Here’s another neglected Holyoke figure for our superhero-crazed world.
Secret Identity: None was ever provided
Origin: No origin was ever provided, either. From his very first adventure Volton the Electric Man (not “Electrical Man” like in some sources) stood on guard atop fictional Empire City’s Great Empire City Building.
When needed he would spring to life and fight crime, Bund members and other forces of evil.
First Appearance: Cat-Man Comics #8 (March 1942). His final Golden Age appearance came later that same year.
Powers: Volton possessed super-strength and super-vision, could fly and could shoot lightning bolts from his hands. In addition he could convert his entire body or just parts of it into a big lightning bolt and stretch like Mr Fantastic or Plastic Man.
An extension of that latter ability allowed Volton to travel via telephone lines and power cables to emerge from phones and appliances. He could also sense the level of electrical power being used in Empire City.
Volton’s biggest weakness was being hit with a grounded wire. This would cause him to short-circuit and be rendered inert for a time.
Comment: Based on his very nature, Volton was likely an android or an alien life form. He would stand unmoving like the Tin Man until witnessing an event requiring his intervention.
Volton did, however, display the typically sarcastic sense of humor of many 1940s superheroes. He was not averse to casually killing his adversaries.
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