Real Name: Bill Foster
Identity/Class: Extradimensional (Earth-57780)
Occupation: Scientist, crime-fighter
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Marla Madison (loose), Henry
Pym, Spider-Man (Peter
Parker) (all Earth-57780)
Enemies: Human Top (Earth-57780)
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: New York, USA (Earth-57780)
First Appearance: Spidey Super Stories#47/1
Powers/Abilities: As Giant-Man, Foster can
grow at will to huge proportions (about 40' tall), although the means
are unrevealed (see comments). His usual height as Giant-Man is around 15' tall. He has a corresponding increase in
strength and dexterity. Foster is also an accomplished scientists who
interacts with other researchers.
Variable (as Foster: 6')
Weight: Variable (as Foster: 200 lbs.)
(Spidey Super Stories#47/1 (fb)) - Bill Foster worked
with Henry Pym on scientific projects. Pym learned how to make himself
grow and took the adventurer name of Giant-Man. Eventually, Pym felt he
old for the role and Bill Foster took on the part, keeping his identity
a secret from the general population.
(Spidey Super Stories#47/5) - Foster attended a
science award banquet, where J. Jonah Jameson's girlfriend, Marla
Madison, received a trophy cup filled with cash. Peter Parker was also
there to take photos when the criminal Human Top whirled in and stole
the cup from Madison. Parker and Foster ran off to secretly change into
their superhero identities and gave chase. Enlarged, Giant-Man caught
Spider-Man when the hero was thrown far in the air by the spinning
thief. Giant-Man shrank down to about 15' tall and, alongside the
web-swinging Spider-Man, pursued the Human Top into a park where they
eventually captured him in a coordinated trap. Giant-Man put the
webbing-restrained criminal into a garbage can and took the Human Top
to the the police while Spider-Man returned Madison's science prize.
Comments: Created by Jim Salicrup and/or Steven Grant (writer), Win Mortimer (pencils), Ricardo Villamonte (inks).
The source of Giant-Man's powers are unrevealed, but
are likely Pym particles, as clothing increases in size too. (The back
cover ad showed the Spidey comic held by Giant-Man also increased in
size as he grew!)
Physical stats are taken from the Earth-616 version,
as they look very much alike. His scientific field likely matched as
The inside cover pages for Spidey Super Stories were printed in black & white, hence the B&W Pym shot. The inside front cover page often featured an origin story for a character.
Profile by Grendel Prime.
Giant-Man (Bill Foster) of Earth-57780 has no known connections to:
Henry Pym worked with Bill Foster on scientific
projects. Pym discovered how to make himself grow and took on the
adventurer identity of Giant-Man, and was open about this with Foster.
However, after some time, Pym felt he was too old and retired his role
as Giant-Man. Foster then took on the Giant-Man title and powers.
--Spidey Super Stories#47/1
Spidey Super Stories#47, p26, pan4 (main image)
p24, pan2 (headshot)
inside front cover, pan2 (Pym)
Spidey Super Stories#47/1 (July, 1980) - Jim Salicrup &/or Steven Grant (writer), Win Mortimer (pencils), Ricardo Villamonte (inks), Deborah November & Anita Malnig (editors)
Spidey Super Stories#47/5 (July, 1980) - Jim Salicrup &/or Steven Grant (writer), Win Mortimer (pencils), Ricardo Villamonte (inks), Deborah November & Anita Malnig (editors)
Last updated: 03/09/18
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