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Real Name: Erik Hallgrimsson

Identity/Class: Human mutant

Occupation: Student

Group Membership: Xavier Institute student body

Affiliations: Xavier Institute student body (Choir/Irina Clayton, Forearm/Marcus Tucker, Glob Herman/Robert Herman, Longneck/William Hanover, Mentat/Robert Zepheniah, Pako/Cirlio Crisologo, Stepford Cuckoos/Celeste, Esme, Mindee, Phoebe Cuckoo, and other unidentified students), Special Class (Angel/Angel Salvadore, Basilisk/Mike Columbus, Beak/Barnell Bohusk, Dummy/Dean Boswell, Ernst, No-Girl/Martha Johansson), X-Men (Beast/Henry McCoy, Cyclops/Scott Summers, Emma Frost, Nightcrawler/Kurt Wagner, Phoenix/Jean Grey, Professor X/Charles Xavier, Wolverine/James "Logan" Howlett), X.S.E. (Bishop, Sage)

Enemies: None

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters, Westchester County, New York

First Appearance: New X-Men I#117 (October, 2001)

Powers/Abilities: Crater was a mutant that possessed enhanced durability. His skin was green and with several craters resembling a moon-like landscape.

Height: 5'8" (by approximation)
Weight: 180 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Yellow
Hair: None


(New X-Men I#116 - BTS) - After Professor Charles Xavier (secretly Cassandra Nova who had switched minds with her twin brother) came out as a mutant on live TV, the Xavier Institute was opened to the public. Erik was one of the many young teenagers who flocked to Westchester to enroll.

(New X-Men I#117) - Erik was one of the many students seen walking the school grounds after the Beast had introduced Xavier's latest student: Barnell Bohusk, the Beak. That very night Erik witnessed the arrival of the Shi'ar flagship as Xavier would take a leave of absence.

(New X-Men I#140) - Crater was among the students and X-Men present when Bishop and Sage showed them the diamond bullet used to shatter Emma Frost's body, seemingly killing her in the process. With everyone still considered a potential suspect, the Summer holiday vacation was cancelled until the case was solved. Sage started analyzing and interviewing the student body, including Longneck. Bishop and Sage eventually solved the case and identified Esme Cuckoo as Emma's killer. A little while later, Beast was able to reassemble Emma's shattered diamond form which allowed Frost to restore herself.

Comments: Created by Grant Morrison (writer), Ethan Van Sciver (pencils), Prentiss Rollins (inks).

Poor Crater... Most teens dread the idea of acne scars pockmarking their face, but this guy woke up one morning to the shock of finding out that a) he's a mutant and b) instead of cool powers, he's mostly stuck looking like a crater face for life.

Crater is one of several students posing for the Xavier Institute school photo on the cover of New X-Men I#126. Another student looking very similar to Crater, though orange, was also on the cover. He did appear in the actual issue however. Provided he didn't die during Xorn/Magneto's initial attack on the Institute, Crater could also have been part of the X-Men Street Team seen in New X-Men I#149 & 150. A character with roughly the same stature was seen amongst them. If he survived, he might have been depowered on M-Day, though this too is unconfirmed.

Crater was identified in the the Xavier Student Body entry in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z HC#13.

Crater's real name, Erik Hallgrimsson, was a hint that he is from Iceland. Hallgrimsson is an Icelandic surname. Poor Iceland hasn't been well-represented in Marvel comics, with only one other character that I know of originating from there, "Strongman" of S.H.E., so it seemed time to give them at least one more hero. And Iceland's volcanic landscape means it too is covered in craters.

Profile by MarvellousLuke

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New X-Men I#117, p4, pan1 (main image)
New X-Men I#117, p21, pan1 (witnessing the arrival of the Shi'ar flagship)
New X-Men I#126, cover (Crater and similar character)

New X-Men I#117 (October, 2001) - Grant Morrison (writer), Ethan Van Sciver (pencils), Prentiss Rollins (inks), Mark Powers, Pete Franco (editors)
New X-Men I#140 (June, 2003) - Grant Morrison (writer), Phil Jimenez (pencils), Andy Lanning (inks), Mike Marts, Mike Raicht (editors)

Last updated: 02/24/16

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