created by E. Nelson Bridwell and Ramona
Fradon for DC Comics
and first appeared in Super
Beatriz da Costa is the real name of the hero Green Flame.
The character has had two origins. Her first origin
for the Super Friends was that her powers were magical
the result of a witch doctor in the Amazon. She
could fly and breath flames, as well as project illusions.
Her original name was Green Fury, but when she was
brought into the mainstream DC Comics, her name
was changed to Green Flame. Her origin changed as
well. Her powers were no longer the result of magic, but
instead an accidental exposure to an experimental
energy gun while on mission for a Brazilian intelligence
agency. The result was that da Costa could breathe
flames. Dying her hair green, da Costa became
Green Flame and applied for membership in the
Global Guardians. There she met Ice Maiden and
the two became fast friends.
When the Global Guardians found their funding cut,
Green Flame and Ice Maiden sought membership in the
Justice League. The two became full members and
fought with the League for a number of years. During
the Invasion mini-series, da Costa's abilities went
through some radical changes. Effected by an alien
bomb that effected those with super-human abilities,
da Costa gained the ability to change her entire body
into green flame, allowing her to fly, project flame,
and making her seemingly intagible while in that form.
Green Flame's name also changed during this time to
Fire fought along side the league for a while longer
until the Justice League attempted to take on the
villain Doomsday. Fire used her abilities to the
point that they burned out and she lost her abilities
for a time. She regained them and continued with the
League, but later resign to return to Brazil.