Tuesday, November 16, 2010


The subgenre of the "jungle girl adventure" would seem to be one of the most promising in Golden Age comics, but on balance most of the jungle-genre comics of the 40s and 50s aren't any better than most hero-comics in terms of presenting longish fights. Characters run around, villains knock heroes over the head, heroes wake up in death-traps-- all very actionful, but the combat-scenes are usually pretty short.

I'm not aware of the current publishing status of AC COMICS, as I don't read market updates these days. The company's first publications hearken back to 1970, though most comics-fans know AC from the color line that commenced in 1982, eventuating in the flagship title FEMFORCE. This title was devoted to light-hearted, cheesecake-flavored adventures of an all-superheroine team. To date no superheroine team has been published for as many years as FEMFORCE. It's a solid title with an enjoyable Golden Age vibe, but just as with the Golden Age stories FF emulates, many of the fight-scenes are short ones.

AC Comics also revived the "jungle girl" subgenre, both with respect to new stories and Golden Age reprints. The above cover for JUNGLE GIRLS 16 (written and drawn by one Nick Northey) is the last of a three-issue arc teaming up four Golden Age jungle-girls-- Nyoka, Tygra, Princess Pantha, and Cave Girl-- and pitting them against assorted denizens of a mysterious desert, including oversized sand crabs and a race of mole-men types. It's good, lively (however stupid) fun.

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