Friday, January 29, 2010

Tabu the Jungle Wizard in "The Slave Raiders" (Fiction House;1940)

Tabu, the Jungle Wizard was a super-powered jungle hero created by Fletcher Hanks, who was only active in comics between 1939 and 1941. During his brief golden age tenure, Hanks created several eclectic characters including Stardust the Super Wizard, Tabu and Fantomah (one of the first female superheroes, predating even Wonder Woman). He used several different pen names, including "Henry Fletcher", "Barclay Flagg", "Bob Jordan", and "Hank Christy". Hanks was reportedly abusive towards his immediate family, as well as an alcoholic. After eventually abandoning them, he earned some income by drawing murals in the homes of the rich. Fletcher Hanks died in February 1976; his frozen body was found by police on a park bench in New York City.

Today's final "Go Ape Shit Week" post is taken from Jungle Comics #1 (Jan. 1940). On the issues cover Tabu was misspelled "Taboo", and pay close attention because if you blink you will miss the gorilla in this story. I only selected this tale because of the bizarre life story of Hanks, since he apparently really did go ape shit, but the story is just weird as hell too.

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. Thanks for dropping by for my impromptu theme week, and please check back in later today for my regular "Gal" Friday post. She's a classic cutie who first earned her chops starring alongside a very famous gorilla, but in a wretched remake from the 1970's.


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