HARVESTER from BEYOND
Real Name: Unrevealed
Identity/Class: Extraterrestrial (Sm'ggani) technology-user
Group Membership: None specified
Affiliations: The Hulk (Bruce Banner) unintentionally provided information that he believed would help save his race
Enemies: The Hulk would perceive him as an antagonist
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: (Stupid) "Bug-Thing" (see comments)
Base of Operations: At least formerly the planet M'ggani, fifth from the sun T'letio, Milky Way galaxy;
last seen in an interstellar starship departing Earth with plans to return to the M'ggani;
First Appearance: Incredible Hulk II#230 (December, 1978)
Powers/Abilities: As one of the Sm'ggani, the Harvester is a bilaterally-symmetric semi-insectoid being with eyes on stalks, three suction-cupped fingers ("prongs") plus a suction-cupped thumb, and (allegedly) three suction-cupped toes.
His feet, as shown, looked like solid boots, which had suction cups on the soles; based on the information in the OHotMU entry, these were boots covering his three-toed feet.
It can extend/stretch its distal antebrachii (forelimbs) and/or carpal (wrist) regions at least a couple feet.
He has no visible olfactory (nasal) or aural (ear) structures, although he presumably has a sense of smell and hearing.
The Harvester has an unspecified level of superhuman
durability via his presumably chitinous exo-skeleton.
Notably, he took many powerful punches or attacks from the Hulk and was only knocked off of his feet or perhaps briefly stunned each time.
The Harvest has an unspecified level of superhuman strength, sufficient
to allow him to bear hug and re-direct the 7', 1080 lbs. Hulk; and
resist a depressurizing cabin.
While he did not appear to be a match for the Hulk's strength (this generally seemed to be a low-level, only mildly-angered Hulk, so perhaps he was lifting less than 100 tons, which is still a lot!), he appeared to be able to lift at least 2000 lbs., perhaps as high as 5-10 tons.
The Harvester can alter the density of all or part of his body so that his tissue can pass through other solid objects or beings unharmed.
He can reach through a being's body wall and re-solidify within a body cavity, twisting some body organs in order to painfully incapacitate a foe.
While the Hulk and the Sm'ggani were speaking during their encounter, there is not evidence that either one understood the other.
The Hulk described the Sm'ggani's speech as "squeaky bug-noises."
The Harvester was a scientist, apparently highly-skilled in botany, and with access to various forms of advanced technology.
However, he was somewhat mentally addled, at least in part due to his lengthy solo space quest to save his world.
The Harvester single mindedly pursued his quest to save his world...even when being punched around by the Hulk, he only became mildly distressed and swiftly sought and accomplished a means to halt the Hulk's attacks and obtain the needed data.
He possessed an interstellar spaceship, which presumably had some sort of warp drive capacity (although he could have perhaps sub-light transport and had been flying around for millennia, or tens of millennia. The ship had a transport/teleporter beam.
He had the means to rapidly seal a hull breach, although those means were not revealed.
He had a hand-held scanner, larger advanced scanning equipment, restraint devices, both hand-held sedation beam, and ship-based ceiling mounted sedation beams, a hypersonic scalpel, and a protonic blade.Height: Unrevealed (approximately 7'4" to 7'10" (see comments))
(Incredible Hulk II#230 (fb) - BTS) - The Sm'ggani scientist departed his far off, war-ravaged planet in hopes of finding the secret of food production.
The long search addled his mind somewhat.(Incredible Hulk II#230 - BTS) - As the Hulk fed on corn in a cornfield in the American Midwest, local police organized an ill-advised effort to capture the Hulk.
Comments: Created by Elliot S. Maggin, Jim Mooney, and Bob Layton.
I was sure I had done a profile on this character back in the early days of the Appendix, but he must have had a limited profile on some other website at the time, so I never put him on my "to do" list.
The profile is obviously very image-heavy, but the Harvester is a unique-looking character, and each image shows something of his abilities, appearance, etc.
What's in a name?
This character was never given any other name in his initial appearance.
The story was called the "Harvester from Beyond," which is what was used for the name in this profile.
The Hulk calls him "Bug-Thing" (or "stupid bug-thing") repeatedly, while editorial text refers to him as "something else," "master" of his ship, "alien," "slightly mad interstellar visitor," "alien from a far off, war-ravaged planet," and "bug-like alien."
Regardless, it is extremely cumbersome to have a profile on a character
with no name...so Harvester from Beyond works until he gets a real
name. We have not received one in 45 years (as of 2023), although his
race at least received a name and further information in the OHotMU
Deluxe Edition's Appendix to Alien races: Sm'ggani profile.
So..."Harvester from Beyond" it is, for now...
If I had the chance to identify him, I would call him Zylim.
It is never clearly shown, and not all images are inconsistent, but to
me, the Harvester seemed to be perhaps 4-10" taller than the Hulk.
As the Hulk was 7' tall at that time, the 7'2" average given for the
Sm'ggani in the OHotMU seems a bit low, although perhaps the Harvester
was taller than the average Sm'ggani.
But again, there did not seem to be any images that clearly compared their normal standing heights...
The Harvester was a pretty tough customer, taking multiple punches or otherwise devastating strikes from the Hulk in short order, and only exclaiming "oh, dear" as he continually sought a means to stun the Hulk so he could study him further.
The Harvester refers to the Hulk's fingernails as "calcium nodules." I'm not positive, but I don't think there is calcium in fingernails. They're made up of keratin, the same protein in hair, and proteins are made up of amino acids, which generally contain hydrogen, carbon, oxygen, and nitrogen. I think the Harvester misspoke and meant to say "keratin nodules."
would be nice to see a story where the Harvester, having recovered his
planet's fertility, summoned the Hulk there, showed what he had helped
accomplish, and thanked him. It's not a dramatic story, but it would be
a nice 8-page piece.
Less heart-warming would be to find that the by the time the Harvester returned to his homeworld, he was too late, and his people were extinct. Perhap he would go on to try to help other starving races from there...or perhaps he would pursue a darker path.
I'd personally like to a see a positive sequel to this story at some point.
I thought this one-issue-appearance character would be a quick one to bang out for the alien races mini-event...my mistake...it took me four days to get it done!In case it's not apparent, the Sm'ggani name is an homage to writer Elliot S. Maggin and and an anagram of his middle initial and last name. The race was first identified in Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe II (Deluxe Edition) #15.
Where was the Hulk when the Harvester picked him up?
...(or, here's what happens when you the the OHotMU team involved)
The story starts out in a cornfield in
“the Great American Heartland,” and the issue before the Hulk was active at
Gamma Base in New Mexico, so clearly the American Midwest.
Iowa seems likely, but I don’t think we
have anything more specific than the American Midwest, do we? Obviously
the Hulk can cover miles in leaps, and traveling a few states between
issues is not a problem.
Fwiw, when Hulk's on the spaceship the action cuts back to
Gamma Base "several miles below" without mentioning "and
hundreds of miles east/west/south/whatever" So possibly closer to New
Mexico than Iowa. Kansas?
I had just re-read the issue, and I
skipped that page
because I knew it had nothing to do with the alien. D'oh. Based on
Ross' condition and the reaction from Doc Samson, I doubt it is more
than a day or three between issues.
Kansas or anywhere near New Mexico are not top producers of corn, but I know there are crazy huge fields of corn in Pennsylvania, which is neither on the top corn-producer’s list nor anywhere near New Mexico (it's east of Ohio, in case you don't know).
Mike Fichera kindly provided the maps and noted:
So unlikely: Oklahoma, Alabama, but could be any of these Heartland states.
I can confirm that Gamma
Base (or "That Air Force Base" as it is also referred to in Incredible
Hulk II#230) must have been in New Mexico at this time. Based on that
and Mike F's
corn map, I think it is totally believable that the cornfield in
probably in that little fertile crescent in NE New Mexico, NW Texas,
Oklahoma, or SE Colorado.
Profile by Snood.
Harvester from Beyond should be distinguished from:
The Harvester possesses an interstellar spaceship, which presumably had some sort of warp drive capacity, although he could have perhaps sub-light transport and had been flying around for millennia, or tens of millennia.
The ship had a transport/teleport beam, monitors to view things on a planet's surface from at least a sub-orbital distance, a laboratory for studying flora and fauna samples, a sedation ray, and the means to rapidly repair large hull breaches.
--Incredible Hulk II#230
Powered by "hypersonic" energy, this was the standard device used for dissection by the Harvester.
While the device could presumably easily slice through human flesh, it shattered when used against the Hulk's super-durable skin.
--Incredible Hulk II#230
Note: Hypersonic typically refers to moving at five times the speed of sound, which would be 3805 mph (6120 kph). I'm not quite sure how that translates to a blade, but ultrasonic more commonly refers to vibrating at frequencies above the human ear's audibility limit of about 20,000 hertz.
Maybe hypersonic is specifically vibrating at 100,000 hertz?
When objects or beings proved to be too durable for the
hypersonic blade, the Harvester used his protonic blade, which was
either more durable, sharper, and/or could cut through more durable
objects or beings.
The Harvester was prepared to use the protonic blade to cut into the Hulk, but ultimately he only used it to obtain soil samples from beneath the Hulk's fingernails.
--Incredible Hulk II#230
Note: Protonic would seem to apply that it is either powered by or perhaps could cut between sub-atomic particles, like protons.
Could it have cut through the Hulk's flesh? Hopefully the Hulk never has to find out!
See the Cosmic Manicure here.
When the Hulk was not incapacitated by previous assaults,
the Harvester used a handheld sedation beam. Although it several
seconds, the Hulk was eventually rendered unconscious.
--Incredible Hulk II#230
Note: The Hulk was only mildly annoyed at this point...if he were really mad, I doubt the beam would have been as effective.
| After placing the Hulk in manacles on a wall and
keeping the sedation beam on him, the Sm'ggani scanned him further and
was surprised to find that the Hulk was little different in terms of
anatomy then the humans, except for his skin pigmentation and the
noticeably high internal radiation level (and his size).
After the Sm'ggani went to process the data, hoping it might hold the salvation of his homeworld, the sedation caused the Hulk to revert back to Banner, who slipped out of the restraints.
--Incredible Hulk II#230
The Sm'ggani approached the Hulk in his ship and used a beam that reduced the Hulk to sub-atomic components and then rematerialized him aboard his ship
--Incredible Hulk II#230
Incredible Hulk II#230 (December, 1978) - Elliot S. Maggin (writer), Jim Mooney (penciler), Bob Layton (inker), Roger Stern (editor)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe II (Deluxe Edition) #15 (March, 1987) - Mark Gruenwald (writer/producer), Peter Sanderson (writer/researcher), Josef Rubinstein (inker), Howard Mackie (assistant editor), Marc Siry, David Wohl, Marc McLaurin (editorial assistants), Gregory Wright (assistant editor)
First posted: 03/01/2023
Last updated: 03/01/2023
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