Performance artist specialized in fire-eating, fire-breathing and fire-dancing, motivational speakerLegal Status:
Legal citizen of the United States of America.Identity:
Youngstown, Ohio, USABorn:
November 3, 1912Marital Status:
Victory Society AKA Veteran SocietyBase of Operations:
TBAKnown Superhuman Powers:
James is able to metabolize flammable liquids, gases and other materials by consuming them and then sweating them out through his pores at a later time. By striking his wrist bands together or using some other means to generate a spark, he is able to set his body aflame. Simply dousing himself in gasoline would do the trick as well, but he'd have less control over when to "shut it off". He can also spit and/or breathe fire by releasing the fumes and liquids through his mouth.
With concentration, he can choose to only set certain parts of his body on fire. His control is so fine-tuned that he can light individual fingers.
His flaming state also gives him a certain immunity to shifting temperatures.Weaknesses:
James has to have fuel for his flames, so if he's running low or can't find an external source, he can't create flames.
While his body is completely fire-proof and he is immune to the toxic effects of the materials he consumes to give fuel to his flames, he still has to breathe. His flames eat oxygen around his body and the smoke makes it near-impossible to not choke on the fumes. So if he goes full-on fire mode (pictured above) he can only remain in that state for as long as he can hold his breath.
As a fire elementalist, his abilities can be countered by logical means, such as large ammounts of water or a lack of oxygen.Abilities/Special Skills:
Skilled fire performance artist.Languages:
James speaks English fluently.Weapons/Equipment:
His own "firearms" suits him fine enough.Personality:
A bit of a show-off but still a nice guy, James is simply fuming with confidence and warmth for his fellow man.Personal Interests:
Semi-retired from his fire performance artist career, he has become a spokesman for fire safety. The irony of which he takes in good stride.History:
Back in July 1939, James was a young but talented fire performance artist. It was his first big-time performance and he was increasingly nervous about the ordeal. As he was practising his fire-breathing act and pouring flammable liquid into his mouth, his manager surprised him by patting him on the back and he accidentally swallowed the mixture. His manager of course grew worried and wanted to call off the performance, but Jiames begged him to simply call for medical assistance when the show was over. Increasingly worried about the ammount of the liquid he had swallowed, he was sweating uncontrollably throughout the whole performance. When his big fire-breathing finale was due and he lit his torch, his entire body suddenly burst into flame. At first, he panicked and the audience held their breath. Then he realized that he wasn't hurting, and by then the audience were applauding what they thought was part of the show. Since that day, James has mastered his fire skills, taking time between performances to fight crime on the side.
In 1946 he joined the Victory Society and remained a member until the group disbanded in 1951.
In his later years and closing in on supercentenarian status, James took up a sort of mentor role for the younger generations of heroes, right up until his disapperance in 2008.
His DNA was cloned and/or passed on more than once, resulting in the birth of Afterburner and BBQ, close friends of Virtus. Other cloning suspects includes Firework, Hothead, Candle, Warmth etc....
My top inspiration for this character would have to be Marvel's original Human Torch, but there were many more fire-based heroes to work with from that era. Fox's Flame, Marvel's Blazing Skull, MLJ's Fireball etc. The origin is supposed to be incredibly non-scientific sounding, but I swear that there's more to his story than you expect.