Alex Ross and Mike Carey will team up for a miniseries starring the original Human Torch, the android who debuted back in Marvel Comics #1.
The announcement was made yesterday on G4 by "Fresh Ink" host Blair Butler, who said The Torch "promises to return this Golden Age hero to prominence in the modern Marvel Universe." The book is being packaged by Dynamite Entertainment.
According to Butler, Ross will provide the concept and the covers for the eight-issue miniseries, which is part of Marvel's 70th-anniversary celebration. The Torch #1 is set to debut in September.
Created in 1939 by Carl Burgos, the Human Torch was, along with Captain America and The Sub-Mariner, one of Marvel/Timely's most prominent superheroes until he faded into obscurity in the 1950s.
Although the character's name and powers were reused for Johnny Storm in Fantastic Four, the original Torch didn't reappear until 1966. He returned to some prominence in the 1970s series The Invaders, where he starred with Captain America, Sub-Mariner and other World War II heroes, and in the late 1980s/early '90s in Avengers West Coast.
The Human Torch had a key role in 1994's Marvels, by Kurt Busiek and Ross, and, much more recently, in the short-lived New Invaders and the Ross-conceived Avengers/Invaders miniseries. Ed Brubaker also has featured the Torch, and his one-time sidekick Toro, in flashback sequences in Captain America.
The character's modern-day incarnation -- not to be confused with the time-displaced one that appeared in Avengers/Invaders -- was destroyed in 2005 in New Invaders.