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Quote1 You'd like to believe that, wouldn't you, Avenger? That I'm just part of a neat little criminal plot? Or maybe a commie, a pinko... that'd be easy to handle, too. Well, I'm just an all-American boy, Iron Man; one of those wide-eyed innocents who started out to make the world a better place. I sat in for Civil Rights, marched for peace, demonstrated on campus, and got chased by vicious dogs, spat on by bigots, beat on by "patriots", choked by tear gas, and blinded by mace until I finally caught on. This country doesn't want to be changed! The only way to build anything decent is to tear down what's here and start over. Quote2


Gary Gilbert was the son of an unscrupulous businessman and abusive father, Simon Gilbert. In retaliation, Gilbert and his sister Roxanne became political activists against what they believed were unjust businesses. Gilbert was soon banished from his family home and his sister soon followed of her own volition. Gilbert became increasingly radical and believed only a violent revolution to overthrow the existing American government and capitalist system was necessary. Gilbert used his talents in physics and invention along with training classes offered by Stark Industries to create the weapons and costume of Firebrand. Ironically, he first donned his costume to fight the construction of a community center financed by the Iron Man foundation, which the local black community resisted. Although he clashed with Iron Man, Firebrand's actions helped reveal Councilman Bradshaw's criminal plans behind the community center.[3]

Gary Gilbert (Earth-616) from Punisher Vol 8 10 001

Firebrand killing Punisher's family

Gilbert retired his costumed identity to become a business agent for other criminals, usually meeting them at an abandoned bar in Medina County, Ohio, known only as the Bar with No Name. As Scourge had already made early successes against low-level criminals such as Gilbert and his clients, Gary called a meeting of criminals to discuss the problem. Seventeen other criminals made the meeting (Water Wizard was late due to a flat tire, which saved his life). All weapons were checked at the door, but Scourge infiltrated the meeting disguised as the bartender. Gilbert and the other 17 were shot down by Scourge, wielding a cut-down .50 submachine gun in each hand.[4]

Firebrand was one of the 17 Scourge victims resurrected by the Hood in order to try to kill the Punisher. Punisher forced Firebrand to kill his newly resurrected family and then was killed by the Punisher with a shot to the head.[5]


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  • Learned Intellect: Gilbert was a talented physicist and inventor.[6]



  • Firebrand Battlesuit
    • Superhuman Strength: The suit has micro-circuited motors that increase his strength and enable him to lift 15 tons.[6]
    • Superhuman Durability: The armor offers some protection from physical damage.[6]
    • Heat Resistance: The suit offers a high degree of resistance to fire.[6]
    • Heat Beam: Firebrand can project heat beams from twin wrist projectors.[6]
    • Flight: Firebrand is able to fly thanks to thermal jet devices at a speed of 30 mph.[6]
    • Life Support: The costume contains a 30-minute air supply.


Internal heat beam projectors.


Flight under suit's own power, conventional automobiles.

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