Human Cannonball (Marvel Comics)

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Human Cannonball
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceIncredible Hulk #3 (Sep 1962)
Created byStan Lee
Jack Kirby
In-story information
Alter egoJack Pulver
Team affiliationsCircus of Crime
The Masters of Menace
Notable aliasesCannonball
The Man Called Cannonball
AbilitiesCarries a mace
Padded steel armor grants minimal protection from physical attacks
Trailer mounted air-cannon

The Human Cannonball is a fictional character, a supervillain appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics.

Publication history[edit]

The Human Cannonball first appeared in Incredible Hulk #3 (September 1962), and was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.

The character subsequently appears in The Amazing Spider-Man #16 (September 1964), #22 (March 1965), The Avengers #22 (November 1965), The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #2 (1965), Thor #145-147 (October–December 1967), Marvel Spectacular #15-17 (July–September 1975), Super-Villain Team-Up #8 (October 1976), Ghost Rider #72-73 (September–October 1982), and X-Men and Power Pack #3 (February 2006).

The Human Cannonball appeared as part of the "Circus of Crime" entry in The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition #2.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Jack Pulver was born in Burbank, California. He is a member of the criminal organization, the Circus of Crime, and works as a human cannonball and acrobat who specializes in being shot out of a cannon. He wears a costume and helmet that protects him from injury. He initially wears a red crash helmet and purple jumpsuit. In a battle with the Hulk, he has himself shot out of his cannon at the Green Goliath with no other weapon but a replica of Thor's hammer. The Hulk punches him right up through the top of the circus tent. This stunt, and subsequent dialogue, makes it pretty clear that Jack is not all that smart.[1]

When the Circus of Crime next appears, Jack has changed his outfit. His costume is now orange and he has replaced the crash helmet with a metal bullet-shaped hat so he can use his head as a battering ram. It doesn't help him. Spider-Man and Daredevil ride him through the air like a bucking bronco and steer him into a crash with a group of circus rubes.[volume & issue needed]

Frustrated by this defeat, Cannonball is more than willing to throw in with the Clown, Princess Python and Great Gambonnos. They kick the Ringmaster out and become the Masters of Menace, a name Princess Python thinks up, led by the Clown. With the Great Gambannos he robs some paintings as he is used to batter through a door and knocks out Jameson using his helmet, placing him in hospital. When Spider-Man attacks the Masters at their hideout, the web-slinger "wonks" Cannonball on the top of his bullet hat, crumpling it and knocking it down over his eyes.[volume & issue needed] He rejoins the Ringmaster when he fails to lure Hawkeye, Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch into the group. Quicksilver easily defeats him.[volume & issue needed]

Cannonball and the Circus later battle a series of heroes including Namor,[volume & issue needed] the Shroud,[volume & issue needed] the Hulk again,[volume & issue needed] She-Hulk,[2] Power Pack,[volume & issue needed] Ben Reilly,[volume & issue needed] Spider-Man,[volume & issue needed] Howard the Duck,[volume & issue needed] Generation X,[volume & issue needed] and Devil Dinosaur & Moon-Boy.[volume & issue needed]

Human Cannonball later appeared as a member of Hood's crime syndicate.[3]

Powers and abilities[edit]

The Human Cannonball wears padded steel armor to protect his head, shoulders, wrists and feet from the effects of his attack. The armor also offers some protection from physical attacks. He usually uses a trailer mounted air cannon to fire himself at opponents or onto buildings. He sometimes carries a mace to hit opponents as he flies by them.

In other media[edit]



  1. ^ Incredible Hulk #3 (Sep 1962)
  2. ^ The Sensational She-Hulk #1
  3. ^ Dark Reign: The Hood #1

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