Real Name: Grogg
Identity/Class: Unrevealed; possibly mystical life-form
Occupation: Living battleship; rampager
Group Membership: S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Howling
Commandos unit (Abominable Snowman, Bradley Beemer, Brother Voodoo,
Clone of Frankenstein, Glob/Joe Timms, Gorilla
Man/Ken Hale, Groot,
It the Living Colossus, Lilith, Living Mummy,
Clay Quartermain, Sasquatch/Walter Langkowski, Vampire by Night, Warwolf/Vince Marcus, Zombie"John Doe", many others); (formerly) "the Collector's collection"
Affiliations: Droom; Eerok; Giganto; (formerly) The Collector
Enemies: The Beast (McCoy); The
Collector; Fantastic Four; Giant Man (Pym); Hulk (Banner); Iron
Man; Miklos Kozlov;
Thing (Grimm); Colonel Vorcutsky; (possibly) Merlin
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Area 13,
Pine Barrens, New Jersey;
(formerly) the Negative Zone;
(formerly) the Collector's zoo beneath Canada;
First Appearance: Strange Tales I#83 (April, 1961)
Powers/Abilities: Grogg possesses superhuman size and strength, can breathe flames from his mouth, and can fly.
History: The origins of the dragon known only as Grogg are not known, although it is believed that the Great Wall of China was built to keep dragons such as he from entering the country. Somehow, Grogg came to dwell underground in Russia, and became a part of local legends in the area.
(Strange Tales I#83) - Grogg was awakened in modern times when a team of Russians led by Colonel Vorcutsky, employing scientist Miklos Kozlov, performed underground nuclear tests. At first, Grogg attacked a nearby village, but a villager there told Grogg that it was the scientists who had awakend him. Grogg chased after them, flying after them after they took to the air, and finally downed their plane. They continued to run on foot, but he picked them off one at a time, searching for the one who was their leader. Finally, Vorcutsky, holed up in a cave, decided to release Kozlov to Grogg and claim that Kozlov was the one who had awakened him. The ploy almost worked, but Kozlov narrowly escaped by releasing a smoke bomb to hide from Grogg. He left Vorcutsky to Grogg's tender mercies.
(Strange Tales I#87) - Some time later,
Kozlov again encountered Grogg while on an undercover mission in
Russia. Kozlov had discovered that the Russians were preparing
a space flight to Mars, and in order to thwart their efforts, he lured
Grogg to the launch site, and sent him onboard the rocket. Grogg was
launched to Mars, in the hopes
that if the Russians did reach Mars before America, they would have to
deal with him there.
Monsters on the
Prowl#1 (fb) BTS) -
Grogg was captured by the Collector and placed in his zoo
Comments: Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.Grogg was colored green-ish in his Howling Commandos appearances, but except for that (and that he was called Grog), it's the same character.
The reprint of Strange Tales I#83 in
Monsters Dwell#27 changes Kozlov's name from Miklos to Michael, and
references to Russia are changed to Bodavia. The Marvel Monsters book retconned this so
that Miklos had his name legally changed to Michael upon his defection
to the United States. - Madison
Bodovia was a fictional country
Tony Isabella created for British Marvel reprints. It has also appeared
in pre-1961 story reprints such as: Chamber of Chills#8 (in a story set
in the 1920’s), Monsters on the Prowl#23/1 and Monsters on the
Prowl#23/2. The Silencer also came from Bodavia.--John McDonagh
Tony Isabella talks about Bodavia in the lower half of this page.
I can't believe we've avoided a Grogg-Fin Fang Foom bout. Russia vs. China -- whose ancient sleeping underwear-equipped dragon will survive? And hey, if Fin Fang Foom knows kung fu, maybe Grogg could fight like a Russian wrestler...
Brilliant idea, Kozlov, sending Grogg to Mars. Just one hitch -- suppose America wants to land on Mars? How are they supposed to deal with Grogg?
As for the Great Wall of China idea that Kozlov proposes...sheesh! Yeah, why would the Chinese have built the wall to keep out invaders...why not dragons? Hey, and maybe gargoyles are really aliens...
Well, I'm sure we all know what I thought when Grogg rose up from the ground -- he's clearly a Deviant Mutate, don't you think?
Big thanks to MD Carter for allowing me to borrow images from his website, The Monsters of Jack Kirby.
by Prime Eternal
Grogg should not be confused with:
Miklos Kozlov was a brilliant
scientist who became a freedom fighter in central Europe, opposing the
Communist regime. He was to have been executed before a firing
squad, but when the Russians learned who he was, they forced him to work
for them. They sent him on a mission to test nuclear weapons
underground, during which they accidentally
awoke Grogg. Kozlov narrowly avoided Grogg, and escaped to America,
where he was granted asylum, but no one believed his story about Grogg.
Later, America sent him on an
undercover mission to Russia, during which he learned that Russia was
prepared to land men on Mars. Kozlov again encountered Grogg, and
tricked him into entering the Russian
craft, then sent him to Mars to keep the Russians from ever
establishing a base there. At some point, he legally changed his name
to Micahel Kozlov
-Strange Tales I#83 ( 83, 87, Marvel Monsters: From the Files of Ulysses Bloodstone and the Monster Hunters#1 - BTS)
Fantastic Four/Iron Man: Big in Japan#2, page 23, panel 1
Strange Tales I#87 (October, 1961) -
Stan Lee (writer/editor), Jack Kirby (pencils), Dick Ayers (inks)
Marvel Monsters: Monsters on the Prowl#1 (December, 2005) - Steve Niles (writer), Duncan Fegredo (artist), Jenny Lee & Mark Paniccia (editors)
Fantastic Four/Iron Man: Big in Japan#1-2 (December, 2005-January, 2006) - Zeb Wells (writer), Seth Fisher (artist), Cory Sedlmeier (editor)
Nick Fury's Howling Commandos#1 (December, 2005) - Keith Giffen (writer), Eduardo Francisco (penciler), Kris Justice & Terry Pallot (inkers), 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)
Any Additions/Corrections? please let me know.
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