Thursday, September 20, 2012

Captain's Library: GORGO Conclusion

Art by Dick Giordano
While conducting salvage operations off the Gaelic island of Nara, the S.S. Triton is almost sunk by an undersea volcano eruption.
Barely making port, the ship's owners, Joe Ryan and Sam Slade discover dead fish in the water unlike anything seen by modern man.
But, when questioned, the local sailors literally clam up.
The next day, the Triton follows some locals to discover an ancient Viking ship has been uncovered by the eruption...a ship filled with gold.
But the ship wasn't the only thing the eruption freed, as Ryan and Slade encounter a giant reptile and barely escape with their lives!
That night, the local populace conducts a weird ritual, invoking the name of "Ogra", who appears before them...
You'll note artist Steve Ditko didn't use the likenesses of actors William Sylvester and Bill Travers as Sam Slade and Joe Ryan.
Whether this was because Charlton didn't have the licensing rights or Ditko simply didn't receive photo reference is unknown.
While this is the end of the comic adaptation of Gorgo, it's not the end of his comic book adventures!
Charlton Comics did a follow-up mini-series, then an ongoing series which followed the Godzilla movie formula by making Gorgo a heroic character, defending Earth from other terrestrial monsters and alien invaders!
UPDATE: We've just learned that IDW Comics will be reprinting both the Gorgo and Konga series in hardcover sometime in 2013.

Be here tomorrow as we present the movie itself, as well as trailers and the rarely-seen Mystery Science Theatre 3000 version!
It's all part of the Secret Sanctum's contribution to the
(which you can find details about HERE)

1 comment:

  1. Aw, poor Ogra. At least she got to go back home, but man, did they irritate the hell out of her for a while.