Monster: Assorted Giant Monsters
Appearances: The Powerpuff Girls #41 "Absolutely Absorbing" October 2003.
Christopher Cook: Penciller, Mike DeCarlo: Inker, Dave Tanguay: Letterer & Colorist, Harvey Richards: Assistant Editor, Joan Hilty: Editor
The Powerpuff Girls #61 "Monster Mash-Up" September 2005
Christopher Cook: Penciller, Mike DeCarlo: Inker, Rob Leigh: Letterer, Heroic Age: Colorist, Rachel Gluckstern: Assistant Editor, Joan Hilty: Editor
The Powerpuff Girls #69 "All Thumbs" February 2006
Ricardo Garcia-Fuentes: Penciller, Mike DeCarlo: Inker, Heroic Age: Colorist, Travis Lanham: Letterer, Rachel Gluckstern: Assistant Editor, Joan Hilty: Editor
I grew up on a steady diet of giant monster movies, and giant monster comic books, and maintain a healthy affection for them. It was only natural that I would include the occasional giant monster into my comic book work. They were alluded to in Midnight, Mass., and hoaxed in an issue of Scooby-Doo, but it was in the pages of The Powerpuff Girls that I really was able to pay tribute to them.
"Absolutely Absorbing" featured Gum-Gloo-Gun, a giant, walking glue monster who absorbed all of the citizens of Townsville into his own body, along with all of their hopes, fears and inner thoughts. He had the personality of a big kid who goes around kicking over the sand castles built by small children and was my tribute to all of the giant monster comic books by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby where the monsters had ridiculously bombastic names like:
The splash page was also meant to emulate the splash pages and covers of these classic comics including the citizens/soldiers often to be found pointing and exclaiming something in the corners.
This odd-looking but pleasant fellow was a direct homage to my favorite adversary from the Gamera series of films. Take one look at the steak-knife on legs that is Guiron (below) and the influence is clear.
I have plans for further comics that feature giant monsters, so I am not done with them yet.