Real Name: Joe Carson

Identity/Class: Human

Occupation: Low-rent crimeboss

Group Membership: Leader of an organization that was subordinate to the Kingpin

Affiliations: Employed various thugs including Syd and Jocko

Enemies: Daredevil, Punisher, Captain America, Kingpin, Nolo Contendre, the Trust

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: New York City

First Appearance: (mentioned) Daredevil I#182 (May, 1982); (full) Marvel Fanfare I#18 (January, 1985)

Powers/Abilities: Joe possessed no superhuman abilities, and did not appear to be an accomplished fighter.

History: Injun Joe Carson was a rather low-level figure in the New York crime scene, and ran a gang whose activities included arson.

(Daredevil I#182 - BTS) - Injun Joe, after enduring a brutal assault by the Punisher, was placed in the infirmary.

(Daredevil I#182) - Three of his subordinates attempted to kill the Punisher in prison, including Jocko. They did not succeed, and all died.

(Daredevil I#190 - BTS) - Injun Joe eventually became restless, dissatisfied with having to answer to the Kingpin, whose organization his gang served as a cell of, and decided to make a power play.

Daredevil, needing to prevent the resurrection of Elektra by the Hand, in return for information as to the Hand’s whereabouts, agreed to attack Injun Joe’s men for the Kingpin. Satisfied that Injun Joe had been disciplined, the Kingpin gave Daredevil the information.

(Marvel Fanfare I#18) - A terrorist group called We the People started setting fires, demanding six million dollars. Captain America, investigating the crimes, interrogated a former arsonist named Coogan. Coogan noted that Injun Joe had participated in arson recently, and that his gang hung out at the docks, specifically Pier 5.

Captain America confronted Injun Joe, who disclaimed any responsibility for the fires, saying that We the People’s activities had spooked his usual clients, so that his gangsters had not been able to get any work recently. Captain America believed Injun Joe, and left.

(Punisher I#2) - The Trust, an organization out to destroy organized crime, had Injun Joe assasinated by Nolo Contendre along with various other mob bosses. His body was caught on the hook of someone’s fishing rod.


Comments: Created by Roger Stern and Frank Miller, based on an idea by Roger McKenzie.

Injun Joe definately represents one of the lesser lights in the New York crime scene. Consider that we mainly only heard of him whenever he got attacked by someone, we only ever saw him in battle for a page and a panel, and his second and last on-panel appearance was as a corpse, that doesn’t place him up there with the prime movers.

Injun Joe seemed to be prepped by Miller as one of his trademark recurring characters along the lines of Turk and Grotto. (The Punisher’s adventure in which he put Injun Joe in the hospital has never been depicted in an actual published story.) However, his death was revealed by Steven Grant and Mike Zeck, so that served as the end of Injun Joe.

I was sure this profile would have a few pages worth of discussion on Tom Sawyer. Wasn't Injun Joe one of the bad guys in one (or more) of his adventures?--Snood.

by John McDonagh



(Daredevil I#182) - Jocko and other criminals affiliated with Injun Joe taunted Punisher in prison and Punisher ended up killing all three of them.

--Daredevil I#182

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Marvel Fanfare I#18, p8, pan1 (main image)
Marvel Fanfare I#18, p9, pan1 (head shot)
Daredevil I#182, p3, pan1 (Jocko)

Daredevil I#182 (May, 1982) - Frank Miller (writer/pencils), Klaus Janson (inks), Denny O'Neil (editor)
Daredevil I#190 (January, 1983) - Frank Miller (writer/pencils), Klaus Janson (inks), Denny O'Neil (editor)
Marvel Fanfare I#18 (January, 1985) - Roger McKenzie & Roger Stern (writers), Frank Miller (pencils), Joe Rubinstein (inks), Al Milgrom (editor)
Punisher I#2 (February, 1986) - Steven Grant (writer), Mike Zeck (pencils), John Beatty (inks), Carl Potts (editor)

First Posted: 06/15/2002
Last updated: 01/10/2019

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