Gardner Fox (w) • Matt Baker & Various (a)
• L. B. Cole (c)
An anthology that collects the best Golden Age
(1940s-1950s) comic book stories featuring strong female versions of Tarzan.
The sassy, brassy, and beautiful girls of the four-color Golden Age don’t just
rule the jungle, they look good doing it, too! Strong, sexy, leopard-clad women
fight apes, lions, and evil white-man traders while the Tarzan-like boyfriends
cling to their vines watching admiringly from a safe distance.
HC • FC • $29.99 • 160 pages • 9” x 11” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-915-8
Mysteries of Love in Space #1
(W) James Tynion IV, Saladin Ahmed, Cecil Castellucci, Kyle Higgins, Jeff Loveness, Others (A) Tom Grummett, Kyle Hotz, Elena Casagrande, Max Dunbar, Others (CA) Joelle Jones
In Shops: Jan 30, 2019
Sometimes love can make you feel like you’re from another planet…but what if you actually were? Join Superman, The New Gods, Green Lantern, Starro, Hawkgirl and even the Teen Titans’ new sensation Crush for eight tales of romance that will whisk you to the moon and back!
W) Robert Place Napton, Gardner Fox
(A) Cliff Richards, Frank Frazetta
(CA) Jae Lee
After a military helicopter crashes in a remote valley in Africa, a lone survivor awakens without memory of his identity or mission. From the wreckage, he learns only his name: Roger Drum. Armed with instinctive survival skills, the amnesiac roams his new surroundings, discovering a bizarre lost world of dinosaurs, mammoths, sabretooth tigers, and primitive human tribes. Against the backdrop of this hostile new reality, Drum must come to terms with his violent past… so that he may assume the respected and feared mantle of the prophesied jungle warrior Thun’da!
Thun’da, the hero of the primeval forest created by legendary fantasy illustrator Frank Frazetta, returns in this action-packed adventure by Robert Place Napton and Cliff Richards! As a special treat, Dynamite Entertainment proudly presents four classic tales of Thun’da, fully remastered and featuring the creative talents of comic legends Gardner Fox (Detective Comics, The Flash) and Frank Frazetta himself!
Those reading comics primarily from a modern perspective might think that with the explosion of interest in the independents that it is the first time that the medium of comics has ventured outside of the comfortable confines of superheroes, science-fiction and fantasy. While there has been an explosion in recent years in the popularity of other genres in the medium, it is really nothing new. Comic fans in the early years of the medium would have had a harder time finding the superheroes among the myriad of other characters, whether they be from crime, romance, western or adventure comics. Among one of the sub-genres of comics in earlier years was that of the jungle queen or jungle girl, a version or Tarzan that mixed femininity with a more feral nature. Bob Powell’s Cave Girl takes a look at a small slice of these stories, collecting all of the artist’s work on this nearly forgotten character.
Although comic book reading is seemingly in a resurgence, those comic readers that are used to only modern comics would be in for a shock when picking up older issues from the silver age or the golden age. The stories back then were aimed at a completely different audience, looking to get the attention of younger readers, not readers in their teens or adult years. This made the stories simpler in a sense, with easier plot twists and usually less believable outcomes. The stories were rarely if ever serialized either, and this made the wrap-ups to plots sometimes maddeningly fast. Those expecting to pick up this volume and to be entertained by modern standards will be disappointed, as the stories are simplistic and easy and of marginal entertainment value. Where this volume does succeed is through the introductory essays which put the stories firmly in place within the history of the medium. By reading them first and then reading the comics, the comic reader will be immersed in a bygone era when people knew who Bob Powell was and when a jungle girl was a completely relevant protagonist to carry a series.
Someone picking this up and simply flipping through the pages will likely miss the point. A few times in the introductory words it is all but said that the stories themselves are not really worthy of being revisited, more so the art and the genre. Taken all together the result is different though, as a firm appreciation of a part of the past of the medium is understood. Those seeking only superheroics out of comics might not find as much here, but those that realize how wide of a spectrum this medium offers will likely be impressed with this anthology, as it reminds that comics are as imaginative as the creative team makes them into.
Story: Gardner Fox Art: Bob Powell
Story: 6.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy
Dark Horse provided Graphic Policy with a free copy for review.