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Encyclopedia > Effigy (comics)

Publisher DC Comics
First appearance Green Lantern Vol. 3 As Martyn Van Wyck#110 / as Effigy #113
Created by Ron Marz
Darryl Banks
Character Information
Real name Martyn Van Wyck
Status Active
Affiliations None
Previous affiliations None
Notable powers Can Generate and Control Flames into Solid Objects or Fire Contructs, Special Costume appears and Flight

Effigy is the name of a DC Comics supervillain who fought against Green Lantern Kyle Rayner using the Flame Powers gained from the Controllers. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (500x759, 111 KB)http://www. ... DC Comics (originally called National Periodical Publications or National Periodicals) is one of the largest American companies in comic book and related media publishing. ... In comic books, first appearance refers to the date or issue of a characters first appearance. ... Ron Marz is an American comic book writer. ... Darryl Banks is an African-American comic book artist. ... DC Comics (originally called National Periodical Publications or National Periodicals) is one of the largest American companies in comic book and related media publishing. ... Doctor Doom, one of the most archetypal supervillains and his arch-enemies The Fantastic Four (in background). ... Cover to Green Lantern: Rebirth #6, art by Ethan Van Sciver. ... Ion is a fictional hero from the DC Comics universe, with the secret identity of Kyle Rayner. ... The Controllers are a fictional extraterrestrial race existing in the DC Universe. ...

Origin: The Beginning of Effigy

Raised in Seattle, Washington, by his alcoholic father after his mother had died, Martyn Van Wyck was a bitter and resentful man. He was continuously getting into trouble with authority figures and though he tried to make a career as a musician, he found he couldn't even get a menial job in the music industry. City nickname Emerald City City bird Great Blue Heron City flower Dahlia City mottos The City of Flowers The City of Goodwill City song Seattle, the Peerless City Mayor Greg Nickels County King County Area   - Total   - Land   - Water   - % water 369. ...

One night, a female acquaintance kicked him out of her car after an argument. Left 54 miles outside of Seattle, he was about to start hitchhiking back when a bright, overpowering light appeared in the sky.

Van Wyck only had vague images of being in a room with figures standing over him. He was on a table and had the impression the figures were going to hurt him. The figures were the Controllers, an alien race that had originated on Maltus and had split from the Guardians of the Universe some three billion years ago. The Controllers are a fictional extraterrestrial race existing in the DC Universe. ... The Guardians of the Universe as depicted in Justice League Unlimited The Guardians of the Universe are fictional characters in the DC Comics superhero universe. ...

Six days later, two men in a pickup truck found Van Wyck in the middle of the road. Van Wyck was naked and confused so the men took him to the nearest emergency room. The doctors could find nothing wrong with him except for his eyes had changed from blue to flickering orange flames.

Meeting with his friends, Van Wyck told them all he knew about his condition. When the owner of the coffee shop they were sitting in asked them to leave, Van Wyck responded with a beast made out of flame. He realized he could do anything he wanted with his new found powers. Outside the coffee shop, an argument with a driver was quickly won by Van Wyck when he torched the man's car. In his anger, Van Wyck had transformed. His skin had turned white while his hair turned to flame and he was dressed in a red costume. He was amazed by what he had become and now possessed the power of flight.

Talking with his girlfriend, Trace, Van Wyck explained how he was sick of being "pushed around" by others and now that he had powers things would change. Trace described the images he made in the flames as burning effigies, an image or copy. Van Wyck liked the word, and took the name Effigy. He was leaving Seattle and Trace as well. As far as he was concerned, his life as Martyn Van Wyck was over; he was now only Effigy. An effigy is a rough representation of a person, for example a George Bush or Guy Fawkes made of straw and old clothing. ...

Van Wyck traveled to Hollywood, California, where he promptly set out to get attention by causing destruction, just because he could. Burning the famous "Hollywood" sign caught the attention of the media, which in turn caught the attention of Green Lantern Kyle Rayner. Effigy relished the chance to take on a member of the Justice League and quickly attacked. ... Ion is a fictional hero from the DC Comics universe, with the secret identity of Kyle Rayner. ... The Justice League, sometimes called the Justice League of America or JLA for short, is a DC Comics superhero team. ...

Effigy and Green Lantern battled across Hollywood and down to the coastline. Finally, it appeared Green Lantern had overcome the new villain. Suddenly, a bright light appeared above the two combatants. It was the Controllers and they had returned to reclaim Effigy. They had released him thinking their experiments were a failure. Green Lantern attempted to stop them from taking Van Wyck but they were too powerful for the ring wielder. Effigy was taken aboard the ship which left Earth. Inside, the Controllers continued their experimentation, their only reason being that they could.

Rayner next encountered Effigy on his way to confront the Controllers about their psychic tampering of his head. Before Rayner could enter their ship, The Controllers dispatched Effigy whom they had apparently made into their obedient servant but had only succeeded in making a mindless drone. Sans imagination and willpower, Green Lantern easily dispatched Effigy and left him drifting in space reasoning that his powers would protect him.

Effigy somehow made his way back to Earth where he had a brief affair/adventure with the second Killer Frost. They attracted Green Lantern Kyle Rayner, who was quickly immobilized by the new couple. Afterwards, Killer Frost began to lecture Effigy on his poor performance, and insisted that during battle he defer to her expertise in dealing with superheroes. Effigy was not pleased by this. Killer Frost is the name of two DC Comics supervillain and one of Firestorms foes. ...

Rayner eventually escaped and caught up with Effigy and Killer Frost. This time however, he buried Killer Frost under a mountain of ice she had created thus interrupting her heat absorbing powers. Effigy was about to dig her out when suddenly he decided to save himself and ditch Killer Frost. He ignited a passing car to distract GL and flew away thinking "the only thing worse than a know-it-all superhero is a know-it-all supervillain."

Prior to Kyle Rayner's transformation to Ion, Effigy was discovered by Jade (comics), having apparently suffered a psychotic breakdown. His schizophrenia had manifested through his powers, with the creation of three independent pyrokinetic characters calling themselves Torch, Blaze and Ember. Jade and Rayner defeated the three aspects and Effigy agreed to return to prison. Jade is a fictional character, a superhero from DC Comics. ...

Afterward, he was not seen until appearing among the ranks of the Society, working with other fiery villains such as Heat Wave (comics). Heat Wave is a fictional villain in the DC Universe and a primary foe of the Flash. ...

Powers and Abilites

Effigy's powers are similar to that of a Green Lantern in that he can create flame-based constructs including battle-armor, weaponry, fiery creatures, and anything else he can imagine. His powers allow him to fly, fire flame blasts, and can apparently protect him from the vacuum of space.

His powers have several advantages and disadvantages over the rings wielded by members of the Green Lantern Corps. He does not need to recharge his powers and he can affect any substance. (Although he himself is vulnerable to water). However, he cannot translate other languages, search for energy signatures, or manipulate sub-atomic particles. Also, he does not possess the raw willpower and focus that Green Lanterns do and can be easily distracted. The Green Lantern Corps The Green Lantern Corps is a fictional, intergalactic police force of Green Lanterns that existed in the pages of DC Comics, chosen to patrol the vast reaches of the Universe, fighting evil wherever it could be found. ...


Most of this information was taken from Effigy's profile found in The Book of OA



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