Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Taanda in "Jungle Vengeance/Death Wears the Jungle Crown" (Avon; 1951)

I've decided to postpone running an additional "Jungleman" story (as promised on Saturday) until this Thursday, in favor of making a space available today for White Princess of the Jungle #2 (Nov. 1951); originally published by Avon. I've selected two Taanda tales from that issue since both "Jungle Vengeance" and "Death Wears the Jungle Crown" are clearly signed by artist Everett Raymond Kinstler. A different artist drew the third Taanda feature. Louis Ravielli, Gene Fawcette, and Vince Alascia also pencilled Taanda adventures for Avon, so it's probably one of them. (I will eventually post that story too!)

Taanda was a typical white, intelligent, voluptuous, scantily-clad babe in an animal-skin bikini, with the ability to communicate with jungle beasts or birds, and ever wise to the ways of cruel men. Her life was devoted to preserving the peace and beauty of the jungle, confronting evil men up to no good, dickering with hostile, superstitious tribesmen, and exposing the deceits of bone-rattling witch doctors. Kinstler managed to make those duties look like a walk in the park for our lovely heroine and you also get to see his terrific cover for this classic issue.

The Catacombs is grateful to Don "Zu-Gogo" Falkos for providing the scans for these stories. Note: The copyright for these issues, their contents and artwork belong to the original publisher and/or creators and are reproduced here solely for entertainment purposes.


1 comment:

Unknown said...

Kintsler was always great, and glad you included the inside front cover on this one. Any chance you can post the remaining pages for old jungle girl fans like me?