Sunday, 22 March 2015

I am Groot!

Tales to Astonish Vol 1 13

Tales to Astonish (Atlas/Marvel)

Various (w) & (a)

The film Guardians of The Galaxy has made a once minor horror feature a household name. Originally appearing in an old horror anthology published in November 1960 as a one off feature, Stan Lee & Jack Kirby's creation has caught the public imagination.

Obtaining a copy of this issue would be difficult an some what pricey, but there is an alternative. The whole story was reprinted in Where Monsters Dwell #6 in 1970. I managed to pick up a low grade copy for a mere three quid.

Where Monsters Dwell Vol 1 6

As you can see Groot is somewhat more articulate in this story and tells the frightened crowd of his mission:

"Earthlings .. Hear Me. I am Groot. Monarch of Planet X. I come to take an Earth village back to my planet! We want to study you, to Experiment on you".

Charming alien that Groot is.

Of course the military try to stop him and fail.

But wait in a "War of the Worlds" twist he is defeated.

And how?

Termites! Heh.

But like all comic book characters this is never "the end"......

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