As a teenager, the orphaned Charles Edmond Parker idolised Hawkman. Pre Crisis Charlie accidentally gained the same powers as Hawkman from the Magical Wand , the weapon of Hawkman’s archenemy..... The Matter Master . Apparently, Matter Master was unaware that Hawkman was off-planet at the time, and the wand attempted to grant the villain his wish for revenge by supplying him with a new “Hawkman" to defeat....... for the full story look at my story of The Golden Eagle I published a few weeks ago.
|Charlie Parker and his Golden Eagle Identity|
After Charlie as the Golden Eagle aided the Justice League of America to defeat The Matter Master Charlie lost his Golden Eagle Costume and abilities. ( as they had only been provided by the magical properties of Matter Masters Wand ) However, once Hawkman returned to Earth and was informed of the Teenagers bravery and the good deeds he had shown whilst acting as the Golden Eagle, Hawkman presented Charlie an official Thanagarian costume along with wings.
Charlie would later adapt them and the costume to mirror the look that he had as the Golden Eagle, so not to be confused with his Hero HAWKMAN.
|THE NEW GOLDEN EAGLE|
After the Crisis the first part of the story stayed the same, Charlie was transformed into copy of Hawkman, and after helping the Justice League defeat the Matter Master he did lose this costume and its abilities. ....... BUT after the Crisis Charlie did not receive a "New" costume and Wings from Hawkman. Instead he received a completely New Golden Eagle styled costume, but Charlie knew not were it came.
|A NEW LOOK FOR THE GOLDEN EAGLE|
This New Costume looked nothing like Hawkman, but did have a Thanagarian look about it. However, it would be many years later that the true origin of the Costume would be discovered along with a surprising revelation into Charlie's own background. BUT That they say is a Story for another time.
So in the new Post Crisis world Charlie Parker, aka The New Improved Golden Eagle became a member of the West Coast Teen Titans under the leadership of Lilith.
However, as in the Pre Crisis world, Charlie proved that he was a bit of a lazy slacker, and continued to show others he was not any good at committing to anything in his private life or his hero life. The other Titans considered him too laid back and sometimes lazy and undependable.
|LIFE IS A BEACH MAN !|
Charlie Parker may have been a laid back SUFFER DUDE who hid from responsibilities, BUT he did enjoy being The Golden Eagle, and could be a real Hero (sometimes !) but Never on a 24-7 basis !
He would again in the years to come interact with the Titans, paying the ultimate price in doing so ..... or DID he ?
Next Time all change for a Hero from the Silver Age, who had a Modern Age make over !