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Classification: Terrestrial technology

Creator: Dr. Olsen, "Hans" (see Comments)

User/Possessors: Dr. Olsen, "Hans", Adolf Hitler

Aliases: None

First Appearance: Invaders I#32 (September, 1978)

Powers/Abilities/Functions: Consisting of an extremely large wall-sized video screen and a single control console (and possibly other supporting devices behind the scenes), the Dimensional Gateway could "tune in" to the extradimensional realm of Asgard and display the images on the screen. It had teleportational circuitry which transported Thor to Earth. It also transmitted electronic impulses that were received by Thor's hammer and helped to guide the thunder god to the Soviet capital of the Kremlin. At one point it was used to transmit the sound of Hitler's voice in Germany to Thor in Russia. The full extent of the Gateway's power and range is unknown (see comments).

(Invaders I#32 (fb) - BTS) - Inspired by the pagan pageantry and barbaric splendor of the operas of Richard Wagner, Hitler theorized that the composer wrote his music as "echoes from another world," and he believed that the world of Teutonic gods and beauteous valkyries that Wagner envisioned was real. To prove his theory correct, Hitler had Dr. Olsen and his assistant brought from Norway and tasked them to create a means to bring Donar, the Teutonic god of thunder (also known to the Norsemen as "Thor"), to Earth. Dr. Olsen and "Hans" worked on their project in a heavily-guarded chamber in Nazi Germany's Reichschancellory building.

(Invaders I#32) - When the Dimensional Gateway was completed, Dr. Olsen and "Hans" demonstrated the device to Hitler, showing the Führer an image from Asgard of Thor battling some Trolls on the large screen; they manipulated the controls, there was a blinding flash of light, and the somewhat disoriented thunder god stood in their midst. Hitler then began his scheme to make Thor his ally. After showing the thunder god film footage of how badly his "noble" armies were faring against Russian troops, and saying that the Nazis only wanted to liberate the Russian people from their evil masters, Hitler was able to convince Thor of the "righteousness" of his cause and won the thunder god over to his side. Then Hitler dispatched Thor to Russia to assassinate Soviet leader Josef Stalin.

While on a mission across the Russian border to deliver a prototype tank to Stalin, the Invaders (Captain America/Steve Rogers, Human Torch/Jim Hammond, Sub-Mariner/Namor McKenzie, Spitfire/Jacqueline Falsworth, Union Jack/Brian Falsworth) got there just in time to see the thunder god arrive to carry out Hitler's orders.

(Invaders I#33) - After a skirmish with the thunder god, the Sub-Mariner grabbed Stalin and carried him aboard his Atlantean aircraft, to fly the Soviet leader to safety in Moscow, and lost Thor in the process. Thor used the power of his enchanted hammer to bend the fabric of space and establish a communication link with Hitler. The thunder god reported of his loss of Stalin, so Hitler ordered Olsen and "Hans" to use the Gateway machine to send an electrical impulse that would be received by Thor's hammer, to help guide the thunder god to the Kremlin, where Hitler rightly believed Stalin had fled. Meanwhile, the fanatical Hitler raved about how he would soon have all of the gods of Asgard fighting for the Third Reich until the entire planet was conquered. The stress of the situation, exacerbated by the furor of the Führer, was having a detrimental effect on Dr. Olsen, who then suffered a fatal heart attack, and Hitler ordered "Hans" to take Olsen's place at the control panel.

As Thor reached the Kremlin, the Invaders faced him again in another short battle, but "Hans" had secretly adjusted the Gateway machine so that Thor could hear Hitler's wild rantings. Hitler then ordered "Hans" to bring the Trolls that they'd seen Thor battle earlier to Earth. But as the creatures began to materialize, "Hans" refused to bring such monsters to conquer the planet for the Nazis, so he set the Dimensional Gateway machine to explode. As "Hans" crawled from the smoking debris, he saw the Führer pinned beneath some wreckage; Hitler called for his assistance, but an irate "Hans" prophetically opined to Hitler about the Führer's inevitable fate, then he revealed his true name and walked off, as Nazi soldiers rushed by him to free Hitler.

(Marvel Universe#2) - Baron Strucker witnessed the Dimensional Gateway's explosion from outside the Reichschancellory building and followed "Hans" into an alley where the bandaged scientist was transported back to the future by Doom's time platform.

(Invaders I#33) - Having heard Hitler's true intentions, Thor realized he'd been deceived, and as he faded back to Asgard, the Invaders' memories of the whole incident began to fade as well. (see comments)

Comments: Created by Roy Thomas (writer) and Alan Kupperberg & Frank Springer (illustrators/storytellers).

The reason for that convenient group-amnesia at the end was probably to avoid the continuity glitches that would have arisen when Cap, Namor, and Thor would all next chronologically appear together in Avengers I#4 (March, 1964) with no reference of this "past" encounter (and I'm not even gonna get into why Cap and Namor didn't recognize each other!). Maybe the memory loss regarding Thor was brought about by Odin working behind the scenes (In Thor's own parting words: 'Twas not meant that Thor should walk amongst mortals at this time. Mayhap, one day, ere long--as 'twas prophesied--but not today!).

Thor was easily swayed by Hitler's powers of persuasion, which I guess we can attribute to Thor being younger and more gullible at the time... or maybe Rumor was assisting Hitler behind the scenes.

The Dimensional Gateway was only used to "tune in" to Asgard, but I wonder if it could be adjusted for other realities. After the Squadron Supreme mini-series came out in 1985, I was hoping that in the future (relatively speaking, during World War II), the Nazis would rebuild the Gateway machine and transport the Invaders to another world, which would turn out to be Earth-S/Earth-712, and they would meet the war-time heroes of the Golden Agency (whose members included American Eagle, Power Princess, Professor Imam, and unrevealed others).

Previously, Brain Drain had one of the four Axi-Tun aliens impersonating Donar (@ Invaders I#1-2).

Now, for an explanation of "Hans" (be patient, it's a long trip and it takes a few detours, but hopefully, it'll all make sense):

The bit about Doom returning to the future using his Time Platform seemed important enough for me to add it to the profile.
--Markus Raymond

Profile by Ron Fredricks.

The Dimensional Gateway has no known connections to

Dr. Olsen has no known connections to

"Hans" is actually Doctor Doom/Victor Von Doom and has no known connections to

Dr. Olsen

A Norwegian physicist, he (along with his assistant "Hans") was tasked by Hitler to create a device to bring the thunder god Thor from his native Asgard to Earth.

Because of the stress and guilt he felt for bringing Thor to Earth, only to have Hitler turn the thunder god into the Third Reich's ultimate warrior, Olsen suffered a fatal heart attack.


--Invaders I#32 (Invaders I#32-33


His face swathed in bandages (to cover a few scars from a laboratory fire, as he explained to Hitler), "Hans" was the assistant to Dr. Olsen. He and Olsen were tasked by Hitler to create a device to bring the thunder god Thor from his native Asgard to Earth. Their work resulted in the Dimensional Gateway, which allowed them to view Thor on a video screen, and also teleport the thunder god to Earth (Olsen credited "Hans" for the teleportational abilities of the device, and said that "Hans" had "worked night and day on that aspect" and that he used "mystic calculations"). The initial demonstration of the Gateway for Hitler was a success, and Thor was brought before them; Hitler then persuaded the thunder god to become his ally.

When Olsen died from a heart attack, "Hans" took over the controls of the Gateway, and Hitler ordered him to bring some Trolls to Earth. But "Hans" refused to bring the monstrous creatures into the world, so he set the controls to destroy the machine, and the device began to glow red-hot until it exploded. When he crawled out of the smoking debris, the irate "Hans" saw the surviving Hitler (who was pinned beneath some wreckage) and told the evil dictator: "Nazi dog! Just be glad I don't kill you myself!"

"Hans" revealed that his whole motivation for working with Dr. Olsen was because he was trying to contact his dead mother in the spirit world, and the work he had done had perhaps brought him closer to reaching her. Although he had a hatred for Hitler, "Hans" decided to spare the Führer because he felt that one day Hitler would bring down the wrath of the planet upon his own head. As he left the Reichschancellory building, "Hans" flippantly said a final farewell to Hitler and revealed his true name: "Auf wiedersehn, 'Mein Fuhrer'--from Victor Von Doom!" (see Comments)

(Marvel Universe#2) - Doom fled the building and was secretly followed to an alley by Baron Strucker. Doom returned to his own era by using his Time Platform. Strucker not only witnessed the incident, but followed Doom to the future (Doom eventually allowed Strucker to return to the past with a bunch of books, which aided Strucker in future endeavors).

--Invaders I#32 (Invaders I#32-33, Marvel Universe#2 (see above) (this only covers Doom's appearances as "Hans")

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Invaders I#32, p9, pan1 (main image)
Invaders I#33, p14, pan3 (watching Trolls emerge from Gateway)
Invaders I#33, p9, pan1 (Dr. Olsen)
Invaders I#33, p15, pan3 ("Hans")

Invaders I#32 (September, 1978) - Roy Thomas (writer), Alan Kupperberg (pencils), Frank Springer (inks), James Shooter (editor)
Invaders I#33 (October, 1978) - Roy Thomas (writer), Alan Kupperberg (pencils), Frank Springer (inks), James Shooter, Roy Thomas (editors)
Marvel Universe#2 (July, 1998) - Roger Stern (writer), Steve Epting (pencils), Al Williamson (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)

First Posted: 04/02/2015
Last updated: 04/01/2015

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