Originally murdered in the mysterious Slaughter Swamp, he resurrects and regenerates there every time he is killed again in his zombie form. He participates in the final strike against the Secret Six. In Grant Morrison's Seven Soldiers series, the Witch-People of Limbotown (who are descended from the immortal Melmoth) bury their dead, and later dig them up, at which point they become animate and are used as slave labor. Created by Alfred Bester,[2] he first appeared in All-American Comics #61 (October 1944).[3]. In the year 1895, he had carried on an affair with a local prostitute from Gotham City named Rachel Rykel. He is offered nanotechnology stolen from GNX's Supercop program by Lex Luthor's daughter, Lucinda Luthor.[53]. The bomb went off fusing Grundy and Banner together. He finds himself in front of his own grave, where the Phantom Stranger tells him he has seven days to undo his curse, as "There is an unholy night coming, as black as the dead's blood. The heroes believe the threat of Grundy to have ended once and for all, but they are mistaken. Grundy is then taken back to his Earth by the Justice Society. During a clash with Superman, it is determined that his might is too much for the Man of Steel, so Superman flies the monster to an alien world inhospitable to all save the hardiest life as the zombie propels himself through the air mimicking his one-time adversary. Within the Slaughter Swamp Cyrus's body bonded with the plant-life and he eventually emerged as an undead behemoth with little memory of his past-life. This is the beginning of the end for Infinity Inc., and for Grundy's quasi-heroic career. Swamp Thing attempts to cry out for Superman to stop, as he believes Grundy to meet the definition of life, but Swamp Thing is unable to express this, due to physical difficulty in speaking. Having absorbed magic from Doctor Fate and Green Lantern, Grundy is easily able to defeat the combined might of Superman, Jay Garrick, Hawkman, Hawkman, and Green Lantern, until he is defeated by both Green Lanterns and sealed in Slaughter Swamp. [36], In the one-shot Faces of Evil: Solomon Grundy (March 2009) by Geoff Johns and Scott Kolins, Cyrus Gold returns to life in Slaughter Swamp, as he was prior to becoming Grundy. [42], During "The War of Jokes and Riddles" arc, Solomon Grundy is among the villains on Joker's side in his war against Riddler. Solomon Grundy was created by Alfred Bester and Paul Reinman, first appearing in All-American Comics #61. He is also incredibly invulnerable, able to take massive amounts of damage with little injury. Once Grundy found out that Marcie had duped him, he savagely beat her within an inch of her life. When Grundy appears again, he has returned to his malicious persona; the joint efforts of Jack Knight, Batman, Alan Scott, and The Floronic Man are needed to stop him. The original Grundy, for example, had prominent front teeth). Grundy was introduced as an enemy of comic book hero Alan Scott (the original Green Lantern), but has since become a prominent enemy for a number of superheroes such as Superman, Batman, the Green Lantern, and The Flash. His strength has varied greatly through the years; for instance, in the Long Halloween story arc, Batman beat Grundy, while at various points his strength is roughly on par with Superman's. [4][5] It is the introduction to a seven part mini-series featuring the character. [10], A battle soon commences when Grundy's body gravitates towards young astronomer Dick Cashmere as he learns to ride light waves, resulting in his assuming Cashmere's identity for a time while leaving the real one bound and gagged, though the Society finds him soon after. According to Rykel, she was pregnant with Gold's child, and sought to extort money from him for her silence. Alan Scott serves as his reluctant guide, as the story continues in the Solomon Grundy miniseries. No matter how much damage was done to his body, he resurrected as a complete Solomon Grundy, driven to kill. When Banner gets angry, he becomes Grundy. Minutes later, Grundy arrives at JSA HQ, and, not finding the Lantern there, he smashes the place up, then leaves. When Gold refused to yield to blackmail, Rachel's pimp… Grundy also becomes friends with previous Starman Mikaal Tomas, and dies while sacrificing himself to save Jack Knight from being crushed by a collapsing building. He has long been one of the key members of the Injustice Society, a villain group that opposes the Justice Society of America. [48], In the JLA/Avengers crossover, Grundy is among the villains enthralled by Krona to defend his stronghold. Making his way across country, Grundy heads for the headquarters of the Justice Society of America. Grundy was a slaughterhouse worker in 1898, his wife Pinney Grundy was raped by his callous foreman Henry Pittance and she killed herself on the job. Solomon Grundy is imprisoned orbiting the Earth in a stronger bubble created by the combined powers of Green Lantern and Doctor Fate. In many ways, Solomon Grundy is DC's villainous answer to the Hulk - and every bit as complex. Cyrus Gold (1985 - 2011) • The nursery rhyme is the inspiration for the DC Comics character Cyrus Gold/Solomon Grundy, a large, strong zombie supervillain created in 1944 as an adversary for the Green Lantern, though later a common foe of Batman and Superman. First appearing in Earth 2 #3, Grundy personifies "The Grey" life-destroying forces and opposes "The Green" forces that choose Alan Scott as their champion. [9], A freak weather occurrence releases Solomon Grundy from his prison. [11], At this point, Grundy is freed and enlisted along with several other supervillains by the time-traveling criminal Per Degaton in his second appearance, who has traveled to 1941 to capture the Justice Society of America on the day of the attack on Pearl Harbor, hoping to change history and take over the world. [17], Solomon Grundy briefly works with the Injustice Society when the Fiddler retrieves Grundy from the moon of Earth-One in order to attack the JSA. [56], Eventually, Grundy's origin was revealed in a flashback. Labs employee, who claims she is the great, great granddaughter of the man the monster spawned from, to find and cure him. He is eventually defeated by Batman and Superman, the former blasting his hands off and the latter ramming himself straight through Grundy's chest since he will reanimate. Calendar Man used them to help to kill the Batman, which took a whole week for him to defeat all the clones. Originally murdered in the mysterious Slaughter Swamp, he resurrects and regenerates there every time he is killed again in his zombie form. [54], During the Emperor Joker storyline where the Joker warped reality, Solomon Grundy was the warden of Arkham Asylum. Johnny turns on the radio, which blares the warning that Solomon Grundy is on the loose; the members believe, based on a large, muddy footprint on the floor, that Grundy got to HQ and took Green Lantern. Once a rich, corrupt merchant who was killed and left to rot in Slaughter Swamp, now a shambling, unstoppable undead monster, Grundy isn't so much a DC Super-Villain as he is a force of nature. As Grundy will regenerate, Superman takes his body and head to Lex Luthor to find a way to make Grundy an asset to the Regime. He is killed during a battle with Parademons. In the present, Solomon Grundy somehow returned to Earth, went on a decaying rampage, and fought members of the World Army where he was briefly dissolved. [39] Bizarro eventually manages to defeat Grundy by flying him into the sun, which completely incinerates him, and the black ring. In Cullen Bunn's Sorcerer Kings storyline in Superman/Batman, The Creeper leads an army of Grundymen in a battle with Batman, Superman, and vampire Nina Skorzeny. Eventually, this affectionate relationship turns tragic as the villainous Marcie Cooper, a.k.a. The alien child is finally reunited with his pet and sent back to his own dimension. The character, renamed Butch Gilzean and portrayed as a professional mob enforcer, appeared in 2014 on Fox's television series Gotham, where he was portrayed by Drew Powell. Cyrus Gold (Solomon Grundy), is a Zombie supervillain who has clashed with many heroes over the years, including Green Lantern, Superman, Batman, the Justice Society of America, and the Justice League of America. This version of Grundy returns one final time, without explanation, leading a gang in the Earth-One Gotham City. Solomon Grundy is a DC Comics character who debuted as a Green Lantern villain in 1944 and has been fighting pretty much every hero in the DCU ever since, though he remains tied to Slaughter Swamp just outside Gotham. [8], A criminal scientist calling himself the Baron of York kills his brother and takes over his gang stating to them that he knows where to find the body of Solomon Grundy. Green Lantern: The Animated Series (TV Series), https://dc.fandom.com/wiki/Solomon_Grundy?oldid=2844513, Pages using DynamicPageList parser function. He hates Green Lantern so much he thinks everyone he sees is Green Lantern. 3) #53, "Solomon's Revenge", Green Arrow helps Dr. Chrissie Cavendish, a S.T.A.R. Green Lantern arrives early for the meeting and when the other members arrive, they find their headquarters smashed to pieces and Green Lantern missing from the ranks. In the process, not only was Gold permanently transformed into an undead swamp monster, but was also robbed of his memories as Cyrus Gold. Solomon Grundy has had a long history in the DC comic universe. These zombies are called "Grundies" or "Grundymen", and resemble Solomon Grundy. He returns to Gotham City, but is shot by police after attacking a charity worker. Shortly thereafter, Grundy reappears in Gotham in the pages of Batman: Shadow of the Bat, battling Batman once again and killing the female descendant of one of the killers of Cyrus Gold. This cycle of reincarnation also gives him different abilities every time, so over the years he has varied drastically in strength and intelligence. [23] Grundy also appears earlier in the story while Batman pursues one of the suspects who bombed Dent's house into the sewers during Thanksgiving. 3) #18. Since then, his entire existence has been an … Grundy is once more an unintelligent monster, repeating the opening line of the nursery rhyme. In the DC comics, Cyrus Gold became an inhuman zombie named "Solomon Grundy" after being murdered, when he was extorted for money due to becoming the father of a baby belonging to a prostitute. He is based on the 19th century nursery rhyme "Solomon Grundy."[1]. In the later seasons the character was revealed to originally be named Cyrus Gold and became a zombie-like figure after his corpse was dumped in a swamp contaminated with experimental chemicals. Solomon Grundy was briefly seen fighting Arkillo of the Sinestro Corps and Saint Walker of the Blue Lantern Corps. His entire gang was put down by Kid Baltimore with a single bullet each except for Grundy who took two. She convinces him to press the unconscious Mister Bones' bare hand against Skyman; since Bones's skin constantly exudes a cyanide-based compound, this quickly leads to Skyman's death. The two combat Grundy and each other until Bizarro leaves and Superman rips Grundy's head off when the zombie prevents him from going after Bizarro. Later as a somewhat humorous twist, Batman provides Solomon Grundy with a Thanksgiving dinner.[24]. When Banner went out see who it was, the man turned out to be Solomon Grundy. Grundy recites the Solomon Grundy nursery rhyme while being pursued before Batman finished it for him when he defeats Grundy. The All-Star Squadron comes to their rescue, Sir Justin faces off against Solomon Grundy and Grundy is the last villain to be transported back, he is thrust back to the moon where he remains for over two decades, as this timeline is erased once Degaton is defeated. The Solomon Grundy poem is telling the story of Solomon Grundy, a man who, metaphorically, lives and dies his entire life in one single week. Eventually, his cruelty caught up with him and Cyrus Gold was murdered. [57], When it came to his next encounter with Solomon Grundy, Alan was reunited with Sam Zhao who has become an avatar for the White. Solomon Grundy is best known by his eponymous appearance in the nursery rhyme - "Solomon Grundy, born on a Monday, christened on Tuesday, married on Wednesday, took ill on Thursday, grew worse on Friday, died on Saturday, buried on Sunday, that was the end, of Solomon Grundy." Harlequin of the Dummy's Injustice Unlimited, uses her illusion powers to disguise herself as Jade. At the end of the series' run we see Grundy reanimated as a Black Lantern, and Cyrus Gold in hell. Ragdoll II encounters Grundy in a doorway. 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