Thursday, January 7, 2010

White Panther, The Winged Phantom (Fiction House; 1940)

I ran the introduction and origin of Käanga from the first issue of Jungle Comics (Jan. 1940) by the golden age publisher Fiction House, on the previous weekend, and today I'm posting another odd little tale from the same issue. The White Panther's untitled introduction and origin is signed by "Taylor Martin" and since several of the artists involved in producing this issue did actually sign their names to their features, we'll assume that this information is correct.

The White Panther received a costume redesign and a new name by the following issue. He was called "The Red Panther" for the duration of his lengthy run, which continued until Jungle Comics #25. I will eventually post those adventures here for a comparison basis.

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.



cash_gorman said...

From what I've read, I've not seen anything to suggest that the White & Red Panthers are the same character. In the small handful of Red Panther stories I've read, he had two different costumes, but nothing suggested the backstory or powers that the White Panther had. The Red Panther was a far more typical jungle hero with no powers. More likely, that the powers that be liked the name enough to use a variation of it for a new character as this one didn't resonate for some reason.

Chuck Wells said...

Plus, this version was just sort of dumb to begin with, and thanks for the clarification.