I had never heard of KONGA or GORGO but I HAD heard of DITKO and there was his name right on the cover!
KONGA, as one might suspect, was a giant ape variation on KING KONG. Similarly, GORGO is basically a GODZILLA clone albeit with the added inclusion of "Mommy." It was still a few years before I'd catch the movies themselves on CREATURE FEATURE but I did start to keep an eye out for the original comics that spawned FANTASTIC GIANTS. And there were quite a bit more of them than you might expect!
Charlton's original GORGO comic book was done as a tie-in for the initial release of the movie. Unlike GODZILLA, there were no big-screen sequels forthcoming but the comic was successful enough for the low-rent company to continue it for another five years.
Steve Ditko had been a Charlton mainstay since the fifties and would continue to be almost up to the point of their demise, even as he was busy creating such features as SPIDER-MAN, THE CREEPER and SHADE THE CHANGING MAN for the competition and MR. A for the independent fan market. He wasn't the sole artist on Charlton's monster books but he was definitely the best and most prolific.
DITKO MONSTERS: GORGO presents over 200 pages of the big green monster (and his mother) along with an informative intro covering the movie itself as well as Charlton's involvement. Craig tells us the book's on target for February, 2013 but it's in this week's Diamond solicitations so now's the time to tell your local shop to get DITKO MONSTERS.
And after you've had your fill of reptilian adventures, KONGA is coming up right behind it!