Real Name: Hubert St. Johns

Identity/Class: Human, mutate

Occupation: Scientist

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Nancy Kelloway, Daniel Kortz

Enemies: Hulk

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Mobile aboard his personal vessel

First Appearance: Incredible Hulk Annual#14 (1985)

Powers/Abilities: St. Johns was an immensely obese man, but possessed of incredible intellect and wealth. After becoming empowered with gamma rays, he gained some degree of superhuman strength and durability.

History: (Incredible Hulk II#314 - BTS) - St. Johns' vessel pursued the Hulk as he wandered mindless through America.

(Incredible Hulk Annual#14) - St. Johns was able to capture the Hulk and bring him inside of his vessel, keeping him sedated with knock-out gas. St. Johns was able to take a sample of the Hulk's blood with a micro-tipped needle. St. Johns hoped that he could gain the Hulk's power, and overcome his body's immense fat. Nancy Kelloway disagreed with the morality of his goals, and the means he employed to achieve them. St. Johns promised that once he had become superhuman, he would kill her.

St. Johns had the Hulk led to where they kept the Rejects they had experimented upon earlier so that the Hulk could destroy them for him, then set off with Kortz to perform their procedure.

Kortz flooded St. Johns' body with gamma radiation, but all that the gamma rays had to work with was fat-- the fat of St. Johns' body-- making him an immensely fat monstrosity. Believing Kortz had failed, he killed him. He lived long enough to encounter the Hulk, and to make good on his promise to Nancy Kelloway. When his body's fat burst, he fell on top of her, killing her. His body quickly began to decompose.

Comments: Created by John Byrne and Sal Buscema.

Hubert St. Johns is among the Gamma Mutates in World War Hulk: The Gamma Files.

by Prime Eternal

Hubert St. Johns should not be confused with:

Nancy Kelloway was once Daniel Kortz's teacher at university, and was attracted to him, losing her position because she covered up for his mistakes. She toiled in obscurity for 25 years, never becoming a renowned scientist. She agreed to participated in St. Johns' work, but was concerned with the morality involved, and she felt particularly sorry for the Hulk. She helped bring the Hulk to St. Johns hoping he could stop him from becoming a gamma ray creature, only to find it had already occurred. Nancy was killed when St. Johns died and fell on top of her.

--Incredible Hulk Annual#14

Daniel Kortz was a student of Nancy Kelloway's, and was devoted to Hubert St. Johns' goal of becoming empowered by gamma rays. He helped St. Johns perform the procedure, but was slain by St. Johns, who thought he had failed.

--Incredible Hulk Annual#14

The Rejects were various humans experimented upon by St. Johns and his staff, but they all proved unsuccessful, eventually decomposing. Needing to be rid of the creatures, St. Johns and Kortz led the Hulk to where they were kept so that he would kill them all. Those that the Hulk did not kill died from decomposing.

--Incredible Hulk Annual#14

Images taken from:
Incredible Hulk Annual#14, page 37
Incredible Hulk Annual#14, page 14, panel 3
Incredible Hulk Annual#14, page 12, panel 4
Incredible Hulk Annual#14, page 11, panel 6
Incredible Hulk Annual#14, page 21, panel 4

Incredible Hulk Annual#14 (1985) - John Byrne (writer), Sal Buscema (artist), Dennis O'Neil (editor)
Incredible Hulk II#314 (December, 1985) - John Byrne (writer/pencils), Bob Wiacek (inks), Dennis O'Neil (editor)

Last updated: 08/11/04

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