Journey into Mystery #108:Trapped by the Trolls

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this month we follow who is at first an unknown asgardian into the kindom of the dewarfs where he is captured and given to the Trolls as a slave. This however quickly proves to be a ruse and a plan to free the slaves from the Trolls. It also serves as a message ending with the words as follows:

Nevermore shall men make slaves of others! Not in Asgard — Not on earth — Not any place where the hammer of Thor can be swung– or where men of good faith hold freedom dear!

Thor in Journey Into Mystery #108


This tale is fast pace, quick in changing scene and action to get though the capture, transfer and revolt in just 5 pages, but the narrative is successful. While many may be able to guess the protagonist is Thor before it is revealed, the narrative leading to it, and the reason behind the story is quite warming


The art supports the peace, moving everything along and is a fine example of Kirbys work. My favorite panel being when Thor sends the Trolls flying with a swing of his mighty hammer.

Thought provoking

Slavery and the repercussions of slavery is an unending issue, a global one that I doubt I am the most suited to speak to. This story, although fictional, and with a happy ending does leave the reader with a thought. Where Thor may not be real, “Men of good faith” whom “hold Freedom dear” should be real, the reader should strive to be one, and should stand up for the freedoms of men and woman the world over. Do our own part, little as it may be to make the world a better and free place for all.

Stan Lee and Jack Kirby where never afraid to send a message with the soap box that was their comic books, and I think the best thing we can do as readers is to at least think about the messages left for us hidden on the pages we read.

Book Information:
Cover Date: Sep 1964
Read At:
  • Stan Lee
  • Jack Kirby
  • Vince Colletta
  • Art Simek
Review Ratings:
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  • Asgardians
    • Thor
  • The Rock Trolls
  • The Dwarves
    • King Sindri






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