Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Panu in "Phantom Lord of Tooth and Claw" (Fox Comics; 1950)

This neat little back-up strip comes from Fox Comics Dorothy Lamour, Jungle Princess #4 (Oct. 1950), there isn't much information listed on this title in the GCD, but they do credit the late Wally Wood with providing artwork for this feature on the previous issue of the same mag.

I thought that it would be cool to feature a couple of "creatures" battling it out for supremacy - albeit with a jungle-style twist.

The Catacombs is very 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.



Mykal Banta said...

Chuck: What an odd little tale, brutal in a way. I loved the way the artist handled the panther, Panu! Very powerful. I particularly liked the full pace panel where the animal really does look God-like (panel 5 last page). Great post! I also loved the brisk, effective writing.

I hate to ask a stupid question, but . . . Dorothy Lamour? Was she like the hostess of the comic? Sort of a "Dorothy Lamour presents" kind of a thing? -- Mykal

Chuck Wells said...

Mykal, Dorothy Lamour appeared as Ulah in the 1936 film, The Jungle Princess. In that movie she famously wore a sarong garment, which would become even more associated with her many appearances alongside Bob Hope and Bing Crosby from 1940 until 1962 in various Road movies (Road to Bali, etc.).

She was one of the most popular actresses in Hollywood during the 40's & 50's.

She also earned a comic book series published by Fox Comics which featured Dorothy as another of the horde of jungle girls that were all the rage back then.

Mykal Banta said...

Of course! Duh. I didn't know about The Jungle Princess, but I sure remember her from the Hope/Crosby pictures and her oft-worn Sarong! Wow!

Thanks for the info. -- Mykal

Booksteve said...

The art on this may be by Sid Check who did a pretty good Wood imitation and in fact is credited as assisting Wood on the previous issue. Wood himself is only generally credited with working on the previous two issues of the mag.

Chuck Wells said...

That's some good information, BS, and a great eye for detail on your part.

Thanks for sharing it with us.