ZZUTAK

Real Name: Zzutak

Identity/Class: Painting brought to life through magic

Occupation: Servant of the Aztecs

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Monster Island's monsters (Abominable Snowman, Blip, Gog, Goom, Gorgilla, Gorgolla, It the Living Colossus, a Lizard Man of Tok, Moomba, Rorgg, Two-Headed Thing, Xemnu and one of the Flora colossus (like Groot)), Xemnu the Titan, Yucoya-Tzin and the Zutecs

Enemies: Elsa Bloodstone, Deadpool ("Wade Wilson"), Elektra, Hulk (Bruce Banner), Frank Johnson, the Fantastic Four, Johnson's monster, Red Hulk (Thaddeus Ross), X-Men (Magik/Illyana Rasputin, Shadowcat/Kitty Pryde)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: The Thing That Shouldn't Exist

Base of Operations: The Sierra Madre Mountains, Mexico (You might say that to the Aztecs, he's a veritable "treasure")

First Appearance: Strange Tales I#88/1 (September, 1961)

 

Powers: Zzutak is of superhuman size, and bears superhuman strength, but has no mind of its own, and must obey whatever Yucoya-Tzin commands it to do

History: (Strange Tales I#88) - In his plan for world conquest, Yuoya-Tzin, elder priest of the last of the Aztecs, garbed himself in normal clothing and approached Frank Johnson, a comic book illustrator whom he knew was descended from the Aztecs. He presented Frank with magical paints, which would bring to life whatever he painted, simply by concentrating upon them. As he painted with them more and more, Frank felt himself summoned to Mexico, to paint the picture of his life.

Deep within a remote valley in the Sierra Madre mountains, Frank found an ancient Aztec temple with a canvas already set out for him. He began to paint, creating a fearsome creature, Zzutak, which sprang to life from the canvas!

 

Now revealing himself as an Aztec, Yucoya-Tzin informed Frank of his intention to conquer the world with thousands of Zzutaks, all painted by him. As Zzutak set about sealing the valley with boulders, Frank was sent to paint another monster -- but this one obeyed his orders, not Yucoya-Tzin's! The two monsters' clash was so fierce that the temple collapsed about them, burying them beneath the earth. Yucoya-Tzin was struck amnesiac by debris, and the Aztecs scattered, while Frank destroyed the paint.

Upon returning to America, Frank sold his story to his employers, Marvel Comics, though his boss commented it was "too ridiculous".

(Fantastic Four Unlimited#7 (fb)- BTS) - In the years that followed, Yucoya-Tzin regained his memory, and Frank somehow attained more of the magical paint. He also got married, although his wife divorced him, and moved to Oregon with their son, Cal.

(Fantastic Four Unlimited#7) - At an exhibit in New York, where he was displaying the bodies of deceased monsters (Grottu, Fizzle the Blip, Rorgg, and the Two-Headed Thing), Frank was captured by Yucoya-Tzin's Aztecs, who had his son Cal as a hostage. Yucoya-Tzin brought the monsters back to life to hold off the Fantastic Four, and brought Frank and Cal back to Mexico, to revive Zzutak.

Frank did indeed revive Zzutak, but also revived the second creature, and placed it under the control of the Fantastic Four. By concentrating upon it, the Fantastic Four were able to direct the creature in defeating Zzutak, and the two were once more buried. In the aftermath, Yucoya-Tzin and his Aztecs were arrested.

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

(Hulk III#30) - Xemnu the Titan summoned a gigantic Martian, a Venusian, Zzutak, a Creature from Krogarr, a Blip, a Makluan and Taboo (or a member of his race) to kill the Hulk. When the Impossible Man witnessed how outmatched the Hulk was he merged him with the Red Hulk and they defeated Xemnu's monsters.

(Thunderbolts Annual II#1 (fb) - BTS) - Zzutak was captured by Elsa Bloodstone and held captive at Bloodstone Manor along with other monsters.

(Thunderbolts Annual II#1) - Zzutak got injured by Deadpool and Elektra when they were thrown into the same prison as him by Elsa's allies Living Mummy and the Frankenstein Monster.

(Uncanny X-Men III#33 - BTS) - At some point, Zzutak relocated to Monster Island in the sea of Japan.

(Uncanny X-Men III#33) - Zzutak was one of the many monsters who witnessed the arrival of X-Men Magik and Shadowcat. They had come to Monster Island to save a little mutant girl called Bo. After they found her, Zzutak and several other monsters decided to attack them. Fed up with having to fight monsters, Magik teleported herself, Kitty and Bo back to the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning.

Comments: Created by Stan "The Man" Lee, Jack "The King" Kirby, and Steve "Didn't have a nickname" Ditko. Talk about a royal lineage!

In Conspiracy #1, it was hinted that the organization CONTROL had cleaned up after Zzutak so that the public at large remained unaware of the incident -- not that many people outside of Johnson and the Aztecs ever saw it anyway.

When this story was reprinted in Monster Menace#3, Ditko drew a new cover, that proclaimed, "My Fevered Brain Created Zzutak!" which would lead one to believe that the monster on the cover is Zzutak in the flesh. But it isn't. It's some sort of ghostly-green thing, not at all like our fat orange monstery friend.

I've got to say, the Aztecs don't work so well in an urban setting, such as they find themselves in in Fantastic Four Unlimited#7. The whole time, I kept having flashbacks to The Tick. "Over there, Itlan! I have him, Itlan! Zzutak shall rise again, Itlan!"

In Warlock and the Infinity Watch#7, Zzutak appears along with Van Doom's Monster (TTA#17), Gigantus (JIM#63), X (TTA#20), Kraa (TOS#18), the Monster from "Fear in the Night" (JIM#65), the Brute That Walks (also JIM#65), the Glop (JIM#72), a Martian (ST#78), the Creature from Krogarr (TTA#25), and Googam (TOS#17) as one of the Mole Man's monsters on Monster Island. Now, it would be wonderful if all of these monsters who (aside from Zzutak, Gigantus, and X) are not part of the Marvel Universe as of yet were brought into the fold through these cameos, but sadly, such is not the case.

See, Tom Raney didn't choose these monsters with the intent of making them "canon" -- he was just homaging the Marvel Monsterworks trade paperback, which is where he got all of the images. There are all sort of incongruities in these appearances -- Kraa, Googam and the Creatures From Krogarr are way too tall, Kraa is dead, the Brute That Walks is human again, the "Fear in the Night" monster is from another world, Van Doom's Monster was rendered inert, etc. They don't fit the mould of a Mole Man monster, which are typically Deviant Mutates. Zzutak in particular, was buried in Mexico at the time of this story, so that's not him -- that's some mutate that's his splitting image.

Omar Karindu had high hopes that Zzutak would be the last name in an OHOTMU, but I'm afraid Zzzax will beat him every time. He might be the last one in Snood's Appendix though! Woo-hoo!

Zzzax beats Zzutak again. Bzzzzzzzhahahahazzzz!
--Markus Raymond

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."

I wonder if those Aztecs' magic paints have some connection to The Painter of 1000 Perils.
--John Kaminski

Real names for Yucoya-Tzin and Frank Johnson were revealed in Yucoya-Tzin's profile in Fantastic Four Fifty Fantastic Years#1 (November, 2011).

Profile by Prime Eternal. Updated by MarvellousLuke (Uncanny X-Men) & Markus Raymond (T-Bolts & Hulk).

Clarifications: Zzutak has no known connections to:

Frank Johnson has no known connection to:


 

Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 145 lbs.
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Black

 

Yucoya-Tzin (Mocuepa Tlalticpactli, "The Lord Who Creates")

(Fantastic Four Fifty Fantastic Years#1 (fb) ) - Yucoya-Tzin was born in Yollohtlitemictli, Tlamanitiliztli, a remote valley kingdom founded by an Aztec tribe, the Zutecs. In the 1950s, Tzin conquered Quapultec, a smaller, nearly abandoned Aztec city, not long after its liberation from the despotic Ambassador of Terror (Richardo Bennett) by the era's el Aguila (Cristóvo de Viso); he recruited its few inhabitants as followers, the Miztli Tlanti ("Puma's Teeth").

(Strange Tales I#88 (fb) - BTS) - Yucoya-Tzin acquired quasi-sentient "three-dimensional" paints with which a sufficiently talented Aztec descendant could paint images that, via magical rapport with the paints, would become solid, physical objects. He was the elder priest of the Aztecs, and had high hopes that Zzutak would lead them in their conquest of the world for the rebuilt Aztec Empire.

(Fantastic Four Fifty Fantastic Years#1 (fb) ) - In the 1950s, Tzin conquered Quapultec, a smaller, nearly abandoned Aztec city, not long after its liberation from the despotic Ambassador of Terror (Richardo Bennett) by the era's el Aguila (Cristóvão de Viso); he recruited its few inhabitants as followers, the Miztli Tlanti ("Puma's Teeth").

(Strange Tales I#88) - Yucoya-Tzin located Frank Johnson and, using both their mystic rapport with the paints, lured Johnson to Quapultec where Johnson created Zzutak, incluenced by Tzin's desires within the paint. Johnson turned on Tzin after learning his mad plans and created Xxirys to oppose Zzutak. The monsters' battle collapsed the temple and Tzin was buried beneath it.

(Fantastic Four Unlimited#7 (fb) - BTS) - Tzin survived and escaped the ruins with amnesia. He aged little over the years due to his connection to the mystic paints.

(Fantastic Four Unlimited#7) - After regaining his memory Tzin acquired more mystic paint and located Johnson once again. Tzin used his mystic paint to revive the monsters Fizzle, Rorgg, Two-Headed Thing and Grottu, who fought the Fantastic Four, while Tzin abducted Johnson's son to force Johnson into servitude. Johnson accompanied Tzin and the Miztli Tlanti to Quapultec where Tzin forced Johnson to revive Zzutak, but Johnson also revived Xxirys and painted the FF to fight Zzutak. The temple collapsed once again the FF handed Tzin and the Mitzli Tlanti over to the Mexican authorities.


--Strange Tales I#88 (Strange Tales I#88, Fantastic Four Unlimited#7

 

 


 

 

 

Frank Johnson (Juan Francisco Alonso) was a comic book illustrator descended from the Aztecs, and forced to aid Yucoya-Tzin in creating Zzutak. He also created Zzutak's foe, however, which defeated him. Frank was later married and had a son, Cal, but divorced, and his wife lives in Oregon with Cal. Frank can still bring his paintings to life using the magic paints of the Aztecs.

(Marvel Monsters: From the Files of Ulysses Bloodstone and the Monster Hunters#1) - Johnson began corresponding with Elsa Bloodstone, helping her create a database of giant monsters and other creatures.

--Strange Tales I#88 (Strange Tales I#88, Fantastic Four Unlimited#7, Marvel Monsters: From the Files of Ulysses Bloodstone and the Monster Hunters#1

 

 

 



 

 

 

Cal Johnson is Frank Johnson's son, who lives in Oregon with his mother. Cal was used as a hostage to force Frank to revive Zzutak.
--Fantastic Four Unlimited#7

 

 

 



 

 

Xxirys was created by Frank Johnson to serve him, and its first command was to defeat Zzutak, burying both of them alive. When Zzutak returned, so did the second creature, now with the minds of the Fantastic Four directing it to victory once more.
--Strange Tales I#88 (Strange Tales I#88, Fantastic Four Unlimited#7

 

 

 




Appearances:
Strange Tales I#88 (September, 1961) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Jack Kirby (pencils), Steve Ditko (inks)
Fantastic Four Unlimited#7 (September, 1994) - Roy Thomas (writer), Herb Trimpe (pencils), Carmen Infantino (insk), Mike Rockwitz (editor)
Ghost Rider VI#33 (2009) - Jason Aaron (writer), Tony Moore (artist), Axel Alonso (editor)
Hulk III#30 (April, 2011) - Jeff Parker (writer), Ed McGuinness (artist), Mark Paniccia (editor)
Thunderbolts Annual II#1 (February, 2014) - Ben Acker & Ben Blacker (writers), Matteo Lolli (artist), Jordan D. White (editor)
Uncanny X-Men III#33 (April, 2015) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Kris Anka (pencils, inks), Mike Marts, Xander Jarowey (editors)


Last updated: 09/17/16

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