Membership: Dr. Mason, Dr. Moore, Dr. Most

Purpose: Experiments to gain complete control over the molecules of life forms, later: henchmen

Affiliations: Imus Champion (employer), formerly: US Government

Enemies: Black Widow (Natasha Romanoff), Courier, Patty Kurlychek, Peregrine, Warlock (Technarch, New Mutants member), Wolverine (James Howlett)

Base of Operations: Headquarter of Imus Champion,
    formerly: M Lab (their own laboratory)

First Appearance: Marvel Comics Presents I#71/4 (1991)







(Marvel Comics Presents I#71/4 (fb) - BTS) - The scientists Dr. Mason, Dr. Moore and Dr. Most were working for the US Government on a bio-toxin allowing a person total control over its molecules. The Government stopped funding them although the doctors thought their medical advances could revolutionize conventional warfare. They became renegades and continued their work on the now illegal bio-toxin.

(Marvel Comics Presents I#71/4) - The doctors were pursued by FBI agent Patty Kurlychek and they had a car crash with her and escaped. They injected their bio-toxin into themselves and mutated into hideous metamorphic beings. Patty and her newfound partner Warlock found them. The doctors liked how Patty was talking about them being like Warlock only in flesh tones and they took Fleshtones as their new name. The Fleshtones defeated Warlock and took him and Patty as prisoners. They wanted to return to their lab and continue their work, although they were already forgetting their own names. Unfortunately Warlock remembered something Patty told him before and after he was able to free himself and Patty, he imprisoned the Fleshtones in his morphing body and threw them into a tar pit nearby. They managed to get out of the tar pit, but Warlock dried them and as they hardened they couldn't move anymore. The authorities arrived and the Fleshtones were taken into custody.




BTS - Somehow the Fleshtones got out of prison again and became assassins.

(Marvel Comics Presents I#125 (fb) - BTS) - The Fleshtones were employed by Imus Champion who wanted them to kill Le Peregrine after the French mercenary brought him Lynx.

(Marvel Comics Presents I#125/1) - The Fleshtones crashed through the mirror of Le Peregrine's room and had a hard fight with Wolverine, Courier and Le Peregrine. They were taken out by Black Widow from behind.

(Marvel Comics Presents I#126/1) - Wolverine, Le Peregrine and Courier used the Fleshtones as bodysuits to get to Imus Champion and Lynx. They took off the Fleshtones and attacked Imus and his men. The Fleshtones were lying motionless on the ground the whole time.

COMMENTS: Created by Scott Lobdell, Scott McDaniels and Harry Candelario

On her card Patty Kurlychek was called Kurlchek. Let us assume that Patty knows her name and the FBI just made a mistake.

The Fleshtones did some cool morphing in their first appearance. They weren't as innovative the second time. Sure it was because their first story was a funny with Warlock as their opponent. Their transformations in chronological order: a hand (Dr. Mason), an anvil (Dr. Moore or Dr. Most), a Mjolnir-like hammer (Dr. Moore or Dr. Most), a caged wagon (Dr. Mason or Dr. Most)

It wasn't mentioned, but it could be that Imus Champion had a hand in their release from prison. It could also be that they just fled from wherever they were brought to.

It seemed as if they lost more and more of their intelligence after they mutated. It started in their first appearance when Dr. Moore forgot that he was Dr. Moore and it really showed in their second appearance when they couldn't even speak grammatically correct anymore.

Who is who? The small guy in the front of the first picture in this profile was Dr. Moore. I didn't find out who Dr. Mason or Dr. Most was on that picture (which shows their normal appearance). Probably the most hideous (the right guy behind Moore in my opinion) was Dr. Most and the other one was Dr. Mason.

Are they dead? Doesn't the Black Widow only stun her opponents? Could it have affected the Fleshtones differently because of their mutation? Only god knows (or Scott Lobdell who was the mind behind both their appearances)

by Markus Raymond

The Fleshtones should not be confused with:

Patty Kurlychek should not be confused with:

Patty Kurlychek

Patty Kurlychek was an FBI-Agent who was pursuing the renegade scientists who would become the Fleshtones and knew a lot of their work. After an accident with the scientists she was rescued by Warlock of the New Mutants from the explosion of her car. He became her partner and they found the mutated scientists who took their name from a phrase of Patty. Patty warned Warlock, that they could transform into anything as long as they were exposed to air. Patty tried to shoot them, but her bullets just went through the Fleshtones. She was freed by Warlock when she said something about tarring and feathering which gave him an idea. Patty thought it was crazy, but it worked. In the end she even gave her card to Warlock and she wanted him as her new partner.

--Marvel Comics Presents I#71/4

Marvel Comics Presents I#168, p4, pan2 (main image)

#71, p29, pan1 (Dr. Mason hand)
#71, p29, pan3 (Dr. Moore and Dr. Most (hammer and anvil) )
#71, p30, pan3 (Patty Kurlychek)

Marvel Comics Presents I#71 (March, 1991) - Scott Lobdell (writer), Scott McDaniel (pencils), Harry Candelario (inks), Terry Kavanagh (editor)
Marvel Comics Presents I#125-126 (1993) - Scott Lobdell (writer), Dennis Jensen (pencils), John Holdredge (inks), Terry Kavanagh (editor)

Last updated: 07/17/04.

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