name: Rusty Collins
Other aliases: None known
Occupation: X-Factor trainee, (former) sailor
Legal status: Citizen of the United States with a criminal
record, a minor
Place of birth: Tulsa, Oklahoma
Marital status: Single
Known relatives: None
Base of operations: X-Factor headquarters, New York City
Group affiliation: X-Terminators, X-Factor trainee
First appearance: X-FACTOR #1
History: Orphaned by his parents' deaths, Rusty Collins
was raised by his uncle on a farm in Oklahoma. Rusty and his
uncle did not get along with each other, and the uncle signed
release papers that enabled Rusty to enter the United States
Navy at the age of sixteen.
Rusty was seventeen when his mutant power first manifested itself.
He was a sailor on the medical frigate U.S.S. Essex, which docked
in San Diego after months at sea. Chief Petty Officer Fisher,
Collins' superior, took him to a local bar and introduced him
to a woman named Emma Le Porte. When the woman began kissing
him in a nearby alley, Collins unintentionally burst into flames,
inflicting terrible burns on the woman. In panic, Collins fled,
but he was soon captured by the military police. When Fisher
tried to kill him in his cell, Collins burst into flames again
and set Fisher's hand afire. His power went out of control and
burned a hole in his cell, enabling Collins to escape.
Fisher alerted X-Factor, which he believed to be an organization
of mutant hunters. Actually, the five founders of X-Factor were
themselves mutants out to help other mutants. The five X-Factor
members went after Collins and captured him.
The X-Factor members took Collins back to their headquarters
in New York City, where they began training him in the use of
his powers. Eventually, Collins learned how to keep his power
He and seven other mutants being trained by X-Factor worked
together as a team called the X-Terminators.
Later, Rusty Collins died from injuries inflicted from a battle
with Holocaust while with the Acolytes on Avalon.
Height: 5 ft. 11 in.
Weight: 160 lbs.
Strength level: Rusty Collins possessed the normal human
strength of a boy of his age, height, and build who engages
in moderate regular exercise.
Known superhuman powers: Rusty Collins was a mutant with
the superhuman power to generate heat and flames. Unlike the
Human Torch, who creates similar effects, Collins was a pyrokinetic;
in other words, Collins unintentionally caused flames to appear
around himself whenever he became overly excited. Collins eventually
learned to control his power. He could cause heat and flame
to appear at a distance from himself rather than around his
own body. Collins needed to point to the spot at which he was
directing his power in order to focus the power upon it. Furthermore,
Collins could only generate heat and flames at a distance of
up to twenty feet away from him.
Rusty Collins instinctively created a psionic force shield about
himself when he created heat and flame that protected him from
their effects. The force shield, however, could not protect
him from other forms of harm.