Edward Cobert was once a brilliant SHIELD
scientist and was named head of the Caribbean-based Olympus Project which was dedicated to the development of a new breed of super-human answerable directly to the President of the United States. Cobert and his associates felt the nation would be better served by super-operatives with more direct governmental ties. However Cobert wanted to go one step further and create a new breed of hero to eradicate the old heroes. Cobert volunteered for the first experiment and was transformed into a superhuman giant but his intelligence regressed to a child like state. He was dubbed Leviathan and SHIELD shackled and sedated him. They kept him in a cell a mile beneath SHIELD's Manhattan complex for three years.
Leviathan would be later freed from his cell by the Secret Empire
and Professor Power
which lead to conflict with the Defenders
but is eventually defeated. Leviathan would serve as a henchmen for the Secret Empire and Professor Power on numerous occasions. Leviathan was defeated by the former Captain America
who later became known as the US Agent
when the US Government sent them to take down Professor Power.
Gargantua was created by J.M. DeMatteis
and Alan Kupperberg
in 1983 and first appeared in The Defenders
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Acts of Vengeance
Edward Cobert later became a pawn of the Mad Thinker
and was given a new costume and dubbed Gargantua. The Mad Thinker opposed the Super Powers Registration Act and devised a plan at Cobert's expense. Gargantua was given instructions to attack Wonder Man
and the Wasp
when they were guest speakers at the Capitol Building in Washington DC talking about the Super Powers Registration Act. Gargantua was defeated as planned and the Mad Thinker helped sway the public opinion slightly into the heroes favor and against legislation.
Gargantua later became a member of the Masters of Evil
being led by Dr. Octopus
who plotted to storm the Avengers
Mansion. Many of the heroes on Earth were occupied because of the Infinity War
that was taking place and Dr. Octopus wanted to invade the mansion so he can steal their advanced weaponry and machinery. The initial group of Dr. Octopus, Titania
, Absorbing Man
met resistance from the Guardians of the Galaxy
. The tide of battle turned in favor of Dr. Octopus when Gargantua, Puff Adder
joined the fray. Gargantua tossed Talon
away when an evil doppelganger of himself appeared from some portal. More evil doppelgangers appeared so the Guardians of the Galaxy and the Masters of Evil worked together to eliminate a common enemy. The evil doppelganger of Gargantua called the original one a brainless buffoon and that's when Cobert broke loose. Cobert was tired of being called names and made to feel stupid so he unleashed a powerful punch that went through his evil counterpart. Both teams won their fight and the evil doppelgangers vanished. Dr. Octopus wanted to resume his intention of raiding the Avengers mansion but Gargantua and the rest of the Masters refused because the Guardians helped them. Gargantua, Puff Adder and Shocker chased after Dr. Octopus as he ran away.
Gargantua later joined Titania
and the Abomination
and come to a small town renamed Hulk. They caused some havoc looking for the Hulk
but retreated when the Hulk never showed up. Gargantua would end up being incarcerated inside the Vault
and participate in a riot with members from the Force of Nature
and the Wizard
Gargantua would be involved in a story taking place in the Marvel Adventures comics which are standalone stories and does not take place in the current Marvel Universe continuity. Egghead
would form a team consisting of Gargantua, Xeron the Starslayer
, Cobalt Man
, Psycho Man
, Invincible Man
to take down the Fantastic Four
. Egghead and his team wanted to gather as much information on the Fantastic Four before heading into battle. They were able to steal some FF uniforms and spray millions of subatomic cameras onto the fabric. Egghead and his team would sell photos and information gathered from the Fantastic Four to the paparazzi, particularly a tabloid newspaper called the Super Hero Trumpet. Johnny Storm
would bump into Cobert inside the Trumpet lobby and see this man grow ten feet tall in a matter of seconds. Cobert quickly reverts back to his normal size and leaves Johnny dumbfounded inside the lobby. Johnny decides to hang around the Trumpet until he sees Cobert leave the building. Johnny wants to speak to Cobert but is greeted by the sixty foot Gargantua. Johnny flames on and shoots a stream of fire toward his giant opponent. Gargantua blocks it with his hand and begins to grimace in pain. Cobert tells the Torch he doesn't want to fight and extinguishes his burning hand when he pops open a fire hydrant.
Powers & Abilities
Gargantua is a superhuman giant that can increase his stature and strength thanks to artificial cellular enhancement. Gargantua has superhuman strength, resistance to injury and durability. He remains at a minimum height of 20-25 feet. The physical transformation into this gigantic juggernaut has regressed his intelligence and IQ below normal.