Sep 28, 2016

The 40 Years of Comics Project - Day 581: Journey Into Mystery #109, October 1964

http://www.comics.org/issue/18695/

My understanding is that this is one of the very first times that a villain from one Marvel property crosses over into another. While I'm not always a fan of Stan Lee's writing (as much of it as is his, anyway), this story is interesting as Thor really stumbles into the middle of an X-Men adventure, and, by the end of the story, admits that he's not really sure what just went on. The X-Men themselves appear off-panel, an optic blast here, a freak blizzard there. One of the most intriguing parts of the story is the single line we are given by The Scarlet Witch, in which she laments having to work for someone so evil as Magneto. I'm not sure how long after this she and her brother join the Avengers, but it really does look like a story line that may have been in the works for some time.

I'm not overly familiar with Thor's body of writings, so I was quite surprised to see Jane Foster as his nurse in the Donald Blake secret identity. Though Marvel has gone through numerous reality-shifts since this story was published, can it be that this is the same woman who now bears the mantel of Thor? She's not quite the physicist we've come to know from Natalie Portman's portrayal in the MCU, but I could see her desire to take care of the sickly Donald Blake translating nicely into a desire to take care of a sickly world in her superheroic guise.

Where will we go tomorrow? Suggestions?

Onward.

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