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Sunburst was a Japanese superhero.

Takeo Sato was born in a village that was near an active volcano. The volcano's fumes altered Takeo's body chemistry and, as he grew up, he learned he could absorb and project solar energy. Never yet realizing of his innate powers, Takeo became a actor, starring as a movie hero known as Sunburst. Once his powers manifested, Takeo was an instant celebrity. Initially, Takeo had no serious interest in becoming a superhero; however, his parents were kidnapped by criminals, who blackmailed him to commit crimes for them. Takeo's actions eventually crossed paths with Japan's premier superhero Rising Sun, who helped him in saving his parents.

During the Crisis on Infinite Earths, Takeo was among the many heroes that fought against the forces of the Anti-Monitor and ultimately lost his life to a Shadow Demon.



  • Although this character was originally introduced during DC's Earth-One era of publication, their existence following the events of the 1985–86 limited series Crisis on Infinite Earths remains intact. However, some elements of the character's Pre-Crisis history may have been altered or removed for Post-Crisis New Earth continuity, and should be considered apocryphal.
  • In Pre-Crisis continuity, it was Superboy, not Rising Sun, who helped Sunburst save his parents.