Zoot Comics #14a*

Zoot Comics #14a*

Zoot Comics originated within the “funny animal” genre of comic books, a popular trend in the mid-20th century. The series showcased anthropomorphic animal characters, including Quizzo the Owl, host of the radio quiz show “Fact or Consequence,” where incorrect answers led contestants to perform perilous stunts. Other characters included Pinky Penguin and a character with the Bond-esque villainess sounding name Pussy Katnip.

By its seventh issue, Fox Feature Syndicate shifted gears, delving into the Jungle Girl genre and unveiling the debut of “Rulah, Jungle Goddess.”

Zoot #16

Aviatrix Jane Dodge’s crash in the jungle led to her fashioning a revealing outfit from giraffe hide and parachute cords. Discovering Nurla, posing as the Moon Goddess in Towla Village, Jane underwent trials, including a leopard duel, earning her the title of “jungle goddess.” Rulah, a formidable adventurer with a pet panther named Saber, confronted dangerous animals and villains using her physical prowess and intelligence.

Rulah’s popularity elevated her to frequent cover appearances, often in provocative poses akin to the pulp fiction and adventure stories of the era. She even garnered her own her own self-titled series, competing with other jungle heroines like Blonde Panther, Zegra, Sheena, and Tigergirl.

Zoot #12

Zoot Comics #14a*, published by Fox Feature Syndicate in March 1948, marked a notable issue. Cover artist Matt Baker also illustrated two Rulah stories inside, “The Pearls of Patmos” and “Condemned.”

Zoot Comics #12, dated January 1948, features additional inside story art by Matt Baker. In the tale “Bloodstained Fangs,” Mava, supported by an unnamed power, employs leftover World War II weapons to assert dominance over Africa. Konrad, opting to align with Rulah, faces a gruesome punishment—buried up to his neck near an ant hill with honey poured on his head by Mava.

In a twist of fate, as Mava attempts to evade Rulah later on, she stumbles over Konrad’s skull, inadvertently falling into the ant hill herself. This unforeseen turn of events adds a layer of poetic justice to the story, showcasing the consequences of Mava’s ruthless actions.

The final installment, Zoot #16, hit stands in July 1948, with uncredited cover artists, possibly from the Iger Shop, including the potential involvement of Matt Baker.

* Sold copy.