The Green Lantern Corps Podcast

He has a huge head, Hector Hammon

Posted in Profiles by mrread7 on January 24, 2008

What a day I had. I had a speedy day at work and I got home to find my fiancé was waiting for me. After a brief talk we put things in order for her moving back on Sunday. I then proceeded to put my new computer desk together. 3 and a half hours it was finally done and I’m typing from it now. I know my knees are going to thank me when I’m working on my webpages and future blogs. Anyhow, enough about me let’s turn to today’s post, Hector Hammon. Mr. Potato head here has been a thorn in the side of both Green Lantern and the Justice League for a number of years. I always thought of him as weird but the last couple of years. He’s turned into the Hannibal Lector of the DC Universe, minus eating eating people. So, pull up a chair and check out everyone’s favorite evil couch potato.

Hammond is a fugitive on the run from the law when he discovers the fragments of a strange meteor in the woods (part of this meteor lands in Africa, where it evolves the gorillas inhabiting the area. One of these gorillas later becomes the supervillain Gorilla Grodd). Observing that radiation from the meteor has caused the nearby plants to evolve rapidly, Hammond decides to kidnap four scientists and expose them to the meteor. The radiation causes their intellects to evolve, but also has the side effect of sapping their wills. Hammond is able to force the scientists to use their hightened intellect to create amazing new inventions, which Hammond sells for his own profit.
Hammond rapidly becomes a rich celebrity due to the wealth he has acquired. Hal Jordan asks his friend and mechanic, Thomas Kalmaku, to take on the role of the Green Lantern while Jordan investigates Hammond. Jordan creates a duplicate power ring and costume for Kalmaku to fool Hammond. Unaware of the impersonation, Hammond kidnaps Kalmaku, steals his ring and turns him into a chimpanzee. Jordan confronts Hammond personally in a destructive battle of power rings that ends only when Hammond’s ring charge expires, allowing Jordan to capture him and restore Kalmaku and the scientists.
Hammond returns in Justice League of America #14 (September 1962), where he has managed to escape from prison and deliberately exposes himself to the meteorite. The radition causes his brain to grow to enormous size, granting him psionic powers as well as immortality in the process. Unfortunately, his body becomes immoblized and he loses the power to speak. Trapped in a motionless state, Hammond is still able to use his psionic powers to control the Green Lantern’s mind. He attempts to steal the Green Lantern’s ring, but Jordan manages to command his ring to drain itself of power when it leaves his finger. He is then able to render Hammond unconscious with a punch to the jaw.
Hammond is responsible for the creation of the second Royal Flush Gang in Justice League of America #203 (June 1982). Hammond and the Gang are defeated when Dr. Martin Stein, one half of the superhero Firestorm, subdues Hector on the astral plane.In addition to battling Hal Jordan, Hammond has also fought Alan Scott as well as Kyle Rayner.

Hammond has reappeared now that Hal Jordan has returned as Green Lantern. Recently, after his capture and further experimentation by the gremlins, he seems to have recovered the ability to speak without using telepathy.
Hammond was last seen in the Infinite Crisis: Villains United special, being broken out of prison along with several other supervillains. His present whereabouts are unknown but he has been monitoring Hal Jordan lately. There you have it, Hector Hammon.


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