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Real Name


First Appearance

Gorgo #1 (1960)

Original Publisher


Created by

Joe Gill and Steve Ditko


After a seaquake, a huge lizard-like creature walked out of the ocean and almost destroyed a fishing village in Ireland. Fortunately for the village, the same quake that brought the 65 foot monster to land has also grounded a salvage ship, the crew of which proved up to the task of capturing the beast.

Instead of killing it, or turning it over to the government, they decided to take it to London and put it on display for profit.

Looking to be a huge success, things became more complicated when it was discovered the monster, dubbed Gorgo, was really just a youngster and it’s 200 foot tall mother was coming for him.

After a pitched battle with the British army, Gorga’s mother, Orga, was able to free her child and they both went lumbering back to the sea.

That, however, was not the last the world heard of Gorgo. Apparently having found a taste for the land, the young monster began to make regular visits there.

At the same time, governments, scientists, and even would-be world conquerors pursued Gorgo and his mother for their own ends.

This led Gorgo to finding himself in a succession of dangerous situations, from battling other giant primitive monsters, to control by mad scientists, to even at one point inadvertently preventing World War III.

Public Domain Appearances

  • Gorgo #1-23
  • Gorgo's Revenge #1
  • The Return of Gorgo #2-3
  • Fantastic Giants #24


  • Much like Konga, while Gorgo was a movie adaptation, the comic came out a year before the film, making it Gorgo's first appearance. Due to none of the Gorgo comics produced by Charlton being renewed, Gorgo is in the public domain even though the film is NOT .
  • Like many Charlton Characters such as Tyro Team and Shape, Gorgo's post-1964 appearances are public domain thanks to a lack of a proper copyright notice. This is because any work published without a proper copyright notice between 1923 and 1977 are in the public domain.

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