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Firefly 1959 (Batman enemy) (DC Comics)


Ted Carson (1959)

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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game
  • Technically this is Firefly I (Pre-Crisis DC Universe, Earth-2), but since he only appeared once Firefly (1959) is simpler and clearer.


  • Real Name: Ted Carson
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed
  • Known Relatives: None
  • Base Of Operations: Gotham City
  • Height: About 6’ Weight: About 180 lbs
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Blond

Powers and Abilities

Carson apparently built his Firefly costume himself (Gadgetry). It incorporates a powerful, dazzling light in the hood and a vibration emitter in the belt (the “Firefly buzz”). He later added some sort of energy projector to his cowl.


Ted Carson was a wealthy Gothamite, owning a famous gold mine and being active within the upper society circles of Gotham. However, the gold mine started to dry up and Carson, with his athletic build and talent for technological invention, decided to become a costumed criminal to supplement his earnings.

Carson started by robbing himself in public – during a ball in his mansion, he slipped away and came back as the Firefly, robbing the numerous gold-themed exhibits in his own home. He then embarked on a crime spree.

Confusion arose when Kathy Kane, the Batwoman, spotted Carson changing into some sort of costume shortly before the Batman tried to apprehend the Firefly. Being somewhat fixated on discovering the Baman’s secret identity so they could date, she jumped to the wrong conclusion and thought Carson was Batman.

She started dating Carson, to Bruce Wayne’s dismay – and when she learned the Firefly was to attack again very soon, she told Carson she knew he was Batman and needed his urgent help.

Carson changed into the Firefly and captured Batwoman, but the Batman had also deduced where his next crime would take place and intervened. The Firefly was about to shoot him and Robin with his new energy beam when Batwoman, who had escaped, saved them. Firefly was then defeated and arrested.


See illustration.


Bland Silver Age villain who sort of dramatically announces everything he does and plans Silver Age crimes. You know the type.


“Yes ! Like my namesake the firefly, I can flash a light whenever I wish ! All it takes is this button on my belt !”

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Firefly (1959)

Dex: 04 Str: 03 Bod: 04 Motivation: Mercenary
Int: 04 Wil: 04 Min: 03 Occupation: Wealthy mine owner
Inf: 03 Aur: 03 Spi: 03 Resources {or Wealth}: 010
Init: 011 HP: 015

Skills: Gadgetry: 05

Advantages: None

Connections: Underworld (Low)

Drawbacks: Secret ID

Equipment: FIREFLY COSTUME [BODY 05, Flash: 08, Heat vision: 06, Vibe: 05]

By Sébastien Andrivet

Source of Character: Batman #126

Helper(s): Roy Cowan

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