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Unfortunately, while the energies of his mind continued to develop and expand, even developing low level mind energy techniques such as telepathy, his physical brain interface never advanced. Unable to contain the mental energies, his body began slowly burning out. Unable to halt the degradation, the Ultra-Humanite developed a surgical process that allowed him to transfer his original brain into a new body while he sought out a technique to stabilize his ever increasing mind.
It was in the body of actress Dolores Winters that the Ultra-Humanite committed many of his early crimes. The Ultra-Humanite selected Dolores Winters' body as most male police would not suspect a woman, let alone a recognized public figure, to be an active criminal mastermind. The Ultra-Humanite continued to use Winters' body as his base until he was forced to seek out the next victim to house his super-powered brain. In Winters' form, he fought the All-Star Squadron while in collusion with his own future self; later, in a new and more monstrous form, he clashed with the Young All-Stars.
After a period of time, he began to adjust to the idea of having to kill others in order to continue his existence. However, his human bodies' endurance time became less and less as his mind-energy generation continued to advance, burning out the bodies in ever faster speeds. Tiring of having to change over to new bodies in an almost ever decreasing time,, the Ultra-Humanite re-developed an albino white gorilla originally from Gorilla City  to be able to house his super-brain and abilities reliably and transfers his consciousness into it as his new permanent body.
In this body, the Ultra-humanite was able to use his mind powers to ever increasing effects than any of his previous human hosts in a stable form. He reformed the Secret Society of Super Villains and used them to attack the Justice Society of America and the Justice League of America, but they were defeated and banished to an interdimensional limbo. The Humanite escaped with the assistance of his earlier self from 1941, whom he had contacted telepathically, and they launched an attack on the wartime All-Star Squadron using the Secret Society, which was thwarted in part due to the interference of the time traveling members of Infinity, Inc.. Back in the modern era, the older Humanite (still in his albino gorilla form) attempted to destroy the Justice Society of America again, but was again defeated following Infinity, Inc.'s intervention and apparently lost his mental powers for a time.
Certain aspects of the Humanite's early history were altered by the events of the Crisis on Infinite Earths, notably the removal of the original Superman from the timeline; in this revised history, the Ultra-Humanite apparently first clashed with the All-Star Squadron and later became a recurring foe of the JSA. Much of his later late, however, appears to have been relatively unchanged. Some time after his initial clash with Infinity, Inc. he came under the mental domination of alien spore creatures but was released by Infinity, Inc. and the New Teen Titans. Later, he clashed with the JSA again following their return to action, after creating for himself a powerful new humanoid body (he kept the white ape as a "pet", having apparently transferred an ordinary gorilla's brain into it).
At some point behind-the-scenes, the Humanite transferred his brain into the body of Johnny Thunder of the JSA, and took possession of the pen that activates the Thunderbolt. The villain used the djinn to rejuvenate his host body and create a world dictatorship, with futuristic cities, and the vast majority of the meta-human population under suspended animation. He was again defeated, and shortly afterwards was apparently killed by the Crimson Avenger, who shot his brain to pieces. He is, however, notoriously difficult to kill.
- Unique Physiology
- Superhuman Strength (In albino gorilla and tyrannosaur bodies)
- Superhuman Durability (In albino gorilla and tyrannosaur bodies)
- Animal Control (gorillas only)
- Hypnosis: sufficient power to implement a suggestion in the minds of almost all members of Infinity Inc. simultaneously
- Brain-Blast: By his own words, equal in power to that of Brain Wave I..
- Enhanced Intellect
- Acrobatics (In albino gorilla body only)
- Common host bodies will degenerate after some unspecified amount of time (cannot support his "powerful mind").
- Power Stone (formerly)
- Although this character was originally introduced during DC's Earth-Two era of publication, their existence following the events of the 1985-86 limited series Crisis on Infinite Earths remains intact. However, some elements of the character's Pre-Crisis history may have been altered or removed for Post-Crisis New Earth continuity, and no longer apply.
- The Ultra-Humanite is one of the first ever recurring comic book super-villains. Historically, he was the first enemy to Superman.
- At some point after gaining his gorilla body, the Humanite was apparently taken out of time to join the Black Beetle's Time Stealers.
- The original Ultra-Humanite appears to have no connection to Gerard Shugel, who took the name in more recent times.
- 78 Appearances of Ultra-Humanite (New Earth)
- 8 Images featuring Ultra-Humanite (New Earth)
- 1 Quotations by or about Ultra-Humanite (New Earth)
- Character Gallery: Ultra-Humanite (New Earth)
- Ultra-Humanite at dccomics.com
- Ultra-Humanite at Wikipedia.org
- Ultra-Humanite entry at The Golden Age Super-Villain Fact File
- Ultra-Humanite at Supermanica
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