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47: Journey into Mystery #90 (v1) [A Story]

" Trapped by the Carbon-Copy Man! "
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Journey into Mystery #90a (v1)
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Cover Artists: Jack Kirby, Dick Ayers
Writers: Stan Lee, Larry Lieber
Pencilers: Al Hartley
Inkers: Steve Ditko
Letterers: Terry Szenics
Cover Date: March 1963
Release Date: January 1963
Story Arc: -
Pages: 13
Cover Price: $0.12
Times Read: 1,384                 Times Rated: 726
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Strange Tales #107 (v1)
Fantastic Four #12 (v1)
Journey into Mystery #90a (v1)
Incredible Hulk #6 (v1)
Tales of Suspense #39a (v1)
45: Strange Tales
#107 (v1)
46: Fantastic Fou...
#12 (v1)
48: Incredible Hu...
#6 (v1)
49: Tales of Susp...
#39a (v1)
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Issue Blurb
Ugarth, the ruler of Xarta, and his son Zano are have a sinister plan to conquer Earth by using their power to transform into any object/creature. Can Thor liberate the human race from the Xartan scheme?
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
Thor last appeared in Journey into Mystery #89 (v1). Thor next appears in Journey into Mystery #91 (v1).
Supporting Characters
  Jane Foster
Jane Foster last appeared in Journey into Mystery #89 (v1). Jane Foster next appears in Journey into Mystery #91 (v1).
Odin last appeared in Journey into Mystery #89 (v1). Odin next appears in Tales of Suspense #39d (v1).
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Zano in the mainstream continuity. Zano next appears in X-Factor #32 (v1).
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Ugarth in the mainstream continuity.
Group Appearances
The Gods of Asgard
The Gods of Asgard last appeared in Journey into Mystery #89 (v1). The Gods of Asgard next appears in Tales of Suspense #39d (v1).
NYPD last appeared in Fantastic Four #11b (v1). NYPD next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #1b (v1).
This is the first appearance by Xartans in the mainstream continuity. Xartans next appears in X-Factor #32 (v1).
Equipment, Items & Vehicles
Mjolnir last appeared in Journey into Mystery #89 (v1). Mjolnir next appears in Journey into Mystery #91 (v1).
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Issue Review
   November 23, 2013
Unappealing artwork and a very odd conclusion are the standout features of this tale. It’s certainly fast-paced and full of action. Even the characterization of the alien invaders has had some effort put into it. 4/10
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Issue Synopsis
On the distant planet of Xarta, Ugarth, Warlord of Xarta sets off on his final campaign of conquest before his retirement. He is accompanied by his son, Zano.

Down on Earth, timid Dr Don Blake is bemoaning the fact that he is unable to tell his nurse, Jane Foster, that he is in love with her. He decides that tomorrow he will tell Jane about his dual identity as Thor and about his love for her.

The next day, as Blake is about to tell Jane that he is really Thor, an image of his father, Odin, appears before him, forbidding him to reveal his secret identity.

During the day, strange things begin to happen around the city: sidewalks become reserved for cars, a bridge is painted with polka-dots, and people are forbidden to lock their doors. Dr Blake returns to his office for the afternoon to discover that treating charity patients is now against the law. Jane, uncharacteristically, says she agrees with the law and storms out. Puzzled, Blake changes into Thor and flies over to ask the mayor what is behind these strange new laws. The mayor, previously a friend, is hostile. He summons guards and orders them to arrest Thor.

Thor escapes and flies to outskirts of the city where he ponders the problem. He comes to the conclusion that people are acting strangely because they are imposters. Making a search of the city, he discovers a spaceship, partly hidden amongst some trees. Dropping his hammer in order to inspect the ship, he suddenly finds himself pinned to the outside of the ship by a mysterious force. He is unable to reach his hammer, so a minute a later he changes into Dr Blake.

Blake is discovered by alien soldiers, and taken inside the ship to meet their leader, Ugarth. Also prisoners inside the ship are Jane, Foster and the city’s mayor, confirming Thor’s suspicion that the others really were imposters. The aliens reveal that they have the power to impersonate anyone.

Ugarth’s son, Zano, explains that they are inserting imposters into key jobs throughout the city in order to create chaos and so make it easier for their waiting space fleet to invade. Jane and the Mayor protest that Thor will save them. Blake tells the aliens that if they grant him his freedom, he will lead them to Thor so that they can catch him off guard.

Outside of the ship, Blake distract the aliens and retrieves his hammer, transforming instantly into Thor. Thor battles Zano, who uses his powers of transformation in order to try to subdue the Thunder God. After a short battle, Thor beats Zano, but then Ugarth himself steps into the fray. Ugarth turns himself invisible and proceeds to pound Thor. It looks as though Thor is going to lose the fight, but he suddenly has an idea. He summons a storm, and the heavy rain makes it possible for him to see his invisible foe. He captures Ugarth and, with a mighty throw, flings the alien warlord up into space. The alien fleet quickly departs to follow and rescue their leader.

Ugarth’s son, Zano, and several other aliens are left stranded on Earth. Thor commands them to transform themselves into trees. Since they will take on all of the characteristics of trees, they will be unable to change themselves back and so be rendered harmless.

Finally, Thor tells Jane and the mayor that Blake only pretended to betray him, but was really helping him.
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  TStarnes Says:    
  2011-10-17 00:00:00  
  Ugarth....Xarta....Zano. Man, who comes up with these names.  

  Webslinger Says:    
  2012-03-30 00:29:50  
  Finally, after 8 issues we get some character development, but Odin f*cks it all up... Anyway, in the end Dr. Blake looks confident for the first time ever!

P.S.: And what of lack of originality, after Skrulls an Impossible Man another alien race who can changes into everything, and how could Thor know they acquire all characteristics of what they've changed into, wouldn't Xartam's themselves know that??

  Jukebox_Hero Says:    
  2012-05-11 02:47:44  
  The art is pretty terrible in this one, but Stan's letter there kind of enlightened me a bit as to why sometimes the art was so crappy in these comics. I really hadn't thought about it, but there were only a handful of guys turning these mags out. Pretty amazing how they did what they did in the volume that they did it.  

  Dark_Knight93 Says:    
  2012-06-29 14:56:49  
  Dr. Blake doesn't look very well in this issue. The art makes him look like a an anorexic, or someone crippled by Polio. The plot was a "Carbon Copy" of Fantastic Four #2, so I hope this doesn't mean they're already running out of ideas.  

  DirtyMarco Says:    
  2012-07-11 23:21:13  
  How will we imprison these shape shifting aliens? oh I know we'll just have them turn into trees. FACEPALM.  

  Gym1963 Says:    
  2012-07-15 13:43:24  
  Whilst I never cared much for Jack Kirby's artwork, he's infinitely better than they guy they replaced him with in this issue. Poor art, terrible story - not a lot to recommend it.  

  deeplennon Says:    
  2012-07-19 12:33:57  
  A generic Lee yarn, but hey, at least it's with Thor.  

  brunelli Says:    
  2012-08-06 03:02:04  
  Bad art en a story which we have already seen in Fantastic Four #2 makes for probably the worst Thor issue yet  

  specialque Says:    
  2012-09-13 09:05:50  
  Dr. Blake's face on the last panel was worth an extra star in my rating. Other than that...blah. These Thor stories are about as lame as the good ol' doctor.  

  Phantasmagoria Says:    
  2012-10-23 10:20:43  
  The Carbon Copy Men are derivative of the skulls, and they aren't half as cool. How boring.  

  Spider-Borg Says:    
  2012-11-17 09:17:33  
  Is this the beginning of a Lord of the Rings crossover? Do the trees turn into Ents? Then they're like "hey let's change back" and treebeard is all "Don't be hasty" lol  

  Phantasmagoria Says:    
  2012-12-03 23:20:30  
  I gotta say, that letter reply is pretty enlightening. The rate they worked at is pretty damn crazy. Maybe I'll be more lenient on these guys in the future.  

  minicheddaz Says:    
  2013-03-03 17:05:20  
  the worst thor so far.  

  leisch Says:    
  2013-07-19 17:31:15  
  The art is so bad, it makes it hard to cocentrate on the story. Stan should have had the trees transplanted to provide shade for the Skrull cows.  

  marvelcomicslover Says:    
  2013-09-08 00:34:48  
  This wasn't too bad. Ending kind of reminded me of FF #2. I would like to see Marvel bring back Ugarth and the Xartan army. I mean would a warlord really not come back to rescue his son? Art wasn't too bad. I kind of liked Hartley's version of Blake. He seemed exceptionally small and frail.  

  Tarquinnff3 Says:    
  2013-10-02 19:59:10  
  This was probably my favorite Thor issue so far. I don't know what set it apart from the others, but I had a lot of fun reading it. I guess that's the most important thing. I think one of the main draws of the Thor stories is his relationship with Jane.  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2014-01-05 10:28:43  
  1 star. I really wanted to like this one, but it was tough to. Anyway, I always felt that the Xartans could of been a rival to the Skrulls by constantly messing with each other.

Cover Me - A 1st, Thor is actually showing fear. Also, the Ice Giant looks better red.

This Is XARTA! - Hmm...They seem to use the same letters and numbers as Earth does. Look at their ship on the 1st page.

Daddy Issues - Wow, I always thought Zeus was the bigger douche, but Odin gives the ultimate***block to his own son!

Small Time - Ugh, Xartans you gotta think bigger!!! No wonder you're the laughing stock of the universe!

Double Take - On page 5, panel 4 does Thor have a twin??? I smell a story here!

Boomerang -The Xartans look like the space cartoons that Alex Toth did for Hanna-Barbera.

Planning Ahead - So, I guess Zano just happened to have a net and a sword laying around ???

Copycat - Oh Man, this issue really is like FF 2. You have 5 Xartans, but only 4 tress at the end!

'Nuff Said - "But I don't want to walk in the gutter!"-Pedestrian

  Bramwell Says:    
  2014-01-12 20:34:06  
  1. Cars on the sidewalk? Makes no sense whatsoever.
2. Actually, the whole premise of the story is absurd.
3. That's a dramatic way to use the super power of 'memory'.
4. Props for Occam's Razor
5. Am I the only one who can see the future when he puts down his hammer 'just for a few seconds'?
6. Rain to see the invisible villain...that actually makes sense
7. The tree thing was not impressive writing
All in all pretty mediocre...2 stars.

  opusaug Says:    
  2014-01-28 00:18:06  
  Hartley's art was horrible compared to Kirby's - it looked like Thor had invaded Archie Comics.  

  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2014-01-29 05:34:40  
  Ouch. This one was pretty awful. This story made the Ant Man stories look like "War and Peace." Terrible... just terrible.  

  danberado Says:    
  2014-02-13 02:18:19  
  Is this the first issue of Thor with something that takes the form of an ice giant?  

  skerit Says:    
  2014-05-30 08:45:43  
  Ah, another alien invasion issue. It's been a while.

I liked Odin's good advice, unfortunately Thor doesn't seem to grasp the idea:

Odin: "When something puzzles you, always seek the simplest, most obvious explanation"
Thor: "Ok. If people are not acting like themselves, they they must be impostors!"

By the gods, really?

Also: in one of the first frames dr Blake's head looked gigantic compared to his frail body.

  gloomyharvester Says:    
  2014-06-13 08:27:14  
  Ugarth was truly rocking one one of the fiercest mustaches of the Silver Age. Other than Dum Dum Dugan, I can't think of any hero that could face it head-on.  

  rainbowsad Says:    
  2014-07-05 20:44:34  
  Pretty average issue. I got a little excited when Dr. Blake finally decided to talk to Jane, too bad Odin had to go and ruin it all...  

  quartertwain Says:    
  2015-02-17 05:58:02  
  Don Blake looks like Darrin in the cartoon opening to Bewitched, jutting chin, square face and all.  

  rodyoungerblood Says:    
  2015-05-24 16:01:05  
  Come on Blake! Get after Jane! Let's make some progress!  

  hendrica Says:    
  2015-10-24 12:47:52  
  Art was really bad. At the bottom of page 12 they even drew Thor holding his hammer, but the hammer is missing, he is only holding the handle.  

  jbb10499 Says:    
  2015-11-23 10:38:01  
  Worst Thor yet  

  yack Says:    
  2015-12-22 12:42:27  
  The art is horrible!!! The villains are just as horrible!  

  thegraaayghost Says:    
  2016-01-21 11:13:34  
  1. I'll say this for Al Hartley: Jane was looking hot in this issue.

2. In this book, the "simplest, most obvious explanation" is always "Loki did it."

  RobinHoodMtl Says:    
  2016-03-09 19:03:35  
  • Yikes! This new artist makes a terrible Don Blake, but a gorgeous Jane. It’s obvious she would never date a guy with a head so disproportionate!

  • Odin could have told his son about the secret identity clause a little earlier, and not when he’s just about to tell Jane! That was awkward!

  • Of all super-heroes, I believe Thor is the only one so far that has a solid reason to keep his identity secret. Given the salary heroes get, he better keep his physician job, ya know, to make ends meet! And imagine all the crazed fans lining up at his cabinet, faking sick just to take a chance and ask him to turn into Thor… Nope! Shut up man!

  • This looks like a retake on the Skrulls, but the storyline in this one is better. 'cept for the tree solution. That is a lazy conclusion.

  Billstar2 Says:    
  2016-04-11 17:47:19  
  I actually liked this issue, the Skrull wannabe ending not withstanding.  

  Calion Says:    
  2016-05-24 13:03:38  
  1. Why does Odin care if Thor reveals his identity? What's going on with this magical cane/hammer? I think Odin knows something he's not telling Thor. But on the other hand, Odin has previously chastised Thor for not knowing all of his powers, so perhaps Odin doesn't know the whole deal either. Or maybe he's just a jerk, as fathers can be.
2. So Thor knows how to send his mind back to previous events in a way that's not memory? Is that Thor's native memory appearing, or did he find this out by experimentation? Let's say it's experimentation; that seems likely, given that Blake is both a doctor, and, apparently, a biochemist. But now there need be no distinction between what Thor *should* know and what he *does* know. A convenient feature installed in whosever made this crazy hammer.
3. I love how people can instantly identify metals, and know that a particular metal cannot be found on Earth.
4. The Xartans have the stupidest attack plans I've ever heard. Impersonate key people (like Jane?? And did all these people wander into the forest?) and make crazy laws to cause confusion? Why not just impersonate Presidents and generals so they won't resist when the attack comes? Indeed, why attack at all? Just have them immediately surrender!
5. Everything in the Marvel Universe is made of cardboard, to a hero. But finding actual cardboard requires a Teen Brigade shipping it from multiple cities!
6. And oh God, the silly and facile victory of Thor over the attacking aliens. It's like they had to wrap up the story because they were running out of pages. I dream of the day that they realize that they can sell more copies by stretching a story over multiple issues.
7. And why "Carbon Copy Man"? They can turn into anything, not just things they see or touch. This issue makes no sense.

  Calion @ thegraaayghost (original post):    
  2016-05-24 13:11:19  
  That's a seriously good point. Making everyone act weird is far more likely to be Loki than invading aliens.  

  Murphynator42 Says:    
  2016-10-24 16:04:42  
  A lot of rehashed ground here and little of it was good  

  ScottG12 Says:    
  2016-11-08 08:04:27  
  Goodness me, I thought we were finally going to get rid of Jane pining over Thor and comparing him to Donald by Don saying who he really is, thank you for messing that up Odin.. Also.. Stan really loves having his shapeshifters being defeated by turning into cows and trees..  

  noahsell Says:    
  2017-06-05 18:46:06  
  That was a bad issue but good art though  

  jennychan Says:    
  2018-01-12 08:21:39  
  Thor should be fighting gods, trolls, giants, or even Hulk, Namor, Doom, or magic-based enemies not commies or aliens.

This appears to be a Superman plot remixed into Thor. Would have worked much better in DC.

Oh, and BAD ART! :-(

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Essential Thor, Volume 1
This collection includesJourney into Mystery #83 (v1), Journey into Mystery #84 (v1), Journey into Mystery #85 (v1), Journey into Mystery #86 (v1), Journey into Mystery #87 (v1), Journey into Mystery #88 (v1), Journey into Mystery #89 (v1), Journey into Mystery #90a (v1), Journey into Mystery #91 (v1), Journey into Mystery #92 (v1), Journey into Mystery #93 (v1), Journey into Mystery #94 (v1), Journey into Mystery #95 (v1), Journey into Mystery #96a (v1), Journey 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 #108a (v1), Journey into Mystery #109a (v1), Journey into Mystery #110a (v1), Journey into Mystery #111a (v1), Journey into Mystery #112a (v1)
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This collection includesJourney into Mystery #83 (v1), Journey into Mystery #84 (v1), Journey into Mystery #85 (v1), Journey into Mystery #86 (v1), Journey into Mystery #87 (v1), Journey into Mystery #88 (v1), Journey into Mystery #97a (v1), Journey into Mystery #89 (v1), Journey into Mystery #90a (v1), Journey into Mystery #91 (v1), Journey into Mystery #92 (v1), Journey into Mystery #93 (v1), Journey into Mystery #94 (v1), Journey into Mystery #95 (v1), Journey into Mystery #96a (v1), Journey into Mystery #98a (v1), Journey into Mystery #99a (v1), Journey into Mystery #100a (v1)
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