They say that the past is another country, and nowhere is that more true than in the comics of the Golden Age.  It was a time of wild inventiveness, an era where gawds came down from Olympus and stood shoulder to shoulder with guys who just thought it would be cool to put on a bear suit.  It was a time when The Clown was a villain, but Black Satan was a hero, and neither of them really had a costume.  It was a time when Pyroman had electrical powers, Navy Jones was inexplicably able to breathe water with no explanation, and a time when today’s headliner hero made his debut and led us to today’s nomenclatural query?

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) is fine if you already know, but if you don’t, play fair, asking: Without Googling, what powers do you think a hero called Fire-Man has?


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  1. Daniel Langsdale on

    Given the way you are asking the question, and looking at the picture up top, I’ll say that he has a super-soaking water gun.

  2. Fire Man, Fire Man,
    Does whatever a fireman can,
    is he strong? he can lift you all day long,
    can he climb…. swift in no time.
    Puts out fires, hes such a whizzer.
    FireMan, FireMan , Does whatever a FireMan can.
    He is Such a Man……. Swoon

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