Real Name: Jeremy (surname unrevealed; possibly Rypel)
Identity/Class: Human mutate; former technology user ;
pre-modern and modern eras
Occupation: Unrevealed (presumably a forager and/or a predator);
former scientist and research subject
Group Membership: Hydropolis crew (including Garver, Messenger, Rypel, and at least 56 others)
Affiliations: Hulk (Bruce Banner);
briefly the Hulk (Bruce Banner)
Known Relatives: Rypel (brother, apparently deceased)
Aliases: The Batrachian Man (most likely a description, rather than a title; see comments), "Adam"
Base of Operations: Unrevealed; presumably some aquatic location;
formerly Hydropolis on the ocean floor in proximity to the Bermuda Triangle
First Appearance: Hulk#22 (August, 1980)
Powers/Abilities: Jeremy was amphibious, able to survive underwater indefinitely, and in air for extended periods if not indefinitely as well (seems logical, but unconfirmed). He presumably had gills, perhaps hidden by the scales on his throat; these would typically allow him to extract sufficient oxygen from ambient water to survive and function normally underwater.
He was superhumanly strong (perhaps Class 10-25; sufficient to knock a freshly transformed Hulk off his feet with a swift /single punch, but no match for the Hulk in direct combat).
He could presumably swim at superhuman speeds, although there was no indication of the specifics of this ability.
He was presumably adapted for the ocean depths, including being able to survive the pressures at the bottom of the ocean as well as the pressure changes at varying depths; circulatory adapations to allow him to withstand freezing water temperatures; and vision being more sensitive to the green portion of the visible spectrum, enabling him to see in relatively dark ocean depths. He may have been susceptible to dehydration. Like these, any other adaptations are speculative.
Jeremy's skin appeared to be a very pale green to gray color, and he was at least partially scaled; he had a prominent, webbed central fin atop his head, with a paired row of ridges an inch or so over bilaterally, as well as a second paired row of ridges radiating from the base of his nose, below his eyes and then back over the top of his ears; the ridged rows were slightly darker, perhaps bluish in color. Between the ridged rows on each side, Jeremy had irregular, somewhat scalloped fins over where his eyebrows would be and extending perhaps laterally beyond the sides of his head a couple inches. He also had a few fins/projections extending out from his jowels and chin. His pointed, somewhat scalloped ears extended a few inches laterally beyond his head.
He also had fins extending from the back of his triceps and calves (two fins on the latter). His digits ended in clawed talons, and he had webbing between his digits. His teeth all ended in points, and he had slit-like pupils, like a cat or a snake.
Apparently once a genius scientist (presumably with expertise +/- training in oceanography and marine biology), Jeremy suffered from his brother's experimentation and could maintain coherent thought only with effort.
Height: Unrevealed; while the comparison
wasn't 100% clear, he looked to be at least a foot taller than the 5'9"
Banner and seemed comparable to the Hulk in height
Weight: Unrevealed; if he was 6'9" and normal human density, he may have been perhaps 300 pounds, but he also may have been more dense/heavy or even lighter than human
Eyes: White irides with slit-like pupils
Hair: None; he presumably had hair, at least in his youth, if not prior to his mutation
(Hulk#22 (fb) - BTS) <30 years before the main story> - Scientist brothers Jeremy and his brother (see comments) wanted to do something big, something to rock the establishment, to jar the whole world; they wanted to do what no one had ever done before, that would revolutionize thinking, methodology, and technique.
Jeremy's brother decided that the surface world had become too spoiled, and that the sea would eventually be spoiled as well. He and Jeremy decided to create a new world in the ocean's unspoiled depths.
For 30 years, Jeremy's brother (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.
Jeremy and his brother began to experiment on each other. <According to Jeremy>, Jeremy's experiments made his brother crazy.
Eventually, while Jeremy had anticipated a relatively simple operation on himself (an attempt to install a simple gill system in a human being), his brother transformed him into an amphibious creature, though his intellect and coherence suffered somewhat.
While Jeremy was pleased with what they had done and wanted to reveal it to the rest of the world and watch the impact of the discovery, at some point, his brother -- who became known only as Rypel -- decided to to destroy the surface society, and he began kidnapping boaters via his massive Leviathan craft to help increase those present within his new society.(Hulk#22 - BTS) - Rypel announced Hydropolis would destroy society tomorrow, answering criticism that they had far too few people to cut themselves off from the outside world, with the argument that they really only needed two, an Adam and an Eve, and they already had their Adam (meaning Jeremy).
Comments: Created by Doug Moench, Ron Wilson, and Alfredo Alcala.
Batrachian is just a word meaning amphibious, and it especially refers to frogs. It was used to refer to Jeremy in one narrative paragraph, and there's no evidence that it was an actual title rather a descriptor.
Jeremy was referred to as Adam by Rypel once when describing you only needed an Adam and an Eve (a male and a female) to start a new race, and they already had their Adam.
Jeremy only referred Rypel as his brother. Maybe it was just that Jeremy had a hard time thinking, but I wonder if Rypel was his real name, after all.
It is possible that Jeremy is out there swimming around in the ocean somewhere. I'd love to see some writer pick up on this and use him in some future story.
Profile by Snood.
Jeremy should be distinguished from:
images: (without ads)
Hulk#22, story pg. 30, panel 1 (swimming);
panel 6 (angry face);
pg. 32, panel 1 (full);
panel 3 (calm face);
pg. 39, panel 7 (confronting Rypel)
Hulk#22 (August, 1980) - Doug Moench (writer), Ron Wilson (penciler), Alfredo Alcala (inker), and Lynne Graeme (editor)
Last updated: 02/26/15
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