Monstro first appeared in Pep Comics #40, published in July 1943 by MLJ Comics. In the story, Monstro is a Martian who becomes trapped in a spacecraft headed for Earth. Upon his arrival, he is initially feared by humans due to his monstrous appearance and incredible strength. However, Monstro proves himself to be kind-hearted and gentle, using his powers to help people and protect Earth from various threats.
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Monstro was an endearing and goofy alien who had been banished from his home planet for consistently disobeying their strict cultural norms and causing embarrassment to their ruling class. Despite his loveable nature, his antics were seen as a threat to their disciplined and orderly society. Hoping to learn how to fit in better and eventually be accepted back home, Monstro set off on a journey to Earth.
Upon arriving on Earth, Monstro quickly made a home for himself in a small town, eager to observe and learn from the humans. He spent his days trying to blend in, although his clumsiness and goofiness often led to hilarious and awkward situations. The people of the town couldn’t help but be charmed by Monstro’s unique personality and earnest attempts to adapt to their way of life.
Despite his many mishaps, Monstro possessed some impressive powers. He was incredibly strong, fast, and agile. He could also read minds and morph his appearance to look like anything he wanted. However, his most impressive power was his x-ray vision, which allowed him to see through solid objects.
One day, as Monstro was walking through town, he overheard a group of people talking about a bank robbery that was about to happen. Eager to be a hero and prove his worth, he quickly transformed into a police officer and rushed to the scene. But when he arrived at the bank, Monstro realized that he had misunderstood the situation. The people inside the bank were actually a group of actors, filming a movie about a bank robbery. Monstro’s x-ray vision had shown him the props and costumes, but he had misinterpreted them as real weapons and stolen money.
Embarrassed and confused, Monstro quickly transformed back into his normal form and ran away from the scene. The actors and crew stared in amazement as the strange alien sprinted down the street, disappearing into the distance.
As Monstro continued his life on Earth, he gradually learned to control his powers better and became more aware of social norms and behaviors. Although he still faced challenges, he began to feel a growing sense of belonging in the small town. His kind-hearted nature and determination to help others endeared him to the townspeople, who appreciated his heroic efforts, even when they didn’t always go as planned.
Physical Enhancement, Telepathy, Shape-Shifting – Super strength, speed, agility, mind reading, shape-shifting, x-ray vision.
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