Real Name: Unrevealed
Identity/Class: Human Technology User
Group Membership: None
Enemies: Human Torch (Johnny Storm)
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Private lab
First Appearance: Hostess Twinkies ad "A Hot Time In The Old Town" from Marvel Premiere#53 (April 1980) and other issues in that month
Powers/Abilities: Flame Thrower's weapon of choice was a flame thrower; it is unknown if he had any other fire-based weapons.
History: (Hostess Twinkies ad "A Hot Time In The Old Town" (fb) - BTS) - Flame Thrower sent a threat to the newspapers, promising to send the city up in smoke.
(Hostess Twinkies ad "A Hot Time In The Old Town") - Making good on his threat, Flame Thrower unleashed a massive conflagration which threatened several buildings. Flying to Flame Thrower's secret (see comments) lab, the Human Torch confronted the abominable arsonist and tossed down a pack of those tasty Hostess Twinkies. The perverted pyromaniac was overwhelmed by the golden sponge cake and creamy filling, which allowed the Human Torch to capture the fiendish firebug.
Comments: Created by an unknown artist and an unknown writer.
Flame Thrower's lab isn't specifically stated to be a secret one, but it seems unlikely he'd threaten to burn down the city, then set a load of fires, if his location was public knowledge (though he is the kind of guy to get beaten by confectionery, so maybe he is that dumb). But if it was a secret lab, then how did the Torch find him so easily? - Loki
Flame Thrower was mentioned in the Appendix to the Fantastic Four Encyclopedia.
You can get the whole story, and some clever commentary from Seanbaby's The Hostess Page. It might not meet with the Comics Code Authority's approval, so kids, ask your parents before checking that out!
Profile by John Kaminski
Flame Thrower has no known connection to:
Flame of the Plug-Uglies, -- Avengers I#366
Flame, Hrinmeer, a wicked elf, -- Thor Annual#18
Flame, arsonist who fought Dazzler -- Dazzler#23
Flame, of the Chaste, -- Daredevil I#296
Heat-Ray, formerly Blockbuster, another professional arsonist, -- Captain America I#258
Hotshot, another fiery villain, who was defeated by Spider-Man through the use of a Hostess Fruit Pie, -- Hostess Ad
Pyro, Brotherhood of Evil Mutants member, -- Uncanny X-Men I#141
Wildfire -- Power Man#32
Or any other villains with flame fixations
Hostess ad, various comics, single page
panel 4 (full body)
panel 6 (head shot)
First Posted: 04/13/2005
Last updated: 04/27/2005
Any Additions/Corrections? please let me know.
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