Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/Class: Extraterrestrial

Occupation: Space traveler

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Mary Brown

Enemies: None

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: Thing from the Hidden Swamp

Base of Operations: Unidentified galaxy;;
    formerly a swamp in the Caribbean islands

First Appearance: Tales to Astonish I#30/3 (April, 1962)

Powers/Abilities: The Thing was extremely large, had superhuman strength, and could communicate telepathically. It could somehow change the appearance of others, but exactly how, and whether or not this was an ability or aided by his technology, is unknown.

History: (Tales to Astonish I#30/3 (fb)) - While exploring space, an alien's spacecraft was caught in a space/time warp. This caused the alien's ship to crash on Earth, where it became stuck in a bog.

(Tales to Astonish I#30/3) - A vacationing human named Mary Brown came across the alien, and was frightened by its appearance. It spoke to her mentally, and explained its situation. Mary agreed to help it try to free the ship from the swamp. As Mary worked the controls of the ship, the alien used its strength to lift the ship out of the muck. Freed, it thanked Mary for her help, and promised to reward her. After the spacecraft vanished into the sky, Mary returned to her cruise ship, where she realized the thing had transformed her from a plain-looking woman to a beautiful one.

Comments: Created by Jack Kirby and Dick Ayers.

I honestly can't tell the difference between "plain" Mary and "pretty" Mary. They look exactly alike, except "pretty" Mary's eyes are wider.

The creature was never actually named, "Thing from the Hidden Swamp" was only used for the title.

Profile by Madison Carter


The Thing from the Hidden Swamp has no known connections to

Mary Brown

A plain-looking woman, Mary was frustrated by her lack of a social or romantic life. She hoped to get away from it by taking a Caribbean cruise. While on the islands, she rented a boat and began exploring a swamp. There, she encountered a giant alien that asked for her aid in helping it free its ship. She did, and after the creature left, it turned her from a plain-looking woman into a beautiful one.

--Tales to Astonish I#30

Tales to Astonish I#30, story 3, page 4, panel 2 (main image)
                                                         page 4, panel 6 (full body)
                                                         page 4, panel 1 (Mary)

Tales to Astonish I#30 (April, 1962) - Jack Kirby (penciler), Dick Ayers (inker), Stan Lee (editor)


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