Tygra of the Flame People ran as a back-up feature in later issues of Startling Comics, published by Better/Standard/Nedor during the golden age. In her earlier origin story, Lynn Thomas was returning from a nearby village with an experimental vitamin that was desperately needed to stem the tide of a plague, when her airplane crashed during a thunderstorm. Inadvertently ingesting the elixir to revitalize her diminished pep, Lynn overheard a cry and rushed to the aid of a tribesman under attack by a lion, only to discover that she had become somewhat ferocious in battle herself.
"The Phalanx of Fear" is taken from Startling Comics #50 (March 1948). I have no clue who the artist or writer is, but Tygra (as Lynn Thomas was christened by the Flame People) and her paramour, Prof Terry Wilton encounter the depraved descendants of an ancient Roman expedition, alongside a curious scientist who had long been on their trail. I have also included a neat little two-page Tygra text story written by Charles Strong, "The White Elephant" from the very same issue. The Catacombs is grateful to Don "Zu-Gogo" Falkos for providing the scans for this story. Note: The copyright for this issue, its contents and artwork belong to the original publisher and/or the creators and is reproduced here solely for entertainment purposes.