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Monstro the giant octopus (Marvel Comics) Tales of Suspense cover


(Giant octopus)

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Monstro was an octopus mutated to gigantic proportions ; each of his eyes was as big as a tank and its tentacles could crush buildings.


The third bearer of the Monstro name in the Marvel Universe was an octopus.

During the late 1950s, this animal was irradiated by submarine atomic tests in what I assume was the Black Sea (!). The cephalopod grew to humongous proportions and made its new home in a small Soviet fishing port, wrecking boats and coastal buildings to find food.

The evil Communists were outmatched (ha !) and had to call in the courageous and brilliant Americans (ha !). A fearless, clear-eyed Professor, armed with all-American SCIENCE!, inspected the beast up close using sophisticated American instruments the evil Communists were too cowardly and backward to use or have (ha !).

The square-jawed hero then swam back in the nick of time and told the horrible Reds the best course of action was to do nothing. Being Communists and thus evil and violent and stupid, they chased him away rather than follow his wise American advice.

Monstro ther giant octopus in a port

After coming back to the Land of the Free, the blue-eyed Professor revealed that he had determined the origin of Monstro, and that the radioactivity would soon disperse from its body, resulting in a return to normal size.

He did not explain that back in the USSR since he knew that the Communists, being evil and violent and stupid, would rather destroy the port and everything rather than to admit having done nuclear tests (ha !). For, uh, some reason. Look, they’re Communists, OK ? Communists !

The Professor was hailed as a hero, and reflected that perhaps this little lesson would drive the Communists to be less evil and violent and stupid.

Monstro prolly died of leukaemia, alone, in the sea.


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None, but at least it’s not a Communist !


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Dex: 02 Str: 17 Bod: 17 Motivation: Animal
Int: 00 Wil: 01 Min: 01 Occupation: It’s the octopus, goo goo g‘joob.
Inf: 01 Aur: 00 Spi: 01 Resources {or Wealth}: N.A.
Init: 003 (005) HP: 005

Extra Limb (x6): 17, Fog: 08, Growth: 16, Swimming: 05, Water Freedom: 04

Bonuses and Limitations:
Growth is Always On and Already Factored In

Military science (Camouflage): 04

None demonstrated

None, though it’s always possible that there’s a Communist somewhere. Communists !

None, since it’s not a Communist

By Sébastien Andrivet

Source of Character: Tales of Suspense vol. 1#08 (1960)

Helper(s): Chris Cottingham (animal stats), and not a single Communist !

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