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Van Manderpootz, Haskel. Haskel van Manderpootz was created by Stanley Weinbaum (Adaptive Ultimate, Ham Hammond, Tweel) and appeared in three stories in Wonder Stories from 1935 to 1936, beginning with “The Worlds of If” (Wonder Stories, August 1935).

Haskel van Manderpootz is an Unlucky Inventor. He is an eccentric, brilliant scientist whose creations are very powerful but ill-conceived. One such is the “idealizator,” which allows Manderpootz and his friend the playboy Dixon Wells to view the ideal form of anything they think of. Another such creation is the car-eating machine van Manderpootz devises to kill autos.

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