Real Name: Gary Preston
Identity/Class: Human mystic
Affiliations: Flame Girl (Linda Dale), Pug
Enemies: The Octopus, Dr. Ivan, Dr. Drool
Known Relatives: Charteris Preston (father, deceased)
Base of Operations: U.S.A.
First Appearance: Wonderworld Comics #3 (Fox, July 1939)
Powers/Abilities: Able to generate fire, immune to same. Initially he used a flamethrower to generate his fire, until he mastered spontaneously generating it himself. Above average strength. Able to teleport from flame to flame.
History: The child who would become the Flame was born to a Western missionary working in China. When a tidal wave threatened the region, the missionary placed his infant son in a basket, which rode out the wave, but washed the child many miles away. Washed into a hidden land, he was found by Buddhist priests, his miraculous survival saw them proclaim him the new High Grand Lama. They raised him, teaching him the secrets of the Lamas, and he grew into a perfect physical specimen, but when explorers came to the land, it was decided he should return to his own people. Before he departed, the Lamas endowed him with their greatest mystic secret, the power over flame, which he was always to use for good and against evil. In the outer world, he became the Flame, carrying out a relentless war against crime and evil.
When the Flame was injured battling the Octopus, he instructed his girlfriend Linda Dale to use the secret formula that would instill her too with the secret powers of the flame people, and she became Flame Girl.
Comments: Created by Will Eisner and Lou Fine.
Thanks to Mike Murphy for supplying images of this character.
CLARIFICATIONS: Not to be confused with
Fl@mbo, French hero
Flame o'the Forest, Saxon freedom fighter
Flame Man, Pow Annual
Flameman, Australian Golden Age hero
Flamethrower, member of Astro City's Unholy Alliance
Flaming Avenger, Pulps era British hero
Flaming Carrot, insane hero
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