Real Name: Googam
Identity/Class: Extraterrestrial (Planet-X)
Occupation: Parking valet; would-be conqueror
Group Membership: Fin Fang Four (Elektro, Fin Fang Foom, Gorgilla)
Affiliations: Fantastic Four (kind of); Goom
Langley, Mark Langley,
Langley, David Letterman, Tim
formerly Fantastic Four
Known Relatives: Goom (father)
Aliases: "Funny Tomato-Man"(as called by Gorgilla); The Son of Goom
Base of Operations: Baxter Building, New York City
(formerly) Monster Island
(formerly) Planet X
First Appearance: Tales Of Suspense I#17/1 (May, 1961)
Powers/Abilities: Googam was a young alien, still maturing, with new powers which emerged as he grew. Although initially seen at almost the same size as a human, over time he became noticeably larger. Googam demonstrated the ability of telekinesis, although not as great as his father's. He also possessed superhuman strength (class 10), could generate a force field around himself or others, and reduce others in size. He had thin wings under his arms -- had his maturation been completed, he would likely have inherited his father's ability of flight.
History: (Tales Of Suspense I#17/1 - BTS) - When his father Goom first journeyed to the Earth in an attempt to conquer it, the infant Googam was left behind when his father was captured and returned to Planet X.
(Tales Of Suspense I#17/1) - A week after Goom's capture, Googam emerged from the mountains near where his father landed, and captured Billy Langley, son of Mark Langley, the man who had led his father to Earth. He invaded the Langley home and took the Langley family captive while his powers matured and grew. Although Googam's presence at the Langley house was detected by their neighbors the Perkwhistles, and by the local mailman, the stories were disbelieved by others.
Finally, Googam believed that he had
reached the height of his power, and prepared to execute the Langleys,
but when Billy Langley claimed that he could beat Googam at any Earth
game, Googam was intrigued. Billy challenged him to a game of tag, and
led him back into the mountains. Billy cleverly led Googam straight
into quicksand, which Googam sank into and seemingly died.
(Marvel Monsters: Fin Fang Four#1) - Googam survived
and attacked a small town. The Fantastic Four arrived and quickly
defeated the monster. He, like other monsters the Fantastic Four
had captured, was remanded to Monster Island.
Years later, Fin
Fang Foom (another creature imprisoned there) successfully lobbied to
have several of the creatures shrunken to human size and brought back
into civilization. Given Googam's youth, it was believed he would
be the most easily rehabilitated, and so he was shrunk to the size of a
human child (since he himself was a child) and given a job as a parking
valet at the Baxter Building. On a daily basis, the miniaturized
Googam planned revenge, suffering insults from Johnny Storm in the
process. Returning to his apartment one day, he was
telepathically contacted by a voice claiming to be his father
Goom. The voice told him he was trapped in a subatomic world, and
ordered Googam to use one of Mr. Fantastic's machines to free
him. With the help of the intelligence-challenged Gorgilla,
Googam did so, but when he opened the portal, it wasn't Goom who
emerged -- it was Tim Boo Ba and his legion of warriors! Foom
and Elektro found out what was going on from Gorgilla, and they arrived
to find a cowering Googam. An ever-growing Tim Boo Ba left his
minions to deal with the earthly monsters, who quickly defeated the
invaders. In the meantime, Googam attempted to correct his
mistake by destroying the machine. This trapped Tim Boo Ba on
Earth, and the four took control of a Fantasti-Car to find him.
Fin Fang Foom's quick thinking led to Tim Boo Ba's defeat, though
Googam never really helped. After the "Fin Fang Four" made headlines as
heroes, they took part in a press conference in which Googam took
credit for their success. Fin Fang Foom proceeded to drag him
away and beat him senseless. A heavily-bandaged Googam later went
on the David Letterman Show.
(Marvel Monsters: From the Files of Ulysses
Bloodstone and the Monster Hunters#1 - BTS) - Starstruck, Googam
resigned from his job at the Baxter Building and sought to explore the
world. He submitted a film script to director Dino Domani.
(Civil War: Battle Damage Report) - Tony Stark considered Googam as a potential Initiative recruit.
Comments: Created by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Dick Ayers.
In a non-canonical (AFAIK) story in Monster-Size Hulk#1 (December, 2008) Goom tells his son Googam a fairy tale about the Hulk fighting monsters.
Profile by Prime Eternal
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Last updated: 07/06/14
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