Charlton Comics

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Charlton Comics was a Connecticut-based American comic book publishing company that operated from 1945 until 1986, when it was bought by competitor DC Comics.

Though Charlton published original comics, they were also famous for their producing of comics based on popular movies and TV shows — including Gorgo, Konga, and Reptilicus — often continuing their stories beyond their source material. The first of these was Gorgo, which ran from 1961 to 1965 and lasted 23 issues. A spin-off miniseries entitled Gorgo's Revenge debuted in the middle of its run in 1963, lasting only three issues and being retitled The Return of Gorgo after issue #1. Also beginning in 1961 and ending in 1965 was Konga, which lasted 24 issues (the last of which was retitled Fantastic Giants and included a Gorgo co-feature story) and had a three-issue spin-off of its own titled The Return of Konga in 1964; it, too, received a name change after issue #1, becoming Konga's Revenge. Konga's Revenge #3 was later reprinted as a one-shot in 1968.

Selected publications[edit | edit source]

  • Gorgo (1961-1965) [23 issues]
  • Konga (1961-1965) [24 issues; retitled Fantastic Giants with issue #24]
  • Reptisaurus the Terrible (1961-1962) [eight issues; titled Reptilicus until issue #3]
  • The Return of Gorgo (1963) [three issues; first issue titled Gorgo's Revenge]
  • Konga's Revenge (1964) [three issues; first issue titled The Return of Konga]
  • Konga's Revenge (1968) [one-shot; reprint of Konga's Revenge #3]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • A sea monster who appears near-identical to Gorgo is featured in the 41st and final issue of Charlton Comics' The Fightin' Five from 1967. The series debuted in 1959 under the title Space Wars, but became The Fightin' Five with issue #28 in 1964. Called the "Monster from the Abyss", the creature possessed Gorgo's trademark ears, though they were absent from the comic's cover. The story was written by Joe Gill, who wrote the entirety of Charlton's Gorgo run as well as its accompanying miniseries.

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