Friday, April 06, 2012
Number 1135: The Panther Woman
This story, credited by the Grand Comics Database to Ruben Moreira, and beautifully illustrated, is lacking something: a motive. It isn't told why the exotic beauty, Gora, dresses in a panther skin, and with her pet panthers, terrorizes a tea plantation. In the real world of 1948, when this was published in the giveaway comic, Buster Brown Comic Book #12, the locals in that area were having a revolution, kicking out those who had been colonizing them.
Ruben Moreira took over the Tarzan Sunday strips from Burne Hogarth in 1945, until Hogarth returned to the strip in '47. Moreira was a comic book journeyman, whose work in DC Comics was usually signed. My introduction to him was the "Roy Raymond, TV Detective" stories in Detective Comics. Moreira, who came from Puerto Rico as a child, returned in 1958, and his comic book career came to an end in 1962. He died in 1984 of cancer at age 61.