Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The Most Dreaded Place on Earth

"The Most Dreaded Place on Earth" from Bomba the Jungle Boy #5 (DC, 1968) by George Kashdan and Jack Sparling
Bomba was a 1920s Tarzan rip-off set in South America featured in 20 boy's adventure books, a dozen movies between 1949 and 1955, and a 7-issue comic book series from DC Comics. The books were pretty overtly racist (the white Bomba has an "open soul" while dark-skinned natives have "closed" ones), but the comics are ok. After the series failed and the license lapsed, DC re-used some of the material with minor art and lettering changes for the Sinba back-up in their Tarzan comics. Waste not, want not.

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