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Solomon Grundy (DC)
Real Name: Cyrus Gold
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Cyrus Gold was a wealthy man who was robbed and murdered, and his remains thrown into Slaughter Swamp near Gotham City. Le Bon Gumbo, also known as Swamp Thing, formerly known as Alex Olsen, had recently retired to the Parliament of Trees, and the Earth was trying to form an Earth Elemental. While it eventually found one in German pilot Albert Höllerer, it failed in this attempt, because fire was not present, and a white zombie-like creature emerged built over Gold's remains with fragmentary memories, including an ability to speak English at a below-average level. He stole the prison garb of two escaped convicts, then was asked to lead a band of criminals who noticed that he could stand in their campfire without being burned. One of them called him Solomon Grundy when he said that he was "born on Monday" like in the Mother Goose rhyme. He led the group through several heists, and Green Lantern Alan Scott's ring would not work against him, so he didn't understand why the criminals cared about Green Lantern. They instructed him to kill Green Lantern by throwing him off a terrace. When he did so, there was a large green and yellow explosion. He then grabbed a member of his gang, Jake, and threw him to the floor. The rest of the gang told him that you should only kill enemies, but Jake was already dead, which Grundy did not understand because of the lack of flashes.

After Green Lantern, whose ring would not work against Grundy because of his plant composition, pushed him in front of a train, he has consistently sought revenge against Green Lantern, and has been amoral enough to harm others who have gotten in his way. Eventually, Green Lanterns Alan Scott and Hal Jordan sent him to the moon, where he had what was described as "his first independent thought," traveling to Earth-1, believing that he may have an equivalent there who would be his friend.

His body was fragmented and sent to Earth-1, where it battled Superman, even as Swamp Thing Alec Holland attempted to save him, but Swamp Thing was still experiencing too much pain in speaking to communicate with Superman why he thought Grundy should be saved. These duplicates were destroyed with a formula created by S.T.A.R. Labs.

When Solomon Grundy learned of Scott's children, Jade and Obsidian, he attempted to kill them, but Jade showed him kindness, and he was willing to obey her, although he became subject to wicked forces and eventually conquered their team, Infinity, Inc.

When Lex Luthor sent Swamp Thing reeling into Space, the Parliament of Trees assumed that he was dead and tried to put a new Swamp Thing, known as the Sprout, into Grundy's body. When Swamp Thing returned, he was relieved that Grundy was not dead, but Grundy had no memory of him, and they fought. Swamp Thing found Grundy too corrupt to be Earth's Elemental, and prevented the Sprout from assimilating with him.

Created by Alfred Bester and Phil Reinman.

First Appearance: All-American Comics (1939) #61

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Issue Appearances:
Action Comics (1938)
Adventures of Superman: José Luis García-López (2013)
All Star Comics (1999)
All Star Comics Archives (1991)
All-American Comics (1939)
All-Star Comics (1940)
All-Star Squadron (1981)
Amazing Adventures of the JLA (2006)
Amazing World of DC Comics (1974)
Ambush Bug: Year None (2008)
America vs. the Justice Society (1985)
Avengers/JLA (2003)
Batman (1940)
Batman 80-Page Giant 2011 (2011)
Batman: Dark Victory (1999)
Batman: Hidden Treasures (2010)
Batman: Odyssey (2010)
Batman: Odyssey (2012)
Batman: Shadow of the Bat (1992)
Batman: The Long Halloween (1996)
Batman: The Man Who Laughs (2005)
Batman: Two-Face and Scarecrow Year One (2009)
Bizarro Comics (2001)
Blackest Night: Black Lantern Corps (2010)
Blackest Night: JSA (2010)
Booster Gold (2007)
Comic Cavalcade (1942)
Convergence Action Comics (2015)
Convergence: Infinite Earths (2015)
Countdown (2007)
Crisis on Infinite Earths (1985)
Crisis on Multiple Earths (2002)
Crisis on Multiple Earths: The Team-Ups (2005)
Day of Judgment (1999)
DC Comics Presents (1978)
DC Comics Presents: Supergirl/Superman (2012)
DC Comics Presents: Superman (2010)
DC Comics Super-Villains: 100 Greatest Moments (2019)
DC Sampler (1983)
DC Sneak Preview (1991)
DC Universe Online: Legends (2011)
DC Universe: Origins (2009)
DC/WS DreamWar (2008)
DCU Halloween Special (2008)
DCU Halloween Special '09 (2009)
DCU: Legacies (2010)
Detective Comics (1937)
Faces of Evil: Solomon Grundy (2009)
Flashpoint: Frankenstein & The Creatures of the Unknown (2011)
Flashpoint: The World of Flashpoint Featuring Green Lantern (2012)
Golden Age Secret Files (2001)
Green Arrow (2001)
Green Lantern Corps Quarterly (1992)
Green Lantern: Brightest Day; Blackest Night (2002)
Hawkman (2002)
History of the DC Universe (1986)
Infinite Crisis (2005)
Infinity, Inc. (1984)
JLA - Die neue Gerechtigkeitsliga Sonderband (1997)
JLA 80-Page Giant (1998)
JLA in Crisis Secret Files (1998)
JLA: Incarnations (2001)
JLA: Year One (1998)
Joker: Last Laugh (2001)
JSA (1999)
JSA 80-Page Giant 2011 (2011)
JSA Presents: Green Lantern (2008)
JSA Secret Files (1999)
JSA: All Stars (2003)
JSA: Classified (2005)
Justice (2005)
Justice League of America (1960)
Justice League of America (2006)
Justice League of America, Special (2009)
Justice Society of America (1991)
Justice Society of America (2007)
Justice Society of America: A Celebration of 75 Years (2015)
Legends of the DCU: Crisis on Infinite Earths (1999)
Salvation Run (2008)
Secret Six (2006)
Showcase (1956)
Solomon Grundy (2009)
Starman (1994)
Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E. (1999)
Suicide Squad (2001)
Super-Team Family (1975)
Supergirl (2005)
Superman (1939)
Superman (1987)
Superman: New Krypton (2009)
Superman/Batman (2003)
Swamp Thing (1985)
Tales of the Batman - Gene Colan (2011)
Tales of the Batman: Gerry Conway (2017)
The Brave and the Bold (1955)
The Flash (1987)
The Super Friends (1976)
Tim Sale: Heroes, Villains, Babes (2008)
Titans (2008)
Trinity (2008)
Two-Face: Year One (2008)
Underworld Unleashed (1995)
Villains United (2005)
Wanted, the World's Most Dangerous Villains (1972)
Who's Who in the DC Universe (1990)
Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe (1985)
Who's Who: Update '87 (1987)
Wonder Woman (1942)
Young All-Stars (1987)

Group Affiliation(s):
Black Lantern Corps
Injustice Society of the World
New Creature Commandos
Secret Society of Super-Villains (03-Current)
Suicide Squad (DC)(04 - Gen. Rock's Squad)

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