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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The Living Statue - Marvel Monsters

The Living Statue is a monster that appeared in early Marvel comics in the early 1960s.  He appeared as the villain in two issues of Tales to Astonish.  This post is part of the Toylab Marvel Monster series that focuses on old Marvel Monsters in preparation for the 2017 Marvel Comic event Monsters Unleashed.

Name/Alias: The Living Statue/  The Thing from Bald Mountain

First Appearance: Tales to Astonish #7

Final Appearance: Tales to Astonish #8

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The Living Statue first appears in a story called "I spent Midnight with the Monster from Bald Mountain".  The story is set in a castle where a sculpture is working on two massive projects.

The sculptor builds two massive statues one representing Evil and one representing Good.  After he is finished a lighting bolt strikes the building he is working in and the evil Statue comes to life.  This statues begins to thrash and chase after the sculpture and eventually pins him down.  Just before he is about to be struck down the sculpture is saved by the "Good" statue who has now come to life.  This statue knocks the other off a ravine.  Both statues tumble down to their seeming doom.  The stunned sculpture believes both of the statues are dead.  He does not understand what brought the statues to life but believes the evil one was triggered by lightning.  The source of the Good one's animation remains a mystery.

The first story ends with the statue seemingly killed.  However, the evil statue somehow survives.  He then goes to America in a plan to take over the world.  The statue needs to rest after getting to America and seeks solitude in a large metal cave.  Unknown to the giant he has entered a rocket at Cape Canaveral Florida and is launched into space.  The rocket is said to be headed toward the farthest reaches of the solar system.

The living statue was never heard from again.


  • Super Strong - Not sure how strong relative to other monsters or heroes but was shown to have strength far surpassing a normal human.
  • Super Durable - Made of stone

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