Did Gay Byrne Appear in The Human Torch?

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Amazing comics artist Alex Ross posted the above image on his Instagram recently. It features the original Human Torch, who was a robot who could set himself on fire. Yeah, comics. Anyway I was quite struck by the chap introducing him on stage:
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That’s a ringer for a younger Gay Byrne right? (A bit older than the image below but you get the idea.)
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I wonder if Alex Ross used Gay Byrne as a photo reference for this character? I asked on Instagram but my comment was swallowed up in the hundreds of admiring fans.

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