Real Name: Gorko
Identity/Class: Extraterrestrial (race unknown)
Occupation: Poacher for an interplanetary zoo
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Friend with many gypsies within a 'small European nation'
Enemies: Baron Radzik
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: Impersonated a gypsy
Base of Operations: His home 'in the Ninth Galaxy'
First Appearance: Tales to Astonish I#55/2 (May,1964)
Powers/Abilities: Gorko had the ability to transform lead into gold. He appeared to be a skilled pilot.
History: (Tales To Astonish I#55/2) - Gorko was sent by the interplanetary zoo to capture a human specimen. However, he could only capture one who would not be missed upon Earth. He took on the guise of an elderly gypsy, and after disguising his ship as a wagon, he traveled about the countryside of a small European nation, encountering many people on the way. One day, his 'wagon' got stuck in some mud and he asked for assistance at the nearby castle of Baron Radzik. However, Radzik responded by calling Gorko a beggar and threatening to release his hounds. Gorko said he was not a beggar, and claimed to know the secret of alchemy. Radzik attempted to force Gorko to tell him the secret, but when Gorko refused, he was thrown in the dungeon. Eventually he gave in and promised to give the Baron the secret, but only if he could retrieve his secret from his 'wagon'. Once they got there, he imprisoned Radzik, and revealed his true identity before departing. He said he would keep his promise, for on his planet, gold was the basest of all metals.
Comments: Created by Stan Lee and Larry Lieber
This is, of course, one of the 'Tales of the Wasp' back-up stories in Tales to Astonish. The full story is that the Wasp told this story to Hank Pym to teach him that even if you find what you want, you may not be satisfied. This made Pym give up an experiment, but instead of making him go on a date with the Wasp as she wanted, he tried to find a formula for making gold from lead.
This story is similar to the Tales of the Wasp tale from Tales to Astonish I#52/2, in which escaped criminals from the future helped the men in a battle of the sexes on another planet, only to discover the men wished to put them in their zoo, while the women disagreed with this.
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Gorko is not to be confused with:
Garko the Man-Frog , deadly (and hilarious) foe of Howard the Duck, @ Giant-Size Man-Thing #4
Gorki - spy, built robot--Tales to Astonish I#84
Baron Radzik should not be confused with:
Baron von Ritzik, Nazi baron, @Sgt Fury and his Howling Commandos#1
Any other Barons.
He was a greedy (and very stereotypical) European baron. After being captured by Gorko, he presumably became an attraction in the interplanetary zoo.
--Tales to Astonish I#55/2
Tales to Astonish I#55 (May, 1964) - Stan Lee & Larry Lieber (writers), Larry Lieber (pencils), George Roussos (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Last updated: 04/17/03
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