Friday, April 05, 2013
Number 1344: Jann’s jungle fever!
One thing you can say about Atlas, when they did jungle girls they used some of their top artists. Werner Roth did Lorna, and Jay Scott Pike, who later went into the pin-up art field a la Gil Elvgren, did Jann. In this particular story, from Jungle Tales #2 (1954), Jann faces a jungle fever, and even runs into a dinosaur! They gave us a lot for six pages.
A bonus tale I'm including today is from the same issue, a horror/jungle hybrid tale, featuring Waku of the Bantu. Waku goes against the golden age jungle comic pattern by being an African, not some caucasian interloper. It's credited by the Atlas Tales website to Fred Kida. It has that really obnoxious coloring job on the Africans, which is a sort of purple-gray. I don’t know what the problem was, but that sort of ashen color continued on into the sixties. I remember an African-American reader calling Marvel to task for the coloring in the letter column of an issue of Sgt Fury and His Howling Commandos.