Charlie Bennett

Religion: indeterminate

Name: Charlie Bennett

Classification: supporting character supporting character  

Publisher(s): DC

First Appearance: Superman (vol. 1) #2 (Fall 1939): "The Comeback of Larry Trent"

Creators: Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster

Number of Appearances: 1

Employer: The Crystal Club

Occupation: boxing promoter

Gender: male

Charlie was a boxing promoter who staged entertaining fights at the swank Crystal Club. When Superman disguised himself as former heavyweight champion Larry Trent in order to help Trent stage a come-back, he started out as one of a dozen of no-name fighters in a fight staged by Charlie. Charlie told the boxers, "Now listen, you mugs, I want action, see? And plenty of laughs! Now get intot he ring and when I give the signal, start sockin'!"

Under a spotlight, Charlie told the well-heeled crowd, "Ladies and gentlemen, you're about to witness twelve men batling together in one ring! ow I ask ya: Is that givin' you yer money's worth? Is it?

The fight Charlie planned was more entertainment than sport. But it was all the fallen champ "Larry Trent" (really Superman) could get. Superman surprised everybody by knocking the other eleven boxers out within seconds.

Charlie and his audience were shocked. But Charlie was enthusiastic about Larry's newfound boxing prowess. He sent "Larry Trent" to see Jock Kane, "the famous fight promoter." Charlie told "Larry" to tell Kane that he sent him. Charlie said, "Kid, you'll be a sensation again!"

Charlie's name is never revealed on pages 5 and 6 of this story (the pages that depict him and Superman's in cognito fight at the Crystal Club). Charlie's name was revealed on page 7, when "Larry Trent" (Superman) told Jock Kane that "Charlie" sent him.

All in all, Charlie seemed a very enthusiastic, amicable, decent guy, especially compared to many of the less-reputable fights Superman encountered in the boxing world. Nothing was really revealed about Charlie's background, beliefs, etc., in this story, but based on his manner and speech, he was probably an honorable man.

Charlie Bennett name is mentioned in panel 1 on page 7 of this story, when Superman (disguised as boxer Larry Trent) visits fight promoter Jock Kane and tells him, "Charlie Bennett sent me. He thought you might arrange a fight for me, again!"

This character is in the following story which has been indexed by this website:
Superman (vol. 1) #2 (Fall 1939): "The Comeback of Larry Trent" (6-panel cameo)

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