Secret Origins #40 [Direct]
(May 1989)

DC, 1986 Series
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Price:
1.50 USD; 1.85 CAD; 0.60 GBP
Pages:
52
Indicia frequency:
monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
DC Comics, Inc.
Brand:
DC [bullet]
Editing:
Mark Waid
Color:
color
Dimensions:
standard Modern Age US
Paper Stock:
glossy cover; newsprint interior
Binding:
saddle-stitched (#50 squarebound)
Publishing Format:
was ongoing series

Issue Notes

This issue has variants.


3 Apes 3 (Table of Contents)

Gorilla Grodd; Congrorilla; Detective Chimp / cover / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Mark Waid
Pencils:
Bill Wray
Inks:
Bill Wray
Colors:
Bob LeRose
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Gorilla Grodd; Congorilla; Detective Chimp

Indexer Notes

Cover art credits given on the letters page.

Gorillas in Our Midst: The Secret Origin of Gorilla City (Table of Contents)

Gorilla City / comic story / 19 pages (report information)

Script:
Cary Bates; Greg Weisman
Pencils:
Carmine Infantino
Inks:
Mike DeCarlo
Colors:
Shelley Eiber
Letters:
Agustin Mas
Job Number:
G-4579

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Gorilla Grodd; King Solovar; Sir Albert Wesley; Mr. Barwick; Mr. Hughes
Synopsis:
A retelling of the origin of Gorilla City, beginning with a space traveler who enhances the gorillas' intelligence and who dies by the actions of Grodd.

The Legend of Congorilla (Table of Contents)

Congorilla / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script:
Tom Joyner
Pencils:
Fred Butler
Inks:
Keith Wilson [as Kez Wilson]
Colors:
Tatjana Wood
Letters:
Janice Chiang
Job Number:
G-4686

Genre:
superhero; jungle
Characters:
Congorilla; Congo Bill; Doc Kruger; Kawolo (dies); N'Solo
Synopsis:
Retells the origin of Congo Bill receiving and first using the Congorilla ring, from Action Comics (DC, 1938 series) #248.

Indexer Notes

A darker slant to the Congorilla character.

IF U CN RD THS (Table of Contents)

Detective Chimp / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script:
Andy Helfer (plot); Mark Waid [as Rusty Wells] (co-script); Dan Raspler [as Rusty Wells] (co-script)
Pencils:
Mark Badger
Inks:
Mark Badger
Colors:
Robbie Busch
Letters:
John Costanza
Job Number:
G-4439

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Detective Chimp; Y-Nad; K-Ram; Randolph; Gus
Synopsis:
Two aliens give a chimpanzee the power of human thought, and the chimpanzee solves a local murder mystery.

Indexer Notes

A humorous approach to why Detective Chimp was so intelligent.

Secret Admirers (Table of Contents)

Secret Admirers / letters page / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Mark Waid
Letters:
typeset
Job Number:
L-3685

Synopsis:
Includes 4 explanatory articles: Secrets Behind The Goofy Cover; Secrets Behind The Origins Gorilla City; Secrets Behind The Origins Congorilla; Secrets Behind The Origins Detective Chimp.

Indexer Notes

Letters from: Mark Lucas; Charles J. Sperling. Also includes information on the next 3 issues of Secret Origins.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. 3 Apes 3
    Gorilla Grodd; Congrorilla; Detective Chimp
  2. 1. Gorillas in Our Midst: The Secret Origin of Gorilla City
    Gorilla City
  3. 2. The Legend of Congorilla
    Congorilla
  4. 3. IF U CN RD THS
    Detective Chimp
  5. 4. Secret Admirers
    Secret Admirers
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Roy Lyons
  • Mark Waid
  • Mike Nielsen
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Bob Klein
  • Gregory Fischer