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312: Journey into Mystery #114 (v1) [A Story]

" The Stronger I Am, the Sooner I Die! "
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Journey into Mystery #114a (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: Jack Kirby
Writers: Stan Lee
Pencilers: Jack Kirby
Inkers: Chic Stone
Letterers: Sam Rosen
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: March 1965
Release Date: January 1965
Story Arc: -
Pages: 16
Cover Price: $0.12
Times Read: 843                 Times Rated: 471
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Avengers #16 (v1)
Daredevil #7 (v1)
Journey into Mystery #114a (v1)
Journey into Mystery #115a (v1)
Journey into Mystery #116a (v1)
310: Avengers
#16 (v1)
311: Daredevil
#7 (v1)
313: Journey into...
#115a (v1)
314: Journey into...
#116a (v1)
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Avengers #16 (v1)
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Journey into Mystery #115a (v1)
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Journey into Mystery #116a (v1)
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Daredevil #7 (v1)
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Journey into Mystery #116a (v1)
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Issue Blurb
Thor must face the Absorbing Man who can take any strength Thor throws at him and make it his own.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
Thor last appeared in Avengers #16 (v1). Thor next appears in Journey into Mystery #115a (v1).
Supporting Characters
Balder last appeared in Journey into Mystery #113a (v1). Balder next appears in Journey into Mystery #116a (v1).
  Jane Foster
Jane Foster last appeared in Journey into Mystery #113a (v1). Jane Foster next appears in Journey into Mystery #115a (v1).
  Harris Hobbs
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Harris Hobbs in the mainstream continuity. Harris Hobbs next appears in Journey into Mystery #115a (v1).
  The Absorbing Man
The Absorbing Man last appeared in Daredevil #1 (v1). The Absorbing Man next appears in Journey into Mystery #115a (v1).
Loki last appeared in Journey into Mystery Annual #1. Loki next appears in Journey into Mystery #115a (v1).
Group Appearances
The Gods of Asgard
The Gods of Asgard last appeared in Journey into Mystery Annual #1. The Gods of Asgard next appears in Journey into Mystery #115a (v1).
Equipment, Items & Vehicles
Mjolnir last appeared in Avengers #16 (v1). Mjolnir next appears in Journey into Mystery #115a (v1).
Ball and Chain
Ball and Chain next appears in Journey into Mystery #115a (v1).
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Issue Notes

Why Essential Notes

This issue features the first appearance of often recurring villain The Absorbing Man.

Placement Notes

This is after Avengers #16 as per the Wasps mention of the Trial of the Gods.
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Issue Synopsis
Our story begins with Thor battling a common villain, who is hoping to escape in a bucket racer. Thor stops him using his hammer and chases after him. Meanwhile, Loki looks on vowing to stop his stepbrother. He transports a vial of poisonous vapors to Thor's location, hoping to weaken him. However, Thor is unaffected by the vapors and manages to stop the criminal.

Feeling frustrated, Loki realizes that he can't weaken Thor through mystical means. Instead, he hatches a plan to give strength to another, who may be able to face Thor down. He creates another vial, and once again teleports it to Earth. This time, however, his destination is inside a prison, where he dumps the serum into the drink of a convict there, Crusher Creel. In seconds, Creel becomes aware of his new power, and starts to demonstrate it by throwing things around in the prison cafeteria. The guards go after him, but when they do, he becomes solid lead. With newfound strength, and a new power, Creel busts out of prison and takes off to freedom.

Dr. Blake is in his office, taking care of a patient, who is the reporter Harris Hobbs. Hobbs tells Blake about an escaped convict he is hot on the trail of. Realizing that this is a job for Thor, Blake cancels his plans with Jane Foster and transforms into Thor. He uses his hammer to fly in the direction the reporter pointed out, the Black Mountain swamp area.

Once there, it is not long before Crusher Creel reveals himself, hidden amongst the rocks. As the two begin to fight, Creel starts to absorb every blow that Thor throws at him. This is Creel's new power. He can absorb the power of anything near him, even that of the mighty Thunder God. With his new powers, Creel has transformed into the Absorbing Man.

Thor attempts to battle the Absorbing Man back. But each time he uses a new power, Creel simply absorbs it and throws it back at him. Even when Thor creates a whirlwind to stop Creel, he simply creates a whirlwind as well. Eventually, Harris Hobbs shows up to the scene and attempts to throw some dynamite he had hidden away at the Absorbing Man. Creel uses his new whirlwind ability to hurl the dynamite back, and Thor is forced to shield them from the blast, leaving the Absorbing Man to get away.

Creel steals a car and drives away from the swamp. As he is driving, he fantasizes about becoming a dictator and taking over the world. But his daydreams are shattered by the reappearance of Thor, who uses his hammer to destroy his car.

Once again, Thor and the Absorbing Man clash, but the Absorbing Man soon proves to be too much for Thor. With each new power Thor tries, Creel is able to absorb it and throw it back at him. Even in hand to hand combat, Creel becomes stronger each time Thor attacks him. The fight continues for hours, with neither showing any signs of giving up. But just then, a strange mist surrounds them. Out of the mist emerges Balder the Brave appears to tell Thor that Jane Foster has been captured by Loki. Thor leaves his battle with the Absorbing Man behind to go to Asgard and pursue his evil stepbrother. The Absorbing Man takes this chance to leave and finds a house to plan his next move.
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  Webslinger Says:    
  2012-07-30 17:09:26  
  I guess Stan & Kirby tried to portray he as a beast eve before getting his powers. As for the story, it was done in too much a hurry, if not for Tales of Asgard they could have developed it better, the same applies to this one too, I'm sure it had more details to enrich it. And I didn't see it was Little Red Riding Hod!  

  specialque Says:    
  2012-10-13 23:29:17  
  I'm very excited to see how this Absorbing Man story is resolved. Just checking the order and seeing a ton of Thor issues in a row is very encouraging. I just can't get enough of long story arcs. It seems to me that there's a similarity with the X-Men's battle with Juggernaut, where no matter what you throw at a villain, it can't stop him at all.  

  leisch Says:    
  2013-08-04 10:57:11  
  Loki finally finds a useful surrogate and creates my favorite Thor villain of all.  

  dpaone Says:    
  2013-11-17 22:38:13  
  Loki is such a weasel.  

  Spider-Borg Says:    
  2014-02-21 19:47:49  
  I really liked the absorbing man! Too bad the tales of Asgard story was lame. Averaged it out to a 3 star rating.  

  Durango55 Says:    
  2014-03-02 13:14:26  
  4 stars. An enjoyable issue.
- I've always enjoyed Absorbing Man's appearances, and this is no exception. His "origin" was a bit humdrum however. He's a good ooponent for Thor, and I'm interested in seeing how this story is concluded.
- Harris Hobbs just happens to have brought some TNT with him, just in case? The FBI needs to investigate this guy...

  scottyjrules Says:    
  2014-04-17 17:56:05  
  This was fun. I hope Thir and Absorbing Man hit each other some more real soon...  

  marvelcomicslover Says:    
  2014-05-26 14:43:57  
  The intro of Absorbing Man wasn't too bad. I'm curious to see how Thor beats him. I wanna see Absorbing Man fight the Hulk.
Tales Of Asgard was OK. I want to see what other powers the Fenris Wolf and Iduna possess.

  arsenal009 Says:    
  2014-06-09 15:34:07  
  Cool 1st issue of Absorbing Man. I also liked the ending w Thor having to go back to Asgard to duel w Loki who has kidnapped Jane.

My favorite part of Tales of Asgard is that it forces the main story to be more condensed & told at a quicker pace sans filler.

  Locust75 Says:    
  2014-07-04 23:17:24  
  5 stars for the 1st app of the Absorbing Man!!!

Cover Me - Another King Kirby Klassic!!!

Dragulla - Just how far did the spy expect to get in a Dragster? Yes, they are fast, but also run out of fuel fast. I always thought he worked for HYDRA though.

Green Is The New Black - It looks like Loki is sporting some new threads...

Mountain Dew - I wonder which Black Mountain they are at? There are several in neighboring states, but I don't know of any with a swamp.

Sherlock - Iduna notices everything about Fenris in human form except.....giant whiskers!!!

'Nuff Said - "Silence, dogs! I got somethin' to say!"-Dictator Crusher

  Domin8 Says:    
  2014-07-10 00:41:33  
  3-2: See even gods huff!

11-6: For those who haven't been paying extra close attention, using the subtle clues they've provided me, I've come to the conclusion that this con will henceforth be referred to by the very clever moniker: "THE ABSORBING MAN". I just wanted to clear that up for anyone who hadn't read it the four other times it had been proclaimed.

14-2,3,4: "Well since lightning doesn't work, I'll try rasslin' him! That's bound to do it!"

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2014-08-04 12:02:32  
  Good story, but I lost it when The Absorbing Man states he wasn't going to finish the reporter off for fear of being found. Major inconsistency with him claiming he fears nothing. 3 stars.  

  MattzLadd Says:    
  2014-08-27 13:09:40  
  It seems Fenris learned some tricks from Henry Pym!  

  Bramwell Says:    
  2014-09-10 02:28:25  
  1. Page 3 is whack. Four dimensional molecule screen....subaitronic space disorder...all whack I say
2. So dynamite is standard equipment for a reporter...odd but good to know
3. Interesting villain powers
4. Hail Eris!

  CosmicCostello Says:    
  2014-10-02 12:22:29  
  Overall a decent issue. I like The Absorbing Man so it is nice to see his 1st appearance. But not much happens in the tale. It's well paced, but there are some odd inconsistencies, too, like a reporter having TNT and AM even mentioning murder only to dismiss it for a lame reason.

Tales of Asgard interesting, not earth shatteringly so. 3 stars.

  jwerth Says:    
  2014-11-19 20:29:58  
  That reporter's interviews are dynamite!  

  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2014-12-22 21:19:36  
  Once again, totally surprised that Loki is responsible for the Absorbing Man... I had no idea!

Some really great artwork in this one, with some larger panels used to good effect (i.e. destruction).

I love that shot of Thor grimacing from being punched in the face on Pg14/P5!

  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2014-12-25 06:08:52  
  I also want to add a special shout-out to Pg5/P1-3, especially panel 3. That's a great sequence of images from Kirby and Stone! The look on Creel's face as the potion takes effect is masterful!  

  elbobo926 Says:    
  2015-02-10 14:15:59  
  Am I the only one who liked the name Crusher Creel better than the Absorbing Man...?  

  MattDog37 Says:    
  2015-02-17 05:40:17  
  Harris Hobbs: "I slipped on a banana peel while running for a train, doc!"

Sure you did, Hobbs.

  skabeaters Says:    
  2015-05-08 17:17:29  
  Pretty stoked to read the origin of the Absorbing Man... I always thought it was gamma radiation that caused his mutation.  

  rook420 Says:    
  2015-08-06 23:56:13  
  When did Loki get the new duds?

  jbb10499 Says:    
  2015-12-25 13:17:20  
  I love the idea of the bad guy, and the title is the best one yet in my opinion. Even the exposition is bearable.  

  kungfufan Says:    
  2016-04-20 02:23:18  
  Without knowing what was coming, I read the cover and thought "This is gonna be lame." After going up against foes like his own carbon(?) copy, an indestructible android, the Hulk, and most recently Hercules, all who could fight Thor to a stand-still, I guessed this might just be another similar story and hence have that recycled feel. But to find out it was a legitimate threat, that it was none other than Absorbing Man no less, I was very pleasantly surprised. Excited to see how Thor wins this one...  

  kungfufan Says:    
  2016-04-20 02:28:34  
  @MattDog37 When Hobbs said that I had no doubt in my mind that he was going to be the villain: how could that lame excuse be real? Oh...  

  J-Smack Says:    
  2016-04-30 14:07:03  
  "Whatever you can do, I can do...maybe even better!"
I can do anything better than you!
No you can't!
Yes I can!
No you--oh, forget it, if you didn't get the reference by now, you're not going to.

  Urgat @ J-Smack (original post):    
  2016-06-13 07:20:40  
  I didn't get it...  

  kungfufan @ Urgat (original post):    
  2016-06-13 15:08:13  
  me neither...  

  J-Smack @ Urgat (original post):    
  2016-06-17 00:21:40  

  RobinHoodMtl @ J-Smack (original post):    
  2016-10-15 22:06:01  
  LOL. I got the exact same song running through my mind when I read that! Betrays my age, I guess...  

  RobinHoodMtl Says:    
  2016-10-15 22:09:13  
  • That's my line – "Surprised that my iron ball can beat you’re your hammer?? Haw!! I got a bigger surprise for ya!!"(Absorbing Man) – Need I comment? Get a room, boys!

  • What happened to Loki's looks? He's atrocious now! Well, not only him but also Creel. Kirby's job with these characters disappointed me. He and Stone can do so much better than that!

  • I too was surprised that Absorbing Man was Loki's creation. Never saw that one coming!

  • So Creel gets a new power and immediately knows how to use it? I guess Loki potion came in with an integrated manual!

  • Why is it that every hero gets tingled now? Wouldn't it make more sense if they attributed danger warnings to, say, intuition, and left the tingling to Spidey?

  • Granted that this is the origin of Absorbing Man, but the botched art was too much of a distraction. Thanks to the unusual conclusion and nice intrigue, I'll give it 4 stars.

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Marvel Masterworks: The Mighty Thor, Volume 3
This collection includesJourney into Mystery #111a (v1), Journey into Mystery #112a (v1), Journey into Mystery #113a (v1), Journey into Mystery Annual #1, Journey into Mystery #114a (v1), Journey into Mystery #115a (v1), Journey into Mystery #116a (v1), Journey into Mystery #117a (v1), Journey into Mystery #118a (v1), Journey Into Mystery #119a (v1), Journey Into Mystery #120a (v1)
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