Journey into Mystery #97

Marvel Comics

United States

Published
October 1963
Page count
36
Cover price
0.12 USD
Colour
Colour
Size
Standard size
Interior paper
Newsprint
Cover stock
Glossy colour
Binding
Saddle-stitched
Format
Comic series
GCD
www.comics.org/issue/17947

Credits

Editing
Stan Lee, Editor

Issue contents Hide all

Show/hide Cover Lava Man! / Tales of Asgard (Thor; Tales of Asgard) Cover, 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Thor; Tales of Asgard
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Thor [Doctor Donald Blake]; the Lava Man; Odin

Credits

Art
Jack Kirby, penciller
 
George Roussos, inker
Colours
Stan Goldberg, colourist
Text
Artie Simek, letterer

Reprint history

Also printed
United States
Marvel Masterworks (Marvel, 1987 series) #18 (1991)
Lee and Kirby Combine Talents to Bring You Mighty Thor Battling the Amazing Lava Man! [Journey into Mystery #97]
 
United States
Essential Thor (Marvel, 2001 series) #1 (February 2001)
Lee and Kirby Combine Talents to Bring You Mighty Thor Battling the Amazing Lava Man!  (black and white)
Printed in
Thor: Tales of Asgard (Marvel, 2009 series) #1 (May 2009)
 
The Mighty Thor Omnibus (Marvel, 2010 series) #1 (2010)
 
Thor: Tales of Asgard (Marvel, 2010 series) #[nn] ([January] 2010)
 
Thor (BSV - Williams, 1974 series) #15
 
Marvel Masterworks: The Mighty Thor (Marvel, 1999 series) #[1] (November 1999)
From GCD
from Journey Into Mystery (Marvel, 1952 series) #97 (October 1963)
Show/hide 1. Untitled [All-Male He-Man] (American Body Building Club) Advertisement, 1 page

Featuring

Feature
American Body Building Club
Characters
Ben Rebhuhn; William Butler; John Sill; Felipe Mendoza; Tony Pascarella; Larry Campbell

Credits

Writing
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Art
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Text
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Editing
, editor

Notes

Ad for body building course with photos of some successful users.

On inside front cover.

Show/hide 2. The Lava Man (Thor) Comic story, 13 pages

"That jet fighter is in trouble!"

Featuring

Feature
Thor
Genre
Superhero
Code
X-422
Characters
Thor [Doctor Donald Blake]; the Lava Man (introduction); Jane Foster; Odin; Loki; Doctor Bruce Andrews (introduction)

Credits

Writing
Stan Lee, scripter [credited]
Art
Jack Kirby, penciller [credited]
 
Don Heck, inker [credited]
Colours
Stan Goldberg , colourist
Text
Artie Simek, letterer [credited]

Reprint history

Also printed
Australia
The Mighty Thor (Yaffa/Page, 1977 series) #5 (April 1981)
The Lava Man
 
United States
Marvel Masterworks (Marvel, 1987 series) #18 (1991)
The Mighty Thor Battles... the Lava Man
 
United States
Essential Thor (Marvel, 2001 series) #1 (February 2001)
The Mighty Thor Battles... the Lava Man  (black and white)
Printed in
The Mighty Thor Collector's Album (Lancer Books, 1966 series) #72-125 (1966)
 
Journey into Mystery Annual (Marvel, 1965 series) #1 ([August] 1965)
 
The Mighty Thor Omnibus (Marvel, 2010 series) #1 (2010)
 
Il Mitico Thor (Editoriale Corno, 1971 series) #6 (22 Giugno 1971)
 
The Mighty Thor [Golden Book and Record Set] (Marvel, 1966 series) #[nn] ([1966])
 
Fantastic! (IPC, 1967 series) #19 (24 June 1967)
 
Eclipso (Arédit-Artima, 1968 series) #45 (octobre 1974)
 
Thor (BSV - Williams, 1974 series) #15
 
Hit Comics Die Spinne (BSV - Williams, 1971 series) #236
 
Marvel Masterworks: The Mighty Thor (Marvel, 1999 series) #[1] (November 1999)
From GCD
from Journey Into Mystery (Marvel, 1952 series) #97 (October 1963)

Synopsis

Thor battles the Lava Man, a monster brought to the surface by Loki, who claims all the dry surface of Earth for his people. Odin forbids Thor to love Jane Foster, leading to her leaving her job as Dr. Blake's nurse.

Notes

Job number revealed on original art. Info per Nick Caputo: https://www.comiclink.com/auctions/item.asp?id=1453280#detail

Dr. Andrews is first called Basil by Jane Foster on page 6 but then is called Bruce by Dr. Blake on the last page.

Show/hide 3. Untitled [The Traveler] Text story, 1 page

Featuring

Genre
Science fiction
Code
[J-865]
Characters
Bill Swift; Mr. Allen

Credits

Writing
, author
Art
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Colours
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Text
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Original
World of Fantasy (Marvel, 1956 series) #2 (July 1956)

Synopsis

A bored man working on an assembly line is taken to outer space in his dreams, and is given an idea for an otherworldly invention.

Notes

Between pages 5 and 6 of previous story sequence. Continues from last issue. Reprinted with new illustration.

Show/hide 4. Untitled (Padell Book Co. Booklets) Advertisement, 1 page

"You can have the secret weapon!"

Featuring

Feature
Padell Book Co. Booklets

Credits

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Text
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Editing
, editor

Synopsis

Ad for various books at $1.00 each, starting with "Lightning Ju-Jitsu".

Notes

Between “The Traveler” prose story and page 6 of the Thor comic story.

Show/hide 5. Untitled (Mr. Victor Mason) Advertisement, 1 page

"Will you work Saturday mornings for $5.00 to $20.00 extra?"

Featuring

Feature
Mr. Victor Mason
Characters
Mr. Victor Mason (illustration)

Credits

Writing
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Art
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Colours
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Text
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Synopsis

Ad to make money by selling shoes.

Notes

Between pages 10 and 11 of the Thor comic story.

Show/hide 6. Hypno-Coin (Hypnotic Aids Supply Co.) Advertisement, 0.5 pages

Featuring

Feature
Hypnotic Aids Supply Co.

Credits

Writing
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Art
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Colours
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Text
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Editing
, editor

Notes

Advertisement for the Hypno-Coin from Hypnotic Aids Supply Co. located on upper half of page.

Show/hide 7. New Accordions — Save up to 1/2 (Accordion Corp. of America) Advertisement, 0.5 pages

Featuring

Feature
Accordion Corp. of America

Credits

Writing
, scripter (ad copy)
Art
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Colours
, colourist (background and lettering only)
Text
, typeset

Synopsis

Send in coupon for free catalog of electronic accordions.

Notes

On lower half of page.

Show/hide 8. The Perfect Defense! Comic story, 5 pages

"Journey with us into the far future, when Earth will be a vast interstellar empire, conquering other planets in distant galaxies..."

Featuring

Genre
Science fiction
Code
X-420
Characters
John

Credits

Writing
Stan Lee, plotter
 
Larry Lieber, scripter (script)
Art
Larry Lieber, penciller
 
George Roussos, inker
Colours
Stan Goldberg , colourist
Text
Artie Simek, letterer

Reprint history

Printed in
Edderkoppen (Williams, 1973 series) #3/1974 (1974)
 
Weird Planets (Alan Class, 1962 series) #8
 
Eclipso (Arédit-Artima, 1968 series) #45 (octobre 1974)
 
Marvelserien (Williams Förlags AB, 1967 series) #2 (1967)

Synopsis

In the future, Earth has conquered all planets except one, which no expedition returns from. The military thinks they have some horrific defense, but in fact they are simply so kind to the humans that arrive to conquer that they don't want to leave.

Notes

Job number from Tom Lammers and Ger Apeldoorn via the Atlas/Timely discussion group.

Show/hide 9. Live Sea Horses (Living pets) Advertisement, 0.5 pages

Featuring

Feature
Living pets

Credits

Writing
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Art
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Colours
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Text
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Editing
, editor

Notes

Three ads for live pets. On top half of page.

Show/hide 10. Untitled (Grit) Advertisement, 0.5 pages

"Look! Boys wanted to sell Grit"

Featuring

Feature
Grit

Credits

Writing
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Art
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, photographer
Text
, typeset
Editing
, editor

Synopsis

Ad solicits boys to sell Grit newspaper.

Notes

Occupies lower half of page.

Show/hide 11. Another Marvel Masterpiece Promo (ad from the publisher), 1 page

Featuring

Characters
Mr. Fantastic; Invisible Girl; Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Thing [Ben Grimm]; Molecule Man

Credits

Writing
Stan Lee, scripter
Art
Jack Kirby, penciller
 
George Roussos, inker
Colours
Stan Goldberg , colourist
Text
, letterer

Notes

House ad for Fantastic Four (Marvel, 1961 series) #20 (November 1963) with cover shown and advertised as “on sale now.”

Show/hide 12. Untitled [Stamps; Shop by Mail] Advertisement, 1 page

"Stamp collecting outfit"

Credits

Writing
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Art
, line art
 
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Text
, typeset
Editing
, editor

Synopsis

Ad for stamps and other products.

Show/hide 13. Tales of... ...Asgard! Home of the Mighty Norse Gods (Tales of Asgard) Comic story, 5 pages

"Before man could read or write, he had his legends!"

Featuring

Feature
Tales of Asgard
Genre
Fantasy-Supernatural
Code
[X-427]
Characters
Odin (origin); Surtur (introduction); Ymir (introduction, origin); Buri (introduction, origin, cameo); Borr (introduction, origin, cameo); Audhumbla (called "Magic Cow"); Vili (unnamed, origin, cameo); Vé (unnamed, origin, cameo); Bestla (unnamed, cameo)

Credits

Writing
Stan Lee, scripter [credited]
Art
Jack Kirby, penciller [credited]
 
George Roussos, inker [credited]
Colours
Stan Goldberg , colourist
Text
Artie Simek, letterer [credited]

Reprint history

Also printed
Australia
Marvel's Greatest Comics (Yaffa/Page, 1977? series) #2 ([1980?])
Tales of... ...Asgard! Home of the Mighty Norse Gods
 
Australia
The Mighty Thor (Yaffa/Page, 1977 series) #5 (April 1981)
Tales of... Asgard!
 
United States
Marvel Masterworks (Marvel, 1987 series) #18 (1991)
Tales of..... Asgard! Home of the Mighty Norse Gods
 
United States
Essential Thor (Marvel, 2001 series) #1 (February 2001)
Tales of..... Asgard! Home of the Mighty Norse Gods  (black and white)
Printed in
The Mighty Thor Omnibus (Marvel, 2010 series) #1 (2010)
 
Il Mitico Thor (Editoriale Corno, 1971 series) #2 (27 Aprile 1971)
 
Tales of Asgard (Marvel, 1968 series) #1 (October 1968)
 
The Mighty Thor Collector's Album (Lancer Books, 1966 series) #72-125 (1966)
 
Thor: Tales of Asgard (Marvel, 2009 series) #1 (May 2009)
 
Thor: Tales of Asgard (Marvel, 2010 series) #[nn] ([January] 2010)
 
Marvel Collectors' Item Classics (Marvel, 1965 series) #1 ([December] 1965)
 
Die Spinne (BSV - Williams, 1974 series) #1 ([Januar] 1974)
 
Biblioteca Marvel: Thor (Planeta DeAgostini, 2001 series) #1 (Mayo 2001)
 
Marvel-Comic-Sonderheft (Condor, 1980 series) #4 (1980)
 
Eclipso (Arédit-Artima, 1968 series) #45 (octobre 1974)
 
Vengeur (Arédit-Artima, 1972 series) #7 (4ème trimestre 1973)
 
Hit Comics Die fantastischen Vier (BSV - Williams, 1970 series) #234
 
Valour (Marvel UK, 1980 series) #1 (5 November 1980)
 
De Vier Verdedigers Classics (Classics/Williams, 1971 series) #55 (1972)
 
Marvel Masterworks: The Mighty Thor (Marvel, 1999 series) #[1] (November 1999)
From GCD
from Journey Into Mystery (Marvel, 1952 series) #97 (October 1963)

Synopsis

Beneath Asgard lies the Well of Life. From it came Ymir, greatest of the Frost Giants and Buri, the first Norse God who gave life to Borr. Borr had three sons. Odin was one of them. Odin and his brothers protect the Earth while waiting for the coming of man.

Notes

This is the first "Tales of Asgard" story and the only segment to be told only in captions and without dialogue balloons, copying the style of Hal Foster's Prince Valiant.

Job number revealed on original art. Info per Nick Caputo.

Show/hide 14. Untitled Advertisement, 1 page

"Give me just one evening and I'll teach you to hypnotize easily!"

Credits

Writing
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Art
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Colours
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Text
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Notes

Ad for hypnotism lessons.

Show/hide 15. Untitled (Wallace Brown Greeting Cards) Advertisement, 1 page

"Boys, girls, men, women"

Featuring

Feature
Wallace Brown Greeting Cards

Credits

Writing
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Art
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Colours
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Text
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Notes

Ad for the Wallace Brown line of Christmas cards.

Show/hide 16. Untitled (NRI Training) Advertisement, 1 page

"Make $3 to $5 an hour starting soon"

Featuring

Feature
NRI Training

Credits

Writing
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Art
, photographer
Text
, typeset

Notes

Inside back cover. Ad for NRI Training.

Show/hide 17. Untitled (Famous Artists Schools) Advertisement, 1 page

"He’s looking for people who like to draw"

Featuring

Feature
Famous Artists Schools
Characters
Albert Dorne (caricature)

Credits

Writing
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Art
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Colours
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Text
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Notes

Back cover.

Send for no obligation Famous Artists Talent Test.


Notes

The on-sale date is the publication date reported in U. S. Copyright Office filings.

Distributed to newstands in August 1963. This issue includes 10 pages of paid advertisements.

Distribution date from Joseph Marek's Marvel Comics Group history website.

Status

AusReprints ID

  • 94611

Entry created

  • 13/05/2022

Cover added

  • 13/05/2022

Index completed

  • 13/05/2022