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THANOS

Real Name: Thanos

Identity/Class: Extradimensional (Earth-57780) extraterrestrial? (see comments)

Occupation: Would-be world conqueror

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: "Evil scientists" (Cosmic Cube creators) (all Earth-57780)

Enemies: The Cat (Patsy Walker), Speedy (Jim (last name unrevealed)), Spider-Man (Peter Parker), police (all Earth-57780)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: New York, USA (Earth-57780)

First Appearance: Spidey Super Stories#39/3 (March, 1979)

Powers/Abilities: Thanos behaved like a brash, power-hungry bully. He did not display any cosmic-level powers or enhanced strength.

   Thanos briefly wielded the wish-fulfilling Cosmic Cube. He also flew a personalized helicopter.

 

History:

(Spidey Super Stories#39/3) - After the creation of the Cosmic Cube by uniformed scientists (see comments), Thanos was on hand to claim it for his plan to take over Earth.

(Spidey Super Stories#39/5 (fb) - BTS) - Through unrevealed means, the Cat was able to acquire the Cosmic Cube. Thanos gave chase to get it back.

(Spidey Super Stories#39/5) - From his personalized helicopter, Thanos dropped exploding bombs around the Cat to harm her and she accidentally dropped the Cosmic Cube in an alley. The Cat alerted skateboarder Speedy about the danger before running off. Thanos saw the boy find the Cube and and snatched it off him. Nearby, Spider-Man and the Cat confronted Thanos while Mary Jane Watson comforted the boy. Using the Cube, Thanos summoned a giant dog against the heroes but they chased it off. Thanos next used the Cube to generate a localized earthquake, but this caused the villain to drop the Cube. Speedy lunged at the Cube and used its power to wrap Thanos in long grass as a restraint. The police arrived to arrest Thanos and he was led away in handcuffs.

Comments: Created by uncredited writer, Win Mortimer (pencils), Mike Esposito (inks).

It's not specified where this Thanos is from, but I'll assume (given his appearance) he's similar to Earth-616's with an extraterrestrial origin. However, we don't see Thanos-57780 using any cosmic, blast-like powers like his Earth-616/Prime counterpart, so this could just as easily be a big ex-wrestler with face paint and a costume. (Or maybe the Cat negated his powers when she first took the Cosmic Cube? The Cat (Patsy Walker) may have been an undercover S.H.I.E.L.D. agent along with the later "police officers", and the handcuffs may have been disguised  power dampeners...?)

The evil scientists wear A.I.M.-style "beekeeper" uniforms (although colored orange with blue helmets), but aren't identified as A.I.M.

CBR reports that apparently Jim Salicrup was inspired by DC's Batcopter, hence Thanos in a helicopter...

Profile by Grendel Prime.

CLARIFICATIONS :
Thanos of Earth-57780 has no known connections to:


Cosmic Cube

Cosmic Cube

A powerful device that was capable of instantly manifesting the holder's wishes, the Cosmic Cube could be held in one hand and was created by "evil scientists", then passed to Thanos. However, through unrevealed means, the Cat managed to take it from him. She lost it and it was retrieved by Speedy the skateboarder, then Thanos, who wielded it against two intervening heroes, Spider-Man and the Cat. Thanos lost his grip on the Cosmic Cube and the Cat retrieved the item. Its fate is unknown.

 

--Spidey Super Stories#39/3 (39/5


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Spidey Super Stories#39, p29, pan3 (main image)
   p25, pan4 (headshot)
   p21 (in helicopter)
   p14, pan2 (Cosmic Cube)


Appearances:
Spidey Super Stories#39/3 (March, 1979) - uncredited writer, Win Mortimer (pencils), Mike Esposito (inks), A.J. Hays & Deborah November (editors)
Spidey Super Stories#39/5 (March, 1979) - uncredited writer, Win Mortimer (pencils), Mike Esposito (inks), A.J. Hays & Deborah November (editors)


Last updated: 03/03/18

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