perhaps more well-known to fans as the egotistical "hotheaded"
member of the Fantastic Four, the Human Torch character actually
originated in the Golden Age. He was remarkably popular, one of Marvel's
"Big Three," and was in fact the first in their stable to get
his own self-titled magazine.. According to Wikipedia:
"The Human Torch was an android created by
Professor Phineas T. Horton in his lab in Brooklyn, New York for scientific purposes.
At a press-conference unveiling, however, Horton's creation burst into flames
when exposed to oxygen, and, with human-like sentience, personality, and awareness,
rebelled against his creator. Public outcry led to the Torch being sealed in concrete,
though he escaped due to a crack that let oxygen seep in. While the Torch then
inadvertently caused parts of New York City to burn, he eventually learned to
control his flame and vowed to help humanity."
Marvel Comics #1
/ Oct. 1939 Cover art by Frank R. Paul
Torch later first encountered and battled Namor the Sub-Mariner He would join
Namor and other heroes as war broke out in Europe, and later in the Pacific, to
fight the Axis powers. In his solo title's debut issue, he acquired a young partner,
Thomas "Toro" Raymond, the mutant son of two nuclear scientists whose exposure
to radiation gave him the ability to control fire"
Human Torch is a synthetic being designed and constructed of artificial materials.
He has the capacity for creative intelligence, unlimited self-motivated activity,
and human-like emotions. The Torch has the ability to envelop his body in fiery
plasma without harm to himself and to utilize this heat energy for various effects,
including flight, formation of fiery shapes, energy releases in the form of heat
blasts, "nova flame bursts" (highest intensity heat blasts, similar to the heat-pulse
of a nuclear warhead), and concussive force blasts. He is also immune to the effects
of heat and flames not of his own creation."