Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Jun-Gal in "The Moon of the Sacrifice" (Rural Home;1945)

Insensitive, racist elements were often on display during the golden age of comics and it is for that reason alone, that modern readers prefer to ignore some of these stories. This previously untitled Jun-Gal adventure which I've christened "The Moon of the Sacrifice" is from Blazing Comics #4 (Vol. 2; #1-Feb.1945); originally released by minor golden age publisher Rural Home Publications. Like earlier Jun-Gal stories that I’ve posted, this tale includes racist stereotypes. The native Africans are depicted in standard black-face for that era and there is a token black female character called "Mammy". Jun-Gal received special powers from exposure to a nearby radium pit after she was abducted by the tribesmen who had slaughtered her family. Why the tribesmen never received equal powers from living in such close proximity to the radium goes conveniently unexplained. Fortunately the natives kept Mammy alive to care for the little white girl. There is no explanation as to why Joan (aka "Jun-Gal") isn't speaking pigeon English too, but today's tale features a big surprise for our lead heroine that hearkens back to her own true origin. There is no writer credit available for this story, but the artist is identified as Harold De Lay in the GCD. The Catacombs is grateful to Don "Zu-Gogo" Falkos for providing the scans. Note: The copyright for this issue, its contents and artwork belongs to the original publisher and/or creators and is reproduced here solely for entertainment purposes. Enjoy!

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