Biographical Information
Wild Card TraitsGlossy black skin
Social Information
Place of BirthUnited States
CitizenshipCitizen of the United States, deceased
OccupationHandyman, shoe shiner
Base of OperationsJokertown
RelativesDoughboy (unrelated dependant)
AlliesArachne, Jube the Walrus
First AppearanceAces High
Final AppearanceAces High

Shiner is a minor character in the Wild Cards anthology. He lives a floor above Jube the Walrus in a cheap room he shares with Doughboy. Although not biologically related, Shiner and Doughboy share a father and son relationship.


Shiner first met Doughboy when Doughboy was abandoned in Jokertown as a child and immediately took the boy in. He came to care for him and raised him as his own son. He became a fixure of the rooming house owned by Jube the Walrus, a friend to all who lived there and frequent repairman when Doughboy's metahuman strength caused damage.

Shiner died after a stroke in January of 1988. Doughboy had found him in a state of paralysis, and had carried him to the Jokertown Clinic, but by the time they got there there was nothing that could be done to save him.

Wild Card TraitsEdit

Shiner has shiny black skin, but suffers no other ill effects from the wild card.


Shiner is a small man, barely topping five feet. At first glance he appears to have regular black skin, but on closer inspection it can be seen to have a lustrous sheen like polished obsidian.


Shiner is a gentle man, and provides a caring father figure for Doughboy.


  • Shiner's nickname has a dual meaning, referring to both his lustrous black skin and the job he does running a shoe shine stand on the Bowery.

Selected ReadingEdit

  • Wild Cards Volume II: Aces High - "Jube" and "With a Little Help From Hist Friends"

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