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Real Name: Marvin Monroe

Identity/Class: Extradimensional (Earth-93060/Ultraverse) normal human

Occupation: Retired;
   formerly professional basketball player

Group Membership: None;
   formerly National Basketball Association

Affiliations: Zip-Zap;
   formerly Robbie Monroe

Enemies: Beater, M.C. Zed, Robbie Monroe

Known Relatives: Johanna Monroe (wife), Marvin Monroe, Jr. (son), Robbie Monroe (brother)

Aliases: None

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.

Height: 6'8" (by approximation)
Weight: 235 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Brown
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 on his 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 for ransom.

(Strangers#20) - Retired, Missile shot basketball hoops in Holt's Gym watched by fans outside. Speedster 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; this could mean that Robbie either died in the final skirmish (likely) or went to prison.

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

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.








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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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