is the name of a fictional character
that appears in comic books
published by Marvel Comics
. Gorgon is also a member of the Royal Family of the Inhumans
, a race of superpowered beings that inhabit the hidden city of Attilan
. The character debuted in Fantastic Four
#44 (Nov. 1966) and was created by Stan Lee
and Jack Kirby
Fictional character biography
The son of archivist Milena and architect Korath (brother of the previous king Agon
), Gorgon is a cousin of king Black Bolt
and a member of the royal family of the Inhumans
. As is custom among the Inhumans, Gorgon was exposed to the Terrigen Mists
as a teenager, gaining increased strength, while his feet were transformed to hooves
, capable of generating highly destructive seismic waves. As an adult, Gorgon became Black Bolt's personal bodyguard and is responsible for training youths recently exposed to the Terrigen Mists
in the use of their newly acquired powers and abilities.
Gorgon first leaves the Inhuman city of Attilan to rescue Medusa (suffering from amnesia at the time), who became lost in the outside world. This leads to a battle with the Fantastic Four, who rescued Medusa from the supervillain team the Frightful Four. After making contact with the outside world, Gorgon and the rest of the Royal Family have several encounters with the Fantastic Four over the years, seeking their aid against foes such as Black Bolt's brother Maximus, Psycho-Man and the Sphinx.
With several other Inhumans Gorgon also battles the master villain Mandarin, helps free Maximus, journeys to America to search for the missing Black Bolt and battles Magneto. Over the years, and with continued exposure to the outside world, Gorgon has many adventures, usually taking place in the company of fellow members of the Royal Family.
Significant moments for Gorgon include defying the Attilan Genetics Council and helping to hide the pregnant Medusa (with Black Bolt's child) on Earth; arguing with Black Bolt over the use of Alpha Primitives as slaves and being captured during the war between America and Attilan, when he is subjected to the Terrigen Mists Exposed again - which while amplifying Gorgon's powers changes him into a true beast with uncontrollable rages.
Powers and abilities
Gorgon's superhuman powers are a result of exposure to the mutagenic Terrigen Mist
. Gorgon now has bull's legs and hooves and can create an intense shockwaves equivalent to a powerful earthquake. He also possesses enhanced strength and durability, although like all Inhumans has a weaker immune system than that of an average human.
Like many of his fellow Inhumans, the Gorgon of Earth X
has undergone a further mutation and possesses the head of a bull.
The character is female (the sister of Medusa and Crystal) and possesses the added ability to hypnotize people.