Appearing in "The Thunder God and the Thug"
- Andrew "Thug" Thatcher (First appearance)
- Vince (Mobster) (First appearance)
- Max (Mobster) (First appearance)
Races and Species:
- United States of America
- Thug's car
Synopsis for "The Thunder God and the Thug"
Returning to the office of Donald Blake, Thor notices some of his alter ego's patients watching and in order to protect his secret identity enters another office where mannequins are stored and makes a mock up of himself which he throws out into the ocean, securing his secret identity. Changing back into Donald Blake, he begins his daily routine as the renowned doctor and surgeon. As he works, he laments over his apparent unrequited love for Jane Foster, unaware that she loves him to a degree -- as she loves his alter ego Thor, and fantasizes about being married to the Thunder God.
As fate would have it, captured criminal Thug Thatcher is being taken from a court house by the police when the paddy wagon is attacked by Thatcher's men. In his bold escape attempt Thatcher takes a bullet and needs instant medical attention. Spotting Blake's office, Thatcher and his men burst in and take Jane and Donald prisoner, threatening to harm Jane if Donald doesn't treat Thatcher.
Forced to treat the criminal, Donald attempts to contact his father Odin telepathically to get aid. Sympathetic of his son's plight, Odin causes a lightning strike to hit one of Thatcher's men causing enough confusion for Blake to recover his walking stick and strike it on the ground changing himself into Thor. Thor makes short work of Thug Thatcher's men, however Thug and his girlfriend Ruby (who is starting to reconsider her life of crime) make an escape and head straight to Donald Blake's office where he hopes to use Jane Foster as a hostage to escape recapture.
Thor arrives and is ordered to drop his hammer, as Thug is threatening to kill Jane. Thor complies but then kicks the hammer at Thatcher causing him to drop his gun. Thor then takes Jane to safety allowing for Thug and Ruby to once more flee the scene. Ruby however wishes to give up, but Thug has no such compunctions and escapes up the elevator of a sky scraper construction site. Thor's attempt to use lightning to stop Thatcher doesn't work out so well as the metal girders of the building attract the bolts of lightning, however the heat from the lightning strikes compromises the girders integrity, and when Thatcher tries to dump a bucket of hot rivets on the crowd below they give way and he falls.
Thor however captures the crook and turns him over to the authorities, and is granted the request to eliminate all Ruby's memories of her involvement with Thug Thatcher so that she might start a new life before returning to his civilian guise of Donald Blake.
Appearing in "From Outer Space"
Synopsis for "From Outer Space"
Appearing in "Barker's Body Shop"
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Synopsis for "Barker's Body Shop"
A crooked mechanic hires a drifter to customize a car, promising enough money for him to get home. When he refuses to pay the man the drifter takes the car instead, which he converted to be able to fly him home to the stars.
Appearing in "When the Switch Is Pulled"
- Dr. von Richter
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Synopsis for "When the Switch Is Pulled"
A man builds a time machine and takes a skeptical colleague along with him to some previous unpredictable era. When he opens the door, the machine is back where it was and the colleague berates him for wasting time and money and makes him promise to give up such foolishness. The scientist is perplexed as it should have worked according to theory but sadly dismantles the machine thinking it a failure. Unknown to him, the machine actually did work creating a complete loop throughout time finishing where it began and creating countless myths and legends by those who sighted it including being responsible for recent sightings of flying saucers.
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- ↑ The first story is reprinted in the following comics/TPB's:
- Essential Series Vol 1 Thor 1
- Marvel Masterworks: Thor 1
- Marvel Tales Vol 2 7
- Epic Collection Vol 1 Thor 1
- Mighty Thor Omnibus Vol 1 1
- Spider-Man Comics Weekly Vol 1 7
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