THE UNEXPECTED SECRET ORIGIN OF
THE MIGHTY THOR
The secret origin of Marvel's legendary god of thunder, THE MIGHTY THOR, was first revealed in Journey into Mystery #83 (August 1962, cover shown above left)
-- or WAS it? Thor's Marvel origin is remarkably similiar to a story published years earlier in DC's Tales of the Unexpected #16 (August 1957, cover shown above right),
titled "The Magic Hammer."
We've already exposed the pulpy secret origins of the Fantastic Four
, explored the Archified secret origins of Capt. Pureheart
, and uncovered the true secret origins of Batman
and the Batman TV show
! Now, it's time to reveal the most unexpected Secret THORigin
in comic history -- with an eye-opening, side-by-side comparison of key panels from the two stories, the UNEXPECTED story on the left, and the JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY story on the right. Jack Kirby drew both tales. Here we go!