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Six-Gun Gorilla

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Six-Gun Gorilla
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Real Name


First Appearance

Wizard (1939)

Original Publisher

D. C. Thomson & Co.

Created by


Golden Age Origin

Six-Gun Gorilla was an ape named O’Neil who as an infant was kidnapped and brought from Africa to the United States where he was sold to a prospector named Bart Masters of Colorado. Masters was a loving owner whom the gorilla grew to love like a father. Bart Masters taught his gorilla to dig, fetch firewood, gather water, cook, clean, and most importantly, load and fire a revolver.

Unfortunately, Bart Masters was murdered by Tutt Strawhan, leader of the Strawhan Gang, in order to learn what Masters knew about "the great mother-load."  O’Neil swore revenge on his master's killers and set out armed and dangerous to kill every member of the Strawhan gang. With only his bandoleer and two six-shooters, the ape tracked down and killed the murderers one by one. However, the Six-Gun Gorilla died just as he killed his nemesis Tutt Strawhan.

Golden Age Appearances

  • Fifteen-part serial in British Story paper Wizard (1939)


  • Six-Gun Gorilla is in the public domain in both the U.S. and U.K. Though published in 1939, the serial's copyright was never renewed in the United States, and 50 years have passed since its publication in the United Kingdom.
  • In 2013 two comic book adaptations of "Six-Gun Gorilla" were released in the very same month. The first (an independent comic titled "Six-Gun Gorilla: Long Days of Vengeance") was released on June 5th 2013, the second (a BOOM! Studios comic titled simply "Six-Gun Gorilla") hit shelves a week later. Both garnered critical acclaim.

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