September 7, 2011
Nyoka the Jungle Girl 1
ALL COLOR!!! One of the longest-running jungle-themed heroines returns, with both new stories and vintage Golden Age reprints.Starting out as a movie serial, Republic Pictures “The Jungle Girl” and “Perils Of Nyoka” ( released in 1941 and 1942, respectively ) inspired Fawcett Comics to release a Nyoka one-shot entitled Jungle Girl. Two years later, she began a regular run in Master Comics , and soon after, her own book. That ran until Fawcett ceased all comic publication in 1953.Picked up by Charlton after that, she continued in Zoo Funnies and a new series of her own book until 1957. Not of the vine-swinging, bikini-wearing variety, Nyoka ran a shop in a village on the edge of the wilderness, and dressed in a cute, short-shorts and boots “white hunter” type outfit. But she was at home in the jungle, and as tough as they come. This premiere issue’s new lead stars off a serialized story with chapter 1- “The Serpent Strikes”And things start off at a breakneck pace, as Nyoka outrides a gang of cutthroats to jump onto a plane during take-off, just to meet her contact ! Written and layed out by Bill Black, with finished art by Mark Heike. Then, a classic reprint story from Zoo Funnies #9, 1954- “Tahiti Belle” Pls, an extened write-up on the Nyoka films of Francis Gifford and Kay Aldridge, “The Many Perils Of Nyoka, The Jungle Girl”, by Bill Black-with loads of stills from the movies. Color cover by Mark Heike and Bill black, and black and white photo back and inside covers. Interiors are color throughout. 44 pages, standard comic book format. Printed in 1988.