Official Name: Hydropolis;
also referred to as "The City of the Future"
Location: An enclosed city on the ocean floor in the Bermuda Triangle
formerly 60 residents/crew and 25 kidnapped inhabitants
Residents: Garver, Jeremy, Messenger (title or name?), Rypel, others unidentified
Visitors: Creach, Hulk (Bruce Banner), Dr. Sheila Marks, Simons, and over 21 other abductees
Government: Ruled under totalitarian regime by Rypel,
Places of Interest: Aquarium, Armory, Docking bay, Drainage receptacle, Mezzanine, Sector B-23
First Appearance: Hulk#22 (August, 1980)
Features: Located on the ocean floor off the coast of Bermuda, within the vicinity of the Bermuda Triangle, Hydropolis was a city enclosed within a transparent dome. Via docking tubes atop the dome, submarines could enter and depart the city.
Leviathan collected captives to increase Hydropolis' population; these arrived via Leviathan's submarine through docking tube one, after which the sub dumped the water and captives Leviathan had swallowed into the draining receptacle. From a mezzanine overlooking tube one's receptable, Rypel and a few agents watched the arrival of new captives and guided their delivery. From that same level, Rypel introduced himself to his captives and explained their intended fate. The captives were kept in the drainage receptacle for an undisclosed period of time
The Aquarium was where aquatic mutations (mutated marine life and/or humans mutated into aquatic beings (including Jeremy) were kept. The Aquarium connected to a tunnel to a pool that allowed Jeremy to exit into the air-filled Hydropolis, as well as to another tunnel that led to an exit-lock from the city.
The Armory held a number of rifles, missiles, and other weapons.
Sector B-23 held and launched the torpedos.
(Hulk#22 (fb) - BTS) <30 years before the main story> - Rypel decided that the surface world had become too spoiled, and that the sea would eventually be spoiled as well. He and his brother, Jeremy, decided to create a new world in the ocean's unspoiled depths.
(Hulk#22 (fb) - BTS) - For 30 years, Rypel (and presumably Jeremy) spent untold millions of dollars to create the city Hydropolis on the ocean floor, mining the ocean floor for materials and fishing and cultivating the sea for sustenance.
(Hulk#22 (fb) - BTS) - Jeremy and Rypel began to experiment on each other. <According to Jeremy>, Jeremy's experiments made Rypel crazy.
(Hulk#22 (fb) - BTS) - Eventually, Rypel transformed Jeremy into an amphibious creature, though his intellect and coherence suffered somewhat.
(Hulk#22 (fb) - BTS) - Rypel decided to to destroy the surface society.
(Hulk#22 (fb) - BTS) - Rypel planned to destroy North America via a series of charges set on the west coast under the San Andreas fault, and in several spots on the East Coast. A pair of trigger torpedos, one launched at each coast, would activate the charges. The resultant explosions would split the crust and sink huge portions of the continent. The USA was to then misguidedly retaliate against the Soviets (see comments), with escalations destroying the rest of the surface societies in World War III.
(Hulk#22 (fb) - BTS) - Leviathan swallowed a series of boats, and brought them and their passengers -- totaling 23 kidnappees -- to Hydropolis.
(Hulk#22 - BTS) - The Leviathan swallowed a small boat containing the drug smugglers Creach and Simons.
(Hulk#22 (fb)) - Leviathan returned to Hydropolis, and Rypel was informed that they had captured a pair of drug smugglers.(Hulk#22) - When Rypel announced that they would destroy the surface world tomorrow, Garver argued that their numbers were far too few to cut themselves off from the outside world, but Rypel returned that they really only needed two, an Adam and an Eve, and they already had their Adam (Jeremy). When Garver wondered whether Rypel had told him yet, Rypel explained that he felt it was better if his brother did not know: Without sharing the guilt, he would be better able to look to the imperatives of the future. The discussion was interrupted when Messenger reported that the storm currents had shifted the north mooring plates, disloding and possibly damaging one of their charges. Unwilling to take chances so close to their plans, Rypel ordered that the charge be expelled immediately and sent as far from there as possible.
Comments: Created by Doug Moench, Ron Wilson, and Alfredo Alcala.
I sadly pulled the central 4 pages from my issue of the rare Hulk magazine to review and scan these issues, so I hope you enjoy the related profiles. Comics are meant to be read and enjoyed! Of course, when your children are ready to sell your collection, they may not appreciate that!
Bermuda Triangle...In the early days of the Appendix, I did a profile focusing on the Bermuda Triangle time warp associated with the series Skull the Slayer; it needs a major update/overhaul, but it does discuss many of ther other characters/events associated with the Bermuda Triangle.
Rypel refers to the Soviets in his plot. Per the bibliography for the Hulk in World War Hulk: Gamma Files, Hulk#22 took place -- along with multiple other adventures -- between Incredible Hulk#244 and #245, which were published in 1980, which would amount to occuring something like 7 years ago "Marvel time." Working from 2016, that would put Rypel as having started his plans around 1979, which was well before the collapse of the Soviet Union, and Rypel just -- ensconced in his undersea society -- didn't take note of the change and refer to it as Russia in the main story; but, eventually, the sliding time scale will make that problematic. Even when the timescale slides forward far enough (around 2028, where Rypel's 30 years of planning would have started around 1991), Rypel's a kook and could just have referred to the older name...or, you could take it as a topical reference.
Thanks to MarvellousLuke for putting together and cleaning up the two page spread that makes up the main image!
Profile by Snood.
Hydropolis has no known connection to:
Garver was an advisor and/or scientist involved with Hydropolis.
(Hulk#22) - When Rypel was pleased as drug smugglers
would not be missed and thus would be perfect subjects for
experimentation, Garver countered that there had been too many hits
lately for his taste, and that they were just attracting attention to
themselves with all of the disappearances they had caused. Reminding
Garver that this was why their location in the Bermuda Triangle was so
perfect, Rypel nonetheless assured him that this would be the last boat
they would capture, as he had decided that they would make the break
tomorrow. Garver argued that their numbers were far too few to cut
themselves off from the outside world, but Rypel returned that they
really only needed two, an Adam and an Eve, and they already had their
Adam (meaning Jeremy).
When Garver wondered whether Rypel had told him yet, Rypel explained that he felt it was better if his brother did not know: Without sharing the guilt, he would be better able to look to the imperatives of the future. Garver countered that this would be better for Rypel but not for Jeremy; however, when Garver threatened to act to prevent this, they were distracted when Messenger reported that the storm currents had shifted the north mooring plates, disloding and possibly damaging one of their charges. Unwilling to take chances so close to their plans, Rypel ordered that the charge be expelled immediately and sent as far from there as possible.
Garver argued against this, worrying of the consequences if the charge detonated, but Rypel told him it didn't matter, as all of the other charges had been set, and tomorrow they would be triggered into a chain reaction; by the time the authorities investigated one random open sea detonation, it would be too late.
Garver stormed off, stating that if Rypel wouldn't tell his brother, he would; but Rypel fatally shot Garver in the back of the head with his high-tech pistol. He then ordered Messenger to remove Garver's body on his way out and to expulse the nuclear charge as ordered.
Messenger seemed to be a member of the regular crew involved with Hydropolis.
(Hulk#22) - Messenger reported to Rypel that the storm currents had shifted the north mooring plates, disloding and possibly damaging one of their charges.
Unwilling to take
chances so close to their plans, Rypel ordered that the charge be
expelled immediately and sent as far from there as possible.
Garver argued against this, worrying of the consequences if the charge detonated, but Rypel told him it didn't matter, as their plans were too far along to be stopped at this point.
Garver stormed off, stating that if Rypel wouldn't tell his brother, Jeremy, he would; but Rypel fatally shot Garver.
He then ordered Messenger to remove Garver's body on his way out and to expulse the nuclear charge as ordered.
Hydropolis had at least 60 residents, including Garver, Jeremy, Messenger, and Rypel (you can see frontal images of the crew in these).
This presumably includes the crew of Leviathan.
The rest of the members were involved in research, maintenance, and/or served as guards/soldiers.
Those serving as the latter carried rifles of some type.
The foreground of this image features Dr. Sheila Marks, who was not actually a member of the crew, but -- with Banner -- had taken out a pair of the crewmen and put on their uniforms so they could move about Hydropolis and investigate without interference. Banner in uniform can be seen in the Aquarium image.
The crew were involved in most of the activities involving Rypel and/or Hydropolis, so I'd direct you to the main profile for a more detailed history.
The Aquarium contained a number of animals that seemed to have been mutated via experimentation by Rypel and/or Jeremy and the other researchers.
Following his mutation, Jeremy found he could exist indefinitely underwater and, as his intelligence faded, he spent much of his time in there.
The Aquarium had a tunnel that connected to a pool through which Jeremy could access the non-aquatic portion of Hydropolis, and the pool also contained a tunnel to an exit-lock through which one could depart Hydropolis.
Banner arrived at the Aquarium while investigating Hydropolis. Though he found it both fascinating and beautiful, he dismissed it as insignificant until he saw Jeremy swimming within, after which Jeremy exited via the pool and greeted him.
Later, Banner returned to the Aquarium to try to get Jeremy to come with him and escape before Hydropolis was destroyed.
Rypel arrived and goaded Jeremy into attacking Banner, who became the Hulk and convinced Jeremy that Rypel was the true enemy.
After Jeremy had apparently slain Rypel, Jeremy departed via the pool for the tunnel to the exit-lock
The armory contained Hydropolis' weapons.
These included various types of rifles, missiles, and mobile missile-launchers or tank-like treads.
Sheila Marks and Bruce Banner found the armory, and she used a hairpin to pick its lock(!).
They took rifles to help free the prisoners from the guards.
Sheila and Bruce also rested for an hour here before embarking on their missions to free the prisoners and save Jeremy.
Sheila then led the freed prisoners back to the armory to arm themselves to overthrow the crew.
The armory and its contents were presumably destroyed along with the rest of Hydropolis.
Docking Bay One
Docking Bay One was at the base of one of what looked to be like 36 docking tubes from which someone could enter Hydropolis from the outside sea.
The tube continued down to a drainage receptacle.
Leviathan would release its submarine -- containing the captured people, ships, and surrounding water and debris picked up by Leviathan -- and the submarine would enter the tube associated with Docking Bay One.
The tube emptied onto the drainage receptacle onto which the submarine's contents were dumped.
The drainage receptacle allowed the water to drain away, so the people and materials could be recovered and contained.
There was also a Mezzanine, from which Rypel and others could supervise arrivals, and from which Rypel could introduce himself to the newest captives.
Sector B-23 contained the torpedo launch equipment and controls.
The torpedos were programmed to strike pre-programmed charges along the east and west coast of America intended to destroy the continent.
When storm currents, shifted the north mooring plates, disloding and possibly damaging one of their charges, Rypel had that torpedo expelled immediately and sent as far from Hydropolis as possible.
The torpedo carrying this nuclear charge detonated against coral off of
Bermuda's shore, causing a massive wave that crashed on Bermuda's
shore, pulling numerous people -- including Bruce Banner and Dr. Sheila
Marks -- out to sea, where they were captured by Leviathan.
Sheila Marks and Bruce Banner found Sector B-23, and she used a hairpin to pick its lock(!).
Banner reprogrammed the torpedos to turn around and target Hydropolis several minutes after being launched.
As planned, the torpedos returned and struck Hydropolis shortly after the former prisoners and the crew escaped aboard a submarine. The base was destroyed.
Creach & Simons
Creach and Simons were apparently a pair of drug smugglers.
As they passed through the Bermuda Triangle, Simons taunted Creach about being afraid of passing through the area.
Both were surpised when the massive Leviathan surfaced and swallowed their boat.
They were apparently brought back to Hydropolis and imprisoned, with the intent of serving as subjects for experimentation. As Hydropolis was destroyed the next day, it seems unlikely that Creach & Simons had undergone experimentation, but it is possible.
Otherwise, it would seem most likely that Creach & Simons escaped Hydropolis aboard the submarine with the others shortly before Hydropolis' destruction.
Their craft, however, did not go with them. We don't know for sure whether their boat ever left Leviathan; I don't think whole boats were kept within Leviathan's submarine, but we don't know for sure what happened to the boats when their occupants were transported to Hydropolis.
images: (without ads)
Hulk#22, story pg. 6, panel 6 (Creach & Simons' craft);
pg. 7, panel 2 (Creach & Simons);
pg. 14, panel 1 (Garver & Messenger faces);
panel 3 (Garver full);
panel 4 (Messenger full);
panel 6 (Garver death);
pg. 15, panel 1 (torpedo)
pg. 22-23 (main);
pg. 24, panel 5 (docking tube/bay);
panel 7 (drainage receptacle);
pg. 25, panel 3 (Mezzanine);
pg. 26, panel 1 (view from inside);
pg. 29, panel 8 (Aquarium);
pg. 30, panel 2 (troops, with Dr. Marks);
pg. 34, panel 3 (Sector B-23);
pg. 35, panel 1 & 3 (armory;
pg. 42, panel 3 (explosion)
Hulk#22 (August, 1980) - Doug Moench (writer), Ron Wilson (penciler), Alfredo Alcala (inker), and Lynne Graeme (editor)
Last updated: 03/22/14
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