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Sunday, June 26, 2016

12 Greatest Comic Book Alien Invasions


via Comic Book Resources

With "Independence Day: Resurgence" arriving in theaters this weekend, we thought it was the perfect opportunity to count down the 12 greatest alien invasion stories in comic books.

12. "I Challenged ... Groot! The Monster from Planet X!"

The publisher later known as Marvel Comics was barely staying afloat in the late 1950s, and one of the few areas where it found success was in a line of "monster" comics. Titles like "Journey Into Mystery,” "Strange Tales" and "Tales to Astonish" are more familiar from their later periods as superhero anthologies, but in their early days most told tales of monsters from other worlds arriving to conquer Earth. They tended to follow a formula: monster shows up; everyone freaks out; heroic scientist discovers the alien’s weakness, which something surprisingly common on Earth. Nevertheless, with Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko creating the comics, they were virtually ensured to be fun.

No. 12 on the countdown, then, is devoted more for that entire era. However, the comic selected as the representative is "Tales to Astonish" #13 -- specifically the story by Lee, Kirby and Dick Ayers that introduced the wooden alien monster known as Groot, who was ultimately undone by a plucky scientist and termites. Decades later, Groot was revamped and became part of the Guardians of the Galaxy, and is now a major part of Marvel's Cinematic Universe.

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