Characters : Carlyle

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Attributes
Eyes

Blue.

Features

Red sunglasses.

Hair

Black.

Height

Unknown.

Weight

Unknown.

Powers
Abilities

A good con-man.

Equipment

Full steel body armor.

Limitations

Without his equipment, he's just a regular guy. His armor is resistant, but when cracked it is highly vulnerable.

Strength Level

Normal human strength.

Weapons

Six extendable steel tentacles that fire powerful jolts of energy.

Summary
Citizenship

U.S.

Created By
Current Aliases

Spidey called him "Carlyle Calamari".

Current Occupation

Jailbird.

Dual Identity

Known to the authorities, certainly.

Education

Unknown.

Former Aliases

Has a criminal record under a different name.

Former Bases

Los Angeles.

Former Occupation

Professional white-collared criminal.

Known Confidants

None known.

Known Relatives

None known.

Legal Status

Criminal record in U.S. for varied crimes.

Major Enemies

Spider-Man, Doc Ock, The Amazing Lobster Man (don't ask).

Marital Status

Wears a wedding ring, but could be a facade.

Place of Birth

Unknown.

Real Name

Unknown. Carlyle could be it, though he admitted to have at least one other name. Who knows what's the fake one.

Usual Bases

His cell.

Background

Carlyle was a career criminal. He collected convictions for fraud, forgery, extortion, racketeering and even assault and battery and a bunch of other charges, all under another name. Nexus Industries desperately needed a PR, and they didn't check his background as deep as they should have, so he seemed to be the perfect man for the job. After a few more financial crimes, he was confronted by the company's CEO. He was his first murder.

With the CEO departing on an "unexpected vacation", Carlyle had little time to act, and most of the company's assets were either gone or unreachable. So he thought about power. Having the power to do whatever he wanted to, and being unstoppable. He thought of Doctor Octopus's tentacles.

The best way to beat a self-absorbed genius is through his ego. Carlyle knew this. Lusting for power, he appealed to Doctor Octopus's ego with a fake job offer for Nexus and lured him to a trap. He placed all the company's resources studying Ock's tentacles, and in 5 days they had built him an upgraded set, superior to Ock's because they had the latest generation technology. Leaving Octopus in a die-in-24-hours trap (with a plausible reason, since if anything went wrong he might need to question Ock about the tentacles again), Carlyle left to do a test run on his tentacles, one from which he didn't plan to return unless there was some technical problem.

Of course, Doc Ock didn't die, and he chased Carlyle, who had robbed a bank and was living large in a luxury hotel. The two were joined by Spider-Man, in L.A. to patch up things with his at the time separated wife, and they have an all-out battle, which ends with the hotel collapsing after Carlyle's escape. Doc Ock helps Spidey saving the innocent civilians, but leaves Spidey to die under the rubble. Spidey breaks out, and follows Carlyle to MJ's studio, where he went to find an important hostage. Doc Ock saves Aunt May from him, and Spidey arrives. He and Ock are both outmatched by Carlyle's equipment. But Ock managed to breach Carlyle's armor and told Spidey about it. Spidey flooded the breach with webbing and tore the armor apart, rendering Carlyle harmless. Ock took advantage of the confusion to flee.

Appears In...

Sep 2002 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 2) #43
Oct 2002 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 2) #44
Nov 2002 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 2) #45

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