Real Name: Tragg
Identity/Class: Possibly Deviant mutate
Occupation: Rampager, dweller
Group Membership: "The Collector's collection" (Droom, Fin Fang Foom, Gargantus, Goom, Grogg, Groot, Grottu, Rommbu, Taboo, Vandoom's Monster)
Affiliations: Formerly the Collector (Harvey Elder), Mole Man
Enemies: David "Dave" Arnstead, Beast (Hank McCoy), the Collector (Taneleer Tivan), Giant-Man (Hank Pym), Hulk (Bruce Banner), Thing (Ben Grimm)
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: He Who Walks Beneath the Earth
Base of Operations: Currently
(formerly) the Negative Zone,
(formerly) the Collector's zoo, beneath Canada,
(formerly) an abandoned subway tunnel below the East River, New York
First Appearance: Monsters on the Prowl#13/5 (October, 1971)
was incredibly strong, enough to lift subway train cars as if they were
toys. He appeared to be at least 20 feet tall.
History: (Monsters on the Prowl#13/5 (fb)-BTS) - All of Tragg's race were unwittingly killed off by underground atomic bombs, and the radiation poisoning from them. Tragg was the lone survivor. Much later, a subway was planned to be built under the East River, but Tragg attacked the construction workers, causing them to flee in terror. The project was shut down and David Arnstead, a tabloid reporter, went to investigate.
(Monsters on the Prowl#13/5) - Arnstead snuck into the closed tunnels and searched for hours, finding nothing but a few giant footprints. Tragg found and attacked him too, but Arnstead ran towards one of the abandoned subway trains. He managed to turn it on and ran it straight into the giant creature. While Arnstead managed to escape, the crash caused the supports and cavern walls to collapse around Tragg.
(Marvel Monsters: Monsters on the Prowl#1 (fb)-BTS) - Tragg was captured by the Collector and placed in his zoo beneath Canada.(Marvel Monsters: Monsters on the Prowl#1) - After an attack on the Collector by the Mole Man caused the freedom of the creatures, Tragg was among many of the specimens to go on a rampage through New York City. They were defeated by a group of heroes that included the Hulk, the Beast, the Thing and Giant-Man. Mr. Fantastic had the Thing open a portal to the Negative Zone, where the creatures were all dumped.
Comments: Created by Garry Conway and Syd Shores.
Since the Marvel Monsters book took place in the early years of the Marvel "Age of Heroes", it should come before MOTP#13, since that was printed in 1971, right? Well, not exactly. With the Marvel Monsters book, I went with the Marvel sliding timescale, putting the book at about 13-15 years ago, and went ahead and gave MOTP a set date of 1971 when it occurred. This also helps because Tragg makes no mention (obviously) of his Collector years in his first appearance, plus it ensures he's still alive out there somewhere.
Tragg has no known connections to
Arnstead was a tabloid reporter who long believed in
the existence of "Underearthers," a race of humans that lived below the
ground. He thought the subway debacle may have been a lead and followed
up on it. When he encountered Tragg, he rammed the creature with a
subway train. Believing the monster dead, Arnstead escaped the tunnels.
--Monsters on the Prowl#13/5 ( 13/5 (fb), 13/5
Monsters on the Prowl#13/5, page 35, panel 2
Monsters on the Prowl#13/5, page 35, panel 1 (Arnstead)
Monsters on the Prowl#13 (October, 1971) - (Gerry
Conway (writer), Syd Shores (artist), Stan Lee (editor)
Marvel Monsters: Monsters on the Prowl#1 (December, 2005) - Steve Niles (writer), Duncan Fegredo (artist), Jenny Lee & Mark Paniccia (editors)
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