The character subsequently appears in X-Factor #4-5 (May-June 1986), #7-10 (August-November 1986), #12-23 (January-December 1987), #27 (April 1988), #30 (July 1988), #32 (September 1988), X-Terminators #1-4 (October 1988-January 1989), X-Factor Annual #3 (1988), The New Mutants #72-74 (February-April 1989), X-Factor #40-41 (May-June 1989), #77-78 (July-August 1989), #80 (October 1989), #82-87 (November 1989-March 1990), Fantastic Four #342 (July 1990), The New Mutants #100 (April 1991), Cable: Blood and Metal #1 (October 1992), X-Men #13 (October 1992), #15 (December 1992), X-Force #24-25 (July-August 1993), and Cable #11 (May 1994).
Rusy Collins received an entry in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Update '89 #2, and the Marvel Encyclopedia HC vol. #2 - 'X-Men' (2003).
X-Factor is alerted and came to the aid of Rusty, helping him to control his powers. He came to live with X-Factor, who were slowly gathering a small team of mutant wards. Rusty forms a relationship with Skids, a former Morlock. They both participate in X-Factor's trainee team, the X-Terminators.
For a time, they all lived upon Ship, a sentient being in the form of a long, rectangular spacecraft that towered over all other Manhattan skyscrapers. Rusty and the X-Terminators help X-Factor when an old booby-trap activates, threatening Ship's brain with a gigantic bomb. Ultimately, the bomb explodes harmlessly far above Manhattan.
Rusty and Skids help out when long time New Mutants member Danielle Moonstar loses control of her her mystical powers. During the incident they are separated from the rest of the group. Mystique's Freedom Force attacks them at Liberty Island. Part of this conflict involves the ultimate fate of the children Rusty helped rescue; he believes that Freedom Force had wrongfully taken them into custody.
Due to a fight with Nitro and Vulture, Rusty is brought back into the sights of Freedom Force. While attempting to escape, he was severely injured by the Blob. While recovering in the hospital, he and Skids were contacted by members of the Mutant Liberation Front. With soldiers opening fire on them, they felt there was no other choice than to join them.
Due to the brainwashing, Rusty had no qualms about attacking former team mate Cannonball during the X-Cutioner's Song storyline. At the end of this story, the Mutant Liberation Front are turned over to the authorities.
Shortly after, Rusty and Skids were kidnapped by the Friends of Humanity. While being transported, X-Force (the team created by the former members of the New Mutants), rescued them. Arriving back to their base, X-Force was soon confronted by Exodus. He was inviting original New Mutants Cannonball and Sunspot to Avalon, a "safe haven" for selected mutants. Cannonball refused to go unless all former New Mutants present (Boom Boom, Rictor, Rusty and Skids) were invited also. While Exodus complained that Rusty and Skids were "damaged" due to their brainwashing, he finally acquiesced.
Upon arriving at Avalon, the mutants were taken to "the Savior" (in reality Magneto), who used his powers to undo the brainwashing done to Rusty and Skids. When X-Force arrived to save their friends, Rusty and Skids decided they would stay with Magneto, feeling that they owed him. With thus being done, they joined the Acolytes.
When a mutant body belonging to Holocaust, a "survivor" from the Age of Apocalypse, was discovered floating in space near Avalon it was brought on board. While on guard duty watching over the thought-to-be frozen body, Rusty's life force was drained by Holocaust, killing him.
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