Glob (comics)

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Glob is the name of different fictional characters appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics.

Publication history[edit]

The first Glob debuted in The Incredible Hulk vol. 2 #121 (November 1969), and was created by Roy Thomas and Herb Trimpe. Roy Thomas has stated that the character was a conscious imitation of The Heap.[1]

The second Glob debuted in The Incredible Hulk #339 and was created by Tom Field and Gary Barker.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Joseph "Joe" Timms[edit]

The Incredible Hulk (no. 121) (cover art).jpg
The Glob makes his first appearance. From The Incredible Hulk #121
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance The Incredible Hulk vol. 2 #121 (Nov 1969)
Created by Roy Thomas
Herb Trimpe[1]
In-story information
Alter ego Joseph Timms
Team affiliations S.H.I.E.L.D. Paranormal Containment Unit
Notable aliases The Golden Brain
Abilities Superhuman strength, stamina and durability
(As Golden Brain):
Ability to materialize a powerful electrically charged duplicate of the Glob and recreate itself as a humanoid

Joe Timms was born in Miami, Florida. Timms was a petty criminal and an escaped convict who drowned in a swamp bog following his escape after he heard his wife was dying. Timms was transformed by radioactive waste into a strange slime-like shambling monster, named Glob, with superhuman strength but with very little intelligence. He menaced Betty Ross, and battled the Hulk. He was destroyed by an experimental anti-radiation fluid in the swamp waters.[2] Shortly thereafter, he was resurrected by the Leader, who sent him against the Hulk. The Glob was blown into fragments by an explosion.[3]

The Glob's brain later reformed into the Golden Brain. It was used as a weapon by Yagzan and the crazed Cult of Entropists, but was lost by the Entropists in an encounter with the Man-Thing. The Golden Brain psionically molded itself into an amnesiac blond haired man. The man was later captured and mutated by Yagzan into a clay form version of Glob. It battled the Man-Thing and was reduced to clay again, which smothered Yagzan.[4]

However, it was later revealed that the Glob was enslaved by the Collector,[5] and eventually rebelled against him with assistance of the Hulk and Man-Thing.[6]

He was then taken into S.H.I.E.L.D. custody where Glob was recruited in that organization's Paranormal Containment Unit.[volume & issue needed]

During the Avengers: Standoff! storyline, Glob was an inmate of Pleasant Hill, a gated community established by S.H.I.E.L.D.[7]

Sumner Samuel Beckwith[edit]

Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Incredible Hulk vol. 2 #389 (Jan 1992)
Created by Tom Field
Gary Barker
In-story information
Alter ego Sumner Samuel Beckwith
Team affiliations Pantheon
Abilities Skilled geneticist
Superhuman strength, stamina and durability

Sumner Samuel Beckwith was a geneticist working for the Pantheon who injected himself with an experimental super soldier serum which turned out to be defective. He transformed into a light-green semi-humanoid being seemingly composed of bog matter, and became the second Glob. It fled to the Florida Everglades, menaced Rick Jones and battled the Hulk, who mistook it for the original Glob. It was apparently incinerated by the Man-Thing's touch.[8]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Both Globs were monstrous creatures that resembled a semi-solid mass of slime and bog-matter, with superhuman strength, stamina and durability, though both were limited in intelligence and reflexes. The Globs' bodies are difficult to harm, due to their semi-solid build that could absorb physical attacks painlessly.

Joe Timms became the Glob due to exposure to radioactive waste in a swamp bog. As the Golden Brain, he had the ability to materialize a powerful electrically charged duplicate of the Glob and recreate himself as a physically perfect version of his human form.

Sumner Beckwith became the Glob when he was injected with an experimental version of the Super-Soldier Serum. Unlike his predecessor, he did not seem to possess quite enough strength to seriously menace the Hulk, spending most of their brief battle on the receiving end of the damage. Before his transformation, he had earned a Ph.D. in genetics and was a skilled geneticist.

Other characters named Glob[edit]

There have been three other characters known as Glob in the Marvel Universe. These include:


  1. ^ a b Buttery, Jarrod (February 2014). "Hulk Smash!: The Incredible Hulk in the 1970s". Back Issue!. TwoMorrows Publishing (70): 3–18. 
  2. ^ Incredible Hulk Vol. 2 #121
  3. ^ Incredible Hulk Vol. 2 #129
  4. ^ Giant-Size Man-Thing #1
  5. ^ Incredible Hulk Vol. 1 #197
  6. ^ Incredible Hulk Vol. 1 #198
  7. ^ Avengers Standoff: Assault on Pleasant Hill Alpha #1
  8. ^ Incredible Hulk vol. 2 #389
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