The Glob makes his first appearance. From The Incredible Hulk #121
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearance(Timms):
The Incredible Hulk vol. 2 #121 (Nov. 1969)
The Incredible Hulk vol. 2 #389 (Jan. 1992)
Created by(Timms):
Roy Thomas
Herb Trimpe[1]
Tom Field
Gary Barker
In-story information
Alter egoJoseph Timms
Sumner Samuel Beckwith
SpeciesHuman mutate
Team affiliations(Timms):
Paranormal Containment Unit
Notable aliases(Timms):
The Golden Brain

(As the Golden Brain):

(As Beckwith):

  • Expert geneticist

(As the Glob II):

  • Bog manipulation

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

Publication history

The first Glob debuted in The Incredible Hulk vol. 2 #121 (Nov. 1969), and was created by Roy Thomas and Herb Trimpe.[2] Roy Thomas has stated that the character was a conscious imitation of the Heap.[1] Thomas intended to call the character the Shape, but editor Stan Lee thought that name sounded too feminine, and insisted on the name "the Glob".[3]

The second Glob debuted in The Incredible Hulk vol. 2 #389 and was created by Tom Field and Gary Barker.

Fictional character biography

Joseph "Joe" Timms

Joe Timms was born in Miami, Florida. Timms is a petty criminal who escaped from prison to see his dying wife, until he drowned in the swamp bog for several years. Then, nuclear waste brought him back to life as a large, slimy, and shambling monster named the Glob, with immense strength, but with very little brainpower.[4] It terrorized Betty Ross, fought the Hulk, and got dissolved by an experimental anti-radiation fluid in the murky waters.[5] Shortly thereafter, the Leader resurrected it for a second battle against the Hulk. An explosion blew up the Glob into tiny fragments.[6]

The Glob's brain later reformed into the Golden Brain. Yagzan and the Cult of Entropy used it as a weapon, but 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 had been captured and mutated by Yagzan into a clay-based lifeform of the Glob. It battled the Man-Thing, reducing itself to mud again, which suffocates Yagzan, and killed him.[7]

However, it was later revealed that the Glob had been enslaved by the Collector. It eventually rebelled against him with the assistance of the Hulk and the Man-Thing.[8]

The Glob then got taken into S.H.I.E.L.D. custody where they recruited it in their organization's Paranormal Containment Unit.[9]

During the "Avengers: Standoff!" storyline, the Glob became an inmate of Pleasant Hill, a gated community established by S.H.I.E.L.D.[10]

Sumner Samuel Beckwith

Sumner Samuel Beckwith was a geneticist working for the Pantheon that injected himself with an experimental duplicate of the Super-Soldier Serum in which he created (after discovering the journals of Ted Sallis, who becomes the Man-Thing due to his own research in recreating the formula), turns out to be defective. He transformed into a light-green semi-humanoid being seemingly composed of bog matter known as the Glob II. It fled to the Florida Everglades, menaced Rick Jones and even battled the Hulk, who mistook it for the original Glob. It got incinerated by the Man-Thing's touch after feeling fear.[11]

Powers and abilities

Both the Globs were monstrous creatures resembling a semi-solid mass of vegetable matter, with inhuman strength, stamina, and durability, though limited in brainpower and athletics. The Globs' bodies are difficult to harm, because their muddy exteriors can absorb physical attacks painlessly.[12]

Joe Timms became the first Glob as a result from exposure to toxic waste in the swamp. As the Golden Brain, it has the ability to materialize an electrically-charged duplicate of its Glob form and recreate a physically perfect human body for itself.

Sumner Beckwith became the second Glob when he injected himself with a duplicate version of the Super-Soldier Formula. Unlike the original, it could excrete slime-like material from its own body to smother living beings or regenerate lost limbs. He earned a Ph.D. in genetics, before his transformation.

Other characters named Glob

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


The Glob was ranked #31 on a listing of Marvel Comics' monster characters.[15]


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  2. ^ DeFalco, Tom; Sanderson, Peter; Brevoort, Tom; Teitelbaum, Michael; Wallace, Daniel; Darling, Andrew; Forbeck, Matt; Cowsill, Alan; Bray, Adam (2019). The Marvel Encyclopedia. DK Publishing. p. 149. ISBN 978-1-4654-7890-0.
  3. ^ Wells, John (2014). American Comic Book Chronicles: 1965-1969. TwoMorrows Publishing. p. 270. ISBN 978-1605490557.
  4. ^ Brevoort, Tom; DeFalco, Tom; Manning, Matthew K.; Sanderson, Peter; Wiacek, Win (2017). Marvel Year By Year: A Visual History. DK Publishing. p. 139. ISBN 978-1465455505.
  5. ^ The Incredible Hulk vol. 2 #121. Marvel Comics.
  6. ^ The Incredible Hulk vol. 2 #129. Marvel Comics.
  7. ^ Giant-Size Man-Thing #1. Marvel Comics.
  8. ^ The Incredible Hulk vol. 2 #197-198. Marvel Comics.
  9. ^ Nick Fury's Howling Commandos #2-6. Marvel Comics.
  10. ^ Avengers Standoff: Assault on Pleasant Hill Alpha #1. Marvel Comics.
  11. ^ The Incredible Hulk vol. 2 #389. Marvel Comics.
  12. ^ Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z Vol 1 #4 (September 2008)
  13. ^ "Glob". Archived from the original on 2011-05-19. Retrieved 2011-01-13.
  14. ^ "The Glob". Archived from the original on 2011-05-07. Retrieved 2011-01-13.
  15. ^ Buxton, Marc (October 30, 2015). "Marvel's 31 Best Monsters". Den of Geek. Archived from the original on September 30, 2018. Glob fought the Hulk a few times before Timms was recreated into the being known as the Golden Brain and used as a weapon by the villain Yagzan and the crazed Cult of Entropists