Real Name: Allen Marc Yuric
Identity/Class: Human mutant
Occupation: Terrorist, criminal
Group Membership: Acolytes (Anne-Marie Cortez, Fabian Cortez, Marco Delgado, Nance Winters, other unidentified members)
Affiliations: Magneto (Max Eisenhardt);
formerly X-Men Blue Squad (Beast/Hank McCoy, Cyclops/Scott Summers, Gambit/Remy LeBeau, Psylocke/Betsy Braddock, Rogue/Anna Marie, Wolverine/James "Logan" Howlett)
Enemies: Genoshan magistrates (Chief Magistrate Anderson and unidentified others), Moira MacTaggert, SHIELD (Harry Delgado, Deke, Nance, Sasha, other agents), X-Men (Archangel/Warren Worthington III, Banshee/Sean Cassidy, Beast/Hank McCoy, Colossus/Piotr Rasputin, Cyclops/Scott Summers, Forge, Gambit/Remy LeBeau, Psylocke/Betsy Braddock, Rogue/Anna Marie, Storm/Ororo Munroe, Wolverine/James "Logan" Howlett)
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
formerly Asteroid M
First Appearance: X-Men I#1 (October, 1991)
Powers/Abilities: Chrome possessed the mutant ability to transmute elements and compounds, even those of living beings. He could shift their skin, turning flesh into a material as dense as Adamantium for instance. People transformed this way were not completely immobilized, though their speed and agility were considerably decreased. His energy manipulating power allowed him to fly at high speeds by partially transforming the air around him into combustible materials, producing a rocket-like thrust. Chrome was apparently capable of protecting himself from getting injured or burned by this mode of travel. There was an apparent time limit to Chrome's transmutations, as Magneto reverted to his normal self after Chrome died turning him into omnium.
Weight: 190 lbs.
Hair: Brown with silver streak
(X-Men I#1 - BTS) - Allen Marc Yuric joined a gang of mutants led by the persuasive, charming Fabian Cortez. Together, they decided to seek out Magneto, convinced the master of magnetism was the savior of the mutant race. Somehow learning Magneto was now a hermit, living a reclusive life on Asteroid M above Earth, Yuric and the others decided to commandeer and launch a space worthy vessel to reach the Asteroid. Succeeding in this endeavor, they were nonetheless chased by SHIELD agents on board two other ships.
(X-Men I#1) - Cortez and the others managed to destroy one of the pursuing ships. In spite of this relatively small victory, they still couldn't find the shielded Asteroid M. However, all the commotion outside his home forced Magneto to intervene and stop the firefight on his doorstep. Planning to send every participant in the space drama back to Earth, Magneto was convinced by Anne-Marie Cortez she and her band of mutant brothers were there to pledge their loyalty to him. Intrigued, Magneto brought everyone on board his asteroid home. Not too long after that, Yuric and the other mutants turned on the agents sent to stop them. During the altercation, Anne-Marie Cortez was apparently fatally wounded, which convinced Magneto he needed to take care of his people.
(X-Men I#1 - BTS) - Magneto officially anointed Yuric, Cortez, Delgado and the others as his first Acolytes. In order to protect Asteroid M sufficiently, Magneto went down to the wreckage of the Russian nuclear submarine Leningrad (which he had sank years earlier). Determined to extract the still live nuclear missiles, Magneto was confronted by the X-Men who tried to persuade him from standing down. After a brief fight, Magneto escaped with the armaments.
(X-Men I#1) - Yuric, now known as Chrome, joined the other Acolytes and Magneto on an assault on the island of Genosha as payback for the Genoshan government's treatment of mutants. The X-Men's Blue squad opposed them, with Chrome proving to be a formidable opponent. He turned his teammate, Marco Delgado, into a form that was virtually as dense as Adamantium. Thanks to Chrome, Delgado was now nigh indestructable, even withstanding Wolverine's claws. Chrome, however, was taken out by Psylocke who used her telepathy to force the flying mutant to crash into a nearby wall. The X-Men's fight against the Acolytes was interrupted by the arrival of Magneto who stood up for his followers.
(X-Men I#2) - Chrome stepped in to save his messiah from
possible defeat when he transmuted the X-Men Blue team into a metal form
that prevented them from moving. The master of magnetism then took the
captured X-Men back up to Asteroid M.
(X-Men I#2 - BTS) - Magneto, suffering from unexplained
injuries, realized long time X-Men associate Moira MacTaggert had been
meddling with his DNA after he was taken into her care following a
rejuvenation by Alpha the Ultimate Mutant. Incensed and outraged,
Magneto went down to Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters and abducted
both MacTaggert and Professor Xavier.
(X-Men I#2) - Interrogating MacTaggert, Magneto learned how the Scottish bio-geneticist used her scientific knowledge to alter his mind when he was but a helpless toddler. He then forced her to use this technique on the captured X-Men. Chrome looked on as Moira turned the X-Men's minds, making them loyal to Magneto.
(X-Men I#3) - Chrome and the other Acolytes were relaxing in Asteroid M's inside pool with their newest teammates, the X-Men Blue team. However, Wolverine alerted them to the covert approach of the X-Men Gold team. Soon, both X-Men factions were fighting one another, only to be interrupted by Magneto and his Acolytes, Chrome beside him. The fight was disrupted when SHIELD, the UN and the American and Russian governments okayed the Magneto Protocols which caused a series of satellites to fire laser cannons on Asteroid M. The initial impacts caused the X-Men to retreat, with Chrome and the other Acolytes to stay at Magneto's side, who refused to abandon the proverbial ship.
(Uncanny X-Men I#304 (fb) - BTS) - As Asteroid M was being destroyed by the UN's laser cannon network, the Acolytes gathered around Magneto in his throne room. Convinced they were about to die, Chrome called upon all of his quantum transmutative abilities to turn Magneto's body into a form close to indestructible omnium. The part of the Asteroid M containing the throne room landed in Kuwait.
(Uncanny X-Men I#304 - BTS) - Thanks to Chrome's timely intervention, Magneto survived the destruction of Asteroid M. After reverting back to his normal form, he broke out of his armor and left Asteroid M and his Acolytes behind.
(Uncanny X-Men I#299) - Forge, Henry Peter Gyrich and a SHIELD research team went to Kuwait to investigate the piece of Asteroid M that crashed in the desert. Investigating the wreckage, Gyrich and Forge discovered the deceased Acolytes huddled in front of Magneto's armor which appeared to have burst open from the inside out, like a butterfly's cocoon.
(Uncanny X-Men I#304 - BTS) - Magneto, preparing for his new
assault on humanity and the X-Men aboard Avalon, remembered how Chrome
sacrificed his life turning him into indestructible omnium during the
fall of Asteroid M.
Comments: Created by Chris Claremont (writer), Jim Lee (pencils), Scott Williams (inks).
Chrome was one of the few initial Acolytes that actually received anything close to a background story or even a name. The power to transmutate matter is an exceedingly potent one and should have allowed him to save not only Magneto but the entire team when Asteroid M went down. After all, if you can cover the X-Men for the duration of at least 15 to 30 minutes while Magneto drags them to Asteroid M... it shouldn't be that hard to turn your own men and women into indestructible "tin soldiers". Still, it's understable future writers decided to leave Chrome and the others (except for Fabian Cortez) in comics limbo, preferring to introduce their own Acolytes instead.
Chrome, either solo or part of the Acolytes, received
profiles in the Official Handbook of
the Marvel Universe A-Z#1 (2008), All
New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe#1, Heroic Age: X-Men#1 and Marvel Encyclopedia:
Thanks to Ms. Knowitall for pointing out how Cortez survived and how a third body, which could've only belonged to Chrome, was seenin Kuwait.
Profile by Norvo.
Chrome should not be confused with
images: (without ads)
X-Men I#2, p16, pan2 (main image)
X-Men I#1, p34, pan2 (transmutes Delgado)
X-Men I#2, p12, pan3 (defeats the X-Men Blue Squad)
X-Men I#1 (October, 1991) - Chris Claremont (writer), Jim Lee (pencils), Scott Williams (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
X-Men I#2 (November, 1991) - Chris Claremont (writer), Jim Lee (pencils), Scott Williams (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
X-Men I#3 (December, 1991) - Chris Claremont (writer), Jim Lee (pencils), Scott Williams (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#299 (May, 1993) - Scott Lobdell (writer), John Romita Jr. (pencils), Dan Green (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#304 (September, 1993) - Scott Lobdell (writer), John Romita Jr. (pencils), Dan Green (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
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