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Chemistro (I)
Real Name: Curtis Carr
Occupation: Profesional criminal and a research scientist
Identity: Publicly known
Legal Status: Citizen of the United States with a criminal record
Other Aliases: None
Place of Birth: Unknown
Marital Status: Single
Known Relatives: Calvin Carr (brother)
Group Affiliation: None
Base of Operations: New York City
First Appearance: POWER MAN #12

History: Curtis Carr was a research scientist who worked for Mainstream Motors, an automobile manufacturing company. Growing dissatisfied with his duties, Carr began working on his own project, and developed an "alchemy gun" which could transmute substances. He showed the device to Horace C. Claymore, the company president, but insisted on owning it. Claymore insisted that since Carr invented the gun on company time, it belonged to Mainstream Motors. When Carr refused to turn over the gun or the secret of how it worked, Claymore fired him.

Bent on vengeance, Carr began a program of physical training, and eventually began attacking Mainstream Motors with his alchemy gun in the guise of the costumed criminal, Chemistro. Claymore hired Luke Cage, also known as Power Man, to defend the company from Chemistro. While grappling with Cage, Chemistro accidentally fired his gun at his own foot, transmuting it into steel. However, the transmutations effected by the alchemy gun were unstable, and once Chemistro's steel foot was exposed to that day's hot sun for more than a few moments, it crumbled into dust. The shock of being crippled left Carr a broken man, and he was taken into police custody.

While Carr was in prison, another convict. Arch Morton, beat him into revealing the secret of how the alchemy gun worked. Upon being released from prison, Morton began building his own alchemy gun, but it accidentally exploded in his left hand, giving that hand the power to transmute substances. Thus, Morton became the second Chemistro. He went to work for a crimelord known as the Baron, who had him attack Cage and fell him not to interfere with a rival crimelord known as Big Brother. In this way the Baron hoped to induce Cage to go after Big Brother, thereby ridding himself of his principal rival. Carr had also been released from prison by this time, and having reformed, built a "nullifier" for Cage to use against the new Chemistro. Cage stuck the nullifier to Chemistro, thereby causing the criminal's power to cease to function. The second Chemistro went to prison, and Cage defeated the Baron and Big Brother as well.

Much later Curtis Carr built a new alchemy gun, although he had no plans to return to crime. His younger brother Calvin stole the gun and became the third Chemistro. He hired himself out to a gangster named Mingo to run his operation of stealing and reselling drugs from chemical companies. One of these companies hired Power Man and his partner Iron Fist for protection, and the two of them battied this third Chemistro, who at one point use his gun to turn their friends Colleen Wing and Bob Diamond to glass. Power Man and Iron Fist defeated to new Chemistro, who, however, escaped capture. Curtis Carr found a means of reversing the gun's effects and turned Wing and Diamond back to normal. In gratitude. Iron fist recommended Carr for a job at Stark International.

While at Stark International Carr created yet another alchemy gun which fell into the hands of his brother who returned the a life of crime as Chemistro. This time Chemistro went after the Golden Avenger, Iron Man. He was defeated by Iron Man with the help of his brother, Curtis.

Height: 5 ft. 11 in.
Weight: 1851bs.
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Black

Strength Level: Chemistros possesses the normal strength of a man of his respective age, height, and weight who engages in intensive regular exercise, but his strength has declined since he became crippled and retired from crime.

Known Superhuman Powers: Chemistros possess no superhuman powers.

Weapons: Chemistro use an alchemy gun, a handgun-like device that fires an unknown form of radiation that transmutes one substance into another. Using the gun, Chemistros has, for example, turned wood into rubber, paper to diamond, and even human flesh to glass. These transmutations are unstable. If the transmuted object is exposed to unusual heat, it will crumble into dust. Presumably the object will turn to dust anyway after a certain period of time. There is a limit to the degree of molecular complexity that the alchemy gun can create in an object. For example, Chemistro cannot turn a stone into a living being. The gun is also apparently unable to alter the shape of an object. However, the gun can apparently raise or lower an object's temperature, so as, for example, to turn a solid into a liquid.

Chemistro has devised mechanical means of neutralizing and reversing the effects of the alchemy gun.

Only the first and second Chemistros know how the alchemy gun works, and perhaps not even they fully understand it. Clearly such a small device could not bring about such complex and extensive atomic restructuring of objects, which would involve nuclear fission and fusion that would require and release vast amounts of energy. It is possible that the gun actually causes its target to exchange its atoms with atoms from another dimension. This exchange surprisingly requires and releases little energy. Quite possibly the creation of all three known alchemy guns involved factors that Curtis Carr has been unable to duplicate since, inasmuch as he has apparently not made his means of transmuting matter available to the rest of the world.

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