Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Jan of the Jungle (Fiction House; 1948)

Today's golden age classic jungle tale comes from Rangers Comics #43 (Oct. 1948), originally published by Fiction House. Jan of the Jungle (which sounds the same but is spelled differently from the 1950's Atlas Comics jungle heroine), was probably based on the character created by author and literary agent, Otis Adelbert Kline. It has been postulated that Kline may have been involved in a feud with Edgar Rice Burroughs (the creator of Tarzan) , since the two writers completed eerily similar works of pulp fiction. Whether true or not, Kline retired from writing in the mid-1930's to focus on his literary agent career; for instance he represented Robert E. Howard, the creator of Conan the Barbarian, until that authors untimely death in 1936, and his estate for many more years.

Jan of the Jungle was a white boy growing up in the jungle, albeit very different in plot from Burroughs own Tarzan series. Kline's first Jan novel, Call of the Savage, dipped into mad scientist territory in crafting Jan's origin. According to the Grand Comic Database, this issues script is credited to "Pandit Jinnah (?)" , but it has some very good artwork by Enrico Bagnoli. The cover for this issue is included at no extra charge. Now, that's service! 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.


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