Pyroman
StartlingComics18Pyroman.jpg
Pyroman on the cover of Startling Stories #18.
Publication information
PublisherNedor Comics
AC Comics
First appearanceStartling Comics #18 (December 1942)
Created byJack Binder
In-story information
Alter egoDick Martin
Team affiliationsSMASH
AbilitiesSummon electricity
Transmit electrical bolts
Magnetize metal
Electrical force field generation
Electromagnetic pulses
Flight via magnetic currents and radio waves

Pyroman is a fictional superhero that appeared in comic books published by Nedor Comics. His first appearance was in Startling Comics #18 (December 1942), with art by Jack Binder.[1] This character was later revived by both AC Comics and America's Best Comics.

Nedor Comics

Pyroman is the secret identity of research student Dick Martin. Due to his work with high voltage electricity, his body develops the ability to store electrical current. He discovers this ability after he's framed for murder by a saboteur, and sentenced to die in the electric chair.[2] After clearing his name, he decides to use his powers to fight crime.[3]

According to Jess Nevins' Encyclopedia of Golden Age Superheroes, "Pyroman fights evil men like Venomi and his Black Boas, Schneubel (who uses a weapon to recreate Mars' environment in America), Dr. Fosfor and his semi-sentient living flame, and would-be world-conqueror Dr. Zucca and his city-destroying Tornado".[4]

Pyroman appeared in numerous Nedor Comics titles during the 1940s. His last Golden Age Appearance was in America's Best Comics (no relation to the DC Comics imprint) #29 (January 1949). Many of his cover appearances were drawn by artist Alex Schomburg.[5]

AC Comics

Pyroman was one of the many Nedor Comics' characters revived by AC comics in the late 1990s. AC Comics reprinted Startling Comics #23 as Golden-Age Men of Mystery #9 (August 1998).[6] His sole original appearance was in a new story written for All-Hero Retro Comics Annual #1 (1998).

America's Best Comics

Alan Moore used Pyroman, along with many other Nedor Comics characters, for his Tom Strong series. In Tom Strong #12 (June 2001), Pyroman was revealed to have been a member of SMASH, a superhero team that had been placed in suspended animation after an alien invasion from the moon in 1969 and revived 30 years later thanks to the efforts of Tom Strong. SMASH disbanded shortly thereafter. When SMASH reformed three years later, Pyroman rejoined the team.

Dynamite Entertainment

In 2007, Pyroman was again one of several Golden Age characters used, this time in Dynamite Entertainment's Project Superpowers written by Jim Krueger and drawn by Alex Ross.[7][8]

References

  1. ^ Markstein, Don. "Pyroman". Don Markstein's Toonopedia. Retrieved 2 April 2020.
  2. ^ Mitchell, Kurt; Thomas, Roy (2019). American Comic Book Chronicles: 1940-1944. TwoMorrows Publishing. p. 159. ISBN 978-1605490892.
  3. ^ Benton, Mike (1992). Superhero Comics of the Golden Age: The Illustrated History. Dallas: Taylor Publishing Company. pp. 184–185. ISBN 0-87833-808-X. Retrieved 1 April 2020.
  4. ^ Nevins, Jess (2013). Encyclopedia of Golden Age Superheroes. High Rock Press. p. 212. ISBN 978-1-61318-023-5.
  5. ^ Mougin, Lou (2020). Secondary Superheroes of Golden Age Comics. McFarland & Co. p. 170. ISBN 9781476638607.
  6. ^ [1] Grand Comics Database, last accessed 14 February 2007
  7. ^ "Newsarama.com (July 18, 2007): "Ross and Krueger on Superpowers", by Matt Brady". Archived from the original on October 9, 2007. Retrieved July 25, 2007.
  8. ^ Superpowers (team) at the Comic Book DB (archived from the original)