Saturday, 30 May 2015
Charlton Comics: Gorgo #18 (1964)
Gorgo #18 (Charlton Comics)
Over the years I have been collecting comics this title is one I have both heard of and seen on sale but never got around to picking up a copy. The early issues of Gorgo were drawn by the great Steve Ditko (Spiderman/Doctor Strange) though he didn't do this issue. No credits are given for art and story (which was fairly common back in those days) but the work has it's charm nevertheless.
Set in the "near distant future" (judging by the texts reference to the 60's and 70's) this comic actually published in 1964 shows a bunch of gigantic robotic aliens set off to conquer us backward humans.
Gorgo is playing with a hunter deep in the jungle oblivious to the coming dangers while his mother sleeps. Even monsters have mothers it would seem and she's even bigger.
After destroying Los Angeles, Moscow and Johannesburg the world is given an ultimatum to surrender then the unnamed aliens come across Gorgo...... and get a bit of a shock.
Obviously reminiscent of the better known Godzilla this title published by the now defunct Charlton Comics line lasted 23 issues from 1961 to 1964.
As you might guess monster might beats higher technology, but one question remains.
Where's Gorgo's dad?
And to end the trailer from the original movie which you can also find on You Tube. Great fun.