Created by Steve Englehart

The Original Universe


Real Name: Alex Sartorius
Full Name: Alexander James Sartorius
Occupation: Professional criminal; former physician
Marital Status: Single
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operation: Gotham City
Gender: Male
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 169 lbs.
Eyes: Red
Hair: White
First Appearance: Detective Comics #469 (May 1977)
Creators: Steve Englehart


Brilliant scientist Dr. Alex James Sartotius was the victim of a nuclear accident which transumted his skin into a phosphoric compound, combustible in contact with the air. This event naturally unhinged his mind and he wreaked havoc in Gotham City until stopped by Batman. Years later, he sold his soul to the demon Neron who gave him the ability to control the combustibility of his body and to wear normal clothes. Now also far more in control of his faculties, he clashed with Starman Ted Knight on a number of occasions, finally giving him fatal radiation poisoning, possibly being killed himself for his trouble.


For a definitive list of appearances of Doctor Phosphorus in chronological order click here


Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe #6 (August 1985)