Marvel Kills Off The Human Torch

No doubt, this will be as permanent a death as Superman, Batman, Captain America and countless others have had. Perhaps they'll bring back H.E.R.B.I.E. the Robot?

Fifty years after cosmic rays transformed him into a man ablaze, Marvel Entertainment has extinguished the Human Torch's flame and his life, too, as the pop culture purveyor of super heroes and villains embarks on an ambitious story line that ends the Fantastic Four.

In the newest issue of one of the company's longest-running comic books, Johnny Storm's life is taken amid a massive battle that writer Jonathan Hickman has been scripting for a year-and-half.