MARVIN "MISSILE" MONROE
Real Name: Marvin Monroe
Identity/Class: Extradimensional (Earth-93060/Ultraverse) normal human
formerly professional basketball player
Group Membership: None;
formerly National Basketball Association
formerly Robbie Monroe
M.C. Zed, Robbie Monroe
Known Relatives: Johanna Monroe (wife),
Monroe, Jr. (son), Robbie Monroe (brother)
Base of Operations: San Francisco, USA
First Appearance: Strangers#20 (January, 1995)
Powers/Abilities: Marvin Monroe is an
exceptional basketball player who rose to great fame for his sporting
abilities. His skills and high scores brought him many endorsements and
wealth. However, he later valued his family over sport.
Weight: 235 lbs. (by approximation)
Hair: Bald (shaved?)
(Strangers#20 (fb) - BTS) - Marvin Monroe signed with
the basketball league as a free agent rookie and his career soon
rocketed; he was the top scorer for seven consecutive years, but this
ended time for casual sport with friends. He had about a dozen people
payroll, including brother Robbie, and secured multiple lucrative
endorsement deals. Eventually, he grew cynical of the big game with
people using his fame and he retired, choosing to spend time with his
wife Johanna and son Marvin Jr. His brother was secretly disgruntled at
the lost income but feigned friendship. Robbie made contact with two
likewise unhappy men who had lost Missile's friendly basketballing, but
both of whom had since gained superpowers as the super-strong Beater
and sound-blasting M.C. Zed, for them to kidnap Marvin Jr. and hold him
(Strangers#20) - Retired,
Missile shot basketball hoops in Holt's Gym watched by fans outside.
Zip-Zap of the Strangers whizzed down to seek Missile's autograph for
his trading card, but they were interrupted when Missile was told of
his son's kidnapping. Missile instantly agreed to pay and Robbie
accompanied Missile to meet the two villains while Zip-Zap secretly
followed. The exchange was made and Robbie's agenda revealed, but
Beater clumsily slammed into Robbie in a skirmish with Zip-Zap. Robbie
accidentally fired his handgun, hitting Marvin in the arm. The villains
were knocked out and the Monroes returned to safety, although the son
needed therapy. Later, Zip-Zap bounced hoops with Missile but the
basketballer wanted to be left alone.
Comments: Created by Len Strazewski, Sam Payne, Thomas Florimonte.
At the end, Missile said that he missed his brother;
mean that Robbie either died in the final skirmish (likely) or went to
Zip-Zap shows off his Skybox trading card, a subtle nod to Skybox, which released three series (1993-1994) of Ultraverse trading cards showcasing new art, extra information plus several characters not seen in the comics.
Profile by Grendel Prime.
Marvin "Missile" Monroe has no known connections to:
Robbie Monroe was "Missile" Monroe's brother and part
of his crew on his payroll along with about a dozen others when Missile
was a professional basketballer. Robbie was
set to take a big license fee on Missile's career but Missile's
retirement ended that and his employment, although he still chose to
hang out with his brother at the gym. Secretly angry at his brother for
the lost income, despite being paid by Missile to shoot hoops with him,
he organized two similarly disgruntled superhumans, Beater and M.C.
Zed, to kidnap Missile's son for a large ransom. The heroic Zip-Zap's
speedy intervention unwittingly caused the powerful Beater to slam into
Robbie, who then unintentionally shot Missile in the arm. Missile and
Zip-Zap organized an ambulance for Robbie but his fate is unrevealed.
Strangers#20, p8, pan1 (main image)
p24, pan4 (headshot)
p6, pan4 (trading card)
p17, pan2 (Robbie)
Strangers#20 (January, 1995) - Len Strazewski (writer), Sam Payne (pencils), Thomas Florimonte (inks), Roland Mann & Kara Lamb (editors)
First posted: 02/20/2021
Last updated: 02/20/2021
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