Friday, March 23, 2012

Bombo in "The Creeping Scourge" (Star Publications;1952)

Here is a neat golden age curiosity for you to digest. Regular Catacombs Congo King, Jo-Jo appears today, but in repurposed form as “Bombo” in a wild tale billed as “The Creeping Scourge” from Terrors of the Jungle #20 (Dec.1952); released by Star Publications. His gal-pal Tanee doesn't endure a name change; go figure. Also included is the terrific L.B. Cole cover from the issue that highlights this very story (the original title was actually “The Crimson Scourge”) which ran in Jo-Jo #11 (Jun.1948). 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 belongs to the original publishers and/or the creators and is reproduced here solely for entertainment purposes. Enjoy!


Daniel [] said...

I notice that, in 4:5, the first appearance of “Jo-Jo” was left unchanged.

I think that the hope was to find a name less laughable than “Jo-Jo” that would fit in the same space, albeït that “Bombo” is not much of an improvement.

Chuck Wells said...

They also passed the poor chap off as "Kaza" in some issues.

Mike D. said...

I think maybe perhaps they wanted to use a similar sounding name...BOMBA...BOMBO.
It's an old trick.