Solomon Grundy (comics)

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Solomon Grundy
Butch Gilzean
Solomon Grundy on the cover of
Faces of Evil: Solomon Grundy #1 (March 2009).
Art by Shane Davis.
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
First appearanceAll-American Comics #61 (October 1944)
Created byAlfred Bester (writer)
Paul Reinman (artist)
In-story information
Alter egoCyrus Gold
SpeciesRevenant/Zombie
Team affiliations
AbilitiesSuperhuman strength and stamina
Healing factor
Near invulnerability
Virtual indestructibility and immortality

Solomon Grundy is a fictional character, usually depicted as a supervillain in DC Comics and an antihero in the DC Animated Universe. He was originally depicted as a murder victim brought back to life as a corporeal revenant or zombie, though subsequent versions of the character have occasionally depicted a different origin. He is based on the 19th century nursery rhyme "Solomon Grundy."[1]

Grundy was introduced as an enemy of comic book hero Alan Scott (the original Green Lantern), but has since become a prominent enemy for a number of superheroes such as Superman, Batman, the Green Lantern, and The Flash. He also has ties to Swamp Thing.

Cyrus Gold debuted in the second season of Arrow portrayed by Graham Shiels. This version never became a zombie but was instead injected with a serum that gave him incredible strength. The character, renamed Butch Gilzean and portrayed as a professional mob enforcer, appeared in 2014 on Fox's television series Gotham, where he was portrayed by Drew Powell. In the later seasons the character was revealed to originally be named Cyrus Gold and became a zombie-like figure after his corpse was dumped in a swamp contaminated with experimental chemicals. Solomon Grundy also appeared in CGI form in the first season of the television series Stargirl for DC Universe and The CW network.

Publication history[edit]

Created by Alfred Bester,[2] he first appeared in All-American Comics #61 (October 1944).[3]

Grundy is the focus of one of the four Faces of Evil one-shots that explore the aftermath of Final Crisis, written by Scott Kolins and Geoff Johns, with art by Shane Davis.[4][5] It is the introduction to a seven part mini-series featuring the character.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Pre-Crisis[edit]

Earth-Two version's history[edit]

The cover to All-American Comics #61, by Paul Reinman.

In the late 19th century, a wealthy merchant named Cyrus Gold is murdered and his body is disposed of in Slaughter Swamp, near Gotham City.[6] Fifty years later, the corpse is reanimated as a huge shambling figure (composed partly of the swamp matter that has accumulated around the body over the decades) with almost no memory of its past life. Gold murders two escaped criminals who are hiding out in the marsh and steals their clothes. He shows up in a hobo camp and, when asked about his name, one of the few things he can recall is that he was "born on a Monday". One of the men at the camp mentions the nursery rhyme character Solomon Grundy (who was born on a Monday), and Gold adopts the moniker.[7] Strong, vicious, and nearly mindless, Solomon Grundy falls into a life of crime—or perhaps returns to one, as his scattered residual memories may indicate—attracting the attention of the Green Lantern, Alan Scott. Grundy proves to be a difficult opponent, unkillable (since he is already dead) and with an inherent resistance to Scott's powers (which cannot affect wood, a substance of which Grundy's reassembled body is now largely composed). He apparently kills Green Lantern, who gives off a green flash. Liking this flash, Grundy commits murders hoping to see the flash again. However the first fight ends when, engaging in fisticuffs with the monster because of the ineffectiveness of his ring, Grundy is hurled under a train by Green Lantern.[8]

A criminal scientist calling himself the Baron of York kills his brother and takes over his gang stating to them that he knows where to find the body of Solomon Grundy. Once the body is found, the Baron of York injects Grundy with concentrated chlorophyll upon knowing his background. The side effect turned Solomon Grundy green. When the Baron of York bluffs about him being worshiped and served. Solomon Grundy kills the Baron of York and takes over his gang. While noting that Solomon Grundy is more invulnerable to his ring due to the chlorophyll, Green Lantern chases after Solomon Grundy until he becomes exhausted in the petrified forest in Arizona. Using his ring, Green Lantern traps Grundy in a green plasma bubble for a time.[9]

A freak weather occurrence releases Solomon Grundy from his prison. Making his way across country, Grundy heads for the headquarters of the Justice Society of America. Green Lantern arrives early for the meeting and when the other members arrive, they find their headquarters smashed to pieces and Green Lantern missing from the ranks. Johnny turns on the radio, which blares the warning that Solomon Grundy is on the loose; the members believe, based on a large, muddy footprint on the floor, that Grundy got to HQ and took Green Lantern. The radio continues its report, listing cities where Grundy was seen, so each member picks a city and heads for it to try to find Green Lantern while Wonder Woman stays behind. The scene now shifts back to the moment at JSA HQ where Green Lantern had opened the door. To his surprise, Doiby Dickles walks in, and informs him that Grundy has freed himself and is on the loose. Green Lantern leaves immediately, hoping to find Grundy before any of the JSA members are hurt going after him. Minutes later, Grundy arrives at JSA HQ, and, not finding the Lantern there, he smashes the place up, then leaves. Green Lantern and Doiby use a special radio-like device Alan Scott had developed that is attuned to the mental wavelengths of Grundy himself; Green Lantern calculates the path of Grundy and announces over the radio in JSA HQ where Grundy will strike. When Green Lantern and Grundy meet, Grundy rips a tree out by its roots and smashes it into the Lantern. Green Lantern fights back with his power ring and fists until both men fall into a nearby stream and over a small waterfall. The Lantern is severely dazed and tries to ward off Grundy with his ring, but he is much too weak. Grundy grabs Green Lantern by the throat and begins to squeeze the life out of him, holding his head underwater. However, Hawkman strikes Grundy with his mace, and Doctor Mid-Nite is able to revive the Lantern. A combined attack brings down Grundy, and Green Lantern deposits Grundy on a distant, lifeless planet.[10]

A battle soon commences when Grundy's body gravitates towards young astronomer Dick Cashmere as he learns to ride light waves, resulting in his assuming Cashmere's identity for a time while leaving the real one bound and gagged, though the Society finds him soon after. In this incarnation, he gains intelligence which he subsequently loses when Green Lantern defeats and buries Grundy in 1947.[11]

At this point, Grundy is freed and enlisted along with several other supervillains by the time-traveling criminal Per Degaton in his second appearance, who has traveled to 1941 to capture the Justice Society of America on the day of the attack on Pearl Harbor, hoping to change history and take over the world. Grundy encounters Green Lantern, the Flash, and Wonder Woman in Echo Park, whom Grundy knows from 1947. Grundy bests the costumed trio, and is summoned by a mysterious voice to deliver them or "pay the penalty". The All-Star Squadron comes to their rescue, Sir Justin faces off against Solomon Grundy and Grundy is the last villain to be transported back, he is thrust back to the moon where he remains for over two decades, as this timeline is erased once Degaton is defeated.[12][13]

After many years, Grundy is knocked loose from his planet prison and returns to Earth to battle Green Lantern, Hourman, and Doctor Fate. At this point, he has temporary mastery over all wooden objects. Solomon Grundy is imprisoned orbiting the Earth in a stronger bubble created by the combined powers of Green Lantern and Doctor Fate.[14]

Grundy was once pulled to Earth-1 and substituted for the superstrong Blockbuster due to a machine that was accidentally pulling the Earths together in warp-space and substituting people. During this event he had absorbed some of Dr Fate's magic, is stronger than before, and is even able to telekinetically lift the Flash into the air. He hates Green Lantern so much he thinks everyone he sees is Green Lantern. He is imprisoned inside a mountain by Earth-1 Green Lantern after being lifted up by Earth-1 Hawkman and dazed by blows from all the heroes, but when the machine is turned off he is substituted for Blockbuster on Earth-2 and renews the attack, defeating numerous heroes. However the JSA and JLA went to battle an Anti-Matter being that was threatening both Earths in Warp-Space after being summoned by Doctor Fate, who had sensed the threat due to the Spectre. As the heroes return they find Green Lantern had placed Grundy and Blockbuster together to occupy them, and the two have knocked the hate out of each other. Grundy is then taken back to his Earth by the Justice Society.[15]

In his next appearance, Solomon Grundy battles the combined might of both the Justice Society, and later their counterparts the Justice League, nearly to a standstill at Slaughter Swamp, when he develops an affection for a lost alien child who has accidentally been sent to Earth-2 and is dying due to separation from his pet. Having absorbed magic from Doctor Fate and Green Lantern, Grundy is easily able to defeat the combined might of Superman, Jay Garrick, Hawkman, Hawkman, and Green Lantern, until he is defeated by both Green Lanterns and sealed in Slaughter Swamp. The alien child is finally reunited with his pet and sent back to his own dimension.[16]

While imprisoned, Grundy incorrectly deduces that the second Green Lantern's Earth must contain a second Solomon Grundy, and crosses over from his Slaughter Swamp prison on Earth-2 to Earth-1 where he overpowers that Earth's Superman before being tricked and stranded on the moon.[17]

Solomon Grundy briefly works with the Injustice Society when the Fiddler retrieves Grundy from the moon of Earth-One in order to attack the JSA. The two defeat Hawkman and Wildcat before Grundy is thrown into a cooling volcano by Power Girl and Superman.[18][19]

Grundy goes on to afflict Green Lantern and his teammates, including the Huntress who is the first female for whom he develops an affection. After Solomon Grundy is rescued from a glacier by Alan Scott's daughter, Jade, Grundy becomes loyal to her and, for a while, is an ally of Infinity, Inc. Eventually, this affectionate relationship turns tragic as the villainous Marcie Cooper, a.k.a. Harlequin of the Dummy's Injustice Unlimited, uses her illusion powers to disguise herself as Jade. Harlequin manipulates Grundy to attack the members of Infinity Inc., one by one. She convinces him to press the unconscious Mister Bones' bare hand against Skyman; since Bones's skin constantly exudes a cyanide-based compound, this quickly leads to Skyman's death. Once Grundy found out that Marcie had duped him, he savagely beat her within an inch of her life. This is the beginning of the end for Infinity Inc., and for Grundy's quasi-heroic career.[20]

Earth-One version's history[edit]

When Earth-Two's Solomon Grundy visited Earth-One, he left behind some residual cells in the sewers.[17] The Earth-One Solomon Grundy is born when the Parasite uses an enhanced crystal to metabolically hasten the growth of residual cells which becomes a new, much more bestial version. During a clash with Superman, it is determined that his might is too much for the Man of Steel, so Superman flies the monster to an alien world inhospitable to all save the hardiest life as the zombie propels himself through the air mimicking his one-time adversary.[21]

This version repeatedly plagues Superman for years until, during an encounter wherein multiple Grundys are spawned, Superman and the Swamp Thing both encounter the clones. Soon, Superman obtains a compound from S.T.A.R. Labs which causes the Grundys to become inert, in effect killing the seemingly unkillable man-thing. Swamp Thing attempts to cry out for Superman to stop, as he believes Grundy to meet the definition of life, but Swamp Thing is unable to express this, due to physical difficulty in speaking. This version of Grundy returns one final time, without explanation, leading a gang in the Earth-One Gotham City. He is apparently destroyed yet again when Batman tricks the creature into a blast furnace, where it is apparently consumed by the flames.[22]

This version of Grundy was retroactively erased from history after the revamping of Superman in Crisis on Infinite Earths.

Post-Crisis[edit]

The Post-Crisis version of Solomon Grundy debuts during the "Batman: The Long Halloween" storyline. Grundy and a newly disfigured Harvey Dent strike up an odd friendship after Dent escapes the slaughterhouse to plot his revenge on Carmine Falcone.[23] Grundy also appears earlier in the story while Batman pursues one of the suspects who bombed Dent's house into the sewers during Thanksgiving. Grundy attacks both of them, but Batman drives him off by blinding him with a shot of mace. Later as a somewhat humorous twist, Batman provides Solomon Grundy with a Thanksgiving dinner.[24]

After Infinity, Inc. disbands, Solomon Grundy loses his loyalty towards Jade. A clash with Alan Scott and Jade in the pages of Green Lantern Corps Quarterly ends with Grundy turning into a statue of petrified wood. The heroes believe the threat of Grundy to have ended once and for all, but they are mistaken.

Shortly thereafter, Grundy reappears in Gotham in the pages of Batman: Shadow of the Bat, battling Batman once again and killing the female descendant of one of the killers of Cyrus Gold.[25]

Grundy's next major appearance is in Starman, lurking in Opal City's sewers. Jack Knight befriends Grundy, who has become innocent and childlike. Grundy also becomes friends with previous Starman Mikaal Tomas, and dies while sacrificing himself to save Jack Knight from being crushed by a collapsing building. When Grundy appears again, he has returned to his malicious persona; the joint efforts of Jack Knight, Batman, Alan Scott, and The Floronic Man are needed to stop him.[26]

The origins of Grundy's resurrection come from the fact that the Parliament of Trees, a high council of Plant Elementals, tried to turn him into the newest Plant Elemental. However, the process was missing one vital piece: fire, as a Plant Elemental cannot be fully created unless it died in flames. Since Grundy's death did not involve fire at all, the process is not complete, and he becomes a sort of half-functional Plant Elemental. Grundy has been seemingly destroyed on several occasions, only to rise from the swamp again in a new incarnation. Each version of Grundy has been somewhat different from the last, depending on the medium used to dispatch him (and the drawing style of the current artist. The original Grundy, for example, had prominent front teeth). Some have been truly evil; some much less so. Some versions are more mindless than others; some are actually moderately intelligent, recalling the literate, well-spoken monster of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.[27]

Grundy hides out for a time in the Arrowcave, the long abandoned former headquarters of the Emerald Archer, Green Arrow. While searching for artifacts of his former life, Oliver and his former ward, Roy "Arsenal" Harper, stumble onto Grundy's new hideout. The story, "Grundy No Like Arrows in the Face!", is found in Green Arrow (vol. 3) #18. Green Arrow notes that this version seems much more violent, and manages to kill him by choking him with the string to his broken bow (despite the fact that Grundy does not have a heartbeat, functional veins, or need to breathe). In Green Arrow (vol. 3) #53, "Solomon's Revenge", Green Arrow helps Dr. Chrissie Cavendish, a S.T.A.R. Labs employee, who claims she is the great, great granddaughter of the man the monster spawned from, to find and cure him. Her cure warps her into a monster much worse than Grundy. Green Arrow subdues the new monster, and leaves Grundy be. It is not known if Grundy is still using this building.

In the first issue of Grant Morrison's Seven Soldiers of Victory, Issue #0 of the same name, one of the Seven Unknown Men of Slaughter Swamp recounts the death of the miserly pedophile, Cyrus Gold, killed at the hands of an enraged mob, but also mentions that Gold could just as easily have been the innocent victim of a misunderstanding, as Slaughter Swamp is a point in space where time means nothing.[28] In the final issue, the same Unknown Man punishes another of his group – the Eighth Man, Zor – by dressing him in Cyrus Gold's clothing and leaving him for the mob to find, implying that Zor – an extremely vain character, notable for attempting several times to overthrow the Universe and for having defeated The Spectre – would later become the first Solomon Grundy.[29]

Grundy is manipulated by Gorilla Grodd via mind control into attacking Batman and Superman for President Luthor for the bounty of one billion dollars in Superman/Batman. Batman is able to stop Grundy.[30]

While no specifics are given during the "Infinite Crisis" storyline, Solomon Grundy is also coerced into joining the Secret Society of Super Villains. He participates in the final strike against the Secret Six. Ragdoll II encounters Grundy in a doorway. Ragdoll's scarred face relates to Grundy, and Grundy goes on to turn against the Secret Society.[31] The aftermath of that battle is inconclusive, but Grundy evidently survives, as he was last seen in a murky swamp in JSA Classified. In it, he is convinced by Icicle to help Wizard, who is in trouble.[32]

After helping Icicle free Johnny Sorrow from Prometheus' cosmic key, Grundy stays with the newly formed Injustice Society.

Solomon Grundy is seen fighting against the Blood Pack in the Battle of Metropolis, until he is vaporized by Superboy-Prime's heat vision, which apparently kills the Blood Pack and destroys Grundy's current incarnation.[33]

In Brad Meltzer's Justice League of America, Grundy is reborn with intelligence after being killed in the Battle of Metropolis.[34] He is revealed to be the mastermind behind the abduction of Red Tornado's robot body (it is revealed he gained this intelligence when he was reborn after being burned by Prime). Grundy expresses a desire to stop his cycle of dying and being reborn and so it appears he enlists the help of Professor Ivo to build him an Amazo body to live in forever. The Red Tornado kills Grundy with F5 tornado winds, ripping him apart.[35]

He later appears in the Salvation Run mini-series as one of the villains exiled to another planet. He is killed during a battle with Parademons. His body, awaiting its inevitable resurrection, is left behind when the villains leave the Hell Planet. However, when the villains exit, Grundy's hand trembles, accompanied with a groaning sound.[36]

In the one-shot Faces of Evil: Solomon Grundy (March 2009) by Geoff Johns and Scott Kolins, Cyrus Gold returns to life in Slaughter Swamp, as he was prior to becoming Grundy. He returns to Gotham City, but is shot by police after attacking a charity worker. In the police morgue, he transforms into Solomon Grundy. Grundy is once more an unintelligent monster, repeating the opening line of the nursery rhyme. A week later, having retreated to the sewers, he has a fight with Killer Croc. At the end of the fight, exhausted, he reverts to Cyrus Gold again. He finds himself in front of his own grave, where the Phantom Stranger tells him he has seven days to undo his curse, as "There is an unholy night coming, as black as the dead's blood. And it's best if Solomon Grundy was not around for it" (a reference to the upcoming Blackest Night storyline). Alan Scott serves as his reluctant guide, as the story continues in the Solomon Grundy miniseries.[37]

In the countdown to Blackest Night, Cyrus Gold was given one week to discover the truth of who murdered him, so he could repent for all of his sins and gain absolution. Alan Scott and the Phantom Stranger were given as his guides throughout the week, while Etrigan was trying to take him to Hell. Gold had a habit of getting killed. No matter how much damage was done to his body, he resurrected as a complete Solomon Grundy, driven to kill. Eventually it is revealed that Gold committed suicide, meaning he forced the curse of Solomon Grundy on himself. At the end of the series' run we see Grundy reanimated as a Black Lantern, and Cyrus Gold in hell.[38] Grundy then tracks down and attacks Bizarro, using a past friendship they had to stir up the creature's emotions.[39] Bizarro eventually manages to defeat Grundy by flying him into the sun, which completely incinerates him, and the black ring.[40]

The New 52[edit]

In September 2011, The New 52 rebooted DC's continuity. In this new timeline, Grundy is once again a villain for Alan Scott. First appearing in Earth 2 #3, Grundy personifies "The Grey" life-destroying forces and opposes "The Green" forces that choose Alan Scott as their champion. He attacks Washington DC to get Alan's attention. Flash, Hawkgirl, and Green Lantern fight him, but Atom brings him down temporarily by jumping onto him at giant size. The battle continues until Scott once again exiles Grundy to the moon where neither he nor the "Grey" can do any damage.[41]

Eventually Grundy's origin was revealed: a slaughterhouse worker in 1898, his wife was raped by his callous foreman, and she killed herself on the job. When the foreman made the workers feed the body to the crocodiles, Grundy snapped, killed his foreman and everyone else in the slaughterhouse, then committed suicide, but apparently something happened immediately afterwards.[42]

When Apokolips starts to approach Earth 2, the Parliaments advise their representatives to join forces and fight this threat. While in Earth's orbit, Solomon Grundy and Azathoth sacrifice their lives so that Alan Scott can receive their combined Parliament abilities to stop Apokolips from destroying Earth 2.[43]

DC Rebirth[edit]

The Prime-Earth Solomon Grundy is introduced in DC Rebirth. His appearance resembles that of his pre-Flashpoint depictions. Solomon Grundy was briefly seen fighting Arkillo of the Sinestro Corps and Saint Walker of the Blue Lantern Corps.[44]

Solomon Grundy is pursued by Batman in Gotham City before the former incapacitates him. Grundy recites the Solomon Grundy nursery rhyme while being pursued before Batman finished it for him when he defeats Grundy.[45]

During "The War of Jokes and Riddles" arc, Solomon Grundy is among the villains on Joker's side in his war against Riddler.[46]

The sorceress Selena created a mindless clone of Solomon Grundy from his DNA sample to serve as the muscle for the Fatal Five and fought Supergirl.[47]

In a flashback, Solomon Grundy is among the villains that protected Ingrid Karlsson during a riot. Before Ingrid was killed by an inmate using a rogue Batarang despite the villains getting her away from the riot, she gave birth to Astrid Arkham who would later become Arkham Knight.[48]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Solomon Grundy has superhuman strength and stamina. His strength has varied greatly through the years; for instance, in the Long Halloween story arc, Batman beat Grundy, while at various points his strength is roughly on par with Superman's. He is virtually indestructible and immortal thanks to the elemental energy that imbues his form with pseudo-life. He is nearly invulnerable to physical, magical, and energy attacks and he is not affected by fire or low temperatures. He has proven highly resistant to the effects of the original Green Lantern's power ring (which is attributed to his part-plant essence; originally because he had absorbed plant matter from the swamp, and later because he was a partial "plant elemental" like Swamp Thing).

Grundy possesses a healing factor.[49] While he has occasionally been destroyed, he has always returned to life sooner or later, though often with different personalities and powers.

When it came to The New 52, the Earth-2 Solomon Grundy also possesses powers associated with The Grey.

Other versions[edit]

Anti-Matter Earth Post-Crisis version[edit]

Solomon Grundy had a counterpart on the Crime Syndicate of America's Earth called Sir Solomon Grundy who was a member of Quizmaster's Justice Underground. Sir Solomon Grundy is a distinguished, poised mountain of a man. During an aerial bombardment of Dover, he is blasted to life out of the rock from the white cliffs. Sir Solomon appears to be identical in physical appearance to the mainstream Solomon Grundy with the exception of a trimmed mustache and a small goatee. In keeping with his educated personality, Sir Solomon dresses himself as a 19th-century Englishman would, and speaks accordingly. His super strength and invulnerability made him a formidable hero, until Ultraman renders him inert on a Saturday.[50]

Amalgam Comics[edit]

The Skulk is a hero of the Amalgam Universe. He is an amalgamation of Solomon Grundy and Hulk.

Bruce Banner was a scientist working with gamma rays. He was testing his gamma bomb out in the desert, but a tall figure walked out into the testing area. When Banner went out see who it was, the man turned out to be Solomon Grundy. The bomb went off fusing Grundy and Banner together. When Banner gets angry, he becomes Grundy. The creature chose a new name calling itself Skulk.

The Grundymen[edit]

In Grant Morrison's Seven Soldiers series, the Witch-People of Limbotown (who are descended from the immortal Melmoth) bury their dead, and later dig them up, at which point they become animate and are used as slave labor. These zombies are called "Grundies" or "Grundymen", and resemble Solomon Grundy. It has also been established that the Spawn of Frankenstein is partly animated by the immortal blood of Melmoth, making him a Grundyman.

In Cullen Bunn's Sorcerer Kings storyline in Superman/Batman, The Creeper leads an army of Grundymen in a battle with Batman, Superman, and vampire Nina Skorzeny.[51]

JLA/Avengers[edit]

In the JLA/Avengers crossover, Grundy is among the villains enthralled by Krona to defend his stronghold. He is shown being defeated by Thor.[52]

Justice Riders[edit]

In the Justice Riders reality, Solomon Grundy is featured as a normal human. His entire gang was put down by Kid Baltimore with a single bullet each except for Grundy who took two.[53]

Flashpoint[edit]

In the alternate timeline of the Flashpoint event, Solomon Grundy was invited by Lt. Matthew Shrieve to be the new member of the Creature Commandos, but Solomon Grundy then betrays him, killing his family.[54] It is revealed that Solomon Grundy had been working by General Sam Lane who is responsible for the deaths of Miranda's family.[55]

Superman Beyond[edit]

In the Superman Beyond reality, Grundy resurfaces in the future Metropolis as a powerful crime boss known as Mr. Stone operating out of a nightclub called Vanity. He is offered nanotechnology stolen from GNX's Supercop program by Lex Luthor's daughter, Lucinda Luthor.[56]

Injustice: Gods Among Us prequel[edit]

In the prequel comic to the video game Injustice: Gods Among Us, Grundy first appears in Year One. As Superman and some of the Justice League fight with Batman over removing the inhabitants of Arkham Asylum, Harley Quinn releases the villains to fight them, including Grundy, who attacks Damian Wayne. He is eventually defeated by Batman and Superman, the former blasting his hands off and the latter ramming himself straight through Grundy's chest since he will reanimate. Grundy reappears in Year Five where he is revealed to be cargo the Regime soldiers are investigating. He brutally beats Hawkgirl until Superman appears, though the situation is rendered confusing as his imperfect clone Bizarro shows up as well. The two combat Grundy and each other until Bizarro leaves and Superman rips Grundy's head off when the zombie prevents him from going after Bizarro. As Grundy will regenerate, Superman takes his body and head to Lex Luthor to find a way to make Grundy an asset to the Regime.

Batman: Arkham Knight[edit]

Though Solomon Grundy never appears in Batman: Arkham Knight's prequel comic, seven clones of him appear where they all have been created by Calendar Man and named after the days of the week. Calendar Man used them to help to kill the Batman, which took a whole week for him to defeat all the clones.

Batman '66[edit]

In Batman '66, Solomon Grundy appears as a wealthy Olympic wrestler who Marsha, Queen of Diamonds seduced with one of her Aunt Hilda's potions. Cyrus became loyal to Marsha and she told him to wait outside. She forgot about Cyrus enough where he froze to death during the winter. He is reanimated by Marsha's Aunt Hilda and goes on a rampage in Gotham Cemetery until Batman and Robin stun him with an electric shock to hold him until the police arrive.[57]

Emperor Joker[edit]

During the Emperor Joker storyline where the Joker warped reality, Solomon Grundy was the warden of Arkham Asylum.[58]

In other media[edit]

Television[edit]

Live-action[edit]

  • Solomon Grundy makes a cameo appearance in the tenth and final season of Smallville portrayed by John DeSantis. A member of Toyman's Marionette Ventures, he appears in the episode "Prophecy" where Toyman assigns him to target Black Canary.
  • Cyrus Gold appears in Arrow's second season, portrayed by Graham Shiels. This version is a member of Sebastian Blood's Church of Blood. A tie-in novel reveals that Gold was a preacher in the orphanage where Blood was raised, with the two later joining the Church under its founder Roger Trigon. Becoming Blood's henchman, Gold gained super strength and endurance after Blood injects him with the Mirakuru serum in an attempt to replicate the process that gave Slade Wilson his powers. After Gold breaks into Queen Consolidated's Applied Sciences division under Blood's orders, the Arrow starts tracking him. The two eventually meet in a fight, which ends with the Arrow killing Gold. Though Gold is never referred to as Solomon Grundy, the nursery rhyme is found in his apartment in the episode "Three Ghosts."
  • Solomon Grundy appears on Fox's Gotham, portrayed by Drew Powell. He is introduced under the name Butch Gilzean, a mob enforcer working for gangster Fish Mooney. Throughout the first three seasons, Gilzean is employed by various villains, including Oswald Cobblepot / Penguin, Tabitha Galavan / Tigress, and Barbara Kean. In the third season finale, he is shot in the head by Kean after attempting to betray her. The doctors examining Gilzean's body reveal that Butch Gilzean was an alias, and that his birth name is Cyrus Gold. Gold becomes Solomon Grundy in the fourth season episode "The Blade's Path", in which the corrupt administrators of the hospital dump him in Slaughter Swamp, where chemical waste from the Indian Hill facility transforms him into a pale, zombie-like creature with regenerative abilities and superhuman strength. Suffering amnesia from his head wound, Gold adopts the name "Solomon Grundy", based on the nursery rhyme, when he hears the name on a record played by people living on the street. He is discovered by Edward Nygma, who recruits him as muscle. After Tabitha Galavan manages to jog his memory, Solomon Grundy remembers who he is and briefly visits Tabitha. Grundy later forms an alliance with Oswald, who promises to help find a way to reverse his condition and make him human again. Oswald arranges for Hugo Strange to return Butch to normal, and he reunites with Tabitha; however, Oswald then shoots Butch dead in order to emotionally cripple Tabitha, in revenge for her killing his mother years prior.
  • Solomon Grundy appears in the DC Universe series Stargirl. He is shown to be a member of the Injustice Society, used primarily for his strength due to his lack of intelligence. In the pilot episode, Grundy accompanied the Injustice Society in their attack on the Justice Society of America's headquarters. He was sent after a fleeing Pat Dugan, who was evacuating a mortally wounded Starman, but failed to catch them. In the ten years since the attack, Grundy has been kept under "The American Dream's" corporate headquarters in a reinforced cell to keep him under control, though he was released once to kill Hourman and his wife when they came too close to interfering with the Injustice Society. By the present day however, Hourman's son, Rick Tyler, took up his father's mantle to seek revenge on Grundy. Though the two meet and fight in "Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E." (Pt. 2), Rick spares Grundy's life and lets him go under the condition that he never returns.

Animated[edit]

  • Solomon Grundy appears in Challenge of the Super Friends voiced by Jimmy Weldon in a southern accent. He is a member of Lex Luthor's Legion of Doom. In this cartoon series, Grundy speaks broken English. This incarnation of Grundy is arguably one of the more "intelligent" versions of the character as he is able to carry on a conversation and devise plans of his own. In "Monolith of Evil", Grundy reveals he was brought back to life in the swamp by energy from a monolith which is a source of enormous power.
  • Solomon Grundy appears in the Super Friends animated series, voiced again by Jimmy Weldon. In the episode "Revenge of Doom", he and the rest of the Legion of Doom get back together after salvaging the Legion of Doom headquarters from the swamp.
  • Solomon Grundy appeared in the DC animated universe:
    • Solomon Grundy appears in the Justice League animated series, voiced by Mark Hamill.[59] This version's origin was that of a mobster (also named Cyrus Gold) who eventually crossed the wrong people. He was killed, cursed, then dumped in a mystical swamp, rising again 25 years later as a soulless monster, forever seeking his lost soul without being aware of it. He is often paired with Copperhead to comedic timing in various episodes and a member of the Injustice Gang led by either Lex Luthor in "Injustice for All" and Aresia in "Fury". In the episode "The Terror Beyond", Grundy became a more sympathetic figure, even a hero of sorts, by helping Doctor Fate save the world from a monstrous, bloodthirsty, Thanagarian deity named Ichthultu (based on the H. P. Lovecraftian Cthulhu) that he calls "Snake-Face". He befriends Hawkgirl, calling her "Bird-Nose". Fate's team in the episode is a pastiche of Marvel's Defenders, with Grundy standing in for the Incredible Hulk, Aquaman standing in for Namor, Doctor Fate standing in for Doctor Strange, and Hawkgirl standing in for both Valkyrie and Nighthawk. "Bird-Nose" was Hulk's nickname for Nighthawk, and other heroes have referred to him as such. Grundy often says "Grundy Crush!", a nod to the Hulk's popular catchphrase "Hulk Smash!" (to which Hawkgirl herself alludes with her own "Hawkgirl Smash"). Grundy attacks Ichthultu on his own, under the impression that the soul-devouring monster is in possession of his lost soul. He is poisoned in the attempt, but his efforts allow Hawkgirl to kill the monster. Even the normally staunch Hawkgirl weeps for him, and comforts him in his last moments, assuring him that his soul is waiting for him when he dies. His epitaph simply reads "Solomon Grundy — Born on a Monday", a reference to the poem after which he was named.
    • Solomon Grundy would later return in the episode of Justice League Unlimited series, "Wake the Dead" with his vocal effects provided by Bruce Timm.[59] He is resurrected by a dark spell cast by a group of young amateurs. The chaos magic used inadvertently infused him with the spirit of an unnamed powerful demon lord when the magic circle used to bind the demon in place was accidentally broken, allowing the demon to escape and possess Grundy's remains, with his memory of his past incarnation severely addled and lacking the ability to speak. Mindless and uncontrollable, he goes on a destructive rampage, his power augmented to levels far beyond his original self by the magic animating him. After a lengthy battle with the Justice League, he regains a small fraction of his memory when he beholds Shayera Hol, whom he has accepted as a friend, and he submits to Shayera who sorrowfully kills him offscreen to put him out of his misery.
  • Solomon Grundy appeared in The Batman animated series, voiced by Kevin Grevioux.[59] This version is a zombie created by the working class citizens of 19th century Gotham City to wreak havoc on the rich landowners that polluted the local lake with industrial waste that converted it into Gotham Swamp, and is slimmer and more ghoulish than his Justice League counterpart — it bears a closer resemblance to an actually rotted, desiccated corpse — and he is more of a villain tied to Batman due to being 'born' in Gotham. As seen in the episode "Grundy's Night", the local legend had it that Grundy would again arise on a Halloween night when there was a total lunar eclipse in order to take revenge on the descendants of the rich landowners. Gotham City residents therefore referred to this Halloween as 'Grundy's Night.' However, it was actually Clayface in disguise. Though at the end of the episode, something begins to rise out of the swamp as a moan is heard.
  • Solomon Grundy appears in Batman: The Brave and the Bold, voiced by Diedrich Bader.[59] This version is a still a zombie, but also a crime lord (a combination of the intelligent and incompetent versions) who commands a group of thugs, but speaks in grunts and growls due to his mouth being stitched together. He is also shown to have a right-hand man named Weasel that understands his orders. He fights against Batman and Black Canary in the teaser of "Night of the Huntress" where he tries to steal a scientist's brain. Black Canary defeats him by fooling him into falling through a glass roof atop a building. He reappears in "The Color of Revenge" robbing a bank in Bludhaven. Robin stops Grundy and the police take him away. He is also one of the villains summoned very briefly by Bat-Mite to test Batman's mettle in "Legends of the Dark Mite". He also appears in "Chill of the Night!" as one of the Batman Villains to bid on a weapon auctioned by Joe Chill. Solomon is later seen in "The Knights of Tomorrow" being defeated by both Batman and Robin from the past and the future. He also appears in "Night of the Batmen" where he, Bane, Blockbuster, and Killer Croc try to steal a statue, but all four were stopped by Captain Marvel dressed as Batman. He was also seen in "Powerless" where he is one of the villains in a training simulator to help the depowered Captain Atom fight crime without powers were taken away by Major Force. Unfortunately, unable to defeat the simulation of Grundy. Solomon is also seen in the opening of "Crisis: 22,300 Miles Above Earth", as one of the villains at the Joker's celebrity roast, where they were literally roasting Batman. He tried to make a joke about Batman, but was cut off by Joker due to his inability to speak clearly.
  • Solomon Grundy appears in the fifth Super Best Friends Forever short, voiced by Keith Ferguson. When he begins rampaging the city, Supergirl, Batgirl, and Wonder Girl show up to stop him. He is reluctant to fight them because he says he does not fight girls, but when they defeat him, Grundy starts to reconsider fighting girls.
  • Solomon Grundy appears in Justice League Action, voiced by Fred Tatasciore.[59] In "Zombie King", he has obtained a gem that would enable him to summon zombies that would obey his every command. In addition, the zombies Solomon Grundy summons would turn anyone exposed to their gases into zombies as well. This plot was stumbled upon by Swamp Thing who fights Solomon Grundy and his zombies in a New Orleans graveyard. In need of backup against Solomon Grundy and the zombies, Swamp-Thing calls Batman for help. As Swamp Thing and Batman fight Solomon Grundy's zombies as he places the gem into an altar in order to raise more zombies throughout the world, they soon are aided by Zatanna while John Constantine is busy fighting Brother Night. Even though Batman and Zatanna get converted into zombies, Swamp-Thing managed to break the altar and the gem enough for the zombified people to be returned to normal and the zombies to go inert. Then Swamp Thing manages to defeat Solomon Grundy. In "E. Nigma, Consulting Detective", the Riddler enters Grundy's cell to search for a clue left by the Joker. Though Grundy is initially hostile, Riddler is able to appease Grundy by offering him something to alleviate his boredom: a Chinese finger trap. In "Party Animal" Solomon Grundy is defeated by Green Arrow and Plastic Man while on a rampage during Christmas. Since S.T.A.R. Labs was holding a Christmas party, Plastic Man takes Grundy to the League's Christmas party until he can be put in a holding cell. When Grundy sees on the news the little girl he frightened during his rampage, he breaks out and fights the Justice League until he finds the little girl, and he gives her a teddy bear as a gift and apologizes for scaring her.
  • Solomon Grundy makes non-speaking cameo appearances in Harley Quinn. He appears in "L.O.D.R.S.V.P." as a member of the Legion of Doom and "The Runaway Bridesmaid" as an attendee of Poison Ivy and Kite Man's wedding.

Film[edit]

  • Solomon Grundy appears in the animated movie Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, voiced by Corey Burton (albeit uncredited). He appears as one of the villains hired to make a bounty to hunt down Superman and Batman. Gorilla Grodd controls Solomon's mind to kill Batman. Batman defeats Grundy after he fails to drown Batman. He is considerably more intelligent due to Grodd's mind control, and Batman comments that "Grundy sounds like William F. Buckley".
  • Solomon Grundy appears in Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem, voiced by Fred Tatasciore.[59] He is one of three "scary" supervillains freed by the Joker, with the intent of conquering Gotham City. When the Joker successfully takes over the helpless city, Grundy is put in charge of the police department, and uses the police to play games such as hide-and-seek. He is eventually thwarted by Commissioner Gordon, and arrested.
  • Cyrus Gold appears in the animated movie Batman: Gotham by Gaslight, voiced by David Forseth.[59] He is a prisoner of Blackgate and appears as his pre-Solomon Grundy persona.

Web series[edit]

Solomon Grundy appears in DC Super Hero Girls, voiced again by Fred Tatasciore.

Video games[edit]

Lego[edit]

  • Solomon Grundy appears as a playable character in Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham voiced again by Fred Tatasciore. He is one of the main story characters.

Batman: Arkham[edit]

  • Solomon Grundy appears in Batman: Arkham City voiced by Fred Tatasciore. He is a boss battle and appears in the basement of the new Iceberg Lounge (which is located in the Cyrus Pinkney National History Institute) as the Penguin's "pet" who Cobblepot uses to kill his disloyal grunts. His origin story is related through several Arkham Stories: Solomon Grundy was once a merchant who was murdered and his body dumped in a mystic swamp. That night he was resurrected by combination of the swamp's mystic properties and a strange thunderstorm which turned him into the creature known as Solomon Grundy. He was found by a traveling circus and became part of the show before being found by Ra's al Ghul, who realized that Grundy had actually been dumped in a Lazarus Pit. Ra's sought to understand the properties of the Lazarus Pit and its powers, and did so by repeatedly murdering Grundy, only for him to rise again and again. After Wonder City was shut down the Gotham forces sent to retrieve found Grundy, still in the building Ra's kept him in, waiting for Ra's to kill him again. Batman later confronts Grundy when Penguin blows up the floor under his feet. Awakened by being shocked with electricity, Grundy was revitalized and proceeded to attack. However, Batman destroys his internal organs, leaving Grundy to spend a long time to heal. His fate afterwards remains unknown as the ceiling of his lair was rebuilt.
  • Solomon Grundy appears in Batman: Arkham City Lockdown (the mobile version of the game). He appears as a boss in the Gotham City sewers, but is defeated by Batman.
  • Solomon Grundy appears in Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate voiced again by Fred Tatasciore. He is encountered by Batman in the sewers beneath Blackgate Penitentiary; Batman seemed to have met Grundy at some point before, since he knew his name. Batman defeats Solomon Grundy by tricking him into the electrical wires and then beating him up; after traversing the nearby area for a while, the unconscious Grundy will vanish, implying he retreated back to where he came from.
  • Although he does not appear in Batman: Arkham Knight, one of the alleys has a room with Solomon Grundy's circus poster as well as a gold gramophone reproducing the "Solomon Grundy, Born on a Monday" nursery rhyme, which is performed by a childish voice. There is also a movie called "Solomon Grundy" which stars Burt Weston.

Injustice[edit]

  • Solomon Grundy appears as a playable character in Injustice: Gods Among Us, with Fred Tatasciore reprising his role from Batman: Arkham City. He is seen fighting the Justice League at the beginning of the game. In the alternate reality, Solomon Grundy is a member of Superman's Regime after having been brainwashed to serve him via the Phantom Zone and fights Green Arrow at Wayne Manor alongside Killer Frost. After the alternate Superman kills the alternate Shazam, Yellow Lantern/Hal Jordan has Solomon Grundy bury him. Solomon Grundy does that and then attacks Flash (who had defeated Yellow Lantern) and is defeated. Solomon Grundy later takes part in the attack upon the Insurgents' base and was seen fighting Cyborg in the background. Solomon Grundy takes part in the attack on Gotham City and fights Flash again and later attacks Cyborg after Killer Frost froze his arm. In Solomon Grundy's ending, it is revealed that he evaded capture and fled back to the swamps to heal where he discovered that he was able to tap into The Red and the dormant Gray. He is later shown sitting on a throne after using the Grey force to turn Earth into his own version of paradise: a ruined, desolate world that is devoid of life.
  • Solomon Grundy has a cameo in Injustice 2, appearing in the Arkham Asylum stage. He is seen in the background in a hanging cage behind Two-Face's cage.

Music[edit]

  • An underground rap album, Colton Grundy: The Undying, featured a temporary redux of rapper Blaze Ya Dead Homie's identity to that of Colton Grundy. The album describes the story of a casket-maker by the name of Solomon who could not die and thus jumped into a freezing river and awakening in the 1990s, transformed into Blaze, and eventually into Colton Grundy.

Miscellaneous[edit]

  • The Joker uses a hard light hologram of Solomon Grundy to battle Superman and Batman in the direct-to-video original animation DC Super Friends: The Joker's Playhouse (2010).
  • The tie-in novel to Arrow called Arrow: Vengeance explored more about Cyrus backstory. From Sebastian's view, he and Cyrus knew each other at an orphanage where Sebastian was raised. He considered him as an older brother and even as a father figure as a preacher, but this story was revealed as partially fake; Cyrus was still a teenager when Sebastian came to the church and was under the tutelage of a preacher named Roger Trigon. When Sebastian's father came at him with a gun, Cyrus and Trigon broke into the house in their alter-egos as the Acolyte and the Devil and beat him. Trigon gave Sebastian a gun to slay his father and after he did so, Sebastian was escorted by them to an abandoned factory in the Glades and joined into Trigon's cult, Church of Blood. Cyrus followed his orders as his second-in-command in Trigon's activities of that cult. When Trigon died, Cyrus took his position as a preacher and the head of Zandia Orphanage, while Sebastian took a leadership of this cult and as a mayor of the town as Brother Blood.

Parodies[edit]

  • The animated series Minoriteam features a parody of Solomon Grundy and Frankenstein's monster called Racist Frankenstein who is a member of the White Shadow, a villainous racist organization that opposes Minoriteam.
  • Solomon Grundy appears as a member of the Legion of Doom in Robot Chicken DC Comics Special. In the sketch entitled "Solomon Grundy" it is revealed he was actually born on a Tuesday and his real name is Solomon Gruesday. At the "Aquaman Appreciation Party" segment he is seen saying: "See you next Gruesday!"
  • In the Family Guy episode "It Takes a Village Idiot, and I Married One", Solomon Grundy is seen with the other members of the Legion of Doom in a cutaway gag. After their most recent plan has been discovered, Lex Luthor asks how this is possible, causing Grundy to stand and awkwardly admit that he "kinda dropped the ball on that one".
  • In the StarKid Productions show Holy Musical B@man!, Grundy is mentioned to be the target of a battle that Superman attempts, and fails, to coordinate with Batman, Green Lantern, and Wonder Woman.

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