Alias
Charcoal
Nick Name
The Burning Man
Civilian ID
Charles "Charlie" Burlingame
Occupation

Adventurer

Juvenile

Reformed Terrorist


Legal Status
Citizen of the United States with no criminal record.
Nation or Planet of Origin
United States
Group Affiliation

Imperial Forces of America

Redeemers

Thunderbolts


Base of Operations
Mount Charteris, Colorado
Height
Varies
Weight
Varies
Eye Color
Brown, red when transformed.
Hair Color
Black, none when transformed.
Known Powers

Genetically altered human being with the ability to convert into any substance or attribute of carbon, including charcoal, diamond or intense heat.


Able to track any part of his body that may break away to its location by sensing it.


Accessories
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Common Enemies

Imperial Forces of America

Secret Empire

Thunderbolts


Regularly Appearing
Thunderbolts Vol. 1
First Appearance
Thunderbolts Vol. 1 #19 (Oct. 1998)
Creator

Kurt Busiek & Mark Bagley


Note: Charcoal was the winning entry in the Wizard Magazine "Create-a-Villain" Contest.


Origin

Along with his father Charley Burlingame became a member of a separatist group known as the Imperial Forces of America.


Genetically altered, Burlingame became a coal powered monster capable of taking on any property of carbon. He was enlisted into the shock troops which abducted innocent citizens to work as slave labor or as test subjects for genetic experiments.


After his defeat at the hands of the Thunderbolts, Burlingame went into hiding. Witnessing a television interview with Thunderbolt's new team leader Hawkeye after Abe Jenkins (MACH-1) surrendered to authorities for a murder he committed as the Beetle, Burlingame tracked the Thunderbolt's back to their mountain cabin hideout to seek redemption and to join them as Charcoal: The Burning Man.