Name: Leonard Samson
Occupation: Psychiatrist, teacher, former
special consultant to Gamma Base, New Mexico
Identity: Publicly known
Legal Status: Citizen of the United States with no criminal record
Former Aliases: None
Place of Birth: Tulsa, Oklahoma
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operation: Mobile
First Appearance: INCREDIBLE
History: Psychiatrist Dr. Leonard
Samson came to General T.E. "Thunderbolt" Ross
with a plan to cure Ross's daughter Betty, who had been
transformed into a crystalline form through a blood transfusion
with the Sandman. Samson had technicians devise a cathexis
ray projector that would drain off gamma particle energy
and psionic energy from Bruce Banner as he transformed
into the monstrous Hulk whom General Ross had long hunted.
Samson theorized that as a result of this process, Banner
would be cured of the physiological instability that continually
transformed him into the Hulk. Hoping to save Betty and
to be cured himself. Banner willingly participated in
the experiment. The cathexis ray succeeded in turning
Betty Ross back to normal, employing Banner's psionic
However, most of the psionic energy drained
from Banner as well as a considerable amount of his excess
gamma radiation remained within the cathexis ray projector.
Motivated by scientific curiosity, and probably by a desire
to gain superhuman powers for himself, Samson irradiated
himself with the energies remaining within the projector.
The result was that the slight, brown-haired psychiatrist
was transformed into a massively muscled, green-haired
superhuman with gamma-boosted strength. Banner himself
seemed permanently cured, but he emotionally broke under
the strain of seeing Betty, the woman he loved, being
romanced by Samson, and exposed himself to gamma radiation,
thereby undoing the cure.
Samson later lost his superhuman physique
and power when he took a blast of concentrated gamma radiation
intended for the Hulk. However, months later Samson regained
his gamma-mutated form and superhuman strength when he
was bombarded by intensive radiation from an exploding
gammatron, an experimental gamma-ray generator. He has
remained in this form ever since. Doc Samson, as he has
been nicknamed, has long sought to capture and permanently
cure the Hulk. Samson worked as a university teacher during
the recent time that the Hulk was traveling through different
dimension, unable to return to Earth. But Samson returned
to his pursuit of the Hulk once the monster reappeared
Height: 6 ft. 6 in.
Weight: 380 lbs.
(originally) Brown, (now) Green
Strength Level: Doc Samson can lift
(press) approximately 70 tons under optimal conditions.
Known Superhuman Powers: Doc Samson
possesses greet superhuman strength, endurance, and resistance
to injury. The gamma radiation that transformed Doc Samson
fortified his cellular structure, added roughly two hundred
pounds of enhanced muscle, bone, and connecting tissue
to his body, and turned his hair green. (The source of
Samson's added mass is unknown, but probably extradimensional.)
While not exposed to as great a dosage of gamma radiation
as Bruce Banner (the Hulk) or Emil Blonsky (the Abomination),
Samson nevertheless gained superhuman strength from the
transformation. Samson's legs possess sufficient strength
to enable him to leap approximately 580 feet straight
up into the air, and to a maximum reported distance of
910 feet. His gamma ray enhanced body is resistant to
penetration wounds of any sort up to a high caliper bullet.
His bones and muscles are strong and resilient enough
to be able to survive a fall at terminal velocity (reached
after freefalling 4,000 feet in a feet-first attitude:
145 miles per hour) against sidewalk concrete, provided
he lands upright. Unlike the Hulk, Doc Samson neither
loses his memories nor his cognitive abilities while in
his gamma ray-mutated state, nor does he periodically
revert to non-superhuman form.
Note: As is apparent by comparing
the mutated forms of such gamma radiation subjects as
the Hulk, the Abomination, Doc Samson, and the Leader,
different frequencies of gamma radiation affect different
human beings in different ways. The effect that intensive
gamma radiation has on most people is cellular deterioration
and eventual death, but there are others whose genetic
constitution enables them to mutate so as to gain superhuman
powers. The type and extent of mutation is determined
by tour factors: the frequency and amount of the gamma
rays, the subject's latent mutant potential, and the subject's
psychological make-up. The subject's potential for mutation
is dictated by certain mysterious "intersticial"
segments of DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid), the molecules
which carry a living organism's genetic code. Under the
action of mutagenic influences, such as gamma rays, the
segments can trigger many body wide restructuring events.
As for the subject's psychological make-up, it has been
theorized that the gamma radiation somehow acts to mold
the subject's mutated form according to repressed desires
within his subconscious. Hence, Doc Samson's mutated form
is the physical embodiment of his own long-buried desire
to become a super heroic figure.
Hence, these tour factors contributed to
the extremely non-human appearance of the Abomination,
the neanderthalic appearance of the Hulk, and the relatively
normal appearance of Doc Samson, whose only aberration
is his hair color. Why gamma radiation tends to produce
mutate forms of a greenish hue is not yet known.