Wishing to retire, the Mad Thinker created the town of Ponder, New Hampshire, populating it with androids based on historical scholars such as Mark Twain, William Shakespeare, Albert Einstein, and others. However, the Thinker soon found that that their knowledge was limited to what information on the individuals he could get and sought more challenging minds to debate with. He sent one of his androids to capture a number of Nobel Prize winners in order to transfer their minds into android bodies so he could have androids that were capable of independent thought, rather than imitations of it. One of his victims was Alfred Knopfler, who was in attendance at a Madison Square Gardens motorcycle stunt show for charity. Present at the show were Captain America and the stunt motorcyclists Team America. Witnessing an android teleport in and kidnap Knopfler, Cap and Team America followed after him and wound up in Ponder. The heroes were briefly captured, and Captain America was about to share the same fate as the scientists when the Mad Thinker's trap was foiled by the mysterious motorcyclist known as the Marauder. With Cap and Team America free, they destroyed all of the Mad Thinker's androids and rescued the captured Nobel scientists. The Mad Thinker was then turned over to Nick Fury and his anti-espionage organization S.H.I.E.L.D.[1]
Attracted by a mental calling, the Vision came to Ponder to guide and teach the Mad Thinker's intellectual robots.[2]
After seeing his wife kidnapped by Necrodamus, the Vision leaves Ponder to go trade his life for hers.[3]


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