Real Name: Charles "Charlie" Palene
Identity/Class: Human magic user
Occupation: Mayor, politician; former petty criminal
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Jules, his followers; formerly demonic goblin horde
Enemies: Demogoblin, demonic goblin horde, Morbius (Michael Morbius), Venom (Eddie Brock); formerly NYPD
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: "Heretic," "sinner" (insults from Demogoblin), "windbag" (insult from bystander)
Base of Operations: Palentine Election Headquarters in San Francisco, California, USA
First Appearance: Venom: The Enemy Within I#1 (February, 1994)
Powers/Abilities: Charles Palentine had minor
skills in sorcery, sufficient enough to understand basic occult
information and summon forth demonic goblins. Palentine also utilized
the enchanted Sacred Necklace of Rhan to protect himself from the
goblins and fire mystic blasts.
Height: 6' (by approximation)
Weight: 200 lbs. (by approximation)
History: (Venom: The Enemy Within I#2 (fb) - BTS) - Seventeen-year old Charles Palene began writing his thoughts in a diary. On his seventeenth birthday, Palene traveled through Brooklyn, New York looking for a job. Unable to find work, Palene eventually became hungry enough to break into a bakery shop.
(Venom: The Enemy Within I#2 (fb)) - Unaware the shop
was wired, Palene was soon sought after by the NYPD and he hid in a an
abandoned building on Beaumont, unaware it was the Library of Rhan cult
hideout, after noticing a yellow glow emanating from the building.
Looking inside a window, Palene noticed a bizarre cult surrounding a
woman laying on a table. Shocked, Charlie yelled out and was attacked
from behind. The terrified Charlie jumped and fell through the window,
disrupting the cult ceremony. Insisting he would remain quiet about
what he saw, Charlie Palene told the cult to continue their ceremony
and he would leave but the cult leader ordered Palene to remain. When
the cultists prepared to sacrifice Charlie, he lashed out, managing to
grab a necklace from the cult leader, before the arriving police
officers shot the cult leader. The police then connected Charlie with
the cultists and he was sent to trial for his supposed crimes, where
his belongings except the necklace he had grabbed were taken away and
he was sentenced to an upstate work farm for years before he escaped.
Going on a spree of petty crime, unaware that his criminal success was
due to the necklace he still carried, Palene often stared into the
shadowy necklace until one day, the law caught up and he was arrested
and sent to Alcatraz for his past crimes.
(Venom: The Enemy Within I#1 (fb)) - In Alcatraz, brutal guards beat Charlie Palene and he sat in seemingly unending solitude.
(Venom: The Enemy Within I#2 (fb)) - Opting to read while in prison rather than rot, Palene finished the Mickey Spillane books in the library before moving on to the occult section, where he read an old book that featured a write-up on the ceremonial necklace he carried. Learning what he could from the book and the necklace itself, Charlie Palene inadvertently summoned forth a horde of demon goblins. Soon realizing that the necklace protected him from the goblins, Palene began wearing the necklace all the time.
(Venom: The Enemy Within I#2 (fb) - BTS) - After learning to control the goblins, Charlie Palene commanded them to dig him out of prison.
(Venom: The Enemy Within I#3 (fb)) - While the
goblins dug through his prison cell, Palene thought how the goblins
assumed they would be rewarded for aiding Palene and how they were
completely unaware of Palene's plan to seal the goblins below ground
forever. Once the goblins finished freeing Palene, he did as he
intended and sealed the goblins below San Francisco.
(Venom: The Enemy Within I#2 (fb) - BTS) - Charlie Palene erased his checkered past via occult means, changing his name to Charles Palentine.
(Venom: The Enemy Within I#3 (fb) - BTS) - Decades later,
Palentine's goblins were accidentally freed by construction workers
working on the Bart railway system.
(Venom: The Enemy Within I#1) - Charles Palentine,
now a politician running for mayor, spoke at a Halloween night
conference, where he promised bystanders that if he were elected mayor,
he would make San Franciscans proud of their city again, unaware that
the demon goblins he had once summoned had escaped and were attacking
people on the railway system. A man yelled that they were already proud
of their city and when another man suggested that Palentine be allowed
to speak, a mob quickly formed. Back at Palentine Election
Headquarters, Charles Palentine spoke to a small group, promising that
he would shatter the unprogressive ways of the old administration and
during the speech, a high-pitched sound shattered the glass Palentine
was holding. Panic quickly erupted in the room, as the guests ran for
cover, but Palentine merely looked out the window towards Alcatraz
Prison and was reminded of his past. After the goblin horde began
venturing out of the Bart system and attacking the city, Charles
Palentine spoke out against the current mayor, demanding an opening of
the San Francisco tunnels and bridges to free the goblins before they
engulfed the entire city.
(Venom: The Enemy Within I#2) - His political
power growing daily, Charles Palentine went on television and announced
his plan to continue lobbying against the sealing-off and quarantining
of the San Francisco Bay area, claiming that the imposed martial law
was unconstitutional. With the support of the police, Palentine stormed
into the current mayor's office and took over despite the mayor's
insistence that Palentine's actions were criminal. Now mayor, Charles
Palentine later explained that the coming of the goblin plague was
foretold as a Biblical plague visited upon their city and suggested
citizens burn the vermin out with fire. Later reminiscing about his
past, Palentine prepared to speak to his followers and was interrupted
in his thoughts but his lackey Jules, who informed him that the people
outside were getting restless. Charles Palentine then ventured out to
speak with his followers, promising them that they had nothing to fear
from the goblin horde as long as he were in power.
(Venom: The Enemy Within I#3) - Mayor Palentine
commanded San Francisco citizens to take action against the invading
goblins by setting the streets on fire. Having investigated the goblins
and found the Diary of Charlie Palene, Venom and Morbius returned to
the city to find it covered in flames and goblins. Venom soon
recognized Palentine's signature on his election headquarters sign as
matching Palene's from the diary and realized that the politician
Palentine and petty criminal Palene were the same man. Storming
Palentine's hotel, Venom and Morbius interrupted Palentine's musing
about his impending control of California and soon, the United States
itself. When Venom demanded the necklace, Palentine used it to fire a
mystic blast that hit Venom, forcing Morbius to enter the fray, only to
be launched out of the hotel window by another blast. Venom responded
by attempting to retrieve the necklace using webbing but the necklace
burned away the webbing and Palentine laughed, remarking that no one
could harm one who held the Sacred Necklace of Rhan. The returning
Morbius then tackled Palentine, knocking the necklace from his neck but
Palentine, who had learned to manipulate the necklace even when not
wearing it, blasted Morbius with a sonic blast. Unfortunately for
Palentine, Demogoblin erupted from the hotel floor, followed by the
goblin horde, and snatched the necklace away from Palentine. Demogoblin
then took control of the goblin horde and unleashed them on Palentine,
announcing that it was time for Palentine to meet his destiny. Using
the necklace himself, Demogoblin grew to giant size and led the goblins
to the Golden Gate Bridge, where he pushed the goblins into the water,
drowning them. Once the goblins had disappeared below the water,
Demogoblin hurled the Sacred Necklace of Rhan into the river as well,
where it hit the water and disappeared in a cloud of mystic smoke.
Comments: Created by Bruce Jones and Bob McLeod.
Profile by Proto-Man.
Charles Palentine has no KNOWN connections to:
--Venom: The Enemy Within I#2
--Venom: The Enemy Within I#2 (#3,
Venom: The Enemy Within I#1 (February, 1994) - Bruce Jones (writer), Bob McLeod (pencils, inks), Danny Fingeroth (editor)
Venom: The Enemy Within I#2 (March, 1994) - Bruce Jones (writer), Bob McLeod (art), Danny Fingeroth (editor)
Venom: The Enemy Within I#3 (May, 1994) - Bruce Jones (writer), Bob McLeod (pencils), Harry Candelario (inks), Danny Fingeroth (editor)
Last updated: 10/23/16
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