Esteban Carracus was a petty thief who received superhuman powers from one of the Sentry robots of the Kree alien species - specifically from Sentry 459. Carracus became faster and stronger than any human, and he also had claws in his hands. Adopting the name of Cheetah, Carracus became a super-villain, and the Sentry used him as a pawn in a fight between Ronan the Accuser and the first Captain Marvel.
The Sentry was destroyed during this fight, and Carracus's powers disappeared with it. However, Carracus decided to keep the uniform and the secret identity, replacing the natural paws with artificial claws, and with more limited fighting abilities.
He was contacted by Gary Gilbert, a former customed criminal turned into business agent for criminals. Gilbert was worried about the Scourge of the Underworld, a masked figure who was killing customed criminals such as Gilbert and Carracus. Gilbert organized a meeting in the The Bar with No Name, Medina County, Ohio, to discuss potential counter-attacks. As the Scourge was known to use weapons instead of powers, weapons were to be left at the door. However, the Scourge infiltrated in the meeting disguised as the bartender and shot down all the seventeen criminals (including Cheetah) wielding a cut-down .50 submachine gun in each hand.
As an agent of the Kree, the Cheetah had superhuman abilities he would later lose. His powers included:
- Improved fighting abilities, strength, stamina, agility and speed.
- Natural claws and razor sharped teeth.
The Cheetah's superhuman strength enabled him to lift eight tons when he had his powers.
After loosing his powers, the Cheetah used artificial claws to replace the previous ones; they were functionally identical to the original ones.
D.C. Comics also has a super-villain named Cheetah.
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