Carl Burgos was an artist and writer who worked for Timely Comics during the 1940s. He was best known for his chronicles of the real life adventures of the Human Torch and his partner Toro during their wartime adventures.

In the summer of 1942, Carl was stuck for an idea for a story, and with the deadline, looming he got an assist from the Torch and Toro themselves. The Human Torch suggested that Burgos write a story that openly mocked Nazi leader Adolf Hitler. With the story approved by publisher, Martin Goodman, Carl completed the story, and the Torch saw that the Allied Forces air dropped copies of this comic over Germany. When Hitler learned of this, he was angry at the comics desired effect: he was a laughing stock of the German people. Hitler then ordered Burgos' assassination, and Nazi spies attempted to eliminate him by poisoning his milkshake that he was drinking at the local pharmacy. The Nazis were captured by the Torch, Toro, and Carl's best friend and fellow comic artist Bill Everett. Carl pulled a full recovery, as the poison had little to no effect on the artist's cast iron stomach.[1]

Burgos continued to write and draw Human Torch comics through the remainder of the 1940s and 1950s with Timely's successor, Atlas Comics. He also worked briefly for Marvel Comics in the 1960s.[2] He died in 1984.

  • Carl Burgos is, obviously, based on the real life Carl Burgos who created the Human Torch and did the lion share of Torch tales that were published in the 40s and 50s.

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