CHARLES REIGEL

Real Name: Charles Reigel

Identity/Class: Human

Occupation: Electronics wizard, former Nazi collaborator

Group Membership: Gotham Game Club

Affiliations: Bishop, King, Knight, Pawn, Queen, Rook

Enemies: Hulk, Joshua Wade

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: The Gotham Game Club, New York City

First Appearance: Incredible Hulk Annual#9 (1980)

Powers/Abilities: Charles Reigel was a brilliant schemer, and a wizard with electronics, having designed the robots Bishop, King, Knight, Pawn, Queen and Rook. Reigel was fond of games, and was particularly strong at checkers and chess. Reigel also wielded a handgun.

History: (Incredible Hulk Annual#9 (fb, BTS))- During World War 2, Charles Reigel was the head of a Nazi service organization, and assisted the Nazi cause from America.

(Incredible Hulk Annual#9)- Charles Reigel and friends at the Gotham Game Club found themselves growing tired of the challenges of the modern world, preferring the challenges they had faced during World War 2. Reigel proposed that they take on a new game-- to hunt and kill the Hulk. They decided that the next time the Hulk was sighted in New York City, they would hunt him down one at a time.

When the Hulk finally did appear in New York, Reigel met with the others at the club, and began their game, each of Reigel's friends setting a trap for the Hulk which represented a gamepiece in chess. After Franklin Knight was put into a coma from his encounter with the Hulk the others began to question the game, but Reigel convinced them to carry on.

Finally, the time came for Reigel's challenge. As his game piece to represent was the king, he set a trap for the Hulk at the Empire State Building (once called "King of the skyscrapers"), at the King Bakery offices on the top floor. By this time, the Hulk's alter ego of Bruce Banner had realized what was going on, and confronted Reigel at the office. Unaware of who Banner was, Reigel tried to shoot him, and the stress transformed Banner into the Hulk.

Reigel ran into his laboratory, and released the six robots he had constructed which each represented a chess piece. He set the six robots against the Hulk, but the Hulk destroyed them all. Unwilling to accept defeat, Reigel flung himself at the Hulk. The Hulk shook him through the air, then deposited him at the feet of detective Joshua Wade, who had determined what Reigel's plan was. Reigel, still stunned that someone had beaten him at a game, was taken away by Wade.

Comments: Created by Doug Moench, Steve Ditko and Al Milgrom.

Incredible Hulk Annual#9 brought together three of my favorite subjects for an Appendix profile: Doug Moench, Steve Ditko, and robots! Hoo-hah!

by Prime Eternal

CLARIFICATIONS:
Charles Reigel should not be confused with:


Bishop was a purple robot constructed by Charles Reigel, and dispatched against the Hulk. It could fire energy blasts, and possessed enhanced strength and intelligence. It was destroyed by the Hulk.

--Incredible Hulk Annual#9

















King was a red robot constructed by Charles Reigel, and dispatched against the Hulk. It could fire energy blasts, and possessed enhanced strength and intelligence. It fought the Hulk on the ledge of the Empire State Building, and was flung from the tower by the Hulk.

--Incredible Hulk Annual#9
















Knight was a light blue robot constructed by Charles Reigel, and dispatched against the Hulk. It could fire energy blasts, and possessed enhanced strength and intelligence. It was destroyed by the Hulk.

--Incredible Hulk Annual#9

















Pawn was an orange robot constructed by Charles Reigel, and dispatched against the Hulk. It could fire energy blasts, and possessed enhanced strength and intelligence. It was destroyed by the Hulk.

--Incredible Hulk Annual#9

















Queen was a golden robot constructed by Charles Reigel, and dispatched against the Hulk. It could fire energy blasts, and possessed enhanced strength and intelligence. It was destroyed by the Hulk.

--Incredible Hulk Annual#9

















Rook was a blue robot constructed by Charles Reigel, and dispatched against the Hulk. It could fire energy blasts, and possessed enhanced strength and intelligence. It was destroyed by the Hulk.

--Incredible Hulk Annual#9

















Images taken from:
Incredible Hulk Annual#9, page 34, panel 5
Incredible Hulk Annual#9, page 3, panel 6
Bishop- Incredible Hulk Annual#9, page 38, panel 2
King- Incredible Hulk Annual#9, page 38, panel 4
Knight- Incredible Hulk Annual#9, page 38, panel 1
Pawn- Incredible Hulk Annual#9, page 37, panel 4
Queen- Incredible Hulk Annual#9, page 38, panel 3
Rook- Incredible Hulk Annual#9, page 37, panel 6


Last updated: 11/15/04

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