BEHEMOTH

Classification: Terrestrial Atlantean (Homo mermani) construct

Creator: Unidentified Atlantean scientists

User/Possessors: Manipulated by Warlord Krang

First Appearance: Tales to Astonish I#77/1 (March, 1966) (mentioned);
    Tales to Astonish I#79/1 (May, 1966) (seen)

Powers/Abilities/Functions: The Behemoth possessed vast superhuman strength (Class 100) and durability, as well as the ability to function at the ocean depths. It was approximately 30' tall.

 

 

 

History:
(Tales to Astonish I#77/1 (fb) - BTS) - The Behemoth was created by the most brilliant brains of Atlantis "after the last holocaust...the tragic era when Atlantis was almost destroyed..." It was a last-ditch weapon in case of the gravest of emergencies, so that such a disaster would never occur again. It was placed in stasis beneath the sea.

(Tales to Astonish I#77/1 - BTS) - A series of explosions rocked Atlantis, caused by the surface people's gigantic drill boring into the ocean floor, a scientific probe.

(Tales to Astonish I#79/1) - The Behemoth, revived by the explosion, approached Atlantis, destroying all in its path. While Dorma went to the surface and brought Namor to oppose the Behemoth, Warlord Krang coerced the Puppet Master into creating a puppet of the Behemoth with which he could control it.

(Tales to Astonish I#80/1) - Namor's attacks -- including binding it in Atlantis' iron gates and using a school of electric eels -- proved futile against the Behemoth, which continued to advance on Atlantis. However, the eels attacked caused a backlash on Krang's puppet, melting it so that it no longer resembled the Behemoth and was thus no longer effective. Namor finally created a powerful vortex that pulled the Behemoth down into the Quagmire of Doom, a thousand year old bottomoless pit of quicksand -- the one enemy against which no amount of strength, or power, may prevail. And so, the mightiest being ever to tread the ocean floor disappeared from human sight forever!

Comments: Created by Stan Lee, Adam Austin, and Bill Everett.

    I'd have to ASSume that the "last holocaust" to which they were referring was Paul Destine's destruction of one of the cities of Atlantis.

As seen in Avengers/Invaders#10 (June, 2009) Behemoth was destroyed in 1943 by the Red Skull (Johann Shmidt) when he used a Cosmic Cube to alter history, creating a new timeline (Earth-93198); the Invaders and Avengers restored the original timeline, reviving this Giganto. Other monster corpses seen floating in the ocean were the Atlantean Giganto, Monster Island's Giganto and Titano.
--Markus Raymond

The Behemoth looks similar to the monster Doctor Drearr summoned.
--Gammatotem

Profile by Snood.

Clarifications:


images:
Tales to Astonish I#79, p8, panel 4


Tales to Astonish I#77 (March, 1966) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Gene Colan (pencils), Vince Colletta (inks)
Tales to Astonish I#79 (May, 1966) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Gene Colan (pencils), Bill Everett (inks)
Tales to Astonish I#80 (June, 1966) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Gene Colan (pencils), Dick Ayers (inks)


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Last Updated: 12/13/14

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