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Fin Fang Foom

Fin Fang Foom's first appearance in Strange Tales vol. 1, #89. Image File history File links StrangeTales-89. ...

Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Strange Tales vol. 1, #89 (October 1961)
Created by Stan Lee
Jack Kirby
Alter ego Fin Fang Foom
Affiliations Dragon Lords of Kakaranathara, Fin Fang Four, Beyond Reason Spiritual Fellowship, the Collector, Mandarin
Notable aliases He Whose Limbs Shatter Mountains and Whose Back Scrapes the Sun
Abilities Superhuman strength and durability
Acid mist breath
Master martial artist

Fin Fang Foom is a fictional character and an alien dragon that appears in the Marvel Universe. Fin Fang Foom first appeared in Strange Tales vol. 1, #89 (October 1961). Marvel Comics (Stan Lee is behind many of the superheros) is an American comic book line published by Marvel Publishing, Inc. ... In comic books, first appearance refers to first comic book to feature a character. ... Strange Tales was the name of several comic book anthology series that have been published by Marvel Comics. ... 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1961 calendar). ... Stan Lee (born Stanley Martin Lieber on December 28, 1922[1] New York, New York) is an American writer, editor, Chairman Emeritus of Marvel Comics, and memoirist, who — with several artist co-creators, most notably Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko — introduced complex, naturalistic characters and a thoroughly shared universe into... Jack Kirby (August 28, 1917 – February 6, 1994) was one of the most influential, recognizable, and prolific artists in American comic books. ... The Mandarin is a Marvel Comics supervillain and archenemy of Iron Man. ... Alice, a fictional character from the work of Lewis Carroll. ... A 1967 Soviet Union 16 kopeks stamp. ... For other uses, see Dragon (disambiguation). ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Strange Tales was the name of several comic book anthology series that have been published by Marvel Comics. ... 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1961 calendar). ...


Fictional character biography

Although once believed to be a native of the Valley of the Sleeping Dragon in China, Fin Fang Foom - which means "He Whose Limbs Shatter Mountains and Whose Back Scrapes the Sun" - is an alien being from the world of Kakaranathara (also known as Maklu IV) in the Maklu system of the Greater Magellanic Cloud. Foom and several other members of his race originally depart their peaceful homeworld with the intention of conquering other planets. The alien dragons land on Earth in ancient China, and the crew used their natural shape-shifting powers to mimic human form, intent on entering and studying human society before beginning their conquest. Foom was the exception, and acting as reserve is placed in a tomb and given a herb that places him in a catatonic state. [1] A 1967 Soviet Union 16 kopeks stamp. ...

Fin Fang Foom is briefly awakened in the 8th Century, and returns to sleep with a second application of the herb. Foom sleeps until the modern age, when he is deliberately awakened by teenager Chan Liuchow, whose homeland is under threat from the Communist Party of China. Liuchow taunts Foom with the threat of the herb, and goads the dragon into chasing him straight into the Communist camp, which Foom decimates. Liuchow subsequently leads him back into his tomb, where the herb returns Foom to his sleep. [2] At some point, the sleeping Fin Fang Foom is captured by the Elder of the Universe known as the Collector, and imprisoned in his subterranean collection of monsters. When the Mole Man attacks the facility, Foom and the other monsters escape [3] and are later captured by the recently-formed Fantastic Four and deposited on Monster Isle. [4] Foom, however, has no desire to serve the Mole Man (who uses the island as a base) and leaves, returning to China and hibernation. The Communist Party of China (CPC) (Simplified Chinese: ; Traditional Chinese: ; pinyin: ), also known as the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), is the ruling political party of the Peoples Republic of China, a position guaranteed by the countrys constitution. ... Left to right, down from the top: The Runner, The Gardener, The Collector, The Champion and The Grandmaster. ... The Collector is a fictional character in the Marvel Comics Universe. ... The Mole Man is a fictional supervillain in the Marvel Comics universe. ... The Fantastic Four is Marvel Comics first comic book superhero team, created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby and debuting in The Fantastic Four #1 (Nov. ...

Sometime later a scientist called Doctor Vault manages to mentally control the dragon and attack Vault's foe It the Living Colossus. Resisting the control, Foom instead aids the Colossus against an alien invasion - intent on preserving the planet for the dragon's own race to conquer at a later date. Vault's mind control briefly forces Foom to battle the Colossus, Foom overpowers his opponent with martial arts before freeing his mind and returning to hibernation yet again. [5] Years later, Fin Fang Foom is again roused from his slumber when his body is possessed by the demon Aan Taanu. Combating a group of occult adventurers (including an older Chan Liuchow, now a Professor) known as the Legion of Night in New York, Taanu is exorcised from Foom's body, and the confused Foom once again returns to hibernation. [6] It the Living Colossus (Robert Bob O’Bryan) is a fictional character from Marvel Comics who first appeared in Tales of Suspense vol. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Daemon (mythology). ... The Legion of Night is a fictional organization in the Marvel Comics universe. ...

Modern age

At some point in the modern age the Makluan vessel is found by a wealthy man's son who, uppon Inheriting his fathers wealth loses it to the chinese goverment.In order two regain his money he sets out to the "Valley of Spirits" to try and make an amazing discovery. Instead he finds the Makluan Vessel and steals ten sophisticated rings from it, eventually becoming the supervillainMandarin. Years later Mandarin is directed to the Valley of the Sleeping Dragon by the captain of the vessel - in human guise - and finds and wakes Fin Fang Foom, using the dragon to threaten the Chinese government. When the other Makluans shed their human forms to begin their conquest, the Mandarin realises he is being used and joins forces with the superhero Iron Man to defeat the dragons, the battle ending with their apparent annihilation. [7] Doctor Doom, one of the most archetypal supervillains and his arch-enemies The Fantastic Four (in background). ... The Mandarin is a Marvel Comics supervillain and archenemy of Iron Man. ... For the Aqua Teen Hunger Force episode, see Super Hero (Aqua Teen Hunger Force episode). ... Iron Man (Anthony Edward Stark) is a fictional comic book character in the Marvel Comics universe. ...

Although Fin Fang Foom's body is destroyed, his spirit survives and bonds itself to a small dragon statue, which was stolen from a curio shop by teenager Billy Yuan at Foom's mental urging. Using Yuan's body as a conduit for his power, Foom summons thousands of lizards from the sewers beneath New York, merging them with Yuan's body to recreate his own form. Iron Man, however, defeats Foom once again, with assistance from the last remnants of Yuan's mind. Due to several legal complications, however, the defeated dragon is sent to Monster Isle again, [8] where he and several other monsters go on to briefly battle the dimensionally-displaced Justice League of America. [9] The Justice League is a DC Comics superhero team. ...

Tired of the constant defeats and with the other members of the Makluan crew dead, Foom decides to reform and becomes a follower of Buddhism. He enters into a rehabilitation program, which sees himself and three other monsters - the robot Elektro, the giant ape Gorgilla and the alien Googam - shrunk down to human size, hypnotically stripped of their powers, and allowed to enter human society. Taking up a job as head chef in a Chinese restaurant within the Baxter Building, Foom teams up with the other monsters to defeat the size-changing warlord Tim Boo Baa as the "Fin Fang Four." [10] Buddhism is a dharmic, non-theistic religion and a philosophy. ... Elektro is a fictional character and a robot that appears in the Marvel Universe. ... Gorgilla is a fictional character and that appears in the Marvel Universe. ... Googam is a fictional character and that appears in the Marvel Universe. ... The Baxter Building is a fictitious Manhattan 35-story office building whose five upper floors house the Fantastic Fours headquarters in the Marvel Universe. ... Tim Boo Baa is a fictional character and that appears in the Marvel Universe. ...

Foom later appears as a pawn of the Beyond Corporation¬©, and while having reverted back to its' original size, lacks any real intelligence. Foom is eventually defeated by Aaron Stack, who allows himself to be swallowed by the dragon and then eviscerates it internally. [11] "Fin Fang Four" writer Roger Langridge notes that if given the opportunity to do a further Fin Fang Foom story, he would explain that the Beyond Corporation's Foom was merely a clone of Foom made when intelligence agency S.H.I.E.L.D. took a sample of his DNA years ago. [12] The Beyond Corporation© is a fictional multinational corporation that is the primary antagonistic figure in the Marvel Comics publication Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E. What is now the Beyond Corporation© was once a high-tech terrorist cell known as S.I.L.E.N.T. - the acronym of... Machine Man (X-51) is a fictional character created by writer/artist Jack Kirby for Marvel Comics. ... Example of the world of Fred The Clown Roger Langridge is a British comics writer/artist/letterer. ... S.H.I.E.L.D. (originally an acronym for Supreme Headquarters, International Espionage, Law-Enforcement Division, changed in 1991 to Strategic Hazard Intervention, Espionage and Logistics Directorate) is a fictional counterterrorism and intelligence agency in the Marvel Universe that often deals with superhuman threats. ...

Fin Fang Foom later reappears, still in shrunken form, and begrudgingly aids Wong - the servant of Dr. Strange - in defeating a force of HYDRA agents. [13] Wong is a character in the Marvel Universe. ... Doctor Strange is a sorcerer, featured in Marvel Comics. ... Baron Strucker, retconned founder of HYDRA, wearing the HYDRA logo on his chest. ...

There have also been two imitations of Fin Fang Foom. On the first occasion the Midgard Serpent imitated Foom to try and fool the Thunder God Thor [14] while the second involved the villain Nightmare morphing a creature called a Mindless One into a copy of Foom to battle the Hulk. [15] Thor also claims at one point to have killed the true Fin Fang Foom in battle, and uses his bones to build a tomb in the realm of Asgard. [16] Thor and the Midgard Serpent fight to the death in Thor #380, Volume 1. ... Thor (often called The Mighty Thor) is a fictional character and a superhero appearing in the Marvel Universe. ... Dr Strange rescuing a victim of Nightmare. ... The Hulk (Dr. Robert Bruce Banner), sometimes referred to as The Incredible Hulk, is a fictional character, a superhero appearing in the Marvel Comics Universe. ... In Norse mythology, Asgard (Old Norse: Ásgarður) is the realm of the gods, the Æsir, thought to be separate from the realm of the mortals, Midgard. ...

Powers and abilities

Fin Fang Foom possesses superhuman strength, the ability to fly via his wings at supersonic speeds, and can spew a destructive acidic mist resembling flame from his mouth. The dragon is also extremely durable and can regenerate at a rapid rate. By entering into long periods of hibernation, Fin Fang Foom has managed to survive for centuries. Fin Fang Foom is also a shapeshifter, can communicate telepathically and excels in hand to hand combat. It has been suggested that hypersonic be merged into this article or section. ...

Appearances in other media


Iron Man is an animated television series based on Marvel Comics superhero Iron Man. ... An animated series or cartoon series is a television series produced by means of animation. ... Neil Ross (born December 31, 1944) (sometimes credited as Neilson Ross) is a British voice actor and announcer, now resident and working in Los Angeles, in the United States. ...

Video games

  • Fin Fang Foom appears in the role-playing video game Marvel: Ultimate Alliance voiced by James Sie. He is seen as a member of Doctor Doom's Masters of Evil and the first full-fledged boss.

James Sie (born December 18, 1962, Summit, New Jersey) is an American voice actor. ... Doctor Doom (Victor von Doom) is a fictional supervillain in the Marvel Universe. ... The Masters of Evil are a fictional team of supervillains in the Marvel Comics universe. ...


The Invincible Iron Man is a direct-to-DVD animated movie based on the Marvel Comics character Iron Man. ...


  1. ^ Seen in flashback in Iron Man vol. 1, #274
  2. ^ Strange Tales vol. 1, #89
  3. ^ Marvel Monsters: Monsters On The Prowl #1 (2005)
  4. ^ Fin Fang Four #1 (2005)
  5. ^ Astonishing Tales #23 - 24
  6. ^ Legion of Night #1 - 2
  7. ^ Iron Man vol. 1, #275
  8. ^ Iron Man vol. 2, #15 - 18
  9. ^ JLA/Avengers #1
  10. ^ Fin Fang Four #1 (2005)
  11. ^ Nextwave vol. 1, #2 (2006)
  12. ^ Monster Blog! A Tribute to the Monsters of Jacky Kirby
  13. ^ Marvel Holiday Special (2006)
  14. ^ Thor vol. 1, #379
  15. ^ Hulk vol. 3, #79
  16. ^ Thor vol. 2, #80

  Results from FactBites:
Fin Fang Foom - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (478 words)
Fin Fang Foom is a fictional dragon in the Marvel Comics universe, who has served as an ally to various other monsters and an antagonist who has opposed a number of superheroes.
Fin Fang Foom is a fifteen-story humanoid dragon of the Eastern variety.
Fin Fang Foom was a recurring villain on the Iron Man animated television series.
comicreaders.com - Mini Busts - Misc (701 words)
After having all my worries about the Fin Fang Foom bust being a lame-ass idea vanquished, I still never thought it would be as cool as it is. Standing 9" tall (reportedly 1/8th scale of a 150' tall monster-- hmm), artfully painted, and strictly limited to 2000 pieces, this bust demands respect.
Fin Fang Foom was given a much needed dose of treachery by Walter Simonson in comics, and Neil Surges captures his menace in this sculpt.
Fin Fang Foom is obscure at best, and hasn't made an appearance in any Marvel title in a long time.
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