GOOM

Real Name: Goom

Identity/Class: Extraterrestrial (Planet-X)

Occupation: Would-be conqueror

Group Membership: None;
formerly S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Howling Commandos unit (Abominable Snowman, Bradley Beemer, Brother Voodoo, Clone of Frankenstein, Glob (Timms), Gorilla Man, Grogg, Groot, Hellstorm, It the Living Colossus, Lilith, Living Mummy, Clay Quartermain, Sasquatch, Vampire by Night, Warwolf, Zombie (John Doe), many others);
     (formerly)
"The Collector's collection" (Droom, Fin Fang Foom, Gargantus, Grogg, Groot, Grottu, Rommbu, Taboo, Tragg, Vandoom's Monster)

Affiliations: None;
formerly the Collector (Elder), Mole Man

Enemies: The Collector, Hedy Devine, Whitney Hammond, Mark Langley, Merlin, Chili Seven, Venus

Known Relatives: Googam (son), Shivoor (wife)

Aliases: The Thing From Planet X

Base of Operations: Area 13, Pine Barrens, New Jersey;
                                     (formerly) Monster Isle;
                                     (formerly) the Negative Zone;
                                     (formerly) the Collector's zoo, beneath Canada;
                                     (formerly) Planet X

First Appearance: Tales Of Suspense I#15/1 (March, 1961)

Powers/Abilities: Goom possessed superhuman size and strength (class 40), and while on the planet Earth, he was able to fly due to the difference in gravity. Goom also possessed terrific mental powers which included telekinesis. He could lift an entire city into the air by force of will. Goom was protected from all harm by an invisible force field, which may have been related to his mental powers.

Goom also wielded sophisticated alien technology which included his starship, a time machine, and a Neutron Ray which was powerful enough to reduce an entire mountain into dust.

History: (Tales Of Suspense I#15/1) - Goom was a criminal from the Planet X, a planet within Earth's solar system but which was hidden from the perspective of Earthmen due to time and space warps. Goom first learned of Earth due to a radio beam sent out by scientist Mark Langley, who was attempting to learn if life existed on his planet. Goom used Langley's radio beam to follow the transmission back to Earth. He landed his craft outside of Langley's laboratory, and emerging, found himself to be more powerful on Earth than he had been on Planet X. He declared that he would now set out to conquer Earth, and ordered Langley to bring Earth's greatest scientists and statesmen to him, while he held his wife Helen hostage.

Langley obliged, and when the scientists arrived, Goom informed them that he had come to Earth only to conquer it. As a show of his power, he placed one of the scientists into his time machine, regressing him into an infant. As a second display of might, he lifted an entire city into the sky with his thoughts. Earth had all but surrendered to Goom when Langley again contacted Planet X, and other members of Goom's race came to Earth. They identified Goom as an outcast, and forcibly retrieved him, taking him back to Planet X.

(Marvel Monsters: Fin Fang Four#1 - BTS) - "Where Monsters Dwell!", a movie featuring Goom's image and footage of the creature, had been made, directed by an "Anthony Droom".

(Marvel Monsters: Monsters on the Prowl#1 (fb) - BTS) - Goom was captured by the Collector and placed in his zoo beneath Canada.

(Marvel Monsters: Monsters on the Prowl#1) - After an attack on the Collector by the Mole Man caused the freedom of the creatures, Goom was among many of the specimens to go on a rampage through New York City. They were defeated by a group of heroes that included the Hulk, the Beast, the Thing, and Giant-Man.  Mr. Fantastic had the Thing open a portal to the Negative Zone, where the creatures were all dumped.

(Warlock and the Infinity Watch#7 (fb) - BTS) - At some point, Goom returned to Earth and made his way to Monster Isle.

(Warlock and the Infinity Watch#7) - Goom was among the monsters that the Infinity Watch encountered when they arrived on Monster Isle.

(Marvel Valentine Special#1/3)- Many years later, as part of a grand new scheme to conquer Earth, Goom used a dating service to trick women into contacting him. He then intended for them to give birth to his offspring, who would cause humanity to "crumble under the weight of this aggressive new demographic group." His advertisement was answered by Chili Seven, but he found himself opposed by the goddess Venus, and her old flame Whitney Hammond. Venus observed that Goom sought only to be loved, and that therefore a solution to Goom's problem should be found. She used the dating service to find a match for Goom, which proved to be Shivoor, princess of Colony World X-IV. Although Shivoor was instantly taken by Goom, he insisted that his "mighty heart yearns for conquest-- not romance!" Despite his protestations, Goom was led away by Shivoor, back into space.

(Marvel Monsters: Fin Fang Four#1 - BTS) - Tim Boo Ba pretended to be Goom to telepathically lure Goom's son Googam into releasing him from his subatomic world.

(Nick Fury's Howling Commandos#2) - Goom was seen to be in the custody of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s "Howling Commandos" unit.

(Nick Fury's Howling Commandos#4) - Goom escaped his containment unit and rampaged through the Area 13 compound, but was felled by Gorilla Man.

(Nick Fury's Howling Commandos#6) - Goom was among the Howling Commandos members that launched an assault on the forces of Merlin.

(Ghost Rider VI#33 - BTS) - Deacon and Blackout considered him as a possible agent in their fight against Ghost Rider (Blaze).

Comments: Created by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Dick Ayers.

Of some interest is the story of Venus and the name Chili Seven:

A duplicate of Goom was among the monsters sent to fight the Hulk at the behest of Xemnu in Incredible Hulk Annual#5.

Doctor Worm says: "In the 1999 JLA Annual#3, there are some very familiar names being screamed. Here's the breakdown: the 1999 annuals from DC were a very nice homage to the Silver Age, utilizing two mainstays of that olden time: gorillas and weird transformations. There is a scene in the U.N. where the delegates are all turned into gorillas and start tearing the place up. What got me was the things they were yelling. They were all yelling the names of classic Kirby monsters! The monsters references include Groot, Mombu, Zzutak, Klaggu, Moomba, Goom and Krobaa."

In Marvel Adventures: Spider-Man#4, Goom is depicted as an alien in the Negative Zone who monitors Earth through television transmissions. When the Human Torch switches the television feed to MTV, he winds up absorbing phrases from rap culture ("Goom is in the hizzy!"). The Torch also accidentally brought him to Earth, but Spider-Man helped send him back.

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.

by Prime Eternal

CLARIFICATIONS:
Goom should not be confused with:


Goom's ship was evidently capable of faster-than-light travel, and brought him to Earth, following Mark Langley's radio transmission.

--Tales Of Suspense I#15














Goom's Time Machine was a cabinet large enough to fit an ordinary-sized human. The time machine's controls enabled Goom to control the aging process of anyone placed within it. As a demonstration of his power, he regressed a scientist back into infancy.

--Tales Of Suspense I#15














Shivoor was the flowered princess of Colony World X-IV. Like Goom, she loved pillaging and plundering, and was thus the perfect match for Goom. She was found to the perfect match for Goom on the Floppy Disk of the Gods, and led him away to celebrate their love for one another as husband and wife.

--Marvel Valentine Special#1/3

















Appearances:
Tales Of Suspense I#15 (March, 1961) - Jack Kirby (pencils), Dick Ayers (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Warlock and the Infinity Watch#7 (August, 1992) - Jim Starlin (writer), Tom Raney (pencils), Terry Austin (inks), Craig Anderson (editor)
Marvel Valentine Special#1 (March, 1997) - Frank Strom (writer), Dan DeCarlo (pencils), Terry Austin (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Marvel Monsters: Monsters on the Prowl#1 (December, 2005) - Steve Niles (writer), Duncan Fegredo (artist), Jenny Lee & Mark Paniccia (editors)
Marvel Monsters: Fin Fang Four#1 (December, 2005) - Scott Gray (writer), Roger Langridge (artist), John Barber (editor)
Nick Fury's Howling Commandos#2 (January, 2006) - Keith Giffen (writer), Eduardo Francisco (penciler), Rob Campanella (inker), Mark Paniccia (editor)
Nick Fury's Howling Commandos#4 (March, 2006) - Keith Giffen (writer), Derec Aucoin (artist), Mark Paniccia (editor)
Nick Fury's Howling Commandos#6 (May, 2006) - Keith Giffen (writer), Mike Norton (penciler), Derec Aucoin & Norman Lee (inkers), Mark Paniccia (editor)
Ghost Rider VI#33 (2009) - Jason Aaron (writer), Tony Moore (artist), Axel Alonso (editor)


Last updated: 03/10/11

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