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Every Sunday morning we showcase a classic comic cover, complete with compelling pop culture commentary, for your cordial contemplation. It’s the Classic Comic Cover Corner!

Super-Team Family #3 – March, 1976

Cover art by Frank Brunner

Super-Team Family #3 – March, 1976
Super-Team Family #3 – March, 1976

Oh … my … God Grodd! Did you see last week’s episode of CW’s The Flash? If not, then you missed what will probably be remembered as the greatest television event in history. Flash’s greatest arch-enemy, the hyper-intelligent, telekinetic gorilla, Grodd, has been turned into a fully realized live-action super-villain – and he is awesome!

For ape fans like myself, Grodd’s debut was truly was a historic occasion, and one we’ve been waiting for since the new Flash show started; and all Grodd hyperbole aside, this episode was the best yet in its stellar inaugural season. So to celebrate, we thought we’d showcase one of greatest Flash vs. Grodd comic book adventures – one that also features Hawkman … as a gorilla!

Super-Team Family #3 – March, 1976
Super-Team Family #3
– art by Ric Estrada
and Wally Wood

In 1976, our nation was busy celebrating the bi-centennial of our Declaration of Independence and there were a myriad of memorable events occurring to mark our country’s 200th anniversary milestone, but the craziest thing to happen that year was the morning that Shayera Hol (AKA Hawkgirl) woke up to find a gorilla in her bed. (Yes, you read that right!)

From his prison cell in Gorilla City, Grodd uses his immense mental powers to turn Shayera Hol’s husband, Katar (Hawkman) into a gorilla, and directs the “Hawk-Ape” to Gorilla City to bust him out of jail. Once Free, Grodd has Katar take him to an orbiting Thanagarian Starship where he uses an anti-gravity ray to cause havoc back on Earth.

Meanwhile, Shayera contacts Barry Allen about the gorilla in bed incident, and the Flash goes into action to stop Grodd and save Hawkman, but not before the two heroes throw down in some ape-hawk v speedster action.

This story, by writer Steve Skeates, has some great tongue-in-cheek chapter titles, like “Gorilla my Dreams” and “Planned It for the Apes,” and it also has a very awkward scene where Barry transports to the Justice League satellite and gets all sexist with Black Canary, who happens to be manning the station.

The super-men of the seventies just didn’t ‘get’ those feminist heroines, and not much has changed in the past 40-years. Maybe men are closer to gorillas than we like to think.

We found scanned pages of the entire “Gorilla my Dreams” story over at a very cool blog called “Diversions of the Groovy Kind” – check it out HERE – it’s a fantastically fun read!

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Bob Leeper

Bob Leeper is the co-owner and manager of "Arizona’s Pop Culture and Alternative Art Network," Evermore Nevermore. He is the co-creator of the pop culture events Steampunk Street and ENCREDICON, and is a member of the Phoenix Film Critics Society. He also curates the Facebook fan site The Arizona Cave – AZ Fans of Edgar Rice Burroughs, and is one of the few brave and bold fans of Jar Jar Binks.

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  • Kudos for the head’s up on ‘Diversions of a Groovy Kind’! It’s a great blog and it was nice to mention it!

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