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Chen Lu, also known as Radioactive Man, was a nuclear physicist in Chinese service. He is not to be confused with Radioactive Man of Simpsons fame.
After Thor’s interference with a Chinese military action into India, the Chinese government called upon all its scientists to find a way to retaliate against Thor. Chen Lu had been experimenting with a way of harnessing nuclear radioactivity to induce superhuman powers. He volunteered to become China’s human weapon against Thor, concealing his aspirations of world conquest.
He spent month immunizing himself against the effect of radiation. He then mutated his body by exposing himself to massive doses of radiation. He impressed his superiors with his new powers and started calling himself Radioactive Man. He traveled to New York City to challenge Thor. Thor defeated him and Radioactive Man was reported to have been destroyed.
Radioactive Man was not destroyed. He went into hiding until Baron Zemo found him and enlisted him in his criminal organization: the Masters of Evil. The Masters of Evil were defeated by the Avengers, and Radioactive Man ended up in a cell that was designed to restrain a being with powers like his.
Eventually, Radioactive Man broke out of prison and fled to Communist controlled Vietnam, where he worked with Titanium Man and Crimson Dynamo to form the Titanic Three. They had enough of being evil and worked to punish criminals instead.
However, the Titanic Three broke up and Radioactive Man was contacted by a criminal scientist named Elihas Starr, or “Egghead”. Radioactive Man joined the third incarnation of the Masters of Evil. The new incarnation of the evil organization was defeated by Dr. Henry Pym, and Radioactive man was deported by the U.S. government.
- He is not to be confused with Radioactive Man of Simpsons fame.