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The Human Bomb was Roy Lincoln, a demolitions expert with an explosive touch.

Roy Lincoln was a chemist who often collaborated with his father, a demolitions expert, on various experiments. In 1941, Roy's father developed a chemical known as 27-QRX which contained great explosive properties. Nazi agents learned of Lincoln's new chemical and attempted to steal its design so that they could use it as a weapon for themselves, thus giving Nazi Germany an edge over its enemies. The agents raided Professor Lincoln's laboratory and shot him dead. His son Roy, desperate to safeguard his father's work, drank the 27-QRX formula. The result of this rash act yielded bizarre side-effects. Roy Lincoln could cause any item he made physical contact with to explode. With this new power, he was able to defeat the Nazi assassins.[1]

For a time, during WWII, Roy Lincoln served as Head Chemist at the U.S. Navy Laboratory.[2]

The Human Bomb sometimes worked with an excitable sidekick named Hustace Throckmorton, who gained a similar explosive super-power via a blood transfusion from Roy Lincoln, but concentrated in his feet instead of his hands.[3]


  • Thermal-Blast: Anything in contact with his hands will explode. He must wear his fibro-wax suit to avoid inadvertently exploding objects and living things.
  • Superhuman Durability: Human Bomb can withstand low caliber shots.[1]



  • Fibro-Wax suit, protecting Lincoln's surroundings from explosive contact with his skin.[1] It's bulletproof,[5] and flame-thrower-proof.[6]

  • The Freedom Fighters were relocated to a parallel world, one called "Earth-X", where Nazi Germany had won World War II. The team was featured in its own series for 15 issues (1976–1978), in which it temporarily left Earth-X for "Earth-One" (where most DC titles are set).
  • In 1981, some Quality Characters became recurring guest-stars of All-Star Squadron, a superhero-team title set on "Earth-Two", the locale for DC's WWII-era superheroes, and at a time prior to when the Freedom Fighters were supposed to have left for Earth-X. They later appeared with the rest of DC's superheroes in Crisis on Infinite Earths, a story that was intended to eliminate the confusing histories that DC had attached to its characters by retroactively merging the various parallel worlds into one. The Freedom Fighters became a mere splinter group of the All-Star Squadron.