Real Name: Chuck Stone
Identity/Class: Normal human
Occupation: Drug addict, Former Navy Seal
Group Membership: Former soldier in the Navy Seals
Affiliations: Eddie Brock
Enemies: People he killed during his time at war (Vietcong(?) see comments)
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: A bowery tenement in New York City
First Appearance: Amazing Spider-Man I#388/2 (April, 1994)
Powers/Abilities: He was an accomplished fighter and very familiar with warfare and warrior mentality
History: (Amazing Spider-Man I#388/2(fb)) - Chuck Stone was a Navy Seal who fought in a war (see comments). He was a war hero, but when he returned to the United States, his records were lost and he was denied benefits. He was forced to live on the streets and turned to drugs. He eventually entered himself into a rehabilitation program. Eddie Brock won an award for a story he wrote about Chuck. However, Chuck didn't have an easy time going clean, and was left living in a small room in the bowery, with no money, no coat, and hard pressed just to get food.
(Amazing Spider-Man I#388/2) - Eddie Brock had recently acquired his symbiote to become Venom and went looking for someone to help him out in figuring out how he should go about killing Spider-Man. He remembered Chuck Stone and figured that since Chuck himself was ruined by forces beyond his control, Chuck would relate to Brock's predicament and help. Brock found Chuck, who was trying his absolute hardest to resist his urge for drugs. Chuck agreed to help Brock and educated him in the art of war over the next few hours. He taught Brock about stealth, surprise, and warrior mentality. He told Brock that to win his battle, he would need to become a machine, a creature, whose only reason was to gain vengeance. Brock was inspired by Chuck and became Venom. He gave Chuck some money and told him to buy himself something he needed. However, Chuck instead bought himself some drugs and died of overdose.
Comments: Created by David Michelinie, Ron Lim, and Tom Palmer
It was never confirmed which war Chuck was in,
but at the time of this story it was likely the Vietnam War. This is most likely
Viet Nam in the Marvel Universe: This issue is discussed here.
Clarifications: Not to be confused with:
images: Amazing Spider-Man I#388, page 43, panel 2
Amazing Spider-Man I#388, page 43, panel 4
Last updated: 02/03/04
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