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Titano was the Super-Ape, a mutated champanzee. He was generally harmless, but due to his enormous size and primitive mind, he proved a menace to the people of Metropolis. He was stopped by Superman.

Titano was once a normal, though extremely intelligent, chimpanzee named Toto. Daily Planet reporter Lois Lane befriended Toto at a charity bazaar when she cleaned some misplaced pie from his face, accidentally thrown at him by a slapstick comic.

Toto was then selected to participate in an experimental space rocket mission scheduled to span an entire week. While in space, a Green Kryptonite meteor collided with a passing Uranium meteor and the radiation from the combined elements washed across the space capsule, altering Toto's genetic structure. The space capsule returned to Earth, and Toto was seemingly unaffected by the radiation. Moments after exiting the capsule however, his size and strength grew to epic proportions. Lois Lane was present, covering the story of the space capsule landing, and Toto recognized her. As an act of affection, Toto scooped Lois into his paw and took off with her. It was at this point that Lois gave him the name of Titano. Titano began stalking through the streets of Metropolis with Lois in hand, inadvertently causing a considerable amount of property damage. Clark Kent, fearing for Lois' safety, changed to Superman and engaged Titano in combat. Much to the Man of Steel's lament, he learned that the radiation had given Titano another super-power - Green Kryptonite vision. Unable to withstand the effects of the Kryptonite, Superman had to back down. Lois came up with an ambitious plan to halt Titano's childlike rampage. Recalling the chimp's tendency to imitate the actions of humans, she manipulated Titano into donning a pair of over-sized lead-lined eyeglasses. Now Superman could deal with him without fearing the effects of Titano's Kryptonite vision. Superman hurled Titano into the timestream where he arrived in Earth's prehistoric past.[1]

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  • Kryptonite Vision: Exposure to Kryptonite radiation gave Titano the ability to project blasts of concentrated Kryptonite energy from his eyes.
  • Superhuman Strength: Titano possessed superhuman strength many times greater than a normal human being. In combination with his tremendous size, Titano's strength was sufficient enough to challenge even Superman.

  • This version of Titano, including all history and corresponding appearances, was erased from existence following the collapse of the original Multiverse in the 1985–86 Crisis on Infinite Earths limited series. Even though versions of the character may have since appeared, this information does not apply to those versions.
  • The story of Titano is a pastiche of the character King Kong from the eponymous 1933 film.



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