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is a floating sea craft disguised as a natural island,
which floats off the coast of North America outside
the U.S. territorial waters of the Atlantic. It is not
known who designed of constructed the artificial island.
Its first known user was the mad ecologist Dr. Herman
Frayne, who utilized it as a laboratory and airbase
upon which to land hijacked planes. Dr. Hydro was involved
in a scientific project to transform the hijacked passengers
of five jets into amphibious mer-people. The active
ingredient in his transformation catalyst was the Inhumans'
mutagenic Terrigen Mist, which he acquired from the
renegade Inhuman hybrid Maelstrom.
It is possible that Maelstrom had something to do with
the island's construction. Following Frayne's death,
the five hundred victims of his experiment (known as
the Hydro-Men) set up residence on the island base,
along with marine scientist Dr. Walter Newell, alias
Stingray. The Hydro-Men lived there for a few years
until Dr. Reed
Richards of the Fantastic
Four, working in conjunction with Inhuman scientists,
discovered a way to cure the Hydro-Men. Since that time,
Dr. Newell has used the facility as an oceanographically
laboratory and as a residence for himself and his wife
Diane. When the Federal Aeronautical Association revoked
the Avengers' flight
privileges from their midtown Manhattan mansion, Dr.
Newell invited the group to create a private airfield
on Hydro-Base. The Avengers accepted his offer, and
has since relocated their supersonic quinjets to the
floating island and have constructed a special underground
shuttle to it.