- You ask me, the man's obviously a mental midget.
Appearing in "Danger Doubled is Death!"
- Danton Black (First appearance as Multiplex)
Synopsis for "Danger Doubled is Death!"
A group of thugs are muscling an old man on a city street, attempting to extort loan shark money from him. Firestorm, the city's newest super-hero flies down and easily apprehends the goons. After which, he begins showing off his powers to the delight of several onlookers. One woman in particular, astonished by his appearance faints before his eyes. Firestorm flies off and separates into Ronnie Raymond and Martin Stein. Ronnie returns home while Martin returns to the Hudson Nuclear Power Plant.
At the Raymond home, Edward Raymond is watching a news broadcast featuring Firestorm. He expresses his disapproval of this latest string of vigilante heroes.
Martin Stein arrives at the Hudson Power Plant and tries to get many of the destroyed systems back on line. Two identical villains known as Multiplex burst into the room and attack Stein.
Miles away, Ronnie Raymond feels the impact of Multiplex's blow against Stein's jaw. He theorizes that the two bonded together even when they are separated from the Firestorm persona. Ronnie attempts to prompt the transformation from a distance and turns into Firestorm. By the time he arrives at the power plant however, Multiplex has already absorbed massive amounts of atomic radiation. With the added power, he successfully beats Firestorm back. Their fight carries out into the streets, garnering the attention of Superman.
Superman flies down and introduces himself to Firestorm. He sizes him up, in order to see if the young man is actually the hero that he claims to be. Firestorm is humbled to be in the presence of Superman – so much so in fact, that he completely forgets about Multiplex. Multiplex takes advantage of the distraction and gets away.
Firestorm tracks him down and finds him at State University. Multiplex has broke into a campus radiation vault and is in the process of stealing even more power. Firestorm cuts off the villains' radiation supply by turning the plutonium compounds into phosphorous. With Multiplex's powers on the wane, Firestorm easily knocks each villain out with one solid punch to the jaw. He removes their masks to reveal that they are both in fact – Danton Black – Martin Stein's former research assistant. Danton was present at the Hudson Power Plant during the explosion that fused Ronnie and Stein into Firestorm. In Black's case however, the nuclear radiation had a fission effect. Rather than merging his body with another, it granted him the ability to split himself into two corporeal beings. The authorities arrive and take Multiplex to the Downtown Medical Center.
Later, Firestorm meets with Superman again. Superman thinks the young hero has a lot of energy and charisma and that he may one day prove himself worthy of joining the ranks of the Justice League of America.
- First appearance of Edward Raymond.
- First appearance of Danton Black as Multiplex. Danton made his first official appearance in issue #1.
- Contains a flashback of Firestorm's origin from issue #1.
- There are several references and events chronicled in this issue, which are no longer validated in the Post-Crisis continuity and must be considered apocryphal:
- The cover to this issue is illustrated in the style of the classic "page-turner" shock covers that were popular during the 1970s. These types of covers usually depicted a character or characters displaying behavior that runs counter to the accepted norm. The various Batman and Superman titles of this era were notorious for this style of gimmick marketing.
- This issue features Volume 78, issue 2 of the Daily Planet Extra (January 9th 1978).
- This comic book contains advertisements for the following products:
- —Tyco Curvehugger HP2 remote control toy cars
- —Crossman BB & pellet guns
- —Slim Jim beef snacks(featuring the Wolf man)
- —Grit Magazine subscription service
- —Hostess Cup Cakes – Superman in "The Big Fall"
- —DC Comics – Batman Family and World’s Finest comic books
- —DL Clark – Clark Bar candy selection
- —DC Comics – Direct Currents newsletter
- —DC Comics - Superman vs. Muhammad Ali, Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes, Superman vs. Wonder Woman, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Batman vs. Ra's Al Ghul double-sized tabloid special edition comic book magazines
- —Unicorn House – Super Sea Monkeys
- —DC Comics – Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes and Super Friends paperback editions.
- —Mike Marvel – Strong Arms weight lifting advertisement
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Links and References
- Firestorm #2 entry at the Grand Comics Database
- Firestorm #2 entry at CBDB
- Firestorm biography page at the Unofficial Guide to the DC Universe
- Multiplex biography page at the Unofficial Guide to the DC Universe