Friday, August 2, 2013

WILDFIRE "introducing WildFire"

Here's a Golden Age heroine with abilities equal to any male...
...(both super-powers and hand-to-hand combat skills) along with one of the skimpiest costumes we ever saw in Golden Age comics!
Created by writer Robert Turner and artist Jim Mooney, WildFire debuted in Quality's Smash Comics #25 (1941), running for 12 issues, all by Turner and Mooney!
In the early 1980s, when Roy Thomas conceived All-Star Squadron as a showcase for Golden Age heroes (including ones from companies DC had acquired over the years like Fawcett and Quality), he planned to include WildFire among them.
DC vetoed the idea since the name "WildFire" was already in use by a member of the Legion of Super Heroes.
Thomas liked the idea of a woman with fire-oriented powers, so he introduced a new sister for existing, now-powered, character FireBrand, killed him off, and had the sister assume the name, complete with newly-gained super-powers!
Trivia: WildFire never appeared on the cover of any issue of Smash Comics, not even as a head-shot, making her the only character with an ongoing strip to do so!
We'll be re-presenting the never-reprinted in color tales of this Golden Age heroine over the next few months...
Be here next week, when we present another tale of classic comic grrl power!

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