Live Wire (Marvel Comics)

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Live Wire
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Fantastic Four Annual #5 (Nov 1967)
Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby
In-story information
Alter ego Rance Preston
Team affiliations Circus of Crime
Partnerships Psycho-Man
Abilities Use of electrified cable as a lariat
Wears insulated gloves and clothing that protects him from electricity

Live Wire is a fictional character in Marvel Comics.

Publication history[edit]

Live Wire first appeared in Fantastic Four Annual #5 (November 1967), and was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.

The character subsequently appears in Marvel Two-in-One #70 (December 1980), and then as a member of the Circus of Crime in Ghost Rider #72-73 (September-October 1982).

Live Wire appeared as part of the "Circus of Crime" entry in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition #2.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Rance Preston was born in Houston, Texas. His weapon is an electrified lariat of which he is a master. He also has various skills that he learned working on a ranch as a cowboy, such as horseback riding. He was once an agent of the Psycho-Man.[1] Live Wire later teamed up with Shellshock, another former agent of the Psycho-Man.[2]

Live Wire frees the Circus of Crime from a prison wagon on its way to the penitentiary, and he then joins the group. The group captures Power Man, but with the help of Black Goliath, Power Man defeats the Circus.[3] Live Wire also fights the original Ghost Rider as part of the Circus of Crime.[4]

While battling John Steele, Live Wire was apparently accidentally eaten by Princess Python's pet snake.[5]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Live Wire has an electrified cable that he uses as a lariat. Anyone ensnared by it suffers damage from the electricity. He wears insulated gloves and clothing that protects him from electricity.


  1. ^ Fantastic Four Annual #5 (November 1967)
  2. ^ Marvel Two-in-One #70 (December 1980)
  3. ^ Power Man #24-25
  4. ^ Ghost Rider #72-73 (September-October 1982)
  5. ^ Secret Avengers #29