Real Name: Charles Fortesque Smythington IV

Identity/Class: Normal human

Occupation: None (alcoholic homeless person); any former occupations are unrevealed

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Spider-Man (Peter Parker)

Enemies: Llyra, Wizard (born Bentley Wittman)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Mobile throughout Manhattan

First Appearance: Amazing Spider-Man I#213 (February, 1981)


Powers/Abilities: Wino Charlie possesses the strength, speed, and agility of a drunken hobo.



History: (Amazing Spider-Man I#213) - Tired of being hassled by the cops for sleeping in doorways, Wino Charlie wandered the streets of Chelsea, looking for a place to drink his wine in peace.  He came across Peter Parker's apartment building and took the fire escape to the roof.  He fell asleep up there, meaning he was still on the roof when the Wizard and Llyra bombed it in an attempt to kill Spider-Man.  After saving several other residents of the building, Spider-Man noticed the sleeping Charlie and tried to save him, but as he reached him, the fire-weakened roof collapsed...

(Amazing Spider-Man I#214) - Spider-Man saved the still-unconscious Charlie from falling to his death, using a waterbed to cushion their landing.  Using the waterbed as a shield, he carried Charlie out of the burning building and deposited him in an alley.  Ninety minutes later, Charlie woke up, smelled the smoke on his clothes, and briefly wondered what had happened before wandering off.





Comments: Created by Denny O'Neil, John Romita, Jr., and Jim Mooney.

Given his real name, Charlie probably came from an upper-class family.  How he became an alcoholic vagrant is unknown.

Charlie's wine of choice is Tokay, a Hungarian wine.

Profile by Minor Irritant.

Wino Charlie has no known connections to:

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Amazing Spider-Man I#213, p15, pan1 (main image)
    panel 3 (in action, climbing ladder)

Amazing Spider-Man I#213-214 (February-March, 1981) - Denny O'Neil (writer), John Romita, Jr. (pencils), Jim Mooney (inks), Allen Milgrom (editor)

Last updated:08/05/12

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