Solomon Grundy (DC)
Real Name: Cyrus Gold
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Cyrus Gold was a wealthy man who was robbed and murdered, and his remains thrown into Slaughter Swamp near Gotham City. Le Bon Gumbo, also known as Swamp Thing, formerly known as Alex Olsen, had recently retired to the Parliament of Trees, and the Earth was trying to form an Earth Elemental. While it eventually found one in German pilot Albert Höllerer, it failed in this attempt, because fire was not present, and a white zombie-like creature emerged built over Gold's remains with fragmentary memories, including an ability to speak English at a below-average level. He stole the prison garb of two escaped convicts, then was asked to lead a band of criminals who noticed that he could stand in their campfire without being burned. One of them called him Solomon Grundy when he said that he was "born on Monday" like in the Mother Goose rhyme. He led the group through several heists, and Green Lantern Alan Scott's ring would not work against him, so he didn't understand why the criminals cared about Green Lantern. They instructed him to kill Green Lantern by throwing him off a terrace. When he did so, there was a large green and yellow explosion. He then grabbed a member of his gang, Jake, and threw him to the floor. The rest of the gang told him that you should only kill enemies, but Jake was already dead, which Grundy did not understand because of the lack of flashes.
After Green Lantern, whose ring would not work against Grundy because of his plant composition, pushed him in front of a train, he has consistently sought revenge against Green Lantern, and has been amoral enough to harm others who have gotten in his way. Eventually, Green Lanterns Alan Scott and Hal Jordan sent him to the moon, where he had what was described as "his first independent thought," traveling to Earth-1, believing that he may have an equivalent there who would be his friend.
His body was fragmented and sent to Earth-1, where it battled Superman, even as Swamp Thing Alec Holland attempted to save him, but Swamp Thing was still experiencing too much pain in speaking to communicate with Superman why he thought Grundy should be saved. These duplicates were destroyed with a formula created by S.T.A.R. Labs.
When Solomon Grundy learned of Scott's children, Jade and Obsidian, he attempted to kill them, but Jade showed him kindness, and he was willing to obey her, although he became subject to wicked forces and eventually conquered their team, Infinity, Inc.
When Lex Luthor sent Swamp Thing reeling into Space, the Parliament of Trees assumed that he was dead and tried to put a new Swamp Thing, known as the Sprout, into Grundy's body. When Swamp Thing returned, he was relieved that Grundy was not dead, but Grundy had no memory of him, and they fought. Swamp Thing found Grundy too corrupt to be Earth's Elemental, and prevented the Sprout from assimilating with him.
Created by Alfred Bester and Phil Reinman.
First Appearance: All-American Comics (1939) #61
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Action Comics (1938)
Adventures of Superman: José Luis García-López (2013)
HC All Star Comics (1999)
- 'Adventures of Superman: José Luis García-López'
All Star Comics Archives (1991)
HC vol. 07 All-American Comics (1939)
- 'All Star Comics Archives * Volume 7'
All-Star Comics (1940)
#33 All-Star Squadron (1981)
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- 'The Death of Doctor Fate'
Amazing Adventures of the JLA (2006)
Amazing World of DC Comics (1974)
Ambush Bug: Year None (2008)
#2 America vs. the Justice Society (1985)
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#4 Batman (1940)
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#194 Batman 80-Page Giant 2011 (2011)
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Batman: Dark Victory (1999)
Batman: Dark Victory (2001)
Batman: Hidden Treasures (2010)
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Batman: Odyssey (2012)
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Batman: The Man Who Laughs (2005)
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#1 Booster Gold (2007)
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#13 Comic Cavalcade (1942)
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#5 Crisis on Multiple Earths (2002)
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Day of Judgment (1999)
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#8 DC Comics Presents: Supergirl/Superman (2012)
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DC Comics Presents: Superman (2010)
DC Sampler (1983)
DC Sneak Preview (1991)
DC Universe Online: Legends (2011)
DC Universe: Origins (2009)
TPB DC/WS DreamWar (2008)
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- '...Perchance To Dream'
DCU Halloween Special '09 (2009)
DCU: Legacies (2010)
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Faces of Evil: Solomon Grundy (2009)
Flashpoint: Frankenstein & The Creatures of the Unknown (2011)
Flashpoint: The World of Flashpoint Featuring Green Lantern (2012)
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#1 Green Arrow (2001)
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#17 Green Lantern Corps Quarterly (1992)
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#8 JLA 80-Page Giant (1998)
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Joker: Last Laugh (2001)
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- 'Out of Time, Part 1'
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#5 Justice (2005)
- 'Honor Among Thieves, Part 1'#6
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- 'Honor Among Thieves, Part 3'#26
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- 'Giving Thanks'#35
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#4 Justice League of America (1960)
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- 'Justice, Chapter Five'#7
- 'Justice, Chapter Seven'#10
- 'Justice Chapter Ten'#11
- 'Justice, Chapter Eleven'#12
- 'Justice, Chapter Twelve'
#46 Justice League of America (2006)
- 'Crisis Between Earth-One and Earth-Two!'#47
- 'The Bridge Between Earths!'#91
- 'Earth -- the Monster-Maker!'#92
- 'Solomon Grundy -- the One and Only'#146
- 'Inner Mission!'#193
- 'Secret of Genesis'
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- 'The Tornado's Path, Chapter 4: Being Human'#5
- 'The Tornado's Path, Chapter 5: Born Again'#6
- 'The Tornado's Path, Final Chapter: Iron Man'#45
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- 'The Bogeyman'
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#1 Justice Society of America (2007)
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- 'Dead Air'#5
- 'Double Star Rising!'#6
- 'Danger Flies The Skies'#7
- 'The Return Of The Justice Society'#8
- 'Battle Of The Stars!'
#26 Justice Society of America: A Celebration of 75 Years (2015)
- 'Black Adam Ruined My Birthday!'#50
Legends of the DCU: Crisis on Infinite Earths (1999)
Salvation Run (2008)
#3 Secret Six (2006)
- 'All You Need Is Hate'#4
- 'Life is But a Nightmare'#5
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- 'We Gotta Get Out of This Planet'
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- 'Buried on a Sunday!'
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- 'Sins of the Child, Part One: Jack's Day (The First Half)'#13
- 'Sins of the Child, Part Two: Ted's Day'#15
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- 'Sins of the Child, Part Five: Jack's Day (the Second Half)'#17
- 'Infernal Devices, Part 3'#33
- 'An Infernal Devices Interlude: With Some Help from His Friends'#34
- 'Merry Pranksters'#48
- 'Stars My Destination, Part 1: Starman Blues'#49
- 'Fighting With Grundy; Talking With David '99'#62
- 'Grand Guignol, Premiere Partie: ... And What Went Before'#63
- 'Grand Guignol, Deuxieme Partie: Friends and Lovers'#64
- 'Grand Guignol, Troisieme Partie: Fighting With Evil; Talking With David'#65
- 'Grand Guignol, Quatrieme Partie: Darkness Not of Night'#66
- 'Grand Guignol, Cinquieme Partie: A Villain's Tale'#67
- 'Grand Guignol, Sixieme Partie: Rules of Engagement'#68
- 'Grand Guignol, Septieme Partie: A Villain's Tale II'#69
- 'Grand Guignol, Neuvieme Partie: Heroes Reborn, Renewed...and Remembered'#70
- 'Grand Guignol, Dixieme Partie: The Devil's in the Details'#71
- 'Grand Guignol, Onzieme Partie: Evils Old, New and Unexpected'
Suicide Squad (2001)
Super-Team Family (1975)
#301 Superman (1987)
- 'Solomon Grundy Wins On A Monday!'#319
- 'How To Make A Marshland Monster!'#320
- 'The Absolute-Power Play Of The Parasite!'#321
- 'Too Strong To Survive!'#322
- 'Laser War Over Metropolis!'#657
- 'Camelot Falls'#676
- 'Memorial Day'
#160 Superman: New Krypton (2009)
- 'It's a Mad, Mad, Mad World!'#182
- 'The Secret Part One: Dead Men'
Annual 05 Swamp Thing (1985)
- 'Reign of Doomsday, Part Five: No Exit!'#3
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- 'Absolute Power, The Startling Conclusion: "Thy Will Be Done..."'#27
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- 'Night of the Cure, Part Two'#82
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#67 Tales of the Batman - Gene Colan (2011)
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HC vol. 01 The Brave and the Bold (1955)
- 'Tales of the Batman - Gene Colan Vol. 1'
#115 The Flash (1987)
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The Super Friends (1976)
#28 Tim Sale: Heroes, Villains, Babes (2008)
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#22 Trinity (2008)
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Two-Face: Year One (2008)
Underworld Unleashed (1995)
#1 Villains United (2005)
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Infinite Crisis Special Wanted, the World's Most Dangerous Villains (1972)
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#5 Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe (1985)
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#11 Who's Who: Update '87 (1987)
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- 'Reaper to Zymyr plus Appendix'
Young All-Stars (1987)
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Secret Society of Super-Villains (03-Current)
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