Real Name: Eddie (last name unrevealed)
Occupation: Professional criminal
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: His gang (Charlie, Rocky and unnamed others)
Enemies: Yellowjacket (Hank Pym)
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: "Pigeon" (nickname used by Yellowjacket)
Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
formerly New York City, New York
First Appearance: Avengers I#59 (December, 1968)
Powers/Abilities: Big Eddie possessed no known superhuman abilities. A moderately skilled thief and gang leader, he relied on both violence and bribery to get his way. Eddie was somewhat proficient in the use of handguns. Eddie was an experienced cigar smoker who had perfected the skill to talk with a stogie in his mouth.
Height: 6'1" (by approximation)
Weight: 200 lbs. (by approximation)
(Avengers I#59 (fb) - BTS) - Small time gang leader Big Eddie was hired to rob a Manhattan furrier co-owned by J. Jonah Jameson. Opting for a tactical approach, Eddie didn't simply break in. He bribed the warehouse's nightwatchman, which allowed them access to the warehouse with relative ease. Under the cover of night, Eddie and the gang drove a lorry up to the furrier's and quickly set out to load the truck.
(Avengers I#59) - Even though the heist was going off
without a hitch, Eddie was getting nervous. Carrying heavy furs in both
hands and smoking a cigar, he told his underling Charlie to hurry up and
not sleepwalk through the job. Charlie assured his boss he was working
as fast as he could, claiming he couldn't wait to get the furs to a
fence so they could get paid for their work. As they were loading the
truck, Eddie was startled when he spotted a man on top of the warehouse.
With the cigar dropping from his mouth, Eddie heard the man introduce
himself as Yellowjacket. Too stunned to move, Eddie was knocked out when
Yellowjacket jumped off the roof and landed on him, fist first.
Seeing their boss knocked out, Rocky and Charlie pulled their guns ready
to attack "Mr. Yellabelly" only to get zapped by the hero's
stingers. After stopping the remaining member of Eddie's gang,
Yellowjacket phoned the police and stayed with the still unconscious
criminals until the authorities arrived.
(Avengers I#59 - BTS) - The Daily Bugle turned Yellowjacket and the arrest of Big Eddie into a front page story. Jameson was excited about the new hero, though his employees figured the main reason was the fact their boss owned the furrier's.
Comments: Created by Roy Thomas (writer), John Buscema (pencils), George Klein (inks)
How times change, back in 1968 the notion of a furrier
needing a warehouse was pretty common. Half a century later, legally
owning a piece of ermine, fox or mink makes you the bad guy.
Profile by Norvo.
Big Eddie should not be confused with:
Charlie and Rocky were two gang members working for Big Eddie. They assisted him during the late night robbery of a Manhattan furrier. Their heist was foiled by the new hero Yellowjacket who easily dispatched Big Eddie. Charlie wanted to make a run for it, but Rocky reminded his partner in crime that without Eddie they wouldn't be getting paid. Both men pulled a gun on Yellowjacket, only to have it zapped out of their hands by his stingers. He then punched them out and called the police.
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Avengers I#59, p1, pan1 (main image)
Avengers I#59, p1, pan3 (closeup)
Avengers I#59, p2, pan2 (Charlie & Rocky)
Avengers I#59 (December, 1968) - Roy Thomas (writer), John Buscema (pencils), George Klein (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
First Posted: 02/22/18
Last updated: 02/22/18
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