Ape Horgon (Marvel Comics) (Early Daredevil villain)

Ape Horgon

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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game


Mr. Horgon is an obscure, early Marvel character. He appeared for but a few pages in the third issue of Daredevil, in 1964.

But he’s useful to have for street-level stories set during the 1960s. And as with most side note characters who haven’t been seen in decades, it can be interesting to ponder what he’s been up to.


  • Real Name: “Ape” Horgon (first name unrevealed. Maybe Alphonse ?)
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: Briefly an employee of the Owl.
  • Base of Operations: Unrevealed.
  • Height: 5’5″ Weight: 190 lbs
  • Eyes: Unrevealed. Hair: Dark brown.


Powers & Abilities

“Ape” Horgon is exceptionally strong. He may approach “peak human” strength levels for his height, as he’s fairly short.

He also is a competent, well-trained wrestler.

One assumes he’s an experienced criminal.


Horgon was once hired by the Owl (Leland Owlsley), early during the latter’s criminal career. He and “Sad Sam” Simms had been shortlisted to become Owlsley’s right-hand men.

To verify their skills, the Owl had Ape wrestle a caged large ape. Ape easily passed the test.

When the Owl first ran into Daredevil (Matt Murdock), Ape and Sad Sam were at his side. However, Ape was surprised by Daredevil’s speed, and sent flying.

Ape Horgon (Marvel Comics) (Early Daredevil villain) wrestling an ape

Writeups.org tip of the day – always wear clean underwear in case a prospective employer requires you to wrestle an ape into submission.

Later on, the Owl sent his two underlings summon underworld representatives. But when they returned, the Owl had been defeated by Daredevil.

The place was crawling with cops, who arrested all mobsters present. Possibly including the caged ape.


See illustration.


Ape Horgon is confident in his strength, but not particularly intelligent.


“A guy who can beat a gorilla with his bare hands won’t have any trouble with one costumed clown !”

DC Universe History

He could have been an obscure, early hireling of Hugo Strange.

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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“Ape” Horgon

Dex: 03 Str: 04 Bod: 04 Motivation: Mercenary
Int: 03 Wil: 02 Min: 03 Occupation: Professional criminal
Inf: 03 Aur: 02 Spi: 03 Wealth: 004
Init: 009 HP: 010

Charisma (Intimidation): 03, Martial Artist (incl. Techniques): 05, Vehicles (Land): 02

Edge (STR), Familiarity (Mob lore).

Street (Low), Underworld (Low).

None demonstrated.

In Ape’s opinion, he doesn’t need equipment.

Design notes

Some of the stats are stock mobster ones, which he logically has.

It’s not clear what sort of ape Horgon was wrestling. I’m not convinced it actually was a gorilla. So I used the Edge Advantage to give him a STR of 4.5 to reflect this uncertainty.

By Sébastien Andrivet.

Source of Character: Daredevil Vol. 1 #3.

Helper(s): Darci.

Writeup completed on the 3rd of October, 2019.