Sunday, December 6, 2015
Power Of Warlock - Higher Evolution!
The story of the High Evolutionary picks up a year later in the pages of Tales to Astonish when the Hulk is waylaid by two of the Evolutionary's human smugglers who get for him the needed animal subjects for his experiments. Despite being off Earth on "Wundagore II" the Evolutionary still orders these two to capture the Hulk who he hopes will help him stave off a revolt by the New Men.
That story by Stan Lee with art by Marie Severin and Herb Trimpe begins in Tales to Astonish #94 (which sports a cover for the Sub-Mariner story that month).
In the next installment in issue #95 the Hulk is transported to Wundagore II aboard a space ship piloted by Sir Raam, one of the New Men who has remained loyal to the Evolutionary. But they encounter space radiation and Sir Raam is killed though the Hulk survives to land on the distant planet.
In the finale in Tales to Astonish #96 (again spotlight Namor on the cover) the New Men attack and the Hulk and the High Evolutionary stave off that attack long enough for the still human Evolutionary to subject himself to his own experiment, one which elevates his own genetic code to that of a human from the distant future, a human with nigh god-like powers. The New Men are transformed back into mere animals and the Hulk is whisked away back to Earth as if nothing had happened. The High Evolutionary himself heads to higher planes of understanding.
It really felt in this story as the High Evolutionary was written out of the Marvel Universe. It would have been quite the pity if this had been the case. He would return, but that's a tale for later.
More next week when we enter the Beehive.