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Comic books (and stuff) of a decidedly simian nature!
From Beppo to the Weeping Gorilla an amusing look at comic's greatest simian stars.
All new galleries!!! Darn near 500 images of covers featuring simians from the past 80 years. Lots of Golden Age beauties to ogle at. Take the time to appreciate them all!
Why stare at your reflection in the monitor! Spruce up the joint with a gorilla or two.
See King Kong as he was meant to be envisioned through the Mad skills of Sergio Aragones and Don Martin! Peter Jackson couldn't possibly compare!
A periodic feature that will look at what's behind the glorious gorilla covers of issues in the gallery.
Where'd dat four colour monkey come from? Now you know!
Original art -sequential and pin-up -that feature, ah hell, you know by now.
If you've enjoyed my wild ride you might want to take these for a spin.
OPEN CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS TO COMIC BOOK GORILLARAMA
Last Update APRIL 2008
A Message from the Gorillarama Chamber of Commerce:
It has been almost 5 years since a friend urged me to slap a few pages together about gorillas in comic books. Little did I know that a casual pet project would turn into a driving obsession that would eventually peter out once I had digitally collected damn near every simian related cover I could find. My virtual collection outstripped my webspace and the entire contents are now posted on Epsom.com.
If you are a fan of comic book simians and want to be a part of this site you can help out in a variety of ways:
Contribute a cover or some art you don't see here.
Pen a bio for your favourite character.
Write a review for a gorilla story.
Share a scanned simian tale for our PEEP SHOW.
Contributions will be credited if requested and banners and links for any who participate.
Share the dream. Be a freak. Join the ranks.
Thanks for reading and stopping by. Go Gorilla.
The Temple of Four-Colour Simian Worship!
Simian characters have been appearing in comic books since the birth of the medium almost one hundred years ago (The Mischievous Monks of Crocodile Isle 1908). Gorillas and other primates were once creatures of great mystery and awe; beasts that resembled man but who were capable of an unmatched savage fury. They evoked the wonder of the unknown natural world, which was slowly being exposed in print and film by explorers who brought the jungle back to civilization with modern photography. Gorillas also became a standard menace in early cinema, influenced by the enormous impact of the classic film King Kong (1933).
Obviously simians featured prominently in Tarzan, Jungle Comics, Ka'anga and other jungle adventure books of the Golden and early Silver Age. Additionally, the chimp was often a popular funnies character and could be found in numerous funny animal type books.
DC's obsession with the simian character resulted in a wide variety of interpretations of the classic gorilla menace or comical chimp. Gorilla Grodd flipped the wild beast stereotype on it's head through his super intelligence and telepathic abilities while Bobo, the Detective Chimp, although comical, was obviously a sleuthing mastermind, despite the lack of recognition from his owner, Sheriff Case. Simians were a standard plot element in many of DC's sci-fi and mystery titles such as Strange Adventures and House of Secrets.
In a few years, DC had populated it's universe with several simian characters (who are still active today) and managed to squeeze an ape on the cover of most of their
titles. This surge in gorilla cover madness remains unparalleled to this day.
Well, now that I've got that off my chest I hope you will continue to poke around my site and return here often. There's a multitude of covers to peruse, information on notable simian characters, and much more.
Thanks for stopping by!
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