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Real Name: Hal Burns

Identity/Class: Human magic user (1950s)

Occupation: Would-be magician

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Unidentified fakir

Enemies: None

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: USA;
    formerly India

First Appearance: Journey Into Mystery I#2/3 (August, 1952)

Powers/Abilities: Burns had mediocre control over magic forces. He acquired a low degree of telekinesis enabling him to move little objects and had good control over his muscles and nerve centers.


(Journey Into Mystery I#2/3) - Hal Burns wanted to become a magician and went to India to study with an old fakir.

    Thanks to the fakir Burns learned to walk on burning coals and to move a rope with his mind, but he always made mistakes that ruined the result and never blamed himself.
    He was clumsy but, wrongly and angrily, he started to think that his errors were caused by his master, so, one day, he killed him.

    Back in the USA Burns went on stage for a show. As first trick a man from the audience sawed him in two parts, while Burns was in a box. His exceptional control over the muscles let him feel no pain until his half with the legs took a walk on its own, ruining the act.

Comments: Created by unknown writer and Howard Post (pencils and inks).

Profile by Spidermay.

Hal Burns has no known connections to

Unidentified old fakir

The old fakir was a real magician. The real extent of his powers remain unrevealed.

The old fakir was patient with Burns, and tried to teach him, but Burns was bad and ungrateful and killed him.

--Journey Into Mystery I#2/3

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Journey Into Mystery I#2/3, p3, pan6 (main image)
Journey Into Mystery I#2/3, p4, pan5 (head shot)
Journey Into Mystery I#2/3, p1, pan4 (old wizard)

Journey into Mystery I#2 (August, 1952) - Howard Post (artist), Stan Lee (editor)

First Posted: 10/09/2011
Last updated: 10/09/2011

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