Wildfire
Carol Vance Martin.jpg
Publication information
PublisherQuality Comics
DC Comics
First appearanceSmash Comics #25 (1941)
Created byRobert Turner
Jim Mooney
In-story information
Alter egoCarol Vance Martin

Wildfire (Carol Vance Martin) is a fictional superheroine in the DC Comics universe.[1] One of the first female superheroes, she was originally published by Quality Comics during what comics historians and fans called the Golden Age of comic books. With her luxurious mane of red hair and revealing costume, she has been called "the sexiest super-hero of 1941".[2]

According to Jess Nevins' Encyclopedia of Golden Age Superheroes, "her opponents are mostly ordinary criminals and Axis agents, although there are a few name villains, like the Frog, Mad Merlin, and the Dean of Darkness".[3]

Publication history

Wildfire appears in Smash Comics #25-37, in solo adventures drawn by Jim Mooney.[4] She, along with many other Quality Comics superheroes, was purchased by DC Comics after Quality went out of business in the mid-1950s.

Wildfire was a redhead, who wore red pants. Her powers were gifted to her by the god of fire.[5]

Speculation that Wildfire was originally intended to play a major role in the All-Star Squadron series, but DC objected on the basis of her name, which she shared with the Legion of Super-Heroes member is inaccurate - Roy Thomas confirmed in Twomorrows' Quality Companion that he, not DC, took the decision not to use the character. A female incarnation of Firebrand was introduced into the series with similar abilities.[1]

Fictional character biography

Her only appearance in a DC comic is in The Golden Age miniseries, by writer James Robinson and artist Paul Smith. In issue #4, the male cross-dressing character Madame Fatal appears in a panel surrounded by the Fiddler, and the Gambler, who all appear to be courting "her" while other heroes (including Wildfire) stand around giggling, evidently aware of Madame Fatal's true gender.

She also inspired another character named Wildfire in the JLA: Destiny miniseries.

References

  1. ^ Markstein, Don. "Wildfire". Don Markstein's Toonopedia. Retrieved 2 April 2020.
  2. ^ Mitchell, Kurt; Thomas, Roy (2019). American Comic Book Chronicles: 1940-1944. TwoMorrows Publishing. p. 119. ISBN 978-1605490892.
  3. ^ Nevins, Jess (2013). Encyclopedia of Golden Age Superheroes. High Rock Press. p. 293. ISBN 978-1-61318-023-5.
  4. ^ Koolman, Mike; Amash, Jim (2011). The Quality Companion. TwoMorrows Publishing. p. 200. ISBN 978-1605490373.
  5. ^ Benton, Mike (1992). Superhero Comics of the Golden Age: The Illustrated History. Dallas: Taylor Publishing Company. p. 182. ISBN 0-87833-808-X. Retrieved 15 January 2020.