A Superhero With The Power To Give You Cancer?

In Watchmen, Dr Manhattan is charged – falsely it later transpires – with giving cancer to his nearest and dearest.

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It's something that happens to Spider-Man in the alternate future set Spider-Man: Reign by Kaare Andrews.

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These are considered bad things. In the parody Saturday Morning Watchmen, it's a joke that Dr Manhattan "can give you cancer" as a superpower.

Well, in today's Squadron Supreme, we meet Jim Hammond, the Original Human Torch.

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And his powers? To differentiate himself from the other Human Torch?

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Is this going to be added to his Official Marvel Universe Handbook entry?

Comics courtesy of Orbital Comics, London. Who will be hosting a special New Year's launch party on Friday from 7pm, tying in to the release of issue 2 of Comic Heroes magazine, with Kieron Gillen, Jessica Martin, Paul Cornell, Rachael Stott and more.

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About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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