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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.

Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceMarvel Super-Heroes #18 (January 1969)
Created byArnold Drake
Gene Colan
In-story information
Alter egoCharlie-27
Team affiliationsGuardians of the Galaxy
AbilitiesSuperhuman strength, stamina, durability

Charlie-27 first appeared in Marvel Super-Heroes #18 (January 1969). 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 Marvel Cinematic Universe film Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

Publication historyEdit

Charlie-27 first appeared in Marvel Super-Heroes #18 (January 1969).[2] According to Roy Thomas, all of the original Guardians of the Galaxy were created in a conference between Arnold Drake and Stan Lee, but it remains uncertain whether each individual character was created by Drake, Lee, or both.[3] 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 one of the characters featured in the 2016 Guardians of Infinity series.[5]

Fictional character biographyEdit

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, he returns from a six-month space mission to find his city taken over by the Badoon. He 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. 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 teams with the time-traveling Thing, Captain America, and Sharon Carter to retake New York City from Badoon forces.[7] He later time-travels to the 20th Century, and meets the Defenders. He returns to 3015 with Starhawk and the Defenders to defeat a Badoon invasion force.[8]

Charlie-27 departs post-war Earth on a space mission and meets Nikki, who joins the Guardians of the Galaxy. He then visits the Asylum planet[9] and helps defeat the Topographical Man.[10] Charlie learns how the Silver Surfer repulsed the original Badoon invasion in the 20th Century.[11] He meets Aleta Ogord and learns the origin of Starhawk.[12] Charlie then discovers the space station Drydock. The Guardians use it as a base of operations.[13]

Charlie teams with the time-traveling Thor to battle Korvac and his minions.[14] With the Guardians of the Galaxy, Charlie-27 pursues Korvac to the present. He meets the Avengers,[15] who saved the life of a young Vance Astrovik.[16] Charlie assists the Avengers in battling Korvac.[17] He attends an Avengers membership meeting but leaves early.[18] Charlie battles the Thing to prevent the meeting of Vance Astro's 20th and 31st Century selves. With the Guardians, he then returns to the 31st Century.[19]

Charlie and the Guardians go on a quest to find the lost shield of Captain America. He battles Taserface and the Stark. He encounters Firelord and defeats the Stark.[20] He battles the superhuman team Force.[21] He encounters Malevolence.[22] He locates Haven, a lost colony of Earth founded by mutants. He battles Rancor and her lieutenants.[23]

Charlie's romantic relationship with fellow Guardian Nikki is broken up.[volume & issue needed] They still remain friends.

Charlie-27 becomes involved in the Infinity War. He and his team save Avengers Mansion from an invasion by the Masters of Evil. Both teams fight evil doppelgangers of themselves sent by the Magus.[24] Rita DeMara earns 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 becomes lost in space and time.[25]

Powers and abilitiesEdit

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 mediaEdit

Charlie-27 is played by Ving Rhames in the Marvel Cinematic Universe film Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.[26] He is first seen among the Ravagers attending Yondu's funeral following the fight with Ego. Charlie-27 later appears in a mid-credits scene in which Yondu's original team of heroes interact.


  1. ^ a b Arrant, Chris (June 25, 2014). "Marvel's Old Guardians Up To New Tricks in Guardians 3000". Newsarama. Archived from the original on January 27, 2016.
  2. ^ 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.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
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  5. ^ Richards, Dave (September 22, 2015). "Abnett Embarks On Millenia-Spanning Adventure In Guardians of Infinity". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on January 9, 2016.
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  7. ^ Gerber, Steve (w), Buscema, Sal (p), Esposito, Mike (i). "Seven Against the Empire!" Marvel Two-in-One 5 (September 1974)
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    Gerber, Steve (w), Buscema, Sal (p), Colletta, Vince (i). "Savage Time!" Defenders 26 (August 1975)
    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)
    Gerber, Steve (w), Milgrom, Al (p), Wiacek, Bob (i). "Embrace the Void!" Marvel Presents 7 (November 1976)
  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)
  14. ^ Wein, Len; Stern, Roger (w), Buscema, Sal (p), Janson, Klaus (i). "Thunder in the 31st Century!" Thor Annual 6 (1977)
  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)
  19. ^ Gruenwald, Mark; Macchio, Ralph (w), Wilson, Ron (p), Day, Gene (i). "Homecoming!" Marvel Two-in-One 69 (November 1980)
  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)
  24. ^ Valentino, Jim (w), Valentino, Jim (p), Montano, Steve (i). "Back from the Future!" Guardians of the Galaxy 27 (August 1992)
  25. ^ Gallagher, Michael (w), West, Kevin (p), Montano, Steve (i). "Endgame" Guardians of the Galaxy 62 (July 1995)
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