Thing Called IT

Real Name: Inapplicable

Identity/Class: Terrestrial artificially created being; pre-modern era


Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Formerly Heinrich Munch

Enemies: Heinrich Munch

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: Heinrich Munch

Base of Operations: A "lonely castle" in Europe

First Appearance: Strange Tales I#82/1 (March, 1961)

Powers/Abilities: A giant creature made of plastic, It was incredibly strong and durable.

History: (Strange Tales I#82) - When one of his rivals won a noted science award, Professor Heinrich Munch became outraged. Seeking to prove his superiority over his colleagues, he built a giant being out of plastic, hoping to bring it to life. He infused the creature with several ingredients (including electricity and sodium), but they had no effect. An infusion of several dozen more caused the giant to move slightly, and after he used a solution of titanium, the creature arose, only to fall back down. Disgusted by his failure, Munch dumped the creature over his castle wall, and it fell into the muddy quicksand below.

There, the chemicals within the quicksand interacted with the being's elements. This finally brought the giant It to life. Covered in mud, it returned to the castle. Delighted, Munch ordered the creature to destroy his rival, but It refused, believing life to be precious. Munch, disgusted with the creature's morals, ran into town and told the villagers that it was an evil being that had come to destroy them.  When It arrived to warn them of Munch's evil, they attacked it and chased it back to the castle. There, Munch tried to destroy it, but he fell to his death instead. With sorrow, It lamented Munch's death, wishing it itself was truly alive to appreciate life. Out of nowhere, a lightning bolt struck It, and the creature fell to the ground. However, it found its mind now in Munch's body, very much alive.

The villagers, unaware of the true situation, helped him up. "Munch" promised to himself to be a better human than the real Munch ever was.

Comments: Created by Stan Lee or Larry Lieber, Jack Kirby and Dick Ayers.

Profile by Madison Carter


The Thing Called IT has no known connections to

Heinrich Munch

A scientist, Munch was filled with envy and hatred towards his fellow scientists. When one won an award Munch felt he deserved, he created It to destroy the man. The creature refused to, and Munch tried to persuade the local villagers to kill his creation. When Munch confronted It, the human fell to his death, and a freak lightning bolt caused Its mind to take over the form of Munch. Posing as Munch, the creature promised to live the way Munch should have lived.

--Strange Tales I#82

Strange Tales I#82, story 1, page 6, panel 4 (muddy form)
                                                 page 4, panel 5 (true form)
                                                 page 9, panel 2 (Munch)

Strange Tales I#82 (March, 1961) - Stan Lee or Larry Lieber (writer), Jack Kirby (penciler), Dick Ayers (inker), Stan Lee (editor)


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