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Mister Blaze (Peacemaker enemy) (Charlton Comics)

Mister Blaze


Power Level:
Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game
  • A nicely generic 1950s/1960s comic book one-shot villain with a fair few elements obviously derived from early Fantastic Four material.

Background

  • Real Name: Unrevealed
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed, likely Single
  • Known Relatives: None
  • Group Affiliation: Ally of the Lava Men
  • Base Of Operations: Fire Mountain
  • Height: 5’7” Weight: 130 lbs
  • Eyes: Blue Hair: Black


Powers and Abilities

Mr. Blaze was not even a good fire-eater, but when he reached Fire Mountain something clicked within him. His previously indifferent technological skill reached considerable heights, especially with the help of the Lava Men, and he became a gifted inventor, especially for devices having to do with fire.


History

Mr. Blaze was an inept fire-eater operating in the US ; though he was quite fascinated by flame and fire, his act was not working out and on several occasions he severely burned himself. He was treated as a joke, and though he had significant technological skills he never gained enough money or credibility to make use of them.

One day, while being treated for yet another burn after fumbling onstage, Mr. Blaze saw a TV segment about Christopher Smith’s newest invention, a flame-proofing formula. Considering that it was the obvious solution to his woes, Mr. Blaze decide to steal a sample that had been sent by Smith to a chemical lab.

Using flash bombs to incapacitate the guards and set fire to the mail room, Blaze ran away with the formula and a sample of formula-impregnated fabric, and soon learned to replicate the solution.

Soon after, Mr. Blaze heard about an active volcano destroying a village, and that people familiar with the area refused to approach it and considered the volcano, named Fire Mountain, to be cursed. Mr. Blaze procured passage on a shady ship to Fire Mountain (an island of unknown location), but the captain, refusing to come to close, just jammed his passenger into a dinghy and threw most of his stuff overboard in order to leave faster.

In the following minutes, Mr. Blaze saw the ship destroyed by balls of lava, and encountered the fantastic Lava Men that inhabited Fire Mountain. Sensing Blaze’s love for fire, the Lava Men considered him a kindred soul, especially after he used Smith’s formula to withstand a rite of passage making him an honorary Lava Man.

Having somehow become the leader of the Lava Men, Blaze found inspiration and support and became an excellent inventor. Among other things, he used local resources to design heat-based devices such as jetpacks he and the Lava Men learned to use quite well.

He told the Lava Men that the outside world was threatening them and that, once they were sufficiently well-armed with his devices, they should strike pre-emptively. Thus did they end up attacking a scientific ship approaching Fire Mountain, with Christopher Smith aboard as a guest.

Capturing the intervening Peacemaker, Blaze and his strange cohorts had him build a quadrasonic jet airplane for them, which Blaze loaded up with his weapons in order to raze Washington, D.C.. They then threw the Peacemaker into a volcanic fissure, but as Blaze was flying toward Washington, the Peacemaker survived, escaped, reached his own plane in Switzerland (which hints at Fire Mountain being in the Mediterranean, I assume) and caught up with Mr. Blaze as he was nearing his target.

At this point, the formula Blaze had rubbed over his skin started to decay, since Smith had not appended the stabilising agent in the description of the formula he had mailed to the chemical lab. Now unable to withstand the heat within the cockpit, Blaze had to eject. This saved his life, since the Peacemaker destroyed Blaze’s plane seconds later.

Mr. Blaze thus escaped his bid at world domination unscathed and unseen. He never appeared again to the best of my knowledge.


Description

See illustration.


Personality

Generic cackling, megalomaniac Silver Age villain somewhat stuck in the Golden Age. He’s sort of, vaguely like the Mole Man and seems to desire revenge against a world that ridiculed him and his obsession with fire, and never gave him a chance.


Quotes

“I am the master of fire… and I will rule the world !”

“I possess an incendiary cannon with which I will burn your mighty city into smouldering ruins !‘


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Mister Blaze

Dex: 03 Str: 02 Bod: 03 Motivation: Power
Int: 04 Wil: 04 Min: 04 Occupation: Former magician, scientist
Inf: 04 Aur: 04 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: 004
Init: 011 HP: 015

Skills:
Artist (Flame-eater): 03, Gadgetry: 08, Scientist: 07, Vehicles: 05

Advantages:
Expertise (Incendiaries), Rich Friends (Lava Men)

Connections:
Lava Men (High)

Drawbacks:
MIA toward Pyromania

Equipment:
FLAME-BLOCKING COMPOUND [BODY 01, Flame immunity: 06]. This formula can be applied over porous materials (including skin) to make it not only fireproof, but able to completely block heat somehow. A person who had rubbed themselves with the compound could stand a short distance away from molten lava without discomfort. 

Mr. Blaze had his own inventions, though relatively little was seen of them. Those included :

  • flash bombs [BODY 01, Flash: 06, Grenade Drawback]
  • supersonic heat-powered jetpacks similar in appearance to Peacemaker’s [BODY 02, Flight: 10, Limitation: Flight presumably does not operate underwater]
  • an incendiary cannon which apparently could set an entire city on fire
  • a quadrasonic jet fighter built by the Peacemaker but modified so that the atomic engines would give enormous heat. This meant that incoming missiles and shells would detonate prematurely (Flame being: 05, with a large radius) but the pilot had to be able to withstand enormous heat within the cockpit.

Lava Men

Little is revealed about those Lava Men, really. They have Strange Appearance, seem to be superhumanly strong (STR 08 ?) and could pick and hurl heavy balls of molten lava for great distances (Projectile weapon: 09, needs Object of Opportunity), even using those for anti-aircraft fire (Accuracy: 06).

They of course have high APs of Flame Immunity – perhaps something like BODY 06 and Flame immunity: 08. They apparently had advanced scientific knowledge (though little apparent technology), and were able lab helpers for Mr. Blaze – Fire Mountain became the equivalent of a 12 APs Lab. They also had little problem learning how to use Blaze’s devices.

The Lava Men seem to have low-level telepathic abilities (they do not speak but can apparently slightly mentally probe, and understand, human beings and each other) but to be fierce isolationists. Apparently they relate well with people who love heat and fire.

By Sébastien Andrivet

Source of Character: Peacemaker v1 #05 (Charlton, 1967)

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