Name: Esteban Corazan Del Diablo
Identity: Publicly known
Legal status: Spanish
citizen with a criminal record in the United States
Place of birth:
Group affiliation: None
Base of operations:
First Appearance: FANTASTIC FOUR Vol. 1 #30
Esteban Diablo was born in early ninth-century Spain, the son of a nobleman. Curious
and inventive by nature, the restless young man was fascinated with the ancient
science of alchemy. Using funds borrowed from his inheritance, Diablo roamed Europe
in search of documents and artifacts of ancient alchemy, as well as rare potions
and herbs with which to experiment. Within a decade, he became the world's greatest
living authority on alchemy, having discovered or concocted countless potions
with bizarre properties. Haughty and cunning, Diablo began to put his alchemical
knowledge to use for personal gain.
Journeying to Transylvania to investigate
its legendary secrets, Diablo settled there and established permanent laboratory
facilities. Under suspicious circumstances, he acquired a spacious castle and
began work. Although most of his potions' effects proved transitory, Diablo discovered
an elixir that could retard aging. Drinking it, he embarked on a reign of terror
over the surrounding Transylvanians, until a mob of villagers caught him unaware
and imprisoned him in a massive crypt. Diablo was trapped there until the 20th
century, when he mesmerized the Thing of the Fantastic Four to free him. Not having
aged appreciably during his century of confinement, Diablo began to plot his alchemical
conquests anew. He has plagued humanity on numerous occasions, most frequently
opposed by the Fantastic Four.
Height: 6 ft. 3 in.
Diablo's powers stem entirely from the huge arsenal of alchemical potions and
pellets he has discovered or concocted. His costume is lined with hidden pockets
and pouches that holster his array of alchemical weapons.