Walter O. Jones could have been an engineer if he hadn't dropped out of a top technical school during his freshman orientation, and moved on to less reputable choices. He grew up in Catskill, New York, and from an early age he was fascinated with motorcycles. He started to use his natural genius at mechanics to build handcrafted custom motorcycles. His bikes caught the attention of Zartan who recruited him for his new organized Dreadnoks gang. Under the name Burn Out, he became one of the group's chief mechanics. Zartan also sparked Burn Out's interest in disguise, which he continues to pursue. And like any good Dreadnok, he still likes to destroy things. Burn Out crossed paths with the G.I. Joe team while trying to protect Cobra Commander during a fight between Snake-Eyes, Billy and Storm Shadow. He was also one of the Dreadnoks who attacked Roadblock on the set of his television cooking show. Burn Out was later part of the large force of Dreadnoks that Zartan sent into battle against the forces of a revived Serpentor on Cobra Island. He also helped free Zartan from a governement facility where he was being held after he was captured while posing as Cobra Commander.