Vulcan the Volcanic Man is a fictional superhero from the Golden Age of Comic Books. He first appeared in Super-Mystery Comics #1, published by Ace Comics in July 1940.[1] His creator is unknown, but some of his stories were written by Otto Binder, with Maurice Gutwirth and Jack Alderman illustrating.[2]

Vulcan is the descendant of the Roman god of Fire, born in a volcano in the South Sea Islands.[3] His powers include fire manipulation, flight, super-strength, and invulnerability. The character appeared in Super-Mystery Comics #1-14, and also in Ace's team book, Four Favorites #1-4.[2]

According to Jess Nevins' Encyclopedia of Golden Age Superheroes, Vulcan "fights arsonists, costumed criminals looking to profit from drought, Nazis, and the Man of a Thousand Faces".[1] In one issue, he visited Berlin and burned off Adolf Hitler's mustache.[4]

He last appeared in 1942. When the company went out of business, the hero fell into the public domain.


  1. ^ a b Nevins, Jess (2013). Encyclopedia of Golden Age Superheroes. High Rock Press. p. 287. ISBN 978-1-61318-023-5.
  2. ^ a b Benton, Mike (1992). Superhero Comics of the Golden Age: The Illustrated History. Dallas: Taylor Publishing Company. p. 186. ISBN 0-87833-808-X. Retrieved 8 April 2020.
  3. ^ Mougin, Lou (2020). Secondary Superheroes of Golden Age Comics. McFarland & Co. p. 349. ISBN 9781476638607.
  4. ^ Mitchell, Kurt; Thomas, Roy (2019). American Comic Book Chronicles: 1940-1944. TwoMorrows Publishing. p. 109. ISBN 978-1605490892.