Journey Into Mystery #102:Death comes to Thor

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This tale, like the last two, features the “boyhood of Thor” although he is now “at the age of eighteen” per the opening page. In this adventure, Thor learns from the fates that he must meet death to win Odin’s enchanted hammer. But we must continue reading this fateful tale to know what that means.


I Ike this one a bit better than the prior two, even if Thor is (and looks) every bit the man he has become in the main feature. It strikes me as a solid closing for the adventures of “The Boyhood of Thor”.

We also see the valiant hero offer to pay the price that is asked of another, showing him to be the hero we expect even if we know that in the end he must prove to be triumphant


The action may be minimal, yet the art is enjoyable and adds to the story. The work can speak for itself, from Thor Trying to lift the hammer and seeing the strain on his face to the sorrow upon it when he makes his offer to Hela.

Originality and Continuity

In many ways, this closes out the theme of the past three stories, Serving as a coming of age for the boyhood of Thor. It does leave me wondering what I will see for the next story in the series.

Characters & Development

While the three tales featuring the boyhood of Thor go well together, this one stands out as one I would recommend being read by a Thor fan; in some ways, it is the other half of the origin or altering the original in its own way. However, it does not yet reconcile how Thor of Asgard and Don Blake are the same.

Book Information:
Cover Date: Mar 1964
Read At:
  • Stan Lee
  • Jack Kirby
  • Paul Reinman
  • Art Simek
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  • Asgardians
    • Thor
    • Hela
    • Sif
    • Balder
  • The Three Fates






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