Thursday, July 14, 2011

Nyoka the Jungle Girl in "The Sinister Jungle Myth" (Charlton;1955)

Nyoka the Jungle Girl is often described as having been created by Edgar Rice Burroughs, but although the 1941 movie serial starring Frances Gifford as Nyoka was officially based on Burroughs' story "Jungle Girl" (which first appeared in the pulp magazine Blue Book and later was expanded into a novel) there is no character named Nyoka and no Nyoka-like character in that original story.

Fawcett Comics used the film version of Nyoka as the basis for a one-shot Jungle Girl Comics #1 (1942); and she continued to appear in her own self-titled series irregularly until 1953, when Fawcett ceased publication. Nyoka was subsequently sold to Charlton by Fawcett after the National Comics Publications v. Fawcett Publications lawsuit. Her first Charlton appearance occurred in Nyoka, Jungle Girl #14 (November 1955), in this full-issue tale called "The Sinister Jungle Myth". No creative team credits are available.

 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.


1 comment:

Robert R. Barrett said...

Hi Chuck: I just want to clear up a misconception that keeps being printed. JUNGLE GIRL, written by Edgar Rice Burroughs, was first printed as a 5-part serial in Blue Book Magazine in 1931. It was written as a novel and was printed as a novel, albeit serially. When Burroughs published it in book form it was the same version as the Blue Book serial and was not expanded. Republic purchased the rights to the novel but used only the title and hired writers to concoct a completely new story that had nothing to do with the Burroughs novel.