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Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Marvel Super-Heroes #18 (January 1969)
Created by Arnold Drake and Gene Colan
In-story information
Alter ego Charlie-27
Team affiliations Guardians of the Galaxy (original team)
Avengers (honorary)
Abilities Superhuman strength, stamina, durability

Captain Charlie-27 is fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character usually appears in the Earth-691 timeline of the Marvel Universe.

Publication history[edit]

Charlie-27 first appeared in Marvel Super-Heroes #18 (January 1969), and was created by Arnold Drake and Gene Colan. Drake and Colan created the Guardians of the Galaxy as a science-fiction version of the group from the movie The Dirty Dozen.[1]

Charlie-27 was a recurring character in the 1990s Guardians of the Galaxy series. Lucas Siegel of Newsarama comments on the character's origin: "That's right, he lived on a colony on a gaseous planet. Ah, simpler times, when suspension of disbelief was at ridiculously high levels, and gas prices were at low ones. Charlie-27 is the clear inspiration for the X-Men movie version of Juggernaut, and gains his super-strength from being engineered to handle 11 times Earth's gravity."[2]

Charlie-27 appeared along with the rest of the original Guardians of the Galaxy team in the 2014 series Guardians 3000. Writer Dan Abnett described him as "the heart of the team".[3]

Charlie-27 is one of the characters featured in the 2016 Guardians of Infinity series.[4]

Fictional character biography[edit]

Charlie-27 is a soldier and space militia pilot, genetically engineered to live in Jupiter's gravity, born in Galileo City, Jupiter. As such, he has eleven times the muscle mass of a normal human. He was also a Captain in the United Lands of Earth Space Militia.

In the year 3007, the alien Badoon invade the solar system, performing various acts of genocide. Charlie is the only survivor of his world due to being on a six month space mission. He returns to the floating cities, and finds his city taken over by the Badoon. He hopes to find his family, but hears a Badoon mention he is the last surviving Jovian so escapes in a teleporting pod to Pluto (unknown to him Starhawk had keyed in the location). He joins forces with Martinex, the only survivor of Pluto. Then the two go to Earth using the telepod and meet Yondu, and Vance Astro to form the Guardians of the Galaxy, a band of freedom fighters.[5] In 3014, he teamed with the time-traveling Thing, Captain America, and Sharon Carter to retake New York City from Badoon forces.[6] He later time-traveled to the 20th Century, and met the Defenders. He returned to 3015 with Starhawk and the Defenders to defeat a Badoon invasion force.[7]

Charlie-27 later departed post-war Earth on a space mission and met Nikki, who joined the Guardians of the Galaxy. He then visited the Asylum planet.[8] Charlie helped defeat the Topographical Man.[9] Charlie then learned how the Silver Surfer repulsed the original Badoon invasion attempt of Earth in the 20th Century.[10] He then met Aleta and learned the origin of Starhawk. He battled the Reavers of Arcturus.[11] Charlie then discovered the space station Drydock, which the Guardians used as a base of operations for a time.[12]

Charlie later teamed with the time-traveling Thor to battle Korvac and his minions.[13] With the Guardians of the Galaxy, Charlie-27 traveled to the present, in pursuit of Korvac. He met the Avengers, and saved the life of a young Vance Astrovik. Charlie assisted the Avengers in battling Korvac. He attempted an Avengers membership meeting, but wound up parting company with the Avengers.[14] Charlie attempted to prevent the meeting of Vance Astro's 20th and 31st Century selves, and battled the Thing to do so. With the Guardians, he then returned to the 31st Century.[15]

Charlie and the Guardians then went on a quest to find the lost shield of Captain America. He battled Taserface and the Stark. He encountered Firelord and defeated the Stark.[16] He battled the superhuman team known as Force.[17] He encountered Malevolence.[18] He located Haven, a lost colony of Earth founded by mutants. He battled Rancor and her lieutenants.[19]

Charlie once had a romantic relationship with fellow Guardian Nikki, but the two broke it off. They still remain friends.

Though from the future, Charlie-27 manages to become involved in the Infinity War. He and his team save Avengers Mansion from an invasion by the Masters of Evil. Then both teams fight evil dopplegangers of themselves who were sent by the Magus.[20]

Rita DeMara once earned his friendship by performing an impromptu surgery with her stings on a massive internal blood-clot, saving his life.[volume & issue needed]

As with the rest of the team, Charlie's last appearance is on a mysterious planet as the team had become lost in space and time.[21]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Charlie-27 is a member of a genetically engineered offshoot of humanity whose traits were designed for survival under the heavy gravity conditions of the planet Jupiter. As such, he has superhuman strength, and enhanced durability and stamina.

Charlie is trained in hand-to-hand combat as a militiaman. He also has the ability to pilot most air and spacecraft of the 31st Century, including the Guardians' starships such as the Freedom's Lady, Captain America I, and Captain America II.

In other media[edit]


  • Charlie-27 is a playable character in the Galactic Guardians set of Marvel Heroclix.[22]


  1. ^ DeFalco, Tom; Gilbert, Laura, ed. (2008). "1960s". Marvel Chronicle A Year by Year History. Dorling Kindersley. p. 134. ISBN 978-0756641238. The Guardians of the Galaxy were a science-fiction version of the group from the movie Dirty Dozen (1967) and were created by writer Arnold Drake and artist Gene Colan. 
  2. ^
  3. ^
  4. ^
  5. ^ Marvel Super-Heroes Vol. 1 #18
  6. ^ Marvel Two-in-One #5
  7. ^ Giant-Size Defenders #; Defenders #26-29
  8. ^ Marvel Presents #3-5
  9. ^ Marvel Presents #6-7
  10. ^ Marvel Presents #8
  11. ^ Marvel Presents #9-11
  12. ^ Marvel Presents #12
  13. ^ Thor Annual #6
  14. ^ Avengers #167-168, 170, 177, 181
  15. ^ Marvel Two-in-One #69
  16. ^ Guardians of the Galaxyv vol 1 #1-4
  17. ^ Guardians of the Galaxy vol 1 #5-6
  18. ^ Guardians of the Galaxy vol 1 #7
  19. ^ Guardians of the Galaxy vol 1 #8-11
  20. ^ Guardians of the Galaxy vol 1 #27
  21. ^ Guardians of the Galaxy vol 1 #62
  22. ^ More Galactic Guardian Heroclix Spoilers,