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Real Name: Joseph Pincus

Identity/Class: Normal human

Occupation: Musician (suspected day job unidentified)

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Peter Parker, Amy Powell

Enemies: Ramrod

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: Lonesome Pincus

Place of Birth: Aventura, Florida

Base of Operations: An apartment in Chelsea, Manhattan, New York

First Appearance(Voice) Amazing Spider-Man I#211 (December, 1980)
Amazing Spider-Man I#213 (February, 1981)
Amazing Spider-Man I#217 (June, 1981)

Powers/Abilities: Pincus is a proficient country and western singer/songwriter/guitarist of dubious talent; he is somewhat more skilled with the blues.

Height: 4'10"
Weight: 111 lbs.
Eyes: Gray
Hair: Black


History: (Amazing Spider-Man I#211) - Amateur country and western singer Joseph "Lonesome Pinky" Pincus sang for hours in his new Chelsea apartment, and was finally silenced when his neighbor Peter Parker pounded on his wall, informing him that it was three in the morning.

(Amazing Spider-Man I#212) - Once more, Pincus was singing loudly at twilight, greatly irritating Parker.

(Amazing Spider-Man I#213) - Pincus sang again on a Saturday morning.  Later, he picked up his mail; although Parker spotted him, he assumed instead that another, taller neighbor in a western-themed outfit was the country singer, and not the short, scholarly-looking Pincus. 

(Amazing Spider-Man I#214) - After the Wizard and Llyra damaged their building while battling Spider-Man, Pincus and his fellow tenants were sent to live in a luxury 5th Avenue hotel.  Pincus was assigned to a room next to Parker, and once again disrupted his sleep with more terrible caterwauling.

(Amazing Spider-Man I#216) - With the repairs on their building completed, Pincus moved back in and resumed his usual habits, much to Parker's consternation.

(Amazing Spider-Man I#217) - After passing Parker on the stairs, Pincus started howling again.  Exhausted, Parker accidentally punched right through the wall, and was surprised to learn the true identity of his neighbor.  Pincus introduced himself, and chalked the broken wall up to fire damage.

(Amazing Spider-Man I#219) - Pincus landed a singing gig at Mickey's, a country-and-western bar in Brooklyn, and informed a surprised Peter.

(Amazing Spider-Man I#221) - Pincus gave Peter a pass to attend his gig.  Upon beginning his set that night, however, he was mercilessly booed, and started to leave; however, villainous cyborg Ramrod, angry that the bar hadn't even allowed him to audition for a singing gig there, had poisoned the beer, sending the patrons (including Peter's friends Debra Whitman and Biff Rifkin) into a frenzy.  The panicked bartender asked Pincus to do something; after a moment's hesitation he began playing the blues, which proved sufficiently moving to calm the crowd.  He sang for nearly an hour without pause; as Pincus' hoarse voice finally gave out, Spider-Man (having retrieved the antidote and defeated Ramrod) came to the bar and distributed the antidote to the poisoned bargoers, saving their lives.  As they left, Pincus, stayed on the stage "not knowing whether this has been the best night of his life, or the worst...trying not to care".

(Amazing Spider-Man I#234) - While defrosting his refrigerator, Pincus found that he had some excess food, and offered Peter a dozen eggs, half of a Boston cream pie, and "a nice brisket."  The perpetually-impoverished Parker gladly accepted them.

(Amazing Spider-Man I#240) - Pincus ran into Amy Powell, who was looking for Peter Parker, in the lobby of the building.  Pincus had nothing but nice things to say about his neighbor, noting that he was "a mensch".

(Spectacular Spider-Man II#101 (fb) ) - Pincus told Peter that bluegrass musicians Deryl Reinhold and his Brothers were among the best in the business, prompting Peter to go see them when they played at a festival in New York.



Comments: Created by Denny O'Neil, John Romita Jr., and Jim Mooney.

It may not come through in the text, but Pincus is very, very Jewish.

Some sample lyrics from the Lonesome Pinky songbook: 

Pincus' place of birth was revealed in his mini-profile in the Spider-Man's Friends and Associates profile in the All-New OHotMU HC vol. 11.

Profile by Minor Irritant.

Joseph "Lonesome Pinky" Pincus has no known connections to

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Amazing Spider-Man I#217, p8, pan4 (main image)
Amazing Spider-Man I#234, p8, pan6 (headshot)

Other Appearances:
Amazing Spider-Man I#211-214 (December, 1980-March, 1981) - Denny O'Neil (writer), John Romita, Jr. (pencils), Jim Mooney (inks), Allen Milgrom (editor
Amazing Spider-Man I#216-217 (May-June, 1981) - Denny O'Neil (writer), John Romita, Jr. (pencils), Jim Mooney (inks), Allen Milgrom (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man I#219 (August, 1981) - Denny O'Neil (writer), Luke McDonnell (pencils), Jim Mooney (inks), Tom DeFalco (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man I#221 (October, 1981) - Denny O'Neil (writer), Alan Kupperberg (pencils), Jim Mooney (inks), Tom DeFalco (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man I#234 (November, 1982) - Roger Stern (writer), John Romita, Jr. (pencils), Dan Green (inks), Tom DeFalco (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man I#240 (May, 1983) - Roger Stern (writer), John Romita, Jr. (pencils), Bob Layton (inks), Tom DeFalco (editor)

Spectacular Spider-Man II#101 (April, 1985) - Cary Burkett (writer), Juan Alacantara (pencils), Jack Abel (inks), Jim Owsley (editor)

Last updated:08/06/12

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