Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Superman's first archnemesis, the Ultra-Humanite

In Action Comics #14 (by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster), Superman investigates what he (and the reader) thinks is a simple case of a construction company's using inferior materials. But when he's chasing some bad guys and their car disappears into thin air, he realizes that there's more to it.

Sure enough, the Ultra-Humanite has returned, having escaped death after his encounter with Superman in the previous issue. The Man of Steel is able to shut down the villain's current operation, but Ultra-Humanite escapes again and the issue ends in two panels that show each man worrying and planning about how to defeat his enemy.

Clearly Siegel and Shuster were planning for Ultra-Humanite to become Superman's official archnemesis. I'm curious to see how he'd become supplanted by a different bald scientist.


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