Monster of the Day #1377

Man, would I love a cartoon show with all these things.

  • Here’s another tale of woe from the House of Ideas. Taboo here? An alcoholic. He’s been on the wagon for six months. But today happens to be the anniversary of his wife’s death in a skiing accident, and he can’t take it.

    Look at him. Drunk out of his mind, staggering out of the Murky Swamp in search of another bar to hit. He’s going to fall over in the next second, splashing mire all over the place.

    And Cowboy Dan there? He’s Taboo’s sponsor. He can’t believe his friend’s fallen so low, so fast, and is now desperately trying to get him to stay back from the Murky Tavern just behind him. After the fall, he’s going to carry the Thing back home and try to help make things right again.

  • Eric Hinkle

    I remember this story. Taboo asks the hero to go to the UN and ask them to provide him with all current human technological knowledge so he can learn from them. The UN obligingly does this with, handing Taboo some large metal box. Taboo then laughs at them, remarks that now his race can conquer the Earth, and goes flying off all by himself. “I need no rocket! All of SPACE is my SLAVE!”

    The hero frets over the whole dooming humanity thing. The UN tells him not to worry, for they put a nuclear bomb into the box and use it to blow Taboo to bits. The end!

    Makes me wonder how the UN would have explained the bomb if Taboo’s race turned out to be good guys.

  • Eric Hinkle

    I can only hope that with some luck we get to see Gorgolla, The Living Gargoyle, sometime this week in this series.

  • Beckoning Chasm

    “That hairball is pretty mean!”

  • Flangepart

    “Don’t tell ME to stop mucking about. It’s all about the muck!”

  • Rock Baker

    If the UN were capable of that sort of thinking, I might actually support it…

  • bgbear_rnh

    Next time Taboo, Russian hackers.

  • Marsden

    A “thing” from the “swamp” Could it be a. ………. Swamp Thing? Or a Muck Monster, depends on how good your lawyer is on trademark litigation, right?

  • Eric Hinkle

    Good old Taboo here was in comics about 15 years before anyone even heard of Swamp Thing.

  • Rodford Smith

    Anyone else remember the Yawning Man from the George Pal _Tom Thumb_ movie?

  • Luke Blanchard

    In the 40s/50s there was a series about a swamp monster called the Heap. It appeared in AIRBOY COMICS, and sometimes got the covers towards the end. He had a mossy/hairy look and a nose like a droopy carrot. The nose of Marvel’s Man-Thing was a straight imitation.
    The Heap originally appeared in the “Skywolf” feature in AIR FIGHTERS COMICS. This was the same title: it was renamed after the war. Reportedly these kind of swamp monsters all go back to a story of Theodore Sturgeon’s, “It!” (1940).