Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/Class: Unrevealed origins (perhaps a Deviant creation/mutate, a magical being, an extraterrestrial, or maybe something completely different); possibly alternate reality

Occupation: Unrevealed

Group Membership: None known

Affiliations: Unrevealed

Enemies: Apparently at least 2-3 humans

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None known

Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
    at least formerly some volcanic island on Earth

First AppearanceStrange Tales I#88 (September, 1961)

Powers/Abilities: The Glob appeared to be composed of magma, but regardless, it was covered in flames, so it could burn objects or beings on contact. It was apparently comfortable within the molten rock on a volcano.

    It may or may not have been able to project flames. 

    Its immense size afforded it some degree of superhuman strength and durability.

Height: Unrevealed (approximately 50')
Weight: Unrevealed (it may have been molten rock vs. completely composed of flames or perhaps some other molten material)
Eyes: Unrevealed (if any)
Hair: Apparently none (although perhaps it could revert from being aflame to a non-molten form)
Distinguishing features: The Glob was covered in flames. It appeared to have two fingers and an opposing thumb.

History:(Strange Tales I#88 (fb) - BTS) <circa 1960> - Comic book artist Frank Johnson created a number of characters for various comic books (including Amazing Adventures, Journey into Mystery, Strange Tales, and Tales to Astonish, including the Glob.

Comments: Created by Stan "The Man" Lee, Jack "The King" Kirby, and "Sturdy" Steve Ditko.

    So...allegedly, the Glob was just a fictional character created by Frank Johnson within a story, which would make it "metafiction." In the Marvel Megaverse (at least), however, we know that -- in an infinite Multiverse -- every story, dream, scenario, etc. is mirrored in some reality.
    However, without knowing any more about the character/events involved with the Mad Martian, it is difficult to say whether those events take place in an alternate reality (which may or may not be in the same reality as other "fictional" creations of Frank Johnson, like the Mad Martian and the Lizard-Bird, plus the other characters not as clearly visible in the gallery of covers they show), or perhaps they eventually occurred in Reality-616 at some point, and Frank was having glimpses of the future. Without knowing more, I am reluctant to provide a reality designation.

    Analyzing the story/character, as we have just one panel to go with, it's hard to say too much. Physical features are discussed above. 

It appeared to emerge from a volcano. 

Was it a form of life that developed inside of a volcano? 

What is lava that came to life somehow? 

Was it a form of energy and/or extraterrestrial or extradimensional being that took a form from lava? 

Was it a man-made creation? 

Was it a Deviant creation/mutate?

Where did the encounter occur? 

Apparently on a volcanic can Google listings, but they exist in the Pacific Ocean (such as Hawaii), in Europe (such Iceland and Italy), Asia (such as Japan and the Philippines), Africa (such as Kilimanjaro), etc.

Was it malevolent? 

The cover painting makes it look that way, but covers don't always match the story. 

Maybe it was benevolent, but its size and appearance made others assume it to be hostile?...and/or someone shooting it made it lash out?

    Maybe someday we'll learn the true story of this "Glob."
    As all three creators are, sadly, deceased, it would take some other writer to just pick up on this one panel from a 1961 comic and run with it.
    It COULD happen...

Profile by Snood.

The Glob
should be distinguished from:

images: (without ads)
Strange Tales I#88, story pg. 1, panel 2 (only picture)

Strange Tales I#88 (September, 1961) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Jack Kirby (pencils), Steve Ditko (inks) 

First posted: 12/04/2022
Last updated: 12/05/2022

Any Additions/Corrections? please let me know.

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