czarkowski-charles-shulk-timemachineczarko_industries-czarkowski-techczarko_industries-czarkowskiCZARKO INDUSTRIES

Membership: Charles Czarkowski;
    presumably others unidentified

Purpose: Development of time travel technology, at least

Aliases: None

Affiliations: None known

Enemies: Baintronics and other companies

Base of Operations: Manhattan, New York

First AppearanceShe-Hulk II#2 (January, 2006)

Powers/Abilities/Functions: Amongst the many items developed at and present within Czarko Industries were Czarkowski's chronophone, scrambler, and time machine, as well as what appeared to be a telescope (but may have been some sort of chronoscope).

    He likely developed his robot there as well, but it appeared to be too large for his office. 

    Perhaps it was kept in a storage warehouse or something?

History:
(She-Hulk II#2 (fb) - BTS) - Czarkowski developed time-travel technology. To help fund his work, Czarkowski used his Chrono-Phone to contact his future self for financial advice.

    Charles Czarkowski's future self sent his present self stock tips. Buying and selling large shares of Baintronics and other companies, the present Czarkowski accumulated vast wealth while causing rapid fluctuations in Baintronics' value, sometimes to the point of threatening to wipe them out altogether.

(She-Hulk II#2 (fb) - BTS) - Czarkowski discovered the true secret of time travel, sending not just messages or going to alternate timelines, but sending people back through their own timeline. Presumably this allowed completion of his time machine.

(She-Hulk II#2 (fb) - BTS) <22 days before the trial in #2> - Czarkowski received a call via his Chrono-Phone. Though the audio was somewhat garbled, a man he did not recognize seemed to be telling Czarkowski that he was coming from the future in 6 hours and would kill him unless Czarkowski killed the man first.

    When the man from the call appeared in front of him 6 hours later, Czarkowski shot the man, leaving in a semi-conscious stupor in a hospital.

(She-Hulk II#2 - BTS) <22 days later> - After summoning his robot from the past, Czarkowski escaped the trial .

(She-Hulk II#2) - Arriving at Czarko Industries, Czarkowski set some random coordinates on his time machine and used his DNA scrambler so that the TVA would not be able to find him. Before departing, he sent a message to his past self, warning him of the impending attempt on his life. As he left the message, however, he realized that his scrambled self had the appearance of the man he had shot, and, in his shocked and confused state, verbalized that he was the one to kill Charles Czarkowski. After the message concluded and was sent, Czarkowski realized what he had done, and he prepared to send another message to clarify things to his past self. 

    However, Justice Peace then stopped him, intending for him to fulfill the temporal paradox. To complete this, Peace sent the scrambled Czarkowski twenty-two days into the past.

(She-Hulk II#2 - BTS) - The scrambled Czarkowski emerged a short distance in front of his past self, who recognized him as his seeming would-be killer and then shot him in the back.

CommentsCreated by Dan Slott, Juan Bobillo, and Marcelo Sosa.

    The name Czarkowski seems too close to Zarrko (as in the Tomorrow Man) for the fact that they are both time-travelers to be coincidence, especially with continuity-conscious Dan Slott as the writer. Even more clearly, Czarkowski's business was called Czarko Industries.
    2006' All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe#12 and 2010's Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z hardcover#14 not Czarkowski as a possible ancestor and included this note:

    Any relationship to Charles Czarkowski of Czarko Industries — who became the 9th wealthiest man in the world via stock tips from his future self before unwittingly shooting his disguised future self in the head, rendering him comatose — is unconfirmed.

Two definite errors with that…(1) He shot his future self in the back, not the head; (2) He wasn’t comatose, as he was making inarticulate vocalization. I think semi-comatose or stuporous would be OK.
It could be clarified that he got the stock tips from an undisclosed point in the future, but apparently further ahead than the version who got shot who had traveled back 22 days from his own present. It’s complex.
It would be more clear/correct to say (without adding extensive explanation):

    I would think it highly likely that Justice Peace confiscated Czarkowski's Chrono-Phone, time machine, and possibly the Scrambler and his robot for the Time Variance Authority, but this was not confirmed in-story.

Profile by Snood.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Czarkowski Industries should be distinguished from:


images: (without ads):
She-Hulk II#2, pg. 21, panel 1 (entering Czarko Industries);
            panel 2 (
Czarko Industries equipment room with viewer, time machine, scrambler, and Chrono-Phone);


Appearances:
She-Hulk II#1 (December, 2005) - Dan Slott (writer), Juan Bobillo (penciler), Marcelo Sosa (inker), Andy Schmidt, Molly Lazer, & Aubrey Sitterson (assistant editors), Tom Brevoort (editor)
She-Hulk II#2 (January, 2006) - Dan Slott (writer), Juan Bobillo (penciler), Marcelo Sosa (inker), Andy Schmidt, Molly Lazer, & Aubrey Sitterson (assistant editors), Tom Brevoort (editor)

Any Additions/Corrections? please let me know.

First posted: 10/18/2022
Last updated: 10/18/2022

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