Monster gorillas are nothing new in comics, even if said simian has preyed upon mankind since the dawn of time.
(Although, as killer gorillas go, that is a pretty cool concept …)
The truly unique aspect of this tale, however, is the identity of the artist: Alvin (A.C.) Hollingsworth. One of the first African-American artists in the American comic-book field, Hollingsworth lent his skills to a variety of publishers and genres from the early 1940s to the near collapse of the entire industry in the 1950s.
Like many of his contemporaries, Hollingsworth abandoned comic-books for the more lucrative – and socially acceptable – field of syndicated newspaper strips. Unlike others, however, he soon left behind comics altogether to pursue an acclaimed career in fine art that fearlessly delved into such topics as the Civil Rights Movement, women’s struggles, urban life and spiritual concepts.
He was an art professor at Hostos Community College of the City University Of New York from 1980 until his retirement in 1998. Hollingsworth passed away in 2000.
Today’s story, “Kill No More,” originally appeared in Trojan Magazines’ Beware #16 – which was actually the fourth issue of the title – and carried the cover date of July 1953.
The art, as if you hadn’t guessed, is by Alvin Hollingsworth.