I am not really familiar with Thor comics from around this era and I am far more familiar with Eric Masterson as Thunderstrike.
So, would someone please fill me in on why Eric Masterson for a time was called Thor. I know he wielded Mjolnir for a while, but why was he addressed as Thor? Did Thor willingly give him the name? Did other people know he wasn't Thor? Was it a matter of convenience due to not having a better name?
Eric Masterson originally appeared as a supporting character. Later, he was gravely wounded was merged with Thor, a la Don Blake. Later the two were separated, but Masterson was taken prisoner by Ulik and Loki. Thor seemed to kill Loki during the rescue. As punishment, Thor was banished but Masterson was permitted to serve as Thor. Most were unaware that he was not the true Thor. Masterson often made comments that he did not like deceiving others into thinking he was the real Thor.