Journey into Mystery #83 - Jack Kirby art & cover, Steve Ditko art

Jack Kirby
Journey into Mystery v1 #83, 1962 Jack Kirby illustrates the origin and first appearance of Thor. As aliens prepare for an invasion of Earth, Dr. Don Blake finds an ancient wooden stick in a Norwegian cave. Striking it against a rock, he suddenly transforms into the god of thunder with hammer in hand. While Kirby's cover seems more static than usual, his interiors meet expectations. The transformation (page 5) and the demonstration of the hammer's powers (page 8) are drawn succinctly and memorably. Kirby also opens with a dynamic splash page, introducing the hero for the first time. Steve Ditko's tale involves a lion who survives a nuclear blast, only to gain enhanced intelligence. Simply and crudely drawn, the artwork shows little effort or enthusiasm. Other artists in this issue include Don Heck. This is number 34 of 95 Journey into Mystery issues with Kirby art and/or covers and 36 of 49 Journey into Mystery issues with Ditko art and/or covers.
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Kirby cover pencils (Joe Sinnott inks) = **
"The Stone Men from Saturn" Kirby story pencils (Joe Sinnott inks) 13 pages = ***
"When the Jungle Sleeps" Ditko story pencils and inks 5 pages = **

Steve Ditko

Jack Kirby
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