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Information-silkReal NameBruno Horgan
Information-silkCurrent AliasMelter
Information-silkAffiliationMasters of Evil, Death Squad, Defenders (Villains) , former partner of Blacklash and Blizzard, former employee of Justin Hammer
Information-silkBase Of OperationsThe New York City area
Status
Information-silkAlignmentBad
Information-silkIdentitySecret Identity
Information-silkCitizenshipAmerican
Information-silkMarital StatusDivorced
Information-silkOccupationProfessional criminal, former industrialist
Characteristics[1]
Information-silkGenderMale
Information-silkHeight6' 0"
Information-silkWeight205 lbs (93 kg)
Information-silkEyesBrown
Information-silkHairBrown
Origin
Information-silkOriginBruno Horgan was an industrialist who specialized in the development, design, and manufacture of weaponry and munitions for the United States government. Horgan was driven into bankruptcy when a government safety inspection team proved that he was using inferior materials. His defense contracts were later awarded to his foremost competitor, industrialist and inventor Anthony Stark, who was secretly the armored crimefighter Iron Man.
Information-silkUniverseEarth-616
Information-silkPlace of BirthQueens, New York
Information-silkPlace of DeathNew York City
Information-silkCreatorsStan Lee
First AppearanceAppearance of Death
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HistoryEdit

Quote1 Iron is the most important metal on earth! By being able to melt it at will, I become the most powerful man in the world!! Quote2
-- The Melter src 

Early Life

Bruno Horgan was an industrialist who specialized in the development, design, and manufacture of weaponry and munitions for the United States government. Horgan was driven into bankruptcy when a government safety inspection team proved that he was using inferior materials. His defense contracts were later awarded to his foremost competitor, industrialist and inventor Anthony Stark, who was secretly the armored crimefighter Iron Man.[2]

Melter

As one of Horgan’s factories was being dismantled, the bankrupt industrialist noticed a strange phenomenon. One of his poorly constructed, experimental radar devices had begun to malfunction. Casting a brilliant beam of light, it caused any iron components upon which it shone to begin instantly to appear to melt. Horgan analyzed the device and redesigned it so that it could be strapped to his chest. Equipped with his Melting Ray, Horgan began his career as the Melter by striking at the factories owned by Anthony Stark. He was defeated by Stark, as Iron Man, who would became the Melter’s main nemesis.[2]

Masters of Evil

As a member of Baron Heinrich Zemo’s Masters of Evil, the Melter twice battled the Avengers[3], the team of champions to which Iron Man belonged.[4][5] He worked with the team on various crimes.[6][7][8][9][10]

The Melter was also among the costumed criminals who were assembled by Doctor Doom to attack the Fantastic Four on the day of the wedding of Reed Richards and Susan Storm[11].

Later, finding his chest device unwieldy, the Melter redesigned it into a hand-held gun. Still not satisfied, he later kidnapped Anthony Stark and forced him to design a new “melting gun:’ which was far more powerful and was capable of dissolving all metals, as well as affecting human flesh, wood, and stone.[12] Defeated once again by Iron Man, the Melter was returned to prison.[13]

The Melter next fought the Avengers as a member of the new Masters of Evil organized by the robot Ultron. Afterwards, the Melter teamed up with Whiplash (who is now known as Blacklash) and the Man-Bull as members of the criminal Death Squad. The Death Squad fought Iron Man at a large comics convention but were defeated.[14][15][16]

New Melter Weapon

The Melter again redesigned his melting weapon to wear on his belt. Having again proved to be unsuccessful on his own, the Melter teamed up with his former partner Whiplash and another of Iron Man’s long time adversaries, the original Blizzard. The three criminals were financed in reconstructing their weaponry by billionaire Justin Hammer in return for a percentage of the proceeds from their robberies. The Melter, Whiplash, and the Blizzard had the misfortune of staging their robbery of a casino hotel when Anthony Stark happened to be there with his friend, Bethany Cabe.[17] Iron Man and Cabe succeeded in over coming all three criminals, who were sent to the prison on Ryker’s Island. Shortly thereafter, operatives of Hammer freed them and took them to Hammer’s enormous "house boat" base. When Iron Man appeared at the base, Hammer sent the Melter and numerous other costumed criminals to attack him. However, Iron Man quickly returned them to prison.[18]

While in jail, the Melter met a nuclear physicist who had been convicted for tax evasion. Together they developed a method of adjusting the Melter’s melting beam to affect Iron Man’s new armor. After leaving prison, the Melter confidently attacked Iron Man yet again. Unexpectedly, though, Iron Man happened to be wearing an old suit of armor that the Melter’s beam, adjusted for Iron Man’s new armor, did not melt, and the Melter failed again.[19]

The Melter was recruited into the Criminal Defenders team.[20]

Hammers Army

He later comes under the employee of criminal mastermind Justin Hammer. Under his orders the Melter and fellow villains have a series of encounters with Iron Man in an unsuccessful attempt to neutralize the hero. [21][22] [23][24] He is defeated again in their attempt to sabotage the company Stark International.[25]

The Thing

Somehow, though, the Melter was soon back at large. His reputation tarnished by so many humiliating defeats by Iron Man and his Avenger team-mates, the Melter decided to win himself notoriety by killing the Thing, who was then hospitalized, recovering from injuries. A large number of other costumed criminals also tried to kill or capture the hospitalized Thing, but all of them, including the Melter, were thwarted by various costumed champions who acted to protect him.[26]

Death

Despite his long history of repeated failures, the Melter obsessively persisted in seeking vengeance on his enemies. He was planning to attack Iron Man and the Avengers yet again when he was fatally shot with an explosive bullet by the enigmatic assassin Scourge, who was posing as the Melter’s assistant. After murdering the Melter, Scourge contemptuously crushed the Melter’s latest melting beam weapon beneath his foot.[27]

Powers and AbilitiesEdit

Powers

Power Grid [28]
Intelligence
 3
Strength
 2
Speed
 2
Durability
 2
Energy Projection
Fighting Skills
 2

Abilities

Bruno was a slightly above normal athlete with some experience in hand-to-hand combat. He was also a competent electrical engineer.[29][30][31][32][33][34]

Strength level

Normal human male with moderate regular exercise.[29][30][31][32][33][34]

ParaphernaliaEdit

Transportation

Conventional auto mobiles

Weapons

Melting Ray MK III- The Melter eventually redesigned his Melting Gun into a belt harness. This version of the Melting Ray could liquefy flesh, wood, stone and any form of metal by using selected microwave frequencies to attack the individual binding forces of those materials, causing them to disassociate and appear to melt. The Melting Ray had four settings, each of which could only affect one type of material due to the specific resonant frequencies associated with the binding forces of that material. The Melting Ray had an effective range of 300 yards and could operate for several hours before its batteries fell below usable levels.

Former Weapons: Melting Ray MK I- The Melter's original Melting Ray was a chest harness equipped with a magnetic induction field generator that could project an energy beam of the specific frequency required to loosen the binding forces between iron atoms, causing objects constructed of iron and steel to liquify (thus apparently melting). The Melting Ray had an effective range of 300 yards and could operate for several hours before its batteries fell below usable levels.
Melting Ray MK II- The Melter forced Anthony Stark to redesign his Melting Ray so that it could affect other materials besides iron. The Melter's second Melting Ray was a pistol that could liquify flesh, wood, stone and any form of metal by using selected microwave frequencies to attack the individual binding forces of those materials, causing them to disassociate and appear to melt. The gun had four settings, each of which could only affect one type of material due to the specific resonant frequencies associated with the binding forces of that material. The Melting Gun had an effective range of 300 yards and could operate for several hours before its batteries fell below usable levels.

Hirelings

Benny (Earth-616)

Benny (Earth-616)

Benny

Benny was a fellow inmate who helped the Melter build a new Melting Ray MK II in exchange for freedom, but, as soon as the weapon worked, the Melter turned on his companion and escaped by himself[35].

NotesEdit

[53][54][55] [56][57][58][59][60] [61] [62][63][64][65]

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Footnotes

  1. Iron Manual Mark 3 #1
  2. 2.0 2.1 Tales of Suspense #47
  3. Avengers #6
  4. Avengers #15
  5. Avengers #16
  6. Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes #3
  7. Avengers Classic #6
  8. Doctor Doom and the Masters of Evil #2
  9. Doctor Doom and the Masters of Evil #3
  10. Captain America: Man Out of Time #4
  11. Fantastic Four Annual #3
  12. Tales of Suspense #89
  13. Tales of Suspense #90
  14. Avengers #54
  15. Avengers #55
  16. Avengers #83
  17. Iron Man #72
  18. Iron Man #73
  19. Iron Man #92
  20. Defenders #64
  21. Iron Man #123
  22. Iron Man #124
  23. Iron Man #126
  24. Iron Man #127
  25. Iron Man #166
  26. Marvel Two-In-One #96
  27. Avengers #263
  28. Iron Manual Mark 3 #1
  29. 29.0 29.1 Marvel Avengers: The Ultimate Character Guide #1
  30. 30.0 30.1 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Master Edition #12
  31. 31.0 31.1 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Vol 2 #19
  32. 32.0 32.1 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Vol 2 #18
  33. 33.0 33.1 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Vol 2 #8
  34. 34.0 34.1 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe #7
  35. Tales of Suspense #89
  36. Avengers Annual #4
  37. Marvel Super Action Vol 2 #14
  38. Marvel Age Annual #2
  39. Marvel Triple Action #9
  40. Fantastic Four Annual #10
  41. Marvel Triple Action #10
  42. Marvel Double Feature #6
  43. Marvel Double Feature #7
  44. Marvel Triple Action #47
  45. Tales of Suspense #69
  46. Fantastic Four Annual #5
  47. Iron Man #47
  48. Iron Man #74
  49. Iron Man #77
  50. Captain America #189
  51. Iron Man #80
  52. Captain America #320
  53. Avengers #280
  54. Iron Man #284
  55. Sensational She-Hulk #53
  56. Iron Man #300
  57. Code of Honor #3
  58. Marvel: Heroes & Legends #1
  59. Iron Man: The Iron Age #2
  60. Avengers: Forever #1
  61. Captain America Vol 4 #17
  62. JLA/Avengers #3
  63. JLA/Avengers #4
  64. Marvel 1985 #4
  65. Secret Avengers #21.1



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