Journey into Mystery

Journey into Mystery is an American comic book series initially published by Atlas Comics, then by its successor, Marvel Comics. Initially a horror comics anthology, it changed to giant-monster and science fiction stories in the late 1950s. Beginning with issue #83 (cover dated Aug. 1962), it ran the superhero feature "The Mighty Thor", created by writers Stan Lee and Larry Lieber and artist Jack Kirby, and inspired by the mythological Norse thunder god. The series, which was renamed for its superhero star with issue #126 (March 1966), has been revived three times: in the 1970s as a horror anthology, and in the 1990s and 2010s with characters from Marvel's Thor mythos.

Journey into Mystery
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The debut of Thor, in Journey into Mystery #83 (Aug. 1962)
Cover art by Jack Kirby and Joe Sinnott
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PublisherAtlas, Marvel
ScheduleMonthly
FormatOngoing series
GenreHorror, Superhero
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Publication history

1950s–1960s

The first Journey into Mystery series was initially a horror-fantasy anthology published by Marvel Comics' 1950s forerunner, Atlas Comics, with a first issue cover-dated June 1952.[1] Artist Joe Kubert, who would later become one of the main war comics artists for DC Comics, drew the story "The Hog" in Journey into Mystery #21 (January 1955).[2] Issue #23 was the first to be approved by the Comics Code Authority, which led to restrictions on horror comics. The title was caught in the collapse of Atlas' distributor, and publication was suspended for a year between issues #48 (Aug. 1957) and #49 (Nov. 1958).[3] Xemnu the Living Hulk, a huge, furry alien monster first appeared in Journey Into Mystery #62 (Nov. 1960)[4] The character reappeared in issue #66 (March 1961). Since then the character has been a mainstay in the Marvel Universe, and was renamed Xemnu the Titan.[5] Journey into Mystery #69 and the teen-humor title Patsy Walker #95 (both June 1961) are the first modern comic books labeled "Marvel Comics", with each showing an "MC" box on its cover.[6]

Beginning with issue #83 (Aug. 1962), the title starred the Norse god superhero Thor.[7] The anthological stories, by now primarily science fiction-fantasy, gradually diminished after this, with the Thor-spinoff backup feature "Tales of Asgard" beginning in issue #97 (Oct. 1963).[8] They were dropped entirely with issue #105 (June 1964), when the "Thor" feature expanded from 13 to 18 pages. With the previous issue, the cover logo had changed to Journey into Mystery with the Mighty Thor. In 1965, the title was Marvel's biggest seller.[9] Its final issue was #125 (Feb. 1966), after which the series was retitled The Mighty Thor in its trademarked cover logo and simply Thor in its postal indicia copyright notice.[10] Thor's evil adoptive brother Loki was introduced in issue #85 (October 1962).[11] Other adversaries for the new hero included the Radioactive Man introduced in #93 (June 1963),[12] the Enchantress and the Executioner in #104 (April 1964),[13] the Absorbing Man in #114 (March 1965),[14] and the Destroyer in #118 (July 1965).[15] An oversized annual publication, featuring Thor, was released in 1965 and introduced the Marvel version of the Greco-Roman demigod Hercules.[16][17] Comics historian Les Daniels noted that "the adventures of Thor were gradually transformed from stories about a strange-looking superhero into a spectacular saga."[18]

Volume 2 (1972)

A second Journey into Mystery ran 19 issues (October 1972 - October 1975).[19] The title was one of four launched by Marvel Comics editor-in-chief Roy Thomas to form a line of science fiction and horror anthologies with more thematic cohesiveness than the company's earlier attempts that decade,[20] which had included the series Chamber of Darkness and Tower of Shadows. Whereas those titles generally presented original stories, these new books would instead adapt genre classics and other stories. With the four titles' debuts set to be staggered over the course of four months, Marvel premiered Journey into Mystery vol. 2 (October 1972), Chamber of Chills (Nov. 1972), Supernatural Thrillers (Dec. 1972), and, with a late start, Worlds Unknown (May 1973).

The first five issues of Journey into Mystery vol. 2 featured such adaptations as Robert E. Howard's "Dig Me No Grave", by writer Thomas and penciler Gil Kane, in issue #1; Robert Bloch's "Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper" by Thomas and Ron Goulart and penciler Kane, in #2; and H. P. Lovecraft's "The Haunter of the Dark" by Goulart and penciler Gene Colan, in addition to anthological horror stories by writers including George Alec Effinger, Steve Gerber, Steve Englehart, and Steve Skeates, and pencilers such as Billy Graham, Jim Starlin, Ralph Reese, and P. Craig Russell. Most issues also included a reprinted story from Marvel's 1950s predecessor, Atlas Comics. By issue #6, however, the magazine became a reprint title featuring science-fiction and giant-monster tales from the first Journey into Mystery series, as well as from the "pre-superhero Marvel" anthologies Amazing Adult Fantasy, Strange Tales, Strange Worlds, and Tales to Astonish.[19]

1990s series

As a consequence of the company-wide crossover "Heroes Reborn", Thor ceased to be the focus of his own series, which was restored to Journey into Mystery beginning with issue #503 (Nov. 1996). The feature "The Lost Gods" ran through issue #513, followed by issues starring Shang-Chi, Master of Kung Fu and the Black Widow for three issues each, and reluctant vampire Hannibal King for two, ending with issue #521 (June 1998).[21]

2010s series

The Thor title resumed its original numbering in 2009 with Thor #600, including the intervening issues of Thor in its count while disregarding the 1990s Journey Into Mystery issues. Starting with issue #622, the series for a second time had its title restored to Journey Into Mystery,[22] which accompanied the launch of a new title, Mighty Thor. Thor's supporting cast returned as the focus of a run written by Kieron Gillen, who had written Thor from #604 to #614, and drawn by Doug Braithwaite. Starring was the Thor antagonist Loki, who had been reincarnated as a child following his sacrifice in the series Siege. Gillen's run was favorably reviewed,[23][24][25] with one critic writing:

Gillen's work has always been big on theme and interconnectedness, and this is no exception. The finale encapsulates the run as a whole — ambitious, ambiguous, clever and uncompromising, as challenging as it is entertaining. Sometimes those qualities hurt it, and although sales were never especially healthy it's to Marvel's credit that they helped keep it afloat long enough for a proper ending when the alternative would have surely been easier.[26]

In Gillen's final issue, a letter from Tom Hiddleston, who portrays Loki in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, was published, in which he praised Gillen for his take on the character.

With issue #646, the focus of Journey into Mystery changed with its rebranding under the Marvel NOW! imprint. Written by Kathryn Immonen and drawn by Valerio Schiti, the series began starring the Marvel Asgardians, with the Lady Sif as its lead character.[27] The series was cancelled with issue #655 (Oct. 2013).[28]

Collected editions

  • Marvel Masterworks: Atlas Era Journey Into Mystery
    • Volume 1 collects Journey into Mystery #1-10, 272 pages, 2008, ISBN 978-0785129264
    • Volume 2 collects Journey into Mystery #11-20, 272 pages, 2009, ISBN 978-0785134992
    • Volume 3 collects Journey into Mystery #21-30, 272 pages, 2010, ISBN 978-0785141884
    • Volume 4 collects Journey into Mystery #31-40, 272 pages, 2012, ISBN 978-0785159254
  • Marvel Masterworks: The Mighty Thor
    • Volume 1 collects Journey into Mystery #83-100, 280 pages, 1991, ISBN 978-0785112679
    • Volume 2 collects Journey into Mystery #101-110, 224 pages, 1994, ISBN 978-0785111917
    • Volume 3 collects Journey into Mystery #111-120 and Journey into Mystery Annual #1, 256 pages, 2001, ISBN 978-0785112686
    • Volume 4 collects Journey into Mystery #121-125 and Thor #126-130, 240 pages, 2005, ISBN 978-0785118800
  • Essential Thor
    • Volume 1 collects Journey into Mystery #83-112, 536 pages, 2001, ISBN 978-0785118664
    • Volume 2 collects Journey into Mystery #113-125; ''Journey into Mystery Annual #1; Thor #126-136; and Thor Annual #2, 584 pages, 2005, ISBN 978-0785115915
  • Origins of Marvel Comics includes Thor story from Journey into Mystery #83, 254 pages, 1974, Simon & Schuster, ISBN 978-0671218638
  • Bring on the Bad Guys includes Thor stories from Journey into Mystery #112-113 and 115, 253 pages, 1976, Simon & Schuster, ISBN 978-0671223557
  • Fear Itself: Journey into Mystery collects #622-626, Thor Spotlight, and Fear Itself Spotlight, 136 pages, 2012, ISBN 978-0785148418
  • Journey into Mystery: Fear Itself Fallout collects #626.1, 627-631, 136 pages, 2012, ISBN 978-0785152620
  • Journey into Mystery: Terrorism Myth collects #632-636, 120 pages, 2012, ISBN 978-0785161066
  • Journey into Mystery/New Mutants: Exiled collects #637-638, Exiled #1, and New Mutants #42-43, 120 pages, 2012, ISBN 978-0785165408
  • Journey into Mystery: The Manchester Gods collects #639-641 and The Mighty Thor Annual #1, 120 pages, 2012, ISBN 978-0785161073
  • The Mighty Thor/Journey into Mystery: Everything Burns collects #642-645 and The Mighty Thor #18-22, 216 pages, 2013, ISBN 978-0785161684
  • Journey Into Mystery Featuring Sif - Vol. 1: Stronger Than Monsters collects #646-650, 120 pages, 2013. ISBN 978-0785161080
  • Journey Into Mystery Featuring Sif - Vol. 2: Seeds of Destruction collects #651-655, 112 pages, 2013, ISBN 978-0785184478

In other media

  • In the 2011 film Thor, a billboard features the words "Journey into Mystery".
  • In the pilot episode for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Jemma Simmons asks Grant Ward, "Are you excited to be coming on our journey into mystery?"

References

  1. ^ Brevoort, Tom; Gilbert, Laura, ed. (2008). "1950s". Marvel Chronicle A Year by Year History. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 53. ISBN 978-0756641238. From a historical perspective, the most important title that Atlas released in 1952 was the first issue of Journey into Mystery.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  2. ^ Schelly, Bill (2011). The Art of Joe Kubert. Seattle, Washington: Fantagraphics Books. pp. 131–132. ISBN 978-1606994870.
  3. ^ Brevoort "1950s" in Gilbert (2008), p. 71: "In November [1958], Marines in Battle ended in favor of a revival of Journey into Mystery, one of Martin Goodman's steadiest mystery titles, which returned to the schedule after an absence of just over a year."
  4. ^ DeFalco, Tom "1960s" in Gilbert (2008), p. 79: "The lead story of [Journey into Mystery] issue #62, 'I Was a Slave of the Living Hulk', introduced a giant monster called the Hulk - similar in name only to the future Hulk."
  5. ^ Christiansen, Jeff (March 15, 2012). "Xemnu the Titan". The Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe. Archived from the original on November 20, 2012. Retrieved January 23, 2013.
  6. ^ Marvel : MC (Brand) at the Grand Comics Database.
  7. ^ DeFalco "1960s" in Gilbert (2008), p. 88: "[Stan Lee] had always been fascinated by the legends of the Norse gods and realized that he could use those tales as the basis for his new series centered on the mighty Thor."
  8. ^ DeFalco "1960s" in Gilbert (2008), p. 95: "These backup stories originally began with updated versions of Norse mythology, but later switched to the adventures of a younger Thor."
  9. ^ Miller, John Jackson (n.d.). "1965 Comic Book Sales Figures". Comichron. Archived from the original on July 3, 2014.
  10. ^ Journey into Mystery at the Grand Comics Database
  11. ^ DeFalco "1960s" in Gilbert (2008), p. 89
  12. ^ DeFalco "1960s" in Gilbert (2008), p. 92
  13. ^ DeFalco "1960s" in Gilbert (2008), pp. 100-101
  14. ^ DeFalco "1960s" in Gilbert (2008), p. 107
  15. ^ DeFalco "1960s" in Gilbert (2008), p. 109
  16. ^ Journey into Mystery Annual at the Grand Comics Database
  17. ^ DeFalco "1960s" in Gilbert (2008), p. 110: "Thor accidentally crashed through a mystical barrier and found himself in Olympus, the home of the Greek gods. Thor later encountered Hercules."
  18. ^ Daniels, Les (1991). Marvel: Five Fabulous Decades of the World's Greatest Comics. New York, New York: Harry N. Abrams. p. 124. ISBN 9780810938212.
  19. ^ a b Journey into Mystery vol. 2' at the Grand Comics Database
  20. ^ Roach, David A. (May 2001). "Shadows and The Darkness" (13). Comic Book Artist via OhTheHorror.com. Archived from the original on February 15, 2008.
  21. ^ Journey into Mystery (1996 revival)' at the Grand Comics Database
  22. ^ Journey into Mystery (2011 revival)' at the Grand Comics Database
  23. ^ Scheeden, Jesse (October 24, 2012). "Journey into Mystery #645 Review". IGN. Archived from the original on October 31, 2012. Retrieved October 31, 2012.
  24. ^ Scheeden, Jesse (April 14, 2011). "Journey into Mystery #622 Review". IGN. Archived from the original on October 31, 2012. Retrieved October 31, 2012.
  25. ^ Sava, Oliver (October 26, 2012). "Three Marvel series go meta for spectacular finales". The A.V. Club. Archived from the original on October 31, 2012.
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  27. ^ Campbell, Josie (August 14, 2012). "Immonen Leads Sif on a "Journey into Mystery"". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on October 29, 2012. Retrieved October 9, 2012.(Archive requires scrolldown)
  28. ^ Schedeen, Jesse (June 14, 2013). "Marvel Cancels Journey Into Mystery: No more JIM? We say thee nay!". IGN. Archived from the original on February 22, 2014.
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Absorbing Man

The Absorbing Man (Carl "Crusher" Creel) is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. He first appeared in Journey into Mystery #114, cover dated March 1965, created by writer Stan Lee and writer/artist Jack Kirby. Over the years he has played a part on several Marvel Comics crossovers such as the original Secret Wars and Fear Itself.

Creel was given the power to take the form of any material he touched, "absorbing" the property of the material itself. Over the years the power has worked both for and against him, such as being turned into water, then mixed with dirt to become mud, or once when he became cocaine and had to reassemble himself. The Absorbing Man was given his powers by the Asgardian god Loki in a plot to defeat Loki's brother Thor. During the Secret Wars storyline Creel became romantically involved with the super villain Titania and the two were linked for decades afterward. During the Fear Itself storyline, Creel comes into possession of a divine Asgardian hammer, granting him amplified powers and turning him into Greithoth: Breaker of Wills.

Debuting in the Silver Age of Comic Books, the Absorbing Man has featured in over four decades of Marvel continuity and other Marvel-endorsed products such as animated television series, video games, and merchandise such as trading cards.

The character has seen a live-action adaptation in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. portrayed by Brian Patrick Wade.

Doug Braithwaite

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Frigga (comics)

Frigga is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character appears in particular in those featuring the superhero Thor, who is Frigga's stepson. Based on Frigg of Norse mythology, she was created by writers Stan Lee and Robert Bernstein and artist Joe Sinnott, and first appeared in Journey into Mystery #92 (May 1963).

Frigga is played by Rene Russo in the live-action films Thor and Thor: The Dark World set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Giants (Marvel Comics)

There are different kinds of fictional Giants appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The most popular of the Giants are the Giants of Jotunheim, a fictional race of people based on the giants of actual Norse legends.

Laufey (comics)

Laufey is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character is depicted usually as an enemy of the Asgardian king Odin, father of Thor. He is the King of the Frost Giants, the biological father of Thor's adopted brother and archenemy, Loki. Created by writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby, he first appeared in Journey into Mystery #112 (Jan. 1965), and was based on the frost giantess of the same name who in Norse mythology was actually the mother of Loki.

Laufey appears in the film Thor, set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe played by Colm Feore.

List of Thor (Marvel Comics) titles

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List of deities in Marvel Comics

Marvel Comics includes many characters based on deities from several mythological pantheons. The most significant one is Thor, a character based on the deity of the same name from Norse mythology. Other deities from Norse myths were adapted for Thor's supporting cast, along with Heracles and other deities from Greek mythology. Deities from other pantheons are also adapted from time to time and there are also other original deities created by Marvel.

Loki (comics)

Loki is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Created by writer Stan Lee, scripter Larry Lieber and penciller Jack Kirby, a version of the character first appeared in Venus #6 (August 1949). The modern day incarnation of Loki first appeared in Journey into Mystery #85 (October 1962). He is the adopted brother and often the enemy of the superhero Thor. Loki is based on the Norse deity of the same name and is sometimes depicted as an antihero.

Loki has appeared in several ongoing series, limited series and alternate reality series, including his own 4-issue series Loki (2004). He was the main character of Journey into Mystery from issues 622 to 645, and appeared in the new issues of Young Avengers in 2013. He began appearing in his solo series Loki: Agent of Asgard in 2013 and again in 2016 with Vote Loki. The character has also appeared in associated Marvel merchandise including animated television series, movies, video games, clothing and toys.

In 2009, Loki was ranked as IGN's 8th Greatest Comic Book Villain of All Time and in 2014 was ranked again by IGN, this time as the 4th Greatest Comic Book Villain of All Time. Tom Hiddleston portrays Loki in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, first appearing in the 2011 live action film Thor, and then again in The Avengers (2012), Thor: The Dark World (2013) Thor: Ragnarok (2017) and Avengers: Infinity War (2018). He is also slated to reprise his role in Avengers: Endgame (2019).

Mjolnir (comics)

Mjolnir () is a fictional mythical weapon appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. It is depicted as the principal weapon of the superheroes Thor and Jane Foster. Mjolnir, which first appears in Journey into Mystery #83 (August 1962), was created by writer Stan Lee and designed by artists Jack Kirby and Joe Sinnott.

Mjolnir was typically depicted as a large, square-headed gray sledgehammer. It has a short, round handle wrapped in brown leather, culminating in a looped lanyard. The object is based on Mjölnir, the weapon of the mythological Thor.

Norns (comics)

The Norns are fictional characters appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. They usually appear as supporting characters in books featuring the Norse thunder god Thor. Created by writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby based on the Norns of Norse mythology, they first appeared in Journey into Mystery #102 (March 1964).

Odin (comics)

Odin is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character is first mentioned in Journey into Mystery #85 (Oct. 1962), then first appears in Journey into Mystery #86 (Nov. 1962), and was adapted from the Odin of Norse mythology by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. He is the father of Thor and former king of Asgard.

Sir Anthony Hopkins portrayed Odin in the 2011 superhero feature film, Thor, and reprised his role in the 2013 and 2017 sequels, Thor: The Dark World, and Thor: Ragnarok, respectively.

Odinsword

The Odinsword is a fictional weapon that appears in comic books published by Marvel Comics. It is a huge magical sword several hundred feet in length. The Odinsword first appears in Journey into Mystery #117 (June 1965) and was created by writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby.

Sif (comics)

Sif is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character is depicted commonly in association with the superhero Thor. Based on the Norse goddess Sif, she was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby and first appeared in Journey Into Mystery #102 (March 1964). As an Asgardian warrior and lover of Thor, Sif often accompanies Thor into battle. She has also battled alongside Balder, who has developed an unrequited attraction to her, as she never shows affection for anyone but Thor and certain individuals who have proved worthy to wield his hammer, Mjolnir, such as the noble alien warrior Beta Ray Bill and the mortal Eric Masterson.

Sif has appeared in various media adaptations of Thor, including the 2011 Marvel Cinematic Universe film Thor, its 2013 sequel Thor: The Dark World, and the television series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., in which she is portrayed by Jaimie Alexander.

Surtur (Marvel Comics)

Surtur () is a fictional demon appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. He usually appears as a villain in stories featuring the Norse hero Thor. The character was based on the fire giant Surtr from Norse mythology, and was adapted by writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby, and first appeared in Journey into Mystery #97 (October 1963). The character was once described as one of "The Ten Most Heinous Enemies of the Mighty Thor".Surtur appears in the Marvel Cinematic Universe film Thor: Ragnarok, motion-captured by Taika Waititi, and voiced by Clancy Brown.

Thor (Marvel Comics)

Thor is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character, which is based on the Norse deity of the same name, is the Asgardian god of thunder who possesses the enchanted hammer, Mjolnir, which grants him the ability to fly and manipulate weather amongst his other superhuman attributes.

Debuting in the Silver Age of Comic Books, the character first appeared in Journey into Mystery #83 (August 1962) and was created by editor-plotter Stan Lee, scripter Larry Lieber, and penciller-plotter Jack Kirby. He has starred in several ongoing series and limited series, and is a founding member of the superhero team the Avengers, appearing in each volume of that series. The character has also appeared in associated Marvel merchandise including animated television series, movies, video games, clothing, toys and trading cards.

The character was first portrayed in live action by Eric Allan Kramer in the 1988 television movie The Incredible Hulk Returns. Chris Hemsworth portrays Thor Odinson in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films Thor, The Avengers, Thor: The Dark World, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Doctor Strange, Thor: Ragnarok, Avengers: Infinity War and will reprise his role in Avengers: Endgame in 2019. Additionally, archival footage of Hemsworth as Thor was used in the episodes "Pilot" and "The Well" of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Thor placed 14th on IGN's list of "Top 100 Comic Book Heroes of All Time" in 2011, and first in their list of "The Top 50 Avengers" in 2012.

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