FIN FANG FOOM
Real Name: Unrevealed, probably unpronouncable
Identity/Class: Extraterrestrial (Kakaranthara/Maklu IV)
Occupation: Chef; (formerly) purveyor of destruction; guardian; starship navigator
Group Membership: Dragon Lords of Kakaranthara (Axon-Karr, Chen Hsu, Chi Chan, Wu Pong, several others); Fin Fang Four (Elektro, Googam, Gorgilla)
Affiliations: Chen Hsu,
It, the Living Colossus, Mister Fantastic (Richards), Dr. Leonard Samson, Jennifer Walters
(formerly) Aan Taanu (possessor); Beyond Reason Spiritual Fellowship; the Collector (Elder of the Universe); "The Collector's collection" (Droom, Gargantus, Goom, Grogg, Groot, Grottu, Rommbu, Taboo, Tragg, Vandoom's Monster); the Mandarin
Bloodstone, Dr. Jerry Carpenter, the Collector, Granitor, Hulk (Bruce Banner), Hydra, Hydra, Iron Man (Rhodes), Iron Man (Stark), J. Jonah Jameson,
(particularly Wonder Woman), Kee Kaa Kon, Legion of Night, Lo Lin Laam, Chan Liuchow,
the Mandarin, the
Stonians, Dr. Carl Roberts,
Thor, Tiik Taak Toe, Tim Boo
Ba, Dr. Vault, Billy Yuan
(formerly) Fantastic Four, It, the Living Colossus
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: He Whose Limbs Shatter Mountains and Whose Back Scrapes the Sky; Lord Foom; Sleeping Dragon
Base of Operations: Abcess,
North Dakota (possibly, see comments);
The Baxter Building, New York;
(formerly) Ymir-Krul, Asgard (remains)
(formerly) Monster Island, South Pacific
(formerly) Asia House Curios, Seattle, Washington
(formerly) A subterranean cavern below Canada
(formerly) The Valley of the Dragons, China
(formerly) the planet Kakaranathara (aka Maklu IV), Maklu System, Greater Magellanic Cloud
First Appearance: Strange Tales I#89/1 (October , 1961)
Fang Foom possesses powers that are either natural to his race, or at
least naturally attainable. He can fly at subsonic speeds using
the wings on his
back. He also possesses the shape-changing abilities of his
Fin Fang Foom can expel an acid mist resembling fire from his mouth in
powerful blasts. He has an extraordinarily long lifespan, and can
communicate telepathically. He has Superhuman Class 100
strength. Fin Fang Foom also possesses a mastery over a fighting
style similar to human martial arts. After he was reduced to
human size, he lost most of these abilities due to post-hypnotic
possession, though anger could still cause him to emit his acid mist.
Vurnerability to an unnamed herb which can induce slumber.
(including tail) 44' Weight:
20 tons Eyes: Red Hair: None
History: (Iron Man I#274 (fb)) - Wishing to
leave their peaceful planet of Kakaranthara, a group of conquest-bent
members, including a navigator later named Fin Fang Foom on Earth, left
(Iron Man I#272 (fb)) - In the times of ancient
China, the ship crash landed. When the dragon-like aliens emerged
from their ship, one of their members was struck down by a native
human. The rest of the survivors fled into what would become
known as the Valley of the Dragons.
(Iron Man I#274 (fb)-BTS) - Over time, the dragons
learned how to change their shape to mimic humans, but not before five
more were killed by men. While his captain took on the guise of Chen
Hsu, and others took on roles within the Chinese communities, Foom was
designated to remain in his form, and was put into a long slumber by an
herbal leaf by Hsu.
(Iron Man I#263 (fb)-BTS) - At various points in
time, Foom apparently emerged from his slumber to terrorize the locals.
Eventually, after he went back into hibernation, a unit of guards began
to patrol the doorway to his tomb, not allowing anyone to enter.
(Marvel Holiday Special 2006/2 (fb) - BTS) - In ancient Greece Foom fought the Hydra.
(Marvel Holiday Special 2006/2 (fb) - BTS) - Over the years Foom battled against dragon monsters such as Kee Kaa Kon, Lo Lin Laam, and Tiik Taak Toe.
(Marvel Monsters: From the Files of Ulysses Bloodstone and the Monster Hunters#1) - At some point in the past, Foom battled Ulysses Bloodstone, though the outcome of their battle remains unknown.
(Thor II#80 (fb)-BTS) - Thor slew Fin
Fang Foom, and used his bones and skull to construct the tomb of Eitri
in Ymir-Krul. The tomb was subsequently destroyed by Loki.
(Strange Tales I#89 (fb) BTS) - Chan Liuchow
discovered an ancient manuscript describing the legend of Fin Fang Foom.
(Strange Tales I#89) - When the communist Chinese attacked his homeland of Taiwan, Chan sought to find a way to stop them. Making his way into the Valley of Dragons, he found the crypt believed to be Foom's, guarded by a group of men, descendants of the original guards. Making his way past them, he entered the tomb. Using an herb described about in the manuscript, Chan rubbed it on the dragon's lips, causing the beast to awaken. Angrily, the monster chased after him, and Chan led him straight into the camps of the communists. When Fin Fang Foom destroyed the invaders, Chan lured him back to his crypt, using another herb to cause the monster to fall back into his slumber.
(Marvel Monsters: Fin Fang Four#1 (fb) BTS) - The Fanastic Four battled Fin Fang Foom and, after defeating him, deposited him on Monster Island.
(Hulk vs Fin Fang Foom#1) - Foom became encased underneath the ice in Antarctica. He emerged from the ice and possessed Dr. Jerry Carpenter, member of a group of scientists studying global warming. As Carpenter he returned to the group's base and soon took the form of Dr. Carl Roberts. Bruce Banner, who had been found near death in the snow, transformed into the Hulk during a confrontation with with Dr. Howard Tonkins. Foom realized he would be a better host and tried to convince the Hulk to work with him, but the Hulk fought Foom and eventually tossed him to the moon.
(Marvel Monsters: Monsters on the Prowl#1 (fb) BTS) - At some point, the Elder of the Universe known as the Collector captured Fin Fang Foom and placed him in his zoo of giant monsters below Canada.
(Marvel Monsters: Monsters on the Prowl#1) - When the Mole Man attacked the Collector's base, all of the Elder's monsters were freed. While many went on to rampage through New York City, Fin Fang Foom was not among them. Presumably, he returned to his lair in China.
Tales#23) - Dr. Vault reawakened Fin
Fang Foom, intending to control him to destroy whomever controlled It,
the Living Colossus (so that Vault could take possession of the
creation). However, Foom quickly broke free of Vault's control,
and aided It in defeating Granitor and his hordes. After driving
them off, Vault managed to once again establish dominance over the
(Astonishing Tales#24) - Foom, now under Vault's power, attacked It, and the two battled until the beast was driven into some powerlines. Once again free of Vault, Foom stopped the fight, and to show It that he was being controlled, drew a picture of Vault's face in the dirt. Foom then began to swim home.
(Legion of Night#1) - The demon known as Aan Taanu possessed Fin Fang Foom to use as a vessel on Earth, and he/they broke free from his crypt again.
(Legion of Night#2) - As the demon-possessed
dragon battled the group of supernatural beings known as the Legion of
the Night (including his old foe Chan), Aan Taanu recreated himself in
Foom's image within Taanu's realm. There, he impregnated the member of
the Beyond Reason Spiritual Fellowship known as Hildreth. When
their demonspawn, along with Hildreth, was killed, Aan Taanu was
banished fully back into his own dimension. Without the demon
controlling him, Fin Fang Foom fell/dove into the New York Harbor.
(BTS) - At some point, Foom returned to the Valley of
the Dragons and returned to his slumber.
(Iron Man I#261) - The Mandarin and Chen Hsu arrived
at Fin Fang Foom's crypt, and the Mandarin entered. There, he
found Foom, and used one of the ancient herbal leaves to awaken him.
(Iron Man I#262) - The Mandarin confronted Fin Fang
Foom, and told him of the changes China had endured since last Foom
woke. Foom responded that he didn't care about the affairs of
(Iron Man I#263) - Awake and angry, Foom emerged from
his tomb, and engaged in destroying every trace of humanity he could
find around him. After killing every person in the nearby vicinity, the
dragon turned his attention to the Mandarin, but Chen Hsu blew a puff
of smoke that knocked Foom back into his slumber.
(Iron Man I#264) - With a sleeping Foom perched
against the Great Wall of China, the Mandarin met with Chinese
government officials and demanded they turn the country over to him.
(Iron Man I#267) - Foom continued to sleep.
(Iron Man I#268) - Fin Fang Foom continued to sleep
as the Mandarin plotted.
(Iron Man I#270) - As Foom still slept, The Mandarin
realized that Iron Man had arrived in China.
(Iron Man I#271 (fb) - After being alerted to the
Mandarin's actions, James Rhodes, in the Iron Man armor, flew off to
find him, only to be confronted by Fin Fang Foom.
(Iron Man I#271) - As Foom attacked Iron Man, Chen
Hsu contacted another member of their disguised race, Wu Pong, and
alerted him of the impending "Awakening." Rhodes managed to bury
the dragon under rubble, but Foom quickly freed himself and knocked
(Iron Man I#272) -
Just as Foom was about to deliver
the killing blow to Rhodes, Chen Hsu telepathically contacted and
halted him. As the two, and the Mandarin, loomed over their
beaten foe, they were surprised by the arrival of another Iron Man
(actually a remote-controlled suit piloted from afar by Tony Stark).
(Iron Man I#273) - As Stark's husk battled the giant,
Hsu summoned the rest of his brethren from across the globe. The
more the two battled, the less control over the suit Stark had.
Finally, he made a decision to order the armor to retreat. Just
afterwards, the Mandarin and an awakening Rhodes were stunned to see
the rest of Foom's race arrive from the sky.
(Iron Man I#274) - With his crew reassembled, Chen
Hsu shed his mortal form, retaking that of his true dragon-like
self. There, the ten Dragon Lords wrecked havoc, relishing in
their new-found freedom. Several of them took human form and
demanded the Mandarin hand over his rings of power, originally theirs,
to them. When he refused, they reverted to their alien forms and
prepared to attack him, only to be attacked themselves by Stark, now
inside his Iron Man armor.
(Iron Man I#275) - Stark, Rhodes and the Mandarin,
disillusioned by Hsu's deception, joined forces in their assault on the
Dragon Lords. As Hsu taunted the Mandarin regarding the human not
being able to use his rings to their most powerful level, Stark
realized that he could amplify them. Grabbing on to his enemy's
hands, Iron Man pulsed a large amount of energy through them, causing a
near-nuclear blast that seemingly killed off the aliens.
(Iron Man III#15 (fb)/BTS) - Foom's spirit came to
reside in a small dragon statue in Asia House Curios, a shop in Seattle.
(Iron Man III#15) - Billy Yuan noticed the statue lying in Asia House Curios and Treasures, but couldn't afford to buy it. Within another dimension, Fin Fang Foom sensed Yuan, and planned to draw him back to the statue.
(Iron Man III#16) -
Billy Yuan noticed that the
statue seemed to have grown larger since he saw it the day
before. It then began to "speak" to him, and convinced him to
steal it from the store. The statue imbued Yuan with power,
turning him into a reptilian being that then went on a rampage through
Seattle. Iron Man (who had been in town on business as Tony
Stark) rushed to
the area, and battled the mutated man. After Iron Man defeated
him, thousands upon thousands of lizards swarmed out of the nearby
storm grates, covering Yuan. As Iron Man realized too late, this
mass of reptiles merged, bringing Fin Fang Foom back to his original
(Iron Man III#17) - As Foom physically battled Iron
Man, he also found himself in psychic confrontation with Billy Yuan,
the man whose body he possessed. The two fought for control, with
Foom even threatening Billy's hospitalized sister. That proved to
be the final straw for Yuan, who managed to take full control for just
one brief moment, causing the dragon to stand still and bear the brunt
of Iron Man's full attack. As Foom fell into unconsciousness,
Yuan's spirit, tired from the battle, slipped into nothingness.
(Iron Man III#18) - Iron Man handed over the sleeping
giant to the Navy, or rather, to Sunset Bain and Baintronics, who had
subcontracted with the military to handle Foom.
(Marvel Monsters: Fin Fang Four#1 (fb) BTS) - At some
point, the Fantastic Four (or another agency) again deposited Foom on
(JLA/Avengers#1) - Fin Fang Foom was among the
creatures that confronted the dimension-hopping Justice League on
Monster Isle. He was thrown around by Wonder Woman before being
left in a pile with the other now-defeated monsters.
(Marvel Monsters: Fin Fang Four#1/Marvel Monsters: From the
Files of Ulysses Bloodstone and the Monster Hunters#1 (fb)-BTS) - Fin
Fang Foom regained his form. He was again imprisoned on Monster
Isle, where he continued a legal battle he had started there some time
before. He also became a follower of Buddhism.
Fin Fang Four#1) - After a five year legal
battle, Fin Fang Foom (tiring of the years of combat) and three other
creatures from the Age of Monsters were granted releases from Monster
Isle. The conditions of their releases saw them reduced to
human size and given jobs at the Baxter Building. This parole was
vehemently denounced by J. Jonah Jameson during a televised interview
in which Foom and his attorney Jennifer Walters explained the
situation. Foom became head chef at the Green Wok, located in the
Baxter Building. When his fellow monster Googam (who had been
given the job of parking attendant) accidentally brought Tim Boo Ba and
his warriors to Earth, Foom rounded up Gorgilla and Elektro to help
stop the creature. The four comandeered a Fantasti-Car and
defeated Tim Boo Ba, becoming heroes in the process. The four attended
a press conference, during which Googam tried to claim all the credit
for defeating Tim Boo Ba. Fin Fang Foom dragged him out of the
conference and beat him severely. After the
adventure, Foom and Reed Richards played a game of chess in Central
Park, discussing the future of Foom and his fellow monsters.
(Marvel Holiday Special 2006/2) - While out for a walk in New York during Christmas time, Fin Fang Foom ran into Wong, manservant of Dr. Strange, who had studied Fin Fang Foom at the monastery of Kamar-Taj, learning there of his battles against Kee Kaa Kon, Lo Lin Laam, and Tiik Taak Toe. When a band of Hydra terrorists sent a Santa Claus robot on a rampage, Fin Fang Foom reluctantly joined the fray, fighting side-by-side with Wong.
(Giant-Size Avengers II#1/9) - Foom used the legal help of Goodman, Lieber, Kurtzberg & Holliway to end the Fin Fang Four's required parole visits to Dr. Leonard Samson. His arrogance led to a fight with Googam and the other Fin Fang Four members.
(Dark Reign Files) - Quasimodo researched Fin Fang Foom for Norman Osborn.
Created by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Dick Ayers.
Every single writer after the
original appearance had a seriously different idea of what Fin Fang
Foom was. Tony Isabella turned him into a Godzilla clone in his
Astonishing Tales appearances, Byrne turned him into an alien (I
personally HATE this retcon), and Steve Gerber gave him a more
supernatural/demonic nature. Kurt Busiek sort of successfully
merged them, leaving behind the rest of the dragons but keeping his
mad-on for Iron Man, and kept a slight supernatural aspect.
Foom's apparent death at the hands
of Thor is fairly meaningless. He survived a small nuclear holocaust.
I'm sure once Ragnarok occurred (or even before it), Foom found a way
to revive himself. Note: Since
the original publication of this profile, Fin Fang Foom has indeed
resurfaced. - Madison
This appearance in Thor can be
thought of as either a skull of Foom from a previous defeat, having
reformed earlier on than the story itself took place, or perhaps it's
an alternate Foom. There's certainly enough of them floating around the
A lot of people seem to want to
discount Foom's appearances in Astonishing Tales as not the real Foom,
even theorizing that it was the Midgard Serpent, who impersonated him
at one point. Their main "proof" is that FFF never talks during
these appearances. How that could make him the Midgard Serpent is
beyond me, as he was even MORE verbose than FFF. Plus, he awakened in
the same spot Foom originally appeared. I don't know why he couldn't
talk, but it was Foom.
The Nextwave story: At first,
Nextwave was stated as being non-continuity, but now it looks like it
is, but skirting the edges. So how do we align what we saw here
concerning Foom with what we've seen elsewhere? Well, there's a number
of theories: First, he could have given up his chef job and returned to
his old ways. Second, it may not even be Foom. Dirk Anger, the leader
of H.A.T.E. (and Nextwave's arch-nemesis) and S.I.L.E.N.T. (the
terrorist company fronting the Beyond Corporation and which had bought
out H.A.T.E.) were using genetic abominations to further their end. The
FFF seen in Nextwave could be one of them, an inferior clone of FFF
(hence the odd speech pattern). - Thanks
go to Sean McQuaid for this theory. - Madison
Sean's theory became canon in Foom's entry in OHotMU A-Z Hardcover#4.
The Valley of the Dragons has also
been referred to as the Valley of the Dragon and the the Valley of the
Why was he on Monster Island? Who
knows. Maybe he was searching out the objects of power himself.
Byrne really screwed up, er, I mean
retconned, a lot of stuff with his story. Tying in Axon-Karr with
Foom was genius, sure, but he had to go and change the name of their
planet from Maklu IV to the elementary school-sounding Kakaranthara.
Also, there are some inconsistencies. When the Dragon Lords land
on Earth, they all look like Fin Fang Foom, but about six or seven feet
tall. By the time they reunite, they all look totally different.
And even after they revert to their original forms, Foom still towers
over the rest in some scenes.
Legion of Night was published in
1991, after the first Iron Man storyline, but it fits better before it
(Plus, the story had been written and actually promoted in ads well
before the IM appearances).
Is Fin Fang Foom connected somehow
He could very well be one of the missing Dragon Lords, believed dead by
the others. Or, since Grogg's story was retconned by entire countries,
he could even be the Earth-616 comic book version of Foom's Strange
Tales adventure, as they would have no idea where he disappeared to. - This has since proven to be pretty much a
non-issue. In Grogg's recent appearances, he has proven to be part of a
race that was on Earth long before Foom arrived. - Madison
Fin Fang Foom
has several counterparts and imposters, including:
Astonishing Tales#23, page 11, panel 1 (main image - note: actually just reused image from Strange Tales I#89)
Astonishing Tales#24, page 22, panel 3
Legion of Night#2, page 18, panel 1(possessed by Aan Taanu)
Iron Man I#271, page 17, panel 1 (versus Iron Man)
Iron Man III#17, page 2-3 (vs. IM, part 2)
Marvel Monsters: Fin Fang Four#1, page 21, panel 1 (Chef)
Astonishing Tales#23-24 (April, June, 1974) -
Tony Isabella (writer), Dick Ayers & Larry Lieber (#24) (pencils),
Dick Ayers (#23) & Vince Colletta (#24) (inks), Roy Thomas (editor)
Legion of Night#1-2 (1991) - Steve Gerber (writer), Whilce Portacio (pencils), Scott Williams (#1) & Dan Panosian (#2) (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Iron Man I#261-264 (October, 1990-January, 1991) - John Byrne (writer), John Romita Jr. (pencils), Bob Wiacek (inks), Howard Mackie (editor)
#267-268 (April-May, 1991) - John Byrne (writer), Paul Ryan (pencils), Bob Wiacek (inks), Howard Mackie (editor)
#270-275 (July-December, 1991) - John Byrne (writer), Paul Ryan & Mark Bright (#274) (pencils), Bob Wiacek (inks), Howard Mackie (editor)
Iron Man III#15 (April, 1999) - Kurt Busiek & Roger Stern (writers), Sean Chen, Salvador Larroca & Terry Shoemaker (pencils), Eric Cannon, Larry Stucker, Mark Morales, Harry Candelario & Scott Koblish (inks), Bobbie Chase (editor)
Iron Man III#16 (May, 1999) - Kurt Busiek & Roger Stern (writers), Patrick Zircher & Anthony Williams (pencils), Andy Lanning, Larry Mahlstedt & Scott Koblish (inks), Bobbie Chase (editor)
Iron Man III#17-18 (June-July, 1999) - Kurt Busiek & Roger Stern (writers), Sean Chen (pencils), Larry Stucker & Eric Cannon (inks), Bobbie Chase (editor)
JLA/Avengers#1 (September, 2003) - Kurt Busiek (writer), George Perez (artist), Tom Brevoort & Dan Raspler (editors)
Thor II#80 (August, 2004) - Michael Avon Oeming & Daniel Berman (writers), Andrea Di Vito (artist), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Marvel Monsters: Fin Fang Four#1 (December, 2005) - Scott Gray (writer), Roger Langridge (artist), John Barber (editor)
Marvel Monsters: From the Files of Ulysses Bloodstone (and the Monster Hunters)#1 (January, 2006)
Marvel Monsters: Monsters on the Prowl#1 (December, 2005) - Steve Niles (writer), Duncan Fegredo (artist), Jenny Lee & Mark Paniccia (editors)
Nextwave#1-2 (March-April, 2006) - Warren Ellis (writer), Stuart Immonen (penciler), Wade Von Grawbadger (inker), Nick Lowe (editor)
Marvel Holiday Special 2006/2 (February, 2007) - Scott Gray (writer), Roger Langridge (artist), John Barber (editor)
Hulk vs Fin Fang Foom#1 (February, 2008) - Peter David (writer), Jorge Lucas (pencils), Robert Campanella (inks), Mark Paniccia (editor)
Giant-Size Avengers II#1 (February, 2008) - Scott Gray (writer), Roger Langridge (artist), John Barber (editor)
Dark Reign Files (February, 2009) - Michael Hoskin & various others (writer), Jeff Youngquist (editor)
Last updated: 08/31/06
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