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Name: Jonathan "Johnny" Storm Occupation: Adventurer Identity: Publicly known Legal Status: Citizen of the United States with no criminal
record Other Aliases: None Place of Birth: Glenville, Long Island, New York Marital Status: Single (divorced) Known Relatives: Susan Storm Richards (sister), Franklin
Richards (nephew), Reed Richards (brother-in-law) Lyja (ex-wife) Group Affiliation: Fantastic Four Base of Operations: Pier Four, New York City First Appearance: FANTASTIC FOUR #1
History: Jonathan Storm, the second of two children
born to a physician and his wife, grew up comfortably on Long
Island. Despite the fact his mother died in a car crash when
he was nine, Storm developed an interest in automobiles at an
early age. Storm passed much of his leisure time in the company
of automobile mechanics and enthusiasts, and learned to totally
overhaul a car's transmission before he was fifteen years old.
For his sixteenth birthday, his father bought him his first
Storm went to California to visit his sister, Susan,
who had moved there hoping to become an actress and there become
engaged to marry aeronautical engineer Reed
Richards. Richards was working on a starship of his own
design that would make possible travel to other solar systems
through hyperspace. When the United States government threatened
to cut off its partial funding for the project, Richards decided
to make an immediate test flight. He himself would ride in the
starship, with his friend Benjamin
Grimm acting as pilot. Susan and Johnny Storm insisted on
going along as well. Sneaking onto the launch site and into
the starship, the four launched themselves into space. The starship
encountered unexpected intense radiation, which proved to be
too much for the ship's shielding to block out. (It has been
theorized that this was the result of a reduction in the extent
of Earth's magnetosphere brought on by a solar flare.) As a
result, the four people in the ship were exposed to intense
cosmic ray bombardment. Aborting the test flight, the four returned
Upon landing, Johnny Storm discovered that the cosmic rays
had mutagenically altered his entire body, enabling him to create
fiery plasma all about his body without harm to himself. Storm
called himself the Human Torch, the same name used by the android
hero of the 1940's. Storm agreed to join Richards' proposed
team of champions, the Fantastic
For a time Johnny Storm tried to live quietly on Long Island
with his sister, trying to finish high school while hoping that
no one in the community would realize that he was the Human
Torch, a fact that proved impossible to conceal from the townspeople.
After graduation, Johnny moved into the Fantastic
Four's Baxter Building headquarters in New York City.
After many years, Johnny began dating and then married the
blind sculptress Alicia Masters, former girlfriend of teammate
the Thing, who was then on a sabbatical from the team. This
caused some tension between him and the Thing when he returned
to the team, and later Storm suspected the Thing of inviting
Crystal to join the Fantastic
Four to test his marital fidelity as a way of seeking revenge
or splitting his wife. Crystal soon left the team, however,
and the Thing began a relationship with their other associate,
the second Ms. Marvel.
Later, Alicia Masters was revealed to be a spy from the alien
race of shape-changing Skrulls. Lyja, the Skrull, had fallen
in love with Storm and married him. The revelation of Lyja led
the team to infiltrate the Skrull homeworld to rescue the real
Alicia, who was still in love with the Thing, and the Skrulls
captured Lyja. Although Lyja managed to escape, her relationship
with Storm was damaged, turning Storm from a hotheaded brash
adult to a solemn and brooding one. Lyja returned to Earth to
attempt a reconciliation and reveal that she was pregnant, a
fact which began to turn Storm around, although he never fully
recovered his love for what he thought was Alicia. Lyja's "child"
ended up being a Skrull bio-weapon, which the Four quickly defeated.
Eventually, Storm began to date again, and has since moved on
in romantic terms.
Afterwards, Storm was involved alongside the Four and other
heroes against the menace known as Onslaught.
Although he appeared to sacrifice himself to stop the creature,
he was actually shunted to another dimension and later restored
to this reality.
More recently, Storm encountered the heroine Namorita, and
the two had a brief but well-publicized romance. He has also
tried his hand at becoming a movie star.
Height: 5 ft. 10 in. Weight: 170 lbs. Eyes: Blue Hair: Blonde
Strength Level: The Human Torch possesses the normal
human strength of a man of his age, height, and build who engages
in moderate regular exercise.
Known Superhuman Powers: The Human Torch possesses the
mental ability to control ambient heat energy and the physical
ability to envelop his entire body or portionsof his body with
fiery plasma without harm to himself. (Plasma is a super-heated
stated of matter such as exists in the atmosphere of stars.)
Ordinarily, when aflame, the Human Torch is enveloped by a
low intensity flame of low level plasma (reddish, approximately
780 Fahrenheit), which ranges from 1 to 5 inches from his body.
He can, however, generate much higher levels and flames about
himself. The Torch refers to his highest, hottest levels of
plasma that he can create as his "nova flame." The
exact temperatures that his "nova flame" can attain
are not known.
At an average rate of expenditure of energy, the Torch can
stay aflame for about 16.8 hours. In his younger days, he could
only maintain his flame for much briefer periods, and sometimes
exhausted it while in combat. He cannot maintain his "nova
flame" for as long a time as he can maintain his ordinary
flame. The Torch can release all of his body's stored energy
in one intense, omni-directional "nova-burst," which
can reach about 1,000,000 F, and which is similar to the heat-pulse
of a nuclear warhead detonation, with an are of total devastation
of about 900 feet in diameter. (The Torch has claimed that he
can destroy a small moon with his nova-burst.) This violent
discharge uses his entire reserve of energy (except for the
necessary to keep him alive) at once, entirely exhausting his
flame power. He generally requires at least 12 hours to recover
entirely from such a feat.
The Human Torch can generate shapes composed of fire from any
point on his body. (He usually employs his hands to "sculpt"
the flames.) He can form fire into long streams, spheres, or
even more complex shapes like letters in skywriting. These flames-objects
will only remain their shapes as long as he concentrates upon
them. The objects will only burn about 3 minutes before expiring
unless the Torch continues to infuse them with energy. The temperature
of these fiery projections is generally around 2,800 F (near
the melting point of iron).
The Human Torch's plasma has a high hydrogen content, and is
surrounded by an exuded cloud of mono-atomic hydrogen atoms.
This hot cloud provides sufficient positive buoyancy for him
to float. With mental stimulation of his flame, he can provide
enough lift to carry 180 pounds. By forming a jet from his feet,
directed behind him, he can achieve speeds up to at least 140
miles per hour.
The Human Torch has the ability to mentally control the ambient
heat energy within his immediate environment, even when he himself
is not aflame. He can reduce objects' temperatures (if they
are in a normal range for existing on Earth's surface) to about
30 F, raise them to several hundred degrees, or extinguish open
flames. His radius of influence is about 80 feet. The heat energy
he takes from the environment is absorbed into his own body.
If he takes in a critical amount while he is not aflame, he
will become aflame. There are unknown limits to the amount of
flame he can absorb into his own body harmlessly while he is
The Human Torch's flame is supported by the presence of oxygen,
and thus is extinguished in low air pressure or a vacuum. The
Torch's flame can be extinguished by smothering materials, such
as water, sand, fire-fighting foam, and heat-resistant blankets,
unless his flame is at such an intensity that it immediately
vaporizes such materials on contact. If hit with small amounts
of water, up to about five gallons, the Torch can turn it to
steam with relatively little effort. More water than that could
extinguish his flame at its normal level, and he would have
to wait until he could evaporate the residual moisture before
The Torch's light output is mostly in the infrared and infrared
region of the spectrum, and is invisible to the unaided eye.
Less that 10% of his total power output is in the visible portion
of the spectrum. Thus, the Torch, when aflame, is dimmer than
one would expect of so powerful an energy source.
The Human Torch is unaffected by heat and flames, including
his own, even when part of him is aflame and the rest of him
is not. His flesh cannot be scalded or burned by any heat source
whose level is below that of his maximum output.
Abilities: Johnny Storm is a brilliant racing car driver.
He is also a superb mechanic and designer of automobiles. He
himself is responsible for major redesigns of the Fantastic
Four's flying Fantasti-Car, based on Reed Richards' designs
for the original version.
Paraphernalia: Johnny Storm's Fantastic Four uniforms
and ordinary clothing are created using unstable molecules,
enabling him to flame on while wearing them without harming
them in any way.