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Byron Brewer

What the D'ast? Googam


  (Editor’s note: This is another in a series of irregularly-scheduled columns by Managing Editor Byron Brewer, mainly dealing with Marvel Cosmic and its many denizens. Mr. Brewer’s opinions do not necessarily reflect that of He welcomes both raves and opposing views.) By Byron Brewer Next time you are at your LCS, ask if they have any of the old Marvel reprint mags of the 1970s or, even better, some of the well-thumbed, half-torn early Marvel titles of the 1960s. In that pile, my friend, you will see whole new takes (actually the originals) on alien monsters such as Xemnu (then known as the Hulk), Groot and (oddly enough from a similarly-named planet as the Guardian) Googam! Googam is one of those fun creations which needed no reason to come to Earth and cause all kinds of destruction, the creations that only hinted at the greatness King Kirby would later share with us all in Fantastic Four, Thor and Eternals. What a simpler (and fun) time it was. The monstrous Googam, originally standing 40 feet and weighing close to 25 tons, is the son of Goom, another foe of humanity from the same era. Originating from what psychologist Mark Langley named “Planet X,” Googam possessed the powers of mind control, telekinesis, flight and the ability to shrink objects in size. (Imagine Jean Grey and Hank Pym on an action-packed date!) As part of the attempt to rehabilitate the population of Monster Island, Googam (along with Fin Fang Foom, Elektro the robot and the simian Gorgilla) was stripped of these abilities by Reed Richards and was himself shrunk down to a mere five feet. Employed at the BaxterBuildingas a parking valet, Googam became known for his disdain for humans and seemed to have no interest in his rehabilitation, especially after being forced to serve the same foursome who bested him in years gone by. The vicious Devoktite despot Tim Boo Ba telepathically contacted Googam from his home planet within the Microverse and, pretending to be Goom trapped in a subatomic world, urged Googam to use one of Mr. Fantastic’s devices to open a portal to free him. Googam did so, but upon realizing who he released, joined Fin Fang Foom, Elektro and Gorgilla in opposing the rampaging Tim Boo Ba and his army. Googam destroyed the machine, believing that would defeat the invaders. Instead it trapped Tim Boo Ba on Earth, but Googam and the others finally defeated the raging conqueror. After a failed Hollywoodcareer, Googam (as far as I know) returned to the BaxterBuilding’s car park. I do not think he was aware that his father returned to Earth at one point and has served with SHIELD’s supernatural/extraterrestrial Howling Commandos unit, among other exploits. We will look at some of our other cosmic creatures once trapped on Monster Island as this column progresses. Meanwhile, Googam – my car, please!