Real Name: Supramor
Identity/Class: Extraterrestrial (race unrevealed) technology user
Occupation: Would-be world conqueror
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Loko; former pawn of the Kree/Ruul race
Enemies: Fenton Farnum, Giant-Man (Henry Pym), Triathlon (Delroy Garrett), unidentified physicist
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: Supreme One (as called by Loko)
Base of Operations: Currently unrevealed;
formerly an intergalactic prison;
an unidentified base in New York City, and an unidentified planet
First Appearance: Tales to Astonish I#67/1 (May, 1965)
Powers/Abilities: Supramor did not appear to possess any superhuman powers of his own. He relied on his advanced technology and used a number of weapons derived from it. His primary weapon was his "green ray," which could drain the knowledge, power, and abilities from its living targets, and transfer those traits to Supramor; he used this ray to temporarily steal the knowledge from an unspecified number of scientists, as well Giant-Man's ability to shrink -- these stolen abilities eventually returned to their sources, but it is uncertain if the Hidden Man retained any of the knowledge, abilities, or powers afterward. The green ray could be fired from specially outfitted station wagons (the "Supra-mobiles"), or remotely from his headquarters. He was also armed with a handheld ray-gun.
Supramor was served by Loko, a human lackey who would do the field work for him. Loko used some of Supramor's technology, but demonstrated no special knowledge or abilities of his own.
Height: Apparently 6'
Weight/Eyes/Hair: Unrevealed (see comments)
(Tales to Astonish I#67/1 (fb) - BTS) - Supramor, a rogue member of an advanced extraterrestrial race, left his home-world and traveled to Earth, where he sought to conquer the planet. He obtained the services of a man known only as Loko, who served him out of fear. Supramor equipped Loko with a station wagon and sent him out on missions to target select humans with Supramor's "green ray," in an effort to steal their abilities for Supramor to use.
(Tales to Astonish I#67/1) - While driving in the station wagon, Loko spotted Giant-Man repairing a loose high-tension cable on an electrical pole. Attempting to steal the hero's growth power, Loko trained the green ray on Giant-Man, but his great size and will to resist caused the green ray to "blow a fuse". Giant-Man subsequently captured the car and took it back to his lab for examination, although Loko himself escaped.
But Supramor used transmitters built in the car to eavesdrop on Giant-Man -- he learned that the hero had trained a bee to become a new "steed" for his partner, the Wasp. Wishing to learn everything about bees, Supramor sent Loko in a second station wagon to the home of Fenton Farnum, the world's greatest authority on those insects -- Loko trained the green ray on Farnum and transferred all his knowledge to Supramor.
Meanwhile, Henry Pym learned that several scientists had lost their knowledge after being bathed in a green ray. At the same time, Suprmaor trained his ray on the bee used by the Wasp, causing it to forget its training, and it stung her. While Pym (as Giant-Man) shrank down to insect-size to attend to his injured partner, Supramor trained the ray on him, stealing his shrinking ability.
But still retaining his growth power, Giant-Man used his cybernetic helmet to track the transmissions from the station wagon back to Supramor's base. Supramor blasted Giant-Man with his ray-gun as the hero approached, but his size again saved him and he was only briefly stunned; Loko then smashed into Giant-Man with the station wagon, but Giant-Man apprehended him and turned him over to the police.
Giant-Man continued with his pursuit of Supramor, and he had the villain cornered on a rooftop. Supramor used the hero's stolen shrinking ability and reduced his size to make his escape, but Giant-Man caught him. However, Giant-Man was then bathed by a green ray originating from above, which caused him to fall asleep -- this ray was projected from a star-ship used by members of Supramor's race, who also undid any of the harm caused by Supramor and reversed the effects of his green ray. As the hero fell into a brief slumber, the ray narrowed and Supramor was pulled helplessly upward, to be taken back to his home-world, where he would be punished for the unforgivable crime of trying to conquer a primitive planet.
(Maximum Security#2) - Supramor may have languished in a prison for years. When next seen, he was one of the inmates beamed to Earth by the Intergalactic Council during the events of Maximum Security. He apparently used his green ray in an effort to amass further knowledge and power, but was overpowered by the hero Triathlon. Several of the extraterrestrials beamed to Earth joined with the heroes of Earth to fight Ronan and the Kree/Ruul, and to break the barrier surrounding Earth -- Supramor may have been involved in this, but was not seen. He was most likely extradited from Earth, but his subsequent fate is unrevealed.
(Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E.#11 - BTS) - The Beyond Corporation somehow created duplicates of the Hidden Man and unleashed them on Nextwave when they invaded their State 51 base, but Nextwave made short work of them.
Comments: Created by Stan Lee and Bob Powell.
What is the deal with that symbol on his chest? It has some similarities to the emblem used by Eros, the Eternal of Titan, even before he became known as Starfox. Even weirder, it's the same symbol on the belt of the original Steel Serpent, and on the chest of Red Wolf of Earth-829 -- Any explanations or connections?
Supramor also had that symbol on his ray-gun and "Supra-mobiles," and he appeared to have it tattooed on the back of his right hand, too. He was never seen without his helmet, so his facial features are unrevealed, but judging by his hands, he was a Caucasian humanoid. -- Ron Fredricks
I think Supramor was only referred to as the Hidden Man on the cover of TTA#67 and the story-title. Loko referred to him as the Supreme One and his master. Giant-Man never called him anything besides "him", "he", or "my ex-captive" after he got away.
The Hidden Man is up there pretty highly on the Obscure-o-meter. It took me a few months to place him after seeing him in Maximum Security.
The Beyond Corporation used several of their own
versions of the Hidden Man to protect State 51 against the Nextwave
Squad in Nextwave#11.
Hidden Man has an entry in Marvel Legacy: The 1960s Handbook.
Profile by Snood. Expansion by Ron Fredricks.
The Hidden Man/Supramor has no known connections to:
Loko has no known connections to:
Fenton Farnum has no known connections to:
The craven Loko was the human henchman of the extraterrestrial Supramor, and served him out of fear.
Supramor equipped Loko with station wagons outfitted with his green ray projectors; Loko drove the vehicles to various human targets, then activated the ray projector to drain their knowledge and abilities so Supramor could use their traits for himself.
During their final confrontation with Giant-Man, Supramor ordered Loko to hit the colossal hero with the station wagon, just as an old man was crossing the street in front of him; but Giant-Man pulled the senior citizen to safety with one hand, and smashed the vehicle with the other. After the sniveling Loko crawled out of the wreckage, Giant-Man (quite literally) handed him over to the police.
Supramor was eventually apprehended by members of his own race, but the final fate of Loko is unrevealed.
--Tales to Astonish I#67/1
A handheld weapon used by Supramor, it could apparently project his knowledge-and-ability-draining green ray.
The ray-gun could also fire a concussive beam that could blast through brick, but it required five minutes between shots to recharge.
--Tales to Astonish I#67/1, Maximum Security#2
Two vehicles resembling conventional station wagons, they were actually mobile electronic laboratories used for Supramor's failed attempt to conquer Earth. The vehicles contained Supramor's advanced extraterrestrial technology, and mounted atop each were Supramor's "green ray" projectors, which could drain the knowledge and abilities from living targets and transfer those traits to Supramor. The vehicles were driven by Loko, but Supramor could remotely monitor activity in the vicinity of the vehicles.
The first vehicle was confiscated by Giant-Man after Loko unsuccessfully tried to steal his growth power; Loko escaped, but Giant-Man took the station wagon back to his lab for closer examination.
Loko later used the second station wagon to transfer Fenton Farnum's knowledge of bees to Supramor.
During their final confrontation with Giant-Man, Supramor ordered Loko to hit the colossal hero with the vehicle, just as an old man was crossing the street in front of him; but Giant-Man pulled the senior citizen to safety with one hand, and smashed the station wagon with the other.
--Tales to Astonish I#67/1
An entomologist, he was the world's greatest authority on bees. While he was working in his home laboratory, Farnum was bathed in the light of Supramor's green ray -- he subsequently lost consciousness, and all of his knowledge was transferred to Supramor.
Presumably, Farnum's knowledge returned to him after Supramor was apprehended by members of his extraterrestrial race.
--Tales to Astonish I#67/1
This unidentified physicist was an associate of Henry Pym -- according to Pym, he was the "top man in that field". But all his knowledge of physics had been stolen from him by the extraterrestrial Supramor's green ray and transferred to Supramor.
A few days later, Pym (as Giant-Man) confiscated Supramor's station wagon and took it back to his lab so he could examine its electrical circuits. Pym contacted the physicist for assistance; but when he arrived, the physicist reported that he had been bathed in a green ray and subsequently forgot everything he ever knew about physics. The physicist also told Pym that other scientists had reported the same strange occurrence, and that it seemed as though some powerful force was trying to rob mankind of all its scientific knowledge.
Presumably, the physicist's knowledge returned to him after Supramor was apprehended by members of his extraterrestrial race.
--Tales to Astonish I#67/1
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Tales to Astonish I#67/1, p2, pan4 (Main Image - Hidden Man)
Tales to Astonish I#67/1, p11, pan9 (shrunken Hidden Man, grabbed by Giant-Man)
Tales to Astonish I#67/1, p11, pan5 (Hidden Man reduces his size; Giant-Man (background))
Maximum Security#2, p5, pan1 (Hidden Man battles Triathlon)
Tales to Astonish I#67/1, p2, pan5 (symbol on Hidden Man's right hand)
Tales to Astonish I#67/1, p3, pan7 (Hidden Man chastises Loko)
Tales to Astonish I#67/1, p10, pan6 (Giant-Man hands Loko over to police)
Tales to Astonish I#67/1, p9, pan7 (Hidden Man holding ray-gun (side view))
Tales to Astonish I#67/1, p12, pan7 (Hidden Man's ray-gun (front view) laying on ground; Giant-Man and Wasp (background))
Tales to Astonish I#67/1, p1, pan1 (first "Supra-mobile" driven by Loko (front view))
Tales to Astonish I#67/1, p2, pan3 (first "Supra-mobile" projecting green ray at Giant-Man (background))
Tales to Astonish I#67/1, p2, pan7 (first "Supra-mobile" (rear view))
Tales to Astonish I#67/1, p5, pan2 (Fenton Farnum in his lab, as second "Supra-mobile" projects green ray)
Tales to Astonish I#67/1, p5, pan3 (Fenton Farnum affected by green ray)
Tales to Astonish I#67/1, p5, pan8 (unidentified physicist)
Tales to Astonish I#67/1, p6, pan1 (unidentified physicist; Henry Pym (right))
Tales to Astonish I#67/1 (May, 1965) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Jack Kirby & Bob Powell (pencils), Chic Stone (inks)
Maximum Security#2 (December, 2000) - Kurt Busiek (writer), Jerry Ordway (pencils), Will Blyberg, Paul Ryan & Walden Wong (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E.#11 (February, 2007) - Warren Ellis (writer), Stuart Immonen (penciler), Wade von Grawbadger (inker), Nick Lowe (editor)
First posted: 09/06/2001
Last updated: 11/29/2022
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