Before Warlock there was The High Evolutionary. The Evolutionary appears for the first time in the pages of Thor, the recently rechristened Journey Into Mystery. Thor is wrapping up his encounter with the living planet Ego and the attempted confiscation of the Earth by Tana Nile and the Colonizers of Rigel.
Tana Nile had sent Jane Foster into an exile in which she found herself taking a teaching gig with two oddballs named Tagar and Porga in the a place called Wundagore. Thor follows her to this mysterious land and encounters the Knights of Wundagore abstride their Atomic Steeds.
Called "Super-Beast" on the cover, the Man-Beast is the ultimate fusion of human intelligence and wolf cunning and ferocity and all of it amped up to the nth degree making him nearly the equal of the High Evolutionary himself.
Soon thereafter the High Evolutionary thinks the better of his schemes on Earth and he too along with his Knights rocket into space as the very mountaintop retreat called Wundagore is revealed to be not just a mountaintop base, but also a massive spaceship.
|Darkseid's Evil Factory from Jimmy Olsen #135|
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