Bomb-Burst is Decepticon Pretender, released as a toy in 1988. His tech-spec profile describes him as a vampire who swoops down on his enemies and uses his serrated metallic fangs to drain their fuel. His Pretender shell has a special texture that causes a rust rash on contact. The shell is the form of a humanoid vampire bat, which can be blinded by bright sunlight and is armed with a corrosive slime shooter and armor-piercing battle axe. The inner robot transforms into a vertical take-off and landing hover jet with dual lasers.
His first appearance was in issue 40 of the US comic in a story called "Pretender to the Throne", where Scorponok created the first six Decepticon Pretenders.
Bomb-Burst would appear again in issue #49, "The Underbase Saga Part 3, Cold War!" In this story he was a member of the Decepticon forces under Scorponok's command. They were tricked into fighting the Decepticon forces under Ratbat's command by Starscream, who used the battle to steal Scorponok's ship and get to the Underbase.
Bomb-Burst continued to appear after this as one of Scorponok's troops, but made no further major appearances. Bomb-Burst last appeared in issue 75 "On the Edge of Extinction." He was assisting Hardhead to move a cannon for attacking Unicron, but was killed when the giant stepped on them.
Bludgeon's plan came full circle in The Transformers: Stormbringer, as he and his followers kidnapped Jetfire and the Technobots, hoping to dissect them and use their parts to replicate the same grafting process that created Thunderwing, giving them their own Pretender Shells. Hacking into the monster's mind Bludgeon implanted a subconscious suggestion for Thunderwing to seek out and destroy entire planets, believing their sacrifice would enable Cybertron to be reborn, before unleashing the monster on Nebulos. However, their plans were stopped by the Wreckers, who took out his cult. Bomb-Burst was deactivated by a grenade thrown by Springer. In desperation, Bludgeon underwent the grafting process only to find out, far too late, that the shell hadn't been neuro-aligned; the psychic backlash destroyed his mind.
Bomb-Burst and the Decepticon Pretenders seen here have completely different robot forms to their toys and bear resemblance to the original toys' Pretender shells. In the trade paperback for Stormbringer, bonus art revealed an unused concept for Bomb-Burst in his Pretender shell which transformed into a Cybertronian jet.