Real Name: Unrevealed (see comments)
Identity/Class: Extraterrestrial (race unrevealed)
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Kid Kaiju (Kei Kawade);
temporarily Abominable Snowman, Blip, Bruttu, Crawling Creature, Creature from Krogarr, Creature from the Black Bog, Fin Fan Foom, Googam, Goom, Gorgilla, Green Thing, Insect Man, Klagg, Kraa, Metallo, Monsteroso, Monstro, Moomba, Old Man Logan of Earth-21923, Oog, Orrgo, Pildorr, Quogg, Rommbu, S.H.I.E.L.D., Sporr, Thing that Crawled by Night, Tim Boo Ba, Ulvar, Vandoom's Monster, Zetora, Zzutak
Enemies: An alligator, humans in general (including John and townspeople), Leviathon Tide
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: "The Dweller in the Black Swamp" (in story title)
Base of Operations: Mobile;
formerly the Black Swamp, near an unidentified Southern town, somewhere in the United States (possibly Louisiana)
First Appearance: Tales to Astonish I#11/1 (September, 1960)
Powers/Abilities: The giant one-eyed Monstrom had great strength (perhaps class 100) and durability--although he was apparently bulletproof, Monstrom feared fire.
Long-lived, and possibly amphibious, Monstrom had spent centuries under the waters of a swamp, where he had placed himself in an extended state of suspended-animation after his spaceship crashed on Earth.
Apparently not a hostile being, the highly intelligent Monstrom only sought the assistance of humans in repairing his spaceship after he revived; but because of his inability to communicate (per John, he only made "hideous guttural sounds" (see comments)), and his frightening (by human standards) appearance, Monstrom was misunderstood and regarded as a threat by Earthlings.
Height: 30' (by approximation)
Weight: 20 tons (by approximation)
(Tales to Astonish I#11/1 (fb) - BTS) - The past of Monstrom is largely unrevealed, but "a thousand years ago," he was crossing the universe in his spacecraft. When his vessel somehow became damaged, it crashed to Earth and sank below the murky waters of a bayou (This area was located in what would eventually become known as "Black Swamp," somewhere in the Southern region of the United States of America).
Unable to make repairs to his spaceship, Monstrom placed himself in a state of suspended-animation--he slumbered beneath the waters of the bayou, patiently waiting in the hope that humans would one day become advanced enough to assist him in repairing his spacecraft.
(Tales to Astonish I#11/1) - At one time in recent years, Monstrom revived and emerged from the swamp, where he was seen by novelist John and his son--Monstrom approached the pair of humans, and although John fired upon him with his rifle, the extraterrestrial suffered no injury. The lumbering giant continued to approach, but was momentarily distracted when he had to battle with an alligator--this gave John and his son the chance to run back to their home, where John got his wife into the family car, and the three speedily drove to the nearby town, with Monstrom is pursuit. John warned the citizens about the approach of the creature, and the townsmen quickly set up a barricade.
Monstrom plodded into town and smashed his way through the barricade, and the panicked townspeople fired their shotguns at the cyclopean giant, but to no effect. Suddenly, a lightning bolt happened to strike a nearby telephone pole, causing it to burst into flames--the fiery display made Monstrom react in fear. Realizing that the giant creature was afraid of fire, the townsmen lighted torches and drove the unearthly behemoth back into the swamp. As Monstrom sank into the quicksand, the townsfolk felt a wonderful sense of accomplishment, for they thought they had defeated a menacing monster.
But as the gigantic extraterrestrial sank back down to his damaged spaceship, he seemed to let out a moan of relief. Monstrom once again entered a state of suspended-animation, for he realized that Earthlings were still too ignorant, too barbaric--perhaps one day it would be otherwise, but not yet...not yet...
SECRET WARS III HAPPENED
(Monsters Unleashed II#2) - The Inhuman Kid Kaiju summoned Monstrom--along with numerous other monsters--to an area outside San Diego, California in defense against the Leviathons.
(Monsters Unleashed II#3) - Monstrom joined the fight against the Leviathons. Earth's heroes watched the monsters summoned by Kid Kaiju defeat the Leviathons. After the battle, Monstrom and the other monsters were teleported back to where they came.
(Monsters Unleashed II#4) - Monstrom aided S.H.I.E.L.D. in fighting a Leviathon in Shanghai, China. Kid Kaiju later teleported Monstrom to New Orleans, Louisiana where Monstrom aided Old Man Logan against a Leviathon.
Comments: Created by Stan Lee (writer), Jack Kirby (pencils), and Dick Ayers (inks)
Big thanks to MD Carter for originally allowing me to borrow the main image from his website, The Monsters of Jack Kirby.
Monstrom's first appearance was reprinted in Fear#1 (November, 1970) and Chamber of Chills#18 (September, 1975).
Although his face seemed
to be blank in the story, Monstrom apparently had a mouth (see
Image#3), but he couldn't speak English... or perhaps his larynx was
somehow injured--regardless, Monstrom's only dialogue in his first
appearance consisted of "URKKK MMGG...", "GRRUGH! URGGKK!", and
"AARGG--" (Not much of a conversationalist); also, he never actually
identified himself as "Monstrom," so my guess is that novelist John
used his creative writing skills to dub the extraterrestrial with that
Profile by Prime Eternal. Expansion by Ron Fredricks.
Updated by Markus Raymond (Monsters Unleashed)
Monstrom has no known connections to:
John, Sara, and Billy have no known connections to:
A spacecraft used by Monstrom "a thousand
years ago," it was carrying him across the universe when it was somehow
damaged. The vessel crashed to Earth, where it sank into the waters of a
name unrevealed) was a novelist; to experience some "local
color" for his latest novel, he moved his wife Sara and son Billy with
him to a small town in "bayou country" down South (possibly
Louisiana), where they rented a house near the Black Swamp. The
townsfolk didn't take kindly to John and his family because they were
The inhabitants of an unidentified Southern
town located somewhere in America (possibly
Louisiana), they included Luke (last
name unrevealed), an unidentified sheriff, and various
unidentified citizens. When novelist John and his family moved into a
rented house near Black Swamp, the townspeople didn't like them because
they were "Yankees".
One of the denizens of Black Swamp, it
attacked Monstrom and bit his leg when the giant extraterrestrial was
pursuing John and Billy.
images: (without ads)
Tales to Astonish I#11/1, p6, pan1 (Main Image - Monstrom breaks through barricade and rampages through town)
Tales to Astonish I#11/1, p1, pan1 (Headshot - Monstrom)
Tales to Astonish I#11/1, p5, pan1 (Monstrom (note open mouth) pursues John and his family (in yellow car))
Monsters Unleashed II#4, p13, pan4 (Monstrom battling Leviathon)
Tales to Astonish I#11/1, p7, pan5 (Monstrom and spaceship underwater)
Tales to Astonish I#11/1, p2, pan2 (Sara (left) and John (right) )
Tales to Astonish I#11/1, p2, pan4 (John (left) and Sara (right) )
Tales to Astonish I#11/1, p3, pan2 (John (left) and Billy (right) )
Tales to Astonish I#11/1, p2, pan1 (three townsmen watch John and his family drive into town)
Tales to Astonish I#11/1, p7, pan1 (sheriff and townsmen light torches)
Tales to Astonish I#11/1, p7, pan2 (townsmen circle Monstrom with torches)
Tales to Astonish I#11/1, p2, pan7 (alligator in Black Swamp; John calling for Billy (background))
Tales to Astonish I#11/1, p4, pan3 (Monstrom battles alligator)
Tales to Astonish I#11/1 (September, 1960) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Jack Kirby (pencils), Dick Ayers (inks), Stan Goldberg (colors), Artie Simek (letters)
Monsters Unleashed II#2 (April, 2017) - Cullen Bunn (writer), Greg Land (pencils), Jay Leisten (inks), Mark Paniccia (editor)
Monsters Unleashed II#3 (April, 2017) - Cullen Bunn (writer), Leinil Francis Yu (pencils), Gerry Alanguilan & Michael Jason Paz (inks), Mark Paniccia (editor)
Monsters Unleashed II#4 (May, 2017) - Cullen Bunn (writer), Salvador Larroca (artist), Mark Paniccia (editor)
First Posted: 04/21/2003
Last updated: 02/25/2020
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