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Gorgo was named after Gorgosaurus, a tyrannosaurid theropod dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous Period. 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. 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.
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.
Gorgo's claws are capable of crushing concrete and steel.
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.
In the third and final issue of The Return of Gorgo, Gorgo is revealed to be able to communicate with dolphins.
Gorgo's "ears" are capable of hearing sounds from 16,000 kilometers away and indicate his mood.
Gorgo's scutes secrete a chemical allowing other members of his species to find him.
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 #1-23 (1960-1965)
- Gorgo's Revenge #1 (1962)
- The Return of Gorgo #2-3 (1963-1964)
- Fantastic Giants #24 (1966; appears in a co-feature story)
- Fightin' 5 #41 (1967)
- Untitled Gorgo graphic novel (2024)
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.
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.
- Main article: Gorgo/Gallery.
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