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|As a result of the New 52 in 2011, the entire line of DC characters was relaunched, incorporating properties belonging to the company's imprints: Wildstorm, Milestone, and Vertigo. As such, elements of this character's history have been altered in some way from the previous incarnation's. For a complete list of all versions of this character, see our disambiguation page.|
Firefly's earliest recorded appearance as a criminal was during Batman's second year as a vigilante, during the feud between the Joker and the Riddler in what would be known as "the War of Jokes and Riddles". Firefly sided with the Riddler and helped fight the Joker's army for weeks before Batman was forced to focus his efforts specifically on the Joker. In the final confrontation between the Riddler's army and the Joker, the Riddler and Batman betrayed each other, allowing Batman to capture Firefly and have him sent to Arkham. 
Years later, Carson would reappear and fake his death, insinuating that Garfield Lynns was the new Firefly, in order to run away with his former girlfriend Cindy Cooke. However, Carson's plan was discovered by Nightwing and Batgirl, who took him down and returned him to Arkham. 
Firefly didn't stay in captivity long though because, after the apparent destruction of the Justice League by the Crime Syndicate, Gotham City was turned into a war zone between the escaped criminals of Arkham Asylum and Blackgate Penitentiary. Carson, siding with Arkham, lead a battle between the two sides  until Arkham was eventually defeated by Bane's superior determination. 
Even later, after the appearance of Challengers Mountain and a dangerous, cross dimensional group of Dark Knights, one of the fiends - the Batman Who Laughs - released several inmates from Arkham and gave them metal Joker cards that granted them powers under the condition that they would protect the mountain in Gotham. Carson received one of these cards and used his opportunity to become a Man-Bat and burn down his designated section of the city. 
- Pyrotechnics: Firefly is an expert in pyrotechnics and explosives.
- Pyromania: Firefly suffers from Pyromania, an impulse control disorder in which he deliberately starts fires in order to relieve tension or for gratification.
- Robotic Flying Suit.
- The original Ted Carson was created by Bill Finger and Sheldon Moldoff, appearing first in Batman #126. This version of the character first appeared in Nightwing Annual (Volume 3) #1 by Kyle Higgins and Jason Masters.
- Another character who typically has been called Firefly, Garfield Lynns, is killed by Ted in his first appearance. There is no indication of whether Lynns was ever a criminal prior to his murder.
- 30 Appearances of Ted Carson (Prime Earth)
- 7 Images featuring Ted Carson (Prime Earth)
- Quotations by or about Ted Carson (Prime Earth)
- Character Gallery: Ted Carson (Prime Earth)