I Am…

It’s now Day 11 of Howard Simp­son’s online Kir­by Cel­e­bra­tion this month, in hon­or of Kir­by’s birth­day. It’s open to all cre­atives, and you can track what they post on your favorite social media plat­forms by the hash­tag #Kir­b­yArt­Trib­ut­es.

Today’s prompt is Groot. Now, some of you are prob­a­bly say­ing, “Hey, wait; that does­n’t look like Groot!” That’s because it’s the orig­i­nal ver­sion of the char­ac­ter as he first appeared in Tales to Aston­ish #13.

At that point in time, pre-Fan­tas­tic Four, Kir­by was bat­ting out many, many mon­sters sto­ries, one after the oth­er, for Mar­vel. Issue after issue, month after month, they had to always come up with new ones. Kir­by was up to the chal­lenge, always find­ing inter­est­ing visu­als for all these monsters.

Groot was just anoth­er among this vast horde, along with mon­sters like Romm­bu, ZZu­tak, Googam Son of Goom, and Fin Fang Foom. Fun, but just a one-off mon­ster, like they pret­ty much all were. Groot was large­ly for­got­ten after the super­heroes took over the spot­light, until the cre­ators behind the reimag­ined Guardians of the Galaxy com­ic in 2008 decid­ed to res­ur­rect him as part of that team, and reimag­ine him. Thanks to the Guardians movies, it’s safe to say he’s a lot bet­ter known now than he ever was before. How­ev­er, it’s still fun to remem­ber how Groot start­ed off.

Enjoy, and feel free to come back tomorrow!

2 thoughts on “I Am…

  1. Joe musich

    I had the book. Near­est I can recall, Tales to Aston­ish and Strange Tales with mon­sters start­ed to appear short­ly before the FF4 broke through. So maybe ’58, ’59. Pri­or to that, either I did not notice them or they were not there. Some just grabbed the eye as the Groot issue did. It may have been the name and the crit­ter’s appear­ance fit­ting togeth­er nice­ly. Grrrrrr rooot. You cre­ate a nice faceshot giv­ing Groot char­ac­ter. Thanks

    1. Mark Post author

      Glad you approve, Joe. Espe­cial­ly as some­one who bought the orig­i­nal com­ic back when it came out! Your time­line sounds about right, for the pre-Mar­vel Uni­verse mon­ster books.


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