Real Name: Roger Kirk
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It was a composite creation, made of nothing but mud, mold and other foilage from the forest in which it was formed. Therefore It was invulnerable to most forms of physical attack. It withstood multiple gunshots and an attack with the butt end of a gun, only to reform itself. It did have some intelligence and was able to learn from experience over it's short lifespan.
Under unknown circumstances, the growth around Kirk’s skeleton formed into the shape of a being, and became “somewhat” alive. Shortly after coming into existence, It began to kill things around it, first plants and trees, then small animals. Soon, it crossed paths with a dog named Kimbo, and ripped it to shreds. When night came, It did not understand the concept, thinking it was dead again, and tried to re-merge with the ground. During that time, Alton Drew walked over it searching for his dog, Kimbo. At morning, It realized it was not dead, and in its odd thinking, went to see if the dog too was not dead anymore. When it returned to the scene, it encountered Alton, who was waiting for whatever had killed his pet. Shots proved futile against the creature, and It killed Alton as well. Shortly after, it came across a little man in black who had been searching for the remains of Kirk, and scared him off. Cory Drew, Alton’s brother, found his remains, and began searching for the killer, only to realize at the same time that it was following the footsteps of Cory’s daughter, Babe. While out playing, Babe was confronted by the creature, and tried to hide in a small cul-de-sac in a rock wall. It pulled her from it, interested in her screams, but soon lost concern, and went on to explore other things. Babe took the opportunity to run, diving into a stream. She grabbed a rock and hurled it at the monster, knocking it too into the water. Perplexed by its new surroundings, It lay at the bottom of the stream, attempting to learn more about it. The rushing water, though, began to wash the muck from the skeleton, returning it to lifelessness. A posse hunting Alton’s killer eventually found it, and Cory Drew’s family received the money promised in the will.
Based on a short novelette by acclaimed writer Theodore Sturgeon, which was originally published in 1948, and adapted by Roy Thomas in Marvel's Supernatural Thrillers #1.
First Appearance: Supernatural Thrillers (1972) #1
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Masters of Terror (1975)
Supernatural Thrillers (1972)
#1 The Marvel Encyclopedia (2006)
- 'IT! The Thing That Couldn't Die'
- 'The Marvel Encyclopedia'
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