Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Gorilla My Dreams- Wonder Woman #163
For those of you only familiar with Giganta from The Challenge of the Super-Friends TV show, her Silver Age origin may surprise you. See, Giganta was not originally an arch-enemy for the Hanna-Barbera created Apache Chief, nor did she have the power to grow 50 feet tall.
No, Giganta was, well, a girl gorilla. A girl gorilla who fell in love with Wonder Woman's impossibly hot boyfriend, Col. Steve Trevor.
Seeing the gorilla's amorous advances towards Col. Trevor at the zoo, Wonder Woman's old enemy Dr. Psycho steals the gorilla and takes her to crackpot scientist Professor Zool, who has invented an "evolution machine". The machine evolves Giganta the gorilla into a large, muscular woman who wants to fight Wonder Woman for Steve. If you don't believe in evolution, this segment of the story will insult your beliefs. If you do believe in evolution, it will insult your intelligence. Honestly, I'd like to know just what environmental pressures and survival advantages prompted Giganta to evolve not only into a woman, but also to evolve a leopard-skin mini-dress and big hoop earrings.
Needless to say, Wonder Woman keeps her man and send Giganta off to Paradise Island for "rehabilitation".