Real Name: None
Identity/Class: Terrestrial animal (mutate?)
Occupation: Servant of the wielder of the Horn of Proteus
Affiliations: Cap'n Barracuda, Droom, Eerok, Grogg, Invaders (Bucky/James Barnes, Captain America/Steve Rogers, Human Torch/Jim Hammond, Spitfire/Jacqueline Falsworth, Toro/Thomas Raymond, Union Jack/Brian Falsworth), Llyra, Llyron, Sub-Mariner, Tiger Shark, Triton
Enemies: Apocalypse Beast, Avengers, Black Panther (T'Challa), Ulysses Bloodstone, Crystal, Fantastic Four, Iron Man (Tony Stark), Krang, Kraven the Hunter (Sergei Kravinoff), Otetsukun, Stingray, Storm, Super-Axis (Agent Axis, Lady Lotus, Master Man/Wilhelm Lohmer, Scarlet Scarab/Abdul Faoul, U-Man/Meranno, Warrior Woman/Julia), Sub-Mariner
Known Relatives: Each of the Gigantos are apparently related to one another.
Aliases: Moby Dick, "Monstro"
Base of Operations: The ocean floor
First Appearance: Fantastic Four I#4 (May, 1962)
Powers/Abilities: Giganto is an ancient creature, resembling a whale with legs, able to breathe below and above water. It is immensely large, superhumanly strong, and resistant to injury. It also possesses a blow-hole similiar to a whale's which can squirt water.
History: The origins of the various creatures called Giganto are not known. When not being directed by another, they slumber beneath the ocean, only awakening when summoned by the Horn of Proteus. It has been said the the creatures summoned by the Horn of Proteus are so ancient that they existed before the seas themselves. Possibly, they were engineered by the Deviants in ancient times.
(Marvel Universe#7 (fb)) - In the 19th Century, Giganto encountered the ship, the Pequod, and its crew, including Captain Ahab--who was actually Ulysses Bloodstone. During this encounter, a lighter gray, if not white, version of Giganto received the name Moby Dick.
(All-New Invaders#4 (fb) ) - <July, 1944> Sub-Mariner led several Gigantos and other sea monsters to the Crete coast to save the Invaders from the Super-Axis.
(Fantastic Four I#4) - Believing that the surface world had destroyed Atlantis, the Sub-Mariner used the Horn of Proteus to awaken Giganto, and sent it on a rampage on the surface world. Mr. Fantastic of the Fantastic Four attempted to slow it down by creating a smoke screen with his Fantasticar, but was forced to withdraw when the Human Torch tried to help, and had his flame put out by Giganto's water-spout.
In order to destroy the creature, the Thing strapped a nuclear bomb to his back, and walked inside Giganto's mouth to plant it. He was temporarily way-laid by a still-living creature Giganto had swallowed, but was successful, and Giganto was slain by the explosion.
(Fantastic Four: World Greatest Comic Magazine#7, 8)
- Dr. Doom had one of his servants both the Proteus Horn, awakening
another Giganto, even larger than the last, as well as a large number
of other sea monsters, and sending them on a course into a New England
Reed Richards correctly realized this to be the offspring of Giganto. However, even the combined power of the Fantastic Four and the Avengers could not drive this massive creature off. Ultimately, Reed Richards created a sonic generator and hooked it up to the Proteus Horn--there's an explanation of how they got it, but it's not relevant here. Iron Man then flew the generator and the Horn out over the ocean, leading them all back out to sea.
(Fantastic Four: World Greatest Comic Magazine#11) - Namor summoned Giganto and an army of sea monsters to oppose Dr. Doom, who had ammassed the combined power of the Cosmic Cube, Galactus, and a few other various and sundry objects/beings of power. The immensely powerful Doom waved them all off with a sweep of his hand.
(Fantastic Four I#149)- Years later, the Sub-Mariner prepared a mock invasion of the surface world with the Inhuman Triton, as part of a plot to reunite Mr. Fantastic with his estranged wife, the Invisible Girl. Among the sea creatures he brought with him in this "invasion" was another Giganto, much smaller than the previous one, and believed by the Thing to be the earlier one's twin brother. Being much less powerful than the earlier Giganto(s), the Thing defeated this one with a single punch.
(Fantastic Four I#219)- Now controlled by Cap'N Barracuda, who had obtained the Horn of Proteus, Giganto was sent on another rampage in Manhattan to cover his men's robberies. Giganto was opposed by the Sub-Mariner and Fantastic Four, and returned to the ocean with Cap'n Barracuda's defeat.
(Avengers West Coast#65/2)- As part of his plot to assist his friends the Human Torch and Anne Raymond, without revealing his existence to them, Namor disguised himself as the Mad Thinker and sent a robot of Giganto after the Torch. This robot was set aflame by the Torch and ruined.
(Namor the Sub-Mariner#56)- As part of their plot to discredit Namor, Llyra and Llyron awakened Giganto with the Horn of Proteus, and sent him to destroy the UN Building. Namor attempted to stop Giganto, but was unable to prevent mass destruction, and Llyron ultimately appeared more heroic. Giganto then returned to the ocean.
(GLX-Mas Special#1 (fb)) - Squirrel Girl defeated the
(Fantastic Four/Iron Man: Big in Japan#1-2) - A Giganto was among the many monsters that were driven into a frenzy by the nearing arrival of the Apocalypse Beast. As the crazed beasts rampaged through Tokyo, they were fought by the Fantastic Four and Iron Man. The Human Torch and the Thing took control of the giant robot Oteksukun and used it to defeat Giganto and Eerok. When Mr. Fantastic considered one of the monsters, Grogg, that the Fantastic Four could defeat the Apocalypse Beast, Grogg led Giganto and the others away from Japan.
(Black Panther IV#19) - A Giganto and other sea monsters were sent by Namor to watch over an uncharted island, keeping any others from interfering with the honeymoon of Ororo & T'Challa.
(Fallen Son: The Death of Captain America#2) - Gigano was summoned by Tiger Shark using the Horn of Proteus. Alongside an army of sea creatures, Giganto fought the Avengers (Ares, Black Widow, Ms. Marvel, Sentry, Wasp, Wonder Man), but was finally returned to the seas by the Sub-Mariner.
(Marvel Comics Presents II#11/3) - A Giganto was found near a shipwreck just off the Atlantic Ocean by a salvage crew and Stingray. Angered by the sudden disturbance it attacked Stingray, who tried to kill it with grenades. Unimpressed the Giganto swallowed Stingray and seemingly choked to death on him. Stingray survived.
(Namor: The First Mutant#9) - Giganto, Namor's old friend, participated in the traditional Running of the Beasts. He and the other sea monsters ran amok, but were soon subdued by Krang and his Lemurian legions. Namor wasn't happy how Krang interfered and how brutally he injured the noble creature Giganto.
(Fantastic Four V#3) - Namor gave the Future Foundation a tour of the Gigantos race grazing lands. They saw several Gigantos.
(Unbeatable Squirrel Girl I#1 - BTS) - Squirrel Girl convinced Kraven to go hunting in deep sea for creatures like the Gigantos.
(Unbeatable Squirrel Girl I#9 (fb) ) - Kraven began hunting Gigantos in the deep sea, but stopped when the costs proved too high.
Comments: Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.
Thanks to MD Carter for allowing me to borrow these
images from his website, The Monsters of
You can read all you want about the story of Moby Dick in the
actual book, by Herman Melville, or in Marvel Classic Comics#8, which
adapts it. It's worth a mention in this profile because Ulysses
Bloodstone recalled it in a flashback, but we're not including any more
than that, b/c that story hasn't actually been adapted to the Marvel
For Amazing Spider-Man I#213, Llyra summoned a "Giganto-like creature to assist her rescue of the the Wizard from Ryker's Island prison. This creature had the typical armed-whale appearance of Giganto, but there are a few things that leave it in question whether this is actually a Giganto or not:
As seen in Avengers/Invaders#10 (June, 2009) an Atlantean Giganto was killed 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 Monster Island's Giganto, Behemoth and Titano.
Giganto might not be Moby Dick after all, I found an Atlas Age Giant White Whale story (Marvel Tales I#154 (1/57) 1st story. There is also "The Dreadful Discovery" @ Uncanny Tales I#53 (March, 1957; 4th story) is about 2 scientists who go looking for a rare species of white whales and find one (very intelligent and with the ability to communicate telepathically).
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Giganto should not be confused with:
MONSTRO ( ) - --Comedy Comics#10
MONSTEROSO - youthful extraterrestrial, rampaged thru New York until parents came for him--Amazing Adventures I#5
MONSTROID (Ballox,7NH54) - Skrull robot scout--Marvel Team-Up I#5
MONSTROBOT 2099 - created by father of Jade Ryuteki--XMen 2099#19
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Fantastic Four I#149 (August, 1974) - Gerry Conway (writer), Rich Buckler (pencils), Joe Sinnott (inks), Roy Thomas (editor)
Fantastic Four I#219 (June, 1980) - Doug Moench (writer), Bill Sienkiewicz (pencils), Joe Sinnott (inks), Jim Salicrup (editor)
Avengers West Coast#65 (December, 1990) - Roy & Dann Thomas (writers), Richard Levins (pencils), Keith Williams (inks), Howard Mackie (editor)
Namor the Sub-Mariner#56 (November, 1994) - Glenn Herdling (writer), Geof Isherwood (artist), Mike Rockwitz (editor)
Marvel Universe#7 (December, 1998) - Roger Stern (writer), Jason Armstrong (pencils), Mike Manley (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Fantastic Four: World Greatest Comic Magazine#7 (August, 2001) - Erik Larsen, Eric Stephenson & Tom DeFalco (writers), Erik Larsen, Rick Veitch, Ron Frenz, Mike Manley & Graham Nolan (pencils), Alan Gordon, Al Milgrom, Bruce Timm & Al Williamson (inks), Bobbie Chase (editor)
Fantastic Four: World Greatest Comic Magazine#8 (September, 2001) - Erik Larsen, Eric Stephenson & Kurt Busiek (writers), Erik Larsen, Ron Frenz, Jorge Pereira Lucas, Bill Wray & Rick Veitch (pencils), Bruce Timm, Al Milgrom, Bill Wray & Terry Beatty (inks), Bobbie Chase (editor)
Fantastic Four: World Greatest Comic Magazine#11 (December, 2001) - Erik Larsen & Eric Stephenson (writers), Ron Frenz, Frank Fosco & Al Milgrom (pencils), Bruce Timm, Mike Royer, Paul Ryan & Joe Sinnott (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Fantastic Four/Iron Man: Big in Japan#1-2 (December, 2005 - January, 2006) - Zeb Wells (writer), Seth Fisher (artist), Cory Sedlmeier (editor)
GLX-Mas Special#1 (February, 2006) - Dan Slott (writer), Matt Haley (artist), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Black Panther IV#19 (October 2006) - Reginald Hudlin (writer), Scot Eaton (pencils), Andrew Hennessy (inks), Axel Alonso (editor)
Fallen Son: The Death of Captain America#2 (June, 2007) - Jeph Loeb (writer), Ed McGuinness (penciler), Dexter Vines (inker), Bill Rosemann (editor)
Marvel Comics Presents II#11 (September, 2008) - B. Clay Moore (writer), Lee Weeks (pencils/inks), Stefano Gaudiano (inks), Warren Simons (editor)
Namor: The First Mutant#9 (June, 2011) - Stuart Moore (writer), Carlos Rodriguez & Sergio Ariño (pencils), Terry Pallot (inks), Jeanine Schaefer (editor)
Fantastic Four V#3 (March, 2013) - James Robinson (writer), Leonard Kirk (pencils), Karl Kesel (inks), Mark Paniccia (editor)
All-New Invaders#4 (June, 2014) - James Robinson (writer), Steve Pugh (artist), Mark Paniccia (editor)
Unbeatable Squirrel Girl I#1 (March, 2015) - Ryan North (writer), Erica Henderson & Maris Wicks (artist), Wil Moss (editor)
Unbeatable Squirrel Girl II#9 (August, 2016) - Ryan North (writer), Erica Henderson, David Malki & Braden Renzi (artists), Tom Fowler (inks for Henderson), Wil Moss (editor)
First Posted: 03/24/2003
Last Updated: 03/01/2019
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