Real Name: Unrevealed
Identity/Class: Presumed alternate reality (at least active in Reality-49327) possibly extraterrestrial (see comments)
Group Membership: The Golem program was mostly an alliance between the Alkemist and Lorson; a few other agents
Affiliations: Formerly Lorson
formerly Earth-616's modern era's Mys-Tech (specifically Algernon Crowe and Ormond Wychwood);
formerly an unspecified number of golems, including ones based on Cable (Nathan Christopher Summers/Nathan Dayspring Askani'son), Captain America (Steve Rogers), Captain Britain (Brian Braddock), Hulk (Bruce Banner), Jeanette Hutch, Killpower (Julius Mullarkey), Tigon Liger (at least five of them), Motormouth (Harley Davis), Spider-Man (presumably Peter Parker), Thing (Ben Grimm), Thor Odinson, Tuck, Union Jack (Joey Chapman), Wolverine (James Howlett/Logan), and possibly Gambit (Remy LeBeau), Giant-Man (Henry Pym) or Havok (Alex Summers, Namor (McKenzie) or Quicksilver (Pietro Maximoff), Polaris (Lorna Dane), Psylocke (Betsy Braddock), Sunfire (Shiro Yoshida)
Enemies: Death's Head (Minion),
Captain Jeanet Hutch, Kadagar crime family (Bethlehem Bardot, Pilgrim
Kadagar), Pilgrim Kadagar golem, Tuck
Known Relatives: None
Lorson called him "idiot," and swiftly regretted it
Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
formerly Teefoebee (TerraForming Base command), Clinton City, Earth's Mars colony, Reality-49327 circa 2026 AD
First Appearance: Death's Head II#13 (December, 1993)
Powers/Abilities: Alkemist is large and
apparently superhumanly strong (he casually swatted down Tuck, who has
at least enhanced human strength, agility, etc.) despite appearing to
It is unclear whether the metal
over his chest/shoulders is some sort of armor, exoskeleton, or
The Alkemist apparently designed the Golem process, which used scans or tissue, etc. from existing beings to create android/robotic duplicates that replicated their target being's appearance, voice, abilities, memories, and personalities and that believed themselves to be the originals, although they could be controlled by the Alkemist and/or would break programming upon encountering certain beings/targets.
Golems lack a sense of taste. The golems were grown
artificially in a cyborganic vat.
History:((Death's Head II#15 (fb) - BTS) - Seeking to avoid the prying eyes of their time period, Algernon Crowe and Ormond Wychwood of Earth-616's Mys-Tech's Techno-Wizards made arrangements of the Alkemist and Lorson on Reality-49327's Mars colony' Clinton City circa 2026 AD. Establishing a straight-tap wormhole between the two realities/times/locations, Mys-Tech financed Alkemist and Lorson's operation to fabricate golems (android replicas) of Earth's mightiest heroes using either living subjects or Mys-Tech's extensive database of previously scanned bio-traces.
(Death's Head II#14 (fb) - BTS) - Alkemist and Lorson established a base in Teefoebee
(TerraForming Base command), the abandoned settlement of the first
human colonizers on Mars; Clinton City had been built on the abandoned
(Death's Head II#13 (fb) - BTS)
- Seeking to lay low after recent conflicts on Earth (such as the
battles with Charnel), Death's Head and Tuck hijacked an A.I.M.
(Advanced Idea Mechanics) time dish and traveled to Reality-49327's
Mars colony' Clinton City circa 2026 AD.
(Death's Head II#13 (fb) - BTS) <Thirty clocks before Pilgrim Kadagar revealed this information to Death's Head> - Pilgrim Kadagar was last confirmed to be flesh and blood.
(Death's Head II#13 (fb) - BTS) - At some point thereafter, the Alkemist's agents captured Pilgrim Kadagar, created a golem of him, and released the Pilgrim golem to take the place of the original.
(Death's Head II#13 (fb) - BTS) - The Pilgrim Kadagar golem discovered that he was an android.
(Death's Head II#13 (fb) - BTS) - <A
few days after their arrival and a few hours before the main story>
- Alkemist and/or his agents spotted Tuck in a marketplace and --
considering her an ideal specimen for Golem -- captured her with
difficulty. They had to use double-strength tranquilizers to take her
down, after which they brought her to an Alkemist cell where her arrms
were chained to the wall.
Shortly thereafter, Death's Head was jumped by a quartet of Kadagar boys, leading Death's Head to believe the Kadagar gang had taken Tuck.
(Death's Head II#13 - BTS) - "Three
clocks" (three hours?) later, Death's Head assaulted a Kadagar
stronghold, leading to a confrontation with Pilgrim Kadagar (secretly
the golem), which was ultimately broken up by local enforcement Captain
Jeanet Hutch. Knowing the difficulties in pressing charges against the
Kadagar, Hutch let them go but took Death's Head into custody.
(Death's Head II#13) - When
Tuck woke up with an apparent headache (or some other source of pain)
and demanded to know what this was about, the Alkemist and Lorson
agreed that she was a feisty one. Warning them that they had no idea
who they were dealing with, Tuck tore her chains from the stone wall
and charged the pair. While Lorson panicked, the Alkemist calmly
acknowledged the situation and punched Tuck back into the wall,
shattering chunks from the wall and knocking Tuck out again.
Noting her superhuman strength and
considering that she might be a mutant, Alkemist noted that he would
devise electronic shackles to neutralize her strength, after which he
would prepare the bio-mimetics. He further stated that she was
wonderful and yielded such potential. Agreeing that this was for "the
greater good of Golem," Lorson wondered if she had any friends, but
Alkemist assured him that she was a low-life drifter who had arrived in
the city a few days ago and that no one was going to miss her.
(Death's Head II#14 (fb) - BTS) - Alkemist had Tuck bound in woven tungstencomposite chains.
(Death's Head II#13 - BTS) - The Pilgrim Kadagar golem subsequently bailed out Death's Head, revealed his situation, and sought his aid in finding who had done this as well as recovering the real Pilgrim; in exchange, the Kadagar would help Death's Head find Tuck.
(Death's Head II#13 - BTS / Death's Head II#14 - BTS) - Meeting, being attacked by, and finally destroying a Tigon Liger golem held at the Kadagar ranch, Death's Head was convinced to aid Pilgrim.
Death's Head II#14) - As Tuck awakened again in her new shackles, the Alkemist greeted her and noted they had just
activated the golem procedure and were now initializing a provisional
scan. As angrily threatened him, Alkemist laughed and applauded her
spirit.Agreeing that their regular customers would be very interested
in her, Lorson instructed Alkemist to get the process underway, and
Alkemist pushed the button to do so.
As the process first charted Tuck's baseline bio-codex, Tuck broke free again despite the stronger restraints. Admitting he had underestimated Tuck and had not compensated for a heightened adrenaline level amplifying her strength, the Alkemist alerted all-stations to initiate security lock-out and to locate and detain the escaped "Specimen One Eight Eff."
When Lorson called Alkemist an
idiot and demanded to have this cleaned up quickly as their customers
were scheduled to arrive in four hours, Alkemist interrupted him,
calling Lorsn an "oily little geek" and noting that he tolerated a lot
from him as he got the clients in, but -- grabbing Lorson by the neck
and choking him -- reminded him not to forget where the product came
from. He continued that Lorson would be nothing without him and that if
Lorson ever called him an idiot again, he would be nothing anyway.
After Lorson choked out an acknowledgement, Alkemist dropped him and
then activated all golem units to assist in the search, and he
considered that Tuck would not get far.
(Death's Head II#15 (fb) - BTS) - Tuck was apparently
either re-captured and then replaced with a golem who was left to
continue her escape efforts, or the Tuck that escaped the second time
was already a golem. I think the former is more likely, but there's no confirmation either way.
(Death's Head II#14 - BTS) - Tuck was confronted in series by a Liger golem, a Killpower golem, both of whom she destroyed, and then a group of golems, Captain America, Motormouth, Union Jack, and Wolverine.
Meanwhile, Pilgrim's lover,
Bethelehem Bardot, overheard Pilgrim telling Death's Head that if his
kin learned of his fate, there would be a massive succession gangwar.
Death's Head used his cranial disruption unit to absorb the Liger
golem's knowledge to learn more about the golems. Additionally, after
Pilgrim discovered that he had no sense of taste, Death's Head took a
sample of a bitter drug for future use.
As Tuck destroyed the Motormouth golem, her fight drew Captain Hutch -- with a riot squad on hold as back-up -- to the old quarter, near the old Teefoebee silos. Hutch destroyed the Union Jack golem, after which Death's Head and the Pilgrim golem arrived.(Death's Head II#15 - BTS) - After Death's Head, Tuck, and Hutch destroyed the Captain America, Union Jack, and Wolverine golems, respectively, Tuck revealed that the Alkemist was making the golems in the silos below the street. Death's Head, Hutch, the Pilgrim golem, and Tuck then joined forces to take down the Alkemist. Meanwhile, Bethlehem Bardot observing silently from above used the exposure of the machinery in "Pilgrim" to convince others in the Kadagar clan to help her eliminate the false Pilgrim and install her as leader of Kadagar.
Comments: Created by Dan Abnett, Salvador Larroca, Paul Scott, and Colin Fawcett as part of the Marvel UK imprint.
We don't know anything about the
Alkemist beyond setting up the Golem program with Lorson and taking a
contract with Mys-Tech...is he extraterrestrial, extradimensional,
terrestrial or alien mutant, Deviant, Inhuman, cyborg, mutate, etc.?
The world may never know...
I don't know how long a "clock" is supposed to be, but I'd have thought it was a full clock, meaning 12-24 hours, but then Alkemist notes that they had taken Tuck a few hours back.
Golems seemed to be equivalent to
advanced Life Model Decoys. It seems to be a point of contention with
some folks (or one folk) with regards to what the term android means.
While there are multiple definitions and interpretations, the original
definition comes from the Greek root "andro" (man) and the term "oid"
meaning, like. At least in the Marvel Universe, the term "man" in this
usage is meant to refer to mankind, rather than male vs. female (while
I haven't seen the term in usage, the specific term to refer to taking
the form of a woman would be "gynoid"). It is most commonly/consistently
used as a specific type of robot in human form. While individual
stories/writers sometimes use their own terminology, that's the
official policy, spelled out by Mark Gruenwald, et al., in the Official
Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition and reiterated in subsequent editions.
If you believe differently...good for you, and have a nice day...
This profile was completed 3/24/2021, but its publication was delayed as it was intended for the Appendix 20th anniversary 's celebratory event.
Profile by Snood.
The Alkemist should be distinguished from:
Death's Head II#13, pg. 15, panel 1 (partial full; raised leg)
pg. 16, panel 1 (dropping Tuck);
panel 2 (partial full; normal stand);
panel 3 (rear, full, dragging Tuck)
#14, pg. 7, panel 6 (fingers);
pg. 8, panel 6 (at console);
pg. 9, panel 2 (upper body detail; choking Lorson);
panel 4 (back of head detail)
panel 5 (face);
#15, pg 9, panel 1 (profile)
Death's Head II#13 (December, 1993) - Dan Abnett (writer), Salvador Larroca (penciler), Paul Scott & Colin Fawcett (inkers), Stuart Bartlett (editor)
Death's Head II#14-15 (January-February, 1994) - Dan Abnett (writer), Salvador Larroca (penciler), Paul Scott (inker), Stuart Bartlett (editor)
First posted: 09/07/2021
Last updated: 12/13/2021
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