Human Torch (Johnathan “Johnny” Storm, Marvel Prime)

A.K.A.:  Matchstick, Doug Brown, Invisible Boy, Ryan Landau, Firebug, Hothead, Blaze, Cyrus Cartwright, Junior, Torchie, Torch, Doctor Doom, Flamin’ Numbskull, Flamebrain

“Flame On!!”  The youngest member of the Fantastic Four, Johnny Storm was one of the first teenagers in comic with his own set of powers and not just a younger version of the lead heroes like was the case with Batman and Robin, Aquaman and Aqualad or even Marvel’s Captain America and Bucky. Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in Fantastic Four #1 in 1961, he is the younger brother of Sue Storm, the Invisible Woman. When his sister volunteered to help Reed Richard launch his shuttle, he went with them, where he was bombard by cosmic radiation. Crash landing, his body burst into flames and and these flame flew him into the sky. He took on the name Human Torch as a honor to the original WWII Human Torch (Jim Hammond), who at the time was considered dead.

Johnny has had a long career as a member of the F4. He was a rival to Spider-man before they eventually became the best of friends. He has had several romances including the Inhuman Crystal and more recently her sister Medusa. He has also joined other teams like The Uncanny Avengers (making him the last of the F4 to officially join the Avengers) and the Inhumans.

Figure wise, he has had several figures most of them being his flamed version done with a different artist version for some. They have also done some semi-non flamed version usually with flames hanging off of him.


Have

Flame-On!!

Recommend Figure: Hasbro Marvel Legends Walgreens Exclusive Human Torch

  • Background:
    • When you search for images of the Human Torch about 90% of them will be with him in his fully flamed form. Many artist have used different artwork to draw this so it may seem like they are different versions but they really are all the same.
  • Why you need it for your collection?:
    • If you don’t have a Human Torch or are thinking you really need one, then I highly recommend waiting for the Walgreens Exclusive to come out as it looks fantastic. Could be the best Human Torch yet.
  • Does it need a remake?:
    • No. The only thing I can think of is making a non Flamed version but as it is this one will work just fine.

Classic

Recommend Figure: Hasbro Marvel Legends 2-Packs wave 2 Human Torch with Invisible Woman

  • Background:
    • This is the classic costume that Sue designed way back in 1961. It has gone through some changes, usually with the size of the collar and where the F4 symbol is, but has mainly remain the same basic design.
  • Why you need it for your collection?:
    • For a flamed down version, this one is a good one. However I think Hasbro will release a new one if the Walgreen one does well so I say wait for that.
  • Does it need a remake?:
    • Yes. A simple repaint of the Flame-On version.

Negative Zone

Recommend Figure: Hasbro Marvel Legends Fantastic Four wave / Ronan the Accuser wave Human Torch

  • Background:
    • During a extended trip through the Negative Zone, the F4 found that their costume have become negative versions of their classic costume. The Team wore this in the main universe for quite a while before switching their costumes to their 90’s look.
  • Why you need it for your collection?:
    • While the figure is not awful, the head truly ruins the figure. Considering that the upcoming Walgreens exclusives seems to be based on the classic version then this might be a pass.
  • Does it need a remake?:
    • Yes. If they do a repaint of the Walgreen’s one then this could be a repaint of that. Maybe has part of a box set.

Needs

Below you will find a gallery of suits that still need to be made. I have included what I think are the possibilities of the suit being made. Note that these are my personal opinions and not fact. Please let me know if I have missed anything.

Created by:

Stan Lee | Jack Kirby

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