Saturday, January 19, 2013

Korge versus Giganta

Debut: 1975
Nemesis: Martian Manhunter
Other Major Foes: Justice League of America
Appearances: 1 comic story
Powers: Inherent super strength, speed, and near invulnerability related to his large size (roughly fifty feet.) Ability to manifest additional powers upon contact with metahumans that allows him to exploit their weaknesses.

Korge is "the last angry god" of an alien world who handily defeated Martian Manhunter, Flash, Green Lantern, and Superman individually. However, the Atom came up with a plan that allowed the heroes to imprison Korge in a team effort.

Vile Menagerie Stats
Win: Rott (8-4)
Lose: Lobo (3-11); Brimstone
Draw: 0

Debut: 1944
Nemesis: Wonder Woman
Other Major Foes: None
Appearances: 100+ comics, as well as cartoons, a video game, and live action television.
Powers: Inherent super strength and a degree of invulnerability related to her large size (up to 500 feet.)

The Golden Age Giganta was a gorilla evolved into a hulking homo-sapien female by Professor Zool. In more modern continuity, Dr. Doris Zeul is Giganta, prone to joining villainous collectives with her size-altering abilities.

Vile Menagerie Stats:
Win: 0
Lose: 0
Draw: 0

Idol Speculation:
I like Giganta, and she's one of the most iconic super-villainesses thanks to her time on Super Friends and later cartoons. A consequence of that is she's lost a lot of fights against plenty of lesser foes. After Wonder Woman, she's probably best known for battling shrinking metahumans like the Atom and Dwarfstar, which doesn't help her credibility. Korge's only appeared in one story, but he came off exceptionally well by owning many of DC's heaviest hitters. Giganta gets one punch, which could do serious damage, considering how much larger than Korge she can become. On the other hand, Giganta doesn't seem to ever get the job done with that first strike capability, and Korge's whole schtick is finding his opponent's Achilles heel after shaking off a first blow. Giganta has been brought low by considerably more diminutive offense.


will_in_chicago said...

Although Giganta is better known, I think that Korge is the more impressive adversary who exploits the weaknesses of his foes. Add to this that Giganta is really associated more with Wonder Woman, whom J'Onn has had little to do with in the New 52 other than kick her rear end and that of other Justice Leaguers (Superman, Batman, the Flash, Hal Boredom, and the Thing With Batteries), and I vote for Korge without hesitation.

Omega Agent1 said...

I voted Giganta before I read the post. This guy has some serious wins under his belt. He'd take her in a fight.

Giganta is my girl though, so i'd pick her every time. Amazing what a cartoon will do for your popularity.

Diabolu Frank said...

I wouldn't hold voting for Giganta against anyone. She's a swell character, and those Atom appearances didn't hurt.

LissBirds said...

I don't remember if I ever saw/heard of Korge before, so I'll have to vote for Giganta by default. Plus, I admire a gal who can rock a leopard skin shift dress like Giganta does.

Diabolu Frank said...

While I firmly argue that this would have been a been a closer match, readers gave it to Giganta over Korge by a landslide with 79% of 14 votes.