Two brothers from Los Angeles, Charles and Hal Chandler have both, in time, been known as the hero 3-D Man. During the 1950's, NASA was just starting to put their first men into orbit. The key to the success of the space program was the XF-13 rocket plane, an experimental aircraft capable of reaching the uppermost atmosphere. When it was time to test this craft, one of the first men chosen to fly it was Charles "Chuck" Chandler. On Chucks very first test flight of the XF-13 aircraft, he was tailed and later abducted by the alien Skrulls. The Skrulls had been observing planet Earth for ages in the hope of using it's strategic position to gain the advantage in their long-standing war with the alien Kree. So with that in mind, the Skrulls became interested in earth's space exploration programs. The night before Chuck was to make his first test flight of the XF-13, the Skrulls orchestrated a failed kidnapping attempt in which Chuck's brother Hal helped him to escape. The Skrulls wanted to abduct test pilots so that they could gain vital information regarding the space program in which they operated in.
Coming to the realization that Chuck would never willingly give up any information, the Skrulls prepared to use a mind probe ray on him. In that instant he broke free of the Skrulls grasp and escaped. During his desperate efforts to escape, he damaged several components of the ships warp drive which were necessary for it's continued safe operation. Just as he was attempting to make his dramatic escape in the XF-13, the Skrull ship exploded due to an overload in the power core caused by all the damage he had done. Hal made his escape unharmed, but was exposed to the alien radiation that was released due to the ship's explosion. The XF-13 was badly damaged in the escape so Chuck decided to land the ship in the Mojave Desert where he knew his brother Hal would be watching the test flights. When Chuck ejected from the XF-13, his brother ran over to greet him but just as he drew near, Chuck vanished in a burst of light.
In the belief that his brother had perished, Hal returned to Los Angeles to inform their parents, and the NASA authorities. That night Hal noticed that there was an image of a man imprinted into the lens of his pair of glasses, and that one lens was red and the other green. Hal figured out that the images on the lenses of his glasses belonged to none other than that of his brother Chuck, and that they were imprinted there when he vanished in that burst of light. By putting on the pair of glasses and concentrating on the two images while focusing on a flat surface, Hal triggered a dimensional transfer that returned Chuck to this reality but left Hal in a trance-like state.
The radiation exposure from the explosion of the alien Skrull ship had altered Chuck. While still apparently human, the radiation had bonded his space suit to his body or more accurately.....the suit was his body. His new body was colored and mismatched into shades of red and green on two halves of him. He also discovered that his physical abilities had been tripled as a result of his new transformation. The last thing he discovered about his new found abilities was that he was very sensitive to the presence of Skrulls, no matter what shape they shifted into. When the Skrulls attempted to invade the United States, Chuck's powers came in very handy by being able to detect them while in human or any other form, which ultimately thwarted their plot to take over the planet. Although he had foiled many of the Skrulls attempts to take over the planet, alot of his time was spent in another dimension because he could only remain on earth for 3 hours at a time. When Chuck would return to the 2-D dimension of the glasses, Hal could then regain control of his body and emerge from his trance.
3-D Man was created by Roy Thomas and Jim Craig and first appeared in Marvel Premiere Vol.1 issue 35 (1977).
Major Story Arcs
One night the Skrulls followed Hal home in hopes of destroying the 3-D Man. They blasted him with an energy beam that ultimately destroyed the Chuck persona locked within his glasses. Thus the hero named 3-D Man was lost for ever. Soon afterwards Hal became involved romantically with Chuck's girlfriend, Peggy Clark, which caused Hal to abandon the glasses, seeing the 3-D Man as a threat to his relationship. Later when Hal became threatened by the presence of the Hulk, he needed the glasses again. Somehow on this next transfer, Chuck was somehow still there! In no way could Chuck take on the Hulk in a physical altercation but he did indeed convince him to leave.
During Secret Invasion, Chuck and Hal were seen telling their story to the new 3-D Man Triathlon.They are apparently retired from being Super Heroes so it's fitting their legacy would be carried on by another.
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Delroy Garrett Jr., formally know as Triathlon gained access to the 3-D Man goggles at his graduation from the Initiative, making him the new 3-D Man.
In an alternate reality, F.B.I. agent Jimmy Woo recruited the 3-D Man and several other heroes of the 1950s ( Marvel Boy, the Human Robot, Gorilla-Man and Venus) to fight the agents of the Yellow Claw as the Avengers. In the Earth-616 reality, this team did not include the 3-D Man and was simply known as the "G-Men."
In at least one timeline, a team of adventurers known as the Avengers briefly formed in the 1950's before disbanding at the request of the President, who felt the public wasn't ready to learn of them and their exploits. The 3-D Man was part of that short-lived Avengers team, and their rescue of the President from Yellow Claw helped dispel the 3-D Man's reputation as a dangerous outlaw thanks to the President's influence.
In another alternate timeline where the 3-D Man was a member of the 1950s Avengers, Vice-President Richard Nixon was replaced by a member of the Skrulls, leading to vast xenophobia and a need among Earthmen to create a space army in order to strike back at these invaders. Immortus later negated the reality at the point where the Skrull deception was discovered.
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At some point in his career he made an expedition to Earth-616; the central Marvel Earth, and impersonated the real 3-D Man for a while, before getting apprehended and sent back to his own dimension.
There are no real stats or information specified for this version of 3-D Man, but seemingly he appears exactly like the 3-D Man from Earth-616. He appeared in the What If? comic: What if the Avengers fought evil during the 1950's.
Powers & Abilities
The 3-D Man possess strength, durability, speed, and stamina, 3 times that of a normal human being. He can run as fast as 70 mph, but can attain short bursts of speed up to 90-mph. He can leap heights of up to 30 feet into the air. He can lift or press up to 1,400 lbs regularly. He also possesses a quasi-telepathic link to the distinct aura of the Skrull race, making him able to detect them in any form they assume.
PHYSICAL ATTRIBUTES & SKILLS
Intelligence: Above Normal (below gifted)
Strength: Enhanced Human (Strength Class 2,400 lbs)
Speed: Enhanced Human (105 mph)
Stamina: Peak Human
Agility: Peak Human
Fighting Skills: Good\Above Average (Level 3/Minimal training/no mastery)
Special Skills & Abilities: (Chuck) Expert Pilot, Exceptional Football Player (Hal) Experienced Researcher