The Ultra-Humanite is a fictional character, a supervillain appearing in stories published by DC Comics. Debuting as an enemy of Superman in Action Comics #13 (June 1939), he is the first recurring comic book supervillain.
The Ultra-Humanite is the first supervillain faced by Superman. He was designed to be the polar opposite of Superman; while Superman is a hero with superhuman strength, Ultra-Humanite is a criminal mastermind who has a crippled body but a highly advanced intellect.
Superman first discovers the Ultra-Humanite as the mastermind behind a series of crimes with criminals wielding advanced technological weapons. After a series of battles with Superman, the Ultra-Humanite is presumed killed when his weapon explodes. Superman later encounters him alive in the body of actress Delores Winters. The villain explains that he kidnapped Winters and replaced her brain with his own. He attempts to use his new appearance to ransom a group of celebrities on the ship The Sea Serpent for $5,000,000, but Superman defeats him again.
Siegel and Shuster replaced the Ultra-Humanite as Superman's archfoe when Lex Luthor was introduced into the Superman comic. Originally, Luthor was depicted as a mad scientist with a full head of red hair. An artist later mistakenly drew Luthor with a bald head and Siegel approved of Luthor's new look. Because Siegel and Shuster didn't need two bald mad scientists battling Superman, they dropped the Ultra-Humanite from Superman comics in favor of Luthor. The Ultra-Humanite made his last Superman appearance in Action Comics #21 (1940), where he kidnaps an inventor and forces them to build a disintegration ray to extort $2,000,000, and made no further comic book appearances for several decades.
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