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|Full Name:||Curtis Connors|
|First Appearance:||Amazing Spider-Man #6|
|Created by:||Stan Lee, Steve Ditko|
|Place of Birth:||Coral Gables, Florida|
(Formerly New York City)
|Affiliations:||Formerly the Sinister Six and Sinister Twelve|
|Powers/Abilities:||Connors has a genius-level intelligence, world renowned herpetologist, formidable combatant|
|Height:||6' 8" (2.03 m) (As Lizard)|
5' 11" (1.80 m) (As Connors)
|Weight:||550 lbs (250 kg) (As Lizard)|
175 lbs (79 kg) (As Connors)
|Hair Color:||None (As Lizard)|
Brown (As Connors)
|Eye Color:||Red (As Lizard)|
Blue (As Connors)
|Unique Features:||Scaly skin and a 6' 8" tail in lizard form; right arm missing in human form.|
"No! I mustn't tell him! No one can ever know. The cure worked. My brain--My mind's restored. And I know why I'm here... For the choices I've made. For Martha. For Billy. My name is Curt Connors. And this is my prison. My penance. My hell. And I deserve it. "
Dr. Curtis Connors (of Earth-616) is a long time friend and ally of Spider-Man, while his alter ego the Lizard is a long time enemy of Spider-Man, so he wanted to get revenge.
Curtis "Curt" Connors was born in Coral Gables, Florida. He was a gifted surgeon who enlisted in the U.S. Army and was sent off to war. He performed emergency battlefield surgery on wounded GIs, but his right arm was injured in a blast and had to be amputated. Connors return to civilian life as a research technologist, he became obsessed with uncovering the secrets of reptilian limb regeneration. Connors was working at his home in the Florida Everglades with the help of his war buddy Ted Sallis, he finally developed an experimental serum taken from reptilian DNA. He successfully regrew the missing limb of a rabbit and then chose to test it on himself. Connors ingested the serum to his missing arm, resulting into growing back his arm, but the formula had a side effect; Connors was subsequently transformed into a reptilian humanoid monster. Spider-Man discovered this situation during a trip to Florida to investigate newspaper reports of the Lizard. Spider-Man was then able to use Connors' notes to create an antidote to restore him to his human form including his mentality. Connors had another attempt to develop his serum for safe use again resulted in Connors transforming into the Lizard, but on this occasion he was saved by his former colleague Professor Charles Xavier and his first team of X-Men, Beast and Angel was tracking the Lizard down in the swamps so that Iceman could send him into hibernation long enough to develop a cure.
Life in New York
The 'Death' of Curt Connors
When Calypso decided to torment Spider-Man by sending the Lizard after him, Spider-Man killed the Lizard three seperate times with Curt Connors dying his final death the third time. Days later, Spider-Man visited the apartment of Martha and Billy Connors to explain what had happened. Martha explained that she had expected something like this every since her husband had first become the Lizard. Billy, on the other hand, blamed Spider-Man for his father's death as Martha tried to explain that Billy had idolized his father. One week later, Spider-Man arrived Midtown General Hospital where he found Martha Connors, who explained that during his father's funeral, Billy had been very silent and for days after, Billy had just sat in his room staring. She then told Spider-Man that earlier that morning, she had went into his room to find it empty and then had recieved a phone call explaining that Billy had lost his right arm. Later that night, in his hospital room, Billy Connors was confronted by Calypso, who offered him a drink that would make him "just like daddy."
Captured by Dark Beast
The "Human Lizard"
Powers and Abilities
While transformed into The Lizard, Connors possesses a variety of superhuman attributes.
- Superhuman Strength: While transformed, he possesses superhuman strength, able to lift 12 tons. This extends to his legs which enables him to jump 18 feet in the air.
- Superhuman Speed: Connors can run at top speed of about 45 miles per hour.
- Superhuman Stamina: As the lizard, Connors' musculature can produce less fatigue toxins while enduring physical activity. At peak capacity it takes about 24 hours to exert into feeling tired.
- Superhuman Durability: Connors' scaly skin provides super-humanly enhanced bodily tissue, capable of withstanding great impact forces.
- Superhuman Agility: Connors' agility are enhanced to levels of the finest human athlete.
- Superhuman Reflexes: Connors' reflexes are greatly enhanced while transformed.
- Regenerative Healing Factor: The Lizard can rapidly regenerate damaged or destroyed tissue with greater speed and even regenerate missing limbs like many reptiles.
- Tail: Connors' reptilian tail can be used a offensive weapon and can generate enough force to shatter concrete.
- Fangs & Claws: Connors' fingers and toes can grow into razor sharp claws that are able to cut most materials and are effective in closed combat.
- Psionics: Connors' can telepathically communicate with other reptiles.
Connors has a genius-level intelligence and is a world renowned herpetologist. Although he has had no formal combat training, his powers alone coupled with his natural savagery in his transformed state make him a formidable combatant.
- Lizard's strength and agility are reduced when exposed to intense cold for more than a few minutes.
- High levels of stress can cause Dr. Connors to transform into the Lizard.