GARGANTUS

Real Name: Gargantus

Identity/Class: Extraterrestrial robot

Occupation: Warrior, temporary enslaver of the people of Granville

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: An unidentified extraterrestrial race

Enemies: Iron Man (Tony Stark), people of Granville

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Granville (I'm not sure where it was, but you'd need to take a plane to get to Long Island, New York City in a short time period).

First Appearances: Tales of Suspense I#40/1 (April, 1963)

Powers/Abilities: Gargantus was approximately ten feet tall, and possessed superhuman strength (@ Class 25) and durability. It used a large club as a weapon. Its eyes could fire mesmerizing beams, enabling it to hypnotize and control others who caught its gaze. It was vulnerable to powerful magnetic forces.

Height: 12 feet
Weight: 2400 lbs.
Eyes: Mirror-like lenses
Hair: Brown

History: (Tales of Suspense I#40/1 (fb) - BTS) - Gargantus was created by an unidentified extraterrestrial race. Having scouted the Earth 80,000 years ago, they constructed their robot after the form of the natives they had previously encountered -- Neanderthal-like cave men. In the modern era, two of the aliens traveled to Earth and sent Gargantus to Earth to lead their takeover. Gargantus arrived in the city of Granville, where it used its mesmerization power to take control of the residents. It then forced them to build a wall around the city, preventing anyone else from entering or leaving.

(Tales of Suspense I#40/1) - The invasion attempt might have succeeded, but one of the residents of Granville -- Marion -- had a date with Tony Stark, and missed it due to her entrapment by Gargantus. This led Stark to investigate and learn of the wall around Granville. Investigating further (as Iron Man), he tunneled into the city and learned of Gargantus when the residents under his control attacked Iron Man. Iron Man fled the residents to avoid hurting them, and then used a loudspeaker to challenge Gargantus and draw him out. After a brief battle, Iron Man surmised that Gargantus was a robot and surrounded him with some of his most powerful magnets, tearing Gargantus apart with their opposing forces.

Iron Man then sent his magnets after the dark cloud hovering over the city, correctly guessing that Gargantus's creators were using it as a cover for their spaceship. Fearing destruction of their ship from his magnets, the aliens fled, reporting their visit as a failure.

 

Comments: Created by Stan Lee, Robert Bernstein, and Jack Kirby.

Gargantus' creators look pretty similar to the Guna, right down to the green skin, three fingers, no nose, and major eyebrows, although they don't have ears. They're almost dead ringers for the Guna; see the Sun-Stealer profile for comparison.

Tony dated a Marion in this story, whom some sources have identified as Marianne Rodgers.

Gargantus has an entry in Marvel Legacy: The 1960s Handbook.

Clarifications: Gargantus is not to be confused with:

Gargantus's creators

Gargantus's extraterrestrial creators

They were the creators of Gargantus. A short time after Gargantus had failed, they sent a group of robot warriors to Earth, apparently as part of another attempted invasion. Having learned from their first defeat, they first took control of Iron Man, hoping to use him to further their efforts for conquest. Their next victim was Captain America, but he overcame the mind control and freed Iron Man after destroying the robot. The last robot carried a message of the fighting will of humanity to its creators, apparently causing the extraterrestrials to abandon their efforts against Earth.

Tales of Suspense I#40 - BTS (Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty#5-6

 

 

 

 


second robots

Second robotsThese robots were created by the same race as Gargantus. They were sent to Earth a short time after Gargantus had failed, apparently as part of another attempted invasion. These robots also possessed Gargantus's ability to mesmerize and control others. Iron Man was taken under control first in hopes to use him to further their efforts for conquest. They also attempted to take control of Captain America (Steve Rogers), but he succeeded in overcoming their mind control due to his strong will. Captain America destroyed his would-be controller, which then freed Iron Man from their control. The last robot fled and carried a message to its creators.

-- Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty#5 (#6

 

 

 

 

 


images: (without ads)
Tales of Suspense I#40, Cover (Gargantus main image)


Other appearances:
Captain America: Sentinel of Lilberty#5-6 (January-February, 1999) - Mark Waid (writer), Ron Garney (pencils), Dan Green (inks), Matt Idelson (editor)


Last updated: August 24, 2004

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