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While the original Solomon Grundy of Earth-Two was trapped in Slaughter Swamp, he crossed over into Earth-One looking for his counterpart of that universe (who, unknown to him, did not yet exist); In doing so, he left behind residual cells.[1] Shortly after, the Parasite used an enhanced crystal to metabolically hasten the growth of the residual cells left over in the sewers from the original Solomon Grundy. The cells grew into the Earth-One Solomon Grundy, a newer and stronger version.[2]

During a clash with Superman, it was determined Grundy's might was too much a match for the Man of Steel, so Superman flew the monster to an alien world inhospitable to all save the hardiest life forms. There, under the planet's reduced gravity, Grundy was appeased when Superman gave him a cape to wear as the zombie propelled himself through the air mimicking his one-time adversary.[3]

This version repeatedly plagued Superman until an encounter where multiple Grundys were spawned, and Superman and the Swamp Thing both encountered the clones. Soon, Superman obtained a compound from S.T.A.R. Labs which caused the Grundys to become inert, in effect killing the seemingly unkillable man-things. Swamp Thing attempted to cry out for Superman to stop, as he believed the Grundys to meet the definition of life, but Swamp Thing was unable to express this, due to a lack of vocal cords.[4] Meanwhile, the original Solomon Grundy continued to exist.

This version of Grundy was retroactively erased from history with the revamping of Superman following the conclusion of Crisis on Infinite Earths which saw the creation of New Earth.[5]

  • This version of Solomon Grundy, including all history and corresponding appearances, was initially erased from existence following the collapse of the original Multiverse in the 1985-86 Crisis on Infinite Earths limited series. However the ending of Convergence retroactively prevented that collapse, saving all the alternate realities, though in an "evolved" form. Even though versions of the character may have since appeared, this information does not apply to those versions.

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