Real Name: Erik Gorbo
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Gorbo, as the Monster Ape, had superhuman strength (Class 10, enabling him to lift/press ten tons), durability, and agility. Gorbo could transform from this form to his normal human form via injections of additional amounts of sera, or the use of the antidote. In either form, he could sense the thoughts and control the wills of most animals. Gorbo was a genius in the field of biochemistry (or mad scientistology).
Dr. Gorbo was a scientist working for the original SHIELD (Supreme Headquarters International Espionage Law-Enforcement Division). He lusted after a SHIELD desk clerk named Julia, who thought he was nice enough but kind of creepy. Gorbo was a small, unimposing specimen, and he longed for brawn and muscles to impress other men and women. In an attempt to gain these features, he created a serum out of the blood cells of a captive ape and drank it. However, the serum affected him more strongly than he anticipated, and he was transformed into the form of a giant gorilla, while still retaining his normal intellect.
Gorbo first decided to use his new power for criminal purposes. He would commit thefts in gorilla form, and then return to normal, so that he could not be traced. He even used dogs and other animals to prevent the police from approaching him. Later, after gaining some confidence from his successes, he asked Julia out. She declined because of previous plans to watch Project: Earthdig, a plan to dig the deepest hole ever in order to be able to safely bury atomic waste. Angered that Julia had chosen it over him, Gorbo planned to sabotage the Project. However, Captain America was on hand and confronted the Monster Ape. As they struggled, they fell down deep into the pit.
Before the two could be killed by the impact at the bottom of the hole, they were struck by an inertia beam which slowed their fall and allowed them to land safely. The beam was used by the Mole Man who then captured the two, desiring vengeance for the hole dug into his subterranean realm. Captain America attempted to convince the Mole Man that the destruction was inadvertent, but Gorbo told him that Cap was a spy sent by the surface world. Gorbo briefly joined forces with the Mole Man in an effort to capture Cap and gain vengeance on the surface world. However, when the Mole Man threatened to destroy the nearby SHIELD base, Gorbo remembered that Julia was there and would be killed. Gorbo leapt in front of the Mole Man's weapon as it fired, blocking the blast, but was mortally wounded in the process. With his dying breath, Gorbo told the Mole Man that Cap was not a spy, and he called off his attack on the surface world.
First Appearance: Captain America (1968) #135
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Captain America (1968)
- 'More Monster than Man!'#136
- 'The World Below'
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