Firestorm (DC)(01 - Martin Stein/Ronnie Raymond)
Real Name: Martin Stein
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Firestorm has the ability to perceive and rearrange the atomic structure of inorganic matter. He can also alter the density of objects, including his own body, and the ability to render himself intangible. Firestorm can project bolts of nuclear energy, fly at great speeds, and absorb explosive force and radiation into his body harmlessly.
Firestorm has the ability to affect inorganic matter alone. If he tries to affect organic matter, he causes a potentially harmful energy feedback. Also, while intangible Firestorm cannot create energy bolts.
Nobel Prize winning physicist Martin Stein was the designer of the Hudson Nuclear Facility. One of Stein's colleagues accused Stein of stealing the plans for the facility, thus causing the plant to not open on time. That night, an anti-nuclear power group, including high school student Ronnie Raymond, plans to protest and sabotage the facility. Unbeknownst to Ronnie, the leader of the group plans to sabotage the facility. As Martin Stein attempts to activate the reactor, he is attacked and left unconscious. Ronnie Raymond attempts to rescue Professor Stein, as the reactor goes critical, bombarding Stein and Raymond with radiation, causing them to fuse into Firestorm, the Nuclear Man.
Initially, Stein had no memory of his time as Firestorm, and the lapses in memory drove Stein into alcohol abuse. Guilt ridden, Ronnie ceased initiating the Firestorm transformation, until a crisis necessitated Firestorm's return. Ronnie then came clean about Firestorm to Professor Stein, allowing Ronnie and Stein to act as a team.
Eventually, Professor Stein was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. Convinced that Firestorm should go out with a bang, Stein convinced Ronnie to demand total nuclear disarmament. Caught at ground zero of a nuclear explosion with his Russian counterpart Pozhar, Firestorm found his matrix changed to Arkadin and Ronnie Raymond, though neither man controlled their new alter ego. Professor Stein (no longer part of the equation though he’d unconsciously shaped the new Firestorm) was eventually located in a Nevada mental institution recovering from amnesia, but without free of hsi tumor.
Later, this incarnation of Firestorm was nearly destroyed when a Russian clone of Firestorm absorbed his powers. To prevent a threat, Raymond and Arkadin merged with the clone to create a new Firestorm, but they could no longer revert to their human counterparts.
In the process, it was learned that Firestorm was originally meant to be Earth's Fire elemental, with Martin Stein as the sole host, however this had been corrupted when Ronnie attempted to save Stein. At Stein's request, an experiment was performed which resulted in Ronnie and Arkadin being expelled from the Firestorm matrix, leaving Stein in full control. This final version of the original Firestorm then left Earth to explore the universe, only returning when Ronnie Raymond contracted lukemia.
Created by Gerry Conway & Al Milgrom
First Appearance: Firestorm (1978) #1
Ronald 'Ronnie' Raymond
Professor Martin Stein
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