Marvel Masterworks #26, Thor Volume 2
Continuing the reprinting of Thor's earliest tales, here we have the second volume of the Journey Into Mystery Thor stories, from issues #101-110.
This book, contrary to the first volume, benefits from having the legendary team of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby from start to finish. While Stan still has a problem finding something interesting for a Norse God to do here on Earth, Jack starts to get a handle on some of the Asgardian visuals which will become mind-blowing later on in the series.
Loki is still the primary bad guy, showing up in about half the issues. We also get the return of a few foes: Zarrko the Tomorrow Man, the Cobra, Dr. Hyde (both of them twice), as well as the initial (I think) appearances of the Enchantress, the Executioner, and the Grey Gargoyle.
Usually you'll find something unique or bizarre or mind-blowing at least once while going through these old comics, and in #108, I found a doozy.
Dr. Don Blake has to operate on Dr, Strange to save his life? Thor operated on Dr. Strange? Are you serious? This never came up later?
Did they ever have a conversation, like, "Hey Thor buddy, thanks for taking out my burst appendix!"
"Thou is most welcome, o ethereal one."
Ever? Don't ya think it might come up? Even just to check on his surgical scar?
Actually, for all I know, they might have had this sort of conversation...I wonder how I could research that...but still...this was news to me, especially being a surgeon and all...
Stan inches forward on the Don Blake-Jane Foster-Thor triangle, and Odin ends a few issues again with his usual, "Oh that Thor, having the hots for some mere mortal...what am I to do?" spiel.
There are several "Tales of Asgard" which are interesting. Makes you kinda want to seek out the original texts...and Kirby gets to stretch out a bit more with his other-worldly vistas. Too bad they're hindered by weak inking...
Yet overall, another solid addition to the Marvel Masterworks library.