Charlie-27 (Origin) – Comic Basics

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Real Name: Charlie-27

First Appearance: Marvel Superheroes #18 (January 1969)

Powers: Superhuman strength, stamina, and durability. Master strategist and pilot 

Affiliation: Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers

Did You Know? Charlie-27 has made an appearance in the MCU. He was played by Ving Rhames and appeared in Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 as a part of the Ravagers.

A Little History

Like other Guardians of the Galaxy member Vance Astrovik, Charlie-27 was created by Arnold Drake and Gene Colan. He first appeared in Marvel Superheroes #18 back in 1969. 

Charlie-27 is the last known survivor of a genetically engineered race designed to live on Jupiter. The race was genetically engineered so that that could work on gas-mining platforms in Jupiter’s atmosphere. Due to his engineering, he was gifted superhuman strength, stamina, and durability. These attributes make him superior to that of a normal human being. Sadly, when the Planet was invaded by the Badoon, the entirety of his race, save for Charlie 27 was exterminated.

While escaping the Badoon soldiers he met and befriended Martinex, the last known survivor of Pluto. For context, Martinex, like Charlie-27 has superhuman strength and durability. He can also project extreme temperatures from his hands. This means that he can shoot beams of heat or cold from his fingertips. 

To double their chances of escape and survival the two join forces. Eventually, the two do escape and once free, meet up with other founding Guardians of the Galaxy members Yondu and Major Victory.  Charlie’s inclusion in the group was as important as any. For years he served as both their pilot and master strategist.

As a master strategist he was often charged with leading the team on the battlefield. As one of the teams leaders, he has also been called the heart and soul of the Guardians of the Galaxy. 

Title Image © Marvel

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