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Vincent Velcoro was born in 1911 in New York City.[1] On reaching adulthood he enlisted in the U.S.Army.

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Caught betraying his country and found guilty of treason, Vincent Velcoro was offered a choice: either accept a death sentence, or submit himself to radical experiments to help him become a secret weapon for the Allied forces. Naturally he chose the latter, and was transformed, by surgery and alchemy, into a "scientific approximation" of a legendary undead vampire.[2]

Sgt. Velcoro served in an experimental U.S. Army commando unit known as the Creature Commandos, alongside two other surgically-altered soldiers, Pvt. Elliot "Lucky" Taylor and Pvt. Warren Griffith, under the command of Lt. Matthew Shrieve.

Powers

  • Vampirism: In addition to the various mental and physical benefits that vampires are heir to, they also possess the ability to turn others into vampires as well. Each new vampire is traditionally subservient to the one who "turned" them, but some strong-willed vampires have been known to rebel against their masters.
    • Enhanced Senses: A vampire's senses are enhanced far beyond those of a normal human being.
    • Immortality: So long as vampires continue to consume blood, they will not age beyond the physical state they were in when they first became a vampire.
    • Invulnerability: Vampires are invulnerable to most forms of injury (certain exceptions apply). Bullets, blades and blunt objects do little to no damage to a vampire's body.
    • Regeneration: In addition to being virtually indestructible, whatever damage a vampire does in fact suffer can be healed through the consumption of human blood.
    • Superhuman Strength: A vampire's strength level is several times that of a normal human being and they are considered superhuman.
    • Superhuman Stamina: So long as they continue to consume human blood, a vampire can function tirelessly without rest or relaxation. However, a vampire's stamina wanes the closer it is to sunrise.
    • Psychokinesis: Most vampires possess some form of psychokinesis. Some are clairvoyant, others can communicate telepathically, some possess mind control. Particularly powerful vampires can control the minds of several people at once.
    • Hypnosis
    • Transformation: Vampires often possess the ability to transform into a variety of creatures or effects such as bats, wolves, rats or even mist. While their physical attributes may fluctuate during such states, a vampire's mental acuity is the same as that when they are in their human shape. A vampire who transforms into an animal may also benefit from that particular animal's attributes including razor-sharp claws, fangs or the ability to fly.
    • Metamorphosis: Vampires often demonstrate the ability to alter their appearance at will.
  • NOTE: Vincent Velcoro in many ways resembles a genuine vampire, but there are differences:
    • Velcoro is not harmed by exposure to a crucifix.[3]
    • Velcoro can operate outdoors in full daylight.
    • Velcoro can swim.[4]
    • Velcoro is visible in mirrors.[5]

Abilities

  • Although this character was originally introduced during DC's Earth-One era of publication, their existence following the events of the 1985–86 limited series Crisis on Infinite Earths remains intact. However, some elements of the character's Pre-Crisis history may have been altered or removed for Post-Crisis New Earth continuity, and should be considered apocryphal.

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