Religion: Anglican; spirit
Name: Charles Grey
First Appearance: Marvel Frontier Comics Special #1 (1994): "Troubling Deaf Heaven"
Number of appearances: 2
Teams/Affiliations: Hellfire Club
Note: 1757: killed himself when thought he saw Devil
In 1757 early Hellfire Club member Charles Grey suffered from delusions in which he thought he saw the Devil. (Or perhaps he really did see the devil.) His friends Harold and John tried to assure him that he had simply seen somebody in a mask. But Charles was certain he had seen a demonic figure and this vision seemed to be driving him insane.
Charles became convinced that the Devil had come for him. But he had strong Christian (apparently Anglican) religious beliefs, and he strongly desired to avoid such a fate. Charles prayed fervently to God for forgiveness for his sins and then, before the Devil could take him, he killed himself. Charles body died immediately, but his spirit remained on the Earthly plane, unable to interact with anybody.
100 years later, Charles Grey's spirit was able to possess the body of his descendant, Malkin Grey. The abusive Malkin was about to beat his wife Elanor once again. Charles Grey's spirit entered Malkin's body and used a knife to stab the body. Malkin's spirit thus left his body. Charles entered Malkin's body and re-animated it. Malkin Grey, as a spirit, figured out what had happened and vied with Charles Grey for control of his body.
Charles Grey, in Malkin's body, seemed about as abusive as Malkin had been. Eleanor crushed the skull of Malkin Grey's body with a heavy metal poker, permanently killing the body. This left both Charles and Malkin Grey with no body to possess.
This character is in the following 2 stories which have been indexed by this website:
Marvel Frontier Comics Special #1 (1994): "Troubling Deaf Heaven" (lead character)
X-Men: Phoenix Force Handbook (Sep. 2010)
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