Real Name: Sandu
Identity/Class: Human (possible mutant); temporary magic user
Occupation: Circus mentalist; would-be world ruler
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Former agent of Loki
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: Master of the Supernatural, Sandu the Great
Base of Operations: Manhattan, New York
unnamed sultan's palace (looks like the Taj Mahal; transported to New York);
the Moon (where he kept his loot)
First Appearance: Journey into Mystery I#91/1 (April, 1963)
Powers: Sandu possesses limited extra-sensory perception, enabling him to scan superficial thoughts of those around him, guessing names, secrets, etc. When empowered by Loki, he gained powers of levitation and teleportation. He could mentally lift or transport an entire building, stop bullets, turn missiles back on the fighter planes which shot them, and erase the memories of others. He could teleport objects to distant sites (such as the moon) or even to other dimensions. When he lost his powers, everything went back to the way it was before -- this may be related to the magic energy which empowered him, or it may indicate that his abilities were all advanced illusions.
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 125 lbs.
Next to nothing is known about the past of Sandu. He was originally a circus mentalist, utilizing his limited extra-sensory perception abilities to entertain a crowd. Don Blake (a former mortal identity of Thor) and Jane Foster observed his show. Loki, at the time imprisoned within Asgard, sought a human vessel to use against Thor. He magnified Sandu's powers a thousandfold, knowing that Sandu would use his enhanced powers for criminal purposes.
(JIM I#91 (fb) ) - Sandu first used his abilities to steal the wallets of his audience, then progressed to levitating and teleporting entire banks, and even transporting a sultan's palace half way around the world to use as his palace. He easily defeated the police and the military when they tried to capture him. When Sandu levitated the entire United Nations Building, threatening to cast it into space if they didn't make him absolute ruler of Earth, he drew the attention of Thor, just as Loki had hoped.
(JIM I#91) - Sandu easily knocked Thor unconscious and placed an entire building on top of him. Weakened by the fall, Thor was trapped, but Odin then sent Thor's Belt of Strength to him, enabling him to break free. Thor confronted Sandu again, but Sandu teleported himself and Thor's hammer to another dimension -- if he would have just waited one minute, Thor would have been transformed into Don Blake and made an easy victim. Instead, Sandu, overly impressed with his own abilities, decided that he would take the hammer for himself. When he proved unable to life the hammer no matter how hard he tried, he had a "mental short-circuit", and he lost his Loki-granted power enhancements. Thor regained his hammer and Sandu was no longer a threat. He was taken away by the police.
Comments: Created by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, and Jack Kirby.
Thor could easily have broken some chains and escaped from Sandu's trap on his own. I'm guessing Sandu used his mental powers to convince Thor that he could not escape. Either the Belt or Odin's magic allowed him to overcome the illusion.
Sandu has an entry in Marvel Legacy: The 1960s Handbook.
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Last updated: 10/16/05
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