Written by Brian Christgau and drawn by Adrian Sibar, Six Gun Gorilla is a delightful revival of an old serial tale from Wizard magazine. True to its Pulp origins, Christgau and Sibar crafted a simple and plausible back story to their utterly fantastic protagonist: One 800-lb. silverback mountain gorilla. No seriously.
Six Gun Gorilla #1 opened with the unlikely scene of a poncho-wearing gorilla with a cowboy hat and custom-made six-shooters executing an unrepentant villain (with the villain drawing first, of course). The story quickly moved back in time to show a baby gorilla taken from his mother’s arms by an English poacher, who quickly loses his prize trophy to a slick-witted Irishman in a card game. (If there were any justice, the Mc was cheating.)
Wizard Magazine, pop culture bastion for some, ad-filled sell-out to others has officially closed up shop. Not much is known about the closure other than the staff was let go today, according to Bleeding Cool. Love it or hate there’s still something sad about the thought of not seeing it on the rack beside the comic books in the local shop.
Wizard plans to launch Wizard World in February 2011 as an all-new digital magazine that will “provide coverage of the world of comic books, toys and superheroes, and the personalities behind them,” according to a press release via Newsarama.
When the magazine launched in 1991 it was a must for fans of indie comics looking for reviews and information about their favorite titles and creators. In the 2000s, the magazine was retooled to be more mainstream friendly. Gone were the heavy fanboy articles and reviews in favor of more wide audience friendly news and previews. Many hardcore fans of the magazine will tell you that this was the era in which the magazine died.