GORMUU

Real Name: Gormuu

Identity/Class: Extraterrestrial (Kraalo)

Occupation: Warrior

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: None

Enemies: Reed Richards

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: The Infinite Monster

Base of Operations: Kraalo

First Appearance: Fantastic Four I#271 (October, 1984)

Powers/Abilities: Gormuu had immense size and strength; also, he could absorb energy, adding it to himself to grow larger (though not adding any actual mass or weight).

Height: Variable
Weight: 500 lbs.

History: (Fantastic Four I#271 (fb))- Gormuu landed his spacecraft in California, and was immediately spotted by Reed Richards and Sue Storm, who were driving home. Deciding that humans were a weak race, Gormuu set off to conquer the world. No weapons harmed him -- many of them in fact caused him to grow larger. While the United States and the USSR were in a stalemate over the use of nuclear bombs against Gormuu, Richards snuck upon the alien’s ship, trying to find some weakness. Finding what he needed, he set up to blast Gormuu with a power beam. Blasting the creature with the ray, Richards was proven correct when Gormuu began to grow to massive proportions until he finally dissipated. Reed then revealed that he learned that while Gormuu expanded from the energy, he didn’t add any mass to his form, and thus was more or less a sentient "balloon".

Comments: Created by John Byrne.

Gormuu is obviously an homage to the classic Jack Kirby creations of pre-FF monster comics; the entire flashback is done in that style. In fact, he greatly resembles the Kirby creations Rommbu, and his home planet appears to be derived from Kraa. --Also, the scenes depicting Reed and Sue sighting Gormuu's craft, and Reed investigating the craft were lifted almost directly from "I Challenged Groot" (Tales to Astonish I#13) --Prime Ed-ternal

This was probably the first of what would become many "Fantastic Four having adventures before they were the Fantastic Four" stories.

In Conspiracy#1, it was revealed that General Edward Harrison was responsible for supplying Richards with the technology needed to defeat Gormuu, and that as a member of CONTROL, he had cleaned up after Gormuu to keep the public from becoming aware of his existence.

by Madison Carter

CLARIFICATIONS:

Gormuu should not be confused with: Gormuu's home-planet Kraalo should not be confused with:
  • Kral, Skrull world @ Fantastic Four I#91

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Last updated: 08/12/04

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