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Alternate names Ogra, overgrown lizardCharlton #1,
JuniorF5 #41, oversized alligatorF5 #41
Species Dinosaurian sea monster
(Ograsaurus narasi)[1]
Prehistoric Amphibian Charlton Comics
Height 65 feet[2][3]
Relations Ogra (mother), unnamed fatherGL[4]
Allies Ogra
Enemies Humans (especially communistsCharlton, TRoG), circus elephantGorgo novel, VenusiansCharlton
Created by Eugène Lourié[5]
Played by Mick Dillon
First appearance Gorgo
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Gorgo is a giant monster who appears in the 1961 British-American film Gorgo.


Gorgo was named after Gorgosaurus, a tyrannosaurid theropod dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous Period.[6] In the film, the circus owner Dorkin coins "Gorgo" as a reference to the Gorgons of Greek mythology.


Gorgo has dark green skin with a tan belly and glowing bioluminescent red eyes.[1] He has a pair of small "ears" on the sides of his head, and also has large and powerful hands. His head and back both possess vaguely crocodilian armor. As they were depicted with the same suit, Gorgo and his mother differ only in size. In the comics, however, Gorgo goes through several design changes. In issues #1-3 he most closely resembles his movie counterpart, in issue #4 he has a crocodile-like appearance, in issues #5-10 and 12 his arms are noticeably smaller compared to the rest of his body, in issues #11 and 13-16 he is much slimmer, and in issues #17-23 and Fightin' 5 #41 he has a more muscular build.


In the film, Gorgo behaves like any usual animal would. In Charlton Comics' comic book series Gorgo, he has a more fleshed-out personality where he is extremely playful, energetic, and curious due to his young age, though this often leads to him getting into conflicts. He also seems to have a sense of humor, as in issue #19 when Ogra was stung by a giant bee while she was in pain, Gorgo chuckled at it and in issue #22 while General Thung was weeping in a puddle, Gorgo apparently laughed. But Gorgo did show signs of sympathy; in issue #18, when the Space Scourges were crying, Gorgo, instead of continuing to attack them, put them back in their ship and made them blast off. As shown throughout most of the issues, Gorgo and his parent have a ravenous appetite, often going hunting once they wake up.



A large volcanic eruption near the coast of Nara Island, an island off the coast of Ireland, released Gorgo from his sleep. He was soon discovered by humans, and taken to London to be put on display at a circus. It was later discovered that despite his massive size, he was only a baby, and the people began to worry about how large an adult would be. Soon, they would find out when Gorgo's mother, Ogra, came to London to look for her baby, after leaving a path of destruction through Ireland and the West of England. Even though the Royal Air Force, Royal Navy and British Army tried to defend the capital city, Ogra shrugged it off, destroying everything in her way. Once she discovered Gorgo, she rescued him by breaking one of the walls of his enclosure, and the two monsters went back to the ocean peacefully and swam away without further incident.


Sledgehammer Claws

Gorgo's claws are capable of crushing concrete and steel.[1]


Gorgo is amphibious just like his mother.


Gorgo is impervious to rifle fire. In the Charlton Comics comic book series, he was shown to possess much greater durability nearly on par with his mother - including withstanding attacks from atomic bombs and even advanced alien weapons that were powerful enough to destroy a planet.

Inter-species communication

In the third and final issue of The Return of Gorgo, Gorgo is revealed to be able to communicate with dolphins.

Fire breath

In issue #22 of Charlton Comics' Gorgo, an atomic bomb dropped on Gorgo when he was resting on Bikini Atoll allowed him to breathe fire a single time.


Gorgo's "ears" are capable of hearing sounds from 16,000 kilometers away and indicate his mood.[1]

Chemical secretion

Gorgo's scutes secrete a chemical allowing other members of his species to find him.[1]

Venomous saliva

Like Komodo dragons, Gorgo's saliva is venomous and prevents blood clotting in prey.[1]


Flamethrowers and electric shocks are able to corral Gorgo. In the comic Fightin' 5 #41, because he is a reptile his weak spot is his tongue, allowing Hank to cause him great pain when piercing it with a harpoon.



Gorgo is, naturally, the main character of his series, facing a variety of human, alien, and monstrous threats, sometimes with the help of his mother.

Fightin' 5 #41

Gorgo appears in the final issue of Charlton's comic book series Fightin' 5, although he is never referred to by name and the cover art omits his distinctive ears.[7]


Main article: Gorgo/Gallery.

In other languages

Language Name Meaning
Flagicon Japan.png Japanese ゴルゴ Gorugo Transcription of English name


Gorgo and Ogra's roars


Promotional video for the Gorgo figure by Titanic Creations

See also


This is a list of references for Gorgo. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 F2ZVL48WIAAFF2E.jpg
  2. Warren, Bill (2010). Keep Watching the Skies: American Science Fiction Movies of the Fifties. McFarland & Company. p. 351. ISBN 9780786442300.
  3. "Director of Dinosaurs" by Tom Weaver, Starlog #193 (August 1993)
    1. @RalyksGoji (4 March 2024). "who's the one with the red fin on it's head? Is that Gorgo's father?". X.
    2. @Titanicreations (4 March 2024). "Yes". X.
  4. Gorgo and Konga: The Monsters Steve Ditko Made His Own, at Auction
  5. The 9th Wonder of the World: The Making of 'Gorgo'
  6. Comic Book Plus - Fightin' Five #41 (Charlton)


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