Blazing Skull


Blazing Skull

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caption= As part of the New Invaders (bottom left). Promotional art for "New Invaders" #1 (Aug. 2004),
by Scott Kolins
comic_color=background:#ff8080
character_name=Blazing Skull
real_name=Mark Anthony Todd
species=Human Mutate
publisher=Timely Comics (now Marvel Comics)
debut="Mystic Comics" #5 (March 1941)
creators=
alliance_color=background:#ffc0c0
alliances=Defenders
Invaders
aliases=Steve Valiant, Richard Stetson, Skull, Koos, Smoking Head
powers=Immunity to flame,
Superhuman strength,
Ability to make his flesh invisible while leaving his bones visible,
Accelerated healing factor,
Ability to create and project fire.|

The Blazing Skull (Mark Anthony Todd) is a fictional superhero in the Marvel Comics universe, created during the 1930-'40s Golden Age of Comic Books for Marvel's predecessor, Timely Comics. He first appeared in "Mystic Comics" # 5 (March 1941), though his writer and artist creators are unknown.

The Blazing Skull should not be confused with Marvel's unrelated supernatural motorcyclist the Ghost Rider, who is depicted with a flaming skull. Also, the unrelated Marvel character Skull the Slayer (James Skully) briefly used the alias "Blazing Skull."

Publication history

The Blazing Skull debuted in "The Story of Mark Todd", a nine-page tale in the comic that also introduced cover character the Black Marvel and fellow superhero The Terror. He continued to appear in "Mystic Comics" through issue #9 (May 1941), with at least one story ("The Thing", in #8) confirmed to have been penciled by Golden Age great Syd Shores.

A simulacrum of the Blazing Skull briefly appeared, along with simulacra of the Patriot, the Fin, and the Golden Age Angel and Vision, to aid the superhero team the Avengers in "The Avengers" #97 (March 1972).

The actual Blazing Skull starred in a solo period adventure, set during World War II, in "Midnight Sons Unlimited" #9 (May 1995). Nearly 10 years later, he is reintroduced into modern-day continuity in the four-part story arc "Once an Invader" in "The Avengers" vol. 3, #82-84 (July-Sept. 2004) and in the quirkily numbered "New Invaders" #0 (Aug. 2004). The Blazing Skull appeared through the final issue, "New Invaders" #9 (June 2005).

Confusingly, a separate character, Jim Scully, also known as Skull the Slayer, was depicted as an unrelated and differently designed Blazing Skull in "Quasar" #46 (May 1993), as part of the group Shock Troop. [ [http://www.marvunapp.com/Appendix/blazskl2.htm Jeff Christiansen's The Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Jim Scully] ]

Fictional character biography

Foreign correspondent Mark Todd, assigned by his newspaper to cover the Second Sino-Japanese War, is forced to take refuge in a cave during an artillery bombardment by the Japanese. There he meets the Skull Men, a strange race with burning skulls for heads. They inform him he has been chosen by the forces of destiny to be the champion of freedom, and they begin his training, which grants him abilities such as invulnerability to fire. Once his training is completed, he returns home and, motivated by the horrors of Nazism, dons a uniform with a flaming mask (in honor of the Skull Men), taking the name "The Blazing Skull". (As time passes and he continues to master the Skull Men's teachings, he gains the ability to turn his flesh invisible, mimicking his teachers' appearance, and stops using the mask.)

Soon afterwards, Todd comes into contact with the WWII superhero team, the Invaders, and aids them against a team of Axis superhumans, saving the life of Namor the Sub-Mariner. He also fights alongside the team during a massed Allied superhuman airdrop into a Nazi stronghold.

As the war in Europe comes to a close, the Blazing Skull teams up with Union Jack and the Destroyer to break up an enemy spy-ring in England.

In modern day

The Blazing Skull later appears in modern times as a captive of Middle Eastern terrorists, having not aged in the decades since the war due to his healing factor. [Comic book reference|Title = Avengers|Volume = 2|Issue = 82|Date = (Jul 2004)|Publisher = Marvel Comics] He is freed by the U.S. Agent, who recruits him into a new, present-day version of the Invaders. [Comic book reference| Title = The New Invaders|Issue = 1|Date = (Oct 2004)|Publisher = Marvel Comics] He has related that between the war and the present he has fought as a superhero at different times in different places, even using different names, such as the Smoking Head during the 1960s.

Blazing Skull is recruited by the Fifty State Initiative to become a part of New Jersey's superhero team the Defenders, alongside She-Hulk, Colossus and Nighthawk. ["The Last Defenders" #1 (May 2008)]

Powers and abilities

Due to being trained by the Skull Men, Blazing Skull is immune to fire. He also possesses superhuman strength, a regenerative healing factor, and the ability to turn his flesh invisible, giving him the appearance of a walking skeleton. He later gains the ability to project and expel flame.

Footnotes

References

* [http://www.marvel.com/universe/Blazing_Skull_(Mark_Todd) Marvel.com's Marvel Universe: Blazing Skull (Mark Todd)]
* [http://www.geocities.com/jjnevins/skull.html "A Guide To Marvel's Golden Age Characters", by Jess Nevins: Blazing Skull]
* [http://www.internationalhero.co.uk/b/blazingskull.htm International Heroes: Blazing Skull]

External links

* [http://www.insidepulse.com/articles/21154 "Comics Nexus" (Sept. 24, 2004): "Caught in the Nexus: Allan Jacobsen"] (interview, "New Invaders" writer)
* [http://www.geocities.com/mailittomarvell/skull.htm Blazing Skull - Appearances in Publication Order]


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