Ash (comics)

Ash (comics)

title = Ash

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publisher = Event Comics
date = November 1994 - ???
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main_char_team = Ash
writers = Jimmy Palmiotti,
artists = Joe Quesada
subcat=American comics

Ash is an American comic book created by Joe Quesada and Jimmy Palmiotti, published by Event Comics about a firefighter who mysteriously gains superpowers.

Ash is the super-hero alter-ego of fictional firefighter Ashley Quinn. Ash was "born" from a mysterious incident when Ashley was trapped inside a burning building. Ash has the ability to use various flame-based weapons, including blades that can be made from fire by his gauntlets.


Event Comics published several series starring Ash, as well as stand-alone crossovers with another Event title, "22 Brides". The initial series, simply titled "Ash", ran for a total of seven issues, with issue six leading directly into issue zero.

The second series, "Ash: The Fire Within" ran for three issues. The subtitle was lacking from the covers of the issues, yet the copyright information inside the cover did acknowledge the subtitle.

The final series to focus on the title character was "Ash: Cinder & Smoke", which ran for a total of six issues.

Creation and inspiration

Penciler Joe Quesada and inker Jimmy Palmiotti, after working well together on various projects such as Valiant Comics' X-O Manowar and following the creation of their first joint-project in Kid Death and Fluffy for a Creator's Universe card series, sought to create their own studio with their own original characters.

Quesada and Palmiotti spent two weeks in the Florida Keys developing the idea of what would become Ash. One key aspect in the design of the character was the close resemblance to the suits worn by firefighters of the New York Fire Department. The key element in Ashley Quinn being portrayed as a firefighter was to have a character who was both a super-hero in is civilian life as well as in secret.

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