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Real Name: Hironoshin Furuhashi

Identity/Class: Normal human (late 1940s/early 1950s era) (citizen of Japan)

Occupation: Swimming athlete, university student

Group Membership: Japanese swimming team, Nippon University student body

Affiliations: Shiro Hashizume, his coach, teammates

Enemies: opposing athletes (Bob Gibe, others)

Known Relatives: father (name unrevealed)

Aliases: Flying Fish

Base of Operations: Fujiyama, Japan; also mobile internationally for competitions

First Appearance: Sports Action#2/6 (February, 1950)

Powers/Abilities: Hironoshin Furuhashi was an Olympic-level athlete specializing in swimming. He also studied university-level politics.

Height: 5'7"
Weight: Unrevealed
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Black


(Sports Action#2/6 (fb)) - Born in 1929, Hironoshin Furuhashi was adept at swimming and enthusiastic about water when just 5 years old. In the early 1930s, Japan had powerful swimmers and Hironoshin's father encouraged his son's sports interest. Hironoshin hoped to compete on the international stage. Hironoshin developed a slower kick method while swimming, noted by his school's coach. In 1941, war erupted between Japan and the USA, and aged 11, Hironoshin was consigned to working in a machine parts factory. Despite the hard work, he practices swimming whenever he could. He read about his sport and longed to compete. The war ended and despite his country's devastation, he sought to swim again, believing that young people must study to avoid the mistake of war. Hironoshin entered Nippon University, studying political science. He joined the university swimming team, swimming against top athlete Shiro Hashizume in a trial. The coach and Shiro saw his potential, and set him on disciplined training course with "priestlike" dedication and long daily swims. The next Olympic Games in 1948 saw Japan denied entry due to its war-time aggression, but Hironoshin still longed to compete internationally. Not long after, the USA invited Japan to compete in the A.A.U. Championships in Los Angeles in 1949 and Hironoshin was competitively selected among six to represent Japan. Although nervous, he broke five world records in one day, winning by wide margins.

(Sports Action#2/6 (fb) - BTS) - The media took note of his swimming style, dubbing him the "Flying Fish" and greatest swimmer in the world at that time. His dedication to swimming was profiled.


Comments: Based on real-life swimmer. Marvel version by uncredited writer and Pierce Rice (pencils - see comments).

This is a graphic account of the real-life inspiring Japanese athlete, Hironoshin Furuhashi (1928-2009). He was described as "one of the great motivators [for Japan] after World War II."

This marked a welcome departure from the racist depictions of Japanese in American comics just five years earlier. Oddly, he's shown having blue eyes as a boy.

I'm guessing the artist had no photo references for real-life teammate Shiro Hashizume, as he's never shown clearly.

Pierce Rice is identified as penciler (formerly attributed to Syd Shores) on Grand Comics Database.

Profile by Grendel Prime.

Hironoshin Furuhashi has no known connections to:

Shiro Hashizume

Shiro Hashizume was the top swimmer at Nippon University. When Hironoshin sought to join the university's swim team, the coach tried him against Shiro. Both Shiro and the coach marveled at Hironoshin's speed. Shiro was proud to be Hironoshin's teammate.





--Sports Action#2/6

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Sports Action#2/6, p7, pan3 (main image)
   p7, pan8 (headshot)
   p7, pan4 (swimming)
   p5, pan3 (Hashizume)

Sports Action#2/6 (February, 1950) - uncredited writer, Pierce Rice (pencils), uncredited inker, Stan Lee (editor)

First posted: 09/17/18

Last updated: 09/17/18

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