Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Kara the Jungle Princess in "Shrine of the Moon God" (Better;1945)

I'm devoting a portion of this weeks posts to one of my favorite golden age publishers, known variously as Better/Standard/Nedor/Pines. Two stories starring Kara the Jungle Princess will be featured this week, along with a spiffy Nedor Cover Gallery on Wednesday. Kara originally appeared in Exciting Comics #39 (1945) and despite most folks having never heard of her, she managed to log almost a dozen adventures before disappearing in 1946 with her last story appearance in Exciting Comics #49.

This tale is from Exciting #42 with art by Al Camy, who was a regular artist for Better Publications titles on such features as 'Jill Trent', 'Crime Crushers', 'Grim Reaper', 'Phantom Detective' and 'Spectro'. Before she became a jungle princess called Kara, she was army nurse Jane Howell who stumbled upon the lost civilization of Arohiti in the jungles of Africa. There she was elevated to ruler of the Arohitans, a people possessing a charm against physical harm, where she must always stay alert for the evil machinations of the priest Targala. Major Kit Kendall was with her to help out with the tougher problems.

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.


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