Classification: Unrevealed (see Comments)
User/Possessors: Adolf Hitler
First Appearance: Invaders I#32 (September, 1978)
Powers/Abilities/Functions: The Sceptre appeared to be approximately 14 inches (35.56 cm) long and made of a gleaming golden metal; it is unknown if it had any special qualities or attributes (see Comments).
(Invaders I#32 (fb) - BTS) - The origins of the Sceptre are unknown. At some point in the past, it was aquired by Adolf Hitler under unknown circumstances. The Führer placed the Sceptre on exhibit in a bulletproof display case, in a room of his headquarters at Nazi Germany's Reichschancellory building.
(Invaders I#32) - Hitler initiated a plan to transport Thor, the Norse thunder god, from Asgard to his headquarters via a Dimensional Gateway. As he escorted Thor through the building, Hitler paused briefly to gaze upon the Sceptre before sending the thunder god on a mission to Russia to assassinate Soviet leader Josef Stalin.
Comments: Created by Roy Thomas (writer) and Alan Kupperberg & Frank Springer (illustrators/storytellers).
Unfortunately, the Invaders series ended with issue #41 (September, 1979), before we could learn the significance of this one-panel appearance of the Sceptre; when Roy Thomas next worked on the Invaders (a four-issue miniseries in 1993), he made no reference to this unresolved plot-line.
John McDonagh asked Roy Thomas: "What was that sceptre that Hitler and Thor passed by in Invaders I#32? Was it supposed to be the Spear of Destiny somehow? The narration indicated that something was important, but we did not find out what...but Roy didn't recall this minor point from over 30 years ago, so the world may never know! - Snood
The Sceptre didn't look anything like a spear, but I suppose it could have been hollow and it could have hidden the spear's head inside. Or it could have been some other type of mystical artifact, considering that Hitler was rumored to be interested in the occult (at least in pop culture). Maybe the Sceptre had been created by Merlin for King Arthur, or maybe it belonged to some other legendary ruler. The ominous captions suggested that Hitler was keeping it for something more than just because he thought it was pretty to look at.
So what ever became of the mysterious Sceptre? Did Hitler hide it away somewhere before his "death"? Or maybe with the Allied invasion of Berlin in 1945, it was confiscated, boxed up, and it's now collecting dust in some government warehouse next to the Ark of the Covenant ("Raiders of the Lost Ark" reference).
Profile by Ron Fredricks.
The Sceptre has no known connections to
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Invaders I#32, p13, pan4 (main image)
Invaders I#32 (September, 1978) - Roy Thomas (writer), Alan Kupperberg (pencils), Frank Springer (inks), James Shooter (editor)
Any Additions/Corrections? please let me know.
Last Updated: 04/01/15
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