Real Name: Carol Martin

Identity/Class: Human mutated by magic

Occupation: Unknown

Affiliations: Mickey Keene

Enemies: Dean of Darkness

Known Relatives: John Martin (adopted father)

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Unknown

First Appearance: Smash Comics #25 (Quality Comics, August 1941)

Powers/Abilities: Able to control and create flames. Her control was such that she could create weapons out of flame. Able to fly.

History: Carol Vance was orphaned by a huge forest fire but was rescued by a god of fire who imbued her with his powers - to create and control flames. Adopted by the wealthy John Martin and his family, the teenage Carol adopts the secret identity of Wildfire to combat criminals, sabotuers, and supernatural menaces.

Comments: Wildfire appeared in Smash Comics 25-37. Co-Creator Jim Mooney based her appearance on his first wife (obviously a redhead). The other creator was writer Bob Turner. She was one of the few Quality characters who has not turned up since being bought by D.C. Roy Thomas had intended to use her as one of the Quality heroes he revived in All Star Squadron, but because DC already had a Wildfire in the Legion of Super-Heroes, editorial declined letting him use her; instead Thomas created a female version of Firebrand possessing Wildfire's powers.

Thanks to Mike Murphy for information and the origin details above.

CLARIFICATIONS: Not to be confused with

Any Additions/Corrections? Please let me know.

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