Thursday, March 10, 2011

Kazanda in "Queen of the Lost Continent" (Fiction House;1945)

Here is a spiffy golden age debut from Rangers Comics #23 (Jun.1945); published by Fiction House, but actually repackaged from a series that first appeared in Australia where it was called "Kazanda the Wild Girl and the Forbidden Kingdom". It was drawn by Ted Brodie-Mack from New Zealand and written by Peter Amos (a pseudonym of Australian, Archie E. Mart)

Kazanda was a jungle queen who lived on an unnamed “Lost Continent” (which may have been Atlantis) populated by strange civilizations and weird monsters, which was discovered by a trio of marooned explorers with ensuing adventure and mayhem. Along with the usual set of skills and abilities possessed by most jungle queens, Kazanda also had psychic powers allowing her to cause plants to grow more quickly than normal, and speed healing of herself and others. While she cannot control the animals of the jungle, they do trust her enough so that she is even able to calm the more ferocious ones. The evil Sylf is her ongoing nemesis.

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.



Daniel [] said...

I can't help but wonder about these jungle girls, and their various approaches to footwear. Most of them seem to run-around barefoot, yet their feet don't even get dirty, let alone get hard and leathery. Jann and a few others seem to use somewhat plausible sandals. Now there's this Kazanda, wearing what seem to be pumps with their heels removed.

Chuck Wells said...

You would focus on that aspect wouldn't you? Still, you've got a point!