Real Name: Inapplicable
Identity/Class: Terrestrial animal (1950s)
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Itibi warriors (Bolu, others), Lorna the Jungle Queen, Mikki, M'Tuba
Enemies: Baku, Boggs, Dr. Wendell Bryant, Greg Knight, Quinn, Serpo, Takui, all the enemies of Lorna
Known Relatives: An unidentified twin
Aliases: Agu the Giant
Base of Operations: Black Jungle, Africa
First Appearance: Lorna the Jungle Queen#1/2 (July, 1953)
Powers/Abilities: Due to his dimensions, about 30 feet tall, Agu had a proportional strength, approximately lifting 10 tons. He was rather intelligent and able to follow Lorna and Mikki's commands. His thick skin protected him from spears and arrows that could wound him but only superficially.
Weight: 2000 lbs. (by approximation)
(Lorna the Jungle Queen#1/2 (fb) - BTS) - Agu, a gigantic gorilla who wasn't good nor evil, was simply living and surviving in the jungle. But the people living in the jungle were afraid of him, thinking him to be very dangerous.
(Lorna the Jungle Queen#1/2) - One day Agu met a blonde girl and her Barbary ape. The girl was paralyzed at seeing the giant ape, but Agu liked her and defended her from the attack of the giant cobra Serpo. Lorna watched the titanic struggle between the two gigantic animals. Serpo tried to entangle Agu but the ape was too strong, and eventually beat the snake. Lorna understood that what M'Tuba had said about Agu was wrong. Agu did not want to harm anyone, instead it protected the peaceful people of the jungle.
That evening Agu went to drink from the river. The Itibi women were scared of the giant and called their men who started launching arrows and spears at the ape. Agu fought back, took a burning branch and set fire to the huts of the village. The hunt for the giant gorilla was on. The Itibi warriors dipped their spears and arrows in poison. Lorna tried to explain to them that it was their fault that the giant gorilla had attacked them.
While Agu was asleep near the river Bolu threw a spear at Agu but was intercepted by Lorna. Agu let Lorna approach him, grabbed the girl, and gently brought her to her hut on the tree. So the queen of the jungle demonstrated to the warriors that Agu was not dangerous. The hunt ended and Agu went away in peace.
(Lorna the Jungle Queen#3/2) - Agu was wandering near the area where Greg Knight, Takui and other men were hunting. Takui and the others sensed that Agu was near. They were afraid to meet him and went away, leaving Knight alone with Lorna. Shortly after the giant ape spotted Knight and Lorna quarreling. Maddened because the white man had mistreated Lorna, Agu captured the man and brought him up Mount Morte where he wanted to kill him. Agu pushed Knight off the mountain but Lorna managed to grab him in midair. Still enraged, Agu followed Knight and only calmed down when Knight embraced Lorna.
(Lorna the Jungle Queen#4/1) - The hunter Boggs shot his elephant gun at Agu but barely hurt him. Lorna beat the man, then ordered Agu to go away.
(Lorna the Jungle Girl#8/1) - Lorna visited Agu as she needed his help to capture a ghost. The following night Agu approached the village of M'Tuba, hid in the darkness and watched Lorna. When a glowing-white human-like shape attacked Lorna, Agu picked the ghost up, capturing him. The ghost was actually a man, Baku. The huge figure of Agu, frightened Baku's mother, who confessed the plan for discrediting M'Tuba.
(Lorna the Jungle Girl#9/2) - When a giant gorilla attacked a village, killing and wounding many people, the villagers started a hunt, helped by Greg Knight. Agu was actually innocent and the destruction had been caused by Agu's twin, another giant gorilla, hypnotized and controlled by the evil Dr. Wendell Bryant. Agu was contacted by Lorna, who sent Mikki to call him. The three reached another village where the hunters were and where another giant ape appeared. Agu had to fight with his twin to defend the village and he was losing! When the evil doctor was hurled under one of the giant feet he was squashed under it. Agu's brother became meek again and the two giant gorillas could leave in peace.
Comments: Created by Don Rico (writer), Werner Roth (pencils and inks).
The name "Agu" was probably given by the ones who could hear the great ape growling: "AUGH"!
Agu lived in the part of the jungle north of M'Tuba's village, in an area where noone dared to travel. Mount Morte was not far from there. "Morte" means "death" in Italian.
"Serpo" was a sort of classification for big and giant snakes like "Numa" was for big male lions.
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Agu's twin was a giant gorilla, possibly a bit stronger than Agu.
Agu's twin lived in the same jungle where Agu lived. Nobody, but Lorna, who had never seen him, knew about his existence, but Dr. Wendell Bryant found him.
Bryant had greedy purposes. He wanted to utilize his hypnotic power on a powerful beast and use it to earn money even if it could bring suffering and death. Agu's twin was hypnotized by Bryant and forced to destroy a village. This led to Lorna and Greg Knight intervening, so Bryant drove the giant ape to attack Knight. But Lorna had contacted Agu and when the two giants met, a titanic clash between the beasts occurred. Agu was losing, but Lorna managed to free his brother by pushing the evil doctor in the middle of the rumble. He was squashed by a giant foot and immediately after the two twins became meek they walked off in peace into the jungle.
--Lorna the Jungle Girl#9/2
Serpo was a giant cobra. It was approximately 65 feet long and possessed strength on par with Agu (Class 10).
It attacked Lorna and Mikki but was stopped by Agu. They fought above the trees and finally Serpo was violently tossed to the ground by the giant gorilla.
--Lorna the Jungle Queen#1/2
Bolu was a warrior of the Itibi tribe. He and his people lived in the Black Jungle.
Unaware that the presence of Agu protected the human tribes from great perils like Serpo, Bolu and his people feared Agu.
When the women were scared by Agu's presence at the river, the Itibi
men attacked the great ape who fought back.
They understood that the skin of the gorila was too thick and that their weapons were too weak against it, so they dipped their spears and arrows in poison and then tracked down Agu, reaching Agu while he was sleeping. Bolu was the first to launch a spear, but Lorna managed to catch it in midair. When the Itibi warriors saw that Agu treated Lorna very gently they understood that Agu was not an enemy and left him alone.
--Lorna the Jungle Queen#1/2
Takui was a guide.
Takui and his men were afraid of Agu. When they heard him they left Greg Knight alone with Lorna.
--Lorna the Jungle Queen#3/2
Boggs and Quinn
Boggs and Quinn were two hunters who captured animals to sell them in the USA. They were cruel with animals and did not care if they had to kill them.
Boggs hired Greg Knight to capture
lions and apes, hiding his real intentions. Boggs wanted to capture or
to kill Agu too, but told Knight that he only wanted to film him.
Quinn had to care for the captured beasts, but he traated them so badly that they got free and went on a rampage, killing him. In the meantime Knight had taken Boggs near the area where Agu roamed. Boggs stunned Knight and shot at Agu, only wounding him. Lorna intervened and stopped him. Eventually the animals on a rampage reached Boggs and he was killed by them as well.
--Lorna the Jungle Queen#4/1
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Lorna the Jungle Queen#1/2, p6, pan6 (Agu full image)
Lorna the Jungle Queen#3/2, p5, pan6 (Agu, head shot)
Lorna the Jungle Girl#9/2, p4, pan1 (Agu's twin)
Lorna the Jungle Queen#1/2, p3, pan3 (Serpo attacking Lorna)
Lorna the Jungle Queen#1/2, p6, pan1-2 (Bolu and Lorna)
Lorna the Jungle Queen#4/1, p2, pan5 (Boggs)
Lorna the Jungle Queen#4/1, p3, pan7 (Quinn)
Lorna the Jungle Queen#1/2 (July, 1953) - Don Rico (writer), Werner Roth (pencils and inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Lorna the Jungle Queen#3/2 (September, 1953) - Don Rico (writer), Syd Shores (pencils and inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Lorna the Jungle Queen#4/1 (December, 1953) - Don Rico (writer), Werner Roth (pencils and inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Lorna the Jungle Girl#8/1 (July, 1954) - Don Rico (writer), Werner Roth (pencils and inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Lorna the Jungle Girl#9/2 (September, 1954) - Don Rico (writer), Werner Roth (pencils and inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Last updated: 02/09/17
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