Live Wire (Marvel Comics)
|First appearance||Fantastic Four Annual #5 (Nov 1967)|
|Created by||Stan Lee and Jack Kirby|
|Alter ego||Rance Preston|
|Team affiliations||Circus of Crime|
|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.
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
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. Live Wire later teamed up with Shellshock, another former agent of the Psycho-Man.
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. Live Wire also fights the original Ghost Rider as part of the Circus of Crime.
Powers and abilities
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.
- Fantastic Four Annual #5 (November 1967)
- Marvel Two-in-One #70 (December 1980)
- Power Man #24-25
- Ghost Rider #72-73 (September-October 1982)
- Secret Avengers #29
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