venici-jules-kneecap-mainvenici-jules-kneecap-faceJULES "KNEECAP" VENICI
Earth-5555 circa 8162 A.D.

Real Name: Jules Venici

Identity/Class: Alternate reality (Earth-5555 circa 8162 A.D.) human

Occupation: Controller of the Undertaker's uptown criminal interests

Group Membership: First lieutenant in the Undertaker's organization (including the second lieutenant, Roberto "Slick" Capedellani); numerous unidentified men serving under Jules (many slain by Death's Head)

Affiliations: Undertaker (Josiah Carker); unidentified "babe";
    presumably Plaguedog

Enemies: Dead Cert, Death's Head (Freelance Peacekeeping Agent)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: Kneecap, Senor Venici

Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
    formerly a hotel or some other building in the uptown in the Los Angeles Settlement circa 8162 A.D., Earth-5555
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First Appearance: Death's Head I#4 (March, 1989)

Powers/Abilities: Experienced enough to serve as second-in-command of an organized criminal organization, Jules was experienced in criminal strategy and likely in armed and unarmed combat.

    That being said, all he actually did was carry around a drink, express hunger, and recognize an obvious trap while failing to appreciate that it was the cover for another assault.

    He had numerous criminals serving under him who carried various weapons, mostly machine guns.

Height: Unrevealed (perhaps 5'11")
Weight: Unrevealed (perhaps 200 lbs.; more or less depending on whether his shoulders were that broad or whether it was just his suit; I think the latter)
Eyes: Dark, presumably brown
Hair: Black

History:

(Death's Head I#4 (fb) - BTS) - Jules "Kneecap" Venici was the first lieutenant and controller of the criminal Undertaker's uptown interests.

(Death's Head I#4 (fb) - BTS) - The Undertaker's rival, Dead Cert, hired the freelance peacekeeping agent Death's Head to take out the Undertaker's killer, Plaguedog. Unsure how to find Plaguedog, Death's Head resolved to kill the Undertaker's first lieutenant, Venici, and then threaten his second lieutenant, Capedellani, in hopes of luring out Plaguedog.venici-jules-kneecap-cake

(Death's Head I#4 (fb) - BTS) - "Kneecap" was enjoying a drink with a lady at his birthday party.

(Death's Head I#4) - Alerted of a disturbance at the front door and feeling that some of his boys couldn't handle their own shoelaces, let alone trouble, Kn told his ladyfriend/"babe" he'd be right back, and he took his drink with him to check things out. En route he considered with annoyance that if a man of his stature couldn't enjoy his own birthday party in peace, that this had better be good.venici-jules-kneecap-men

    He arrived to find one of his men holding a gun on a cook trying to deliver a large cake to him. As he noted a card from "an admirer," Jules noted with amusement that he hadn't seen a gunman pop out of a cake since 8158 and that the Undertaker's rival, Dead Cert, must be running really low on ideas.

    Kneecap told his boys to wheel it in as the party could do with some livenin' up. Informing them that he hadn't survived this long by falling for such an old trick, he told them to "cut the cake," and the followed his instructions, using their machine guns to cut the cake into pieces. Seeing that the cake had just been a cake, Jules told his "idiots" to stop firing.

    Covered with splattered cake, Jules wondered who was having a joke at their expense, and he told his boys to find out who had sent the cake and then drop them down a lift shaft.

    Wiping off his face, Jules ordered his staff to get his something he could eat rather than smear on his face, and a waiter (actually a disguised Death's Head) then delivered a piece of cake while Jules ranted about their being no decency left in the world. As he leaned in to take a bite, the cake exploded, blowing Jules to pieces (dead pieces, that is).venici-jules-kneecap-explosion

(Death's Head I#4 - BTS) - Death's Head then fought his way past Venici's men, noting he had planned to sneak away without conflict, but then Kneecap had to dig in so quickly, showing a lack of manners.

    Not being paid to take out Venici's men, Death's Head nonetheless took out a number of them during his escape.

    However, Plaguedog had been instead placed in an office the Undertaker had sold to Death's Head's business partner, Spratt; although nearly dying in the process, Spratt ultimately slew Plaguedog by smashing him with a car.

    Disappointed with no Plaguedog, Death's Head slew "Slick" Capedellani and his men...but was pleased to find Spratt had taken out Plaguedog, which meant he would get paid after all!

Comments: Created by Simon Furman and Lee Sullivan.

    "Kneecap" had a sub-profile in the Undertaker profile, first published back in 4/22/2003. I didn't see "Kneecap" linked from Death's Head's foes, so I thought he didn't have a profile. It wasn't until I went to link this profile to the Undertaker that I saw that he had a sub-profile there...but, anyway, he's got a full name, a full body image, a personality, and a couple interesting pages, so worth the profile in my book.

    This profile was completed 04/06/2021, but its publication was delayed as it was intended for the Appendix 20th anniversary 's celebratory event.

Profile by Snood.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Jules "Kneecap" Venici
should be distinguished from:


images: (without ads)

Death's Head I#4, pg. 3, panel 4 (full);
       pg. 5, panel 2 (cake);
          panel 4 (with men);
          panel 5 (cut the cake);
       pg. 6, panel 3 (cake on face);
       pg. 7, panel 1 (explosion)


Appearances:
Death's Head I#4 (March, 1989) - Simon Furman (writer), Lee Sullivan (artist), Richard Starkings (editor)


First posted: 09/04/2021
Last updated: 09/01/2021

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