From the mid to late 1950s through to the early 1960s, Marvel wasn't about men in tights. It was about MONSTERS!
Mostly very big ones. With names like Fin Fang Foom and Tim Boo Baa and Grottuu and Zzzutak and Xemnu that Stan Lee probably had fun coming up with, and cool visual designs by Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, and others.
Like most of Marvel's pre-Fantastic Four characters, these guys were largely ignored for years, but over the decades many of them have been reintroduced to the modern Marvel Universe. The giant alien dragon and Iron Man enemy Fin Fang Foom and the alien tree guy Groot are probably the two most prominent examples.
A second wave of monsters came in the 1970s, when the Comics Code eased up on the subject of "classic monsters," allowing Marvel to introduce its own versions of guys like Dracula, the Wolf Man, the Mummy, the Golem, and the Zombie. Technically, Marvel's Frankenstein debuted in the '50s, but he's best known from his 1970s comic series.
It should also be noted that Marvel got the license to publish a Godzilla title in the '70s, written by Doug Moench, wherein the big guy got to fight the Avengers and the original Champions and S.H.I.E.L.D., as well as assorted brand new Kaiju created for the book.
- Aliens Are Bastards: Many of the monsters of alien origin arrived to Earth with the intention of taking it over.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: They came in all shapes and sizes, some alien while others originated on Earth.
- A Villain Named "Z__rg": Marvel Comics' early, pre-superhero giant monster comics had critters with names like Gruto, Zetora, Gigantus, Gargantus, Goom, Googam, Gorgilla, Groot, the Creature from Krogarr, Dragoom, Gor-Kill, Grottu, Orrgo, Rommbu, Spragg, and on and on. Stan seems to have really liked the letters G and R.
- The Bus Came Back: Many of them hadn't been seen in decades, yet several returned for the Monsters Unleashed event, helping Earth's heroes against the Leviathon tide.
- Comic Book Death: Like so many movie monsters, these guys have a tendency to die at the end of their stories, only to reappear in a new story years later without any real explanation.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Because Superheroes weren't the company's specialty at the time(and continuity wise most of them likely hadn't emerged yet), most of the monsters' defeats came from clever humans or otherwise lesser beings. Orrgo in particular was taken out by a gorilla.
- Isle of Giant Horrors: Many giant monsters live on Monster Isle, a mysterious island (usually said to be near Japan) full of tunnels leading to Subterranea and inhabited by creatures bioengineered by the Deviants. The Mole Man rules the place. Other, unrelated giant monsters from this page are sometimes depicted as living there as well, often with no real explanation for how they got there.
- Kaiju: Many of them debuted around the time the Godzilla and other giant monster movies were all the rage, and they're giant creatures of various origins.
- Large Ham: Like most Silver Age creations, monsters that could talk were pretty loud and bombastic.
- Non-Malicious Monster: Some of them aren't really evil.
- Rogues' Gallery Transplant: Most of the old school monsters who have returned to prominence have done so by becoming associated with a particular modern character. Fin Fang Foom is now an Iron Man enemy, Xemnu is one for the Hulk, and Spragg is one for She-Hulk; and Groot is now a heroic member of the new Guardians of the Galaxy.
Alter Ego: Carl Hanson
Notable Aliases: Big Carl
First Appearance: Tales to Astonish #13 (November, 1960)Adventurer Carl Hanson was in Calcutta when he heard a man talking about a photograph he found of the Abominable Snowman. Upon stealing the photo, Carl Hanson went to the Himalayas with the photograph where he plans to obtain money upon catching it. Though nobody at the Himalayas would help him as they advise him to get rid of the cursed photograph. As Carl Hanson climbed the Himalayas, his hair grew longer and longer until he resembled the Abominable Snowman. His mind then became addled as he dropped the photograph.
Alter Ego: Shzzzllzzzthzz
First Appearance: Tales to Astonish #15 (January, 1961)An electric entity who was part of the Marvel Monsters.
First Appearance: The Sensational Spider-Man #13Immensely powerful bird-like creature, worshipped by the Fall People, awoken from millennia of sleep by global warming, fought the Hulk, arrived in the Savage Land where Spider-Man and Ka-Zar were fighting Stegron and Roxxon Oil.
- Feathered Fiend: Looks like a giant chicken or cockatrice.
Alter Ego: Vlad Dracula
Notable Aliases: Count Dracula, Justin Drake, Dr. Vlad, Vlad III the Impaler, Dagon, Count Orlok, Alucard, Dondora, Frank Drake, Drake
First Appearance: Suspense #7 (March, 1951)Marvel's version of the king of vampires. He's come into conflict with a lot of Marvel superheroes over the years, particularly Doctor Strange. His title also saw the debut of his enemy Blade the Vampire Hunter.
Alter Ego: Elektro-1
First Appearance: Tales of Suspense #13 (January, 1961)Elektro was a giant robot in the Marvel Monster Age. He has a Mighty 32K Computer Brain. Is a member of the (sadly non-canon) parody team Fin Fang Four.
- Killer Robot: A huge and destructive robot.
- One-Steve Limit: No relationship with the WWII robot nor the Spider-Man villain.
- Robo Family: In Fin Fang Four, he's in a romantic relationship with the Fantastic Four's robot receptionist Roberta, and hopes to marry and settle down with her one day. It's very sweet.
Fin Fang Foom
Alter Ego: Fin Fang Foom
Notable Aliases: He Whose Limbs Shatter Mountains and Whose Back Scrapes the Sun (translation), Serpent, Fin Fang Fool
First Appearance: Strange Tales Vol 1 #89 (October, 1961)
An alien dragon who landed on Earth in ancient times but was awakened in the 20th century to conquer Earth.
Alter Ego: None
Notable Aliases: Frank, Adam, Creature, Frankie, Monster
First Appearance: Menace #7 (September, 1953)
The infamous monster-creation of Victor Frankenstein. The Monster roams the Marvel Universe and has encountered a number of Marvel heroes and villains over the years.
First Appearance: Fantastic Four #1 (November, 1961)
Giganto is one of the Mole Man's pets from Monster Isle. Giganto appears on the cover of the legendary Fantastic Four #1, squeezing the Invisible Girl, who is unable to turn invisible fast enough.
Alter Ego: Joseph "Joe" Timms
Notable Aliases: The Golden Brain
First Appearance: The Incredible Hulk Vol. 1, #121A number of individuals have appeared as the Glob. The Glob is a mute, undead and unliving being.
- Expy: Of the Heap, a golden age comic character whose origin was someone falling into a swamp and becoming a swamp creature.
- Heel–Face Turn: At least for a time, he was a member of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Howling Commandos, dealing with other supernatural threats.
- One-Steve Limit: Shares a codename with the mutant Robert Herman. That said, this Glob debuted several decades before Robert Herman.
- The Voiceless: Since he longer has a mouth to speak. With the Howling Commandos he was outfitted with an electronic voicebox, which allows him to communicate with the team.
- Was Once a Man: Joseph Timms was a petty criminal who escaped from prison, to be with his dying wife. Joe Timms ran into the Florida everglades, only to sadly drown in the marshes. Decades later after the the Hulk accidentally spilled radioactive waste, Joe Timms was resurrected as a swamp creature now called the Glob.
First Appearance: Godzilla: King of the Monsters #1Yes, that Godzilla. He stomped across North America in the 1970's and got into tussles with the Fantastic Four, the Avengers, the Champions, S.H.I.E.L.D. and (thanks to time travel and briefly getting shrunk) even Devil Dinosaur! Tony Stark even built a giant robot named Red Ronin (see below) to fight him. Nick Fury's SHIELD buddy Dum Dum Dugan got stuck with the unenviable task of trying to reign him in, without much success.
Notable Aliases: Son of Goom
First Appearance: Tales of Suspense #17 (May, 1961)Googam is an alien child, the son of Goom from Planet X.
Notable Aliases: The Thing from Planet X
First Appearance: Tales of Suspense #15 (March, 1961)Goom is a gigantic alien entity from Planet X (probably not the same "Planet X" as Groot). He possessed a wide variety of physical and mental powers as well as advanced technology.
Notable Aliases: The Monster of Midnight Mountain; Mr. President
First Appearance: Tales to Astonish #12An expedition seeking the "missing link" between humans and apes arrived at the island of Borneo. The members of the expedition are attacked by a Tyrannosaurus Rex but are saved by Gorgilla, the name given to the 20 foot tall ape-man. He was a friend and arguably full member of Ulysses Bloodstone's team the Monster Hunters (see below), as well as a member of the (sadly non-canon) parody team Fin Fang Four.
Notable Aliases: The Living Gargoyle
First Appearance: Strange Tales #74 (April 1, 1960)One of the Marvel Monsters from the 1960's. Gorgolla was the leader of an invasion force from Stonus V.
- Our Gargoyles Rock: He's a gargoyle from outer space.
First Appearance: Tales to Astonish #13 (November, 1960).A "flora colossus" (that is, giant tree person) from Planet X. Or rather, an entire race of them, since they all apparently go by the name Groot. A particularly nasty Groot attacked Earth in the 1960's. A much more benevolent Groot is now a member of the Guardians of the Galaxy. You can read more about him on his own page.
First Appearance: Journey into Mystery #67 (April, 1961)A scary, hulking alien sent to Earth as a peaceful ambassador, he develops amnesia and is promptly attacked by humanity. When he finally recovers his memory and remembers his mission, he tells everyone that he really did come in peace, but now he's going to leave because we attacked without reason and we suck. Hard to blame him, really.
- First Contact Faux Pas: His diplomatic mission failed. His amnesia didn't help, but we were total jerks to him.
- Humans Are the Real Monsters: We attacked him just because he was scary looking, not because of anything he'd done.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: He initially doesn't remember who he is or how he came to be on Earth.
- Utopia: His home planet of Pacion Rex is peaceful and happy.
First Appearance: Tales of Suspense #24 (December, 1961)
The Insect Man was a member of a civilization of subterranean giant insectoids. He was actually the child of scientists in his community who found the subterranean craft of U.S. Army Sergeant Mason and took him home as a pet.
It the Living Colossus
Notable Aliases: Living Colossus
First Appearance: Tales of Suspense #14 (February, 1961)
It, The Living Colossus was a statue which the alien Kigors first animated, often falling under the control of Dr. Aloysius Vault; Robert O'Bryan foiled several of Vault's attempts to steal It.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Sadly, It got destroyed when Dr. Vault took control of it (er, It) and picked a fight with the Hulk.
- Flight: It possesses the ability to fly. Doing so is purely psionic in nature, and as such, it exerts a severe strain on It's command intelligence.
- Golem: It is a statue animated by mind transferral of alien Kigor.
- Heel–Face Turn: Eventually became good and tried to help others.
First Appearance: Marvel Mystery Comics #23 (September, 1941)
A giant, semi-humanoid shark creature worshipped as a god by the Zambiji Tribe, who appeased him with human sacrifices. Fought and slain by Aarkus, the Golden Age Vision, who claimed Kai-Mak was the last survivor of a prehistoric race of such creatures.
- Fish People: A shark guy.
- Giant Animal Worship: A giant shark guy worshipped by a local tribe.
- Golden Age Of Comic Books: As a 40's monster, he pre-dates most of the other critters on this page.
- Human Sacrifice: The Zambijis had to placate him by feeding him people.
- Last of His Kind: Aarkus speculated that Kai-Mak was the last of his species.
First Appearance: Tales of Suspense #18 (June, 1961)
Kraa the Unhuman was a mutated human and a member of the Wabuzi tribe, in Africa. He was mutated by the explosion of an atomic bomb caused by Soviet Soldiers. Kraa was mistaken for the mythical "The Seeker of Vengeance" and attacked the Russians that caused his condition.
First Appearance: Amazing Adventures #2 (July, 1961)An alien Space Cop from a yellow-skinned, vaguely frog-like species. His people can disguise themselves as humans or other beings, with the caveat that their shadows still look like giant frog guys. Manoo first came to Earth pursuing a criminal from his planet, enlisting the aid of a young human in the chase. Years later, a criminal from Manoo's race, also calling himself Manoo, wound up on Earth; it is unclear if this was the same character, or an unrelated member of the same race.
- Frog Men: Most noticeable when you can see his legs.
- The Shadow Knows: You can identify a disguised member of Manoo's race by his shadow, which doesn't change.
- Space Cop: The original Manoo was a police officer on his homeworld.
- Terminator Twosome: In the original story, one alien is an evil criminal and Manoo is a space cop chasing him and trying to protect humanity from him. The human who ends up helping Manoo is initially afraid he's picked the wrong one of the two aliens to trust, but Manoo is indeed a good guy.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Implied to be an illusion rather than actual shapeshifting.
First Appearance: Legion of Monsters #1 (September, 1975)A monster-like creature and a member of the Legion of Monsters.
Monster From the Lost Lagoon
First Appearance: Fantastic Four #97 (April, 1970)A fish person who turned out to be from space. Basically Jack Kirby's take on the Creature from the Black Lagoon.
Notable Aliases: The Menace from the Murky Depths
First Appearance: Tales of Suspense #8
Monstro was created by unknown origins but was speculated to be a mutation from atomic weaponry. It appeared and attacked a Soviet country coastal town, so they sought aid from an American professor named Mark Faraday who came over and investigated the Monstro. The scientist investigated Monstro but deemed he would shrink back to normal size within 24 hours, which he did.
- Giant Squid: Except is an octopus instead of a squid, but truly gigantic.
Notable Aliases: The Dweller in the Black Swamp
First Appearance: Tales to Astonish #11 (September, 1960)Marvel Monster whom threatened humanity!
Notable Aliases: Orrgo the Unconquerable
First Appearance: Strange Tales Vol 1 90 (November, 1961)About a millennia ago it was said a creature had fallen from the sky. It was Orrgo who quickly conquered humanity and elevated his position to godhood. However, his rule didn’t last too long: soon Ulysses Bloodstone came along and defeated him.
- Arbitrary Skepticism: He's an alien conqueror yet doesn't believe in magic while at S.H.IE.L.D.'s Howling Commandos.
- Heel–Face Turn: For a time he served at the Howling Commandos.
- Mission Control: Since his size made him too obvious, he was assigned to coordinate and communicate with the Commandos.
- Monochromatic Eyes: His eyes are completely blank.
- Reality Warper: Orrgo's race seemingly has the power to mentally alter reality.
Alter Ego: SJ3RX
First Appearance: Godzilla: King of the Monsters #6 (January 1978)
A piloted giant robot that Tony Stark built to fight Godzilla. In principle, Red Ronin would indeed be handy for fighting monsters, but in practice, he tends to get snuck into and controlled by people who aren't supposed to be there.
First Appearance: Tales to Astonish Vol 1 19Rommbu was an alien warrior from the Fourth Galaxy that chose the planet Earth as its next conquest.
Spragg the Living Hill
First Appearance: Journey Into Mystery #68 (May, 1961)
First Appearance: Tales to Astonish #17 (March, 1961)
In a village in Transylvania, Ludwig Vandoom wanted to create a star attraction for his failing wax work museum. Despite the protests of the superstitious townsfolk, Ludwig Vandoom created the fearsome, giant wax figure of a monster and put it on display. During a freak thunderstorm, lightning struck the monstrous wax figure and miraculously bringing it to life. Smashing out of the museum, the monster was attacked by frightened villagers.
Werewolf By Night
Alter Ego: Jack Russell
First Appearance: Marvel Spotlight #2 (February 1972)
Poor cursed Jack Russell is Marvel's take on the werewolf legend. You can read more about him on his own poor cursed page.
Alter Ego: Xemnu
Notable Aliases: Living Hulk, Xemnu the Titan, Richmond Wagner, Amos Moses
First Appearance: Journey into Mystery Vol 1 #62 (November, 1960)
Xemnu is an alien who has attempted to conquer the Earth several times. He has the ability to mind control others to do his tasks. These days, he generally gets in fights with the Hulk, and you can read more about him on the Hulk's characters page.
First Appearance: Godzilla: King of the Monsters #10 (May, 1978)
A frozen, prehistoric protohuman who got thawed out and mutated by atomic radiation and grew to be very, very large. He first fought Godzilla (he lost, because well, he was fighting Godzilla), but has returned to stomp around and fight other heroes occasionally since then.
Zetora The Martian
Notable Aliases: The Martian who stole my body, John Warren(stolen identity)
First Appearance: Journey Into Mystery #57 (March, 1960)Zetora is a power-hungry brute supposedly from Mars, who forcibly swapped minds with an Earthman to infiltrate humanity. When he was exposed and captured, he went on a rampage but ironically succumbed to something he could've escaped if he hadn't changed back: Earth bacteria. He eventually resurfaced decades later, this time fighting alongside other monsters to save the planet he once tried to conquer.
- "Freaky Friday" Flip: One of the oldest examples in Marvel. He has the psychic ability to exchange minds with other lifeforms, which he used to leave some poor sap trapped in his Martian body.
- Death by Irony: In his second outing, he decided his own super strong form was enough to take over Earth. Then he dies from bacterial infection, something he could've avoided if he stayed in an earthly body.
- Deus ex Machina: Twice. He definitely would've gotten away if it hadn't been for John Warren's loyal dog. Then he's killed by Earth germs after coming dead close to toppling every Earth government.
- Evil-Detecting Dog: John Warren's dog somehow was so loyal he recognized that his master's mind was in an alien body.
- Heel–Face Turn: For reasons not quite clear, he's among the monsters summoned by Kid Kaiju to help defeat the Leviathons. Although this might be because he realizes trying to take over Earth is pointless, since there's many,many more people and creatures who can stand up to him now.
- Person of Mass Destruction: Zetora certainly isn't one of the more cunning beasts, but he's definitely among the strongest. Earth's armies are helpless to stop him as he lays a warpath in his bid to conquer the planet.
Alter Ego: Simon William Garth
Notable Aliases: Dead-Dude, Mister Dead-Guy, Mister Mummy, Mister Stinky, Si
First Appearance: Tales of the Zombie #1 (July, 1973)Killed by his gardener Gyps and brought back from the dead by means of Voodoo, Simon William Garth unwillingly became the Zombie.
- And I Must Scream: Whoever had the Amulets of Damballah could control without him being able to do anything about it.
- Healing Factor: He can sustain physical damage as any other person, but he can magically regenerate from these injuries if given enough time.
- The Needless: Being dead, Zombie has no need to eat, sleep or breath.
- The Undead: As indicated by his name, he's a zombie reanimated using voodoo magic, meaning he doesn't infect others if he were to bite them.
- Voodoo Zombie: Simon Garth was cursed by a voodoo cult to shamble under the control of whoever came across the Amulet of Damballah.
- Weak to Magic: Zombies are vulnerable to the voodoo which gives them animation.
First Appearance: Strange Tales Vol 1 88 (September, 1961)Created by magical paints, Zzutak was a construct of comic artist Frank Johnson.
- Dumb Muscle: Zzutak had no mind of his own, responding only to the commands of the Aztec medicine man.
Fin Fang Four
First Appearance: Fin Fang Four #1Strictly a humor title. In one very un-official continuity, Reed Richards exiled most of the early Marvel Monsters to Monster Island, and started a social program to shrink and civilize those of them who actually wanted to enter human society. The four who took him up on his offer were Fin Fang Foom, Elektro, Gorgilla, and Googam. Now human-sized, the four of them have occasionally and reluctantly teamed up to fight... well, mostly threats that were annoying them personally, but if it helps out the humans too, that's okay.
Howling Commandos II
- Dumb Muscle: The mysterious Zombie, alias John Doe. Big, strong, and with extremely stunted intelligence. This might actually be a Stealth Pun: Zombie could use some brains.
- Monster Adventurers: Starring the likes of Warwolf, N'Kantu the Living Mummy, Frankenstein (a clone of the original Frankenstein's monster), Gorilla-Man, and a zombie named John Doe.
- Monster Mash: The original Nick Fury's Howling Commandos featured a werewolf, a half-vampire and half-werewolf, a mummy, a clone of the Frankenstein monster, a gorilla with a human brain, and a zombie. Brother Voodoo and Satanna also join in on the fun. These are just the main, active members; the Howlers are indicated to employ just about every monster in the Marvel universe, including Lilith, daughter of Dracula, and both Abominable Snowmen (the cursed prospector and the representative of an entire yeti species, of course). A Werewolf by Night letter column featured a fan post in which the author made a joke about a Nick Fury/Jack Russell team-up called "Sgt. Furry and His Growling Commandos". Funny how that joke later became reality, in some sense of the word: Nick Fury actually never appeared in Nick Fury's Howling Commandos; it was more a Mythology Gag name and a pun on the monstrous nature of the team.
- The Secret Wars (2015) event features the title Mrs. Deadpool and the Howling Commandos, which is made up of Shiklah, Werewolf by Night, N'Kantu the Living Mummy, the Invisible Man, Frankenstein's Monster, Man-Thing, and Marcus the minotaur with a symbiote trying to overthrow Dracula.
- One of the titles of All-New, All-Different Marvel is Howling Commandos of S.H.I.E.L.D. and features Warwolf, Vampire by Night, Hit Monkey, Teen Abomination, zombie Jasper Sitwell, Manphibian, robot Dum Dum Dugan, Orrgo, and Man-Thing.
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: They are a Monster Mash special forces team that has at one point or another included practically every monster in Marvel's publishing history; The team the miniseries revolves around includes Warwolf, N'Kantu the Living Mummy, a clone of the original Frankenstein's Monster (this is remarked on as making absolutely zero sense), the half-vampire half-werewolf debutante Vampire By Night, the mysterious and slow-witted zombie John Doe, swamp monster the Glob, Gorilla Man, and Brother Voodoo. Marvel's resident gillman, Manphibian was absent. This is rectified in the Franken-Castle arc of The Punisher, where a Frankenstein's Monster Punisher teams up with N'Kantu, Manphibian, Man-Thing, Werewolf by Night, and Morbius.
- Supernatural Team: S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Howling Commandos, a Monster Mash of various creatures that fight the supernatural. One incarnation works under Special Threat Assessment for Known Extranormalities (S.T.A.K.E.), which deals with supernatural occurrences (unrelated to Wizardry Alchemy Necromancy Department, a.k.a. W.A.N.D., which deals with other magic).
- Verbal Tic: Several Marvel monsters, including the Glob (who needs a special respirating device to speak and breathes with a deep "-SSSK-" a few times a sentence) and the Zombie, whose limited intelligence keeps him from completing a thought without stumbling through it with several uses of "Um..."
First Appearance: Shogun Warriors #1A trio of giant robots built by the alien Followers of Light but piloted by humans, created to protect the Earth from giant monsters created by the aliens' ancient enemies.You can read more about them on their own page.
- Killed Offscreen: Once the licence ended the three robots were smashed beyond repair (while not in use) by a villain in a The Fantastic Four story,
- Merchandise-Driven: Based on a line of toys, in turn based on the anime robots Raydeen, Combatra, and Dangard Ace, though the characters' storyline bears no resemblance to their original animes.
First Appearance: The Tomb of Dracula #10 (July, 1973)A dhampir (half human, half vampire) who has dedicated his life to hunting vampires. He's very good at it. You can read more about him on his own page.
Alter Ego: Douglas Birely
First Appearance: Godzilla: King of the Monsters #4 (November, 1960)
A Mad Scientist who specializes in creating giant monsters to help him take over the world. He's had great success with the making-giant-monsters part; not so much with the taking-over-the-world part, but so it goes. Although he's tussled with mainstream heroes like the Avengers from time to time, he's best known for getting into fights with Godzilla and the Shogun Warriors (see above).
The Mole Man
Alter Ego: Harvey Rupert Elder
First Appearance: Fantastic Four #1 (November, 1977)Subterranean-based foe of the Fantastic Four, and probably the best-known giant monster handler in the world. The ruler of both Subterranea and Monster Island. You can read more about him here.
The Monster Hunters
First Appearance: Marvel Universe #4 (September, 1998)
A team that operated in the days before the Fantastic Four's debut and worked to protect civilization from the then-rampant giant monster attacks. The members included Ulysses Bloodstone, Doctor Druid, Makkari of The Eternals, and Zawadi of the Wakandas, with Gorgilla (see above) basically as Team Pet.
- Action Girl: Zawadi is a warrior woman from Wakanda, who has sampled the heart-shaped herb of the Black Panther.
- Creature-Hunter Organization: Their whole raison d'etre.
- Hunter of Monsters: A team of them! It's in the name! And what they do! Well, except for relatively nice monsters like Gorgilla.
- I Have Many Names: Makkari has kept so many aliases over the years that it gets confusing. The Golden Age Marvel hero who went by the names Mercury and Hurricane? That was him. He's also gone by Mac Curry and Jake Curtiss. After this, he became a member of the First Line as Major Mercury. And, of course, as an Eternal, in ancient times he got mistaken for the god Mercury.
- Meta Origin: Their introductory story tried to provide one for many of Marvel's old guard giant monsters by declaring them to be genetic creations of the Deviants.