Pyro (St. John Allerdyce)

The Religious Affiliation of
St. John Allerdyce

Religion: Catholic (lapsed); mutant supremacist CBR Scale: I

Name: Pyro

Alter Ego: St. John Allerdyce

Other Names: John Allerdyce

Classification: villain villain   hero hero  

Publisher(s): Marvel

First Appearance: The Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #141 (Jan. 1981): "Days of Future Past"

Creators: Chris Claremont, John Byrne

Super? (Has Super Powers/Special Abilities/Technology): Yes

Number of Appearances: 194

   Comic Book Appearances: 174

   TV, Film Appearances: 16

   Video Game, Computer Game Appearances: 4

Teams/Affiliations: Brotherhood of Mutants; Freedom Force

Race: white

Gender: male


From: "Atheist superheroes?" forum discussion, started 21 September 1999 on the rec.arts.comics.marvel.universe newsgroup website (; viewed 22 June 2006):

From: Dwiff
Date: Tues, Sep 21 1999 12:00 am

...Anyone care to post a list of those characters whose spiritual beliefs are on record?

From: David O'Brien
Date: Tues, Sep 21 1999 12:00 am

Pyro: Was in what looked to be a Catholic church at one stage confessing...

From: "Religion/Spirituality" forum discussion, started 29 November 2003 on the website (; viewed 10 January 2006):

Lia Brown
Feb 7, 2004, 12:43 am

Pyro was implied to be Catholic. (Worst. Catholic. Ever.)

From: "X-Men and Religion" forum discussion, started 21 August 2005 on the website (; viewed 15 June 2006):

Lia Brown
Aug 23, 2005, 02:25 am

Pyro was strongly implied to be Catholic (or at least of a Catholic background) ...although I guess not a very good one.

From: Mirtika, "Is Superman a Methodist?", posted 15 June 2006 on the Mirathon blog website (; viewed 15 June 2006):

Is Superman Jewish, Methodist, or a Christ figure? Newsweek is examining the matter...

So, I offer this nifty assemblage of charts and lists and links on comic book religion found at

When you're done with the superhero list, peruse the list of supporting (non-superhero) characters and the list of villains. Lex Luthor is, apparently, a Nietzschean atheist, and Pyro is a lapsed Catholic...

This character is in the following 40 stories which have been indexed by this website:
Avengers Annual #15 (Oct. 1986): "Betrayal!"
Avengers: Deathtrap, The Vault (Sep. 1991): "Deathtrap, the Vault"
Avengers: The Initiative #27 (Oct. 2009): "Even The Losers / The Taking of 42" (1-panel cameo)
Captain America
Marvel Holiday Special 2004 #1 (Jan. 2005): "Jonah's Holiday Carol" (cameo)
Sleepwalker #17 (Oct. 1992): "Portals of Power! - Part III: Doorway to Doom"
The Uncanny X-Men
X Necrosha
X-Force (vol. 3) #21 (Jan. 2010): "Necrosha: Chapter Two"
X-Men Unlimited
X-Men: Legacy (vol. 1) #208 (Apr. 2008): "From Genesis to Revelations" (1-panel cameo)
X2 (2003)

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