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Ham Hands was a member of Sal Monella's gang that used threats of violence to intimidate restaurants into buying tainted food from them. Hands was a tall man with long dark hair on the sides of his head and no hair on the top.

Hands worked closely with Ed Coli to threaten local restaurant owners and airlines. When Monella's scheme was being unraveled by Dick Tracy, the FBI, and a rival gang, Hands and Coli accompanied Monella to a local dump to retrieve a cache of money they had hidden there.

When law enforcement arrived, Hands and the others hid inside a trash compactor. The compactor was accidentally activated by Vitamin Flintheart, and Monella and his men were crushed into cubes of garbage.

It was later revealed that Monella survived the experience. It is reasonable to assume that Hands and Coli survived as well.


  • It was not specified if "Ham Hands" was the character's real name or an alias. "Ham" can sometimes be a shortened form of the name Hamilton.
  • "Ham-handed" is an expression that means clumsy, awkward, or brutish. The variant "ham-fisted" is also used with the same meaning.