The desolate island known as Monster Isle is near Japan in the Okhotsk Sea of the North Pacific. The network of tunnels that run beneath it lead to the Earth’s core. The monsters of Monster Isle were mutate creatures created by Kro, warlord of the subterranean Deviant race.
The Isle was used as a base by the would-be world conqueror known as the Mole Man. The Mole Man established an underground empire and mastered the strange creatures, which included Giganto and the three headed Tricephalous. The Mole Man conducted attacks on the surface world until he was opposed by The Fantastic Four on their first adventure. The Mole Man apparently destroyed Monster Isle in an atomic blast, however it has been revisited on several other occasions since.
At one point, the Thing began to undergo further mutation, becoming, at least in his own mind, more grotesque. Greatly disturbed, Grimm journeyed to Monster Isle. The Mole Man befriended the Thing and welcomed him into the society he had organized in his underground realm, composed of physically ugly people like himself who had believed themselves to be outcasts in the surface world. Grimm agreed to help the Mole Man in his attempt to use an earth shifting machine to raise a small continent in the Pacific Ocean to serve as a homeland for the Mole Man's society. While Grimm lived in the Mole Man's realm, his most recent mutations went into remission, leaving him looking little different than before these recent mutations had begun. The three other original members of the Fantastic Four found the Thing in the Mole Man's realm, where Reed Richards realized that by raising a continent in the Pacific, the Mole Man would trigger earthquakes that would destroy California. The Thing joined Mister Fantastic, the Invisible Woman, and the Human Torch in destroying the Mole Man's earth-shifting machine, and rejoined the Fantastic Four.
Magik and Shadowcat came to Monster Island to rescue a new mutant called Bo who's father left her alone on the island after her newly-manifested powers accidentally killed her mother. Some of Monster Isle's residential monsters then attacked the three until Magik teleported herself, Shadowcat, and Bo to the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning.
Captain America and Hawkeye used Monster Isle as an initiation area for Ant-Man while also releasing Fin Fang Foom there. The three superheroes stumble onto Red Skull using Dormammu's magic in order to protect himself just in case Thanos returned. During the battle, Red Skull ended up causing a forcefield to slowly surround the island. While Captain America, Hawkeye, and Ant-Man get out of range of the forcefield, Red Skull was thrown through the closing forcefield by Fin Fang Foom and right in front of the Avengers. Iron Man commented to Red Skull that he ruined Hulk's favorite vacation spot.
Points of Interest
Monsters currently living on Monster Isle:
- Abominable Snowman
- Gorgolla the Living Gargoyle
- It the Living Colossus
- The Two-Headed Thing
- Vandoom's Monster
- A Flora Colossus
- A Lizard Men of Tok
Monsters known to have inhabited Monster Isle include:
Monsters rumored to have dwelt on the island include:
- The Mole Man apparently destroyed Monster Isle with a nuclear blast at the end of Fantastic Four #1.
- Monster Isle is sometimes referred to as being located in the Bermuda Triangle, for example in Ms. Marvel Vol 2 22. This has not been explained.
- 107 Appearances of Monster Isle
- 4 Minor Appearances of Monster Isle
- 9 Media Monster Isle was Mentioned in
- 9 Images featuring Monster Isle
- Location Gallery: Monster Isle
Links and References
- ↑ Marvel Atlas #1
- ↑ Fantastic Four #1
- ↑ Fantastic Four #296
- ↑ Warlock and the Infinity Watch #7
- ↑ Ms. Marvel Vol 2 #24
- ↑ Uncanny X-Men Vol 3 #33
- ↑ Marvel 2-In-One #2
- ↑ Home Hazard Funnies: Rodan Gas! in What The--?! #10
- ↑ Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. Season 1 24
- ↑ Marvel's Avengers Assemble Season 2 19
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 Marvel Monsters: Fin Fang Four #1