Emilo Storn was a bio-technician before he became the super villain named Whirlicane after apparently giving himself super powers. He attempted to hi-jack first a fuel train and then a jet-liner before being captured by Superman. Paroled into the custody of S.T.A.R Labs, he absconded and hatched a scheme to seek revenge on Superman and S.T.A.R using the artificial man called Lightning, who he created. Unfortunately, Storn hid Lightning's true nature from him, persuading the creature that he was merely a human criminal whom Storn had given super powers to. When Lightning discovered that he was nothing but a robot, he went insane and allowed his powers to run out of control, destroying himself and Storn's lab and seemingly killing Storn.