is the real name of Sun Boy. The son of a brilliant
scientist, Dirk and his friend Zarl interrupted Zaxton Regulus
scientist at the facility in which is father worked, during an
. The equipment Regulus was using
exploded and killed Zarl. Dirk's father fired Regulus, who vowed
revenge on Dirk. Attacking Dirk and knocking him unconcious, Regulus
left him by a reactor
to die, but the reactor instead gave Dirk the
ability to project light and heat, like the sun.
Initially, Dirk applied to the Legion of Super-Heroes, but only
showed his ability to project light. He was passed over for admittance,
but later returned at the next opportunity and showed that he
could also project heat. He was then given membership in the Legion.
Dirk serves as a pilot for the Legion Cruisers.