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Kite Man from Batman (vol. 1) #315
artist Dick Giordano
|First appearance||Batman (vol. 1) #133
|Created by||Bill Finger (writer)
Dick Sprang (artist)
|Alter ego||Charles "Chuck" Brown|
|Abilities||Excellent hang-glider pilot
Uses a variety of gimmicked kites
Kite Man (Charles "Chuck" Brown) is a fictional character, a supervillain in publications from DC Comics. The character first appeared in Batman vol. 1 #133 (August 1960), and was created by Bill Finger and Dick Sprang. His real name is an obvious homage to noted kite-flyer Charlie Brown from the comic strip Peanuts.
Fictional character biography
Charles "Chuck" Brown is a man who armed himself with kite weapons to be used to commit crimes. He flies with a big kite strapped to him. He also uses a barrage of kites to overwhelm his enemies. He has run afoul of Batman, Robin, Hawkman, and Hawkgirl on different occasions.
In his first appearance, he uses kites for a variety of crimes, including helping criminals escape prison. Batman uses kites of his own to defeat him. This appearance is reprinted in Batman Family #3 (1975). Kite-Man returns again, now sporting a visor. He hires several men, whom he betrays. Batman again defeats him with his own kite. Len Wein brings him back in a story about payroll heists. The gimmicky kites were not used.
Kite-Man is one of many criminals to take advantage of the villain-friendly atmosphere of the fictional country of Zandia. He ends up joining its sports team[volume & issue needed] and later becomes involved in a fight against an invading troop of super-heroes.
Brown, however, survived his fall and reached some low rank in post-Crisis Gotham City's underworld in the pages of the weekly series 52. He is captured alongside Sewer King, Dawson, Lamelle, The Squid and Mirage. As with the other prisoners, Kite Man is killed and eaten by Bruno Mannheim upon refusing to side with him.
Powers and abilities
Kite Man has no superpowers but he's an excellent hang-glider pilot, and uses various gimmicked kites.
In other media
- Kite Man is featured in Batman: The Brave and the Bold voiced by Jeffrey Combs. As a boy, he was obsessed with Benjamin Franklin and attempted to recreate his famous kite-flying electrical experiment. However, he failed to take adequate safety precautions, wore metal braces, and stood in a bucket of water. The subsequent electrical shock psychologically traumatized him and forced him into a life of kite-centric crime. In "Terror on Dinosaur Island," a flashback depicts him as the leader of a group of thieves equipped with high-tech glider kites that allows them to commit crimes. Kite Man is stopped by Batman, and his former henchman Eel O'Brian (who Batman rescued from the vat he fell in) testified against him in court, and was later arrested. In "Long Arm of the Law," Kite Man steals a sample of Plastic Man in order to complete a theta beam gun that will enable anyone to copy Plastic Man's powers, or petrify someone with elastic powers. He also obtains a sidekick named Rubberneck and gains stretching powers from theta beam exposure, and fights Batman and Plastic Man. However, he and Rubberneck are defeated when they are entangled together and the theta beam gun turns them to stone.
- Batman (vol. 1) #133 (August 1960)
- Batman (vol. 1) #315 (September 1979)
- Hawkman (vol. 2) #4 (November 1986)
- Young Justice #50 (December 2002)
- Infinite Crisis #3 (February 2006)
- 52 Week Twenty-Five (October 2006)