Gorilla Grodd

In 1976, Gorilla Grodd, the super-intelligent ape, was appearing all over the DC universe, even starring as a regular in Secret Society of Super-Villains. In an attempt to make his star shine even brighter Cary Bates proposed a Grodd solo story — one which might have eventually led to a solo series. The resulting Grodd of Gorilla City, however, never saw print. Scripted by Bates and Elliot S! Maggin, it was drawn by Joe Barney and Carl Potts, with inks by Terry Austin and Bob Wiacek. While no one is very sure, it’s possible that the project was overseen by editor Julie Schwartz — he was after all the company gorilla guy!

Begun under the regime of Carmine Infantino, the subsequent publishers could find no suitable outlet for the completed tale and Grodd of Gorilla City was finally abandoned in late 1977.

Which is a bit of a shame, really. A super-hero series starring a super-intelligent simian protagonist is just what the Bronze Age was crying out for I reckon.

A more detailed history of this unrealised project, including interviews with many of the creators, can be found in Back Issue #15, published by Twomorrows.


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