Slaughter Swamp

Located several miles outside of Gotham City, this marshland has been the location of much violence and evil. Most famously it is the site of the 1885 murder of Cyrus Gold, the gangster/millionaire, and the birthplace of the monster known as Solomon Grundy.

Slaughter Swamp is the usual Base of the Swamp Zombie Solomon Grundy, and the same place his Former Self, Cyrus Gold, was murdered.
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The Rhyme

Cyrus Gold, a gangster in the late 19th century, was killed and thrown in the Slaughter Swamp in Gotham. Chemicals that have been poured into the swamp brought him back to life, more as a decomposed swamp monster than a human.

He lost almost all memory of his past life and finds a homeless shelter to live in. When asked about his past life all he can remember is that he was born on a Monday so he was called Solomon Grundy after the old rhyme which goes:

Solomon Grundy,

Born on a Monday,

Christened on Tuesday,

Married on Wednesday,

Took ill on Thursday,

Grew worse on Friday,

Died on Saturday,

Buried on Sunday.

That was the end of

Solomon Grundy.

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Cyrus Gold, Solomon Grundy is a Zombie supervillain who has clashed with many heroes over the years, including Green Lantern, Superman, Batman, the Justice Society of America and the Justice League of America. Solomon Grundy frequently dies and resurrects in new incarnations, each of varying levels of strength and intelligence; although primarily evil, some of his incarnations have shown the capacity for heroism.
Origins

Cyrus Gold was born some time around the early to middle 19th Century. Although accounts of his origins differ, it is fairly consistently told that he was a Gotham City gentleman of ill repute who came to his death in Slaughter Swamp, and resurrected some years later as a horrible creature. Stories of his origins include:

* The most common origin of Solomon Grundy is, in the late 19th century, a wealthy merchant named Cyrus Gold was murdered and his body disposed of in Slaughter Swamp. He reanimated fifty years later supernaturally, and parts of his body were actually composed of parts of the swamp.[1]
* Another origin tells that in the year 1895, he was killed in Slaughter Swamp by the pimp of a prostitute who was trying to blackmail him with an unborn child that is supposedly his. Gold refused to yield to blackmail, he was bludgeoned over the head and buried in the Swamp where no one would think to look for him. Over the span of fifty years, Gold’s body interacted with the detritus and vegetation of the swamp.[2]
* The origins of Grundy's resurrection are said to come from the Parliament of Trees, a high council of Plant Elementals, who tried to turn him into the newest Plant Elemental. However, the process was missing one vital piece: fire, as a Plant Elemental cannot be fully created unless it died in flames. Since Grundy's death did not involve fire at all, the process was not complete, and he became a sort of half-functional Plant Elemental.[3]
* Another possibility is given by a mysterious group called the Seven Unknown Men of Slaughter Swamp. They recount the death of a miserly *****, Cyrus Gold, at the hands of an enraged mob. However, they also mention that Gold could just as easily have been the innocent victim of a misunderstanding, as Slaughter Swamp is a point in space where time means nothing.[4] The same Unknown Man who tells the tale punishes another of his group - the Eighth Man, Zor - by dressing him in Cyrus Gold's clothing and leaving him for the mob to find, implying that Zor - an extremely vain character, notable for attempting several times to overthrow the Universe and for having defeated the Spectre - would later become the first Solomon Grundy.[5]

Pre-Crisis
Earth-Two
In the original Multiverse Solomon Grundy existed on Earth-Two, home of the Justice Society and the All-Star Squadron.
Born on a Monday
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Cyrus Gold's corpse was first reanimated in 1944, 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. 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.[1]

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.[6] A subsequent battle between the two ended up with Lantern burying Grundy in 1947.
Justice Society
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At this point, he was pulled back to 1941 by the time-traveling criminal Per Degaton, who had enlisted the aid of several super-villains to capture the Justice Society of America on December 7, 1941 (the day of the attack on Pearl Harbor). The All-Star Squadron came to their rescue, and Grundy was then thrust back to the moon where he remained for over two decades.[7]
Green Lantern
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Grundy eventually mastered the use of stored up emerald energy he had absorbed over the years from his several battles with his arch-foe, and returned to Earth to battle Green Lantern, along with Hourman and Doctor Fate. At this point, he had temporary mastery over all wooden objects, although he subsequently lost this power with his next death.[8]

He was briefly a member of the Injustice Society of the World, a group of villains banded together to fight the Justice Society. In the interim, he had battled the combined might of both the Justice Society, and later their counterparts the Justice League, nearly to a standstill, although he was eventually defeated once more.

Grundy went on to afflict Green Lantern and his teammates, including the Huntress who was the first female for whom he developed an affection. After Solomon Grundy was rescued from a glacier by Alan Scott's daughter, Jade, Grundy became loyal to her and, for a while joined Infinity, Inc., a team of younger superheroes.[9] Eventually, this affectionate relationship turned to tragedy as the villainous Harlequin, Marcie Cooper of the Dummy's Injustice Unlimited, used her illusion powers to disguise herself as Jade. Harlequin manipulated Grundy to attack the members of Infinity Inc., one by one. She convinced him to press the unconscious Mister Bones's bare hand against Skyman; since Bones's skin constantly exudes a cyanide-based compound, this quickly led to Skyman's death.[10] This was the beginning of the end for Infinity Inc., and for Grundy's quasi-heroic career.
Earth-One

Main article: Solomon Grundy (Earth-One)

A version of Solomon Grundy also existed on Earth-One, of the Justice League of America, although this Grundy was a result of Parasite meddling with leftovers from the real Grundy's visit to Metropolis when he fought Superman.[11] This version of Solomon Grundy was erased during the Crisis on Infinite Earths, and the original became a part of the New Earth merged together from the previous ones.
Post-Crisis
Slaughter Swamp
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Solomon Grundy consistently haunts Gotham City, and has been known to take residence in the Gotham sewer system. Over the years, his primary enemy was Alan Scott, the original Green Lantern, although he would also fight Batman in his earlier years. During The Long Halloween, he struck up an odd kinship with Harvey Dent, as Dent was on the path to becoming Two-Face.[12]
Green Arrow
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Grundy's appearances were not limited to Gotham, however. He fought Superman several times in Metropolis. While he lurked in the Opal City sewers, Starman, Jack Knight befriended Grundy, who had taken on an innocent, child-like aspect.[13] Grundy also became friends with Starman Mikaal Tomas, and sacrificed himself to save Mikaal from being crushed by a collapsing building. When Grundy appeared again, he had returned to his malicious persona; the joint efforts of Jack Knight, Batman, Alan Scott and Floro were needed to stop him.

Grundy joined the new Injustice Society, led by Johnny Sorrow and fought the JSA once again. During the Joker's Last Laugh, Grundy was jokerized and fought the JSA again.[14]

It is known that Grundy hid out for a time in the Arrowcave, the long abandoned former headquarters of the Green Arrow. While searching for artifacts of his former life, Green Arrow and his former ward Arsenal stumbled onto Grundy's new hideout, where he tried to kill them. Ollie notes that this version seems much more violent, and manages to kill him by choking him with the string to his broken bow.[15] Later, Arrow helped a Dr. Chrissie Cavendish, a S.T.A.R. Labs employee who claimed she was the great, great grand-daughter of the man the monster spawned from, to find and cure him. Her cure, however, warped her into a monster much worse than Grundy. Green Arrow subdued Cavendish, and decided it was best to leave Grundy to be.[16]
Superman
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Grundy helped attack Superman and Batman when a bounty was placed on both of them by President Lex Luthor, although he was being mindcontrolled by Gorilla Grodd at the time. He was defeated by Batman.[17]

During the Infinite Crisis in Villains United, Grundy joined the Secret Society of Super-Villains. He turned on them briefly when Rag Doll of the Secret Six compared their disfigurement and convinced Grundy to join his side.[18] In the Battle of Metropolis, Grundy fought alongside the rest of the Society again, but was killed once more by Superboy-Prime, along with the Blood Pack.[19]
Justice League
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Solomon Grundy returned from this death to fight the Justice League of America, in a much more advanced form. He is depicted as intelligent and sophisticated, seemingly serving as the brains behind a complex operation to willingly transfer Professor Ivo's immortality to Grundy. Through the interference of the Red Tornado, his wife, and the Justice League, Grundy's scheme failed to achieve its ends.[20] In later appearances, he seemed to have lost this intelligence.

He was exiled to the Prison Planet during Salvation Run, where a large number of supervillains were exported several lightyears into space, and left to fend for themselves on a foreign planet. He joined Lex Luthor's camp, but was killed in the gigantic Parademon raid shortly before the villains could escape.[21]
Blackest Night

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Black Lantern Corps
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Even millions of miles away from Earth, upon his death Cyrus Gold was resurrected once more in Slaughter Swamp with a strange new level of perception. Noticing that Gotham City had changed much, Gold went to a mobile home, where he killed the owner. Walking to his former house, he had a flashback to his murdering his Uncle John, expressing remorse over it. Suddenly, Cyrus remembered his past as Solomon Grundy, and becomes terrified of dying and becoming Solomon Grundy again. He attacks a woman who offered him help, then assaulting two police officers who try to stop him. In the process, Cyrus is shot through the chest, discovering that he still has no physical heart. Running away, he jumps into the highway, where he is run down and killed. Gold is resurrected as Solomon Grundy again, and flees into the sewers. A week later, he encounters Killer Croc, battling him and eventually breaking his jaw. At dawn of Sunday, Grundy transforms back into Cyrus Gold at the cemetary which holds his tombstone. Here, he is found by the Phantom Stranger, who became aware of his resurrection and change last week. He is unable to help Cyrus in these changes, but had drafted Green Lantern Alan Scott into helping. Though Green Lantern was hesitant to help, the Stranger insisted: there was an unholy night coming, and it would be best if Solomon Grundy were gone before another could claim him for themselves.[22] Grundy and Alan Scott are now on a quest for Grundy's redemption.[23] It is his mission to find the person who is responsible for killing him the first time... and forgive them. Cyrus discovers shockingly that in a fit of madness, he actually committed suicide in Slaughter Swamp, taking his own life... he is unable to forgive himself, and pass on to the next world. Instead, he receives a Black Lantern Ring and is commanded to RISE.[24] His corpse is destroyed when Bizarro drives it into the sun. With Cyrus Gold in Hell, and Solomon Grundy's corpse destroyed, the curse on Solomon Grundy is finally broken. He is no more.
Powers and Abilities
Powers
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* Superhuman Strength: Solomon Grundy possesses tremendous strength and stamina, the level of which varies with his different incarnations. Sometimes, he can be held by a group of normal humans. On other occasions, even Superman has not been able to defeat him.

* Superhuman Stamina: Grundy can perform physically strenuous tasks for an indeterminate period of time before tiring.

* Mystical Invulnerability: The weird elemental energy that imbues his form with pseudo-life makes him virtually indestructible - he is impervious to bullets, fire, and extreme cold, and can survive indefinitely without food, water, or oxygen. [25] The only thing that has ever been able to hurt him was the Mist's special toxins, developed to take out Grundy's plant tissue body.

* Resurrection: Even when he is destroyed, he has always been reborn sooner or later. The soul of Cyrus Gold enjoys his pseudo-life through Grundy, even though Gold's whole personality is never present in Grundy's "life". Grundy's personality differs from incarnation to incarnation, but he seems to retain some memories of his experiences from one time to the next.

* Energy Absorption/Manipulation: Grundy has also proven to be able to absorb certain forms of energy and manipulate them at will. This ability has always been subconscious to the point of being accidental, though, but it would suggest that Grundy is even more powerful than he has the intelligence to realize.

* Chlorokinesis: The version of Grundy that ended up on the blue planet gained normal human intelligence, and made contact with the Green, thereby being able to control the planet's plant life. In the Solomon Grundy series, Grundy has been seen resisting the mind control kiss that Poison Ivy uses on people. In addition, he is able to kill all plant life that he touches. Grundy also possess some type of poison that he gave to Poison Ivy through a kiss. It seems she was just knocked out by the poison.
Strength level

Class 100 ;Assumed to be on par with Superman's and sometimes even surpassing him in strength. Grundy's upper strength levels have fluctuated depending upon his present incarnation. However, he can still lift 100 tons with minimal effort.[citation needed] Grundy has been strong enough to crush the Green Lantern Alan Scott's lantern into pieces,and in other incarnations fight the Justice League on brute strength alone.
Weaknesses

* Low Intelligence: Grundy's below average intellect makes him easy to fool and manipulate.

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The Littlest Arrow Report | 01/03/2011 4:03 pm
The Littlest Arrow
NO!!! STOP THAT SOUP!!!
Flannery Aurora Report | 01/03/2011 2:22 pm
Flannery Aurora
......*Sends him an invite*
Faceless Anon Report | 01/03/2011 2:21 pm
Faceless Anon
*Farts* 8|
Flannery Aurora Report | 01/03/2011 2:21 pm
Flannery Aurora
*Uses it as a makeshift hot tub and throws a party* cool *While also leaving it at a simmer only heat*
Flannery Aurora Report | 01/03/2011 2:17 pm
Flannery Aurora
X-X
Faceless Anon Report | 01/03/2011 2:10 pm
Faceless Anon
Yeheheheh XD
Faceless Anon Report | 01/03/2011 2:03 pm
Faceless Anon
*As soon as you pick up the boulder, the small C4 clay on your nose explodes before you.* VICTORY IS MINE!!
The Littlest Arrow Report | 01/03/2011 1:56 pm
The Littlest Arrow
Wakes up and infecxts you soup be fore running off.
Faceless Anon Report | 01/03/2011 1:51 pm
Faceless Anon
*Jumps, smacks the front of your face only to land and keep running.* HEY there Solomon!!
Mother Of The Apocalypse Report | 01/03/2011 1:40 pm
Mother Of The Apocalypse
o.o;; *Pets*

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Real Name
Cyrus Gold
Current Alias
Solomon Grundy

Aliases
Marshland Monster

Identity
Secret

RaceOPTIONS : See Category:Races.
Zombies

Alignment
Bad

Affiliation
Black Lantern Corps, formerly, Injustice Society, Injustice League, the Society, Infinity, Inc

Relatives
Unnamed wife (deceased); Karin Rykel (possible descendant, deceased); Chrissie Cavendish (possible descendant)

Universe
Earth-Two, New Earth

Base Of Operations
Slaughter Swamp

Characteristics
Gender
Male

Height
9' 2"

Weight
971 lbs (441 kg)

Eyes
Black

Hair
White

Unusual Features
Undead human fused with swamp plant life

Status
Citizenship
American

Marital Status
Widowed

Origin
Origin
Transformed into marshland monster by mystical properties of Slaughter Swamp.

Place of Birth
Gotham City

Creators
Alfred Bester, Paul Reinman

First appearance
Appearance of Death

All-American Comics #61
(October, 1944)
Superman/Batman Vol 1 67
(February, 2010)