The Human Dynamo is a Golden Age superhero who first appeared in Speed Comics #1, published in October 1939 by Harvey Publications (later known as Harvey Comics). The character was created by writer and artist Maurice Scott.
The Human Dynamo, also known as Bill Dunn, is a lineman who gains the power of electricity after he is struck by lightning while working on power lines. With his newfound abilities, Bill decides to fight crime and protect the innocent under the superhero alias The Human Dynamo. His powers include electrical manipulation, generating electric shocks, and using his electricity to power or disable various devices.
Speed Comics was an anthology series that featured a variety of adventure, mystery, and superhero stories. The Human Dynamo was one of the many characters that appeared in the series, sharing the pages with other heroes like Captain Freedom, Shock Gibson, and Black Cat.
The Human Dynamo’s publication history is relatively brief, with his adventures primarily featured in the early issues of Speed Comics.
Shock Gibson had always been infatuated with electricity, and lightning in particular. Ever since he was a child, he had been sensitive to electrical energy. He could feel electric fields, and they often caused him pain. He didn’t know why he was so sensitive, but it fueled his fascination with electricity. His ultimate goal was to control the electrical field of a lightning bolt, hoping that it would cure him of the constant pain he experienced.
Driven by his curiosity and his sensitivity to electricity, Shock spent his entire life studying it, trying to find a way to harness the power of lightning and alleviate his suffering. Finally, after years of hard work, Shock put his theories to the test. He set up an experiment to capture a bolt of lightning in an electromagnetic field, hoping to hold the energy.
At first, the experiment seemed to be working. Shock watched in amazement as the lightning bolt was captured and held within the field. But then, something went wrong. The field began to destabilize, and soon the entire lab was filled with electrical current.
Years of tests had shown that Shock’s body had a unique bioelectric field sensitivity, which led him to feel electric fields and experience pain from them. As the lab filled with electrical current, Shock’s unique bioelectric field resonated with the energy from the lightning bolt, allowing him to absorb it into his body.
To his surprise, the experiment had cured him of his constant pain, but it came at a cost. His body now depended on the electricity for life. Over time, Shock developed a battery system that allowed him to channel the electrical energy, which otherwise was uncontrollable. He became known as Shock Gibson, the man with the power of electricity at his fingertips.
Electricity Manipulation – Ability to absorb and control electricity, developed a battery system to channel electrical energy.
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