created by Dave Wood
and Lee Elias
published by DC Comics
first appeared in
Mystery in Space #103
in July, 1965.
In the future, the human race has mastered the technology of
inter-planetary space travel. Amongst the best pilots is
Ace Arn. While traveling close to an asteroid field, Arn's
craft is disabled by the magnetic field of a comet. Arn
crashes on a particularly large asteroid which turns out to
be hollow. The asteroid serves as the base for a criminal
empire led by the evil genius, Zobra.
Zobra's criminal empire is currently using blackmailing the
worlds of Ulla, Laroo, Trago, and Raagan with a
unique weapon that can covert whoever it is fired at into
an exact likeness of the person firing it. How Zobra is using
this weapon to blackmail the planets is unclear both to the
reader and Zobra's four lieutenants, each one a member of one
of the worlds involved. Zobra never has a chance to clarify the
situation, because accidently kills himself by releasing a
poison gas within the confines of the asteroid. Each of the
aliens have raced to the asteroid to steal the plans for the
blackmail scheme and arrived at the same time that Arn crashes
his ship into the asteroid. In a fit of coincidence to large
to be imagined, all four of the aliens fire Zobra's secret
weapon at Arn at the exact same moment, transforming Arn into
a strange amalgamation of them.
One half of Arn's upper body is transformed into a green alien
with immense strength in that arm. The other half of his upper
body was blue and possessed magnetic abilities. One half of
his lower body has a clawed foot with a tiny wing which allowed
him to fly (a la the Sub-Mariner). The other half of his
lower body was composed of electricity. Using his new found
powers, Arn was able to defeat the four aliens and bring them
to justice. Using the first letters of all the alien races and
the first letter of his own name, Arn renamed himself Ultra
Ultra had many adventures, but mourned the loss of his humanity.
He wished to be human again and to be with his girlfriend, Bonnie
Blake. When he fought Doctor Dynamo, Arn discovered a piece
of technology called the DeMolecularizer which allowed him
to return to human form. Due to the threat of Dynamo however,
Arn returned to being Ultra, sacrificing his humanity for the
safety of others, when the machine was destroyed during the battle.
Later, he was able to recreate the technology and create a
Hyper-Converter that allowed him to switch between his
form as Ace Arn and as Ultra.