TIM BOO BA

Real Name: Tim Boo Ba

Identity/Class: Extradimensional being (Devoktites)

Occupation: Despot

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: His horde of followers, including Grogoom

Enemies: Dr. Nemesis, Fin Fang Four (Elektro, Fin Fang Foom, Googam, Gorgilla), Grottu, Iron Man (Tony Stark), unidentified human-like race

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: Goom

Base of Operations: The planet Devoktos in the Microverse

First Appearance: Amazing Adult Fantasy#9 (February, 1962)

Powers/Abilities: Tim Boo Ba possessed green scaly skin and stood nearly twice as tall as a normal humanoid on his world.

 

 

 

History: (Amazing Adult Fantasy#9) - Tim Boo Ba conquered another world, directing his armies to pummel his opponents into submission, until they finally surrendered to him under a white flag. However, Tim Boo Ba crushed their flag with his boot as a sign of contempt. Tim Boo Ba went on to force the people of the world to pay him homage, and sent those who opposed him into prisons where they were never seen again. He soon set up new laws for the people to obey, demanding that no other speak as he did. He had statues of himself erected over the world, but left his subjects in poverty.

However, for all his power, there proved to be a force greater than Tim Boo Ba -- his world was suddenly engulfed in a flood which wiped him out, along with his kingdom. The water which destroyed his world came from a glass of water on Earth, dripping onto Tim Boo Ba's world -- only a tiny model from the perspective of a human.

(Iron Man Legacy#9 (fb) - BTS) - Tim Boo Ba grew from the Microverse into the Earth dimension in Japan on a quest to conquer the land and maybe even more. Japan freed Grottu, the giant ant, and enlarged it to Ba's size so it could stop him, but the plan backfired and the ongoing battle between the giant monsters caused even greater destruction.

(Iron Man Legacy#9) - Iron Man (Stark) came to Tokyo, Japan to fight the two monsters and make a proposition to the people of Japan.

(Iron Man Legacy#10 (fb) - BTS) - Iron Man defeated the two monsters.

(Iron Man Legacy#10) - Iron Man told the monsters to stay down and then adressed the people of Japan to invest in Tony Stark's newest corporation Imperio Techworks.

 (Marvel Monsters: From the Files of Ulysses Bloodstone and the Monster Hunters#1 (fb) - BTS) - Dr. Nemesis built a machine that allowed him to view Tim Boo Ba's world, and years later, would be shrunk into Tim Boo Ba's world when his Pym Particles went out of control. Tim Boo Ba and his minions tortured Nemesis before he managed to escape back into his home dimension. Nemesis would later try to warn his old enemies and Elsa Bloodstone of the danger posed by this creature.

(Marvel Monsters: Fin Fang Four#1) - Tim Boo Ba telepathically reached Googam, pretending to be the alien's father Goom.  He ordered Googam to break into the laboratory of Reed Richards and use a device to release him from his sub-atomic prison.  When Googam succeeded, he was horrified to learn that it was not his father, but Tim Boo Ba and his minions.  While Tim Boo Ba used the power of the machine to continue growing, his hordes were fended off by Fin Fang Foom, Gorgilla and Elektro, all creatures that, like Googam, had been given jobs within the Baxter Building.  Googam destroyed the machine, ceasing Tim Boo Ba's growth rate, and when the giant creature began to rampage through the coast, the four went after him.  Foom had Gorgilla distract Tim Boo Ba, while Elektro plunged a Fantasti-Car into the invader's mouth.  Foom used his fiery breath to cause an explosion within Tim Boo Ba, knocking him out.

 Comments: Created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.

Since Tim Boo Ba's defeated subjects all resembled humans, he was likely from a different world, and had conquered the human-like people's planet.

Lee and Ditko did a few other stories like this one, including "Will This Be the End of the World" from Journey Into Mystery I#72 (in which a world was on a baseball glove), "When the Earth Vanished" from Tales of Suspense I#13 (world is a ping pong ball; see the Goloks), and Monsteroso from Tales to Astonish I#18 (world is on a slide).

It should be noted that, in general, microworlds are not really microscopic in size, but actually just separate dimensions accessed via the energies generated by shrinking below a certain point.

The events of Iron Man Legacy#9-10 occurred at some point after Iron Man I#188 (November, 1984).

In the All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z#7, in the profile of the Microverse, the name of Tim Boo Ba's homeworld was revealed to be Devoktos, and his race was known as the "Devoktites" (an anagram of "Steve Ditko").
--John Kaminski

Not really so much an addition into Tim Boo Ba's history as a footnote for readers. There is a retelling of the story with new artwork (instead of a straight up reprint of the original story) by Gene Colon as a 'Tales of the Watcher' backup feature in Silver Surfer I#4. From the sounds of things the plot is exactly the same, but since it does use entirely new artwork done by Colon, people might interest enough to mention it.
--DB Sommer

In Monster-Size Hulk#1 (December, 2008) the Hulk defeated Tim Boo Ba in a fairy tale Goom told to his son Googam.
--Markus Raymond

Profile by Prime Eternal

CLARIFICATIONS:
Tim Boo Ba should not be confused with:


Images taken from:
Amazing Adult Fantasy#9, page 2, panel 7
Amazing Adult Fantasy#9, page 2, panel 9


Silver Surfer I#4 (February, 1969) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Howard Purcel (pencils), Paul Reinman (inks)
Marvel Monsters: From the Files of Ulysses Bloodstone and the Monster Hunters#1 (January, 2006)
Marvel Monsters: Fin Fang Four#1 (December, 2005) - Scott Gray (writer), Roger Langridge (artist), John Barber (editor)
Iron Man Legacy#9 (February, 2011) - Fred Van Lente (writer), Steve Kurth (pencils), Allen Martinez (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Iron Man Legacy#10 (March, 2011) - Fred Van Lente (writer), Philippe Briones (pencils), Jeff Huet (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)


Last updated: 07/06/14

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