Real Name: Charlie Buchanan

Identity/Class: Human

Occupation: Petty crook

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: His two unnamed assistants

Enemies: Spider-Man

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: Charles H. Buchanan III

Base of Operations: Presumably New York

First Appearance: Amazing Spider-Man I#3 (July, 1963)

Powers/Abilities: Charlie had no superhuman powers, but he had some skill at being a crook.

head shotHistory:

(Spider-Man I#38 (fb) - BTS) - Apparently not making gainful endeavors elsewhere, Charlie turned to crime.

(Amazing Spider-Man I#3) - While Charlie and his assistants attempted to rob a warehouse of its safe, the trio was halted by Spider-Man, who left him and his cohorts hanging from a web for the police.

 (Amazing Spider-Man I#4) - After being released from prison on a technicality, Charlie and his two assistants prepared to rob a jewelry store. Before they could do so, Spider-Man once again interrupted them. This time, however, they had not technically done anything wrong yet and so Charlie began calling for the police, claiming that Spider-Man attacked them without cause.

(Spider-Man I#38 (fb) - BTS) - Spider-Man "popped" Charlie about six times.

(Spider-Man I#38) - Charlie robbed a man in his suite in a hotel, but Spider-Man stopped him. However, the adventurer then had to save someone else. Later, Spider-Man stopped Charlie in a purse snatching, webbed him up-but the police did not arrive before the webbing dissolved. Charlie then did some panhandling, including asking uncostumed Electro for spare change.

(Spider-Man I#39) - Charlie held up a ball at a great hotel, strapping himself with what resembled explosives. He was interrupted by Spider-Man, but then Electro absorbed most of the power in New York.

(Spider-Man I#40) - During the panic caused by Electro's actions, Buchanan shed the bombs and other paraphernalia, and repentant, help a woman who had stumbled, preventing her from getting trampled. Jameson offered him employment.

Comments: Created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.

In Amazing Spider-Man I#4, Charlie never said how he was released from prison. I discovered that he was released on a technicality from the Official Marvel Index to the Amazing Spider-Man#1 (April, 1985).

Profile by Proto-Man & Per Degaton


Charlie has no known connections to

Amazing Spider-Man I#3, p2, pan1 (Charlie fullbody)

Amazing Spider-Man I#4, p2, pan4 (Charlie headshot)

Other appearances:
Amazing Spider-Man I#4 (September, 1963) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Steve Ditko (artist)
Spider-Man I#38-40 (September-November, 1993) - J.M. DeMatteis (writer), Klaus Janson (artist), Danny Fingeroth (editor)

Last updated: 10/06/05

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