GORLION

Real Name: None

Identity/Class: Magical creature

Occupation: Servant of the Ancient One

Affiliations: Ancient One (as the Lama)

Enemies: Dr. Druid

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: The Ancient One's monastary, Tibet

First Appearance: Amazing Adventures I#1 (June, 1961)

Powers/Abilities: The Gorlion possesses the uppper half of a gorilla, and the lower half of a lion. It has remarkable leaping abilities, greater-than-average-gorilla strength, and clawed feet.

History: (Amazing Adventures I#1)- When the man known as Anthony Druid came to assist the Lama (who had become extremely ill) he was forced to face several obstacles before reaching the Lama himself. Among these was the Gorlion, who faced Druid at a corridor. Druid was informed by the Lama's servant that to escape the Gorlion, he could depart through any of the doors along the hallway, but that if he wished to heal the Lama, he would have to get past the Gorlion.

Druid managed to evade the Gorlion, ducking beneath its lunge, and escaped the room by climbing a rope which mysteriously rose into the air. He went on to successfully face the Lama, who transferred his powers to him, making him Dr. Druid.

(Avengers Spotlight#37)- Many years later, Dr. Druid's enemy Ravonna used anti-time powers to transform the Earth back to the year 1961. Dr. Druid was brought back to Tibet by the Lama, and made to go through the same rituals he had years before, again evading the Gorlion by climbing the rope. Facing the Lama, Druid learned that he was actually the Ancient One, and had been given his powers to prepare for the coming of Dr. Strange. With the Ancient One's assistance, Dr. Druid was able to defeat Ravonna, and time returned to normal.

Comments: Created by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko.

Of course, in the original story, Dr. Druid was called "Dr. Droom". This alias has been more-or-less expunged from Dr. Druid's backstory.

This story was originally printed in Amazing Adventures I#1 (June 1961), wherein "Dr. Droom" battled the gorlion; when it was reprinted in Weird Wonder Tales #19 (December 1976) (using the magic of retroactive continuity) it was redrawn and relettered to make Dr. Droom into Dr. Druid.
--John Kaminski

Big thanks to MD Carter, who allowed me to borrow this image from his website, The Monsters of Jack Kirby.

by Prime Eternal

CLARIFICATIONS:
The Gorlion should not be confused with:


Last updated: 07/06/14

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