Punch (Sylvester Sepastopol) over a white background


(Sylvester Sepastopol)


This obscure, so-so villain only appeared in one 1969 adventure of DC Comics’ Teen Titans. But I dunno, he seemed to have untapped potential. And that he appeared so early in the career of a major team gives him some unused credibility.


  • Real Name: Sylvester Sepastopol.
  • Note: His name is often listed as the more common “Sebastopol”. Which is incorrect. I have the comic book right under my nose as I type this.
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: None (but I’m assuming he has a rich family to pay for all his gadgets and henchmen).
  • Group Affiliation: None.
  • Base Of Operations: Mobile.
  • Height: 5’10” Weight: 100lbs. Age: 16
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Brown


Powers and Abilities

Punch is an exceptionally gifted inventor, and a pretty fair schemer as well.

But he is totally lacking in any physical or combat skills.


Sylvester Sepastopol was a child prodigy with a talent for science. He enrolled at Berkeley  at age 12, graduated three years later, and quickly picked up two post-graduate engineering degrees from Caltech .

There’s no indication of any childhood traumas or other mitigating factors that would explain why he turned to crime. Apparently he’s just a rotten kid.

Sylvester devised a plan to destroy the Justice League. He then tried to form an alliance with the villain known as Headmaster-Mind in order to carry it out. When Headmaster-Mind dismissed him, Sylvester decided to prove his abilities by taking out the “Junior Justice League”… the original Teen Titans.

Taking on the identity of Punch, Sylvester managed to capture the Titans. But they soon escaped and made short work of their puny foe.


Sylvester Sepastopol is a tall, skinny teenager with brown hair and glasses. Out of costume, he dresses conservatively in a suit and tie.

As Punch, he wears a harlequin’s outfit with a ruffled collar and a tall, pointy hat. Or as Speedy put it, “You look like a tenth-rate Joker — with about two percent of his class !”


Punch is a complete egomaniac, in love with the sound of his own voice.

While he is a brilliant inventor and a clever planner, his vanity inevitably leads him to underestimate his opponents.

When the tide turns against him, he’s a complete coward, with no stomach for physical combat.


“I have a rather ingenious plan to destroy the Justice League !”

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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Dex: 03 Str: 02 Bod: 02 Motivation: Thrill Seeker
Int: 11 Wil: 03 Min: 04 Occupation: Would-be Arch-Villain
Inf: 04 Aur: 03 Spi: 02 Resources {or Wealth}: 007
Init: 018 HP: 045

Gadgetry: 12, Scientist: 08, Weaponry (Exotic)*: 03

Genius, Expansive Headquarters, Rich Family/Friends.

CIA (boasting), MPR (needs glasses to see).


  • Belt [BODY 04, Teleportation: 13, Limitation: Teleport works on belt wearer only].
  • 10 AP ACD Omni-Gadgets (x3).

By J. Kevin Carrier.

Source of Character: Teen Titans (1st series) #19.