The Religious Affiliation of
Gorla, the Elephant Goddess
Alice Foss

Religion: elephant goddess (fake) CBR Scale: I

Name: Gorla, the Elephant Goddess

Alter Ego: Alice Foss

Other Names: Gorla, Goddess to All Elephants

Classification: supporting character supporting character  

Publisher(s): DC

First Appearance: Detective Comics (vol. 1) #333 (Nov. 1964): "Hunters of the Elephant Graveyard!"

Creators: Gardner F. Fox, Carmine Infantino, Joe Giella

Number of Appearances: 1

Ally: Evan Bender

Defended or Helped by: Batman, Robin

Gender: female

Note: Evan Bender's girlfriend

Alice Foss was the girlfriend of animal trainer and explorer Evan Bender. When Evan stopped writig to her and seemed to be missing for three months, Alice Foss grew desperate. She devised an elaborate and dramatic charade in which she appeared before Batman and Robin and pretended to be "Gorla, Goddss to All Elephants." The caped crusader never really believed that the woman he saw was a goddess. After the vision of "Gorla" ended, Batman quickly deduced who she really was and found her nearby.

Alice meant well. Despite the ruse, she was simply trying to get Batman's attention. She accomplished this goal and Batman agreed to look for Evan, who was a friend of Batman's alter ego Bruce Wayne.

Alice Foss's "elephant goddess" was quite detaild and rather imaginative. Although it is clear she did not believe herself to be a goddess, she may have had some belief or at least serious interest in esoteric religion.

This character is in the following story which has been indexed by this website:
Detective Comics (vol. 1) #333 (Nov. 1964): "Hunters of the Elephant Graveyard!" (9-panel cameo)

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