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

Captain Charlie-27 is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character usually appears in the Earth-691 timeline of the Marvel Universe as a member of the original, 31st century incarnation of the team known as the Guardians of the Galaxy.

Charlie-27 first appeared in Marvel Super-Heroes #18 (January 1969) and was created by writer Arnold Drake and artist Gene Colan. Writer Dan Abnett described him as "the heart" of the Guardians of the Galaxy.[1]

The character was portrayed by actor Ving Rhames in the 2017 film Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

Publication history[edit]

Charlie-27 first appeared in Marvel Super-Heroes #18 (January 1969) and was created by writer Arnold Drake and artist Gene Colan, who created the Guardians of the Galaxy as a version of the group from the film The Dirty Dozen.[2] Writer Steve Gerber included the character when he revived the team in Marvel Presents #3 (Feb. 1976) to #12 (Aug. 1977).[3]

Charlie-27 is a recurring character in the 1990s Guardians of the Galaxy series and appeared along with the rest of the original Guardians of the Galaxy team in the 2014 series Guardians 3000.[4][1] He was also depicted as of the characters featured in the 2016 Guardians of Infinity series.[5]

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 he 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.[6] In 3014, he teamed with the time-traveling Thing, Captain America, and Sharon Carter to retake New York City from Badoon forces.[7] 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.[8]

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[9] and later helped defeat the Topographical Man.[10] Charlie then learned how the Silver Surfer repulsed the original Badoon invasion attempt of Earth in the 20th Century.[11] Soon after, he met Aleta and learned the origin of Starhawk, followed by a battle against the Reavers of Arcturus.[12] Charlie then discovered the space station Drydock, which the Guardians used as a base of operations for a time.[13]

Charlie later teamed with the time-traveling Thor to battle Korvac and his minions.[14] With the Guardians of the Galaxy, Charlie-27 traveled to the present, in pursuit of Korvac. He met the Avengers,[15] and saved the life of a young Vance Astrovik.[16] Charlie assisted the Avengers in battling Korvac.[17] He attended an Avengers membership meeting but left soon afterwards.[18] 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.[19]

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.[20] He battled the superhuman team known as Force.[21] He encountered Malevolence.[22] He located Haven, a lost colony of Earth founded by mutants. He battled Rancor and her lieutenants.[23]

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.[24]

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.[25]

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.


Lucas Siegel of Newsarama opined Charlie-27 as the clear inspiration for X-Men: The Last Stand version of Juggernaut.[4]

In other media[edit]

Charlie-27 is played by Ving Rhames in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, during a scene in which Yondu Udonta's original team of heroes interact.[26]


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    Gerber, Steve (w), Buscema, Sal (p), Colletta, Vince (i). "Three Worlds to Conquer!" Defenders 27 (September 1975)
    Gerber, Steve (w), Buscema, Sal (p), Giacoia, Frank; Tartaglione, John (i). "My Mother, The Badoon!" Defenders 28 (October 1975)
    Gerber, Steve (w), Buscema, Sal (p), Colletta, Vince (i). "Let My Planet Go!" Defenders 29 (November 1975)
  9. ^ Gerber, Steve (w), Milgrom, Al (p), Marcos, Pablo (i). "Just Another Planet Story!" Marvel Presents 3 (February 1976)
    Gerber, Steve (w), Milgrom, Al (p), Milgrom, Al (i). "Into the Maw of Madness!" Marvel Presents 4 (April 1976)
    Gerber, Steve (w), Milgrom, Al; Chaykin, Howard (p), Chaykin, Howard (i). "Planet of the Absurd!" Marvel Presents 5 (June 1976)
  10. ^ Gerber, Steve (w), Milgrom, Al (p), Austin, Terry (i). "The Topographical Man" Marvel Presents 6 (August 1976)
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  11. ^ Stern, Roger (w), Milgrom, Al (p), Wiacek, Bob (i). "Once Upon a Time...the Silver Surfer!" Marvel Presents 8 (December 1976)
  12. ^ Gerber, Steve; Skrenes, Mary (w), Milgrom, Al (p), Wiacek, Bob (i). "Breaking Up Is Death To Do!" Marvel Presents 9 (February 1977)
    Stern, Roger (w), Milgrom, Al (p), Wiacek, Bob (i). "Death-Bird Rising!" Marvel Presents 10 (April 1977)
    Stern, Roger (w), Milgrom, Al (p), Wiacek, Bob (i). "At War With Arcturus!" Marvel Presents 11 (June 1977)
  13. ^ Stern, Roger (w), Milgrom, Al (p), Wiacek, Bob (i). "The Shipyard of Deep Space!" Marvel Presents 12 (August 1977)
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  15. ^ Shooter, Jim; Stern, Roger (w), Pérez, George (p), Marcos, Pablo (i). "Tomorrow Dies Today!" Avengers 167 (January 1978)
    Shooter, Jim (w), Pérez, George (p), Marcos, Pablo (i). "First Blood" Avengers 168 (February 1978)
  16. ^ Shooter, Jim (w), Pérez, George (p), Marcos, Pablo (i). "...Though Hell Should Bar the Way!" Avengers 170 (April 1978)
  17. ^ Shooter, Jim (w), Wenzel, David (p), Marcos, Pablo; Villamonte, Ricardo (i). "The Hope... And the Slaughter!" Avengers 177 (November 1978)
  18. ^ Michelinie, David (w), Byrne, John (p), Day, Gene (i). "On The Matter Of Heroes!" Avengers 181 (March 1979)
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  20. ^ Valentino, Jim (w), Valentino, Jim (p), Montano, Steve (i). "But Are They Ready for... Taserface!" Guardians of the Galaxy 1 (June 1990)
    Valentino, Jim (w), Valentino, Jim (p), Montano, Steve (i). "The Stark Truth!" Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (July 1990)
    Valentino, Jim (w), Valentino, Jim (p), Montano, Steve (i). "Split Decision" Guardians of the Galaxy 3 (August 1990)
    Valentino, Jim (w), Valentino, Jim (p), Montano, Steve (i). "...And Then Came the Firelord!" Guardians of the Galaxy 4 (September 1990)
  21. ^ Valentino, Jim (w), Valentino, Jim (p), Montano, Steve (i). "A Force to Reckon With!" Guardians of the Galaxy 5 (October 1990)
    Valentino, Jim (w), Valentino, Jim (p), Montano, Steve (i). "And to the Victor-- The Shield!" Guardians of the Galaxy 6 (November 1990)
  22. ^ Valentino, Jim (w), Valentino, Jim (p), Montano, Steve (i). "That's No Lady That's Malevolence" Guardians of the Galaxy 7 (December 1990)
  23. ^ Valentino, Jim (w), Valentino, Jim (p), Montano, Steve (i). "Down Time" Guardians of the Galaxy 8 (January 1991)
    Valentino, Jim (w), Valentino, Jim (p), Montano, Steve (i). "...And Rancor Is Her Name-O (World of Mutants pt. 1)" Guardians of the Galaxy 9 (February 1991)
    Valentino, Jim (w), Valentino, Jim (p), Montano, Steve (i). "Tell them the Overmen are Here! (World of Mutants part 2)" Guardians of the Galaxy 10 (March 1991)
    Valentino, Jim (w), Valentino, Jim (p), Montano, Steve (i). "The Once and Future Phoenix (World of Mutants pt. 3)" Guardians of the Galaxy 11 (April 1991)
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