Monday, December 29, 2014

Gorilla City

Gorilla City: is a fictional city in the DC Comics Universe. The city, hidden in the jungles of Africa, is home to a race of super-intelligent gorillas, that gained their powers from a meteorite. The supervillain Gorilla Grodd is also from the city. Gorilla City first appears in The Flash vol. 1 #106, (April 1959) and was created by John Broome and Carmine Infantino.

Publication History: While the current version of Gorilla City debuted in The Flash vol. 1 #106, the very first appearance of a location identified as Gorilla City occurred four years earlier in Congo Bill vol. 1 #6 (July 1955), by George Kashdan and Nick Cardy. The intelligent Gorillas in this story came from a "two mooned world" that Congo Bill assumed to be Mars.

Fictional History: After an alien spacecraft crashes into the jungles of Africa, local gorillas become hyper-intelligent and acquire telepathic abilities. These gorillas form Gorilla City. The city led by Solovar quickly creates technology far surpassing that of humanity and cloaks itself from human society. Flash first finds out about the city due to Gorilla Grodd, who probed Solovar's mind to find how to control minds, before trying to take over Gorilla City, then the world. However Flash defeated him. Gorilla Grodd took over the city briefly using neo-magnetic radiation. The radiation caused the rest of the gorillas to adore him, and they made him their king. During JLA Annual #3 (the JLApes storyline), Gorilla City reveals itself to the world and joins the United Nations. However Solovar was killed by a bomb apparently set off by human terrorists.

TV Appearances: Gorilla City appeared in the Challenge of the Super Friends episode "Revenge on Gorilla City," where Grodd tries to take it over. Gorilla City appeared in the Justice League episode "The Brave and the Bold." It was seen again in the Justice League Unlimited episode "Dead Reckoning."

Fun Fact: A song called "Gorilla City" appears on nerd rock band Ookla the Mok's space monkey rock opera "Smell No Evil."

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