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"Batman: "... Battles the Living Beast-Bomb!": This story is reprinted from Detective Comics #339.



Appearing in Batman: "... Battles the Living Beast-Bomb!

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Synopsis for Batman: "... Battles the Living Beast-Bomb!

This story is reprinted from Detective Comics #339.

A series of strange robberies are committed by a man who can apparently tear open a bank vault with his bare hands and jump sixty feet. This person turns out to be Wally Hewitt, who turns himself over to the police demanding to be locked up. When in a jail cell he explains to them that he was considered worthless by his peers due to his lack of athletic prowess. He then began studying bionics and built a device that could transfer the abilities of one animal and give them to another. When he tried to use it on a gorilla, the beast became super intelligent and evil and mentally forced Wally to commit the crimes.

Finishing his story, he is suddenly compelled to break out, and soon finds himself in a battle against Batman and Robin, forced to do so by command of Karmak the Gorilla. However, Karmak then tricks Batman into battling him directly, and uses Wally's device to gain all Batman's abilities. Sometime later, Karmak returns with a bomb strapped to his chest threatening to blow up all of Gotham City.

Batman and Robin deduce that if he holds the Gorilla off the ground, the bomb will not explode when the timer reaches zero, and so Batman and Robin overpower the beast and manages to hold it over his head until the bomb runs out of time and deactivates. Afterwards, Batman tells Wally that if he's interested he can speak to his good friend Bruce Wayne to get him a job at the Alfred Foundation.

Appearing in Wonder Woman: "Wonder Woman -- Gorilla!"

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  • The space gorillas' flying saucer

Synopsis for Wonder Woman: "Wonder Woman -- Gorilla!"

This story is reprinted from Wonder Woman #170.

A band of gorillas from outer space land on Earth and attempt to take Wonder Woman and other Amazons for wives.

Appearing in The Flash: "The Reign of the Super-Gorilla!"

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Synopsis for The Flash: "The Reign of the Super-Gorilla!"

This story is reprinted from The Flash #127.

Gorilla Grodd, occupying the human body of William Dawson, is released from prison. He travels to Gorilla City, where his human body devolves into his old gorilla form. There, he falls in love with Boka, the bride-to-be of his rival Solovar.

Determined to win Boka's affection, he uses a machine in his laboratory, which had remained undisturbed during his imprisonment, to cause his body to emit neo-magnetic radiation, causing anyone who looks at him to instantly take a liking to him. It works as planned, and soon he is crowed king of Gorilla City, with Boka as his wife.

Not content with merely controlling Gorilla City, Grodd flies to Central City, where he quickly wins the admiration of its citizens. Barry Allen, alarmed at everyone's positive reaction to Grodd's return, changes into the Flash to investigate. However, he also feels a great admiration for the gorilla when arriving in his presence. Leaving town to ponder the dilemma, he discovers that Grodd's radiation only has a hundred-mile radius. However, no matter how fast he goes, he cannot get back into the city without being affected by the neo-magnetic radiation. Meanwhile, the Statewide Party decides that Grodd would make the perfect candidate for governor. Grodd is ecstatic, planning to move from there to the presidency.

After several days have passed, the Flash has still been unable to get into the city without being affected by the radiation. However, he noticed that on a particular day, when solar flare activity was particularly high, the strength of the radiation was not as intense as normal. He vibrated at the same frequency as the solar flares, and was able to easily enter the city and apprehend Grodd.

Appearing in Superman: "Titano the Super-Ape!"

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Synopsis for Superman: "Titano the Super-Ape!"

This story is reprinted from Superman #138.

At his Fortress of Solitude, Superman looks at his time monitor to check up on Titano in Earth's distant past. To his surprise, the creature suddenly vanishes from sight and reappears in modern day Metropolis. As the gigantic ape terrorizes the city, Superman's initial attack is rebuffed due to the super-ape's Kryptonite vision. As it captures Lois Lane, Superman puts on his specially built lead suit to battle the beast.

The lead suit only proves to be a temporary protection as Superman flies too fast and the wind resistance causes the suit to melt away. After following Titano for a time, fixing the damage that he does, Superman realizes that Titano seems to be going for spherical objects. The Man of Steel then realizes that Titano was collecting a series of spheres in the Earth's past. Traveling back in time, Superman finds that they are some kind of gigantic coconut type fruit. Bringing one to the present, Titano begins to break it open and drink its contents.

This distracts the super-beast enough for Superman to save Lois Lane and then knock Titano back through the time barrier returning him to the past era where Superman had originally placed him.

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