Journey Into Mystery #86 opens 300 years in the future, a time of peace and prosperity, except for the Tomorrow-Man, who has a desire to conquer the world, naturally. Thus he builds a time machine and steals a C-bomb from the past and it is up to Thor to follow him into the future and get it back from him.
A pretty straightforward story with a pretty big flaw in it. First of all, if the Tomorrow-Man can make a time machine, which seems to be a pretty impressive feat, why wouldn’t he be able to build the C-bomb himself? Also there are a couple of minor issues, such as since when can Thor blow gale force winds from his mouth, who was the Thor double, and since when can robots lift Thor’s hammer? Oh well, at least Kirby’s depiction of the future was well done.
In the end I feel that this issue is a step backwards compared to the last issue, but still worth a read if you can get past all of the issues with the story. Hopefully the next issue sees a return to the mythological roots of the character.
- Editor: Stan Lee
- Cover Artists: Jack Kirby, Dick Ayers
- Writers: Stan Lee, Larry Lieber
- Pencilers: Jack Kirby
- Inkers: Dick Ayers
- Letterers: Artie Simek