Melter (Marvel)(01 - Bruno Horgan)
Real Name: Bruno Horgan
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Bruno Horgan is an accomplished engineer and businessman.
The Melter's primary weapon was his melting device, which in essence turned objects from solid to liquid by distrupting their molecular cohesion (rather than using pure heat). His original devices only affected iron, but as time went by, he acquired more sophisticated technology, including a melting gun developed by Stark Industries-- employing a "variable frequency microwave generator" capable of melting, depending on exposure and mode, metal, stone, wood, and even flesh. Originally, he incorporated the device into a chest-mounted projector, then developed it as a gun. Finally, he used it on his belt. He also could project the beam from his helmet, although it was only effective at close range.
What began as petty revenge turned into a matter of pride and finally into pure obsession. Bruno Horgan was once at the top of his field, providing weapons and munitions the U.S. government. Unfortunately, his penchant for cutting corners lost him his contract when safety inspectors closed him down for using inferior materials. Instead, the contract went to his competitor, Stark Industries, owned by Tony Stark (aka: Iron Man). During the dismantling of his factory, Horgan happened upon a malfunctioning radar device that projected a beam that melted iron materials. He perfected the device, incorporating it into a costume, and became the Melter. Immediately going on a rampage, sabotaging Stark’s factories, he was confronted by Iron Man and defeated.
The Melter was freed by Baron Zemo to help form the original Masters of Evil as a counterpart for the Avengers’ Iron Man. However, Zemo’s plan, to destroy the Avengers and hold New York in thrall, failed, and the Melter was beaten by Iron Man once again. He was freed again to join the Masters in an assault on the Avengers while Zemo fought Captain America in South America but again failed to defeat them. He next joined the Masters when the team was organized by the Crimson Cowl (secretly Ultron), and although they initially were successful, the Masters were betrayed by the Black Knight.
Prior to this last outing with the Masters of Evil, the Melter was among those villains summoned by Doctor Doom to crash the wedding of Reed Richards and the Susan Storm thanks to his powerful Emotion Charger device. Richards was able to use a device from Uatu The Watcher to send all villains away with no memory of the event. After this, the Melter re-designed his weapon in the form of a gun and boosted its power to affect all metals as well as other materials. He sought revenge on Iron Man but was again defeated.
After his career with the Masters of Evil, the Melter joined with Whiplash and Man-Bull in forming the Death Squad out of their mutual obsession to defeat Iron Man. They confronted him at a comic book convention but were quickly trounced. His obsession unabated and his weapon further updated, he tried another villain team-up, this time with Whiplash and the Blizzard, all three receiving financial support by Justin Hammer. They robbed a casino where Tony Stark was dating Bethany Cabe, but the couple foiled the villains, who were remanded to Ryker’s Island. Freed by Hammer’s associates, the Melter joined Hammer’s army of villains guarding his Mediterranean “house boat” base. When Iron Man was framed for murder by Hammer, Tony Stark allowed his armor to be impounded as malfunctioning and tracked Hammer to his headquarters. With a spare Iron Man suit, Stark defeated Hammer’s army, forcing Hammer to escape but imprisoning his agents.
While in jail, Bruno came up with new specifications for his melting ray with help from a fellow prisoner, a nuclear physicist who had been convicted for tax evasion. Designing it specifically for Iron Man’s latest armor, he spent no time tracking down Iron Man once released. Ironically, Iron Man was wearing an old suit of armor that remained unaffected by the Melter’s beam, and he was defeated once again.
Having been defeated physically time and again left the Melter felling defeated more and more emotionally. He hoped to earn a more fearsome reputation by killing the Thing, who at the time was hospitalized after his battle with the Champion. However, nearly two dozen other villains hoped to also kill or capture the Thing, and they were kept at bay by dozens of heroes, each doing what they could to help their staunch friend recover in peace.
Ever persistant in his obsession, the Melter returned to work on an yet more powerful version of his melting ray, but after completing it, he was shot by an assassin of the Scourge of the Underworld who was posing as the Melter’s assistant.
First Appearance: Tales of Suspense (1959) #47
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Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes (2005)
#4 Captain America (1968)
- 'The Brave...and the Bold'
Captain America: Man Out of Time (2011)
Fantastic Four (1961)
#405 Gene Colan Tribute Book (2008)
- 'Terror is Tomorrow!'
Iron Man (1968)
#72 Iron Man: Bad Blood (2000)
- 'Convention of Fear!'#73
- 'Turnabout: A Most Foul Play!'#74
- 'The Modok Machine!'#77
- 'I Cry: Revenge!'#92
- 'Burn, Hero--Burn!'#123
- 'Casino Fatale!'#124
- 'Pieces of Hate!'#126
- 'The Hammer Strikes!'#127
- '...A Man's Home Is His Battlefield!'#166
- 'One of Those Days...'
#3 Iron Man: The Iron Age (1998)
- 'Bad Blood, Part 3: Enemy Mind'
Iron Man: The Legend (1996)
Iron Manual Mark 3 (2010)
#1 JLA/Avengers (2003)
- 'Iron Man Iron Manual'
#3 King-Size Hulk (2008)
- 'Strange Adventures'
Marvel 1985 (2008)
#4 Marvel Collectors' Item Classics (1965)
- 'Small-Town Mutie'#6
- 'Nuff Said!'
Marvel Double Feature (1973)
Marvel Masterworks (1987)
#25 Marvel Saga: The Official History of the Marvel Universe (1985)
- 'The Fantastic Four Nos. 41-50 & Fantastic Four Annual No. 3 by Stan Lee & Jack Kirby'
#18 Marvel Super-Heroes (1967)
- 'Book XVIII - The Triumph and the Tragedy!'
Marvel Two-In-One (1974)
Tales of Suspense (1959)
The Amazing Spider-Man (1963)
The Avengers (1963)
#6 The Defenders (1972)
- 'The Mighty Avengers Meet the "Masters of Evil!"'#15
- '"Now, By My Hand, Shall Die A Villain !"'#16
- 'The Old Order Changeth!'#54
- '...And Deliver Us From-- The Masters Of Evil!'#55
- 'Mayhem Over Manhattan!'#83
- 'Come On In... the Revolution's Fine!'#263
- 'What Lurks Below?'#280
- 'Faithful Servant'
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe (1983)
#7 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition (1985)
- 'M: From Mandarin to Mystique'
#8 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition (1990)
- 'Magus to Mole Man'#18
- 'Book of the Dead (Hyperion to Nighthawk)'#19
- 'Book of the Dead (Nuke to Obadiah Stane)'
The Sensational She-Hulk (1989)
#53 What If? Special (1988)
- 'Death Becomes Her'
#1 X-O Manowar/Iron Man: In Heavy Metal (1996)
- 'What If Iron Man Had Been a Traitor?'
- 'Heavy Metal, Part 1: The Reality Alchemists'
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