Thursday, March 20, 2014

August 1962

(Continued from July 1962)

AMAZING FANTASY 15  /  cover by Jack Kirby & Steve Ditko
Review  (coming soon)

JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY 83  /  cover by Jack Kirby & Joe Sinnott
from the GCD: "Synopsis: A lame doctor vacationing in Norway runs across an alien invasion. While hiding from the aliens in a cave he finds an old cane that transforms him into the god Thor. Thor drives back the alien invasion."

It's been discussed at infinite length here & elsewhere. Clearly, this was entirely the work of JACK KIRBY, with dialogue by Larry Lieber & inks by Joe Sinnott (I guess a mere 13 pages at this point didn't get in the way of his better-paying work elsewhere).

Like TALES OF SUSPENSE, TALES TO ASTONISH and STRANGE TALES, this series had long been an anthology featuring horror stories, mystery stories, giant monster stories, sci-fi stories... whatever was handy. This particular issue had 2 such stories as back-ups:

"The Perfect Crime" by Don Heck and "When The Jungle Sleeps" by Steve Ditko, each 5 pages apiece. Oddly enough, the latter was a redo of an earlier story, "I Am... Gorilla" by Paul Reinman, from STRANGE WORLDS #5 (Aug'59).  

(Continued in September 1962)

All Text (C) Henry R. Kujawa
Artwork (C) Marvel Comics
Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa

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