Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/ClassExtraterrestrial (race unnamed, Pre-Modern era) (see comments)

Occupation: Monster

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: None

Enemies: Major Ford

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: outer space;
Pre-Modern era

First Appearance: Tales to Astonish I#12/5 (October, 1960)

Powers/Abilities: The Monster could survive in the void of space and possessed superhuman strength (Class 25?).

History: (Tales to Astonish I#12/5) - The Monster observed Major Ford's vessel floating in space and instantly attacked it. The Monster clawed at the vessel until ground control brought Major Ford back to Earth. Ground control thought the Monster was a product of Ford's imagination until they found a piece of the Monster's claw embedded in the space vessel.

Comments: Created by an unnamed writer and Steve Ditko.

As with many 1950's and 1960's Marvel monster stories, this story is not confirmed as part of Earth-616 continuity, but there's nothing to exclude it either.
--Leave it in unless something rules it out!--Snood.

This story ("A Monster Waits Outside!!") was reprinted in Fear#3.

The Monster was depicted ripping open Major's Ford's space vessel, but when he returned to Earth it was damaged but not destroyed. My hypothesis is that although the Monster was no hallucination, the sight of it was enough to let Major Ford's imagination get carried away during his encounter with it.

It was hinted at that Ford's voyage was one of America's earliest attempts at manned space flights.


No known connection to:

Major Ford has no known connection to:

Major Ford

The lone crew member of a small, sphere like space vessel. He couldn't take the solitude of his space voyage, and it began to drive him mad. The Monster attacked his vessel and he was forced to signal ground control and return to Earth. No one believed his story about the Monster until a fragment of the Monster's claw was discovered embedded in his space vessel.

--Tales to Astonish I#12/5

Tales to Astonish I#12/5, splash page;
(Major Ford) Tales to Astonish I#12/5, p5, pan5

Fear#4 (March, 1971)

Last updated: 01/05/05

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