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Byron's Top 10 Greatest Comic Book Monsters of All Tomb!

Posted: 10/22/2012 - 17:49 COMMENT


They were ookey, spooky and sometimes caused a change in our wardrobe as we read their adventures under the covers on certain dark nights, flashlight in hand.

These are Byron’s Greatest Comic Book Monsters of All Tomb!

A note to Kirby fans and satanic cultists: Creations such as the King’s great monsters from pre-Comic Code times and the iterations of Satan-images (Mephisto, Satannish, etc.) from all comic universes have been removed from the list.

Otherwise, 10-1 would’ve gone to Hell!

So, without further adieu: Byron’s Greatest Comic Book Monsters!

10. Frankenstein: The MarvelU.version of the classic Monster was a quite scary one when he began, having the same origins as in the great novel and B-movies of Universal. Of particular interest was when the Monster encountered Bloodstone, who befriended him and eventually acted as its caretaker. The Monster, sometimes using the name Adam, accompanied Bloodstone on missions. Bloodstone trusted Adam to give his daughter Elsa a fragment of the Bloodgem in the Bloodstone choker when she was old enough. Monster-as-monster hunter? Far out!

9. Werewolf by Night:The life of Marvel’s cursed Jack Russell in many ways patterned itself after the werewolves of European legend, as he did battle with the Frankenstein Monster and Dracula in the heyday of comic book monsters, the 1970s. Most recently, Jack has been babysitting Rahne Sinclair’s son in X-Factor. (Huh?)

8. Sadu-Hem:He’s the tentacled, faceless, unbearably creepy monster god from Hellboy: Seed of Destruction that played a major part in the plan to release the Seven Old Ones onto the Earth. As introductions go, it doesn’t get much scarier than that. While the Seven Beasts themselves, called the Ogdu-Jahad, are enough to make us pee our collective pants in anticipation of a Lovecraftian holocaust, and the vile resurrected Nazi conjurer trying to bring it about is far from cuddly himself, there is something about the towering, slimy, unfeeling monster Sadu-Hem that stands well apart.

7. Fin Fang Foom:Above note aside, Fin Fang Foom represents our enthusiasm and salute to those great monsters of the Timely era, usually created by Jack Kirby along with Stan Lee and others. Making his debut during the Silver Age of Comics, 3F appeared during Marvel's period of post-Comics Code experimentation with monsters, which would not be integrated into the Marvel Universe until the Bronze Age. As for 3F himself, it is revealed he is an alien being from the world of Kakaranathara (also known as Maklu IV) in the Maklu system of the Greater Magellanic Cloud. These aliens arrived on Earth in ancient China, intending to conquer the planet.

6. Dracula: Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan’s interpretation of the Dracula legend forever changed the character in comics. They took a horror icon and put flesh, blood (lots of blood!) and emotion to his long, long painful existence. Villain or anti-hero, Dracula was most certainly at times the scariest monster in comics!

5. Simon Garth: The Zombie aka Simon Garth starred in a very popular black-and-white Marvel horror comic, Tales of the Zombie (1973–1975), usually in stories by Steve Gerber and Pablo Marcos that were chilling. The character had originated 20 years earlier in the stand-alone story “Zombie" by Stan Lee and Namor creator Bill Everett, published in the horror-anthology comic Menace #5 (July 1953). Garth was so popular readers of Marvel Team-Up inundated Marvel with requests for Spidey and the Zombie -- together!

4. Solomon Grundy: Solomon Grundy is an immortal zombie villain from the 19th Century of the DCU, and has had several origins. Originally murdered in the mysterious SlaughterSwamp, he resurrects and regenerates there every time he is killed again in his zombie form. This cycle of reincarnation also gives him different abilities every time, so over the years he has varied drastically in strength and intelligence. Solomon Grundy was created by Alfred Bester and Paul Reinman, first appearing in All-American Comics #61 (1944).

3. Swamp Thing:One of the best DCUmonsters who continues to haunt in the New 52 is Swamp Thing. DC relaunched Swamp Thing with issue #1 in September 2011with the first issue featuring Dr. Alec Holland, who had been resurrected as a human with only memories of his time as a plant elemental. After completing a batch of his bio-restorative formula, he drops out of his botany career and becomes a construction worker. Haunted by thoughts of transforming again, he attempts to throw his formula into a swamp, but is stopped by a separate entity who has taken on the form of Swamp Thing. This entity later explains the revisions in Swamp Thing continuity to Holland. Spooky!

2. Man-Thing: Steve Gerber’s classic character that not only spawned excellent comics but also Howard the Duck. The writer’s 39-issue run on the series is a cult classic that was influential on such writers as Neil Gaiman. In a nutshell, this Marvel muckmonster was the transformed biochemist Ted Sallis. This living mass of swamp matter is able to sense human emotion and thus was always drawn into interesting stories of which it would invariably become part. And most importantly, whatever knows fear burns at the Man-Thing’s touch!

1. Hulk:They have not been bigger, scarier or greener (greyer?) than the Incredible Hulk and his many and varied romps through the world of Marvel man. Especially in the old days, when the Hulk’s reasons for changing from Banner varied quite a  bit and Rick Jones would lock him in secret stone-built labs in the desert, when he escaped it was truly a horror to see that Kirby Hulk heading atcha.

For his longevity and success inside and especially outside the world of superheroes, our M.E. names Hulk the greatest comic book monster of all tomb!