Real Name: Kevin Green
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Massive super-strength, speed, ability to fly, near invulnerability & the ability to release energy as a concussive blast.
Kevin transforms into Prime by projecting an organic 'liquid flesh' material from his torso. The liquid flesh then shapes itself into a large man with overdeveloped muscles, towering over seven feet tall and weighing close to four hundred pounds. Prime can revert back to his teenage form by destabilising the body into a mess of protein goo, either consciously or when his Prime-body's energy reserves run out. When this happens, Kevin must pull himself out of the body's remains or risk suffocating from lack of oxygen.
As Prime, Kevin possesses tremendous strength with unknown limits and has once lifted an entire outdoor gym with relative ease. His durability is also nigh immeasurable having survived a close proximity explosion of several nuclear warheads. Prime can also take to flight at a Mach-level of velocity. Although all of Prime's powers are modelled after traditional superhero powers, these limitations are defined mostly by Kevin's subconscious aspirations.
In fact, it is frequently suggested that the appearance of the Prime-body is formed mostly by Kevin's subconscious. Many of the features of the Prime-body are taken from Kevin's role models such as action stars and comic book superheroes. Another Ultraverse character who shares a similar origin, Elven is a fan of Elfquest comics and creates a body for herself that is a mishmash of various Tolkienesque fantasy elements. The face of Prime also bears a striking resemblance to Kevin's own father, Russell Green.
In effect the Prime-body reflects Kevin's own attitudes towards heroism at any given moment. As such, Prime's physical appearance has changed numerous times. Common elements exist among the different Prime-bodies though, such as a stylized 'P' resting somewhere on his chest or cape and some metallic adornment such as chains or gauntlets. Some of his forms include:
First Prime - A Prime-body obviously inspired by comic book superheroes, as well as local bodybuilders from Kevin's home state. As the first Prime-body, it defines the visual template for the other Prime-bodies. The body possesses extremely developed muscles and prominent veins. The costume is made up of a large red cape, red pants, gold gauntlets, calfguards and chestplate and features the trademark stylized 'P' on both the cape and the chestplate.
Space Prime - A Prime-body meant to withstand to harsh conditions of outer space. This design was force fed into Kevin's subconscious by military scientists working for Colonel Samuels. The epidermal layer has been transformed into a hardened shell resembling some kind of metallic alloy, designed to prevent the body from expanding in the vacuum of space. A set of air-tanks exist in the subdermal layer. The gold gauntlets, calfguard and chestplate remain as well as the 'P' insignia on his chest, but the cape is absent (In the Ultraforce cartoon, it was Contrary who hypnotized him into this form).
Rogue Prime - A Prime-body inspired by rugged individualistic heroes such as the gun-toting antihero Firearm. The body also sports a series of gold chains around the waist, and a set of spiked armbands and headgear. Tattoos and piercings are also notable, as well as a scar on the right eye. The color scheme is radically different, with the 'P' insignia being black on gold, and the vest being dark blue rather than gold and leather gloves replace the gauntlets.
Final Prime - A Prime-body that reconciles the values of Rogue Prime with the inspirations of the First Prime. The visual appearance is closer to that of the First Prime than the Rogue Prime --- cape, gauntlets and all --- but sections of the cape and pants mix blue and red. Hints of the Rogue Prime exist in the form of tattoos, albeit much fewer in number than in the Rogue Prime. There is a slight amount of arm-hair, also a residual element from the Rogue Prime.
Spider-Prime - A Prime-body inspired in part by Spider-Man. When Kevin was trapped in the Marvel Universe, he only had half of his power. When he tried to become "primed up," he became a mass of slime and unable to control himself. When he tried to help Spider-Man fight the Lizard, he changed into Spider-Prime. This form was a smaller version of Prime with a face mask and gave him six arms.
Prime is really a thirteen year-old boy named Kevin Green with the power to transform into a superpowered adult. In this sense, he is much like the Golden Age Captain Marvel. Like the Modern Age version of Captain Marvel, Kevin retains the thoughts, memories and consciousness of his thirteen year-old self as Prime. This is a chief source of conflict for the character as he is frequently placed in adult situations and circumstances he may not be mature enough to deal with.
Prime was a recurring character in the short lived Ultraforce cartoon show, where Hardcase acts as his mentor (as he is the only one in the team who knows that Prime is a teenager), and he constantly bickers with Prototype usually insulting him because his lack of super powers.
Prime was one of the action figures produced for Galoob's Ultraforce line
First Appearance: Prime (1993) #1
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Battlezones: Dream Team² (1996)
Beavis and Butt-Head (1994)
Beavis und Butt-Head (1994)
Black September (1995)
Infinity Break-Thru (1993)
- 'The Nanosecond the Earth Stood Still'
#1 Dream Team (1995)
- 'Break-Thru Part One'#2
- 'The Secrets of the Ultraverse!'
#5 Flood Relief (1994)
- 'Said T. E. Lawrence, Picking Up His Fork'#6
- 'Missing Child'#11#16
- 'The Rafferty Saga, Part 4: Rafferty: In His Own Words'#17
- 'The Rafferty Saga, Part 5: Alec Swan's Best Day'#18
- 'The Rafferty Saga, Part 6: Alec Swan's Worst Day'
#1 Giant Size Freex (1994)
- 'Interview With An Ultra'#2
- 'Tunnel Vision'
#1 Giant Size Mantra (1994)
- 'Destiny Trail Part 1'
#1 Godwheel (1995)
- 'The Archimage Quest, Chapter 4, Beginning Mantra's Second Year: Once More, Into the Breach...!'
TPB Hardcase (1993)
- 'Godwheel: Wheel of Thunder Collection'#0
#17 MAD (1952)
- 'Battle Royale Part 2'#18
- 'Battle Royale Part 3'#19
- 'Here Today...'
#7 Marvel Annual & Quarterly Reports (1992)
- 'The Battle of All Mothers'#15
- 'The Archimage Quest: Aftermath, Body Snatchers'#23
- 'The king of Canoga Park!'#24
- 'The Doom of the Duplicate Swords!'
Mutants Vs. Ultras: First Encounters (1995)
normalman-Megaton Man Special (1994)
#1 Power of Prime (1995)
- 'Lest No Bridge Be Unburned'
#1 Prime (1993)
- 'Primal mysteries'#2
- 'World dissolving'#3
- 'The heart of the matter'#4
- 'Primal sacrifice'
#1 Prime (1995)
- 'Prime Time!'#2
- 'Dead Again... and Again!'#4
- 'Primal Changes'#7
- 'Moon Mission'#8
- 'The Return of Doctor Gross'#9
- 'Atomic Lies!'#10
- 'The Men from the Boys'#11
- 'Heroes of Sunset Strip'#12#13
- 'Double Dangerous'#13 (Alternate Cover)
- 'Double Dangerous'#14
- 'Age of rebellion'#15
- 'House of horrors'#16
- 'Up against the wall'#17
- 'Hungry for heroes! (or: A sandwich to die for!)'#18
- 'One-two punch'#19
- 'Prime season'#20
- 'Cupid’s arrow'#21
- 'A hero dies!'#22
- 'Getting weird'#23
- 'Like a piece of meat'#24
- 'Prime revealed'#25
- 'A new beginning'#26
- 'Strange homecoming'
Infinity Prime Month Ashcan (1994)
- 'What's a hero anyway?'#1
- 'A matter of soul'#2
- '...And you make your choice'#3
- 'Dreams of a new beginning'#4
- 'Body and soul'#5
- 'Black and white make gray'#8
- 'You can't have light without dark'#9
- 'Stifled hearts'#10
- 'The great race!'#11
- 'Absolute power corrupts? Absolutely!!'#12
- 'Macho, Macho Men'#13
- 'There goes the neighborhood'#14
- 'Monster mash'#15
- 'Just ain't right'
Prime Vs. The Incredible Hulk (1995)
#0 Prime: Gross and Disgusting (1994)
- 'Monsters of Manhattan'
Prime/Captain America (1996)
#1 Prototype (1993)
- 'Accept no substitutes / Real Is as Real Does'
#6 Sludge (1993)
- 'To Steal the Sword of Fangs'
Superheroes: The Heroic Visions of Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell (2000)
The All New Exiles (1995)
#1 The Phoenix Resurrection: Aftermath (1996)
- 'Out of the Frying Pan...'#4
- 'What's Bred In the Bone'
The Phoenix Resurrection: Genesis (1995)
The Phoenix Resurrection: Revelations (1995)
The Strangers (1993)
0b UltraForce (1995)
- 'The Force Be With You'#2
- 'Collision Course'#3
- 'Head to Head'#4
- 'Last Stand'#6
- 'Final Blow'#8
- 'Heaven on Earth'#9
- 'Let There be Light!'#10
- 'The Iceman Cometh'
Infinity (Non Black Cover) UltraForce/Avengers (1995)
- 'Burnt Offerings'#1
- 'Wave of Mutilation Part 1'#2
- 'Wave of Mutilation Part 2: Loaded'#3
- 'Wave of Mutilation Part 3: Shot Down'#4
- 'The Hunted'#5
- 'Smoke and Bone Part 1'#6
- 'Smoke and Bone Part 2: Blood on the Floor'#7
- 'Smoke and Bone Part 3: Head on the Door'#8
- 'With Friends Like These...'#9
- '...Who Needs Enemies?'#10
- 'Bad Housekeeping'#11
- 'Who... or What... is Specimen-13?'#12
- 'Panic at Ground Zero!'#13
- 'Aftermath as Prologue!'#15
- 'Going out with a bang!'
Prelude #11 UltraForce/Spider-Man (1996)
- 'The Swords are Drawn...'#1
- 'Becoming More Like God'
1A Ultraverse Double Feature (1995)
- 'War of the Worlds'1B
- 'War of the Worlds'
#1 Ultraverse Premiere (1993)
- 'The King of Beasts'
Ultraverse: Future Shock (1997)
Wizard Presents: Prime (1994)
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