Before Marvel Comics entered the superhero genre with The Fantastic Four in 1961, they published a seemingly endless parade of giant monster stories...featuring hordes of blunt-fingered, gape-mouthed Kirby creatures.
As a founding member of the Fantastic Four, the Thing served as sort of a "bridge" between Marvel's monster-centric past and its superhero future. You see, not only did the Thing echo the frightening appearance of his sci-fi predecessors, but their affinity for underwear as well!
That's right...you heard me. Underwear!
Despite their status as giant radiation-spawned behemoths or rampaging alien conquerors, a surprising number of Marvel Monsters demonstrated a remarkable sense of modesty by wearing huge briefs (or boxers) over their unmentionable regions.
Why? Who knows...I could take the easy route and assume the Comics Code Authority insisted that a monster who walked like a man should also dress like one. My theory? Simply this: Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko and Stan Lee probably just got a kick out of 200 ft. tall monsters running around in their underwear.
Thanks to one of my ever-alert readers, it seems I've missed a few proud members of the Modesty Monsters! Once I found out about Goo-Gam (thanks, Bret!), that quickly lead me to his father GOOM. While I was chasing down those two guys, Moomba and Zzutak popped up as well! Here they are...
If anyone else knows of any Underwear Monsters I've missed, leave a comment or shoot me an email! There must be a complete accounting of these unique creatures!