Secret Origins #40 [Newsstand]
(May 1989)

DC, 1986 Series
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Price
1.50 USD; 1.85 CAD
Pages
52
Indicia Frequency
monthly
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
DC Comics, Inc.
Brand
DC [bullet]
Barcode
070989317666 05
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 is a variant of Secret Origins (DC, 1986 series) #40 [Direct].


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: 1)

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: 2)

Congorilla / comic story / 10 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
jungle; superhero
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: 3)

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.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 4)

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
Related Scans
Series Information
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. [no title indexed]
    Secret Admirers
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Jerry Hillegas
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Bob Klein
  • Gregory Fischer