Who Is Solomon Grundy? Stargirl’s Undead Villain Defined
Solomon Grundy might need been born on a Monday within the youngsters’s nursery rhyme, however his comedian e book historical past is something however easy.
On the floor, Solomon Grundy may look like a bleached holdover from the basic Superfriends cartoon, offered because the Legion of Doom’s muscle. Nevertheless, beneath the lumbering large’s grizzled inside lies a particularly multifaceted character. In some ways, Solomon Grundy is DC’s villainous reply to the Hulk – and each bit as complicated.
Solomon Grundy is greatest identified by his eponymous look within the nursery rhyme – “Solomon Grundy, born on a Monday, christened on Tuesday, married on Wednesday, took unwell on Thursday, grew worse on Friday, died on Saturday, buried on Sunday, that was the top, of Solomon Grundy.” The character made his first look in All-American Comics #61 in 1944. Solomon is the lumbering, reanimated corpse of Cyrus Gold, a murdered service provider. Resurrected with brute power, near-invulnerability, and murderous instincts, Grundy battles Inexperienced Lantern Alan Scott in his first look. For the subsequent seventy-six years, Grundy would bedevil each the Justice Society of Ameria and their Silver Age successors, the Justice League.
Very like the nursery rhyme, nonetheless, Solomon Grundy exists in a number of completely different levels. As with Physician Who’s eponymous character, Solomon Grundy returns to life in numerous iterations – with some extra clever than others. Within the 1990’s Starman collection, the hero Jack Knight befriends a mild and harmless model of Solomon Grundy. That is significantly difficult for Jack’s father Ted, the Golden Age Starman, who witnessed a earlier model of Grundy trigger the dying of the Star-Spangled Child. Nevertheless, this Grundy finally offers his life to save lots of Jack. Starman ultimately learns that the Parliament of Timber, a gaggle of plant elementals, tried to make Cyrus Gold certainly one of their very own after his dying, however failed, ensuing within the constantly-regenerating Solomon Grundy.
The character has additionally had a storied record of appearances exterior of comics. He is appeared in all the things from The Legend of Superheroes selection present (the much less stated about this the higher) to latest entries akin to Gotham and Arrow. He is most likely most well-known for his aforementioned look within the basic Superfriend cartoons, although the character has additionally appeared in later animated collection akin to Justice League and The Batman. Presently, Solomon Grundy is slated to seem within the upcoming Stargirl collection.
Hopefully, the brand new Stargirl collection will reap the benefits of Grundy’s lengthy and twisted historical past. The present might additionally construct upon Solomon Grundy’s position because the assassin of the earlier Star-Spangled Child, however with different villains like Tigress and Sportsmaster additionally showing, the present already has sufficient villain to work with. Nonetheless, Solomon Grundy’s multi-faceted regeneration has by no means totally been explored exterior of comics. Maybe Stargirl will lastly give Solomon Grundy his due.