Spring Break: Solomon Grundy Want Pants, Too!

With digital speech balloons.

With digital speech balloons.

It is the last day of Spring Break. I have worked through “Pokemon Alpha Sapphire”, and am now most of the way through “Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham.” In that game, you leave Gotham, go to the Justice League Watchtower, wreck up Lego Paris, and go on a space quest to the various Lantern Homeworlds.

You also get Solomon Grundy as a playable character, which I did not know at time of purchase, but could not be happier with.

Some of you readers are all…”Who the @#$% is Solomon Grundy?”

Okay then…the Cliff’s Notes Version: Solomon Grundy is a Plant Zombie supervillain in the DC Comics universe and a Hulk like antihero in DC’s more recent animated shows. Named after a 19th century nursery rhyme, Grundy was introduced as an enemy of the Golden Age Green Lantern, but has since become a prominent enemy for a large number of superheroes, including Superman and Batman (who now just duke it out with each other). He first appeared in All-American Comics No. 61, in October of 1944. Solomon Grundy is one of the earliest, if not the first, depiction of a zombie in the comic medium.

Origin story? Fine. In the late 19th century, a wealthy merchant named Cyrus Gold is murdered and his body is disposed of in Slaughter Swamp, near Gotham City. Fifty years later, the corpse is reanimated as a huge shambling figure, composed partly of the swamp matter that has accumulated around the body over the decades. Being kind of a zombie, he has almost no memory of his past life. Gold murders two escaped criminals who are hiding out in the marsh and steals their clothes. This “hand me down” approach explains his quest for pants a bit…but not completely. He shows up in a hobo camp (AWESOME!) and, when asked about his name, one of the few things he can recall is that he was “born on a Monday”. One of the men at the camp mentions the nursery rhyme character Solomon Grundy (who was born on a Monday), and Gold adopts the name. Strong, vicious, and nearly mindless, Solomon Grundy falls into a life of crime. With super strength and a body with large amounts of wood in it…he’s rough on the Green lantern of the time.

Panel One.  Both Panels were separate pieces, digitally merged.

Panel One. Both Panels were separate pieces, digitally merged.

For a Plant Zombie swamp guy….he’s got the stuff in terms of powers. Solomon Grundy has superhuman strength…usually in the Big League Category. His strength has varied greatly through the years though…for instance, in the “Long Halloween” story arc, Batman beat Grundy, while at various points his strength is on par with Superman’s. That last part…that’s why he can catch our protagonist’s fist, being similarly strong to a Kryptonian. He is virtually indestructible and immortal thanks to the “elemental energy” that imbues his form with “pseudo-life.” He is nearly invulnerable to physical, magical, and energy attacks and he is not affected by fire or cold. He has proven highly resistant to the effects of the original Green Lantern’s power ring…which can do pretty much anything. As if he needed it…Grundy possesses a healing factor like Wolverine. While he has occasionally been destroyed, he has always returned to life sooner or later, though often with different personalities and powers.

But never with better pants.

What’s that all about, you ask?

First…look at this.

If you didn’t click, I’ll summarize.

In the early 90’s back when the original Cartoon Network aired programming like “The Super Friends”, one of their most notable and humorous promos had the Legion of Doom bickering with each member demanding new equipment to fight the super friends (such as a seahorse, utility belts, and more toys). Brainiac’s only demand however was a decent pair of pants which was led by Solomon Grundy replying “Solomon Grundy wants Pants Too!”

This quote stuck with the character and fans often joked when seeing him in other adaptations claiming all he wanted was some pants. I can see where he would…the only pants the guy has are torn pants that came from Swamp Crime Hobos. Is it any wonder he’s so angry?

Since I posted the separate Panel One art, here's Panel Two.

Since I posted the separate Panel One art, here’s Panel Two.

My last day of Spring Break has a bunch of demands on it, each as implacable as a Solomon Grundy that wants decent pants. I need to check on progress with the transmission rebuild. Deal with roofers, who are still going around and around on my house’s Roof Situation. Have a “Home Owners Association” meeting, where we will hire new roofers. Get my stuff together for work tomorrow, and make sure I know what I’m talking about where we left off in “Catcher in the Rye.” Pick out an outfit for Prom.

Much like Solomon Grundy, you knock down one of those tasks…and it just pops back up, slightly different.

The finalized composite, before digital text.

The finalized composite, before digital text.

So there we go…a final piece of artwork, with one of the whole “process” post things going for it too. Now, I’m going to get a cup of coffee and do one of those things on the list…maybe, just maybe I’ll get a pair of pants, too.

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