|Punch and Jewelee|
|First appearance||Historical: Captain Atom (1st series) #85 (March 1967)|
Modern: Secret Origins #28
|Created by||Steve Ditko|
|Team affiliations||Injustice League|
Secret Society of Super Villains
|Abilities||Punch: Air shoes, sting strings|
Jewelee: Hypnotic gems, Energy gems
The couple that is known as Punch and Jewelee are considered two of the silliest criminals active today by most superheroes. Most people consider them clowns and do not take them seriously, but discounting them is a mistake, since they are completely amoral individuals who act as much on whim as on any other motivation. This makes them quite unpredictable and dangerous.
The couple grew up together in Brooklyn and went into business as puppeteers at Coney Island, moonlighting as thieves. One day, they found a small box containing alien weaponry left behind by careless extraterrestrials. They quickly learned how to use the weapons. Since they had always been puppeteers, they decided to adapt the characters of Punch and Judy to themselves. Calling themselves Punch and Jewelee, they began a brief criminal career along the East Coast.
In the original stories prior to the Crisis on Infinite Earths, the duo battled Nightshade and Captain Atom. Following the Crisis, it was retconned to reveal that Nightshade's partner was King Faraday, and not Captain Atom.
Not long afterwards, Amanda Waller recruited Punch and Jewelee for a mission with the Suicide Squad, a team of "expendable" super-operatives. The demented duo went along with the Squad, but seemed more interested in entertaining each other with pure silliness than with the business at hand, and soon exhibited a disturbing propensity for violence.
After their first outing with the Suicide Squad, Waller decided to keep Punch and Jewelee active with the group to observe their actions. The team was then thrust into the governmental upheaval called the Janus Directive, where Punch and Jewelee tried to pilfer property while working as Squad agents. To mission leader Bronze Tiger, it became obvious that while Punch and Jewelee had their skills and good points, they were a liability to the team.
The two are some of the many agents/heroes sent into battle against Kobra, whose forces were threatening to kill uncounted millions of innocent citizens. They are seen working together to 'pop' random enemy soldiers.
Jewelee soon learned she was pregnant, although for a brief time she was unsure who the child's father was since she did a great deal of flirting with Suicide Squad operative Captain Boomerang. Impending parenthood led Jewelee and Punch to agree that it was time to leave the Squad and settle down in suburbia, to live the Great American Dream as depicted in television sitcoms from the 1950s.
Punch and Jewelee were seen in Washington, D.C., where they turned up at a scientific demonstration with their baby (sex and name unknown) and swore to the public that they had reformed, yet they tried to steal an experimental force-field vest to protect their offspring. The vest failed and Punch was injured in an ensuing accident, driving the family back to their suburban home. Punch, Jewelee, and child are now residing somewhere in Middle America.
They were part of the "Night of 1,000 Thieves" in which a thousand villains attacked Metropolis on Christmas Eve. When Superman stopped them, they complained that without the jewels they had stolen their child would have to go to "public kindergarten".
Later in Checkmate #6, they are contacted by Mirror Master to reform the Suicide Squad as part of a plan to discredit Amanda Waller. They team with other villains, such as the Tattooed Man, Icicle, Javelin and Plastique. All worry that the Secret Society Of Supervillains, currently a protection group, would hear about their unsanctioned operation and interfere. Despite this, they travel through mirrors to Myanmar, to capture a sentient energy source. Punch is shot moments later by guards. It is later revealed that in order to raise his status with the Society, the Tattooed Man had leaked information of their operation and thus, the Society had warned the guards. In revenge, Mirror Master turns the Tattooed Man to glass. While the survivors discuss his fate, Jewelee shatters the Tattooed Man.
During the events of Blackest Night, Punch's corpse is reanimated as a member of the Black Lantern Corps alongside several other fallen Suicide Squad members. He is referred to by the name "Clyde Phillips."
In the post-Flashpoint continuity, Jewelee is introduced as an inmate in Arkham Asylum, having been in a near-catatonic state since Punch disappeared two years ago. When Batman and Commissioner Gordon arrive to recruit Jewelee as part of Batman's new Suicide Squad, it's revealed that Punch had actually captured Gordon and stolen his identity. Batman reveals that Punch had been held captive by Bane for two years, and offers him a chance to join the Squad to help sneak into Santa Prisca.
Punch wears boots that allow him to walk on air, using much the same principle as the Trickster's air shoes. He also wields an alien gun that generates "sting strings," various beams of light that can cause bodily harm or control the actions of others. Punch uses the gun as a puppeteer, manipulating his victims. This weapon has an inexhaustible power supply.
Jewelee carries a set of jewels that contain different properties. One is a "hypno jewel" that can create convincing illusions and light effects. Another jewel is capable of generating energy for force blasts.
Neither Punch nor Jewelee use their hands or feet in combat, preferring their weapons or handy "props" for dangerous slapstick fighting.
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