Real Name: Dave Carson
Identity/Class: Normal human
Affiliations: Dean Hart, Midnight (his horse)
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Dodge City and Texas
First Appearance: Blaze Carson #1 (Timely, September 1948)
Powers/Abilities: Good gunfighter, skilled horseman.
History: (Blaze Carson #1-5, Kid Colt Outlaw #5, Tex Taylor #2, 5-6, Two-Gun Kid #4, 8, 9, Wild Western #5-7, Kid Slade Gunfighter #8, Tex Morgan #5) Dave "Blaze" Carson had been a cattleman riding with the Dean Hart outfit in Texas, until rustlers stole the best of the herd shortly after he arrived in Dodge City at the end of his first cattle drive. Blaze and his boss Dean set off in pursuit, only for Dean to die in a shoot-out with the first rustler they caught up with, shot by the gun which used to belong to Billy the Kid. Blaze took a wound to the head, but managed to kill his opponent. When he recovered, he was made Marshall of Dodge, since the old one had also been slain by Billy the Kid's gun...a gun which was given to Blaze along with his badge.
Though he began well, it became clear that the head wound had caused unseen damage, as Blaze became increasingly intense and driven, until he eventually snapped and planned stole a gold shipment. But when he tried to steal the money, he found others in the process of doing so. Blaze killed them all, but not before he took another shot to the head. He awoke to find himself in the care of the town doctor (since the locals had no idea what he had planned). His memories were vague of everything between the two head wounds, but he recalled enough to throw away the gun, which he considered somehow cursed. He rode back to Texas, where he became a town sheriff and continued to uphold the law.
Comments: Thanks to Jess Nevins for allowing me to use information from his excellent Golden Age Heroes Directory and his Guide to Golden Age Marvel Characters. Thanks also to Richard Boucher & Darrin Wiltshire @ PR-Publications for permission to use information from their equally brilliant collection of Golden Age Sites, PR Publications. Their knowledge of Golden Age characters far outstrips my own.
CLARIFICATIONS: Not to be confused with
Carson, enemy of the Griffin
Blaze, clone of White Heat, from 2000 A.D.'s Zenith
Blaze Baylor, another Golden Age character
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