EDAM and GOUDA
Real Name: Edam and Gouda
Identity/Class: Extraterrestrials (Froma race)
Occupation: Scouts, would-be conquerors
Group Membership: Agents of Froma race
Affiliations: The other members of their scouting party (Colby, Havarti); Freebooters (Gunthar, Levan, Kehl, Skunge) and other extra-terrestrial criminal
Enemies: Iron Man (Tony Stark), Punisher (Frank Castle)
Known Relatives: None (possibly Cheddar and Muenster)
Aliases: The green aliens named after cheese
Base of Operations: Currently unknown; formerly an intergalactic prison; possibly a base on Earth's moon; planet Chize, Delee star system, Milky Way galaxy
First Appearance: Tales of Suspense I#68 (August, 1965)
Powers/Abilities: As natives of the Froma race, Edam and Gouda are large (about 7'6") and strong (enhanced human?). Their native physical abilities have been attributed to heavy gamma radiation coming from their sun. They may require a different type of atmosphere to breathe, as they have only been seen wearing space helmets.
In addition, they possess access to advanced technology, such as intermediate level starships and energy blasters.
History: Edam and Gouda were two natives of the Froma race. They were apparently part of a scouting party that set up a base on Earth's moon, to evaluate the potential of the planet for conquering.
(Tales of Suspense I#68) - Learning of the USA's planned flight to the moon, Edam, Gouda, and two other members of their party arrived on Earth to destroy the rocket, in an effort to prevent the discovery of their moon base. Their landing was observed byTony Stark (who was at the time being set up by Count Nefaria for seeing illusions of false spaceships). Stark, as Iron Man, confronted the four Froma, and after a short battle, drove them off. The Froma planned to evacuate their base on the moon, and evaluate another planet instead.
(Maximum Security#1, [2 , 3]) - As part of the events of Maximum Security, a number of interstellar criminals/prisoners were sent to Earth. Two Froma (presumably Edam and Gouda) were among those sent to Earth. Alongside some members of the Freebooters (Gunthar, Kehl, Levan, and Skunge), these two Froma battled the Punisher.
Many of the space criminals either gained their freedom or were returned to prison after the resolution of this plot. The fate of the two Froma is unknown.
Comments: Created by Al Hartley and Don Heck.
The name of their race, Froma, is obviously a play on fromage or whatever the French word for cheese is. In their first appearance, their race was not identified, but they discussed sending a message back to "the moon." I guess the whole deal was a little play on the moon being thought of as being made of green cheese. Their race was identified in the OHotMU I#4.
First flight to the moon: Topical. It could be any flight to the moon for the purposes of this story.
The Froma are among the Gamma Mutates in World War Hulk: The Gamma Files. In this book the names of Edam and Gouda's teammates Colby and Havarti were revealed.
CLARIFICATIONS: not to be confused with other large green aliens named after cheese.
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Maximum Security#1, p12, pan2 (Edam and Gouda VS Punisher)
Tales of Suspense I#68 (August, 1965) - Al Hartley (writer), Don Heck (pencils), Mike Esposito (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Maximum Security#1 (December, 2000) - Kurt Busiek (writer), Jerry Ordway (pencils), Will Blyberg, Paul Ryan, Al Vey & Chris Ivy (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
First Posted: 04/10/2002
Last updated: 08/02/2002
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