MONKEY

Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/Class: Human conventional weapons user; Vietnamese

Occupation: Soldier

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Leader of a military camp (including Pham);
    unnamed double

Enemies: Frank Castle, Captain James, Col. Sharps, U.S. military

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Formerly a North Vietnamese Army divisional headquarters in Laos;
    Mobile throughout Vietnam

First Appearance: The 'Nam I#52 (January, 1991)

 

 

 

 

 

Powers/Abilities: The Monkey is a master sniper, and he is highly skilled in camouflage and various techniques involved in guerilla warfare. He is noted for hitting targets at a thousand yards. He wore a monkey skull around his neck.

 

 

 

 

History:
(The 'Nam I#52) - The Monkey assassinated Col. Sharps in the Duc Pho province, South Vietnam. The Marines retaliated by sending in Sgt. Frank Castle, still in his first tour of duty, but already a master sniper. Because of the Monkey's location and because of the danger the Monkey represented, the mission was a classified volunteer operation. Castle eventually made his way towards the Monkey's base, and shot his target; however, having anticipated such assaults, the Monkey had placed a double in his camp, and it was this man that Castle had shot. The real Monkey and his men tracked down and captured Castle. After imprisoning the marine, the Monkey taunted him with his plans to assassinate Captain James, the man who had trained Castle as a sniper.

(The 'Nam I#53) - Castle faked a suicide by hanging and escaped from his cell when the guard investigated. After detonating the Monkey's base's ammunition supply, Castle began taunting the Monkey by leaving one of his men dead and strapped to a tree, with a skull painted on his chest. Castle gradually weeded out the Monkey's men, continuing the skull imagery to distract them. When only one of his men was left, the Monkey sent him across an open field, intending to shoot him so the Monkey could watch for the flash of light from Castle's gun. Castle shot the man, and the Monkey saw the flash of light and shot straight into it. However, Castle had placed a pair of binoculars to his side to cause the flash, and he instead followed the flash of light from the Monkey's rifle. Castle shot straight through the Monkey's scope and into his eye, killing him instantly when the bullet passed into his brain. Castle claimed the skull necklace from his victim.

Comments: Created by Roger Salick, Mike Harris, and James Palmiotti.

    Castle recalled the skull symbol of the Monkey when he designed his first Punisher costume.

Vietnam War in the Marvel Universe

Profile by Snood.

CLARIFICATIONS:
No known connection to:


Monkey double

 

    He volunteered (or not) to serve as a decoy to American soldiers, etc., who were targeting the Monkey. Castle shot and killed him while trying to take out the Monkey. He was to be honored as a hero for his sacrifice.

 

--The 'Nam I#52

 

 


 

images:
The 'Nam I#52, p2, panel 3 (kissing skull)
        p14, panel 2 (double)
        p22, panel 1 (full body)
    #53, p12, panel 3 (face)


The 'Nam I#52-53 (January-February, 1991) - Roger Salick (writer), Mike Harris (pencils), Jimmy Palmiotti (inks), Don Daley (editor)


Last updated: 04/18/05

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