Frank and Arthur Rone were polar opposites. While Arthur was a law abiding police officer, Frank was a ruthless criminal. In 1943, Frank was caught by Arthur while robbing a bank. Frank overpowered his brother and managed to escape. Deciding that gaining super-powers would aid him in his criminal career he broke into the home of the Whizzer to learn the secret of the hero's super-speed. After knocking out the Whizzer's side kick Slow Motion Jones, Frank broke into the Whizzer's private safe and learned the secret of his speed powers from his diary.
Duplicating the process, he then robbed the Universal Bank and framed his brother for the crime. The Whizzer later made the connection between Arthur's arrest and incarceration and the theft of his diary and went after Frank. Their chase led them around the world. Realizing that he could not shake off the Whizzer, Frank attempted to shoot the hero. The Whizzer managed to dodge most of the bullets fired. However, the last shot was blocked when Arthur (having broken out of jail) jumped into the path of the final bullet. With Frank distracted, the Whizzer easily beat him into submission and turned him over to the authorities.
Frank's subsequent fate is unknown.
Hyper-Speed: Frank Rone possessed the ability to move at superhuman rates of speed. Frank could run at speeds of up to 100 miles an hour for up to an hour before fatigue impaired his performance. His practical reaction time was about four times faster than an ordinary human being's and the speed at which his brain processed information was heightened to a level commensurate with his bodily speed, enabling him to perceive his surroundings while traveling at high velocities.
Adaptive Physiology: Rone's entire body mutated in ways that adapted it for the rigors of high speed running. His cardiovascular and respiratory systems were many times more efficient than those of a normal human being's. He metabolized an estimated 75% of the caloric energy content of foodstuffs. The chemical processes of the Frank's metabolism were so highly enhanced that his body generated unusually low amounts of fatigue poisons, the normal by-products of locomotion which force the body to rest. His joints were smoother and were lubricated more efficiently than those of an ordinary human being's. His tendons had the tensile strength of spring steel. His bones contained unknown materials significantly more durable than calcium to withstand the dynamic shocks of his feet touching the ground at speeds of up to 100 miles per hour. Frank's lachrymose was more viscous than a normal human being's, thus preventing rapid evaporation and replenishment of surface fluids on his eyeballs under the influence of high wind velocity to occlude his vision.
It is interesting to note that the story does not specify the process in which Frank Rone duplicated the Whizzer's running ability. According to the Whizzer's origins it was mongoose blood that granted him his super-speed. Presumably Frank duplicated this process although it is not implicitly stated.
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