When a God Goes Mad!”
Chris Claremont, script/ Steve Gerber, plot/ Herb Trimpe, artist/ Joe Giella, inker/ Janice Cohen, colorist/ Charlotte Jetter, letterer/ Len Wein, editor
On his way back to Nurse Jane Foster’s side, Thor gets waylaid when he is brought under mind-control by a villain known as the Puppet Master.
The Puppet Master is a madman who has fought with the Fantastic Four on several occasions. He possesses a special radioactive clay that grants him the ability to control the mind of anyone that he sculpts the likeness of. Normally, a god such as Thor would be beyond the Puppet Master’s ability, but he has enlisted the aid of a strange being known as Radion, the Atomic Man. Radion boosts the radioactivity of the clay, which allows Thor to fall under the Puppet Master’s thrall.
While the Fantastic Four’s the Thing is out at a show with some friends, Thor attacks the remaining Fantastic Four, beating them to an inch of their life, before he is able to regain control of his mind. Realizing what he has done, he turns into Blake and begins administering care to the fallen heroes.
When the Thing returns home, Blake explains what has happened. The Thing recognizes the famous Dr. Blake and takes him at his word. Blake leaves, turns into Thor once more, and immediately falls under the control of the Puppet Master once again. He returns to fight the Thing.
As they fight, the Thing can tell that Thor is holding back, trying to resist. Before long The Puppet Master and Radion reveal themselves. This is a mistake as one of the Thing’s friends is a man named Wundarr who has the ability to absorb radiation. Wundarr absorbs the radiation in the Thor sculpture, which breaks the mind-control. Radion runs away and the Puppet Master is clobbered by Wundarr. Thor leaves, as Nurse Foster is still foremost on his mind..
First Appearance: Radion, the Atomic Man