A little different than the experimented animal shown on CW's Flash....so, let's stop monkeying around and take a look at the comic history of Gorilla Grodd!
Menace Of The Super-Gorilla
Such were the simple beginnings of Gorilla Grodd...and it seems odd that he wasn't featured on any of his earliest covers, as gorillas on comic covers were all the rage at this time.
Return Of The Super-Gorilla
Grodd is also developing a "devolutionizer ray" which he plans to use against his foes; this is one of many super devices that Grodd has come up with over the years...
...and change seems to be a constant theme in Grodd's stories as well.
The Super-Gorilla's Secret Identity
Soon after, back in Central City, Flash is up for the man of the year award, with only new millionaire, Drew Drowden, to compete against him. Drowden made a fortune from stocks and set up a laboratory (that he is secretly using to develop the powers of mind over matter for himself).
Flash investigates and finds out that Drowden is Grodd!
The Day Flash Weighed 1000 Pounds
Flash catches the chimps and looks for Dawson, who bombards Flash in a ray that expands his size, and gives Flash amnesia, so that he ends up in Dawson's sideshow!
Flash figures out who he is and captures Dawson, but doesn't know of his simian beginnings.
The Reign Of The Super-Gorilla
So, Grodd creates a machine that makes everyone love him, marries Boka and takes over Gorilla City.
Grodd then heads to Central City, where his new power makes Flash endorse his foe for governor! Flash finds out the limit to Grodd's new power and stops Grodd.
The Gauntlet Of Super-Villainsthe original Rogue's Gallery) escape prison via teleportation and team up to battle against him!
Flash also finds his powers failing at this time...tracking down his power failure to the gorilla cage at the Central City zoo.
Flash figures Grodd's behind this, heads to Africa for proof, then back to Central City to defeat all the bad guys as well as Grodd!
And you think you've had a busy day!
Grodd Puts The Squeeze On Flash
...with the Flash the only solution to the problem!
Grodd contacts Flash telepathically to claim responsibility for this....but Barry should be wary of his simian foe.
Flash figures out what's really going on, and is able to sock it to Grodd, with a little super-speed trickery of his own!
Beyond The Speed Of LifeTrickster and Captain Boomerang think they've killed the Flash, and the Flash's spirit has to save the universe from the Devourer!
Quite a lot going on in this issue for Barry Allen, but not as much focus on Gorilla Grodd, and Grodd wasn't happy about that at all.
Things seems to have worked out well, but Grodd grew tired of monkeying around with the Flash and decided to take a vacation from the speedster with his next appearance.
Gorilla Grodd's Grandstand Play
...switching bodies with Solovar to address the United Nations on behalf of Gorilla City, and battling the man of steel, Superman.
Superman, who is use to simian foes (like Titano, who is much more like King Kong than Grodd, though Grodd does do his best Kong impersonation on this cover by Nick Cardy) does have some problems with Flash's foe...
...but is eventually able to win the day.
Grodd Teams UpMerlyn, Chronos and the Harpy) all under the leadership of Zazzala the Queen Bee...and then Grodd reverts Hawkman into an ape in Super-Team Family #3 (February-March, 1976 by Steve Skeates, Rick Estrada and Wally Wood, covered more here).
Captain Comet for 11 issues and one SSOSV special (and a good enough place to end our individual coverage on Grodd...but check back for more on the Secret Society of Super-Villains after more of the individual villains are introduced).
#107 was the first FLASH I ever saw, so it was also my introduction to Grodd.ReplyDelete