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Chemistro (II)
Real Name: Arch Morton
Occupation: Profesional criminal
Identity: Publicly known
Legal Status: Citizen of the United States with a criminal record
Other Aliases: None
Place of Birth: Unknown
Marital Status: Unknown
Known Relatives: None
Group Affiliation: Employee of the Baron
Base of Operations: New York City I
First Appearance: POWER MAN #37

History: While Curtis Carr was in prison, Arch Morton, beat him into revealing the secret of how his 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.

Height: 6 ft.
Weight: 220 lbs.
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Bald, light brown on sides

Strength Level: Chemistros possesses the normal strength of a man of his respective age, height, and weight who engages in intensive regular exercise

Known Superhuman Powers: Chemistro II could transmute one substance into another by touching it with his left hand and willing it to change in a particular way, for example, he has turned brick to rubber, and concrete to paper. It is not known exactly how this power works, although a hypothesis is suggested below (see Weapons). Presumably the transmutations caused by Chemistro II are unstable, since the transmuted object will crumble into dust if exposed to unusual heat. Possibly it will turn to dust anyway after a certain amount of time has elapsed.

Weapons: Chemistro II carried no weapon. Chemistro I and III use an alchemy gun," a handgun-like device that fires an unknown form of radiation that transmutes one substance into another. Using the gun, these two Chemistros have, 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. (Otherwise, the third Chemistro would not need to work for another criminal: he could simply make himself rich by, for example, turning lead into gold.) 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.

The first 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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