Episode 9: Secret Identities, Audiobooks, Evil Gorillas

/Episode 9: Secret Identities, Audiobooks, Evil Gorillas

Episode 9: Secret Identities, Audiobooks, Evil Gorillas

In this episode, we talk about whether the secret identity is still relevant, talk about the process of getting our books made into audiobooks, and ask why there are SO. MANY. SUPERINTELLIGENT. EVIL. GORILLAS. in DC comics.


Oh, and related to that, wouldn’t “Implied Bestiality” be a great name for a band?

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By | 2016-03-29T09:33:04+00:00 March 28th, 2016|2 Comments

About the Author:

Jim Zoetewey writes The Legion of Nothing. Jim grew up in Holland, Michigan, near where L Frank Baum wrote The Wizard of Oz. Admittedly, Baum moved away more than sixty years before Jim was even born, but it’s still kind of cool. He majored in religion and sociology at Hope College, eventually getting a masters in sociology and all but three credits of a masters in Information Systems. He also enjoys running, training in the martial arts, playing bass guitar, and walking his dog. Oh... And for readers who might be his wife, he feels that he should mention that he's fond of her too.


  1. James Browning March 31, 2016 at 12:30 pm - Reply

    The Descendants serial does not have any gorillas. It does however have Lucian an orangutan who starts out as an evil minion before having the mind control broken.

    As for fitting an intelligent super gorilla into either the powered or superpowered universe, I would probably go with escaped laboratory experiment. The other alternative see for SP would be a creation type who unconsciously creates a gorilla.

  2. John McMullen September 14, 2018 at 11:17 am - Reply

    Hrm. My comment didn’t seem to post; apologies if this turns up twice.

    Information gleaned from reminiscences by people like Elliot S! Maggin and Mark Waid and maybe Denny O’Neill.

    A couple of things to remember about DC comics in the 1950s and 1960s. First, some time after WWII, comic books became kid stuff. Superheroes were in fact dying as a genre (I know, hard to believe); horror comics, crime comics, love and romance comics were all big and only a few big DC heroes remained. Timely had its meltdown. (DC rejuvenates heroes with the reconstruction of the Flash in, what, 1956?)

    Comics were not high art. The prevailing theory was that the average reader spent about four years reading comic books, and then aged out. So if your idea had been used five years ago, or in a different line (Martian Manhunter didn’t cross over with Wonder Woman, for instance), that was okay. The readers were kids and weren’t going to notice. So re-use of ideas is one reason there are so many ape characters.

    The second reason is that sales on issues with apes on the cover were higher. (So were sales of issues with motorcycles, but we’ll skip that.) And the editors and writers noticed. They noticed so well that there was apparently a limit on how many covers in a month could have an ape on the cover.

    But kids loved apes. So you had Detective Chimp, Congorilla, Beppo the super-monkey, Titano the super ape, Monseiur Mallah, Gorilla Grodd and Solivar, Sam Simeon (hero of The Angel and the Ape comic book). I think it was in the 1950s that Ultrahumanite got transplanted into an ape body, but it might have been earlier; Ultrahumanite was, of course, the first supervillain in DC. (Earlier, he’d spent time being transplanted into women’s bodies.)

    By the same logic, I’d expect to see a number of dinosaur stories, because, well, kids loved dinosaurs…and there were. Ka-Zar and the forgotten land is part of that.

    And why couldn’t you have a genetically-modified ape? There wouldn’t be ape-human sex, becaue there are some chromosome changes that make the DNA largely identical but incompatible. However, if you were testing a modified retrovirus that alterned human DNA, testing a version of the delivery mechanism or the changes on an ape with 98% of the same DNA would be sensible. (Okay, it is animal testing, but heck…for a story…)

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