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307: Journey into Mystery Annual #1

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Journey into Mystery #1
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: Jack Kirby
Writers: Stan Lee
Pencilers: Jack Kirby
Inkers: Vincent Colletta
Letterers: Sam Rosen
Cover Date: October 1965
Release Date: July 1965
Story Arc: -
Pages: 15
Cover Price: $0.25
Times Read: 820                 Times Rated: 466
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Universes:   Earth-616  

X-Men #12 (v1)
X-Men #13 (v1)
Journey into Mystery #1
Fantastic Four #38 (v1)
Avengers #15 (v1)
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308: Fantastic Fo...
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Millie the Model #128
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Journey into Mystery #1
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Issue Blurb
An epic battles ensues when Thor stumbles upon Hercules.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
Thor last appeared in Fantastic Four #36 (v1). Thor next appears in Avengers #15 (v1).
Supporting Characters
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Hercules in the mainstream continuity. Hercules next appears in Journey Into Mystery #124a (v1).
Zeus last appeared in Amazing Adult Fantasy #13b. Zeus next appears in Journey Into Mystery #124a (v1).
Loki last appeared in Journey into Mystery #113b (v1). Loki next appears in Journey into Mystery #114a (v1).
Group Appearances
This is the first appearance by Centaurs in the mainstream continuity. Centaurs next appears in Journey Into Mystery #124a (v1).
The Gods of Asgard
The Gods of Asgard last appeared in Journey into Mystery #113b (v1). The Gods of Asgard next appears in Journey into Mystery #114a (v1).
The Gods of Olympus
The Gods of Olympus last appeared in Amazing Adult Fantasy #13b. The Gods of Olympus next appears in Journey Into Mystery #124a (v1).
Storm Giants
Storm Giants last appeared in Journey into Mystery #105b (v1). Storm Giants next appears in Journey into Mystery #115b (v1).
Equipment, Items & Vehicles
Mjolnir last appeared in Avengers #14 (v1). Mjolnir next appears in Avengers #15 (v1).
Golden Mace
Golden Mace next appears in Avengers #38 (v1).
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This issue is introduces Hercules and the Greek pantheon to the Marvel universe.
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Issue Synopsis
Thor travels to Jotunheim with his brother Loki in search of the land of Olympus. When they arrive, the two stumble upon Storm Giants attempting to gain access to Olympus through a secret passage. Thor engages them, hoping to stop them, while Loki flees to safety. Thor is able to defeat the Storm Giants, but is unwittingly knocked into the passage and is transported to the land of Olympus.

Thor explores this new land a bit, and eventually reaches a bridge. He is stopped by Hercules, who demands that he cross the bridge first. Thor ignores this completely and begins to cross the bridge, but Hercules destroys the entire bridge in one blow. Hercules continues to taunt Thor as he builds a new way to cross the river. Undaunted, Thor approaches Hercules witnessing the potential of his strength in the process.

After trading a few insults, the two attack one another and become locked in an epic battle. Thor uses his hammer against Hercules, who retaliates with his club. Before long, they both toss their weapons aside and engage in hand to hand combat.

Both heroes are able to match each others blows, and with each strike the battle increases in intensity. The two begin to test the limits of each other's strength, by trading assault after assault. After some time, they are stopped by Zeus, ruler of Olympus and the Olympian Gods. Zeus ends the battle and insists that the two shake hands and recognize that they are both worthy adversaries. Thor and Hercules do just that, and declare each other friends. With the battle over, Zeus uses his powers to send Thor back to Jotunheim.

Once he has returns, Thor spots Loki who claims that he left to seek help. As they turn to leave Jotunheim, Thor sees that Zeus is assembling a giant mountain of stone on top of the passage to Olympus to stop anyone else from coming in. He keeps his adventures a secret from Loki, fearing that Loki may use the knowledge for his own malicious gain. The two set off back to Asgard, and Thor is left to wonder when he will meet Hercules again.
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  zweineuf Says:    
  2012-03-01 13:40:54  
  The Thor vs Hercules story was cool, but it was only 16 pages! For an annual I would have wanted at least one full-size new story, even if the rest is reprints.  

  Webslinger Says:    
  2012-07-29 20:44:51  
  One short story and 3 or 4 reprints of worst Thor villains, that's a must buy it.

Hot-head? But Thor was the first to provoke, and still wanted to teach Hercules any manners! And I doubt Hercules would garb around an H.

  Wady Says:    
  2012-07-30 15:06:09  
  Good battle a bit too short still good to read  

  Wady Says:    
  2012-07-30 15:13:25  
  A bit short but interesting to read  

  specialque Says:    
  2012-10-13 08:04:05  
  I get that reprints were rare at the time and that this was the only way for fans who missed a past issue to get some of these stories, but 16 pages of new story feels like a cheat for a 72 page annual. It's a fun story though, even if it's light as a feather and seemingly a digression. I would have liked at least something that moved the main Thor story forward.  

  thomassp74 Says:    
  2013-04-08 03:04:19  
  I think it was the best written Thor story I've read so far, but I do agree that I wish it had been longer. I was not impressed by the "map" of Asgard.  

  metsguy Says:    
  2013-04-29 00:05:08  
  Asgard has a shopping center? Does it have a Gap?  

  Ripner Says:    
  2013-05-05 11:38:55  
  So Thor and Hercules fight over who gets to cross a bridge first? Really? They are both that conceited to do this? Rest of the issue was ok, but that has to be one of the stupidest reasons for a fight ever.  

  betarayben Says:    
  2013-07-01 20:49:29  
  Thor literally falls into Olympus and picks a fight with the first shirtless dude he sees.  

  leisch Says:    
  2013-08-04 09:10:14  
  A Thor with no Jane Foster +1 star. This was a great way to introduce Hercules into the MU.
Back in the day, DC annuals were ALL reprint. With the appearance of Marvel annuals, you got reprints, but for the 1st few years, you always got a new story that had some special significance. We had no problem with the Thor-Herc battle being only 16 pages.

  dpaone Says:    
  2013-11-14 06:28:39  
  intro of Herc with a battle for no reason and then we are all friends because we couldn't kill each other. Good battle, but weak story. Only 2 stars  

  Imperator Says:    
  2014-01-20 08:52:15  
  Thor is realy not my favorite hero, he always think, that he's the best and have rights to do whatever he want, Hercules same...  

  Spider-Borg Says:    
  2014-02-17 20:23:55  
  Honestly they don't really say WHEN this took place. So maybe this is when Thor was younger and less wise? That would explain his behavior here :)  

  Durango55 Says:    
  2014-02-21 11:04:29  
  This was a tough one to rate. 4 stars as it has just enough going for it to rise above a 3 star "average" issue rating.
- Fairly average story, but it introduces Olympus, Zeus, and some brawny guy names Hercules that I'm sure we'll never see again.
- Overall, I was entertained.
- Colletta's roughshod inking really degrades Kirby's fine artistry.
- I also liked the aerial view of Asgard. I somehow suspect that no story has tried to correspond with this layout of Asgards, however.

  scottyjrules Says:    
  2014-04-17 00:11:08  
  Thor and Hercules get into a knock down drag out fist fight over who gets to cross a bridge first. I'll try to contain my excitement...  

  Spernst Says:    
  2014-05-12 00:23:54  
  I suspect Thor and herc of enjoying sweaty saunas together....  

  CosmicCostello Says:    
  2014-05-26 01:13:08  
  Pretty lame tale.  

  marvelcomicslover Says:    
  2014-05-26 13:15:47  
  I expected this to be so much better...Well, at least it introduced Hercules...it nothing else.

  Locust75 Says:    
  2014-06-28 22:02:21  
  5 stars for the 1st app of Herc & Papa Zeus!!!

Splash - It looks like Herc is saying "Owww...not so hard, silly!!!"

Roots - I do like that the Storm Giants originally came from Olympus.

Temple Of The Clown - The building that Thor came out of had a weird face with clown lips!

Bridge Over Troubled Waters - Two people trying to cross a bridge is a very old story. The most famous is Robin Hood and Little John!

Pervs - Of course, Olympians would have a Pole of Heroes....

Banksy - On the bottom right spread of Asgard by the shopping center sign. Is that graffiti art of Bowser???

'Nuff Said - "Begone, brash one! Thy ranting begins to bore me!"-Hercules

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2014-08-03 17:56:44  
  I'm not sure how to rate this. Glad someone above explained the annuals of lore, but 16 pages plus an epic battle without much of a story... I toggled between 2 and 3 stars and ultimately gave it 3 since I was entertained.  

  phogbear Says:    
  2014-08-09 13:42:44  
  About the reprints, remember getting a complete collection of a title was difficult back then. If you read the letter pages, you'll see people complaining about not finding issues. Even if your mom, say stopped at the newspaper stand 2-3 days a week for you, getting every issue was problematic.  

  tarheels2302 Says:    
  2014-08-10 11:12:51  
  With this issue being mostly a fight, I was ok with it being a little shorter. The action and art kept me reading, but with no real story implications I couldn't give it more than 3 stars.  

  hawaii Says:    
  2014-08-18 21:59:43  
  It was boring! :/  

  MattzLadd Says:    
  2014-08-25 19:02:16  
  ...Why even is there a passage to Olypmus in Jotunheim? Places from two different mythos should not intersect.  

  MattzLadd Says:    
  2014-08-25 19:07:56  
  This issue should actually win an award for funniest issue. The brash dialogue is hilarious!  

  Bramwell Says:    
  2014-09-06 01:34:26  
  1. The story was contrived and not compelling but it was entertaining for an Annual  

  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2014-12-11 05:27:21  
  Not a fan of Colletta's art. For an annual, I expect Chic Stone! Speaking of art, did anyone else find it odd that Kirby deliberately went out of his way not to show the face of the storm giant with the Beatles wig?

However, I'm a bit confused about whether this story actually happened or not. On the splash page, Stan's comment is ambiguous... he says that he and Kirby have visualized a battle that MIGHT have happened but was lost through the ages. So it's either a "Tales of Asgard"-type story or a "What If?"-type story. Not sure which.

I'm leaning towards the latter, simply because back in Avenger's 10, when Immortus conjures up Hercules to do battle with Thor, Thor doesn't say "I remember you, we're buddies!" Then again, how could he as that Hercules looked totally different... with no H's on his belt or shoes, either!

One could say that Thor had forgotten about the battle by that time, pointing to his comment at the end of the story that the memory of where he had been was already fading, but to that I say thee NAY! Thor was just playing coy so as to not give Loki any more mischief fodder.

Clearly, I'm putting too much thought into all of this.

  Psychopat Says:    
  2015-04-04 10:16:35  
  Cool brawl of Gods but it came pretty boring in the end  

  jbb10499 Says:    
  2015-12-22 15:24:32  
  75 pages my ass  

  samholmes1313 Says:    
  2016-07-20 04:56:20  
  Good fight for dumb reason, but it was amusin and I enjoyed it. Considering that there was no plot 16 pages was quite enough.  

  Russ Says:    
  2016-08-24 12:51:29  
  I think I agree with the majority here. A mere 16 pages for this battle was enough. The fight amounted to nothing more than a playground brawl but it was quite entertaining to see. Even by Silver Age standards they could've framed it with a more compelling plot; this wasn't enough to warrant a feature story in an Annual. Still, 4 stars for a brief but epic slugfest.  

  RobinHoodMtl Says:    
  2016-10-10 10:42:34  
  • That's my line "We are sons of Odin! We ride where we please!"(Thor)

  • First, I acknowledge that for kids back in the days, reprints were wonderful. But 15 pages of original story, in an annual issue? Unacceptable! Considering the other stories are reprints of the worst Thor stories, what a rip-off!

  • It looks like Thor has met his match in terms of arrogance!

  • By Zeus or by Jupiter, pick an allegiance, Hercules!

  • Fights amongst Gods make the most boring dialogs!

  • Okay, to resume this, the big boys fight, Daddy Zeus shows up, congratulates the boys, and they are suddenly BFFs? I wish life were so simple!

  • Loki claims he went for help. Riiight! Now, where's the help, bro?

  • I like that there is a shopping center in Asgard. I wonder what the stores are. Wars "R" US? Walkyria's Secret? Jotunheim's Imports? Spears?

  • Although the art was great, I was very disappointed in this plot, which is basically just a big battle scene. And over what? Who gets to pass the bridge first? 1 star for the first appearance of Hercules, 1 for the artwork and the two-page map, which was fun.

  dadoodoflow Says:    
  2017-03-11 07:04:24  
  As someone who grew up in the 70s a fat comic with reprints was a sweet find. Other than "Son of Origins" and "Bring on the Bad Guys" there weren't any collections dedicated to older stories. When they started The Handbook to The Marvel Universe in the 80s it was almost painful not to be able to read some of these character's original stories (only to find out that their entry was often better written than their actual appearances)  

  StrictSnow Says:    
  2017-04-04 22:48:25  
  Ah, so is this the plot to the new God of War? But uh... yeah... that was a decent enough fight, even if it was fought for an incredibly silly reason. I just wish it could have been longer and had some more character development. But I guess it's a cool introduction to Heracles in the Silver Age. I just have to wonder, everyone knows Loki is evil. Why do they trust him, time after time?  

  GruvTrain Says:    
  2017-07-24 11:22:40  
  Why is Loki going with Thor to Jotunheim? Isn't he in some sort of Asgardian prison?

Why is this fight so honorable? Picking a fight over who gets to cross a bridge first (which neither of them get to do after Hercules destroys it) is something that a stereotypical drunk would do.

Despite the lack of any plot that makes sense, it was a good fight.

  TheSkyIsTeal @ Ripner (original post):    
  2018-03-13 17:01:20  
  It is, however very reminiscent of ancient myth. Even in the adventures of Robin Hood, Hood befriends Friar Tuck in a similar encounter.  

  TheSkyIsTeal @ Spider-Borg (original post):    
  2018-03-13 17:04:57  
  That's where I would put it. His adventuring with Loki would also point to that time frame. I would even go so far as to hypothesize that the mountains that Zeus creates to plug the gap is the same mountain that mortals would later dub "Mount Olympus"  

  RobinHoodMtl @ TheSkyIsTeal (original post):    
  2018-03-14 12:58:37  
  Yes. I can confirm that is how we met. ;-D  

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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)
Thor: Tales of Asgard
This collection includesJourney into Mystery #97a (v1), Journey into Mystery #98a (v1), Journey into Mystery #99a (v1), Journey into Mystery #100a (v1), Journey into Mystery #101a (v1), Journey into Mystery #102a (v1), Journey into Mystery #103a (v1), Journey into Mystery #104a (v1), Journey into Mystery #105a (v1), Journey into Mystery #106a (v1), Journey into Mystery #107a (v1), Journey into Mystery #107a (v1), Journey into Mystery #108a (v1), Journey into Mystery #109a (v1), Journey into Mystery #110a (v1), Journey into Mystery #111a (v1), Journey into Mystery #112a (v1), Journey into Mystery #113b (v1), Journey into Mystery Annual #1, Journey into Mystery #114b (v1), Journey into Mystery #115b (v1), Journey into Mystery #116b (v1), Journey into Mystery #117b (v1), Journey into Mystery #118b (v1), Journey into Mystery #119b (v1), Journey Into Mystery #121a (v1), Journey into Mystery #122b (v1), Journey into Mystery #123b (v1), Journey into Mystery #124b (v1), Journey into Mystery #125b (v1), Thor #126b (v1), Thor #127b (v1), Thor #128b (v1), Thor #129b (v1), Thor #130b (v1), Thor #131b (v1), Thor #132a (v1), Thor #133a (v1), Thor #134b (v1), Thor #135b (v1), Thor #136a (v1), Thor #136b (v1), Thor #138a (v1), Thor #139a (v1), Thor #140a (v1), Thor #141b (v1), Thor #142b (v1), Thor #143b (v1), Thor #144b (v1), Thor #145b (v1)
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