(Editor’s Note: The following was originally written by Keith Feltenstein.)
In our next “Versus” round up, we have two troublesome monkeys. Monkeys! Which one causes more trouble? We will let you decide. Here is a little something about each monkey:
Curious George is the main protagonist of a series of popular children’s books by the same name, written by Hans Augusto Rey and Margret Rey. The books feature a curious brown monkey named George, who is brought from his home in Africa by “The Man with The Yellow Hat” to live with him in a big city. When the first story, Cecily G. and the Nine Monkeys was published in France in 1939, George was named Fifi. In the United Kingdom, George was originally called “Zozo” in 1941, apparently to avoid using the name of the then King George VI for a monkey. Books featuring the adventures of Curious George have been translated from the original French into many other languages in addition to English. The books have been adapted into several television series and films. The series was written and drawn by the team of Hans Augusto Rey and Margret Rey. The couple fled Paris in June 1940, on self-made bicycles, carrying the Curious George manuscript with them. At first only H. A. Rey was credited for the work in order to distinguish the Reys’ books from the large number of children’s books written by female authors. Later, Hans Rey was credited for the illustrations and Margret Rey for the writing. The Reys produced many other children’s books, but the Curious George series was the most popular. Each book has been in continuous print since it was first published. The current United States publisher is Houghton Mifflin Harcourt of Boston.
Gleek is a character appearing in the animated series “Super Friends” and its related spinoffs. He debuted in “The All-New Super Friends Hour”, which first aired September 10, 1977. Gleek’s vocalizations were provided by Michael Bell who also voiced Zan.
Gleek is a blue “space monkey” and the pet of Zan and Jayna, the Wonder Twins. Gleek is often used as comic relief for the series, as the character often gets into mischief. A joke involving Gleek often ends episodes of the Super Friends in which he appears. Gleek has a stretchable, prehensile tail which can be quite useful, it is shown to be capable of picking up a man. Gleek is also highly intelligent, as he clearly understands spoken English. He communicates through the use of sign language, acting out scenes, and chattering in an unintelligible alien tongue. Gleek also helps the Twins when they need to travel: Jayna becomes an eagle, Zan becomes water, and Gleek produces a bucket to hold Zan while Jayna carries them both. In one episode other monkeys of Gleek’s species appear and try to take over the world. Their Leader is able to speak English apparently. They are able to brainwash Gleek and he helps them find the weaknesses of Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman and Robin.
With that said, who would you think would be the wacky troublesome monkey: George or Gleek? We want to know what your thoughts are. If you need to know more on this, then listen to our podcast. We give plenty of information on them! We want to hear your voice on the matter. After voting here, you can also vote on our sister blog’s poll.
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