- —Inhuman Torch
The Inhuman Torch is a secret Nazi experiment created from a variant of cells harvested from Professor Phineas Horton's experimental cells. These Horton Cells imitate life but are composed of a synthetic plastic compound. The new android is very similar to the original displaying much the same powers but lacks the truly independent mind.
The original Human Torch, Jim Hammond's cells were breaking down and his android body was slowly dying. His partner in crime fighting and fellow Invader Thomas Raymond aka Toro and he traveled to the secret Nazi base of New Berlin. The two fiery heroes set out to avenge Toro’s mother's death at the hands of the ruthless Nazi leader Herr Sigmund Fell. Fell was interested in recreating the Human Torch for his android army.
The citizens of New Berlin believe that they won World War II and the Third Reich is stronger than ever. Inside New Berlin, Herr Fell encourages dissent among his subjects and then recycles the unknowing androids for scraps. Herr Fell recruits the Mad Thinker, a fellow expert in the field of Horton Cell. Herr Fell and the Mad Thinker the experiment and their creation is named the “Inhuman Torch”.
The Inhuman Torch has been replicated from the cells of the original Human Torch. Much like his predecessor, he possesses the mental ability to control ambient heat energy and the physical ability to envelop his entire body or portions of his body with fiery plasma without harm to himself. (Plasma is a super-heated matter that exists in the atmosphere of stars)
When the Inhuman Torch is enveloped by a low intensity flame of low level plasma (reddish, approximately 780 Fahrenheit), which ranges from 1 to 5 inches from his body. He can, however, generate much higher levels and flames about himself. Like the original, the Inhuman Torch's highest, hottest levels of plasma possible are known as his "nova flame." The exact temperatures that his "nova flame" can attain are not known.
At an average rate of expenditure of energy, the Inhuman Torch can stay aflame for about 16.8 hours. In his younger days, he could only maintain his flame for much briefer periods, and sometimes exhausted it while in combat. He cannot maintain his "nova flame" for as long a time as he can maintain his ordinary flame. Inhuman Torch can release all of his body's stored energy in one intense, omni-directional "nova-burst," which can reach about 1,000,000 F, and which is similar to the heat-pulse of a nuclear warhead detonation, with an are of total devastation of about 900 feet in diameter. (The original claimed that he can destroy a small moon with his nova-burst.) This violent discharge uses his entire reserve of energy (except for the necessary to keep him alive) at once, entirely exhausting his flame power. He generally requires at least 12 hours to recover entirely from such a feat.
The Inhuman Torch can generate shapes composed of fire from any point on his body. (He usually employs his hands to "sculpt" the flames.) He can form fire into long streams, spheres, or even more complex shapes like letters in skywriting. These flames-objects will only remain their shapes as long as he concentrates upon them. The objects will only burn about 3 minutes before expiring unless the Torch continues to infuse them with energy. The temperature of these fiery projections is generally around 2,800 F (near the melting point of iron).
The Inhuman Torch's plasma has a high hydrogen content, and is surrounded by an exuded cloud of mono-atomic hydrogen atoms. This hot cloud provides sufficient positive buoyancy for him to float. With mental stimulation of his flame, he can provide enough lift to carry 180 pounds. By forming a jet from his feet, directed behind him, he can achieve speeds up to at least 140 miles per hour.
The Inhuman Torch has the ability to mentally control the ambient heat energy within his immediate environment, even when he himself is not aflame. He can reduce objects' temperatures (if they are in a normal range for existing on Earth's surface) to about 30 F, raise them to several hundred degrees, or extinguish open flames. His radius of influence is about 80 feet. The heat energy he takes from the environment is absorbed into his own body. If he takes in a critical amount while he is not aflame, he will become aflame. There are unknown limits to the amount of flame he can absorb into his own body harmlessly while he is himself aflame.
The Inhuman Torch's flame is supported by the presence of oxygen, and thus is extinguished in low air pressure or a vacuum. The Inhuman Torch's flame can be extinguished by smothering materials, such as water, sand, fire-fighting foam, and heat-resistant blankets, unless his flame is at such an intensity that it immediately vaporizes such materials on contact. If hit with small amounts of water, up to about five gallons, the Inhuman Torch can turn it to steam with relatively little effort. More water than that could extinguish his flame at its normal level, and he would have to wait until he could evaporate the residual moisture before re-ignition.
The Inhuman Torch's light output is mostly in the infrared and infrared region of the spectrum, and is invisible to the unaided eye. Less that 10% of his total power output is in the visible portion of the spectrum. Thus, the Inhuman Torch, when aflame, is dimmer than one would expect of so powerful an energy source.
The Inhuman Torch is unaffected by heat and flames, including his own, even when part of him is aflame and the rest of him is not. His flesh cannot be scalded or burned by any heat source whose level is below that of his maximum output. The original Human Torch could telekinetically control not only flames and flame objects that he himself creates, but also flames he did not create.
- Not to be confused with Kristoff Vernard, who goes by the name "Inhuman Torch" as a member of the House of M Universe's Fantastic Four.
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