Real Name: None

Identity/Class: Artificial creation of terrestrial origin

Occupation: None

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: None

Enemies: Ralph Caccone, Frankenstein Monster, ICON

Known Relatives: Janice Caccone, Steven Caccone (creators)

Aliases: Clone Creature, Jigsaw Nightmare, Night Creature (see comments)

Base of Operations: Mobile in New York City

First Appearance: Frankenstein Monster#13 (November, 1974)

Powers/Abilities: The Jigsaw Monster was a composite creature formed from cell samples of a dozen animal species -- Alligator, Ape, Boar, Cat, Chipmunk, Dog, Ferret, Lion, Mouse, Python, Shark, Tiger, Wombat...(wait... sorry, no wombat) -- making it a multiple hybrid with the physical traits of all those animals. It had superhuman strength (enhanced human to Class 10) and durability. It had enhanced olfactory senses (sense of smell), and could track the spoor of its quarry across a city.

The creature had rudimentary intelligence, and could form primitive thoughts and feel emotions.

It had hard tusks on its face, and a semi-prehensile tail which could be used to strike or wrap around opponents.

Height: 8' (by approximation)
Weight: 400 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Unrevealed
Hair: Brown

(Frankenstein Monster#13) - Steven Caccone was a would-be geneticist who was fired from his job under unrevealed circumstances, but he continued his work at home. He preserved a mannikin in a tank filled with formaldehyde and amino acids (I'm pretty sure they stay fresh fairly well on their own), while he continued his research in cloning and attempting to create life. He succeeded in cloning a badly deformed rat from a few cells, but all the time he was spending on his research was driving a wedge between him and his wife, Janice.

   One night, the exhausted Steven fell asleep at his desk, and Janice decided she had had enough. She grabbed all of his cell samples and dumped them into the tank with the mannikin -- she hoped that by destroying his work, it would finally make him notice her again.

   But instead (in that crazy, kooky, comic-book world we all enjoy), the cell samples used the mannikin as a template to rapidly grow and form a monstrous multiple-animal hybrid creature.

   Naturally, the creature was confused (and angry) upon gaining consciousness, so it broke out of its tank and beat Steven Caccone to death. About that time, Steven and Janice's son Ralph came home, wishing to show off his new friend, the Frankenstein Monster, to his dad; but as the two entered the lab, they encountered the Jigsaw Monster.

(Frankenstein Monster#14) - Janice came rushing in as well -- she crouched over Steven's body and wailed that she was responsible for his death, for her actions had inadvertently created the monster. Janice presented a nice target for a crushing blow to the back of the head from the creature, and that was the end of her, too.

   Ralph yelled, "Noooo!!" a few times (well, actually, the first time he yelled, "Noooo!!", and the second time it was more of a "Nooooo!!", but you get the point) and jumped on the creature, which quickly batted him away. Realizing he probably oughtta do something, the Frankenstein Monster tackled the creature and threw it out a first-floor window; the Jigsaw Monster bolted away and went into hiding.

(Frankenstein Monster#15) - The Jigsaw Monster eventually regained its composure and decided to go after the one who had caused it pain. Using its enhanced sense of smell, the creature began to track the Frankenstein Monster.

   Meanwhile, Ralph and Frankie had ended up getting captured by agents of ICON and taken to a lab, where ICON planned to cut open the Frankenstein Monster's brain; but before they could do this, the Jigsaw Monster burst into the lab and attacked Frankie anew.

   The force of their battle destroyed some equipment, which set fire to the ICON lab, while they knocked each other out onto a nearby pier. Frankie eventually pummeled the Jigsaw Monster into unconsciousness and knocked it into the water, where it was presumed to have drowned (see comments).

Comments: Created by Doug Moench and Val Mayerik.

The creature received a different name almost every time they mentioned it (see Aliases). However, the first one used was in #13's Next Issue blurb: "Fury of the Jigsaw Monster" (even though the title of the next issue was actually "Fury of the Night Creature"). In addition, when the creature was referenced in the Marvel Team-Up Index (in a flashback in MTU#37), it was identified as the Jigsaw Monster.
I, myself, might have chosen Crazy Pig-Alligator Guy, but that's just me.

Hmmm...undead mannikin creature...brought to life by science gone awry...I wonder if it could have survived? All it needs is a little bit of interest from either the readers or a writer...so I'm guessing it will stay dead.

It might not have drowned when it fell into the water -- one of the animals of which it was composed was a shark, and sharks have gills... -- Ron Fredricks

Profile by Snood. Expansion by Ron Fredricks (sub-profiles, images).

The Jigsaw Monster has no known connections to:

Steven and Janice Caccone have no known connections to:

Steven Caccone

A would-be geneticist, Steven was fired from his job under unrevealed circumstances; but he continued his work in his home laboratory, where he conducted experiments in cloning. He kept cell samples from a dozen animal species in his lab, and he "successfully" cloned a rat -- although the artificially-grown rodent was deformed, he still considered it to be progress.

Steven had placed a mannikin in a tank filled with formaldehyde and amino acids, in the hopes that the results of his research would one day allow him to bring it to life. But because of his obsession with his work, Steven neglected his wife Janice and son Ralph.

One night, when the exhausted Steven fell asleep at his lab desk, Janice decided to bring him back to his senses by sabotaging his blasphemous experiments -- she grabbed all of his animal cell samples and dropped them into the tank with the mannikin, then she left the lab.

But within the tank, a chemical reaction began to occur as all the tissue samples grafted onto the host-body of the mannikin, rapidly combining and growing to form a hideous composite creature.

Some time later, Steven was roused from his sleep by the sound of the tank shattering. He turned and was horrified to see the unintended product of his experiments, and he became the first victim of the Jigsaw Monster

(Comment: Maybe Steven got some behind-the-scenes help with his cloning experiments from Maelstrom.)

--Frankenstein Monster#13 (13 d

Janice Caccone

She was the long-suffering wife of Steven, and the mother of Ralph.

When Ralph started roaming the streets with a gang of hoodlums, Janice became angry with Steven because he was so obsessed with his blasphemous experiments in cloning that he was neglecting his son and her.

One night, when she found the exhausted Steven sleeping at his lab desk, Janice wanted to bring him back to his senses by sabotaging his experiments. She gathered all his animal cell samples and dropped them into a tank containing a lifeless mannikin, then she left the lab.

But a chemical reaction occurred, and all the cell-samples grafted to the manikin to rapidly grow and form the composite Jigsaw Monster. The hideous hybrid creature burst forth from the tank and killed Steven.

When she heard the disturbance, Janice ran back to the lab -- she saw Steven's corpse and fell to her knees beside him, weeping in anguish -- she blamed herself for Steven's death, because she had unwittingly created the clone creature..

But while her attention was diverted, Janice became the second victim of the Jigsaw Monster when the creature killed her with a blow to the back of her head.

--Frankenstein Monster#13 (13, 14 d

images: (without ads)
Frankenstein Monster#13, p15, pan1 (Main Image - Jigsaw Monster; Ralph Caccone (foreground); deceased Steven Caccone (background))
Frankenstein Monster#15, p5, pan7 (Headshot - Jigsaw Monster, thinking its primitive thoughts)
Frankenstein Monster#14, p1, pan1 (Jigsaw Monster (right profile))
Frankenstein Monster#15, p11, pan2 (Jigsaw Monster battles Frankenstein Monster)
Frankenstein Monster#15, p14, pan2 (Jigsaw Monster falls off pier into water)
Frankenstein Monster#13, p5, pan5 (Steven Caccone)
Frankenstein Monster#13, p5, pan1 (Steven Caccone shows Janice tank with mannikin)
Frankenstein Monster#13, p3, pan6 (Steven Caccone, about to be killed by Jigsaw Monster)
Frankenstein Monster#13, p4, pan5 (Janice Caccone)
Frankenstein Monster#13, p11, pan2 (Janice Caccone, gathering animal cell samples)
Frankenstein Monster#13, p11, pan4 (Janice Caccone, pouring cell samples into mannikin tank)

Frankenstein Monster#13 (November, 1974) - Doug Moench (writer), Val Mayerik (pencils), Jack Abel (inks), George Roussos (colors), John Costanza (letters), Roy Thomas (editor)
Frankenstein Monster#14 (January, 1975) - Doug Moench (writer), Val Mayerik (pencils), Dan Green (inks), Petra Goldberg (colors), Artie Simek (letters), Roy Thomas (editor)
Frankenstein Monster#15 (March, 1975) - Doug Moench (writer), Val Mayerik (pencils), Klaus Janson (inks), Phil Rachelson (colors), Artie Simek (letters), Len Wein (editor)

First Posted: 02/13/2002
Last updated: 01/28/2022

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