Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Cave Girl in "The Man Who Served Death" (ME;1952)

Today, Cave Girl stars in "The Man Who Served Death" from Thun'da #3 (1952); originally published by Magazine Enterprises.

Cave Girls' parents were murdered by savages in the jungle where they'd been living for several years while she was still a toddler. The infant then known as “Carol”, was carried off by an eagle, who took her far away beyond the mountains natives called The Barrier of the Moon, and deposited her in The Dawn Lands (where things were fairly primordial near the beginning of her career). Instead of feeding Carol to its young, the bird left her to be raised by Kattu, the wolf.

Under his tutelage, the youngster forgot the name "Carol", and soon responded to "Cave Girl", which is what the locals (referred to as "Hairy Men"; science knew their type as Neanderthals) called her, referring to her choice of abode. By studying the Hairy Men carefully, Cave Girl taught herself how to use the spear, the knife, and even the bow & arrow.

Eventually civilization breached the Barrier of the Moon, entered The Dawn Lands and transformed her feature into just another white woman traipsing through the jungle shtick. According to Don Markstein's Toonopedia, Gardner Fox wrote Magazine Enterprises "Cave Girl" feature until 1955, alongside Bob Powell’s lush artwork (which graces this issues cover too). 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.


Charles said...

Whoa! What's the Thun'da story from that issue? Thun'da versus the cave catfish men?

Chuck Wells said...

There were three Thun'da, King of the Congo shorts in that issue, Charles.

"The Axe of Death", "The Dragon Devil" (cover featured) and "The Terror of the Witch Doctor".

I'll have to check and see if I have any of those in the queu for posting in the Catacombs.