Research student Dick Martin (later of ‘Laugh In’ fame) was studying high voltage transmissions, only to discover that repeated exposure had made him able to store (and survive) the channeling of excessive amounts of electricity. Dick’s alias, though, seems to imply heat/fire, leading many modern audiences to mock his alias. This may actually be a case of the proverbial “genius bonus”: Certain crystals, such as gallium nitride, are naturally electrically polarized in nature, and their electric fields are referred to as “pyroelectricity.”

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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.

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  1. i’m sad you had Firestar be number one, her Microwave abilities at least set things on fire.
    i’d say blackbolt needed to be on the list… that doesn’t “scream” sound powers to me ;)

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