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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 ?)
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: Briefly an employee of the Owl.
  • Base of Operations: Unrevealed.
  • Height: 5’5″ (1.65m). Weight: 190 lbs. (86 Kg.).
  • Eyes: Unrevealed. Hair: Dark brown.

Powers & Abilities

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

He also is a competent, well-trained wrestler.

One assumes that he’s an experienced criminal.

Ape Horgon (Marvel Comics) (Early Daredevil villain)


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 his 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.

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.

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.


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 Adaptation

(This section proposes ways of using this character in DC Universe stories).

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

DC Heroes RPG

“Ape” Horgon

Dex: 03 Str: 04 Bod: 04
Int: 03 Wil: 02 Min: 03
Inf: 03 Aur: 02 Spi: 03
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.




Professional criminal.




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 4½ to reflect this haunting uncertainty.

Writeups.org writer avatar Sébastien Andrivet

By Sébastien Andrivet.

Source of Character: Daredevil Vol. 1 #3.

Helper(s): Darci.

Writeup completed on the 3rd of October, 2019.