The Mighty Thor! Faces the Menace of… “The Demon Duplicators!”
Plot: Stan Lee/ Script: R. Berns/ Art: Joe Sinott
Another fever-dream of an issue, this one starts with Thor popping by Asgard to help Odin stop a drought. It is fairly clear in this issue that Thor has regained his pre-Blake memories. Maybe he regained them when his chromosomatic gland was tinkered with, or maybe he has slowly been remembering his life as a god over the past year. It is not explained.
After starting a week-long thunderstorm on Asgard, Thor returns to Earth where the might of Thor is needed at a scientists’ convention. Doctor Blake, in addition to being a general practitioner, genius surgeon, world-traveling philanthropist, and Thor, is also apparently a genius inventor, as previously hinted at in issue #93. Blake has invented an android that is not only self-aware, but capable of solving the world’s most complicated math problem and strong enough that it cannot be harmed by Thor’s hammer.
Thor and Dr. Zaxton, a physicist acquaintance of Blake’s, are showing off this new wonder, positing it as the first in an army of invincible ultra-intelligent androids. Forget poor benuked China, every nation on Earth must be in a panic to develop an-anti-Thor contingency. The demonstration ends when Zaxton accidentally sets the android to explode. Naturually, Thor hurls him into the air where he safely explodes.
Later, Zaxton visits Blake, informing him that he has invented a small hand-held device that can create perfect duplicates of things from thin air. Zaxton is not satisfied with his mind-bogglingly amazing invention, he wants to also be able to duplicate life, specifically human life. Blake finds the idea of human duplication immoral but when Zaxton reveals that Nurse Foster has been kidnapped for hostage reasons, he agrees to help Zaxton.
A few hours later, they have succeeded, and while Zaxton is making a bunch of duplicates of a cat, Blake switches into Thor, only to be caught changing by Zaxton. Zaxton makes a duplicate of Thor, and reveals that his machine secretly creates duplicates with the exact opposite personalities of the original.
So Thor has to battle a Reverse Duplicate Thor, who quickly ends up with a second hammer, all the while dealing with additional complications caused by Zaxton’s duplication ray. At one point he creates a dozen duplicates of an airliner.
Eventually, er, the duplicate’s unworthiness to hold a duplicate hammer causes him to fade from existence? I think that is what happens. Meanwhile Zaxton creates a reverse duplicate of himself and then drops the duplication device off of a parapet and falls to his death trying to grab it. Thor decides to allow the reverse Zaxton to take over the original’s life, but nothing is revealed about the fate of all the duplicates of the people on the duplicated airliners. I bet that led to some complicated and tragic drama.
Thor hides the Zaxton corpse and then saves Nurse Foster.
First Appearance: Dr. Zaxton, Dr. Blake’s Green Android,Reverse Duplicate Thor