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Gorilla City

Gorilla City
Gorilla City as seen in The Flash (vol. 2) #242
artist Freddie E. William
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance The Flash (vol. 1) #106
(April 1959)
Created by John Broome (writer)
Carmine Infantino (artist)
In story information
Notable people King Nnamdi
King Solovar
Gorilla Grodd
Notable races Super-Simians

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.[1] 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 location 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.[2]

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.[3]

Known residents

  • King Nnamdi - son of Solovar and current king of Gorilla City, he is telepathic like his father, isolationist.
  • King Solovar - deceased king of Gorilla City, he was a powerful telepath like Grodd, before being murdered by him.
  • King Ulgo - nephew of Solovar and his murderer, the intermediary successor before Nnamdi, not a telepath. He tried to use a device that turned humans into Gorillas, even transforming the JLA, but they were able to reverse the process.
  • Doctor Zaius - science advisor and lead biologist for the Human Defense Corps.[4][5]
  • Gorilla Grodd - an outcast from Gorilla City and a powerful telepath, who learnt how to control minds by probing Solovar's mind, and was the first recurring foe of the second Flash. He plans to rule Gorilla City and the Earth.[2]
  • Kamau - gorilla friend of Nnamdi.[6]
  • Malavar - smartest ape in Gorilla City, introduced in Starman/Congorilla #1.[7]
  • Nzame - young telepathic white ape with healing powers.[8]
  • Primat - a female Gorilla, and a member of the Dreambound from the Trinity maxi-series.[9]
  • Queen Boka - wife of Solovar, mother of Nnamdi.[10]
  • Sam Simeon - grandson of Gorilla Grodd uses his telepathic powers to run a detective agency in Angel and the Ape.
  • Tolifhar - a former follower of Gorilla Grodd, and was the leader of his Gorilla Knights - a group of genetically-modified white-furred gorillas made to fight superhumans. Wonder Woman was able to befriend Tolifhar, and they became allies. He and some of his gorilla brethren were guests in her home for some time. Can be identified from amongst his white gorilla brethren as the one with a scarred left eye. [11]


In Flashpoint Grodd rules Gorilla City and has taken over Africa, killing many humans in the process.

In other media


Video games


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

See also


  1. ^ Beatty, Scott (2008), "Gorilla Grodd", in Dougall, Alastair, The DC Comics Encyclopedia, New York: Dorling Kindersley, p. 141, ISBN 0-7566-4119-5, OCLC 213309017 
  2. ^ a b The Flash (vol. 1) #127 (March 1962)
  3. ^ JLA Annual #3 (September 1999)
  4. ^ Human Defense Corps #2 (August 2003)
  5. ^ "Human Defense Corps #2". 2003-08-02. Retrieved 2011-04-25. 
  6. ^ Flash (vol. 2) #194 (March 2003)
  7. ^ Starman/Congorilla #1 (March 2011)
  8. ^ Justice League of America (vol. 2) #9 (July 2007)
  9. ^ Trinity #8 (July 2008)
  10. ^ Flash (vol. 1) #127 (March 1962)
  11. ^ Wonder Woman (vol. 3) #14 (January 2008)

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