Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Judy of the Jungle in "The Lords of Memnon!" (Better; 1947)

Kid Terror has taken an extended break over at Nedor-A-Day, so since I've got quite a chunk of stories featuring the jungle girls that Better/Standard/Nedor published during the golden age, I may as well take advantage of his absence and run a few of them.

Judy of the Jungle first appeared in Exciting Comics #55 and her adventures continued until #69. Judy displaced Miss Masque as a backup strip and eventually knocked off the Black Terror as lead cover feature. "The Lords of Memnon!" is taken from Exciting Comics #56 (July 1947), and tells of her encounter with the descendants of a lost tribe of Egyptians who have discovered a life-extension formula, of course, the requisite gang of modern hooligans shows up using guns to impress the "losties" into giving up their amazing secret. Judy has other ideas and plows into them like gangbusters, or sure-fisted jungle queens really ought to.

The great Ralph Mayo is credited with providing full art duties on this one. 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. Enjoy!


Runs.with.Ferals said...

Judy is more voluptuous than many a jungle bimbo ! Love the art, unfamiliar with his work. Keep it coming !

Chuck Wells said...

Judy's hair color changes from brunette to strawberry-blonde after the first several of her stories were published, but rest assured that I've got several more of her adventures planned.

Mykal Banta said...

Chuck: I don't know this artist, and I have the feeling I should be ashamed of that. This is great stuff. I love the look Judy gives the "scientists" on page 5 - she really doesn't trust any man, does she? "Die, Wanton Killer!" she cries, falling upon the lioness. I don't suppose comic scriptwriters will ever be able to write a line like that again. Too bad. It sort of made my skin tingle.

Great stuff. More, please! - Mykal