diangelo-chic-ppi8-full-frontal-distant CHIC DiANGELO

Real Name: "Chic" "DiAngelo (his first name may be Charles, but that is unconfirmed)

Identity/Class: Human

Occupation: Professional criminal

Group Membership: Maggia

Affiliations: Jocko, Rocco, another unidentified agent (possibly others);
    formerly controlled
Basilisk, Cockatrice, Dragon Man, Griffin, and Troglodyte;
    Cloak (Tyrone Johnson) was briefly pressured to be his pawn, but DiAngelo was defeated before he ever performed any activities for him

Enemies: Cloak (Tyrone Johnson), Dagger (Tandy Bowen), Dragon Man, Gregson Gilbert, Power Pack (Energizer/Katie Power, Gee/Alex Power, Lightspeed/Julie Power, Mass Master/Jack Power), Spider-Man (Peter Parker)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: Mr. DiAngelo ( a term of respect used by his agents)

Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
    formerly an abandoned church in Manhattan, New York

First Appearance: (Unidentified, seen only from a distance) Power Pack I#6 (January, 1985);
    (unidentified and seen clearly) Power Pack I#7 (February, 1985)

diangelo-chic-ppi7-face-upper.jpgPowers/Abilities: Chic DiAngelo had access to a number of professional criminals in his service, allowing him to threaten and extort services from others.

    He demonstrated no special skills, but given his experience as the head of a Maggia crime family, he presumably had some experience in the use of firearms as well as in unarmed combat.

    He had some experience in strategy, although the plots he demonstrated seemed unrealistic and impractical.

    Via technology designed by Gregson Gilbert, he briefly he control of the robotic Dragon Man as well as the robots Basilisk, Cockatrice, Griffin, and Troglodyte

Height: Unrevealed (approximately 5'9")
Weight: Unrevealed (approximately 180 lbs.)
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Brown

History:

diangelo-chic-ppi7-drugtest(Spectacular Spider-Man II#64 (fb) - BTS / Cloak and Dagger III#19 (fb) - BTS / Power Pack I#7 (fb) - BTS / Dark Reign: MN#3 (fb) - BTS) - Crimelord Chic DiAngelo was the head of a Maggia group involved in the empowerment of Cloak and Dagger.

(Power Pack I#6 (fb) - BTS / Power Pack I#7 (fb) - BTS) - DiAngelo determined that his enemies Cloak and Dagger's powers, which affected the light/life energy within living beings, would be helpless against machines. Seeking high-tech machines, DiAngelo had his agents steal Professor Gregson Gilbert's plans for four other robots (similar to his earlier creation, Dragon Man) as well as an ultrasonic device to control them.

(Power Pack I#7 (fb) - BTS) - Once the ultrasonic device was completed, DiAngelo used it to summon Dragon Man and force him to collect the materials necessary to construct the other robots.

(Power Pack I#6 - BTS) - Learning of DiAngelo's activities, Cloak and Dagger encountered Spider-Man while investigating a warehouse damaged by Dragon Man. After they told Spider-Man of DiAngelo's plans, Spider-Man sought out Gilbert at Columbia

(Power Pack I#6 - BTS) - Dragon Man (under influence from DiAngelo's ultrasonic device) abducted Gregson Gilbert as he lectured at Columbia. This attracted the attention of Spider-Man and the young heroes of Power Pack, who pursued Dragon Man. When the giant creature became intrigued with Energizer (Katie) and Lightspeed (Julie), DiAngelo used the ultrasonic inhibitor to cause Dragon Man pain and force him to return to his church base.

(Power Pack I#6) - Dragon Man brought Gilbert back to his church base, where DiAngelo used the ultrasonic inhibitor to painfully punish Dragon Man for having not returned immediately. He then commented to Rocco that the ultrasonic inhibitor worked like a charm, forcing Dragon Man's compliance.

(Power Pack I#6) - Julie and Katie sneaked into the church in hopes of rescuing both Gilbert and Dragon Man. Failing to find Gilbert, they nonetheless destroyed DiAngelo's ultrasonic controller, allowing Dragon Man to flee with the girls.

(Power Pack I#8 (fb) - BTS) - DiAngelo instructed his agents not to hurt Gilbert.

(Power Pack I#7 (fb) - BTS) - DiAngelo forced Gilbert to construct a more powerful ultrasonic device to better control Dragon Man.

(Power Pack I#7 (fb) - BTS) - DiAngelo presumably forced Gilbert to construct the other four robots and/or program them.

(Power Pack I#7 - BTS) - Under duress, criminal Jamie Juarez told Cloak that a couple of "super-midgets" had fought some syndicate men in a torn-down church in upper Manhattan, escaping with Dragon Man.diangelo-chic-ppi7-full-posterior

(Power Pack I#7) - In the church tower, surrounded by the inert but otherwise completed robots, Gilbert informed DiAngelo that he had nearly completed the ultrasonic controller, informing him that the previous device had been designed for a more immature Dragon Man, but that the new one was calibrated for his current status. Gilbert questioned why DiAngelo was doing what he was doing, and DiAngelo outlined his plans to use the robots to take down Cloak and Dagger and then to take over the criminal underworld. Gilbert further warned that his newest creations were straightforward robots, unlike Dragon Man, but DiAngelo countered that they were smart robots if Gilbert had programmed them right.

(Power Pack I#7 - BTS) - DiAngelo subsequently used the device to retake control of Dragon Man, forcing him to return to the church; Julie Power was knocked out by crashing into the abruptly stopping Dragon Man, and the creature saved her from falling and brought her with him.

(Power Pack I#7) - DiAngelo had his men bring Julie inside the church and put her in the room with Gilbert.

(Power Pack I#7 - BTS) - As the rest of Power Pack, alongside Cloak and Dagger, arrived in the church, the other four robots -- Basilisk, Cockatrice, Griffin, and Troglodyte -- confronted them, after which DiAngelo entered, holding the ultrasonic controller and followed by Dragon Man, who was holding Julie. DiAngelo instructed the others to surrender or he would force Dragon Man to kill Julie.

(Power Pack I#8) - As Cloak and Dagger attacked his agents, DiAngelo reminded them that if they attacked him, he would command Dragon Man and his other robots to crush the Power Pack kids. As Cloak and Dagger surrendered, DiAngelo noted how they were almost as obedient as the robots and that it was just a matter of knowing the right button to push. After bragging about how he would use his robot army to control the underworld, he explained how he had enslaved the robots' creator, Gilbert. DiAngelo further noted that the robots would soon steal ten million dollars worth of illegal drugs from his major competitor, after which they would declare war on the rival's family; they would continue this process against other rival families until his family controlled the city.

    As DiAngelo mocked Julie Power and pinched her cheek, Dragon Man growled, but DiAngelo punished his defiance with the ultrasonic inhibitor.

    Hearing Julie scream within Dragon Man's painful grip, Gilbert rushed outside before DiAngelo's men could stop him (without hurting him). 


(Power Pack I#8) - After Gilbert futilely ordered Dragon Man to stop, DiAngelo allowed Dragon Man to relax his hand, but advised Gilbert that if he gave him any more trouble, Dragon Man would be squeezing Gilbert next time.

    Taking advantage of the distraction, Alex degravitized Basilisk and used an aerosol can to propel him into Dragon Man, causing him to release Julie; however, in the process, Dragon Man's tail knocked out Dagger, and DiAngelo then had Dragon Man grab Dagger. After
Basilisk recaptured the weakened Julie, DiAngelo threatened to have Dragon Man injure Dagger, forcing Cloak and Power Pack's cooperation.

    DiAngelo explained how he would use them against rival gangs, further noting that half of the gangs would flee rather than face the vigilante's power.

    As he locked up the Power Pack kids and Gilbert, DiAngelo warned them that if they tried to escape, he'd have Dragon Man kill Dagger.diangelo-chic-ppi8-fall

(Power Pack I#8 - BTS) - The kids pointed out that DiAngelo had imprisoned them in a room with Gilbert's leftover equipment and that he could use it to build something to block the ultrasonic controller.

(Power Pack I#8) - By the piers, DiAngelo explained to Cloak how an approaching ship was going to be unloading cars with heroin hidden in their tires, and that Cloak and the robots were going to steal the shipment.

(Power Pack I#8 (fb) - BTS) - Gilbert designed a headband to protect Dragon Man, and Julie placed it on his head.

(Power Pack I#8) - DiAngelo narrated as his four robots, his "first mythical soldiers in his army of monsters," attacked the ship's crew, whom he was amused to see didn't seem able to handle these foes.

    However, as DiAngelo instructed Cloak to teleport down and swallow some of the crew ("not all of 'em, mind you! I want some of 'em left quivering to spread the tale of how Cloak and Dagger had joined DiAngelo's crime family!"), Power Pack and Dagger arrived with Dragon Man, and Jack Power slammed into DiAngelo from behind, accidentally knocking him off the top of a building to strike the ground perhaps 30' below. Jack feared that he had killed DiAngelo, but after DiAngelo groaned, Dagger infused him with her light, saving his life, despite what he had done to her...and despite Cloak's vehement objections. Cloak furiously pulled all of the criminals into the Darkforce dimension to drain their light energy, but Dagger persuaded him to release them.

    The Power Pack kids took the controller from DiAngelo and gave it to Gilbert, who then took control of the other robots he had created, stopping them from attacking the heroes.

    As the police approached, the heroes departed. Cloak advised Gilbert that the drug shipment DiAngelo had been trying to steal was hidden within the cars' tires, and Gilbert assured Cloak he'd tell the police and press charges against DiAngelo.

Comments: Created by Louise Simonson, June Brigman, and Bob Wiacek

    Cloak and Dagger referred to DiAngelo and his agents as “the gangsters whose injection gave us our powers.” I had thought Simon Marshall was the one who did that, and Cloak and Dagger’s handbook entry identifies Marshall thusly as well. I would think that Marshall was the chemist, while DiAngelo was one of the Maggia criminals involved with Marshall.

    DiAngelo's first name was revealed in Dagger's entry in the OHotMU A to Z hardcover#3.

Profile by Snood.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Chic DiAngelo
should be distinguished from:


diangelo-chic-ppi8-jockodiangelo-chic-ppi8-jocko-restraintJocko

    Jocko was a member of DiAngelo's crime gang.

    He was involved in the plot to force Gregson Gilbert to design Dragon Man-like robots, which he would use to takeover rival criminal gangs.

    When Dragon Man's squeezing of Dagger caused her to scream, Jocko and his associates were unable to stop Gilbert from running outside (at least not without hurting Gilbert, as per DiAngelo's instructions).

    Nonetheless, Jocko quickly caught up to Gilbert and bent his arm behind his back to restrain him.

--Power Pack I#6, (identified) #8 (6-8

Note: Jocko is the only one of DiAngelo's men who is clearly identified.

    Rocco is not clearly shown, and the third guy is never identified. Maybe his name was Socko.

diangelo-chic-ppi6-roccodiangelo-chic-thugs_grab_kidsRocco

Rocco was a member of DiAngelo's crime gang, and he was involved in the plot to force Gregson Gilbert to design Dragon Man-like robots, which he would use to takeover rival criminal gangs.

    Upon Dragon Man's returning with Gilbert, DiAngelo used the ultrasonic inhibitor to punish Dragon Man for the delay, after which he bragged to Rocco who effective the device was.

--
Power Pack I#6

Note: Rocco is one of the two guys leading Gilbert into the church.

    He's presumably one of the two guys who grabbed Julie and Katie Power, as the other guy looked to have short, lighter hair, like Jocko...or maybe there were more than three guys working with DiAngelo.

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Power Pack I#6, pg. 16, panel 2 (Rocco and another leading Gilbert into church);
       pg. 18, panel 4 (thugs grabbing Julie & Katie);
    #7, pg. 13, panel 3 (overseeing drug-testing on Cloak and Dagger);
        pg. 22, panel 3 (face/upper body);
    #8, pg 4, panel 3 (Jocko; first guy chasing Gilbert);
          panel 4 (Jocko; holding Gilbert)
        pg. 6, panel 1 (posterior full body view);
       pg. 7, panel 1 (frontal full body view, distant);
       pg. 15, panel 1 (knocked from behind by Jack Power)
       


Appearances:
Power Pack I#6-7 (January-February, 1985) - Louise Simonson (writer), June Brigman (penciler), Bob Wiacek (inker), Carl Potts (editor)
Power Pack I#8 (March, 1985) - Louise Simonson (writer), Mark Badger (layouts), June Brigman (penciler), Bob Wiacek (inker), Carl Potts (editor)


First posted: 08/09/2019
Last updated: 08/09/2019

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