Friday, December 18, 2009

Tom-Tom the Jungle Boy (Magazine Enterprises; 1947)

The twelve days of Christmas continue in the Catacombs as we switch over to some lighter comics fare for the final run to the holidays, and don't worry, my regular "Gal" Friday feature will be posted later today.

Tom-Tom the Jungle Boy ran in numerous issues of Tick Tock Tales, published by Magazine Enterprises during the golden age of comics. In today's featured story from Tick Tock Tales #15 (Mar. 1947), Tom-Tom and his friends, Itchi (a monkey) and Tree-Trunk (an elephant), look after a lost baby hippo who ends up saving them from a tiger. Tom-Tom also had his own self-titled series and appeared in a spin-off book from Tick Tock Tales called The Pixie's.

I have no credited information on who the writer or artist was on this well-drawn strip, so if anyone knows, please speak up. 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.



Mykal Banta said...

Chuck: What a gem! I have to admit complete ignorance not only of these characters but of the magazine from whence they came! I must track down some more this mag. The artwork is sterling all the way, as is the script. The side comments of the monkey are perfect! What a great post. Thanks for the education!! I bet you can figure where you will be seeing some more of the like in the future. -- Mykal

Chuck Wells said...

Well one thing's for certain, Mykal. There WILL be more Tom-Tom stories coming up in the Catacombs, and at least one more from one of the holiday issues of Tick Tock Tales as early as next week.

I'm glad you liked this one!