Gorgo

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Gorgo
Gorgo
Species Sea monster
Height 65 feet[1][2]
Relations Ogra (mother)
Allies Ogra
Enemies Humans
Created by Eugène Lourié[3]
Played by Mick Dillon
First appearance Gorgo
Roar(s)

Gorgo is a giant monster that appears in the 1961 British-American film Gorgo.

Name[edit | edit source]

Gorgo was named after Gorgosaurus, a theropod dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous Period.[4] In the film, Mr. Dorkin coins "Gorgo" as a reference to the Gorgons of Greek mythology.

Design[edit | edit source]

Gorgo has dark green skin with a tan belly and glowing red eyes. He has a pair of small fins on the sides of his head, and also has large and powerful hands. As they were depicted with the same suit, Gorgo and his mother differ only in size.

History[edit | edit source]

Gorgo[edit | edit source]

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, 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 RAF, Navy and 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.

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Physical abilities[edit | edit source]

Gorgo has no special forms of attack apart from brute force.

Amphibiousness[edit | edit source]

Gorgo is amphibious just like his mother.

Durability[edit | edit source]

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

Weaknesses[edit | edit source]

Flamethrowers and electric shocks are able to corral Gorgo.

Comics and books[edit | edit source]

Gorgo is, naturally, the main character of Charlton Comics' Gorgo series, facing a variety of human, alien, and monstrous threats, sometimes with the help of his mother. He also appears in the final issue of Charlton's Fightin' Five series, although he is never referred to by name and the cover art omits his distinctive ears.[5]

References[edit | edit source]

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. Warren, Bill (2010). Keep Watching the Skies: American Science Fiction Movies of the Fifties. McFarland & Company. p. 351. ISBN 9780786442300.
  2. "Director of Dinosaurs" by Tom Weaver, Starlog #193 (August 1993)
  3. Gorgo and Konga: The Monsters Steve Ditko Made His Own, at Auction
  4. The 9th Wonder of the World: The Making of 'Gorgo'
  5. Comic Book Plus - Fightin' Five #41 (Charlton)

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