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[The Alchemist]
Real Name: Dr. Curtis Engstrom
Occupation: Criminal
Former Occupation: Biochemist
Base of Operations: Central City, Missouri
First Appearance: Flash v.2 #71 (December 1992)
See Also: Dr. Alchemy

Once Albert Desmond was able to recognize and accept his darker side, the threat of that personality (and Dr. Alchemy) was eliminated (Flash v.2 #41).

The Philosopher’s Stone itself, however, is another matter. S.T.A.R. Labs obtained it, intending to use a fragment of it in a microscopic medical computer. Dr. Curtis Engstrom, an advisor on the project, stole the computer and the Stone, but didn’t learn how to use it until after he’d been arrested. Once he escaped, he donned a costume similar to Dr. Alchemy’s and went after his former cellmate, who had stolen the microchip from its hiding place. Engstrom was defeated, and has yet to be seen again.

Since that time, Desmond has recovered the stone.

Text by Kelson Vibber. Do not copy without permission.

Top of Page Primary Sources

  • “Nowhere Fast” - Flash (second series) #71 (December 1992), Mark Waid


  • Flash #71 (December 1992) - Greg LaRocque and Roy Richardson

Significant Appearances

  • Flash #71–72 (December 1992–January 1993): “Nowhere Fast” and “Chemistry,” Mark Waid


*See the entry on Dr. Alchemy for notes on the nature of the Philosopher’s Stone.

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