A MAN dressed as a comic book superhero was glassed in the face during a terrifying Blackpool bar brawl.
Allan Porter had been rowing with a man wearing a Captain America outfit when "Spider-Man" Daniel Marks stepped in to diffuse the situation.
Porter lashed out with a glass, hitting Mr Marks in the face leaving him scarred and with an injury to his mouth.
Porter, a 25-year-old ex-soldier, of Seymour Road, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to unlawful wounding during the incident in Schofields on Clifton Street on January 17 when he appeared before Blackpool magistrates court.
Francis McEntee, prosecuting, said Mr Marks and his friends were dressed as superheroes while the defendant's girlfriend was with another group and was wearing an American football costume.
He added: "Captain America made unwanted advances towards the defendant's girlfriend.
"The defendant went to remonstrate, to talk to him, grabbing Captain America round the scruff.
"Daniel Marks – Spider-Man – went across to intervene. He said 'no need for that' and was hit in the face with a glass."
Porter pleaded guilty to the wounding on the basis he did not realise he was holding a glass.
Mr Marks made a victim impact statement saying he had suffered permanent scarring to the lower part of his cheek where there had been a deep wound.
He still had an ongoing problem with numbness around his face and may need a skin graft.
Porter, the court was told, was a man of previous good character who had spent a number of years in the Army.
Chris Hudson, defending, said normally such an offence would warrant an immediate prison term.
But he argued a suspended sentence could be passed due to provocation as Captain America had pestered Porter's fiancee four times, despite complaint.
Porter had now married his fiancee.
Judge Andrew Woolman said it had all happened within seconds. He accepted the defendant acted instinctively and without thought. He added: "Your loss of control, in my judgment, was wholly out of character."
Porter was given a 12 month prison sentence, suspended for two years, with 200 hours unpaid work and was told to pay his victim 2,500 compensation.