Real Name: Unrevealed, possibly not applicable
Identity/Class: Extraterrestrial sentient gas
Group Membership: None
Enemies: Ulysses Bloodstone; Hans Grubnik; humanity in general
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: The Living Demon
Base of Operations: Small town near Krakow Dam, somewhere in Europe
First Appearance: Tales of Suspense I#12/1 (November, 1960)
Powers/Abilities: In its natural state, Gor-Kill is a gaseous mass that can survive in space. When bonded with water, it can create a fluid body of immense size (depending on the amount of water it bonds with).
History: (Tales of Suspense I#12/1) - A sentient mass of gas floated through space before coming into Earth's orbit. Sensing the vast amount of water on the planet, it crashed into the Krakow Dam near a small coastal town. There, it dissolved into the water, bonding with it and formed into a fifty foot water monster. It attacked the town, killing off much livestock and destroying houses. The villagers went to Krakow Dam in search of the monster, which they had dubbed "Gor-Kill" after a local legend, but as they were searching for a solid being, found nothing in the water. A drifter named Hans Grubnik realized that the monster was the water, and begged his fellow townspeople not to let the creature make it to the ocean, where it could merge with the water there. Disbelieving, the villagers were just happy to see Gor-Kill leaving their town. Grubnik stole a round of dynamite and planted it in a valley Gor-Kill was marauding through. As the Living Demon stepped over it, Hans set the explosives off. Gor-Kill was dispersed into droplets of water, which were absorbed by the soil.
(Marvel Monsters: From the Files of
Ulysses Bloodstone and the Monster Hunters#1 (fb)-BTS) - At some point,
Gor-Kill reformed and battled Ulysses Bloodstone.
Comments: Created by uncredited writer (most likely Stan Lee), Jack Kirby and Dick Ayers.
Nothing would really stop Gor-Kill's gaseous form from reforming after his destruction, nor would anything stop the water droplets eventually evaporating back into potential rain.
Gor-Kill is named so after a legendary water demon in the area of the village. I seriously doubt there's an actual myth to coincide with this.
A sentient cloud of gas almost becomes a tidal wave of living water, in Transylvania? While another such cloud takes over a high-tech bulldozer in Africa? One has to wonder if they were extra-terrestrial spies doing a pre-invasion recon. ---Carycomic
Gor-Kill could be from the same planet as Makka (a gaseous alien who tried to warn Earth of its race's plan to invade) in Strange Tales I#68 (April, 1959).
Gor-Kill has no known connections to
Grubnik was a "loafer" in the small village, and all
of the townspeople despised his residence. When they finally told him
to leave town, he witnessed Gor-Kill forming from the dam water and
realized the true nature of the monster. He stole dynamite to
blow up Gor-Kill, but the villagers, believing Gor-Kill simply left,
threw Hans in jail for the theft.
-- Tales of Suspense I#12/1
Tales of Suspense I#12/1, page 3, panel 3 (main image)
page 2, panel 1 (gaseous form)
page 8, panel 3 (Grubnik)
Any Additions/Corrections? please let me know.
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