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Quote1 Mebbe I ain't no flag-wavin' patriot -- and no one's gonna pin any medals fer good citizenship on me either -- but I'll tell ya one thing -- no crummy, two-faced enemy agent is gonna make a patsy outta Slugger Sykes!! Quote2
-- Slugger Sykes

Appearing in "The Wrath of Replicus"Edit

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Synopsis for "The Wrath of Replicus"Edit

Slugger Sykes and the scientist Chuda are working together to find a means to destroy Thor. At Chuda's lab, Slugger amuses himself by beating up one of Chuda's replicas that was designed to resemble Thor. After the demonstration, Chuda shows Slugger his latest invention: Replicus, an android that can adapt to any situation and can hypothetically defeat Thor in battle. Chuda activates the robot and the two prepare it for it's mission to destroy Thor.

Elsewhere in the city, the Thunder God is making a house call to Granny Gardenia in his mortal guise of Donald Blake. As Blake is checking up on the elderly flower vendor, she is visited by some of Slugger Sykes' men, who have come to check on her because Slugger would regularly purchase a fresh Gardenia every day from her. Although Blake recognizes Slugger's name, Granny Gardenia is completely oblivious to Slugger's true vocation, and Slugger's men give Blake grief over making sure that Gardenia returns to her proper health.

After Slugger's men leave, Granny asks that Blake turn on the television. Upon doing so, both see a news report about Replicus, who had just successfully robbed a bank and managed to escape in spite of the the polices efforts to stop the robot. The robot returns to Syke's hide out and dumps the loot, making their first attempt a success. When Sykes' men ask for a cut of the money, Sykes has Replicus toss them out.

Thus begins a series of crimes by Sykes, who sends out Replicus to do all the dirty work. After enough robberies, Blake decides to do something and changes into the Mighty Thor and goes searching for the machine. Thor finds it all right and the two lock in combat. Thor finds to his surprise that the robot can adapt to any situation and exhibits new powers to counter act any attack that Thor throws at it.

As the battle rages on, inside the lab at Chuda, Chunda explains how he will use the Replicus robot to crush democracy. Slugger, in spite of the fact of being a crook, is a Patriot and refuses to allow the robot to be used to destroy Democracy. In the ensuing struggle, Chuda's devices are damaged and explode killing both men.

With the robots control devices destroyed, Replicus' attack on Thor ends before the robot manages to lift up Thor's hammer. Later, back in his civilian guise of Donald Blake, Thor finds that Granny is doing better but is saddened by the death of Sykes. Blake leaves, musing over the fact that Sykes may have died a nobler man than the he lived.

Appearing in "Tales of Asgard: Alibar and the Forty Demons!"Edit

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Synopsis for "Tales of Asgard: Alibar and the Forty Demons!"Edit

Continued from last issue....

With the defeat of the Devil Jinni by Thor and the Warriors Three, panic has spread across the land of Xandu, as it's people fear the warriors wrath for Mogul's attack on Hogun's people. As Thor and the others fight through the armies of Xandu, Modgul is presented a thief named Alibar.

At first, the tyrant wishes to kill the young thief, however instead finds another use for him. Mogul uses his magical powers to transform Alibar into the leader of his army of warriors he calls Satan's Forty Horsemen, whom he summons and unleashes upon Thor and the Warriors Three.

This story is continued next issue...

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks



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