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459: Journey Into Mystery #125 (v1) [A Story]

" When Meet the Immortals "
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Journey Into Mystery #125a (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: Jack Kirby, Vincent Colletta
Writers: Stan Lee
Pencilers: Jack Kirby
Inkers: Vincent Colletta
Letterers: Artie Simek
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: February 1966
Release Date: December 1965
Story Arc: -
Pages: 16
Cover Price: $0.12
Times Read: 639                 Times Rated: 358
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Universes:   Earth-616  
Go to Issue #124a Go to Issue #117b

Daredevil #19 (v1)
Journey Into Mystery #124a (v1)
Journey Into Mystery #125a (v1)
Thor #126a (v1)
Thor #127a (v1)
457: Daredevil
#19 (v1)
458: Journey Into...
#124a (v1)
460: Thor
#126a (v1)
461: Thor
#127a (v1)
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Issue Blurb
After defeating the Demon, Thor returns to his city only to find Jane Foster in the company of Hercules, much to his dismay. Another epic battle begins...
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
Thor last appeared in Journey Into Mystery #124a (v1). Thor next appears in Thor #126a (v1).
Supporting Characters
Odin last appeared in Journey Into Mystery #124a (v1). Odin next appears in Thor #126a (v1).
Balder last appeared in Journey Into Mystery #121a (v1). Balder next appears in Thor #126a (v1).
Hercules last appeared in Journey Into Mystery #124a (v1). Hercules next appears in Thor #126a (v1).
Heimdall last appeared in Journey into Mystery #113a (v1). Heimdall next appears in Thor #126a (v1).
  Jane Foster
Jane Foster last appeared in Journey Into Mystery #124a (v1). Jane Foster next appears in Thor #126a (v1).
  The Demon
The Demon last appeared in Journey Into Mystery #124a (v1).
Group Appearances
The Gods of Asgard
The Gods of Asgard last appeared in Journey Into Mystery #124a (v1). The Gods of Asgard next appears in Thor #126a (v1).
Equipment, Items & Vehicles
Norn Stones
Norn Stones last appeared in Journey Into Mystery #124a (v1).
Mjolnir last appeared in Journey Into Mystery #124a (v1). Mjolnir next appears in Thor #126a (v1).
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Issue Notes

This is the last issue with the title Journey into Mystery. The story will continue in The Mighty Thor #126 (it will continue with the same numbering from Journey into Mystery).
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  Webslinger Says:    
  2012-09-24 21:32:13  
  Now that's something, first Thor gives his secret up without asking Odin first, and now he is going to battle Hercules for a girl, like an high-school fight??

And what about the Demon, sure Stan could have developed that further, but decided to get rid of it, for Hercules instead....

  spencer617 Says:    
  2013-04-17 14:32:19  
  Hercules is by far my favorite personality among the Marvel strongmen. I find the extreme arrogance and joy for life amusing. Volstagg was also in fine form in this issue.  

  leisch Says:    
  2013-08-07 06:58:05  
  Great moments in Thor History-Odin utters the immortal words "I say thee nay!"

Good old Jane, hanging onto any old muscle-bound arm that comes along. This is the woman Thor is causing such a stir over. She's replaced Silver Age Lois Lane as the most unlikeable comics woman of the era.

Hercules is fantastic! He should have had his own continuing series way back then.

  dpaone Says:    
  2014-01-19 16:22:20  
  Herc is such a fun character!  

  frostygrl Says:    
  2014-02-18 14:17:16  
  Jane is being annoying. Hercules is hilarious  

  Anonymous Says:    
  2014-04-13 11:51:50  
  How is Thor Odin's favorite son when he get's rediculous life threatening punishments and Loki just gets an occaisonal time-out.  

  scottyjrules Says:    
  2014-05-06 11:06:52  
  I like that right off the bat Hercules doesn't do things to be heroic or because it's the right thing to do, but rather he helps people so he can get some sleep...  

  metasynthie Says:    
  2014-06-16 10:21:36  
  I was half-expecting Thor to say "Lo, Hercules! How darest thou attempt to beat my time with Jane Foster, loveliest of mortals!" I guess he hasn't been taking enough slang lessons from Flash Thompson.

Flying trolls who live in a hive and have supernatural hairdressing prowess?! (I have to assume Queen Ula doesn't do her OWN hair.) This is why the world needed Jack Kirby.

  marvelcomicslover Says:    
  2014-07-19 20:15:35  
  Hercules talks the way Hemsworth did in the first Marvel Movie...when he was talking to Portman, Dennings, and Sarsgaard in that restaurant...I like it.
Well...I guess Thor and Hercules are about to fight over Jane Foster.
And speaking of Jane...wow...just like that rap song...”they rotate”....”these girls ain't loyal” lol
Tales Of Asgard was ok...I want to see how Thor and his argonauts handle this.

  gloomyharvester Says:    
  2014-07-26 23:42:37  
  Jane, you ignorant slut.  

  specialque Says:    
  2014-08-06 10:25:05  
  Damn, Jane doesn't wait around very long for Thor to return, does she?  

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2014-08-20 12:02:21  
  This issue proves that women are the devil! 4 stars for a comic revealing the truth!  

  Redsvetz @ TheAmazingGatorMan (original post):    
  2014-08-20 13:40:27  
  Haw-haw! Sing it!  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2014-09-14 13:45:23  
  3 stars Herc and the forgotten Demon!

Cover Me - Herc's shadow looks like it is holding a turkey leg!

Wasted - The poor Demon never had a chance...

Ride The Rails - So Herc clears a Sequoia from the tracks, so they must be on the west coast. And, all they have to do is take him to a city....so, they take him all the way to New York City!!??

We're Butch - On page 8, panel 5 that one Asgardian on the left is wearing fishnet stockings!!!

Hollywood Mogul - I wonder BJ Cosmos changed his name to JB Stardust??

New Do - So, I guess Queen Ula is the 1st woman to wear her hair as a "Beehive"!!!

'Nuff Said - "Willie! Willie! Come 'n pinch me!"-Kinky Conductor

  Bramwell @ gloomyharvester (original post):    
  2014-12-02 00:19:25  
  I believe that you sir have won this discussion. Well played Sir, well played.  

  gumchewspit Says:    
  2015-01-06 00:23:27  
  Hooray for ongoing story development, even if it is ridiculous. Tales... is new to me, Volstagg is awesome.  

  ViolentPhlegm Says:    
  2015-07-23 20:33:03  
  Herc is awesome. Clearly the inspiration for much of the first Thor movie.  

  Big Frank T Says:    
  2015-11-11 09:46:45  
  "Not for Nothing" and "I say thee nay" by Odin in consecutive panels. Way to mix his olde English and ye moderne English  

  kungfufan Says:    
  2016-08-22 00:32:45  
  Let's look back an issue, and show unseen dialogue from this familiar scene:
Zeus: What was that noise? Oh jeepers, it's Earth! I'd completely forgotten about them!
Hercules, I grow weary of thy endless frolicking and revelry in Olympus. Hence I have a mission for thee. Go thou to Earth.
Hercules: And what doth I do there, sire?
Zeus: I, er, hadn't thought that far. Frolick and revel, I guess.

Another bumbling old almighty father-god.

  Russ Says:    
  2016-09-11 22:03:29  
  If Thor told the witch doctor about being in love with Jane Foster, would the witch doctor tell him "Ooo Eee Ooo Ahh Ahh, Ting Tang Walla Walla Bing Bang"?

On that rather silly note, and without chipmunks, since this is the final issue of Journey into Mystery and Thor's run there, it's time for the evaluation.....

Thor is such a powerful character, even in these early days, he must have been quite tough to write for. Loki was decent but a little overused, and nobody else could really measure up or was written poorly. And Jane? Ugh, even as the typical female as written by Stan in those days (please put the term "typical female" into the context of these stories, not as a slight to women, thanks) Jane was written as if misogyny was justifiable in those days. It seemed as if the only reason she entered the nursing profession in the first place was to look for a husband that would quit his job just for her.

But even in these early days, Thor does show a lot of potential, and using Norse mythology as a backstory, although taking a lot of liberties with it, gives a lot of opportunity to explore his character.

There are a lot of hiccups here, but the Thor feature up to this point gets a C+.

  Russ Says:    
  2016-09-11 22:10:44  
  A couple of other things...

Odin's character as a loving father who treats him like a daughter who chose a street gang member to take her to the senior prom paints him as a not-very-wise all-father and parent. I'm not sure how such a character SHOULD act, but Odin comes across as less parent and more jerkwad than anything.

However, the last minute plot twist with Donald Blake revealing to Jane that he's Thor sets up a potentially great storyline, and redeems Jane's character somewhat. It's one storyline I'm actually looking forward to seeing develop.

  RobinHoodMtl Says:    
  2017-01-01 21:17:13  
  • That's my line – "Though the words be strange, the tone is unmistakable! And worse, they interrupt my madrigal!" (Hercules el Kabong)

  • Is it me or is that Norn Stone much bigger that when it first appeared! If I remember well, Thor was holding several stones in his hand before dropping this one and they were the size of sugar cubes! Maybe it grew in size as much as in power while used by the Demon.

  • Once again, Odin the All-Unwise punishes his "favorite" son in a much severe fashion than he ever did with Loki, who has betrayed him and Asgard time and time again. And for what? Being in love with a human? So why did he put him in a human form to begin with? Ughh! Worst. Daddy. Ever!

  • Wow! The panel with that car whose bottom half was torn off by a thrown streetlamp was pretty impressive!

  • Jane has just met Hercules and she's already following him? She clearly digs muscular guys! I bet she'll ditch him when she meets the Hulk!

  • I know Thor really had a bad-hair day, especially right after Jane brushes him off like an idiot for being late, but it's no reason to be so rude when so nicely greeted by Hercules. It's not his fault if Jane felt lonely and horny.

  • This was a fun issue where Hercules stole the show. Kirby was great despite the sometimes good/sometimes bad inking job. The episode lost a star for Odin and Thor being pointless jerks, but it still was above average so 4 stars!

  Urgat Says:    
  2017-01-09 05:24:26  
  With this and the last Issue Jane Foster has achieved the Title: "Most pathetic Woman in the MU of the 60s"

Faking depression just because she can't stand to wait for the guy she thinks she might love. When he reveals his secret she demands that Thor (who surely has otherworldly Commitments) stays with her always and forever. But when she sees another immortal, she instantly follows him and "forgets Thor was gone"...

No wonder Thor flips his a-double"s" and gets mad after fighting off all of Asgard after saving Asia (and mybe the world) from the Demon...

  dadoodoflow Says:    
  2017-03-16 14:35:24  
  What did women ever do to Stan Lee?  

  StrictSnow Says:    
  2017-05-08 14:38:27  
  Hercules is worth another star, surely. Wow Jane. Cold.  

  Allencthulhu Says:    
  2017-06-26 00:57:47  
  Jane Foster, taking lessons from former sorority sister, Gwen Stacy. If I was Thor I'd just say, "Fine. Bye." and go back to Asgard and let Odin do with me what he will.  

  chrisWhite Says:    
  2018-01-19 14:06:11  
  Unfortunately, it seems sexism did not go out of fashion with the solver age...  

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Marvel Masterworks: The Mighty Thor, Volume 4
This collection includesJourney Into Mystery #121a (v1), Journey Into Mystery #122a (v1), Journey Into Mystery #123a (v1), Journey Into Mystery #125a (v1), Thor #126a (v1), Thor #127a (v1), Thor #128a (v1), Thor #129a (v1), Thor #130a (v1), Journey Into Mystery #124a (v1)
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   January 31, 2018 TStarnes Added Mjolnir listing.
   January 31, 2018 TStarnes Added Norn Stones listing.
   January 31, 2018 TStarnes
   January 31, 2018 TStarnes
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   November 25, 2017 TStarnes
   July 14, 2015 TStarnes Deleted listing of Warriors Three.
   July 14, 2015 TStarnes Deleted listing of Magrat.
   July 14, 2015 TStarnes Deleted listing of Queen Ula.
   July 14, 2015 TStarnes Deleted listing of Fandral.
   July 14, 2015 TStarnes Deleted listing of Kroda.
   July 14, 2015 TStarnes Deleted listing of Volstagg.
   July 14, 2015 TStarnes Deleted listing of Loki.
   July 14, 2015 TStarnes Deleted listing of Hogun.
   July 14, 2015 TStarnes Added Creator Listing.
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   November 23, 2013 Drax Updated the listing for Fandral.
   November 23, 2013 Drax Updated the listing for Volstagg.
   November 23, 2013 Drax Updated the listing for Hogun.
   November 23, 2013 Drax Updated the listing for Loki.
   November 23, 2013 Drax Updated the listing for Kroda.
   November 23, 2013 Drax Updated the listing for Magrat.
   November 23, 2013 Drax Updated the listing for Heimdall.
   November 23, 2013 Drax Updated the listing for Balder.
   November 23, 2013 Drax Updated the listing for Odin.
   November 23, 2013 Drax Updated the listing for Thor.
   June 7, 2013 TStarnes Moved this issue.
   May 23, 2013 fragsel Added Queen Ula to the issue.
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