Thursday, March 31, 2011

"Nyoka the Jungle Girl and the Human Leopards" (Charlton;1954)

This is a complete, three chapter adventure from Zoo Funnies #8 (Oct-Nov. 1954); originally published by Charlton Comics. The front cover was illustrated by Dick Giordano, but there are no credits for the writer or artist.

Nyoka the Jungle Girl and her new friend, Bucko the Jungle Boy, are on a mission to find the elusive Black Orchid, when Bucko's associate, Whiting, shoots and kills what he believes to be a leopard, but is in actuality a member of the Leopard Men secret society. Whiting is subsequently killed in revenge, forcing Nyoka to expose the group to the local Judge, unaware that the Judge is secretly the chief of the Leopard Men. Of course, he marks her for death. As Nyoka and Bucko continue the quest for the Black Orchid, which is sacred to the Human Leopard clan, a fortune teller predicts death for Nyoka, even as danger arrives in the form of an attack by a Leopard Man. Bucko saves Nyoka from the Leopard Man attack and this later allows Nyoka to use the defeated Leopard Man's costume to infiltrate their secret meeting place where she unveils the Judge as their leader. The Judge confesses on his death bed.

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 publishers and/or the creators and is reproduced here solely for entertainment purposes.


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