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Dragon Man

Real Name: None
Occupation: Inapplicable
Legal Status: Property of Gregson Gilbert
Place of Creation: Campus of State University, Hegeman, New York
Marital Status: Inapplicable
Known Relatives: Inapplicable
Group Affiliation: None
Base of Operations: Mobile
First Appearance: FANTASTIC FOUR #35

History: Dragon Man was an experimental creation of Professor Gregson Gilbert of State University, Reed Richards' alma mater. The benevolent professor had fashioned an artificial dragon-like creature but lacked the means to make it function. Having heard through secret means of Gilbert's experiments, the alchemist Diablo convinced the professor to give the creature life through one of Diablo's alchemical potions. To Gilbert's shock and regret, Diablo used his control over the creature's will to seek revenge on the Fantastic Four. The four managed to vanquish the creature and saw him disappear into a lake near the university campus. Since the time of Diablo's original animation and control, Dragon Man has been used as a pawn by such criminal masterminds as Dr. Lemuel Dorcas, Gregory Gideon, and the Machinesmith. Dragon Man is currently under the supervision of his creator, Professor Gilbert.

Height: 15 ft. 3 in.
Weight: 3.2 tons
Eyes: Grey
Hair: None

Strength level: Dragon possesses Class 100 strength, and is thus able to lift (press) somewhere over 100 tons.

Known Superhuman Powers: As a non-human synthetic creature, Dragon Man has a number of superhuman attributes. Dragon Man's body, made of high-density long-chain organic polymers, which were an attempt at manufacturing life-mimicking materials, has incredible durability and strength. His thick hide is capable of resisting without rupture ballistic impacts up to and including 155mm Howitzer shells, or 300 pounds of TNT. His body can withstand extremes in both temperature (from -200° to 1,000°+ Fahrenheit) and pressure (from 0.02 to 12.5 atmospheres). Not truly alive, Dragon Man does not need oxygen to sustain his pseudo-life. He is an omnivore, capable of consuming, diverse forms of matter and converting them to energy. (He has not yet tasted flesh). His tail, which is 7 feet long from base to tip, can be whipped at speeds of up to 130 feet per second (90 miles per hour), generating enough force to smash a 3-foot thick stone wall or topple a loaded 5,000 gallon tank truck.

Dragon Man can fly by means of an internal antigravity generator constructed out of synthetic materials. His bat-like wings, which span 35 feet from tip to tip, aid him in controlling his stability and direction. He can fly at a maximum speed of 30 miles per hour and reach a maximum height of 1,800 feet. Assuming he has a constant energy supply, Dragon Man is virtually tireless and can fly for an indefinite period of time.

Dragon Man exhales fire through his mouth by releasing a high-pressure stream of methane gas, a by-product of his unusual digestive system, through vents in the back of his throat. The gas mixes with air from his lungs and is ignited by specialized teeth, which can spark when struck together. This fire, which reaches a temperature of about 8,000° F, can be emitted for a maximum of 7 minutes before he needs to "refuel."

Limitations: Dragon Man has the intellectual capacity of a domestic dog, and is governed by simple thoughts and feelings. His artificial brain is particularly sensitive to high-pitched sounds: certain ultrasonic frequencies can jam his mental functions to paralyze him or make him highly susceptible to external domination.

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