GRUTO

Real Name: Gruto

Identity/Class: Extraterrestrial (Pacion Rex); pre-modern era thru modern era

Occupation: Goodwill ambassador

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Laura;
    formerly Dan Mitchell

Enemies: Fantastic Four (Human Torch, Invisible Girl, Mr. Fantastic, Thing), Dan Mitchell

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: The Creature from Nowhere

Base of Operations: Pacion Rex (planet)

First Appearance: Journey into Mystery I#67/1 (April, 1961)

Powers/Abilities: Gruto was much larger than a human, but displayed no superhuman powers.

History: (Journey into Mystery I#67/1 (fb)) - Gruto was sent to Earth as a goodwill ambassador from his home planet of Pacion Rex. As his race had found the secrets to peace, health and long life, they sought to spread them to other worlds.

(Journey into Mystery I#67/1) - When arriving on Earth, something went wrong with Gruto's spaceship, and it crashed. He was found by journalist Dan Mitchell and Dan's girlfriend Laura. Now suffering from amnesia, Gruto could not remember what his mission was, but the two humans befriended him. However, this was a ploy on Mitchell's part, who intended to use Gruto to save his job. He revealed Gruto's presence to the local authorities, but the alien convinced them he meant no harm. To create a sensationalistic story, Mitchell then fabricated an article on Gruto. Filled with lies about Gruto being an invader who intended to conquer humanity, it sent the world into a panic. Laura, distraught over Dan's misuse of Gruto's trust, begged the alien to leave Earth before the humans attacked him. While he orbited Earth, hoping to remember his mission, a hydrogen bomb was launched at his spaceship, and the impact caused his memory to return. He landed back on Earth, explained his mission and chided the humans for their ways. He then departed, leaving none of his race's secrets with them.

(Marvel Monsters: Fin Fang Four#1 (fb)-BTS) - Under unknown circumstances, Gruto returned to Earth, where he encountered the recently-formed Fantastic Four. The details of their encounter are unknown, but Gruto may have been transported to Monster Isle.

Comments: Created by Stan Lee(?), Jack Kirby and Dick Ayers.

I'd like to think that the Thing's remark about encountering Gruto (along with several other monsters) in FFF#1 was a reference to one that ended peacefully. Unless, y'know, Gruto suffered amnesia again and went on a real rampage.

Reprinted in Where Monsters Dwell#11.

Profile by Madison Carter

Clarifications:

Gruto has no known connections to


Dan Mitchell

Journalist who's career was spiraling downward. He needed a fresh story, and after finding the ship Gruto crashed in, cooked one up. He befriended the alien, but told the world that Gruto was an invader, hoping the publicity would garner him a Pulitzer Prize. After Gruto's memory returned, he announced his benevolent intentions to the world, which ostracized Mitchell.


--Journey into Mystery I#67




Laura

Dan's girlfriend, was with him to witness Gruto's ship crash. After Dan began his series of false stories regarding Gruto, Laura pleaded with the alien to leave Earth to avoid being killed due to Dan's lies.







--Journey into Mystery I#67



Pacion Rex


A planet in a distant galaxy, the residents of Pacion Rex had long ago succeeded in discovering vast amounts of knowledge. They knew the secrets to immortality, space/time travel, and many others. They sent Gruto to Earth to share their knowledge with humans.

--Journey into Mystery I#67 ( 67 (fb)


images:
Journey into Mystery I#67, page 4, panel 4 (Gruto)
                                                 page 13, panel 4 (Dan)
                                                 page 13, panel 4 (Laura)
                                                 page 13, panel 1 (Pacion Rex)


Journey into Mystery I#67 (April, 1961) - Stan Lee (writer? - uncredited), Jack Kirby (penciler), Dick Ayers (inker)
Marvel Monsters: Fin Fang Four#1 (December, 2005)


09/25/07

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