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Golden Age of Comics




The Human Torch

The original Human Torch first appeared in 1939 in the first issue of Marvel Comics. He was an android, created by a Professor Phineas Horton. Dr. Horton displayed him in a glass case, and when the case was opened at a press exhibition exposure to oxygen caused the android to explode into fire. The Human Torch accidentally set parts of New York ablaze and then killed a mobster who wanted his powers.

The android gained control of his fiery abilities and joined the police force assuming the name of Jim Hammond. He acquired a junior sidekick named Toro, an orphaned boy who was part of a circus fire-eating act. By 1941, the Human Torch was featured in his own comic that continued until 1949.

Marvel re-used the name Human Torch in 1961 to create a new character as a member of the Fantastic Four.



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