Puppet Master (Marvel)
Real Name: Phillip Masters
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The Puppet Master uses radioactive clay to make puppets of people that he can then control, attaching them to strings and moving them as puppets, presumably he has some sort of psionic ability that enables him to do this. He is the step-father of Alicia Masters, a blind girl who holds an attraction to Thing. He once tried to take over the world but was thwarted in this effort by the Fantastic Four.
The man who would become the Puppet-Master was born in a small Balkan nation. He moved to the United States as a young man. He was socially maladjusted and had no friends. After he finished college he went into business with Jacob Reiss. Philip was jealous of Reiss' wealth and of his family and decided to sabotage his workplace, but Reiss caught him in the act and when the two fought Reiss was accidentally killed in an explosion. Unfortunately, Reiss' daughter Alicia was caught in the explosion and blinded as a result.
Playing the explosion off as an accident, he started a relationship with and then married Reiss's wife, Marcia, and adopted Alicia. When his wife died it was more than he could bear and he lost his sanity. It was at this time that he first began experimenting with radioactive clay that he was somehow able to use to psionically control specific individual's bodies. He thought to exploit this talent to the fullest and drew up a plan to take over the world. He didn't get very far with the plan before the Fantastic Four stopped him.
He was once thought to have been killed when he fell out of the window of a fairly tall building, but he miraculously survived. Later on, he was transformed into living clay. Yet, he was eventually returned to normal.
He has frequently been an ally of Doctor Doom.
First Appearance: Fantastic Four (1961) #8
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All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2006)
#9 Avengers (2010)
- 'Puppet Master to Shamrock'
Avengers Assemble (Panini) (2012)
Captain Marvel (1968)
#14 Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe (2012)
- 'When A Galaxy Beckons ...'
Deadpool Team-Up (2010)
Die Fantastischen Vier Comic-Album (1979)
Die Fantastischen Vier Comic-Taschenbuch (1979)
Die Spinne Comic-Album (1979)
#3 Fantastic Four (1961)
- 'All Die, Die Nicht Sehen Wollen...'
Annual 03 Fantastic Four (1998)
- 'Bedlam at the Baxter Building!'Annual 25
- 'In Kang's Clutches!'TPB
- 'Greatest Villains of the Fantastic Four'#8
- 'Prisoners of the Puppet Master!'#14
- 'The Merciless Puppet Master'#28
- 'We Have to Fight the X-Men!'#100
- 'The Long Journey Home!'#170
- 'A Sky-Full of Fear!'#300
- 'Dearly Beloved...'#356
- 'War With the New Warriors'#357
- 'The Monster Among Us!'#358
- 'Whatever Happened to Alicia?'#416
- 'Unfinished Business'#538
- 'Street Fighting'#539
- 'Decisions Made'
#45 Fantastic Four Adventures (2005)
- 'You Can't Get There From Here'
#47 Fantastic Four vs. X-Men (1987)
- 'A Family Torn Apart!'
Fantastic Four: Foes (2005)
#1 Fin Fang Four Return! (2009)
- 'Part One'#2
- 'Part Two'#4
- 'Part Four'#5
- 'Part Five'#6
- 'Part Six'
#1 Four (2006)
- 'Return of the Fin Fang Four!'
Hero Initiative: Fantastic Four (2012)
TPB Heroes For Hire (2011)
- 'The Fantastic Four 100 Project'
#1#2 Heroic Age: Villains (2011)
- 'Trace Elements'#4
- 'No Strings'#5
- 'Slay Misty For Me'#9
- 'Fear Itself'
#1 Iron Fist (1975)
- 'Heroic Age Villains'
#4 Marvel Collectors' Item Classics (1965)
- 'A Fine Day's Dying!'
Marvel Knights 4 (2004)
#13 Marvel Masterworks (1987)
- 'Eyes Without a Face, Part 1'#14
- 'Eyes Without a Face, Part 2'
#25 Marvel Team-Up (1972)
- 'The Fantastic Four'
#5 Marvel Treasury Edition (1974)
- 'A Passion Of The Mind!'#6
- '...As Those Who Will Not See!'
#5 Marvel TV: Galactus - The Real Story (2009)
- 'The Hulk on the Rampage!'#13
- 'Giant Superhero Holiday Grab-Bag'
Marvel Two-In-One (1974)
#9 Marvel's Greatest Comics (1969)
- 'When A God Goes Mad!'#60
- 'Happiness is a Warm Alien!'#74
- 'A Christmas Peril!'
#81 Marvels (1994)
- 'The Long Jouney Home'
#41 Ms. Marvel (2006)
- 'Everyone's Little in Liddleville!'
#18 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
- 'Puppets, Part 1'#19
- 'Puppets Part 2 Of 3'#20
- 'Puppets Part 3 Of 3'
Silver Surfer (1987)
#127 Space: Punisher (2012)
- 'Beneath the Silver Skin'#129
- 'Of Time and Truth'#130
- 'End of a World'#131
- 'Farewell to the Dream'#132
- 'The Messiah Syndrome: Part One'#133
- 'Messiah Syndrome, Part 2'#135
- 'Leap of Faith'#136
- 'Between the Devil and the Dead!'#138
- 'The Choice'
Spider-Man Family (2007)
Spider-Man's Tangled Web (2001)
Strange Tales (1951)
Tales to Astonish (1959)
The Astonishing Spider-Man (2009)
The Avengers (1963)
#63 The Avengers (UK) (1973)
- 'And in this Corner... Goliath!'
The Marvel Encyclopedia (2006)
HC The New Mutants (1983)
- 'The Marvel Encyclopedia'
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe (1983)
#8 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition (1985)
- 'N-P: From Namorita to Pyro'
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition (1990)
The Sensational She-Hulk (1989)
The Sub-Mariner (1968)
#14 The Thing (1983)
- 'Burn, Namor, Burn'
#5 The Thing (2006)
- 'With Friends Like These...'#34
- 'Dual Duel'
#7 The Very Best of the X-Men (1994)
- 'Dis Man, Dis Monster, Disarmed!'
HC Uncanny X-Men (1963)
- 'The Very Best of the X-Men'
#27 Villains For Hire (2012)
- 'Re-enter: The Mimic!'
#3 What If? (1977)
- 'No Strings'
TPB X-Men Special (1998)
- 'Best of What If?'#1
- 'What If... Spider-Man Joined The Fantastic Four?'
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