Human Torch. Professor Phineas Horton creates "a synthetic man--an exact replica of a human being," which bursts into flames when exposed to air. The android breaks free from Horton's control and eventually decides to become a crime-fighter, adopting the identity of Jim Hammond. He discovers a boy with a natural immunity to flame and takes him on as his sidekick Toro. In late 1948 Toro was dropped for a new sidekick, Sun Girl. The Human Torch is a member of the All-Winners Squad. He fights ordinary criminals, Nazis, the Sub-Mariner, the Asbestos Lady (whose gang wears asbestos suits), the Mad Scientist (and creator of the super-cold Green Flame) Dr. Manyac, the crime boss the Hag, Martians, and the Joker-like Nazi saboteur the Parrot. The Human Torch appears in stories with titles like “Horror Hotel,” “The Ray of Madness,” and “The Lethal Lollipops.”
First Appearance: Marvel Comics #1 (Marvel), Oct 1939. 100+ appearances, 1939-1949. Created by Carl Burgos.
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