Journey Into Mystery #90 (03/10/1963)

detail.jpgCars using the sidewalk and pedestrians forced to use the gutter? Billboards on the side of buildings? Polk-a-dots on the bridge? What can all this silliness mean? Well what it means is that the Xartans have launched their invasion of the Earth and it is up to Thor to stop them. Unfortunately Journey Into Mystery #90 is just not a very good issue of Thor. In fact, outside of Ugarth’s impressive mustache, there’s not much going on for this issue.

What you do get is almost a carbon copy plot of what occurred in Fantastic Four #2. Shapeshifting aliens? Check. Causing chaos before invasion? Check. Forcing some of them to turn into something harmless? Check.  In addition, Hartley’s artwork is just horrendous, especially his depiction of Dr. Blake. Also, how the hell does Thor know that the aliens take on all of the characteristics of what they impersonate? First, he just met these aliens. Second, wouldn’t they be unable to turn back from anything since they wouldn’t know that they are Xartans.

In the end, Journey Into Mystery #90 is a giant train wreck of an issue with zero redeeming qualities, except for Ugarth’s mustache.

Rating: 1.0/5.0


  • Editor:
  • Cover Artists: Jack Kirby, Dick Ayers
  • Writers: Stan Lee, Larry Lieber
  • Pencilers: Al Hartley
  • Inkers: Steve Ditko
  • Colorists:
  • Letterers: Terry Szenics



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