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Solarr

Real Name: Silas King
Occupation: Professional criminal
Identity: Publicly known
Legal Status: Citizen of the United States with a criminal record
Other Aliases: None
Place of Birth: Carson City, Nevada
Place of Death: Project: Pegasus complex, New York State
Marital Status: Single
Known Relatives: None
Group Affiliation: Former member of Egghead's Emissaries of Evil, former ally of Klaw
Base of Operations: Mobile, later Project: Pegasus complex, New York State
First Appearance: CAPTAIN AMERICA #160
Final Appearance: POWER AND IRON FIST #113

History: Silas King was born with latent mutant powers, which might have remained dormant if he had not been exposed to prolonged solar radiation. A former smuggler of illicit narcotics, King was making one of his frequent runs from Los Angeles to New York City when his van broke down in the Mojave Desert. King spent several days in the desert, trying to make his way back to civilization, marginally surviving on cacti pulp. The several days' exposure to the desert sun catalyzed the latent mutation within his body which enabled certain of his cells to store solar energy. When King eventually reached civilization, he was immediately hospitalized for sunstroke and dehydration. While recovering, he accidentally discovered he could discharge the solar energy he had stored as heat blasts.

After recuperating, King made his way to New York City to take up a criminal career. He named himself "Solarr" and initially used his superhuman powers to rob banks. His criminal career brought him into partnership with Klaw and membership in the Emissaries of Evil led by the criminal mastermind Egghead. However, Solarr repeatedly met defeat at the hands of such crimefighters as the Avengers, Captain America, Spider-Man, and the Thing.

Eventually, the captured Solarr was imprisoned at the Project: Pegasus complex, a federal energy research center, in New York State. There his ability to store and discharge solar energy was studied by Project: Pegasus scientists.

Another captive and subject for study at the Project was Bres, a member of the superhuman otherdimensional race known as the Fomor. Bres was held powerless by electromagnetic shackles that were fed a continual stream of charged particles that somehow neutralized his ability to employ his magical powers. As a result of a series of power failures at the complex, the flow of particles was interrupted long enough for Bres to use his powers to stop it altogether, without any Project personnel becoming aware that he had done so. Bres then secretly used his powers to try to take control of the minds of various persons at the complex by giving them mental visions in which each was forced to confront the evil side of his personality. One of Bres's victims, a guard named Harry Winslow, suffered heart failure as a result of his vision. Bres then animated Winslow's corpse from afar to use it to commit murders at the complex.

To add to the confusion at the Project, Bres used his magical powers to free Solarr from his cell. Solarr hated Winslow, and upon finding his unmoving corpse, incinerated it using his powers. But then the charred corpse rose, animated by Bres's magic. Solarr fled in panic, but could not escape the walking corpse, which caught up with Solarr and killed him. The costumed crimefighter Iron Fist soon afterwards defeated Bres, who was once again rendered powerless by the electromagnetic shackles; hence, Bras could no longer control or animate Winslow's corpse, which was safely buried.

Height: 6 ft.
Weight: 210 lbs.
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Reddish blond

Strength Level: Solarr possessed the normal human strength of a man of his age, height, and build who engaged in moderate regular exercise.

Known Superhuman Powers: Solarr was a mutant with the superhuman ability to absorb, store, and manipulate large amounts of energy from light especially direct sunlight. He could discharge this energy, usually from his hands (without injury to himself), in the form of heat energy blasts, primarily in the infrared range of the electromagnetic spectrum. Solarr was able to discharge such heat blasts, which were accompanied by brilliant visible light, with maximum temperatures of about 20,000° Fahrenheit, sufficient to turn ferroconcrete into slag. After several minutes of full power discharging, Solarr needed a recovery period of about 45 minutes' exposure to sunlight to build up all the solar energy he could store in the cells of his body.

Solarrs powers could be reduced in effectiveness by removing him from sunlight, as when Captain America once covered him with enamel-based house paint. Solarr was considerably less powerful when he was in shadow or in the blackness of night, when he could not absorb direct sunlight. Apparently he could absorb, store, and discharge energy from artificial light, for he could still discharge heat blasts after Bres freed him from his cell inside Project: Pegasus. However, it took him longer to build up stores of energy from artificial light than it did for him to build up stores of energy from direct sunlight.

Paraphernalia: Solarr was once outfitted with a supplemental power source designed for him by Egghead, which helped store sufficient solar energy to operate at undiminished power levels during nighttime.

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