Charcoal (Character)


Real Name: Charles Burlingame

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Created by: Kurt Busiek and Mark Bagley

1st appearance: Thunderbolts #19, 1998

Nationality: American

Team Affiliations: Thunderbolts

Legal Status: Unknown

Height:  5’8           Weight: 135 lbs

Eyes: Brown          Hair: Black

Relatives: Calvin Burminghame (Father), Unnamed mother

Skills and abilities: Unknown

Powers: Charcoal was a metamorph who could change between a normal human form an a black, carbon based form with superhuman abilities. In this superhuman state he is granted enhanced strength and a body that he can reshape at will. He can become as hard as diamond to increase his resistance to injury and even control flame and fly.


As a child he traveled around the country allot with his roaming father and was given superhuman powers by Arnim Zola. He battled the original Thunderbolts and later even joined their ranks. On an adventure with the team he was seemingly destroyed by Gravitron.

Notes: Charcoal was created for a wizard magazine competition but the legal aspects were never formally worked out leaving the copyright of “Charcoal” in question. When the original creator tried to reclaim the copyright from Marvel the character was killed and never brought back. Also of note is that the “charcoal” character may not belong to marvel BUT his alter ego Charles Burlingame is their original creation and thus copyright of Marvel Comics Inc.


I'm a Caribbean born Lecturer, Multidisciplinary specialist/Androgogue/Philosophical Pedagogue; with backgrounds in Philosophy, Social Studies and Geography; founder/CEO of World of Black Heroes, freelance writer and all around comic book geek. I enjoy a good book, video games, movies and most of all fatherhood. Written credits include work for where my writing inspired the music compiliation "Kindah" available in multiple languages on Itunes, The Caribbean Journal of Education, The University of the west indies, Comicvine, Independent comics etc.

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