Real Name: Bombu
Identity/Class: Extraterrestrial (Oobagon VIII)
formerly witch doctor
Group Membership: The Planetary Guild
Affiliations: His superior
Enemies: Jake Mason, humanity in general
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: Bombu the Conqueror, Bombu the Merciless, Bombu the Witch Man, "Lion King"
Base of Operations: Currently
formerly Esperanza country, Amazon Jungle, Brazil;
formerly Oobagon VIII
First Appearance: Journey into Mystery I#60/1 (September, 1960)
Powers/Abilities: Bombu was incredibly powerful. He could cause animals to shrink to several times smaller than their normal size. He could cause objects to levitate in the air. Bombu also could teleport large items, including skyscrapers and could command storms to form.
History: (Marvel Monsters: Where Monsters
Dwell#1/1 (fb)-BTS) - Bombu conquered 275 worlds for his race. He was
next assigned to go to Earth and start preparing it for them to conquer
it as well.
(Journey into Mystery I#60/1 (fb)) - Bombu arrived on
Earth, near the Amazon jungle, "ages" ago. Believing the
primitive tribe he encountered to be the dominant species on the
planet, he used his unusual looks to pose as their witch doctor, and
awaited the arrival of his fellow aliens.
(Journey into Mystery I#60/1) - A businessman named
Jake Mason was travelling to South America when his small plane's
controls gave out. Mason and his pilot crashed in the Amazon, where
they were confronted by a primitive tribe. The warriors took the two to
Bombu, who revealed his true nature to them before demonstrating his
great powers. He created a harsh storm as part of the demonstration,
but before he could command his followers to kill the Americans, a bolt
of lightning struck the alien. Mason believed the witch doctor to be
dead, and was horrified to learn that his "mask" was no such thing, and
was actually Bombu's face.
(Marvel Monsters: Where Monsters Dwell#1/1 (fb) -
Bombu awoke and was pelted with garbage by the disillusioned tribe as
he made his way back to his spacecraft.
(Marvel Monsters: Where Monsters Dwell#1/1) - Bombu
contacted his superior, who could not understand why Bombu had failed
in his mission. He ordered Bombu to return to Earth and try again. This
time, Bombu arrived in the middle of New York City, and threatened
mankind with the dreaded machine known as the Wallah Wallah Bing Bang
(actually a non-functioning prop). Two police officers ordered him down
from his machine, and when he resisted (threatening them with another
weapon, the Ting Tang), he was tasered and arrested. Placed in jail,
Bombu was given one phone call, and he called his superior to report
(Marvel Monsters: From the Files of Ulysses
Bloodstone and the Monster Hunters#1 - BTS) - Bombu was released from
jail, but the state of New York filed a lawsuit against him when they
learned his phone call cost the precint $250,000.
Comments: Created by uncredited writer (most likely Stan Lee), Jack Kirby and Dick Ayers.
Bombu has no known connections to
(Marvel Monsters: Where Monsters Dwell#1/1 (fb)-BTS)
- Bombu's superior sent him to Earth to prepare it for conquering.
(Marvel Monsters: Where Monsters Dwell#1/1) - The
superior failed to understand why Bombu failed, and ordered him to
return to Earth to try again. He was surprised when Bombu reported back
to him so quickly, but became confused when Bombu told him that he was
using his only phone call.
--Marvel Monsters: Where Monsters Dwell#1
(Journey into Mystery I#60/1) - Mason and his pilot
crash-landed in the Amazon, where they were confronted by a savage
tribe who worshipped Bombu. As Bombu displayed his awesome powers, he
was struck down by lightning. The two men then escaped, but not before
Mason realized that Bombu really was an alien.
(Marvel Monsters: From the Files of Ulysses
Bloodstone and the Monster Hunters#1 (fb)-BTS) - Mason was interviewed
Johnson regarding his encounter with Bombu.
--Journey into Mystery I#60 ( JIM60, MM:Ulysses#1
Journey into Mystery I#60, page 1, panel 1 (main image)
Marvel Monsters: Where Monsters Dwell#1, page 10, panel 6 (superior)
Journey into Mystery I#60, page 3, panel 4 (Mason)
Journey into Mystery I#60 (September, 1960) - Stan
Lee(?, writer), Jack Kirby (penciler), Dick Ayers (inker), unknown
Marvel Monsters: Where Monsters Dwell#1 (December, 2005) - Keith Giffen (writer/penciler), Mike Allred (inker), Mark Paniccia (editor)
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