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Within the next several weeks over at my comic book sharing blog, Who's Who Cares?, I'll be sharing scans of my copies of the issues of the 1960s Charlton Comics adaptation of the Brit attempt at kaiju, Gorgo...I have several issues of the 23 issue run, bought out of my love for Steve Ditko over the years....

Gorgo #2

I have #2 up at the moment, and hope to share everything I have....which amounts to around 15 or 16 issues.

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The monster was given a comic book series, published by Charlton Comics and included work by Spider-Man co-creator Steve Ditko, from 1961 to 1965 for 23 issues. Another series, titled Return of Gorgo was published for 2 issues in 1963/64, as well as a one-shot Gorgo's Revenge in 1962.

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Hong Kong Cavalier wrote:
Within the next several weeks over at my comic book sharing blog, Who's Who Cares?, I'll be sharing scans of my copies of the issues of the 1960s Charlton Comics adaptation of the Brit attempt at kaiju, Gorgo...I have several issues of the 23 issue run, bought out of my love for Steve Ditko over the years....

Gorgo #2

I have #2 up at the moment, and hope to share everything I have....which amounts to around 15 or 16 issues.

From Wikipedia:

The monster was given a comic book series, published by Charlton Comics and included work by Spider-Man co-creator Steve Ditko, from 1961 to 1965 for 23 issues. Another series, titled Return of Gorgo was published for 2 issues in 1963/64, as well as a one-shot Gorgo's Revenge in 1962.

Ditko did that? D'OH! I KNEW it looked familiure!
Nice catch, HKC.

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I actually ran across an issue of this when I was in junior high....I'd bought a huge Silver Age collection from a friend at high school (I later discovered it was his dad's, that was stuffed away and rummaged from his grandmother's attic) that contained tons of Charlton Silver Age war and science fiction comics....as well as the first copy of Amazing Spider-Man #11 (!!!!) I ever owned....I never made the connection to the film until I actually saw it in college at some point....

I gave what seemed to be at the time (around 1987-88)....an astronomical sum for around 200 comics...around 50 bucks...LOL!!!! 'Course, I can think back to working odd jobs around the neighborhood one summer to save 40 bucks so's I could order a copy of Green Lantern #40 when I was in the 5th grade from Mile High Comics...LOL!!

I still have that issue of GL, but have since bought another copy for a....slightly....elevated price.

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Personally, I love the Reptilicus series Charleston did. I found all the issues eventually, including when they transmorgified it into Reptisaur. Don't think Ditko did those issues, though.

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Personally, I love the Reptilicus series Charleston did. I found all the issues eventually, including when they transmorgified it into Reptisaur. Don't think Ditko did those issues, though.

If I look around, I think I may have an issue or two of that, as well.

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Personally, I love the Reptilicus series Charleston did. I found all the issues eventually, including when they transmorgified it into Reptisaur. Don't think Ditko did those issues, though.

Was there any "savage manhood lancing" in the comic book adaptation?

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3Beerman wrote:
StompTokyo2 wrote:
Personally, I love the Reptilicus series Charleston did. I found all the issues eventually, including when they transmorgified it into Reptisaur. Don't think Ditko did those issues, though.

Was there any "savage manhood lancing" in the comic book adaptation?

REPTILICUS : THE MUSICAL!
songs include ---
' Tivolie Nights. The Scat tapes.'
' death by loogies.'
' beach blanket death.'
' Duleing Inginues. '
' Funny Mister Peterson.'
' Doom by flashlight.'
' Give the monster a hand.'
' sleepytime monster.'

I'm sorry...this had to be said.

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how did they managed to make a comic based on Gorgo last twenty-some odd issues? What is the second issue like?

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cultofsucktitude wrote:
how did they managed to make a comic based on Gorgo last twenty-some odd issues? What is the second issue like?

Well...the second issue is the one I have up for grabs, download-wise, and it pretty much uses the cop-out of "the monsters weren't killed...just stunned". And so far, it looks as if that's the running gag for the rest of the series...

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3Beerman wrote:
StompTokyo2 wrote:
Personally, I love the Reptilicus series Charleston did. I found all the issues eventually, including when they transmorgified it into Reptisaur. Don't think Ditko did those issues, though.

Was there any "savage manhood lancing" in the comic book adaptation?

Sadly, no. Boy, people has strange ideas about how promote a monster movie in the 60's. Can you imagine the porn novelization of Cloverfield?

Bizarre post-script about the Reptilicus/Reptisaurus comic: I just read this morning that Fred Olen Ray produced an as-yet-unreleased movie with the title Reptisaurus. If it's based on the comic my question is, "Why?"

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Hong Kong Cavalier wrote:
cultofsucktitude wrote:
how did they managed to make a comic based on Gorgo last twenty-some odd issues? What is the second issue like?

Well...the second issue is the one I have up for grabs, download-wise, and it pretty much uses the cop-out of "the monsters weren't killed...just stunned".

Which is sort of odd because, at least in the movie (from which I would assume the first issue was derived), nobody ever succeeded in doing the slightest bit of damage to either monster. No cop-out necessary.

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El Santo wrote:
Hong Kong Cavalier wrote:
cultofsucktitude wrote:
how did they managed to make a comic based on Gorgo last twenty-some odd issues? What is the second issue like?

Well...the second issue is the one I have up for grabs, download-wise, and it pretty much uses the cop-out of "the monsters weren't killed...just stunned".

Which is sort of odd because, at least in the movie (from which I would assume the first issue was derived), nobody ever succeeded in doing the slightest bit of damage to either monster. No cop-out necessary.

I think in the original script they were killed, but the director's daughter apparently cried when The Giant Behemoth was killed so for her sake he spared Gorgo and his mama.

Of course, it would have been really stupid to kill them anyways. The whole idea is man being punished for having the arrogance to try and control a beast that should never be controlled. If man succeeds in killing that beast where's the moral?

Which gives me yet another reason to criticize the American Godzilla film. "Hey, sure, mankind's arrogance and inconsideration created this monster, but look it's no biggie because we can put it down with 12 well-placed missiles. Problem solved! Yay!"

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Which gives me yet another reason to criticize the American Godzilla film. "Hey, sure, mankind's arrogance and inconsideration created this monster, but look it's no biggie because we can put it down with 12 well-placed missiles. Problem solved! Yay!"

Well in all fairness Gojira ended with the monster dying, though at least they introduced some moral quandary about the weapon.




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Movie Mike wrote:
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Which gives me yet another reason to criticize the American Godzilla film. "Hey, sure, mankind's arrogance and inconsideration created this monster, but look it's no biggie because we can put it down with 12 well-placed missiles. Problem solved! Yay!"

Well in all fairness Gojira ended with the monster dying, though at least they introduced some moral quandary about the weapon.

Well, yes, but my point is that even in a film like Them! there was still a bit of urgency involved in destroying the creatures because it was a difficult and dangerous job but if it wasn't done the world would be in serious danger--or at least humanity would be.

In the American Godzilla it just basically meant finding the nest, blowing it up, and then finding the "queen" type creature and killing it. Sure, it might have been difficult but it's not as if it ever really felt like this creature might not be defeated.

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