Bridging the Golden Age of Timely Comics in the 1940’s and the explosion of the Marvel Universe in the 1950’s, Atlas Comics veered away from super heroes and branched out into other genres like romance, crime, Westerns and humor.
And monsters—oh did they have monsters.
You can read more about the Atlas Age of comics, but all this week we’ll be counting down the 10 most memorable and menacing monsters that appeared in JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY, TALES OF SUSPENSE, TALES TO ASTONISH and elsewhere before the likes of Thor and Iron Man made the scene.
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10. THE COLOSSUS
9. THE STONE MEN
7. HUMAN ROBOT
First Appearance: TALES OF SUSPENSE #15
Why He’s #6: “Don’t let his silly hippopotamus grin fool you. Goom’s wallet contains membership cards to just about every monstrous cabal ever assembled in the vast Marvel Universe, from the Collector’s menagerie to the Howling Commando’s Monster Force. An outcast from an otherwise pacifistic race from Planet X, Goom attempted to enslave humanity on his own before doing time in the Negative Zone and on Mole Man’s aptly named Monster Isle. When not utilizing that nasty noggin and a souped-up time machine for all-out conquest, Goom sought lasting love. He eventually found some form of it with another space pirate named Shivoor. The monster Googam is a son from a previous relationship.” – Paul Montgomery
Digital Comics Spotlight: MARVEL ADVENTURES SPIDER-MAN (2005) #4
First Appearance: TALES OF SUSPENSE #17
Why He’s #5: “With a guttural name only Stan Lee could dream up and an imposing figure only Jack Kirby could draw, Googam clawed his way into comics in 1961's TALES OF SUSPENSE #17 and into Marvel history. What's more frightening than a rogue monster from Planet X? Well, the infant son of a rogue monster from Planet X bent on revenge, of course! The offspring of classic Marvel monster Goom, Googam had all the beady-eyed, scaly-fingered power of his father but only a child's frightened mind. Luckily for humanity, the terrifying toddler was taken down thanks to the quick thinking of a human boy and a massive quicksand pit. But since then, Googam has risen time and again to pitch earth-shaking hissy fits.” – Kiel Phegley
Digital Comics Spotlight: MARVEL MONSTERS #1
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