Real Name: Derek Smalls

Identity/Class: Human, conventional weapons user

Occupation: Assassin
former agent of SHIELD

Group Membership: Former SHIELD

Affiliations: None

Enemies: Bullseye, Carlos Cruz, Heathen, Punisher (Castle), SHIELD, Shotgun (J.R. Walker), VIGIL

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: New York City

First Appearance: Punisher War Journal#76 (March, 1995)

Powers/Abilities: He is skilled in espionage and trained in various forms of armed and unarmed combat. His weapon of choice is a .50 Magnum.

    He is notorious for his literary quotations.

Height: 6' 2" Weight: 220 lbs.

    (Punisher II#104 (fb) - BTS) - Derek Smalls was a five year veteran of SHIELD who was selected as part of a contingency plan to take down a runaway government agency, specifically VIGIL (Viglante Infraction General Interdiction and Limitation). However, Smalls, now calling himself Stone Cold activated the program on his own. He also deviated from his mission, expanding the scenario to include freelance vigilantes and others.

(Punisher War Journal#76) - Stone Cold held two members of VIGIL hostage. He killed one and forced the other (Bancroft) to contact VIGIL control and tell them he had located Lynn Michaels and Payback, in order to draw the group after him. VIGIL sent out two helicopters to investigate, and Stone Cold used the Rapier anti-tank system to launch several missiles at them and blow up both choppers. Stone Cold then took Waincroft in full costume with his hands cuffed behind his back, and dropped him off in a hostile urban section of town, which he guaranteed he would not leave.

(Punisher War Journal#77) - Stone Cold beat up some lowlifes, forced them to give him info on where to find Mickey Fondozzi, and then killed them.

(Punisher II#102) - Stone Cold waited for Mickey at the Shamrock Bar, then smashed his head into the bar and walked off with him.

(Punisher War Journal#78) - Stone Cold, having gotten as much info out of Mickey as he could, left him tied up and gagged in his apartment. After Heathen let Lynn Michaels, her father, and Payback go, Stone Cold confronted Heathen and killed him.

(Punisher II#103) - Having struck out at the former base of the Punisher and his young aides Ponygirl and Mouse, threatened to start torturing Mickey unless he gave up the location of Microchip.

(Punisher War Journal#79) - Stone Cold followed up on a new lead from Fondozzi, located Microchip's new headquarters and fired a rocket launcher into it, killing Microchip. The Punisher was also inside, but survived, shielded by Micro's body.

(Punisher War Zone#41) - On the trail of his final target, Castle, Stone Cold encountered and killed Carlos Cruz as he sat dazed after a fight with Castle.

(Punisher War II#104) - SHIELD agents cornered Stone Cold, but he managed to kill and replace one of the agents and escape.

(Punisher War Journal#80) - Stone Cold tracked Castle to Coney Island, where he was fighting Bullseye. He blasted Bullseye into the water, and then confronted the stunned Castle and prepared to execute him. However, he was then shot and killed by Castle's old ally Shotgun, who had been sent in specifically by Nick Fury to take down Stone Cold and recover Castle.

Comments: Created by Chuck Dixon and Melvin Rubi.

Possibly worth a mention in the Stone Cold entry in the MUnApp is that "Derek Smalls" is the name of the bass player in the greatest comedy movie of all time, "This is Spinal Tap".  Surely not a coincidence....
Chris Matterface
Birmingham, UK
--No mention of David St. Hubbins or Nigel Tufnel, though.
And yes, that movie is awesome!--Snood.

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Other appearances:
Punisher War Journal#77 (April, 1995) - Chuck Dixon (writer), Melvin Rubi (pencils), Steve Moncuse, M. Peter Keating & Mike Kraiger (inks), Chris Cooper (editor)
Punisher II#102 (May, 1995) - Chuck Dixon (writer), Rod Whigham (pencils), Pam Eklund (inks), Chris Cooper (editor)
Punisher War Journal#78 (May, 1995) - Chuck Dixon (writer), Melvin Rubi & Paul Martin (pencils), Steve Moncuse, John Lowe, Mike Kraiger & Pam Eklund (inks), Chris Cooper (editor)
Punisher II#103 (June, 1995) - Chuck Dixon (writer), Rod Whigham (pencils), Enrique Villagran (inks), Chris Cooper (editor)
Punisher War Journal#79 (June, 1995) - Chuck Dixon (writer), Doug Wheatley (pencils), Steve Moncuse (inks), Chris Cooper (editor)
Punisher War Zone#41 (July, 1995) - Chuck Dixon (writer), Rod Whigham (pencils), Mike Witherby (inks), Chris Cooper (editor)
Punisher II#104 (July, 1995) - Chuck Dixon (writer), Rod Whigham (pencils), Enrique Villagran (inks), Chris Cooper (editor)
Punisher War Journal#80 (July, 1995) - Chuck Dixon (writer), Doug Wheatley (pencils), Steve Moncuse (inks), Chris Cooper (editor)

First Posted: 08/23/2003
Last updated: 05/04/2004

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