Lengthy earlier than the Guardians of the Galaxy had been cinematic heroes, Groot was a barely completely different creature. Within the MCU, he could also be cute and beloved, however on his introduction, he was primed to be the most effective Marvel villains.
Groot dates again to 1960, for Tales to Astonish concern 13, by Jack Kirby, Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, Dick Ayers, Stan Goldberg, and Ray Holloway. Marvel wasn’t fairly Marvel at this level, nonetheless holding onto the Atlas Comics model and placing out numerous completely different anthology books moderately than committing to superheroes.
Tales to Astonish delivered pulpy sci-fi; fast tales typically that includes aliens or futuristic worlds. The previous was the place Groot got here in, as an invader from Planet X to take over Earth. That doesn’t sound like the most effective MCU characters, from the very best science fiction films within the franchise, does it?
Within the brief story, Groot plans to make Earth a part of an area zoo for the individuals on his homeworld. Weaponing our timber and forestry, those that survive might be rounded as much as stay in glass cages on Planet X, gawked at by different Groot-like monstrosities. The horror!
You may see the hyperlink between Groot and ecology even then, though with the way it all goes, I’m undecided there was any sort of profound message meant. Groot does a variety of injury and scares loads of civilians, however a plucky stand in opposition to him, utilizing termites to save lots of the Earth as soon as extra.
A traditional, The Struggle of the Worlds-style twist ending that depends on a mixture of alien stupidity and our wonderful eco-system defending us. The story solely lasts seven pages, as was the purview throughout this period, and even studying it now you don’t sense Groot was ever meant to be far more than simply one other one-off.
However come 2006, he grew to become a part of Nick Fury’s Howling Commandos, and the remainder is historical past. Groot would be part of the Guardians of the Galaxy forged, and change into a popular culture icon to rival the most important in Marvel’s roster.
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