Real Name: Monkey Joe
Identity/Class: Terrestrial animal (squirrel)
Group Membership: Great Lakes Avengers (Big Bertha/Ashley Crawford, Doorman/DeMarr Davis, Flatman/Val Ventura, Grasshopper/Doug Taggert, Mr. Immortal/Craig Hollis)
Affiliations: Dor Green, Maureen Green, Hulk (Bruce Banner), Iron Man (Tony Stark), Larry, Old Lady Squirrel Girl, Squirrel Girl (Doreen Green)
Enemies: Abomination (Emil Blonsky), Batroc's Brigade (Batroc the Leaper/Georges Batroc, Machete/Mariano Lopez, Zaran/Maximillian Zaran), Doctor Doom (Victor Von Doom), Kang the Conqueror, Leather Boy (Gene Lorrene)
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: None;
formerly New York City, New York
First Appearance: Marvel Super-Heroes III#8/2 (December, 1991)
Powers/Abilities: Monkey Joe is an extraordinarily brave and curious fox squirrel who has a penchant for adventure. Like other squirrels, Monkey Joe is an agile climber and a natural acrobat, able to jump up six feet high or seventeen feet across, and he can land safely from falls as high as 20 feet, and his tail works as a makeshift parachute, and helps enhance his balance. Able to run 20 miles per hour, Monkey Joe can chew through wood, wires, and soft metals, though he can't tell the difference between red and green. Monkey Joe can understand English, and is able to navigate the Internet with ease.
Height: 2'3" (including tail)
Weight: 2 lbs.
Hair: Brown fur
(Unbeatable Squirrel Girl II#15 (fb) ) - Hearing a human girl crying in her bedroom, Monkey Joe began chattering at her through the window, and they both realized they could understand each other. As Monkey Joe began asking her to leave out more peanut butter, a dog began chasing him, and the girl, Doreen Green, saved Monkey Joe's life. He befriended her and convinced her that she had it within her to be like Captain America or another super hero.
(Unbeatable Squirrel Girl II#42 (fb) - BTS) - Dor and Maureen took Doreen with them to New York City on a business trip and she brought Monkey Joe with her.
(Unbeatable Squirrel Girl II#42) - Doreen and Monkey Joe saw a flash of light in the sewer and they ended up defusing a bomb just before Kang the Conqueror attacked. Monkey Joe bravely attacked Kang on his own, while inspiring young Doreen to overcome her fears. An elderly version of Squirrel Girl and one from her 20s, both from the future, arrived back in the past to help defeat Kang. The Squirrel Girl in her 20s in particular thanked Monkey Joe for all he meant to her.
(U.S.Avengers#3 (fb) - BTS) - When Doreen was 12, she held on to a fire hose when Monkey Joe suggested it, but he regretted his advice.
(Marvel Comics#1001/21) - Having received news from the doctors that she wasn't a mutant, Doreen confided in Monkey Joe about her fear that she'd never belong.
(Unbeatable Squirrel Girl II#16 (fb) ) - When Doreen was 15, she had an interest in sleuthing, and Monkey Joe wondered where he'd buried all his acorns. Monkey Joe along with other squirrels, helped her fight the Abomination when she aided the Hulk in defeating the villain. Kang fired at Doreen and she was genuinely frightened until Monkey Joe inspired her to fight back.
(Marvel Super-Heroes III#8/3) - Monkey Joe was present when Squirrel Girl introduced herself to Iron Man. After Doctor Doom captured Iron Man and Squirrel Girl aboard his ship, Monkey Joe and other squirrels helped them escape. The squirrels attacked Doctor Doom, biting through the components in his armor, and Doctor Doom retreated by jumping into a nearby lake. Monkey Joe jumped in and retrieved Doom's face plate to prove he was defeated.
(G.L.A.#2) - Squirrel Girl and Monkey Joe defeated muggers in the park and they were congratulated by police officer Larry. The duo was invited to join the Great Lakes Avengers by Flatman and Doorman, and they readily agreed. They soon intervened in a battle between Grasshopper (Douglas Taggert) and Batroc's Brigade. Grasshopper joined the team but was killed immediately afterwards, and Deathurge claimed his soul.
(G.L.A.#3) - Squirrel Girl and Monkey Joe arrived at the G.L.A. headquarters in Wisconsin, where they were shocked by Mr. Immortal's drunken suicide and a wall of pictures of dead teammates. Squirrel Girl went out on patrol with her teammates, leaving Monkey Joe to monitor the comms, with Squirrel Girl personally vouching to the others about his effectiveness. Later, Monkey Joe was researching Roxxon equipment when Leather Boy broke in and killed him.
(G.L.A.#4 (fb) - BTS) - Leather Boy did unnatural things to Monkey Joe's body then set him on fire.
(G.L.A.#4) - Squirrel Girl and the G.L.A. found Monkey Joe's corpse, and Squirrel Girl deeply grieved her friend. In the form of a squirrel, Deathurge came to claim Monkey Joe's soul and to escort him into the afterlife, but he was stopped by Mr. Immortal.
(G.L.A.#4) - In the afterlife Monkey Joe played poker with other deceased members of the Great Lakes Avengers including Dinah Soar, Grasshopper and Mockingbird. Doorman came by on his way to meet with Oblivion.
Comments: Created by Steve Ditko and Will Murray.
Monkey Joe inspired Doreen Green's heroic career as Squirrel Girl, and he proved her closest friend and sidekick for most of her adolescence, until his tragic murder. Tippy-Toe now fulfills that role for Squirrel Girl primarily.
Monkey Joe acts as a cartoonish narrator in the G.L.A. series. Here are the synopses for those appearances, which broke the the fourth wall as a narrative style.
(G.L.A.#1) - Squirrel Girl and Monkey Joe showed up one issue early to address the readers of G.L.A., warning them not to let kids read. Monkey Joe appeared in a cartoon narrator format, telling the readers to write their editors. He continued providing public service announcements as the issue detailed Mr. Immortal's tragic past, as well as to introduce advertisements.
(G.L.A.#2) - Monkey Joe continued providing commentary about following the laws regarding illegal downloads and advice on music. He also commented when Grasshopper died.
(G.L.A.#3) - Monkey Joe continued providing commentary, teasing comic book readers about their virginity, bulimia, not playing with scissors, and sloppy storytelling, and he bragged about defeating Doctor Doom.
(G.L.A.#4) - In an angel costume, Monkey Joe ripped up a comic book and said goodbye. He sadly said goodbye, reminding everyone to eat more nuts.
Profile by Chadman.
Monkey Joe has no known connections to:
(G.L.A.#2) - After Squirrel Girl and Monkey Joe defeated muggers in the park, police officer Larry commended them.
images: (without ads)
Marvel Pets Handbook#1, p38, pan1 (Monkey Joe)
G.L.A.#4, p4, pan3 (Squirrel Girl grieving)
G.L.A.#3, p8, pan5 (cartoon Monkey Joe)
G.L.A.#2, p17, pan1 (Larry)
Marvel Super-Heroes III#8/2 (December, 1991) - Steve Ditko, Will Murray (writers), Steve Ditko (artist), To DeFalco (editor)
G.L.A.#1-4 (June-September, 2005) - Dan Slott (writer), Paul Pelletier (penciler), Rick Magyar (inker), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Marvel Pets Handbook#1 (August, 2009) - various writers, Jeff Youngquist (editor)
Unbeatable Squirrel Girl II#1 (December, 2015) - Ryan North (writer), Erica Henderson (artist), Wil Moss (editor)
Unbeatable Squirrel Girl II#16 (March, 2017) - Ryan North, Will Murray (writers), Erica Henderson, Steve Ditko (artists), Wil Moss (editor)
U.S.Avengers#3 (April, 2017) - Al Ewing (writer), Paco Medina, Carlo Barberi (pencilers), Juan Vlasco (inker), Tom Brevoort (Editor)
Unbeatable Squirrel Girl II#42 (May, 2019) - Ryan North (writer), Erica Henderson, Derek Charm, Naomi Franquiz (artists), Wil Moss (editor)
Marvel Comics#1001/21 (November, 2019) - Will Murray (writer), Derek Charm (artist), Tom Brevoort (editor)
First Posted: 09/10/2020
Last updated: 09/10/2020
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