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Human Torch (Ultimate)
REAL NAME: Johnny Storm
KNOWN ALIASES: None
IDENTITY: Secret
OCCUPATION: Adventurer
CITIZENSHIP: U.S.A.
PLACE OF BIRTH: Unrevealed
KNOWN RELATIVES: Franklin Storm (father), Mary Storm (mother, deceased), Susan Storm (sister)
GROUP AFFILIATION: Fantastic Four
EDUCATION: High school student (not yet graduated)
FIRST APPEARANCE: Ultimate Fantastic Four #1 (2004)

HISTORY: Johnny Storm, the youngest child of scientist William Storm, failed to inherit the genius shared by his father and older sister, Sue. Educated through public schooling, Johnny attended high school at P.S. 440. He spent his formative years at the Baxter Building labs; but despite his access to its high-tech resources, he rebelliously resisted taking advantage of this opportunity to learn.

Johnny attended the test of Reed Richards' Nevada desert N-Zone teleportaional device and was transported by its malfunction to France. Waking in a hospital bed there, he briefly burst into flame with no harm to himself. Taken to the Baxter Building, he continually inadvertently burst into flame, slowly learning to control his combustion by reciting "Flame On" and "Flame Off." When the Baxter Building was attacked by Arthur Molekevic's genetically constructed monster, Johnny accidentally burned through a window and fell from the skyscraper, discovering he could fly while aflame.

Alone among the foursome, Johnny dreamed of using his powers to be a super hero like the Ultimates; however, his father insisted Johnny finish high school, which he was coerced into attending. He registered at a school in Queens, and made friends quickly, meeting Liz Allen, Mary Jane Watson, and Peter Parker (secretly Spider-Man), among others. When Johnny accidentally caught fire at a beach bonfire, he fled, returning only briefly to ask Liz Allen to meet with him so he could explain. Though Allen didn't show, Spider-Man did, and the two talked before cooperating to save people trapped in a burning building. Johnny's spirit was renewed by Spider-Man's contention that the drawbacks of Super-powers are outweighed by the good they can do, and he shared with Spider-Man the name he would use when the team went public: the Human Torch. The Fantastic Four were forced to go public while battling the alien Nihil on Las Vegas Sunset Strip; Johnny has since reveled in fame and Fantastic Four's adventures.

HEIGHT: 5 ft. 10 in.
WEIGHT: 160 lbs.
EYES: Blue
HAIR: Blond

SUPERHUMAN POWERS: Johnny's external surface, including skin, hair and eyes is covered with a microscopic layer of transparent fireproofing plates, making him fully immune to fire damage. His cells generate plasmajets through clean nuclear fusion, allowing Johnny to emit flame from part or all of his skin, and even to fly. Johnny powers this fusion internally, so if he does not consume enough energy to generate new protective cells regularly, he runs the risk of literally burning himself up. He can also control flame outside of himself, though this has yet to be explained.

PARAPHERNALIA: Johnny wears a specially constructed impact suit which is flameproof yet permeable enough to allow his flame to pass through it.

SIGNIFICANT ISSUES:
Met Spider-Man (Ultimate Spider-Man #68-69, 2004)
See Fantastic Four

NOTE: Copied from The Official Handbook of the Ultimate Marvel Universe 2005: The Fantastic Four & Spider-Man.

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