Solomon Grundy is a
zombie supervillain who has clashed with many heroes over the years, including
Green Lantern, Superman,
Justice Society of America and the Justice League of America. Cyrus Gold was
born some time around the early 19th century. In the year 1895, he had carried
on an affair with a local prostitute from Gotham City named Rachel Rykel.
According to Rykel, she was pregnant with Gold's child, and sought to extort
money from him for her silence. Cyrus met with her for a secret negotiation at
Slaughter Swamp, several miles outside of Gotham. When Gold refused to yield
to blackmail, Rachel's pimp, Jem, dashed Cyrus across the back of the head
with a shovel. They buried Gold in the swamp, content that no one would ever
come looking for him. Over the span of fifty years, Gold’s body interacted
with the detritus and sour vegetation of the swamp. Through an as of yet
unknown process, Cyrus Gold's corpse transformed into a rotting, vegetative
undead monstrosity that the world would soon come to know as Solomon Grundy.
Note: In Pre-Crisis Earth-Two continuity, Cyrus Gold was murdered in the year
1894. In Post-Crisis continuity, his death took place in 1895.
In 1944, Cyrus Gold's
corpse was reanimated as a huge shambling figure with almost no memory of its
past life. Gold murdered two escaped criminals who were hiding out in the
marsh and stole their clothes. He showed up in a hobo camp and, when asked
about his name, one of the few things he could recall was that he was
"born on a Monday". One of the men at the camp mentioned the nursery
rhyme character Solomon Grundy, and Gold adopted the moniker.
Strong, vicious, and
nearly mindless, Solomon Grundy fell into a life of crime - or, perhaps
returned to one according to his scattered residual memories - attracting the
attention of the Green Lantern, Alan Scott. Grundy proved to be a difficult
opponent, unkillable (since he was already dead) and with an inherent
resistance to Scott's powers (which could not affect wood, a substance of
which Grundy's reassembled body was now largely composed). Their first fight
ended when Grundy was hurled under a train. The second battle with Grundy
involved Green Lantern and his fellow members of the Justice Society of
America tracking him across the country, depositing Grundy on the moon once he
was defeated. A subsequent battle between the two ended up with Lantern
burying Grundy in 1947.
Updated: July 25th, 2013
As the main
powerhouse of Injustice, Solomon Grundy had big shoes to fill...
considering other fighting game powerhouses. As expected, he's a slow-moving
brute but has some hard-hitting throws to compensate. A lot of his in-game
animations are awkward, which is arguably part of his design. However, that
doesn't mean they look "good"... lol. I don't think his personality
can match up with other powerhouses from the comic or fighting game world, but
he turned out to be a fairly entertaining character in Injustice.
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