Jungle Comics #70

Unable to quench the market’s insatiable thirst for jungle adventures featuring fierce sirens like Sheena in Jumbo Comics, Fiction House responded with another blockbuster series—Jungle Comics. This enthralling saga, which commenced in January 1940 and spanned an impressive 163 captivating issues, continued its wild ride for over 14 years until Fiction House reluctantly succumbed to the stringent regulations of the Comics Code Authority.

Jungle Comics #81

Jungle Comics #81

At the heart of the Jungle Comics universe stood Kaänga, a compelling character reminiscent of the iconic Tarzan—a Western child raised by apes in the heart of the untamed wilderness. The narrative took an intriguing twist when another Westerner, Ann Mason, entered the scene, ultimately becoming Kaänga’s mate after he gallantly rescued her from the clutches of merciless slave traders.  Perhaps growing weary of the recurring theme of rescuing Ann or simply swinging out to explore new horizons beyond the confines of a single jungle, in the pages of his own self-titled series, Ka’a’nga Comics #1-20 (Spring 1949 to Summer 1954), the character’s mate was no longer Ann but rather the captivating Jessie.

The spotlight of this post falls on the mesmerizing Jungle Comics #42 from June 1943, featuring a cover titled “Master of the Moon-Beasts.” This artistic masterpiece is a quintessential example of the golden age’s allure, boasting the classic elements of “bondage and skulls.” A fascinating tidbit reveals that the cover art, skillfully crafted by Dan Zolnerowich, was swiped from a previous gem—Jungle Comics #18. The transformation was completed with Kaänga’s head expertly redrawn by the talented Ruben Moreira. The evocative theme of “bondage and skulls” made another striking appearance in “Brides for the King Beasts,” an enthralling piece by Joe Doolin for Jungle Comics #70.

Jungle Comics #89

Jungle Comics #89*

#89* from May 1947 (featuring a bound Kaänga facing a zebra mounted, spear throwing wild woman) is by Joe Doolin, an illustrator for pulp magazines brought over to comics by Fiction House from its pulp magazine wing.

Jungle Comics #92

Jungle Comics #92*

#92* from August 1947 (another Jungle Siren female protagonist threatens Kaänga by leading a horde of violent apes against him) is also by Joe Doolin.  It has inside stories including yet a different Jungle Siren, Camilla by Fran Hopper and a Teddy Roosevelt biography by Mike Peppe.

Jungle Comics #94

Jungle Comics #94*

#94* from October 1947 (Kaänga rushes to save his mate Ann Mason as she is roasted above hot coals by an evil Jungle Queen) is by Joe Doolin.

Jungle Comics #122

Jungle Comics #122*

#122* from February 1950 has no less that two Jungle Sirens go toe to toe while a leopard leaps onto the mounted elephant.  This cover is by Iger Shop and contains inside story of obscure Jungle Siren Marvella, the Priestess of Life (“the woman who cannot die”) by Enrico Bagnoli.  This was Marvella’s only appearance ever.

Jungle Comics #83

Jungle Comics #83*

#83* from October 1947 artist Joe Doolin depicts Kaänga riding to the rescue on a zebra to save Ann Mason from a leaping lion.  Cover story titled “Vampire Veldt” uses a rare word”veldt” which is also used on #122.  The word means “an extensive, treeless grassland of southern Africa.”

A list of some of the golden age jungle girls can be found here.

Jungle Comics #85

Jungle Comics #85

Jungle Comics #91

Jungle Comics #91

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

* Sold Copy