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Burner (comics)

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Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceCaptain America Annual #4 (1977)
Created byJack Kirby (writer / artist)
In-story information
Alter egoByron Calley
SpeciesHuman Mutant
Team affiliationsBrotherhood of Evil Mutants
Mutant Force/Resistants
Secret Empire
Notable aliasesCrucible
AbilitiesPyrokinesis Logo.png Search Burner (comics) on Amazon.

Burner (Byron Calley), also known as Crucible, is a fictional mutant character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character's first appearance was in Captain America Annual #4.

Publication history[edit]

The fictional character Burner first appeared in Captain America Annual #4 in 1977, and was created by Jack Kirby. Burner subsequently appeared in Defenders vol. 1 #78-80, 83, 87, 125-126, and 128-130. As Crucible, he appeared in Captain America vol. 1 #343, 346, 368, 394, and 426. He appeared once again as Burner in New Warriors vol. 2, #6.

Burner appeared as part of the "Mutant Force" entry in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition #9.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Byron Calley was born in Secaucus, New Jersey. He became a professional criminal, as Burner, and was recruited by Magneto into his second Brotherhood of Evil Mutants team. He battled Captain America in his first mission with the Brotherhood.[1] Next, the team renamed itself Mutant Force when Magneto abandoned them. Mutant Force was employed by the Mandrill in his scheme to take over the U.S. Mutant Force battled the Valkyrie, Wasp, Hellcat, Nighthawk, and Yellowjacket.[2] Mutant Force was then recruited into government service, and battled the Hulk.[3] Burner testified against the Defenders before a special government tribunal.[4] Mutant Force and Mad Dog were then employed by Professor Power's Secret Empire, and battled the Defenders to thwart their attempt to stop the launch of a missile to instigate World War III.[5]

Some time later, Mutant Force became the Resistants, a mutant terrorist group in opposition to the Mutant Registration Act, and mutant rights activists. Burner changed his name to Crucible during his time with the Resistants. The Resistants rescued the mutant Quill from the custody of then-current fifth Captain America and Bucky.[6] The Resistants then rescued Mentallo from the Guardsmen's custody, and battled Captain America and Bucky again. During the battle, Crucible was accidentally non-fatally shot by Mentallo (who had taken the name Think-Tank).[7] Crucible was later seen trying to bring down Captain America at the behest of the Red Skull, but was severely injured in the fight.[8] Apparently recovered, he was later among the Resistants protesting in Washington for mutant rights, where he encountered the original Captain America.[9]

He was later seen, again as Burner and part of Mutant Force, fighting against the New Warriors but was defeated by the young heroes.[10]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Burner is a mutant that can psionically induce and retard combustion. He can cause something to burst into flame at a maximum distance of approximately 200 feet (61 m). He can project flames from his hands like a flamethrower. He can douse a fire at a maximum distance of approximately 200 feet (61 m). His mind automatically douses any flame that comes within one foot of him, effectively making him immune to the effects of his own power as well as any fire in general.

Other versions[edit]

Civil War: House of M[edit]

Burner was shown as a member of Magneto's mutant army during his rise to power.[11]

In other media[edit]

X-Men animated series[edit]

Byron Calley appears in the episode "Sanctuary" of the X-Men animated series. He is depicted as an old friend of Gambit's who joins Fabian Cortez's acolytes on Asteroid M. Calley helps the X-Men defeat Cortez when they discover that he tried to assassinate Magneto.


  1. Captain America Annual #4
  2. Defenders #78-80
  3. Defenders #83
  4. Defenders #87
  5. Defenders #129-130
  6. Captain America #343
  7. Captain America #346
  8. Captain America #350
  9. Captain America #368
  10. New Warriors vol. 2, #6
  11. Civil War: House of M #4

External links[edit]

  • Burner at the Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe
  • Burner at Marvel Wiki

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