Gorgon (Inhuman)

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Not to be confused with Gorgon (Tomi Shishido).
Gorgon
Gorgon (far bottom left) on the cover of Marvel Two-in-One #71 (Jan. 1981).
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Fantastic Four #44 (Nov. 1965)
Created by Stan Lee (writer)
Jack Kirby (artist)
In-story information
Species Inhuman
Place of origin Attilan
Team affiliations Inhuman Royal Family
Fantastic Four
Abilities Superhuman strength and resilience
Ability to generate seismic shockwaves

Gorgon is a fictional character that appears in comic books published by Marvel Comics. Gorgon is also a member of the Royal Family of the Inhumans, a race of superpowered beings that inhabit the hidden city of Attilan.

Publication history[edit]

The character debuted in Fantastic Four #44 (Nov. 1965) and was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.

Fictional character biography[edit]

The son of archivist Milena and architect Korath (brother of the previous king Agon), Gorgon is a cousin of king Black Bolt and a member of the Royal Family of the Inhumans. As is custom among the Inhumans, Gorgon was exposed to the Terrigen Mists as a teenager, gaining increased strength, while his feet were transformed to hooves, capable of generating highly destructive seismic waves. As an adult, Gorgon became Black Bolt's personal bodyguard and is responsible for training youths recently exposed to the Terrigen Mists in the use of their newly acquired powers and abilities.

Gorgon first leaves the Inhuman city of Attilan to rescue Medusa (suffering from amnesia at the time), who became lost in the outside world. This leads to a battle with the Fantastic Four, who rescued Medusa from the supervillain team the Frightful Four.[1] After making contact with the outside world, Gorgon and the rest of the Royal Family have several encounters with the Fantastic Four over the years, seeking their aid against foes such as Black Bolt's brother Maximus,[2][3] Psycho-Man,[4] and the Sphinx.[5]

With several other Inhumans, Gorgon also battles the master villain Mandarin,[6] helps free Maximus,[7] journeys to America to search for the missing Black Bolt,[8] and battles Magneto.[9] Over the years, and with continued exposure to the outside world, Gorgon has many adventures, usually taking place in the company of fellow members of the Royal Family.[10]

Significant moments for Gorgon include defying the Attilan Genetics Council and helping to hide the pregnant Medusa (with Black Bolt's child) on Earth;[11] and arguing with Black Bolt over the use of Alpha Primitives as slaves.[12] He leads an Inhuman force down to Earth to gain the return of the Terrigen Mists. This goes badly as many human captives are slain by an impatient Inhuman named Jolen. This sparks a war between Earth and the Inhumans, and Gorgon is captured. He is subjected to the Terrigen Mists again. This amplifies Gorgon's powers and change him into a true beast with uncontrollable rages.[13] As with the other Inhumans, he leaves the Moon to assist them in taking over the Kree empire.[14]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Gorgon's superhuman powers are a result of exposure to the mutagenic Terrigen Mist. Gorgon now has bull's legs and hooves and can create intense shockwaves equivalent to a powerful earthquake. He also possesses enhanced strength and durability, although like all Inhumans has a weaker immune system than that of an average human.

Gorgon was exposed to Terrigen Mists a second time by Pentagon officials. He now appears larger and stronger and behaves more brutishly.[13]

Other versions[edit]

Amalgam Comics[edit]

In Amalgam Comics, Big Gorgon – a combination of DC Comics' Big Bear and Marvel's Gorgon – is a member of the superhero group the Un-People in the Amalgam Comics universe.[15]

Earth X[edit]

In Earth X, like many of his fellow Inhumans, the Gorgon of Earth X has undergone a further mutation and possesses the head of a bull.[16]

Marvel Zombies[edit]

In Marvel Zombies, the first time the zombified Gorgon is seen, he is part of a horde of super-zombies attempting to eat the last few known humans left on Earth. They fail; the humans are safely escorted to another reality.[17] Later, it is seen that the entire Inhuman Royal Family has been zombified and has traveled to Kingpin's domain to eat of his human clones. Machine Man attacks and Gorgon tries to retaliate by stamping the ground, but his leg instantly falls off.[18]

Ultimate Marvel[edit]

In the Ultimate Marvel reality, Gorgon is female (the sister of Medusa and Crystal) and possesses the added ability to hypnotize people.[19]

In other media[edit]

Television[edit]

Video games[edit]

  • Gorgon appears amongst the featured Inhumans in the video game Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, voiced by Greg Eagles. Upon the news of Medusa being corrupted into Dark Medusa by Doctor Doom, Gorgon tells the players that he, Crystal, and Triton are going to fight Doctor Doom and make him change Medusa back while the heroes head to the Skrull homeworld.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fantastic Four #44 (Nov. 1965)
  2. ^ Fantastic Four #45-47 (Dec. 1965 – Feb. 1966); #82-83 (Jan. – Feb. 1969)
  3. ^ Cronin, Brian (September 18, 2010). "A Year of Cool Comics – Day 261". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 2010-09-29. 
  4. ^ Fantastic Four King-Size Special #5 (Nov. 1967)
  5. ^ Fantastic Four Annual #12 (1977)
  6. ^ Amazing Adventures #3-4 (Dec. 1970, Feb. 1971)
  7. ^ Amazing Adventures #5 (Apr. 1971)
  8. ^ Amazing Adventures #7 (Aug. 1971)
  9. ^ Amazing Adventures #9-10 (Dec. 1971, Feb. 1972)
  10. ^ Inhumans #1-12 (Oct. 1975 – Aug. 1977); Inhumans vol. 2, #1-12 (1998 – 1999); Inhumans vol. 3, #1-4 (2000); Inhumans vol. 4, #1-12 (2003–2004)
  11. ^ Marvel Graphic Novel: The Inhumans (1988)
  12. ^ Black Panther #20 (2005)
  13. ^ a b Silent War #1-6 (2006–2007)
  14. ^ War of Kings #1-4 (2009)
  15. ^ Challengers of the Fantastic #1 (1997)
  16. ^ Earth X #0-12 (Mar. 1999 – Apr. 2000)
  17. ^ Ultimate Fantastic Four #21-23 (Sept. – Dec. 2005)
  18. ^ Marvel Zombies 3 #3 (Dec. 2008)
  19. ^ Ultimate Fantastic Four Annual #1 (2005)

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