The Firefly is a fictional comic book character created by Harry Shorten and Bob Wood for MLJ Comics in 1940. He first appeared in Top-Notch Comics #8. Artist Warren King and writer Joe Blair loaned their talents to many of the Firefly's installments.
Art by Bob Wood
|First appearance||Top-Notch Comics #8 (September, 1940)|
|Created by||Harry Shorten|
|Abilities||Great physical and mental prowess|
The Firefly was the fourth superhero launched by MLJ in the eighth issue of their title Top-Notch Comics. He was a mainstay in Top-Notch Comics until its 28th issue, when MLJ changed its format from a superhero book to a humorous book.
The popularity of superheroes waned in the late 1940s. The Firefly has had very few appearances since, although when he did briefly reappear during the sixties in The Mighty Crusaders #4 he had gained the ability to glow brightly like his namesake. As part of the team the character reappeared in the 2000s Archie's Weird Mysteries #3 and 14 and Tales From Riverdale Digest #27.
The Firefly's real name is Harley Hudson, an entomologist and chemist. He discovers that insects can lift masses greater than their own weight not because of the square-cube law but because of their ability to coordinate their muscles. He teaches himself to coordinate his muscles as insects do and finds himself able to perform amazing feats. He then dons a costume and calls himself the Firefly. Thus, the Firefly, similar to the Black Hood, another MLJ superhero, does not possess any real superpowers but is merely a man possessing great physical and mental prowess due to his natural abilities.
Hudson's romantic interest is Joan Burton, a newspaper reporter. Her occupation was common for female characters in MLJ comics. Barbara Sutton, the romantic interest for the Black Hood, and Jane Barlowe, the romantic interest for the Wizard, were both newspaper reporters.
Firefly, in comics, may refer to:
Firefly (DC Comics), a number of Batman villains, including Garfield Lynns and Ted Carson, as well as Bridgit Pike in the Gotham TV series
Firefly (Archie Comics), a Golden Age superhero from MLJ Comics, who has become a character in the Archie comic book universe and DC's Impact Comics imprint
Firefly (G.I. Joe), a villain in the G.I. Joe universe who has appeared in a number of the comic books based on the franchise
Firefly franchise comics:
Serenity, published by Dark Horse Comics from 2005 to 2017 including:
Serenity: Those Left Behind, a 2005 miniseries
Serenity: Better Days, a 2008 miniseries
Serenity: Leaves on the Wind, a 2014 miniseries
Firefly, published by Boom! Studios from 2018 to present.
Firefly, a Marvel Comics character who has gone up against NovaList of superhero debuts
The following is a list of the first known appearances of various superhero fictional characters and teams.
A superhero (also known as a "super hero" or "super-hero") is a fictional character "of unprecedented physical prowess dedicated to acts of derring-do in the public interest." Since the debut of Superman in 1938 by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, stories of superheroes — ranging from brief episodic adventures to continuing years-long sagas — have dominated American comic books and crossed over into other media. A female superhero is sometimes called a "superheroine."
By most definitions, characters need not have actual superhuman powers to be deemed superheroes, although sometimes terms such as "costumed crimefighters" are used to refer to those without such powers who have many other common traits of superheroes.
For a list of comic book supervillain debuts, see List of comic book supervillain debuts.
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