Toro aflame

The Human Torch is flying along one day when suddenly he sees a kid on fire! Zooming down to help, he finds the young boy miraculously unharmed.

With an astounding degree of insight, the Torch asks the boy, who is called Toro, if he can burst into flame at will. He can! Can he also fly? Giving it a go, Toro discovers that he can! Hooray, a new super-hero is born. Happily, Toro is an orphan and so the Torch takes him under his wing to be his sidekick. All self-respecting Golden Age super-heroes had to have a sidekick.

The only other material we get on Toro’s origins is in brief flashback. A train crashes and Toro’s parents are killed. The distraught lad attempts to run into the flames to save them. Although he is unsuccessful, a passing couple are surprised to see the flames and near-molten metal haven’t harmed the boy. Realising that he now has no living relative in the world, the couple instantly adopt him so as to put him in their circus fire-eating act!! It was during said act that the accident the Human Torch was witness to at the start occurred.

So, you’re young Toro, you’ve just seen your mum and dad die horribly in a mangled wreck, and then you find yourself forced to swallow flaming torches on stage for a jeering crowd. Ah, the 1940s — the golden age of child welfare…

All from Human Torch #2, 1940

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