Big Tony
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New York City, Earth





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Image Comics
IDW Publishing

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Teachers and Students

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Antoine "Big Tony" Puzorelli is the biological paternal grandfather of Shadow Jones in the Image comics.


A powerful Italian mob boss in New York City, perhaps one in the same ranks as Tony Twist, and the father of the late Albert Puzorelli. It was Antoine who contracted the Foot Clan to find and bring him his granddaughter, Shadow Jones. When Raphael consulted the Foot about the kidnapping, they revealed the contract and offered Raphael a contract of their own: assassinate Antoine and take Shadow back. Raphael agreed, though during the mission he found he could not bring himself to assassinate Puzorelli. Michaelangelo stepped in after Raphael escaped, tracking Shadow to the cathedral where Antoine and his wife were about to have her baptised. Disguising himself as a priest, he rescued Shadow, escaping Antoine and his men as he fled to the roof and acted as a gargoyle (TMNT Vol. 3, #7 & 8). Antoine put the hit out for the whole New York Foot Clan, whom he blamed for the loss of Shadow. His hitmen tracked the Foot Clan to their lair, then gunned down the entire ruling council and at least forty some members before being taken out one-by-one by Raphael, who began his masquerade as The Shredder amidst the conflict. Killing the entire hitmen squad of over fifty, Raphael went directly before Puzorelli and forced a pact of peace (TMNT Vol. 3, #12 - 14). Antoine later sees his granddaughter on TV during Casey Jones' ticker tape parade ceremony, relieved to have found her again. He immediately has his men launch another attempt to get her back (TMNT Vol. 3, #22).

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