The Brass Monkey

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The Brass Monkey
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Earliest Appearance: Active since at least the early 1980s
Base of Operations: Astro City

Personal Data


Headlines: August 8th, 1995: Jack-in-the-Box Captures Brass Monkey
Appearances (in Publication Order): Kurt Busiek's Astro City Vol.1 #3

Kurt Busiek's Astro City Vol.2 #11, 12
Astro City #35

Event Timeline


The Brass Monkey is an Astro City crime boss who, as his name implies, is literally a brass monkey.


The Brass Monkey was formerly a janitor at Fox-Broome University, that used an experimental device there to transfer his mind into a brass monkey statue. He planned to use this metal body to commit crimes, but when his real body was killed, he found himself stuck in that form.

His underlings, the Gorilla Troops, are regular humans who wear gorilla masks and army camouflage. His primary foe is Jack-in-the-Box and he has faced all three incarnation of the harlequin hero.


Made of solid brass through and through, the Brass Monkey possesses super-strength. He is strong enough to easily tear through Jack-in-the-Box's confetti. He also possesses all the agility one would expect of a monkey.