Gorgo #13

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Gorgo #13
Cover art of issue #13
Written by Joe Gill[1]
Art by Steve Ditko[1]
Cover by Steve Ditko[1]
Colors by Steve Ditko[1]
Edits by Pat Marsulli
Charlton Comics

"The Capture of Gorgo" is the thirteenth issue of the comic series Gorgo, published by Charlton Comics in June of 1963. It features two comics—a main adventure starring Gorgo and a backup story called "From Beyond Time"—and a short story titled "The Human Maze".


"The Capture of Gorgo"

Gorgo, having found a submarine to play with, took it to show to his mother Ogra. The film crew occupying the sub were sure their lives were ending as Ogra prepared to bite into her son's strange new toy, but a passing giant squid caught her attention, and the two left the sub abandoned. It made its way to the nearest port and, with the footage of the monsters it had captured, released a film called Gorgo's Triumph while Gorgo wondered what had happened to his plaything. News of the film's release reached the laboratory of Doctors Carl Carlson and Jan Blake, who dropped everything to attend the next showing. The picture inspired Carlson, who was also on the Bronx Zoo's board of directors, to capture Gorgo alive and keep him in the zoo. Alongside Dr. Reston, the zoo's veterinarian, Carlson worked to create a powerful anesthetic to sedate the monster. In Moscow, the government decided they could not allow the Americans to capture Gorgo, and declared that they would steal Gorgo from them if they were successful — or propagandize their failure. Dr. Reston was becoming distracted by Dr. Blake, who was taking care of some orphaned animals while the vet worked on the Gorgo project. It came to light that he was scared of animals, and she ridiculed the paradox he represented. They left aboard a ship to the place the film crew had found Gorgo, and were joined by Dr. Henry Barlow of the Coast Zoological Society, with whom Blake was immediately enthralled, much to the chagrin of Dr. Reston. Divers quickly located Gorgo attempting to entice his sleeping mother to play. The frogmen were scared, but administered the anesthetic, and soon Gorgo was ensnared, asleep, and ashore on an island. There, Dr. Barlow revealed that he was not really Dr. Barlow, but a Russian spy, so Dr. Reston punched him. The frogmen then came ashore to say that the crew of the ship were Russian as well, so they disarmed them all and tied them up. Dr. Blake then saw that Reston's body was covered in scars, and he revealed that he watched his lion tamer father be mauled to death, so he became a veterinarian, but on his first day he was nearly killed by a lion. In a few weeks' time, Gorgo was taken off of the anesthetic in chains in his new zoo enclosure. He promptly broke free of his bonds as Ogra appeared at the seaboard. In a desperate bid to save the city from Ogra's impending rampage, Dr. Carlson ordered Gorgo to be released, and he quickly rejoined his mother. The two retreated into the sea, and Dr. Carlson addressed the reader about the unlikely relationship between Doctors Reston and Blake that Gorgo had brought about.

"From Beyond Time"

A pair of Brontosaurus laid two eggs near a swamp, but were quickly overtaken by the challenges of their environment and the ravages of time. For millions of years the eggs lay dormant, until one of them hatched into a young Brontosaurus who became a legendary sea serpent in Africa.



  • Gorgo
  • Ogra
  • Giant squid
  • Reptisaurus (mentioned)


  • Jan Blake
  • Alex Berlitz
  • Harley Kibbet
  • Carl Carlson
  • Jan
  • Henry Reston
  • Dr. Mark Barlow

Weapons, vehicles, and races

  • Anesthetic gun



  • As in the film the Gorgo comic series is based on, Gorgo is dubbed "The 8th Wonder of the World" in this issue.
  • The Brontosaurus featured in "From Beyond Time" is likely meant to represent the cryptid known as the mokele-mbembe, a purported sauropod living in Central Africa.

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