Wonder Woman — Gorilla!!on June 5, 2007 at 12:11 am
Wonder Woman #170, May 1967 (reprinted in DC Special #16)
The story opens as Wonder Woman and loads of Amazons frolic in the fine open air of Paradise Island. Later, a flying saucer lands near WW and several “gorillas from outer space” emerge.
“Great Hera!” cries our heroine, not unnaturally.
It soon transpires that the gorillas have come to our world to take WW as their Queen! Not particularly surprised by this, WW is more anxious that the male gorillas get off Paradise Island lest the Amazons lose their powers. She asks them to leave, but they laugh in her face.
She throws herself headlong at the gorilla King, but he’s soon juggling her in the air with his feet like a mad circus act!
WW lassos the King and orders him to leave, but the mystical rope has no effect on the gorilla. In response he merely pulls out a raygun and shoots WW. The amazing ray has a weird effect on Diana — she’s transformed into a gorilla! “S-suffering Sappho!”
Having done the deed, though, the King is none too impressed with the result. “You were beautiful as a Amazon!” he says, resignedly.
Thinking fast, the now hirsute WW suggests the King change her back so he can once again gaze on her beauty. He does so. She goes on: “Nowhere in the world do unlikes share a throne! Since you don’t like me as a gorilla – - why not change yourself into a man – - so we can be similar?”
Again, the heart-struck King agrees and turns his weapon on himself.
WW instantly seizes the opportunity to lasso her now human opponent. She orders him to return to wherever he came from. “I am compelled… to obey your every command!”
The King and his cohorts meekly return to their flying saucer and take off — but not before this touching exchange:
King: “I will never forget you, beautiful Amazon! You will haunt my dreams!”
WW: “That’s very sweet of you to say so – - but fate didn’t mean for us to be together!”
Sniff… Hey — stop crying at the back there.
The tragic tale of a space-gorilla’s doomed infatuation with Wonder Woman. You just know it can only have been written by Bob Kanigher, who was then coming to the end of his twenty-year stint as the amazing Amazon’s editor and scripter. Art, as ever, by Ross Andru and Mike Esposito.