Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Golden Age Action Figures - Pyroman
This was another character who acquired his superpowers through means that would kill anyone else. As a matter of fact Dick Martin was electrocuted in an electric chair for a crime he didn't commit. But because he had been an electrical engineer (or so it's said) he survived and was supercharged with electricity. Exactly why he adopted the name Pyroman is unknown, but despite the rather lame origin and odd moniker, he became a popular character in the Better/Standard/Nedor pantheon of super folks, lasting from 1942 until at least 1947, appearing in Startling Comics (where he was on a few covers) and later in America's Best Comics, which was reserved for only the big guns. He had a girlfriend named Joyce Clark, who apparently never figured out Dick and Pyroman were the same guy, and Joyce's father Professor Clark, Dick's mentor, who did know the secret. As for the action figure, I used a Toy Biz Daredevil for everything except the head, which was a Captain America. I used putty around the neck and cut pieces of card to make the little lightning bolts on the sides of his head.