Journey Into Mystery

Journey Into Mystery went through several incarnations before the legendary issue #83, which introduced one of Marvel’s most iconic superheroes: The Mighty Thor.

Starting in 1952, after Timely Comics transitioned to Atlas Comics, Journey Into Mystery (JIM) was initially a suspense/horror title. Contributors included Carl Burgos, Bill Everett, and Syd Shores from the Timely era, along with future stars like Russ Heath, Joe Maneely, Reed Crandall, and Gray Morrow.

Around issue #50, JIM shifted to a sci-fi/monster comic, featuring work from the famous Marvel “bullpen” members such as Joe Sinnott, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Dick Ayers, Don Heck, and Stan Lee.

The real transformation came in August 1962 with issue #83, when Thor made his debut. This marked a significant shift as Thor became the main attraction until the book’s end at issue #125 in February 1966.

Thor, created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, immediately gained prominence. In Journey Into Mystery, Thor was established as a “God on Earth,” with Dr. Donald Blake as his mortal guise. The series drew heavily from Norse mythology, introducing Thor’s homeland Asgard, his brother and arch-nemesis Loki, and their father Odin.

The series also explored Thor’s personal conflicts, including his relationship with nurse Jane Foster. Thor battled numerous villains like Radioactive Man, Lava Man, Mister Hyde, The Cobra, Grey Gargoyle, and Absorbing Man, and even had epic encounters with Hulk and Hercules.

Journey Into Mystery laid the foundation for Thor’s long-running title and established a rich universe that continues to be a cornerstone of Marvel’s mythology.

Journey Into Mystery #83 (1962)


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