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Fire Lad (Pre-Zero Hour)
Pre-Zero Hour
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Real name Staq Mavlen
Alias Fire Lad
Occupation Superhero
Alignment Good
Family none known
Affiliation Legion of Substitute Heroes (Pre-Zero Hour)
Homeworld Shwar
First appearance Adventure Comics vol 1 #306 (March 1963)
Universe Pre-Zero Hour
Alternate versions see Fire Lad (disambiguation)
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Staq Mavlen, alias Fire Lad, hailed from the planet Shwar. The planet had a very low oxygen content which the people had to adapt to over many years. Staq gained his ability to breathe fire from a falling meteor that crashed into his home planet. When he went to investigate he inhaled the fumes from the fallen rock. The fumes mutated his body allowing the ability to breathe fire.

Staq decided to put his powers to good use so travelled to Earth to try out for the Legion of Super-Heroes. When he tried to demonstrate his powers they went out of control, burning things on site. It was then that he realised that Earth had more oxygen in the atmosphere compared to Shwar so his powers were increased to dangerous levels. His power was deemed uncontrollable by the Legion.

Along with four other refused applicants, Polar Boy, Night Girl, Chlorophyll Kid and Stone Boy he helped form the Legion of Substitute Heroes, aka 'the Subs'. This team repeatedly proved their effectiveness as heroes - frequently saving the day where the Legion of Super-Heroes had failed. In 'gratitude', the Legion condescendingly permitted them to continue to function, and accepted them as 'Legion Reservists'.

Classic period (Adventure Comics/Action Comics)[]

70s/80s (Superboy & the LSH/LSH vols 2 & 3)[]