Here’s Don Martin’s classic National Gorilla Suit Day, soon to be a DNA fundraiser.


One Fine Day in Front of Jimmy’s Music — with apologies to the late, great Don Martin.

I missed National Gorilla Suit Day this year. Actually I’ve missed it every year for decades because when you’re 6′ 4″ and 250 lbs, it’s hard to find such a costume of any sort.

Just now, after picking myself up off the floor after dissolving in the deferred laughter of 40+ years, Diana accuses me of regressing to childhood. Maybe, but a resistance leader needs a good clean laugh, especially in New Gahania.

As all gorilla suit aficionados know, National Gorilla Suit Day is the invention of the late Don Martin, once known at “MAD’s Maddest Artist;” the holiday featured prominently in his 1963 paperback collection, “Don Martin Bounces Back” in which he told the tale of the aforementioned Mr. Bestertester’s opposition to the festivities and the carnage that is visited upon him as a result. The story features people in gorilla suits, gorillas in people suits, gorillas in gorilla suits, and some of each in various other disguises, in a 56-page extravaganza full of Martin’s trademark absurd violence and giggle-inducing sound effects.

I may have spoken too soon.