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Rod Reilly was a bored playboy who fought crime as Firebrand alongside his aide, Slugger Dunn.
Reilly eventually enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was injured during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. His sister Danette Reilly discovered his old costume in his closet and shortly afterward used it to become the second Firebrand.
Rod eventually recovered from his injuries. At a later time, he migrated to the parallel world of Earth-X along with a number of other heroes, six of whom became the core group of the Freedom Fighters. 
Reilly was not in this group at the time, instead operating alone, pretending to collaborate with the Nazis (who won the war on that world) in order to better operate against them.
When things became too hot for him, he was eventually forced to flee Earth-X by unknown means and escape to Earth-One some years before the Freedom Fighters finally overthrew the Nazis. He later discovered the injured Ray (Langford Terrill) of the Freedom Fighters (who had believed him a traitor) in the woods after the Freedom Fighters moved to Earth-One, and helped him to recover his strength before clearing his own name and joining the group. Reilly was apparently killed soon afterward, turned to solid silver by the Silver Ghost, but was seen to be alive and back on Earth-X during the Crisis on Infinite Earths shortly before Earth-X was destroyed and its history folded into that of the New Earth.
Reilly's early life up to the point of his injury remained the same, and it is also known that he later returned to active service as Firebrand and joined the Freedom Fighters, but no details of this or of his later life are known. It has been stated that he has since died, but again, the details of this are not chronicled.
- According to Roy Thomas, "The Rod Reilly introduced in ALL-STAR SQUADRON is, of course, not the one from Earth-X who appeared in FREEDOM FIGHTERS, nor is our Plastic Man the same as any other who has appeared in comics since his original title folded in the mid-50's. In our view, all 1940's DC and Quality Comics Group stories occurred on Earth-Two, even though some of these events were duplicated on Earth-One."
- 23 Appearances of Rod Reilly (New Earth)
- 3 Images featuring Rod Reilly (New Earth)
- Quotations by or about Rod Reilly (New Earth)
- Character Gallery: Rod Reilly (New Earth)
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