The Torch of Liberty
Alias(es) Paul Gibney
Gender Male
Species Human
Occupation Vigilante
Creator John Byrne[1]
First Comic Appearance Seed of Destruction[2]

The Torch of Liberty was a costumed hero who fought Nazi forces during World War II.

History Edit

Torch of Liberty was created by John Byrne and featured in the backup story to Danger Unlimited #1-4 (Feb-May 1994). The Torch was also featured in Torch of Liberty Special (Jan 1995). These stories reveal his origin as a soldier in World War II Europe, brought to great heights through trauma in combat.

In HellboyEdit

During the "Hellboy Incident", the Torch of Liberty accompanied Professor Trevor Bruttenholm, Malcolm Frost, the psychic Lady Cynthia Eden-Jones, U.S. Army 1st Sergeant George Whitman, and his men.[3]

Afterwards, The Torch of Liberty trained Hellboy with his pistol, claiming he was the worst shot he had ever trained.[4]

Future AppearancesEdit

Because the character is owned by John Byrne, it is extremely unlikely that he will ever show up in a Hellboy story again. In response to a fan letter, editor Scott Allie stated;

The Torch of Liberty is the property of John Byrne, not Mike or Dark Horse, so, in order to keep these books all owned by Mike, we use characters he made up. John's busy elsewhere, so the Torch is gone if not forgotten.[5]


  1. In Hellboy vol. 1 Seed of Destruction, the copyright information states that "The Torch of Liberty is a trademark of John Byrne, Inc."
  2. This is his first Hellboy Appearance. He first appeared one month earlier in Danger Unlimited #1 by John Byrne.
  3. Seed of Destruction #1
  4. Seed of Destruction #3
  5. Hellmail, War on Frogs #4 (Dec 2006)