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The Thing Made Sure to Give the Golem's Story a Satisfying Conclusion!

Wrap it Up is a lot like my Provide Some Answers feature, which is about long-running comic book plots finally being resolved. This, though, is a more specific comic book occurrence where the plotlines of a canceled comic book are wrapped up in the pages of another comic book series. This would happen most frequently in Marvel Comics, but other companies did it, as well.

Today, we look at how the Golem's unresolved story from Strange Tales found a resolution in the pages of Marvel Two-In-One, conveniently starring one of Marvel's most prominent Jewish heroes!

The Golem debuted in Strange Tales #174 (when Marvel was trying the series as a try-out book for horror-themed characters, like Brother Voodoo) in a story by Len Wein, John Buscema and Jim Mooney. An old man is searching through the desert with his niece, his nephew and his niece's fiancee to find the legendary Golem...

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Sadly, soon after they succeed, some mercenaries come through their camp and try to steal from their dig and they fatally wound the old man while taking his family with them as hostages. Before he dies, the old man uses his soul to, in effect, activate the Golem...

It saves his family. The niece then recognizes the glint of her uncle's eyes in the Golem.

After a fill-in issue due to the dreaded deadline of doom, the Golem picked up again in Strange Tales #176 and 177, by Mike Friedrich, Tony DeZuniga and Steve Austin (just the second issue)...

The Golem gets an arch-nemesis, Kaballa, who fights against the Golem with fire demons.

At the end of #177, Kaballa figures out that the human element was the weak spot for the Golem and Kaballah has a plan...

Sadly, the next issue dropped Golem as the lead character. Happily, it was at least Jim Starlin's Warlock...

Luckily for Golem fans, his story was resolved in the pages of Marvel Two-in-One #11 (by Roy Thomas, Bill Mantlo, Bob Brown and Jack Abel)...

It's amusing because the Thing is one of Marvel's most prominent Jewish heroes, but of course that was not established back then.

Kaballa figures out a way to take control of the Golem...

This leads to Thing having to fight against the Golem...

Luckily, when the rest of the old man's family arrives, their presence gives him the ability to fight off Kaballa's control and while the Golem goes silent, at least it cannot be used for evil anymore...

Not the deepest resolution, but it was a decent one and at least the story DID get resolved.

If anyone has a suggestion for a comic book series that has its plots wrapped up in another comic, drop me a line at brianc@cbr.com!

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