SUNDAY PUNCH MISSILE
Classification: Terrestrial technology
User/Possessors: U.S. armed forces under the command of General Ross
First Appearance: Tales to Astonish I#70/2 (August, 1965)
Powers/Abilities/Functions: The Sunday Punch Missile was the largest of the military's new "clean" bombs which left no lingering radioactivity after its detonation; the exact yield of the weapon's blast is unknown.
(Tales to Astonish I#70/2) - The Leader sent his five-hundred foot tall humanoid to destroy a southwest military base. The gigantic automaton shrugged off all artillery fired upon it, so the army launched a volley of conventional missiles, to no effect. The Hulk began to battle the gigantic humanoid just as General Ross ordered deployment of the Sunday Punch Missile; overhearing this, Rick Jones ran off to warn the Hulk.
(Tales to Astonish I#71/2) - As the launched Sunday Punch Missile raced towards the humanoid, the Hulk grabbed Rick and jumped to safety just as the missile hit its target and exploded in a mushroom cloud. The Hulk and Rick cleared the fireball, but they were hurled away by the shockwave.
Because there were no lingering effects of radioactive fallout, a military battalion was dispatched to inspect the area, where they found that the humanoid had survived the blast due to its plastic composition, but it had been rendered inoperative.
Comments: Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.
A "Sunday punch" is a boxer's best punch, his knockout blow, rather than a sneaky sucker punch -- I could find no information regarding the origins of this term.
Profile by John Kaminski
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Tales to Astonish I#70/2, p10, pan3 (missile on its carrier before launch)
Tales to Astonish I#71/2, p2, pan5 (mushroom cloud from missile's detonation)
Tales to Astonish I#70-71 (August-September, 1965) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Jack Kirby (pencils), Mike Esposito (inks)
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Last Updated: 06/07/04
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