Goom

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Goom
Tales of Suspense number 15 (front cover).jpg
Goom makes his dramatic first appearance. From Tales of Suspense #15
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Tales of Suspense vol. 1 #15 (Mar 1961)
Created by Stan Lee
Jack Kirby
Dick Ayers
In-story information
Team affiliations S.H.I.E.L.D.
S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Paranormal Containment Unit
Abilities Mental powers
Immense head
Arsenal of advanced technology

Goom is a fictional character, an extraterrestrial appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics.

Publication history[edit]

Goom first appeared in Tales of Suspense vol. 1 #15 and was created by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and Dick Ayers.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Goom is an alien from Planet X who attempted to conquer the Earth. He was defeated and returned to his home planet by other aliens from Planet X.[1] His son Googam soon followed in his father's footsteps.[2]

At some point, he was captured by the alien Collector and imprisoned alongside other monsters. These captives were freed by the Mole Man, but were defeated by the Beast, Giant-Man, the Hulk and the Thing, and Mister Fantastic exiled them into the Negative Zone.[volume & issue needed]

Somehow, Goom and other monsters returned to Earth and took up residence on Monster Isle. On a Valentine's Day, Goom attempted to find a human mate on Earth, but the goddess Venus instead set him up (somewhat against his will) with the alien Shivoor.[volume & issue needed]

Goom vanished afterwards, leaving his son Googam alone on Earth.[volume & issue needed]

The microscopic dictator Tim Boo Baa took advantage of Googam's search for his father to manipulate Googam into bringing him to Earth, where he was defeated by Googam's allies, the "Fin Fang Four".[3]

Goom was later captured by S.H.I.E.L.D. and placed in the custody of their Howling Commandos Monster Force.[volume & issue needed]

Xemnu later created a duplicate of Goom which was destroyed by the Hulk.[4]

Goom later appeared on Monster Isle when Shadowcat and Magik appeared to look for a mutant girl named Bo. Goom was among the monsters that attacked the three until Magik teleported herself, Shadowcat, and Bo to the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning.[5]

During the Monsters Unleashed storyline, Goom was among the monsters seen falling from the sky near San Diego. It turned out that Goom and the other monsters that were dubbed "Goliathons" were summoned by the Inhuman kid Kei Kawade where they helped to fight the Leviathon Tide.[6] In one of these battles, Goom mocked his son Googam for struggling in his battle against an Insectoid Leviathon.[7]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Goom has mental powers and an immense head. He had advanced technology which was seen in Tales of Suspense vol. 1 #15 including a spaceship, a disintegration-inducing "Neutron Ray," and a time machine, which had the ability to change the age of others.

In other media[edit]

Television[edit]

  • Goom appears in the Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. episode "The Hunted" where its vocal effects are provided by Dee Bradley Baker. The Goom seen in this episode is depicted as a female, didn't demonstrate any mental powers, and was little more than a wild animal. This version is also revealed to have the ability to breathe fire, ice, and acid. Hulk finds the eggs of Goom on Monster Isle which hatch as Hulk protects the eggs of Goom from Arkon. When Hulk and the baby Gooms (whose vocal effects are provided by Clancy Brown, Benjamin Diskin, and Eliza Dushku) are captured and placed in cages on Arkon's ship, it is revealed that Goom was previously captured by Arkon in his plot to raise the baby Gooms and use them to hunt Earth's heroes. With help from Hulk, the Gooms end up crashing Arkon's ship while Arkon is chased away by Monster Isle's inhabitants. Hulk left one of the floating cameras on Monster Isle to keep an eye on the baby Gooms. In the episode "Planet Monster" Pt. 2, Goom assisted the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. and the Avengers in their fight against the Kree.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tales of Suspense #15
  2. ^ Tales of Suspense #17
  3. ^ Fin Fang Four #1
  4. ^ Incredible Hulk Annual #5
  5. ^ Uncanny X-Men Vol. 3 #33
  6. ^ Monsters Unleashed Vol. 2 #2
  7. ^ Doctor Strange Vol. 4 #1.MU

External links[edit]

  • Goom at Marvel Wiki
  • Goom at the Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe