Real Name: Unrevealed
Identity/Class: Human (Old West Era)
Group Membership: None
Enemies: Sheriff Brett Barton, Boom-Boom Brown, Nancy Carter, Two-Gun Kid (Matt Hawk)
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Tombstone, Arizona, USA (late 1800s)
First Appearance: Two-Gun Kid I#69 (May, 1964)
Powers/Abilities: Goliath was remarkably strong, easily in the peak human strength category; he could easily tear wooden furniture in half and, with great effort, could bend iron bars. Goliath had terrific endurance, surviving against repeated pummelings by an experienced prizefighter with no sign of injury. He also carried a pistol.
Height: 6'6" (by approximation)
Weight: 300 lbs.
History: (Two-Gun Kid I#69) - Goliath stormed into a saloon in Tombstone, demanding a table. When the staff informed him all the tables were taken, he grabbed a table from two men who were playing poker, lifted it over his head and snapped it in two. To teach the staff a lesson, he smashed a wooden post. All of this ruckus drew the attention of Sheriff Brett Barton, the lawman of Tombstone. All at once, Goliath insisted he had been "horsin' around" and gave the sheriff his gun belt to show he meant no harm. Unfazed, Sheriff Barton ordered Goliath to head to the town jail until he had worked out all the damage he'd caused at the saloon.
The moment Goliath was left alone in his cell, he grabbed the iron bars in the window and bent them back and forth until they tore out of the stone. Goliath exited his cell and noticed the blacksmith Boom-Boom Brown talking to his friend Matt Hawk, a lawyer. Irritated to see a man in Tombstone who was as large as he, Goliath confronted Boom-Boom, asking for a fight. When he shoved Boom-Boom into a muddy puddle, Boom-Boom agreed to oblige him. Using his old boxing skills, Boom-Boom tore into Goliath and struck him repeatedly with his best punches but Goliath withstood every punch, showing no reaction to Boom-Boom's blows. Finally, Goliath decided he had had enough and, with two quick blows, knocked Boom-Boom unconscious.
The Two-Gun Kid then appeared (Matt Hawk having switched outfits) and told Goliath he wouldn't let him get away with treating his friend Boom-Boom that way. Hearing this, Goliath immediately tackled the Two-Gun Kid, disarmed him and bent the barrels of his guns to ensure the Kid would only fight him hand-to-hand. As the two men began to fight, Boom-Boom revived and Sheriff Barton arrived. Before Barton could draw on Goliath, Goliath grabbed the Two-Gun Kid and whirled his legs into Sheriff Barton's face, knocking him over. Leaping upon a nearby horse, Goliath rode out of town.
The Two-Gun Kid pursued Goliath on his steed Thunder but Goliath grabbed a tree branch and flung it at him, knocking the Kid from his horse. Goliath then rode back to Tombstone. As Sheriff Barton had also left town, Goliath considered the town defenseless and informed the citizens he would be the town boss from then on. Taking an interest in the town's schoolteacher, Nancy Carter, Goliath forced the justice of the peace to perform a wedding ceremony over them but the Two-Gun Kid returned and broke up the wedding. Although the Kid had his guns trained on Goliath, Goliath challenged him to prove he was the better man by facing him in another hand-to-hand fight. Although the Kid acknowledged the odds were in Goliath's favor, he agreed.
As the two men faced off, Goliath waited for the Kid to remove his guns, intending to draw his own gun and shoot him when he did but instead the Kid drew his guns and shot Goliath's holstered pistol, wrecking it. The Kid then removed his guns and the two began their hand-to-hand fight. This time, the Two-Gun Kid used his superior agility to keep dodging Goliath's attacks and trip him when possible. After he fell into a general store, Goliath grabbed a nearby lantern and flung it at the Kid; the lantern set the store on fire. Due to his 300 lb. weight, Goliath's left foot fell through one of the store's floorboards, trapping him inside as the fire blazed. The Two-Gun Kid pulled him out and brought him to the town doctor, who revealed the smoke and flames had destroyed Goliath's vision. And so, the once-powerful Goliath was reduced to a humble figure guiding himself with a cane.
Comments: Created by Stan Lee, Dick Ayers and Jack Kirby (Kirby drew the cover which in the 1960s was typically created before the interiors).
This profile was completed 6/13/2021, but its publication was delayed as it was intended for the Appendix 20th anniversary 's celebratory event.
Profile by Prime Eternal.
Goliath should not be confused with:
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Two-Gun Kid I#69, cover (main)
Two-Gun Kid I#69, page 3, panel 5 (headshot)
Two-Gun Kid I#69 (May, 1964) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Dick Ayers (artist)
First posted: 09/10/2021
Last updated: 09/07/2021
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