Thursday, October 21, 2021

Andy Richardson:

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Classic Jungle Adventures + Tomb Raider Cover Gallery

CLASSIC JUNGLE ADVENTURES

Jungle settings have always been popular in comic books. They’re rife with opportunities for action involving lions, tigers, and other savage creatures, and they also offer an easy way to show men and women—especially women—in little scraps of leopard-skin clothing. This trade paperback provides a text overview of the history of jungle comic books, primarily the genre’s heyday in the 1940s and 50s. Black and white reprints feature not only well-known characters like Sheena, but also obscure ones, either Tarzan-like (Tabu, Thunda) or Sheena-like (Camilla, Jungle Lil).

This lovingly researched collection is both informative and fun, a reminder of a genre of comics that’s been largely forgotten today. Bill Black edited the project; Matt Baker and Frank Frazetta, among others, chip in some art.

TOMB RAIDER COVER GALLERY

Action, adventure, and beautiful women. You get all three of those great things in one place in a Tomb Raider comic, so it’s not surprising Lara Croft has lots of fans among comic creators as well as video game buffs. This title collects a multitude of pin-ups and covers featuring the wealthy heroine in various poses, outfits, and locales. Here she is striding out of the water after battling a giant octopus! There she is standing in front of a pirate ship full of loot! She’s beautiful, she’s dangerous, and she’s especially beautiful when drawn by Adam Hughes.

In addition to Hughes, Joe Jusko, Marc Silvestri, Billy Tan, and many other talented artists offer up their take on the character. Full-color, naturally.


Andy Richardson is a freelance writer and editor who has been reading and writing about comics for far longer than he can believe at this point. Andy can be reached via e-mail at richardsonag@earthlink.net. Please use “ComicBase” as your subject line.

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