Googam

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Googam
TOS-17.jpg
Googam's first appearance in Tales of Suspense vol. 1, #17.
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Tales of Suspense #17 (May 1961).
Created by Stan Lee
Steve Ditko
In-story information
Alter ego Googam
Team affiliations Fin Fang Four
Abilities Superhuman strength and durability
Telekinesis
Ability to shrink matter

Googam is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. He is the son of Goom.

Publication history[edit]

Googam first appeared in Tales of Suspense vol. 1, #17 (May 1961) and was created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Googam was originally an 8 ft (2.4 m) humanoid alien from Planet "X" and was brought to Earth by his father Goom. When Goom invades Earth, he hides the still developing Googam in a cave where he is later discovered by a young boy. Googam follows the boy back to his house, and to prevent the destruction of the family home the boy challenges Googam to a game of tag. The boy leads Googam into a pit of quicksand, where he then apparently drowns.[1]

Googam survives and is deposited on Monster Isle by the Fantastic Four. Following the lead of fellow monster Fin Fang Foom, Googam enters a rehabilitation program which involves him being shrunken down to human size and hypnotically stripped of his powers so as to allow him to enter human society. Googam takes up a job as a parking attendant in the Baxter Building, but is later tricked by the microscopic alien conqueror Tim Boo Baa into using the scientific equipment of Mr. Fantastic to enlarge him (Tim Boo Baa pretends to be Googam's father, Goom). Tim Boo Baa's size increases to giant proportions until he is finally defeated by Googam, Fin Fang Foom and fellow monsters Elektro and Gorgilla, now calling themselves the "Fin Fang Four."[2] At one point, he is a guest on the David Letterman show.[citation needed]

Later, Googam resigns from his job at the Baxter Building and tries his hand at script-writing.[3] He is later considered a potential Initiative recruit; a fighter for the government, by Iron Man.[4]

During the Monsters Unleashed storyline, Googam and his father Goom are among the monsters that are shown falling out of the sky near San Diego.[5] Googam struggled in his fight against an Insectoid Leviathon causing his father to mock him. Luckily, Googam was saved by Doctor Strange who teleported the Insectoid Leviathon away. Three days later, Googam stormed the Sanctum Sanctorum to get revenge on Doctor Strange for humiliating him only for Doctor Strange to persuade him to help track down the Insectoid Leviathon. They find it in Nunavut, Canada where it shoots down Doctor Strange's aircraft causing Googam to save him. During the fight against the Insectoid Leviathon, Googam followed Doctor Strange's advice where he tricked the Insectoid Leviathon into ending up on thin ice where it fell through enough for Doctor Strange to force-feed it a mushroom that shrunk it and bind it with the Bonds of Krottak. No longer needing to get approval from his father, Googam accepted Doctor Strange's thanks for his help in subduing the Insectoid Leviathon.[6]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Googam has superhuman strength and durability, telekinesis, and the ability to alter the size of others.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tales of Suspense vol. 1, #17
  2. ^ Fin Fang Four #1 (2005)
  3. ^ "Marvel Monsters: From The Files of Ulysses Bloodstone Monster Hunter" #1
  4. ^ "Civil War Battle Damage Report" #1
  5. ^ Monsters Unleashed Vol. 2 #2
  6. ^ Doctor Strange Vol. 4 #1.MU

External links[edit]

  • Googam at Marvel Wiki
  • Googam at the Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe
  • Googam at the Comic Book DB