mythology), but this just makes him look terrible.

What kind of society is this? A master machine gives a council orders that they give to robots, couldn't you do without the middle men if you are an advanced civilization?

I dunno, this run of Thor comics is disappointing me when up until now he'd been one of my favourites. At least the Tales of Asgard was cool.


  J-Smack Says:    
  2015-03-10 20:00:53  
  I wish I had a refridgerato-beam.  

  quartertwain Says:    
  2015-03-13 02:37:54  
  Zarkko "There are...no police forces." Four panels later we see a robot policeman. I guess, in Stan's world, it takes a gun to be a "real" policeman. Another great life lesson for the kiddies.  

  ViolentPhlegm Says:    
  2015-06-08 10:15:09  
  No one seems to like this issue, but I loved some of the 23rd century designs like the octi-robot.  

  Hovis Says:    
  2015-09-28 12:37:03  
  The C-Bomb...for when you need something more powerful than the F-Bomb  

  Urgat @ GroovyGolem (original post):    
  2015-12-10 15:44:24  
  i was thinking exactly the Same about old man Odin....such a jerk in both parts...  

  wingot Says:    
  2015-12-14 09:48:49  
  Well, Odin still seems to have lost it.

I'm actually quite surprised that Thor wasn't reset to full power by the end of the story. I do wonder whether they'll resolve that at some point or whether they'll just forget about it and he'll magically be full strength again.

  gonzo Says:    
  2016-02-15 14:40:21  
  weak follow up to a very entertaining prior issue. I'm also a little surprised 23rd century people still use the word "milksop"  

  RobinHoodMtl Says:    
  2016-04-30 02:00:04  
  • That’s my line – “We… are… at… your… service… Zarrko!” (subdued guards) “It’s not quite what I meant, but it will do… for now!” (Zarrko)

  • That traffic police robot with the hat really cracked me up! So… Jetsons!

  • ”…I have been gently rubbing my hammer head…” Was Stan even aware of what he was writing? Kids are reading this!! (Sorry, couldn’t resist this one!)

  • I had no idea Thor could become the Human Top!

  • This story felt a little weaker. The Swiss-hammer that solves everything is too easy. 3 points for the artwork only.

  Calion Says:    
  2016-05-31 21:41:43  
  I don't know what this says about me, but I am much more bothered by Thor swinging his hammer at twice the speed of light than I am by the time travel itself.

  Calion @ Phantasmagoria (original post):    
  2016-05-31 21:47:48  
  I wonder—is that Stan, or is it Art Simek? It's the first time I've seen him as letterer, too.  

  Billstar2 Says:    
  2016-06-12 12:36:47  
  It's been hit on in all the other comments. Not a great issue with the usual plot holes that we either love or hate. Ready to get out of Journey Into Mystery and on to other stuff.  

  kent18 Says:    
  2016-11-13 02:36:33  
  Rather a letdown from last issue. The entire premise behind these Zarrko stories, as I've mentioned previously, is wobbly at best: if, as he repeatedly claims, "There are no weapons in this enlightened age -- no police forces!", then HE DOESN'T *NEED* THOR in order to take over the 23rd century! He could just as easily arm a band of Weblos with slingshots, and let *them* do it, f'cryin' out loud! ;)

I'm of two minds, re: the replacement of George Roussos with Chic Stone on inking duties, as of this issue. On the one hand, Stone certainly does lend Kirby's pencils a pleasantly glossy sheen (it gives Zarrko's city a vaguely antiseptic look, which seems right)... but I miss the palpable sense of *weight* Roussos' bold, heavy lines applied to Kirby's figures, and the abrupt stylistic change simply doesn't *feel* right to me just yet. I'm willing to be convinced, however. We'll see.

Let's say three stars.

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