Flashback Friday: Fin Fang Foom, the Alien/Dragon/Invader/Chef...?
Oct 08, 2021
Dragons are usually considered part of the fantasy genre, but Stan Lee and Jack Kirby created at least one for science fiction and superheroes. Fin Fang Foom is an alien creature that resembles a dragon, who has super strength, enhanced healing, and telepathy, he can fly at supersonic speeds, can shoot acid mist, and he has advanced alien technology.
He was introduced 60 years ago in Strange Tales #89 (October 1961) as part of an alien race from the planet Kakaranathara who landed in China with others of his kind. Possessing shapeshifting powers, they took human form to infiltrate society for the study and eventual conquest. Fin Fang Foom was the exception, put in a catatonic state and hidden inside a tomb for future use.
He was awakened by Chan Liuchow when Taiwan was being invaded by Communist Chinese forces. Chan got Fin Fang Foom to destroy the invaders then lured him back to the tomb and used a rare herb to put the dragon-like creature back to sleep.
A man found the ship his people used for their journey to Earth and stole 10 rings from it, becoming the Mandarin. The villain was directed to Fin Fang Foom’s tomb by a man named Chen Hsu, then he used Foom to threaten the Chinese government. Fin Fang Foom helped the Mandarin gain power over a portion of China, then Chen revealed that he was actually the captain of Foom’s ship. Together, they started summoning the rest of the crew, who had been living as humans for centuries. The Mandarin realized he had been tricked into helping the aliens regroup, so he sought Iron Man’s help in stopping them.
Fin Fang Foom’s body had been destroyed during the battle, but his soul was able to latch onto a small statue of a dragon. After trying to take over a teenager’s body, he was banished to Monster Isle. Since then, he has converted to Buddhism, seeking rehabilitation for his past, and even became the head chef in a Chinese restaurant at the Baxter Building.
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This article originally appeared in Gemstone Publishing’s e-newsletter Scoop.
Amanda Sheriff is Gemstone Publishing’s Associate Editor, serving as the writer/editor of the e-newsletter, Scoop. She is the author of The Overstreet Guide to Collecting Movie Posters, The Overstreet Guide to Collecting Concert Posters, and The Overstreet Guide to Collecting Horror, and co-author of The Overstreet Price Guide to Star Wars Collectibles and The Overstreet Price Guide to Batman.