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)
Fantastic Four (1961)
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!'#236
- '20th Anniversary Triple Sized Issue'#246
- 'Too Many Dooms'#299
- 'The Best Man'#300
- 'Dearly Beloved...'#356
- 'War With the New Warriors'#357
- 'The Monster Among Us!'#358
- 'Whatever Happened to Alicia?'#366
- 'The Enemy Within!'#367
- 'By Reed... Betrayed!'#369
- 'With Malice Toward All!'#371
- 'This Flame, This Fury'#373
- 'Shattered Lives'#416
- 'Unfinished Business'#538
- 'Street Fighting'#539
- 'Decisions Made'#642
- 'Back in Blue Part 2'#645
#45 Fantastic Four (2014)
- 'You Can't Get There From Here'
#3 Fantastic Four Adventures (2005)
- 'The Fall of the Fantastic Four Part Three'#7#8
#47 Fantastic Four: Foes (2005)
- 'A Family Torn Apart!'
#1 Fin Fang Four (2008)
- 'Part One'#2
- 'Part Two'#4
- 'Part Four'#5
- 'Part Five'#6
- 'Part Six'
Fin Fang Four Return! (2009)
#1 Four (2006)
- 'Return of the Fin Fang Four!'
Giant-Size Super-Stars (1974)
#1 Hero Initiative: Fantastic Four (2012)
- 'The Mind of the Monster!'
HC Heroes For Hire (2011)
- 'The Fantastic Four 100 Project'TPB
- 'The Fantastic Four 100 Project'
#1 Heroic Age: Villains (2011)
- 'Are You For Hire?'#2
- 'Trace Elements'#4
- 'No Strings'#5
- 'Slay Misty For Me'#9
- 'Fear Itself'#10
- 'Everything To Lose'
#1 Iron Fist (1975)
- 'Heroic Age Villains'
#4 Jack Kirby's Heroes and Villains (1987)
- 'A Fine Day's Dying!'
Marvel Encyclopedia (2002)
Marvel Encyclopedia (2014)
Marvel Knights 4 (2004)
#13 Marvel Masterworks (1987)
- 'Eyes Without a Face, Part 1'#14
- 'Eyes Without a Face, Part 2'
#25 Marvel Saga: The Official History of the Marvel Universe (1985)
- 'The Fantastic Four Nos. 41-50 & Fantastic Four Annual No. 3 by Stan Lee & Jack Kirby'
#6 Marvel Super-Heroes (1967)
- 'Book VI: Love, Hate...and Sacrifice!'
Marvel Team-Up (1972)
#5 Marvel Treasury Edition (1974)
- 'A Passion of the Mind!'#6
- '... As Those Who Will Not See!'
#5 Marvel Two-In-One (1974)
- 'The Hulk on the Rampage!'#13
- 'Giant Superhero Holiday Grab-Bag'
#9 Marvels (1994)
- 'When A God Goes Mad!'#60
- 'Happiness is a Warm Alien!'#74
- 'A Christmas Peril!'
#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'
Saga of the Sub-Mariner (1988)
#7 Silver Surfer (1987)
- 'Rage and Remembrance'
#127 Spider-Man Family (2007)
- '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's Tangled Web (2001)
#21 Strange Tales (1951)
- 't'was the Fight before Xmas'
Strange Tales (2009)
Tales to Astonish (1959)
The Avengers (1963)
#63 The Avengers (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'
#10 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition (1990)
- 'Paladin to The Rhino'
The Sensational She-Hulk (1989)
The Sub-Mariner (1968)
#14 The Thing (1983)
- 'Burn, Namor, Burn'
#5 The Very Best of the X-Men (1994)
- 'With Friends Like These...'#6
- 'Dual Duel'
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'
#1 What If...? (1989)
- 'What If... Spider-Man Joined The Fantastic Four?'#31
- 'What If Wolverine Had Killed The Hulk?'#31 (Newsstand Edition)
- 'What If Wolverine Had Killed The Hulk?'
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