Quote1 I deserve this. All the people I hurt--what I did to them. I deserve to be punished. To suffer. But the truth is... I've never felt more free. Quote2
-- Stan Carter src

The sin-eater is an occupation in certain cultures, particularly in the United Kingdom and the Ozark Mountains in the U.S. As a part of religious magic, whenever a person died, his or her relatives placed fruit and other foods on the chest of the corpse. The food is supposed to absorb the dead person's sins. The sin-eater would eat the food and thus cleanse the dead person's soul.[1]

Early life

Stanley's parents were drug addicts who became romantically involved with one another. Stanley's father later died, leaving Stanley's mother pregnant with him. Stanley's mother was sent to a rehabilitation clinic and Stanley himself to be raised by his grandparents in the Ozark Mountains. While under his grandparents care, his grandfather passed away due to a rattler bite. Fruit was placed on his Grandfathers corpse, and a young Stanley presumably saw a Sin-Eater eat it. This incident would have lasting consequences on the character of Stanley Carter. A few weeks after his grandfather's death Stanley's mother came and retrieved her son so that she could raise him.[2]


S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Stan Carter was familiar with this occupation. Carter was a volunteer for an experimental drug, developed by S.H.I.E.L.D. R&D basing on Phencyclidine and aimed to increase strength and stamina. The project was interrupted because it was considered too dangerous, and Carter, who considered this an affront and an authority abuse, violently resigned. There were no traces of drugs in his system, being totally purified, but nevertheless the drugs had already driven him crazy.[3]

Carter then joined the NYPD and become a detective. His partner died in a shoot-out while fighting some young criminals. This unchained in Carter an obsession to destroy people who abused their authority and thus "sinned". He decided to "absorb the sins of the world". He wanted to purge evildoers from a society where nobody else could punish them. He bought a shotgun and clothes to improvise a costume and became the Sin-Eater.[3]

The Sin-Eater's first victim was his own lover, Police captain Jean DeWolff, whose death attracted attention throughout all New York City — including DeWolff's friend Spider-Man. The Sin-Eater had stolen DeWolff's purse, which made a precedent of taking one personal object from each of the victims. The object should be "associated" with the victim's sins.[4]

Ironically, Carter was assigned the task to find DeWolff's murderer and work with Spider-Man.[4]

The Sin-Eater then murdered Judge Horace Rosenthal, who was a friend of Matt Murdock, blind lawyer and secretly masked crimefighter Daredevil. While leaving the crime scene, the Sin-Eater met Spider-Man and shot him, accidentally killing an innocent bystander. Spider-Man found his own aunt May Parker in the alarmed crowd, so he had to stop and confirm she was all right. In the confusion, the Sin-Eater escaped.[1]

The Sin-Eater's third victim was Bernard Finn, an African-American priest. This led to a great public protest against the Sin-Eater.[1]

The Sin-Eater then entered the Daily Bugle looking for J. Jonah Jameson. Joe Robertson pretended to be Jameson, to attract the Sin-Eater's attention so he would free his hostage. The Sin-Eater aimed at Robertson but Peter Parker (who was really Spider-Man) knocked him out using surprise. The Sin-Eater was captured and then unmasked to reveal... Emil Gregg, Carter's neighbor. An unbalanced person, Gregg had overheard Carter planning the murders from the thin walls, and he thought he was hearing "inner voices" ordering him to murder Jameson.[5]

Daredevil's improved senses discovered that Gregg was not the Sin-Eater and, by examining Gregg's house, Daredevil and Spider-Man discovered a door to Carter's, and the Sin-Eater's paraphernalia there. Daredevil and Spider-Man discovered that Jameson was the next on the list and went to rescue him.[3]

Daredevil and Spider-Man found the Sin-Eater in Jameson's home and stopped him in time to save Betty Brant-Leeds, Jameson's secretary who was there visiting Jameson's wife Marla (both Jameson and Betty's husband Ned were together in a business trip). Spider-Man felt that Carter had betrayed him personally and beat him, but Daredevil stopped him before he could kill Carter.[3]

Carter was sent to jail and judged, but he was found not guilty due to madness, and sent to a mental hospital. However, a mob believed that the police had been working along with Carter, "one of their own", to protect him. The fact that Carter would not even go to jail was also an offense to them. Daredevil opposed the mob, believing that everybody deserved a fair judgement, while Spider-Man initially refused to join Daredevil because he was too angry with Carter. Eventually, Daredevil convinced Spider-Man to help him, and Carter was safely transported to a high-security hospital.[3]

In the hospital, Carter was partially cured. The Sin-Eater's personality was completely separated from Carter's, so that only one of the personalities could control the body. When freed, Carter needed to fight the Sin-Eater constantly.[citation needed]

The Sin-Eater eventually triumphed and became a threat again. Surrounded by S.W.A.T., he took a boy as a hostage, aiming at him with his weapon. S.W.A.T. shot the Sin-Eater, killing him. However, when they examined the corpse, they discovered that the Sin-Eater's weapon was unloaded — Carter had partially succeeded.[citation needed]

Stan Carter was later derided as an impostor by an undead Sin Eater claiming to be the recently-deceased Emil Gregg.[6][7]

Resurrected by Kindred

After suffering his victims' sins he had ate,[2] Stan Carter was saved and resurrected by Kindred.[8] Under the directions of Kindred, he began going after various criminals such as Overdrive,[9] and the Lethal Legion.[10] He confronted Overdrive, who had been working with the Inner Demons during their heists. Sin-Eater manifested the inner sins of the gang into monstrous beings, which proceeded to kill their hosts, and wanted Overdrive to "confess his sins". Overdrive tried to run away from him via his getaway vehicle, but Sin-Eater was able to find him in every turn, each time getting closer to Overdrive. After three days of evading him, Overdrive eventually crashed allowing Sin-Eater to finally get to him.[11] However, Spider-Man tried to intervene wanting to save Overdrive, but Stan was able to shoot Overdrive, cleansing him of his sins, while telling Spider-Man that the one who called him had plans for him before teleporting away.[12]


After being resurrected and empowered by Kindred he seemingly displayed the powers to transform the sins of people into materialized monsters, and also teleport in different places.[11]


Carter was a good fighter, knowledgeable in martial arts and in guns, particularly shotguns. He was also a good detective and law enforcer.

Strength level

The Sin-Eater possesses the normal human strength of a man of his age, height, and build who engages in moderate regular exercise.


Shotgun (modified to increase damage)

  • After being released from the sanatorium, Carter showed multiple personalities, divided between moral and sincere Carter and the Sin-Eater.

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