Appearing in "Ulik Unleashed!"
- Circus of Crime
Synopsis for "Ulik Unleashed!"
Donald Blake has just finished treating Thor -- or rather a strong man who dresses as him as part of a circus troupe. He finds that the strong man had injured himself lifting something very heavy. However, unfortunately for the inquisitive mind of Donald Blake, this circus happens to be the one owned by the Ringmaster, leader of the Circus of Crime, who promptly dismisses the questioning doctor. Recognizing the Ringmaster from their previous encounter, Donald Blake decides to investigate the situation as Thor.
Meanwhile in far off Asgard, Loki has gathered a band of malcontents who wish to overthrow Odin and defeat Thor. Among their numbers is the Rock Troll Ulik, who wishes to get revenge against Thor. Finding Ulik a fitting tool to use against Thor, Loki transports the Rock Troll to Earth, sending Ulik to the circus where Thor now stalks. Ulik's sudden appearance and demands for Thor to appear brings the Circus of Crime who all try to attack him and are easily defeated. When the Ringmaster arrives, however, he easily puts Ulik into his thrall using his hypnotic hat.
When Thor stumbles upon the scene, he is spotted by Princess Python, who mistakes Thor as the strong man who pretends to Thor as part of his act. Thor decides to use this to his advantage to find out what it is the Circus of Crime is up to. Participating in the act, Thor is shocked to see that Ulik is present and under the Ringmaster's control.
When Ulik is commanded to lift a one ton weight and put it on a flat-bed truck, Thor realizes that this must be part of the Ringmaster's scheme. Thor then rouses Ulik out of the Ringmaster's thrall, making Ulik drop the weight and turn his attentions against Thor. After a brief battle, Thor uses the magic of his hammer to banish Ulik back to Asgard.
With Ulik gone, the Ringmaster attempts to put Thor under his control, however the Thunder God anticipated this move and knocks off the Ringmaster's hat. Just then the police arrive and the Circus of Crime is rounded up and taken into police custody. When the Ringmaster demands proof of wrong doing, Thor smashes open the weight revealing that it has a stolen defense computer within.
As the Circus of Crime members are being escorted by police, Princess Python asks Thor why he wouldn't get in league with them as they would have paid him well to go along with their scheme. Thor responds that his actions are never the consideration of monetary gain and that of truth and justice before departing.
All of you could ask for—and more! Ulik unleashed! The Ringmaster and his Circus of Crime! And action! Action! Action!
- This issue contains a letters page, The Hammer Strikes. Letters are published from Waid Buckalew, Michael Juergens, Tommy Newton, Dick Eney, Carter Scholz, Bill Cantey and Willie Hopson.