Punch and Jewelee


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Punch and Jewelee

(pop culture)
Picture two off-the-hook court jester–like “reformed” criminals who frequent suburbia and try to raise baby amongst backyard barbeques and car pools, and you've envisioned the ex–Suicide Squad villains known as Punch and Jewelee. These two Coney Island puppeteers turned petty criminals were birthed in the pages of Charlton Comics' Captain Atom #85 (1967), in a story scripted by David Kaler and penciled by Steve Ditko. Amoral, whimsical, and outright unpredictable, Punch and Jewelee are minding their own business as thieves on Coney Island, until one day Punch finds a small box of alien technology abandoned by extraterrestrial passers-by. The couple uses the discarded weaponry to build an elaborate underground headquarters from which they operate as Brooklyn's baddest villains, often exacting random acts of violence on the most unsuspecting. With their bags of tricks and Vaudevillian props—such as Jewelee's illusion-creating “hypnojewel” and Punch's gun that blasts “sting strings”— the demented duo often bumped up against Central Bureau of Intelligence agent Nightshade and her partner King Faraday. The couple was eventually adopted into the Suicide Squad, a volatile team of supervillains recruited into service for the U.S. government, but—unbeknownst to them—they were soon considered loose cannons and a serious liability. When Jewelee became pregnant the couple defected to Middle America, where husband and wife chose to live quiet lives as borderline-psychotic parents who flirt with returning to a life of crime. Although they haven't been heard from in years, just like a grotesque jack-in-the-box, there's no telling where they might pop up next.