Journey Into Mystery #83 opens with Dr. Don Blake enjoying a nice trip to somewhere in Norway. While there, he overhears an old villager talk about seeing men made of stone plotting to take over the world. Naturally, this piques Dr. Blake’s curiosity and he goes to see if it’s true for himself. Naturally, things go wrong and Dr. Blake is forced to hide from the Stone Men in a cave, where he finds Mjolnir and is granted the power of Thor. No it’s up to him to take on the Stone Men and stop their invasion.
Similar to the Hulk, the Thor in this initial issue the Thor is a tad bit different than he is nowadays. Probably the biggest difference is the fact that he has a secret identity in Dr. Don Blake and must hold onto the hammer in order to maintain the power of Thor. The other big difference is the whole tapping the handle on the ground to control the elements. In regards to the story, it’s okay, but there is a tendency in these early Marvel comics to have aliens invade the Earth for no reason and once they do they immediately give up upon running across a superhero. Still at least the Stone Men are a step up from the Toad Men. Also the artwork is nicely done and Thor’s design is pretty iconic.
Journey Into Mystery #83 is definitely worth a read because it features the first appearance of Thor. Having said that, just don’t expect the Thor from the movies! Also just overlook the fact that aliens made out of stone are coming from a planet that has none.
- Editor: Stan Lee
- Cover Artists: Jack Kirby, Joe Sinnott
Writers: Stan Lee, Larry Lieber
Pencilers: Jack Kirby
Inkers: Joe Sinnott
Letterers: Artie Simek