Gorilla City

Gorilla City is a city appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. The city, hidden in the jungles of Africa, is home to a race of super-intelligent gorillas, that gained their powers from a meteorite. The supervillain Gorilla Grodd is also from the city.[1] Gorilla City first appears in The Flash vol. 1 #106, (April 1959) and was created by John Broome and Carmine Infantino.

Gorilla City
Gorilla City as seen in The Flash (vol. 2) #242
artist Freddie E. William
First appearanceThe Flash (vol. 1) #106
(April 1959)
Notable charactersKing Nnamdi
King Solovar
Gorilla Grodd
PublisherDC Comics

Publication history

While the current version of Gorilla City debuted in The Flash vol. 1 #106, the very first appearance of a location identified as Gorilla City occurred four years earlier in Congo Bill vol. 1 #6 (July 1955), by George Kashdan and Nick Cardy. The intelligent Gorillas in this story came from a "two mooned world" that Congo Bill assumed to be Mars.

Fictional location history

After an alien spacecraft crashes into the jungles of Africa, a local troop of gorillas become hyper-intelligent and acquire telepathic abilities. These gorillas form Gorilla City. The city, led by Solovar, quickly creates technology far surpassing that of humanity and cloaks itself from human society. Flash first finds out about the city due to Gorilla Grodd, probing Solovar's mind attempting to discover how to control minds, before trying to take over Gorilla City, then the world; however, Flash defeated him. Gorilla Grodd briefly took over the city using neo-magnetic radiation. The radiation caused the rest of the gorillas to adore him, and they made him their king.[2]

Known residents

  • King Nnamdi – the son of Solovar and current king of Gorilla City; he is telepathic like his father and is an isolationist.
  • King Solovar – the deceased king of Gorilla City; he was a powerful telepath like Grodd, before Grodd murdered him.
  • King Ulgo – the nephew of Solovar and his murderer, the intermediary successor before Nnamdi; he is not a telepath. He tried to use a device that turned humans into gorillas, even transforming the Justice League of America, but they were able to reverse the process.
  • Doctor Zaius – the science advisor and lead biologist for the Human Defense Corps.[3][4]
  • Gorilla Grodd – an outcast from Gorilla City and a powerful telepath, who learned how to control minds by probing Solovar's mind, and was the first recurring foe of the second Flash. He plans to rule first Gorilla City and then the Earth.[2]
  • Kamau – a gorilla friend of Nnamdi.[5]
  • Malavar – the smartest ape in Gorilla City, introduced in Starman/Congorilla #1.[6]
  • Nzame – a young telepathic white gorilla with healing powers.[7]
  • Primat – a female gorilla, and a member of the Dreambound from the Trinity maxiseries.[8]
  • Queen Boka – the wife of Solovar and mother of Nnamdi.[9]
  • Sam Simeon – the grandson of Gorilla Grodd; he uses his telepathic powers to run a detective agency in Angel and the Ape.
  • Tolifhar – a former follower of Gorilla Grodd, and was the leader of his Gorilla Knights – a group of genetically modified white-haired gorillas made to fight superhumans. Wonder Woman was able to befriend Tolifhar and they became allies. He and some of his gorilla brethren were guests in her home for some time. Can be identified from amongst his white gorilla brethren as the one with a scarred left eye.[10]


In Flashpoint Grodd rules Gorilla City and has taken over Africa, killing many humans in the process.

DC One Million and Dark Knights: Metal

In these future history and multiverse scenarios, a metasimian Justice League are either 853rd Century descendants of the inhabitants of Gorilla City, or else situated on a 53rd alternate Earth within the DC Multiverse. [11]

In other media


  • Gorilla City appeared in the Challenge of the Super Friends episode "Revenge on Gorilla City", where Grodd tries to take it over.
  • Gorilla City appeared in the Justice League episode "The Brave and the Bold". It was seen again in the Justice League Unlimited episode "Dead Reckoning".
  • Gorilla City was mentioned in Batman: The Brave and the Bold episode "Terror on Dinosaur Island!"
  • Gorilla City appears in The Flash episodes "Gorilla Warfare" and "Attack on Gorilla City". Flash and his team send Grodd to Earth-2, where he ends up at a remote sanctuary built for former ape test subjects, who have gained sufficient intelligence to establish a functioning, yet primitive, tribal society. Grodd is forced to serve their king, Solovar, who he eventually deposes with Flash's help and declares war on humanity.

Video games

Web Series

  • Gorilla City was mentioned on the DC Superhero Girls webisode Gorilla Warfare


  • A song called "Gorilla City" appears on nerd rock band Ookla the Mok's space monkey rock opera "Smell No Evil".

See also


  1. ^ Beatty, Scott (2008), "Gorilla Grodd", in Dougall, Alastair (ed.), The DC Comics Encyclopedia, New York: Dorling Kindersley, p. 141, ISBN 0-7566-4119-5, OCLC 213309017
  2. ^ a b The Flash (vol. 1) #127 (March 1962)
  3. ^ Human Defense Corps #2 (August 2003)
  4. ^ "Human Defense Corps #2". Dcuguide.com. 2003-08-02. Archived from the original on 2012-07-30. Retrieved 2011-04-25.
  5. ^ Flash (vol. 2) #194 (March 2003)
  6. ^ Starman/Congorilla #1 (March 2011)
  7. ^ Justice League of America (vol. 2) #9 (July 2007)
  8. ^ Trinity #8 (July 2008)
  9. ^ Flash (vol. 1) #127 (March 1962)
  10. ^ Wonder Woman (vol. 3) #14 (January 2008)
  11. ^ http://comicbook.com/dc/2018/02/16/dc-comics-unveils-earth-53-in-dark-knights-rising-the-wild-hunt/

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