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Ted Kord

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Subj: Re: Kaanga
Posted: Thu Mar 01, 2018 at 05:59:42 am EST (Viewed 134 times)
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Tonight, I read Kaanga #8, an IW/Super reprint from the Silver Age. Kaanga was originally a character from a Golden Age company called Fiction House. IW reprinted many chata ters from defunct publishing houses. Kaanga appears in three stories in this issue - all stories with a by-line of Frank Riddell. Kaanga is a blond Tarzan with a mate named Ann. The first story is the best in which Kaanga and Ann fight a murderous outcast named Captain Strong and his twin daughters . The evil family exhibits control over animals which make them formidable opponents to our heroes. In the other two stories, Kanga and Ann confront a gang of killers and a would be sorceress who plans to dupe a rich friend of Kaanga. Good wins out in these enjoyable jungle stories. By the way, the artwork is very good - the jungle scenery and the animals are so very well drawn that you think that you are out there in the wild. Back-up story is Fantomah , a jungle girl similar to Sheena, battling slave traders. A very entertaining read that I picked up at Half-Price Books for $3. Lately, it seems that this chain is selling quite a few Silver Age comic books at affordable prices.

I had never run across this one before until your review. Kaanga #8 from Super Comics reprints pretty much all of Kaanga #10 from 1951. But that's apparently how Waldman did things. I never understood these weirdo numbered comics until I learned they weren't intended to be put on the stands for the most part, but were intended for stores and such. I've seen many of them with wonderful Ross Andru art covers. This cover is credited to Sol Brodsky but I swear it looks like Don Perlin art to me.

Waldman's Super Comics was kind of scam, but it was a rather elegant scam that took advantage of gaps in comics ownership and distribution. The very chaos of the industry allowed pirates like Waldman to flourish.

Ted Kord (formerly Rip Jagger)
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