Initial EraEditD.O.P.E. Volume 1, Number 1 (May 1992). He, along with three friends, is travelling the desert and unknowingly enters a nuclear testing zone. The radiation causes Eric Fleming to ignite into flames and gives him control of those flames. Eric becomes the Flaming Idiot, and with his three friends, now all super-powered, too, forms D.O.P.E.
He and the other three friends form D.O.P.E. and become superheroes. They recruit many other members, and build a skyscraper headquarters building in Quadropolis. They then battle many a super villain, saving individuals, the city or just themselves.
Flaming Idiot is injured severely when he and the other four main members of D.O.P.E. battle Sprinkles and Jack in "Sprinkles the Psychotic Moose" Volume 1, Numbers 12-14. He's impaled by a harpoon in the chest, and then Jack drives a metal stake through his head. As reported in Issue 15, he was admitted to Quadropolis General Hospital. This showdown with Sprinkles illustrates that Flamin' has additional superpowers, including not being affected by bullets, and some intense healing powers.
Flaming Idiot also appears, with Leper, in "The Adventures of Sprinkles the Psychotic Moose" Number 8 in a giant battle at Sprinkles and Jack's cabin. They fight against Sprinkles, Jack, Mr. Fabulous, Burrito Man and Kenpo, along with McSpidey, That Bike Dude and Wolverspleen. He's sprayed with a hose by Jack and his flame is extinguished. Flaming Idiot, along with everyone else, escapes the cabin before it explodes from a bomb planted by McSpidey.