Starfighter trained him to master unique skills by linking into a special force called the Cosmic Lorus. Unfortunately, Quark choose to brandish their powers in a brutal fashion. This prompted Starfighter to wipe the Lorus knowledge from his mind. Since then Charlie's main means of financial support has come form convention appearances.
Years later, long after his crime-fighting days were done, Charlie pursued acting as a career. He was cast on a sitcom, called The Secret. The show focused on a group of friends, with the twist that one of them was secretly a superhero.
The Cosmic Lorus: Charlie could somehow sense the Lorus, and persuaded Starfighter to train him in its usage. However he could only memorize the patterns and had no real cosmic or spiritual connection to their wondrous powers.