Monday, December 12, 2011

Jungol in "The Lost Laboratory" (Holyoke;1947)

Jungo the Man-Beast stars in this previously untitled story from Sparkling Stars #23 (May 1947); originally published by Holyoke. There was a minor change by this point in this golden age series, as an extra letter had been added to the characters name, he was now known as "Jungol". The writer and/or artist is identified on the splash panel as "R.T. Golden" (per the GCD). Actor Phil Gant was famous for his movie serial role of "Jungol" until a blow on the head convinced him that he actually was the very jungle lord that he had been portraying. In this story, Jungol, his girlfriend Gloria Dean, and their companions stumble upon evidence of an ancient civilization; even as they try to steer clear of the villain, Malon. To a degree, the explosive climax mirrors Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic novel, "The Lost World".
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 publishers and/or the creators and is reproduced here solely for entertainment purposes. Enjoy!


Smurfswacker said...

Everyone seems to have trouble with this guy's name. On page 4 his girlfriend calls him "Jungor."

Anonymous said...

Jungol? Really? That's almost as lazy as the artist's use of swipes.

At least "Jungo" reminds me of that great old blues song Junco Partner but "Jungol" is just sad.

David Simpson