CATHEXIS-RAY

Classification: Energy-siphoner

Creator: Doc Samson

Users/Possessors: Betty Banner, Doc Samson, Hulk

First Appearance: Incredible Hulk II#141 (July, 1971)

Powers/Abilities/Functions: The Cathexis-Ray was designed to siphon gamma-ray and psychic energy from one receptacle, and transfer that energy into its second receptacle. The energy siphoned by the ray could be stored for an indefinite amount of time.

History: (Incredible Hulk II#141) - In order to cure Betty Ross after she had been transformed into glass by a blood transfusion from the Sandman, Dr. Leonard Samson designed his cathexis-ray, a device which could siphon gamma-ray energy from the Hulk and transfer it into Betty, curing her condition. Simultaneously, it would also be able to cure Banner of being the Hulk by drawing out the psychic energy the Hulk needed in order to manifest. Banner agreed to attempt to cure Betty, and in the course of the operation, was cured of being the Hulk as Samson had predicted. Samson then used the energy from Banner to restore Betty to normal.

Samson decided to research the gamma-ray energy still within the machine, and finally determined that he would use it to transform himself into a superhuman being, the kind of brawny physical specimen he had always wanted to be. He struck himself with the gamma-ray energy, and from it, was transformed into a new superhuman form. Calling himself simply "Doc Samson", he wound up romancing Betty Ross, stealing her away from Bruce.

To win Betty back, Bruce subjected himself to the Cathexis-ray, and used the remaining energy to become the Hulk again. In the process, the machine was destroyed.

Comments: Created by Roy Thomas, Herb Trimpe and John Severin.

by Prime Eternal

I wonder if the Cathexis-Ray could have been used to cure Glazier.
--John Kaminski

CLARIFICATIONS:
The Cathexis-Ray should not be confused with:


Images taken from:
Incredible Hulk II#141, page 8, panel 7


Appearances:
Incredible Hulk II#141 (July, 1971) - Roy Thomas (writer), Herb Trimpe (pencils), John Severin (inks), Stan Lee (editor)


Last updated: 06/12/11

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