|First appearance||Fantastic Four #44 (November 1965)|
|Created by||Stan Lee (writer)
Jack Kirby (artist)
|Alter ego||Gorgon Petragon|
|Place of origin||Attilan|
|Team affiliations||Inhuman Royal Family
|Abilities||Enhanced strength and durability
Ability to generate seismic shockwaves via bull-like legs and hooves
Gorgon is a fictional character appearing in American 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.
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Fictional character biography
The son of archivist Milena and architect Korath (brother of the previous king Agon), Gorgon Petragon 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. 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, Psycho-Man, and the Sphinx.
With several other Inhumans, Gorgon also battles the master villain Mandarin, helps free Maximus, journeys to America to search for the missing Black Bolt, and battles Magneto. 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.
Significant moments for Gorgon include defying the Attilan Genetics Council and helping to hide the pregnant Medusa (with Black Bolt's child) on Earth; and arguing with Black Bolt over the use of Alpha Primitives as slaves. 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. As with the other Inhumans, he leaves the Moon to assist them in taking over the Kree empire. He is later seen with his more humanoid appearance.
In Inhuman storyline, he is shot in the spine by NuHuman named Lineage, he is paralyzed waist down and cannot use his powers.
As part of the All-New, All-Different Marvel, Gorgon joined the diplomatic mission created by Medusa to oversee the diplomatic relations and handle the recovery efforts of the newly transformed Inhumans. During this time, Gorgon rode around in a special wheelchair. His paralysis is later cured by NuHuman Ash/Panaceum.
Powers and abilities
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.
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. 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.
In other media
- Gorgon alongside the other Inhumans appeared in the 1978 Fantastic Four episode "Medusa and the Inhumans".
- Gorgon appears in the 1994 Fantastic Four animated series, voiced by Michael Dorn.
- Gorgon appears in the Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. episode "Inhuman Nature", voiced by Nolan North. In the episode "Planet Monster" Pt. 2, Gorgon (alongside Black Bolt and Lockjaw) are among the superheroes that help the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. and the Avengers fight the forces of the Supreme Intelligence.
- Gorgon appears in the Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors episode "Inhumanity," voiced again by Nolan North. He is among the Inhumans that fell under the mind-control of Maximus the Mad.
- Gorgon appears in Guardians of the Galaxy, voiced again by Nolan North. In the episode "Crystal Blue Persuasion," Gorgon is among the Inhumans that were affected by a Terrigen Plague that caused crystals to grow on their bodies. Gorgon appears at the end of the episode where Medusa thanks the Guardians of the Galaxy on Black Bolt's behalf. In the episode "Inhuman Touch," Gorgon and Karnak help land the Milano on Attilan followed by the two of them helping to repair it. Later on, they help the Guardians of the Galaxy when Maximus tricks his way out of his imprisonment. In the episode "I've Been Searching So Long," Gorgon returns Star-Lord's call where he tells him the location on Earth where Attilan used to be as a possible location where the Cosmic Seed is.
- Gorgon appears in the Avengers: Ultron Revolution episode "Inhumans Among Us", voiced again by Nolan North. He appears with Black Bolt, Medusa, Karnak, and Lockjaw when an Inhuman ship carrying Seeker and the Alpha Primitives crashes into the mountains near Maple Falls. During the Avengers' fight with the Inhumans, Captain America engaged Gorgon in a fight as he tries to reason with him even when their fight goes through the Maple Falls Sheriff Department. When Inferno hatches from his Terrigen cocoon, the Avengers and the Inhumans had to work together to stop Inferno. In the episode "The Inhuman Condition," Gorgon is among the Inhumans that are captured by Ultron. He is later freed by the Avengers.
- Gorgon will appear in the live-action Inhumans TV series, portrayed by Eme Ikwuakor.
- 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.
- Gorgon is a playable character in the Facebook game Marvel: Avengers Alliance.
- Gorgon is a playable character in the mobile game Marvel: Future Fight.
- Gorgon is a playable character in the mobile game Marvel Avengers Academy.
- "I am Gorgon Petragon! I have crushed armies and Gods! I have devoted my entire life to honing the warrior's craft. I have sacrificed everything fighting for my people's future! My loves ---My children --- My body! And for what, for what?! Because I have to believe in something greater than myself." from All-New Inhumans Vol 1 #4
- Fantastic Four #44 (Nov. 1965)
- Fantastic Four #45-47 (Dec. 1965 – Feb. 1966); #82-83 (Jan. – Feb. 1969)
- Cronin, Brian (September 18, 2010). "A Year of Cool Comics – Day 261". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 2010-09-29.
- Fantastic Four King-Size Special #5 (Nov. 1967)
- Fantastic Four Annual #12 (1977)
- Amazing Adventures #3-4 (Dec. 1970, Feb. 1971)
- Amazing Adventures #5 (Apr. 1971)
- Amazing Adventures #7 (Aug. 1971)
- Amazing Adventures #9-10 (Dec. 1971, Feb. 1972)
- 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)
- Marvel Graphic Novel: The Inhumans (1988)
- Black Panther #20 (2005)
- Silent War #1-6 (2006–2007)
- War of Kings #1-4 (2009)
- The Thanos Imperative #1 (2010)
- Inhuman #13
- All-New Inhumans #1-11
- IVX #2
- Challengers of the Fantastic #1 (1997)
- Earth X #0-12 (Mar. 1999 – Apr. 2000)
- Ultimate Fantastic Four #21-23 (Sept. – Dec. 2005)
- Marvel Zombies 3 #3 (Dec. 2008)
- Ultimate Fantastic Four Annual #1 (2005)