Sam Simeon hails from Gorilla City, and is the grandson of Gorilla Grodd. He wandered away from Gorilla City and is allowed to roam the world of men. Sam had an ambition to be a cartoonist and got a job with Stan Bragg at Brainbox Comics. However, Sam made a pittance while Stan took most of the credit for his creations. Frustrated, Sam joined Angel O'Day's detective agency as her partner. They did okay in the cases they worked on, but never became wealthy. In time, Sam quit Brainbox comics and went to work for Morton I. Stoops, a top editor at DZ Comics.
Sam is quite civilized and mild-mannered, however, he can be dangerous if anyone should refer to him as an ape.Due to his telepathic abilities, most people overlook the fact that he is a gorilla. Angel was last seen at a detectives conference in the original Crisis on Infinite Earths. Sam was at that point in Gorilla City conversing with Bobo, the Detective Chimp, in Ape language.
Major Stroy Arcs
Angel and the Ape (1968)
Case of the Missing Go-Go Girls
Angel gets a job as a Go-Go dancer to pay the rent, while Sam finishes his comic strip of "Shima...Queen of the Jungle", for Brain Pix Comical Inc. Later when Sam goes to turn in his drawings, his boss, Stan Bragg jumps him and traps Sam in a net. Sam escapes just in time to receive a telegram from Angel, she wants Sam to come to the Go-Go Club and see her dance.
While at the club, Sam sees Angel get thrown into a sack. He assumes that Angel was fired and doesn't realize she is being kidnapped, until it is too late. Sam is drugged and dropped off in the local zoo where the zookeepers think Sam is an escaped gorilla.
Later, Sam escapes from the cage, and tracks down Angel. He finds her in Professor Klutz's secret lab, and attacks the Professor before he can transforms Angel into a mindless slave. With Angel's help, Sam is able to turn of the Professor's machine and free the mind controlled Go-Go slaves.
The Most Fantastic Robbery in History
Powers, Abilities, and Skills
Sam has the strength of a gorilla and limited telepathic abilities.