The last time this guy showed up in the Catacombs he was billed as "The White Panther", so cut him some slack for the sudden name change. Beginning with this appearance from Jungle Comics #2 (Feb.1940); originally published by Fiction House during the golden age (and sporting a dynamic cover by the great Will Eisner), "The Red Panther" began his lengthy run in this series.
"Blood Lust" is written by Taylor Martin and drawn by Arthur Peddy, the story was not actually named so blame me for the substitute title.
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.
Other than both being a colored Panther and jungle heroes, there isn't really anything to suggest they are the same character. The White Panther had real powers while the Red Panther seems to alternate between a costumed Phantom type and Jungle Lord hero.
That said, the later Congo Raider is definitely the Red Panther, his costume being a merely re-colored version of this one. Heck, it may even be the same story, only with the name and color changes. Been awhile since I read the Congo Raider, will have to trot it out and compare.
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