Captured in a region formerly
known as Manhattan New York, Dr. Zira says this subject is proving to be
quite resourceful. He collects and does paintings of his favorite ape captors
as well as The Universal Monsters and
other Sci-fi characters. This
painting (of our Good Dr. Zaius) was done with Liquitex Acrylic paints
on a stretched canvas that Santo made from the old blanket in his cage.
Dr. Zira is so thrilled with
Santo's progress that she let's him listen to music when he paints or sometimes
treats him to a classic monster movie for more creative inspiration.
The doc says that there is evidence
this subject went to a few different art schools when he was younger, but
he didn't learn much, and didn't like his subject matter.
It was until coming into Dr.
Zira's care that Santo really fell into a "groove", as she puts it.
He has completed many works including the Wolfman , Frankenstein, Creature
from the Black Lagoon, and Elvira (which Zira says Nova may have modeled
Another peculiar activity of
Santo's is collecting
various rubber masks of his
favorite characters from movies. He seems to indicate to Dr. Zira
that he would like to add some ape masks to his collection but Dr. Maximus
(Commissioner of Animal Affairs) disapproves, saying that it may be part
of a larger plan by Santos and some of the more "advanced" human captives
in which the humans may try to disguise themselves as apes in a mass escape
Dr. Zira doesn't feel that assumption
is fair. Julius (the Zoo Keeper) doesn't care, just as long as the
beast keeps his cell tidy.