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Gorgilla's first appearance in Tales To Astonish #12 (vol. 1, Oct. 1960) Art by Jack Kirby
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Tales To Astonish #12 (vol. 1, Oct. 1960).
Created by Stan Lee
Jack Kirby
In-story information
Alter ego Gorgilla
Team affiliations Fin Fang Four
Abilities Superhuman strength, durability and agility

Gorgilla is a fictional character that appears in Marvel Comics. Gorgilla first appeared in Tales To Astonish #12 (vol. 1, Oct. 1960).

Fictional character biography[edit]

Gorgilla was originally a 20 ft (6.1 m) half-man/half-ape native to the island of Borneo, who is discovered by an expedition seeking the "missing link" between man and apes. After Gorgilla saves the expedition from a dinosaur, a Tyrannosaurus rex, they in gratitude decide to leave the island and never mention Gorgilla.[1] Gorgilla, however, becomes curious about mankind and stows away on a ship bound for New York. Gorgilla stops an assassination attempt while in New York, but dies from a fall from the Statue of Liberty.[2] This is later corrected and it is revealed that the adventurer Doctor Druid talks Gorgilla down from the Statue of Liberty and ensures that he is returned to Borneo.[3]

Gorgilla is among those summoned by Yandroth and influenced into attacking the Defenders, but is defeated by the Defenders.[4]

Gorgilla is later deposited on Monster Isle by the Fantastic Four and eventually undergoes a rehabilitation program, which involves him being shrunken down to human size and hypnotically stripped of his powers so as to allow him to enter human society. Gorgilla takes up a job as a window cleaner at the Baxter Building, and later joins fellow monsters Fin Fang Foom, Elektro, and Googam as part of the "Fin Fang Four" to defeat the microscopic alien conqueror Tim Boo Baa.[5]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Gorgilla has super-strength, agility and durability.


  1. ^ Tales To Astonish #12 (vol. 1, Oct. 1960)
  2. ^ Tales of Suspense #18 (vol. 1, Jun. 1961)
  3. ^ Marvel Universe #4 (1998)
  4. ^ Defenders vol. 2 #1 (2001)
  5. ^ Fin Fang Four #1 (2005)

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