Over the last several weeks and months, I have fielded a ton of questions and comments from folks across social media, YouTube, and email. The inquiries come in many shapes, forms, and variations ranging from generic questions to shock and astonishment. Regardless of entry and form, everyone wants to know one thing…
What’s up with the Gibbon??
What’s a Gibbon you might ask??! It’s a great question. In fact, that’s where this entire story begins. During a live stream months ago, I showed a comic that I purchased which declared that the Gibbon was Marvel’s newest super star! That’s right. Marvel’s newest super start was introduced in 1972 AND no one knows anything about him. During this live stream I made an off-the-cuff remark about “what’s a Gibbon anyway” and shortly thereafter received several messages not about the character known as the Gibbon but about actual gibbons. LOL
In case you’re wondering, gibbons are like gorillas, orangutans, chimpanzees, and bonobos in that they have a humanlike build and no tail. But unlike the aforementioned, gibbons seem to lack higher cognitive abilities and self-awareness. For this reason, they are often referred to as lesser apes. According to Jane Goodall, noted primatologist, this is a misnomer.
So, at this point, you’re probably wondering why I know so much about gibbons. It’s because people have sent me articles and videos on the topic of gibbons including one where Jane Goodall states her opinions on gibbons not being lesser apes.
Now that we’ve cleared that up, let’s get to the subject at hand. Since my off-the-cuff remark, the Gibbon has basically become an unofficial mascot of my YouTube channel RegieCollects. Martin Blank (AKA the Gibbon) literally comes up in every single live stream. If my internet is bad and affects my live stream’s quality, it must be the Gibbon. Who is going to be the next big bad in the MCU after Thanos? It’s the Cosmic Gibbon. Who needs his own Disney+ show? You guessed it, the Gibbon.
The Gibbon has become such a big deal that people have purchased copies of Amazing Spider-Man #110 to be part of something we are now calling the Gibbon Gang. And, if you take a moment to look up #GibbonGang on Instagram you will find people proudly showing off Amazing Spider-Man #110 (some of which are pictured here). I should probably mention that Amazing Spider-Man #110 has some historical significance in that it is one of the last monthly comics that Stan Lee wrote before taking on the role of Marvel’s publisher. His last official issue was Fantastic Four #125.
Ok, so now here's the question...are you down with the Gibbon Gang??