Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Princess Pantha Returns (Better/Standard; 1946)

At least for the time being, I've decided to attempt a classic jungle comic post every week on Tuesdays and Thursdays, while holding onto the possibility of running more of them on the weekends as a bonus. Today's selection is from Thrilling Comics #57 (Dec. 1946), originally published by Better/Standard/Nedor and featuring artwork by Art Saaf.

The missing animal trainer Princess Pantha has finally been located by white hunter, Dane Hunter (although that doesn't explain why he's also running around in a loin cloth). Pantha at least has the excuse of having survived on her own in the jungle for many months, but what do I know. The pair encounter a tribe of gorilla worshippers and discover that Pantha's search for a mystical ape actually does have some basis in reality. Look out for the treacherous medicine priest (those guys are always the jealous type), but with Pantha's innate cunning and handy jungle talents the twosome needn't worry for long. I've also included this issues cover by Alex Schomburg, which features the second to last cover appearance of Doc Strange in Thrilling. 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 creators and is reproduced here solely for entertainment purposes.


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