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134: Journey into Mystery #104 (v1) [A Story]

" Giants Walk the Earth "
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Journey into Mystery #104a (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: Jack Kirby, Chic Stone
Writers: Stan Lee
Pencilers: Jack Kirby
Inkers: Chic Stone
Letterers: Artie Simek
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: May 1964
Release Date: March 1964
Story Arc: -
Pages: 13
Cover Price: $0.12
Times Read: 995                 Times Rated: 532
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Journey into Mystery #102 (v1) [A Story]
Journey into Mystery #103 (v1) [A Story]
Journey into Mystery #104a (v1)
Journey into Mystery #101c (v1)
Journey into Mystery #102c (v1)
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Odin has traveled to Earth to punish his son for his disobedience of loving a mortal woman. Back in Asgard Loki frees all of Odin's old enemies to ensure the King of the Gods can never return!
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
Thor last appeared in Journey into Mystery #103a (v1). Thor next appears in Journey into Mystery #101c (v1).
Supporting Characters
Odin last appeared in Journey into Mystery #103a (v1). Odin next appears in Journey into Mystery #101c (v1).
Balder last appeared in Journey into Mystery #88 (v1). Balder next appears in Journey into Mystery #102c (v1).
  Jane Foster
Jane Foster last appeared in Journey into Mystery #103a (v1). Jane Foster next appears in Avengers #3 (v1).
Heimdall last appeared in Journey into Mystery #101a (v1). Heimdall next appears in Journey into Mystery #101c (v1).
Loki last appeared in Journey into Mystery #103a (v1). Loki next appears in Journey into Mystery #101c (v1).
Enchantress last appeared in Journey into Mystery #103a (v1). Enchantress next appears in Avengers #7 (v1).
Executioner last appeared in Journey into Mystery #103a (v1). Executioner next appears in Avengers #7 (v1).
Surtur last appeared in Journey into Mystery #99c (v1). Surtur next appears in Avengers #61 (v1).
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Skagg in the mainstream continuity. Skagg next appears in Avengers/JLA #4.
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The Gods of Asgard
The Gods of Asgard last appeared in Journey into Mystery #103a (v1). The Gods of Asgard next appears in Journey into Mystery #101c (v1).
Storm Giants
Storm Giants last appeared in Journey into Mystery #100c (v1). Storm Giants next appears in Journey into Mystery #102c (v1).
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  Shark Says:    
  2011-10-27 16:46:19  
  Dude... Odin shows up in Earth after ages, and what does he do? Freeze time all over the planet, teleport every human into another dimension and fight giants in New York. Say, 1964 was a great year for comics.  

  thomassp74 Says:    
  2011-11-27 11:33:53  
  “But one there is who is the wisest…” Something tells me that Stan doesn’t have a degree in English.

“Loki, I am sorely troubled! My favored son, Thor, the one closest to my heart…” It’s no wonder Loki hated Thor and was jealous. Good parenting there Papa Odin.

Let's put Loki in charge of Asgard. The All Father is a moron.

Odin moved the entire human race to another dimension? Isn’t that a little much? And again they’re all white, even though one of the ones up front is wearing a turban.

I like the idea of biographies of the Asgardians in the back up stories.

  Hertz1991 Says:    
  2012-03-18 22:34:58  
  For the Almightiest of gods, Odin fell pretty easily for that lame Loki bluff.  

  Leelas Says:    
  2012-05-26 07:15:45  
  Gods! Giants! Asgardian angst! Seems Thor's finding his niche. Would be 4 stars if not for the lame ending.  

  darkdragonne Says:    
  2012-06-19 04:13:34  
  Odin's really the father of the year, is he? In the past 5 or so Journey Into Mystery issues, there was not one book where he didn't call Thor his favorite son to Loki's face. I can't really blame him for being the way he is...

But all in all these issues are getting better. The Asgardian villains make for a good addition.

  Ice Says:    
  2012-07-28 15:29:09  
  The rumor goes that Balder was added to the original mythology in the 1800's, by the people who interpreted the Norse mythology, as a Christ analogue. I have no idea if that's true, but in Balder's first appearance in this issue with Heimdall, I *swear* it looks like he's carrying a white cross. It's probably supposed to be his sword, but I still thought it was neat.

Soooo, who do you guys think would win in a fight, Cobra and Mr. Hyde or Surtur and Skagg?

  pik.asso Says:    
  2012-08-09 16:28:48  
  Wow, that was a long Thor-period in the order but I think it was worth it! I really liked it!

And now with this issue they finally slightly changed the cover to present THOR in the first place.

  Dark_Knight93 Says:    
  2012-09-10 16:26:32  
  Good issue, love the Asgardian villains. But having to read six Thor issues in a row really makes the lack of plot development obvious. If I had read six Spider-Man issues in a row, there is no doubt his character would at least have some development. But here, Thor is still refusing to move on from Jane, Jane still has no idea why Blake can't be with her, and Odin is still being a grumpy stubborn old man.

Each issue basically starts with Thor saying "Can I marry Jane?" with Odin replying "No, I forbid ye!" Let's move on Stan, jeez lol.

  specialque Says:    
  2012-09-21 15:19:13  
  What a run of stories that was. Journey into Mystery is now my third favorite comic so far in the order after Spider-Man and Fantastic Four (sorry, Ant-Man). I love seeing Thor fight against gods, but the highlight was finally seeing how powerful Odin is. The only thing I didn't like was that Odin should be smarter than to leave Loki in charge. I mean, come on Odin. That was just stupid. Also, I don't remember if it was mentioned, by why the hell was Loki untied from that big-ass rock in the first place? At this point Odin knows that he's a douche.  

  Maidel Says:    
  2013-01-05 11:50:28  
  Thor should always fight other gods, it make him being in danger actually make sense.  

  Phantasmagoria Says:    
  2013-01-10 19:38:18  
  Man this era of JiM is good. I could nitpick about Odin putting Loki in charge of Asgard in his absence, but he had been on fairly good behavior in regards to Odin for a few issues now, and it isn't as if Odin has a record of good decisions when it comes to Loki in the first place.

Overall, this is a damn good issue. Surtur and Skagg are pretty damn cool, as is Heimdall. Plus, I'm warming to Jack Kirby's art, as I think he's at his best when he's drawing fantastical stuff like this.

  Robareid Says:    
  2013-02-11 14:49:29  
  This was really good, I love the godish opponents for Thor, as it actually feels like a even fight. It was a real shame about the weak ending, otherwise would hav been four stars.

I agree with others, some development would have been nice, but I do sort of get the feeling that they're building to something.

  leisch Says:    
  2013-07-27 14:21:58  
  Now here's an issue that needed to be turned into a multi-issue epic. Looks like Stan and Jack were using Tales of Asgard as set-up for Thor stories.. I like it!  

  KingX13 Says:    
  2013-08-16 20:56:12  
  Good run of Thor comics. My only issue is why all of a sudden has Odin been listening and asking Loki for advice? First he lets Loki recruit the Enchantress then he actually leaves him in power.

I may be wrong but isn't Loki suppose to be imprisoned? So why exactly is he standing next to Odin these past few issues?

Doesn't make sense, but overall great issue!

  Anonymous Says:    
  2013-08-21 20:18:43  
  Not to mention the fact Thor hasn't been granted his whole powers again and I almost feel as if its a lost plot point in these issues... I hope they remember and give them back he shouldn't be a match for gods at half power...  

  Anonymous Says:    
  2013-08-21 20:21:47  
  It would have put him on an even playing field if he were to fight the foes he has been in earlier issues so it feels really stupid that they now have him wrecking godly characters at half strength...  

  TheGrandIgloo Says:    
  2013-08-27 16:36:20  
  Heimdall is that perceptive and yet he allows a Loki snake to pass below him, eh?  

  punisher67 Says:    
  2013-10-06 05:28:15  
  3 stars but should have been more. The endings have been very weak in this run - Jane foster obstructing thor from getting hyde, rubbing his hammer on the floor in the tomorrow man issue and now picking up odins sword in this one.  

  Durango55 Says:    
  2013-11-02 16:36:00  
  I do think it's interesting that Stan & Company are trying out the continued multi-issue storylines in the lesser titles (Journey Into Mystery, Tales To Astonish) before attempting them in their better selling titles (Spider-Man, Fantastic Four).  

  Durango55 Says:    
  2013-11-02 16:37:54  
  Am I forgetting the part where Odin returned Thor's strength and storm powers? They were taken away during the Zaarko storyline, but I don't recall seeing Thor regain his lost powers.

Okay, throughout every issue Loki has been in, he hass caused nothing but trouble. But now he's freely walking around, convinces Odin to leave for Earth, and Odin invests a porion of his power to Loki, AND grants him control over sgard while he is gone?!?

I do like the improved continuity we're seeing, an example of which is Loki's freeing of Skaag from the circle of fire Odin created to keep him contained.

"Silence, foolish woman!" Hee hee hee!

I was really liking this first story, until that last page. Magnetism - Stan Lee's solution to ALL problems. Oh well, regardless of the ending, it was good enough to rate as average - 3 stars.

  Psychopat Says:    
  2013-11-04 20:04:48  
  It was a great Thor run! I liked it when he fought Asgardians...like the idea of the character bio... I think at this point Thor is the most develloped character better late than never. And I think Skagg should be in the appearance section he already appeared twice  

  Tarquinnff3 Says:    
  2013-11-24 05:49:17  
  Finally, a good issue of Thor. It's been a long time since I said that about Journey into Mystery, if ever. I really enjoyed the Asgardians who joined the fray and protected the entire planet from great evil and destruction. It is the kind of thing I expected from a series about gods.
The story about Heimdall was interesting too. I always liked Heimdall and it's good to get some back story about him.

  marvelcomicslover Says:    
  2013-12-03 23:22:56  
  Best Thor comic I've read thus far. Gods versus Gods!!! And man is Odin powerful or what?!? I actually liked the Thor story better then Tales of Asgard. They were both good.  

  bharbeke Says:    
  2013-12-23 10:06:16  
  This was another good issue. I like seeing Odin and Thor working as a team against Asgardian foes. There was an epic scale to events, and the battle was nicely done.  

  opusaug Says:    
  2014-02-22 20:05:00  
  Stan still doesn't know how to use magnetism in a story, but he can use "obdurate" in a sentence. I guess that about balances things.  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2014-02-27 06:08:04  
  4 stars for the fight of the century!

Cover Me - Hmmm...is Thor in the Jesus Christ pose? Well, he is fighting a devil...

Details - I think Stan Lee and some of the people above forgot that it was Ymir that was imprisoned in a ring of fire. This is Skagg's 1st app.

Reel To Reel - There is only one thing that I didn't like about the Thor movies.....no Balder!!! Of course, the 1st movie would of been really short, because Balder would of stopped Loki from taking over.

Atlas - On the page where Odin is transporting the humans off Earth. Kirby really needs to look at a map of North America.

Braggarts - Every time a villain of Asgard brags about how powerful his weapon is....it then is immediately destroyed.

Tall Tales - Those Trolls look a lot like Dwarfs to me.

Plan "B" - If I was Odin I would keep Agnar around to blow the Dragon Horn as backup. Also, Gotron sounds like an Transformer!

Heimdall - Eyes sharper than an hawk, ears keener than an antelope, and a fashion sense duller than an naked mole rat!

'Nuff Said - "I? Visit Earth after all these ages??"-Odin

  Bramwell Says:    
  2014-04-05 22:29:15  
  1. intetesting cover change...it suits because these stories are getting really good. i was not looking forward to this run of thor but it has been excellent.
2. nice cover and splash page and the rest of the art is fantastic
3. odin is consistently short-sighted...there is no way that giving Loki his power is going to end well
4. heimdall is awesome...really a good character though one-dimensional
5. wow...odins first display of power is so cool
6. now this is a battle....thor should not be fighting bank robbers and commies. .thor should be fighting immortals and galactic threats
7. things were going well until... magnetic asteriod.. dud ending

  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2014-04-10 05:46:38  
  Odin's massive transport of the entire population sort of makes up for the fact that he's a blustering old fool. That was pretty cool.

Do you think Odin's handling of the petty street hoods was Stan's way of saying "there's no going back now!"? Once Thor starts fighting Asgardians, fighting the Commies just ain't gonna cut it.

Nice to see Thor essentially earned his own cover title.

  Spernst Says:    
  2014-05-12 00:52:07  
  Odin transports the whole human race to another dimension then places all of New York City under a force field. Now finally ready to ride into battle on page 11 he shouts "Thor! Balder! Behold your liege!" Translation- "check out my big***motherf$&ckers!" What an ANIMAL!!  

  gloomyharvester Says:    
  2014-06-12 22:51:56  
  Heimdall, guardian of the rainbow bridge, forever!

Seriously, couldn't the top three candidates have rotated so that once in a while this guy could get a weekend off?

  Spernst Says:    
  2014-06-15 05:56:17  
  Damn...good point gloomy! Even playboy photographers want a day off sometimes...  

  MattzLadd Says:    
  2014-07-28 05:54:15  
  Haha, this is the issue that made me favourite Odin.

"My name is not Mac!"

  MattDog37 Says:    
  2014-12-26 18:05:06  
  At the end, Don Blake says that he's the only mortal who knows what happened. The Thor-Blake thing has me confused.  

  J-Smack Says:    
  2015-08-31 20:52:22  
  Why was Loki Odin's first pick to leave in charge of Asgard?  

  jbb10499 Says:    
  2015-12-01 09:00:48  
  Nice the comics are getting better!  

  Urgat Says:    
  2015-12-11 11:57:16  
  by far the best issue of Journey into Mystery feat. The Mighty Thor until now...wow what a fight...(but Odin still does stupid things...he is really getting old...) 4*  

  wingot Says:    
  2015-12-22 22:30:42  
  Good story, although Odin still seems to be scatter brained and foolish. Great to see the team up though involving more than just Odin fighting.  

  yack Says:    
  2015-12-23 15:16:23  
  Gods and giants and a pissed off Odin.  

  TonyRolloBrownTown Says:    
  2016-01-19 14:22:14  
  Great fight at the end.

I guess Odin can just hurl the entire earth population into another dimension whenever he feels like it.

  gonzo Says:    
  2016-02-15 19:16:15  
  Probably the best episode yet of what's becoming one of the best series in the order.  

  hendrica Says:    
  2016-03-22 16:08:20  
  I'll give it 3 stars...Would have been 4 but I never got the Thor vs Odin fight that was promised to me in the last issue.  

  RobinHoodMtl Says:    
  2016-05-01 00:36:55  
  • That’s my line – “My name is not Mac!” (Odin)

  • Amazing splash of Thor proudly holding his hammer in front of an unknown planet! The portrait on the bottom left looks like me on a Monday morning!

  • On page 2 panel 4, the Enchantress looks terribly blasé!

  • Can’t believe Odin is asking Loki for advice! And then he gives him more power and leaves him in charge!?!!! The ruler of gods is going senile! Loki almost caused the destruction of Midgard, usurped the throne, and Odin sends him… serve the Trolls?! What kind of a lame punishment is that? Thor got his powers cut in half only for loving a mortal! Odin should be punished in the first place for trusting Asgard to Loki! What a terrible judge of character he is!

  • After such battles, Thor must find those fights against commies pretty boring! And Odin?... Now, THAT’s power!

  • Too bad the ending was spoiled by the magnetic asteroid from another… galaxy?!? 4 stars anyway, for the sheer scale of that epic battle and the fantastic artwork!

  Shioxus Says:    
  2016-05-12 02:37:03  
  Wow! I was pretty bummed when I saw that there was such a long stretch of JiM in the order, and for the first few issues I was so bored I took a couple month long break from the Order all together. The last two issues really impressed me though, with this issue bringing a battle truly fit for the gods (except the Surtur part at the end). Thor and Spider-Man are tied for my favorite heroes now!  

  Calion @ MattDog37 (original post):    
  2016-05-31 22:47:47  
  What's confusing? Don Blake is mortal, Thor is immortal, they're different people born of different mothers who share minds and memories and can transform into each other through the power of a magic hammer/cane. What could possibly be confusing about that?  

  Calion Says:    
  2016-05-31 23:21:47  
  Another one I read in reprint when I was a kid. The magnetic asteroid did not seem nearly so lame then.  

  Billstar2 Says:    
  2016-06-13 00:30:36  
  Another decent story, aside from magnetic asteroids.  

  Russ Says:    
  2016-07-29 19:45:15  
  I agree with the other commenters that this stretch of JiM was really good, above par with the majority of the other stories in the order up to this point. I'm starting to wonder if Stan forgot about the reduction of Thor's power because he was really kicking some tail against the Asgardian foes and whipping up storms where he wasn't supposed to be anymore. It's possible Odin gave him his power back off-scene to deal with Skragg and Surtur, and some lucky reader pointed it out in a letters column and got himself a no-prize for it!  

  kent18 Says:    
  2016-11-15 23:48:53  
  Now, *this* -- THIS, by God -- is what sets the Mighty Thor (both the character and the series) apart from all other contenders: the grandiose... the mythic... the full throttle, balls-out, this-amp-goes-all-the-way-up-to-11 COSMIC, baybeeeee -- !!!

Too many instances of highest-grade Awesome to mention them all... but:

** The titanic team of Kirby and Stone are increasingly giving the architecture and clothing of Asgard a consistent (yet still sharply distinctive) look and feel; one which will never, ever be equaled, much less surpassed!

** Odin and the muggers! ("My name is not 'Mac!'")

** Balder the Brave -- charging into battle!

** Odin opens up ALL the cans of WhupAss at once, and finally demonstrates why, *precisely*, all the other deities of Asgard humbly bend knee, and recognize him as "All-Father!"

Five stars... and tell Zarrko not to bother showing up anymore, looking for handouts. ;)

  mvaughn16 Says:    
  2017-07-25 23:48:50  
  Some really, really good points in this issue. I'd go as far as to say this is the best JiM so far. But holy crap, when will we stop writing Odin, wisest of the Norse Pantheon, as a complete moron?

I'm hoping a retcon comes along soon that explains that his playing the fool for Loki these past few issues was all part of some obtuse master plan to further Thor's lessons in humility.

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   April 8, 2016 vanhornluke Added Skagg to the issue.
   April 8, 2016 vanhornluke Updated the listing for Storm Giants.
   April 8, 2016 vanhornluke Added Storm Giants to the issue.
   February 21, 2015 TStarnes Deleted listing of Storm Giants.
   February 21, 2015 TStarnes Deleted listing of Rock Trolls.
   December 28, 2013 fragsel Added Storm Giants to the issue.
   December 24, 2013 fragsel Added Rock Trolls to the issue.
   November 23, 2013 Drax Updated the listing for Heimdall.
   November 23, 2013 Drax Updated the listing for Executioner.
   November 23, 2013 Drax Updated the listing for Enchantress.
   November 23, 2013 Drax Updated the listing for Loki.
   November 23, 2013 Drax Updated the listing for Balder.
   November 23, 2013 Drax Updated the listing for Odin.
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   July 22, 2013 fragsel Updated the listing for The Gods of Asgard.
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