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Gorillas in Our Midst: A History of Gorillas in Comics

DC Comics
DC Comics

Comics and gorillas have gone hand in furry hand since the earliest days of the medium, and this statement goes beyond simply superhero comics. While these great apes have certainly flourished within the superhero genre, they can also be found in numerous jungle action, science fiction, and horror stories in every era of comics. With the release of a new King Kong movie in theaters this week, it's a perfect time to take a survey of the history of gorillas in comics.

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Every Ape I See: The Best Gorilla Comic Book Covers

Francis Manapul & Brian Buccellato
Francis Manapul & Brian Buccellato

For as long as there have been comic books full of men and women dressed in bright colors performing heroic deeds, there have been comic books involving giant mutant gorillas standing in their way. It was established in the Silver Age that if you put a gorilla on the cover, you would sell more copies of that comic, so there's a wealth of amazing covers with noble apes front-and-center. This gallery collects some of the best.

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Fantastic Five: The Top Five Gorillas in Comics

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If there’s one thing we’ve learned from our years on the Internet, it’s that there’s no aspect of comics that can’t be broken down and quantified in a single definitive list, preferably in amounts of five or ten. And since there’s no more definitive authority than ComicsAlliance, we’re taking it upon ourselves to compile Top Five lists of everything you could ever want to know about comics.

This week we're taking a look at our primate brethren, who were once so popular as a topic in comics that putting a gorilla on a cover could guarantee an increase in sales. Gorillas have worn many hats in comics, both figurative and literal, from hero to villain to valet to secretary. Here are a few of the very best.

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With Great Ape Comes Great Firepower: Deadpool Team-Up #889

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It's great to watch shared hobbies bring people together despite their differences. You see it all the time in comics fandom, when people of different ages and economic, ethnic and educational backgrounds come together around a shared love of a favorite character, and it's touching...

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Ask Chris #22: Who Is the Best Superhero Animal of All?

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Here at ComicsAlliance, we value our readership and are always open to what the masses of Internet readers have to say. That's why we've given Senior Writer Chris Sims the punishment pleasure of stepping into the grand tradition of the Answer Man as he responds to your reader questions...

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Jeff Parker and Ken Hale on ‘Gorilla Man’ and the End of ‘Atlas’ [Interview and Exclusive Preview]

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This week, Marvel's Agents of "Atlas" get a spin-off as Gorilla Man takes center stage courtesy of "Atlas" co-creator Jeff Parker and Giancarlo Caracuzzo. Considering that the character hasn't had a solo story in about 54 years, this is a pretty momentous occasion, which is why today, I not only sat down with Parker for an interview, but managed to wrangle an exclusive with the Gorilla Man himself, Ken Hale...

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