hardcover collects early fifties Thun’Da and Cave Girl stories, featuring campy
and sexy “jungle girl” genre material at its leopard-skinned finest! Mark
Schultz (Xenozoic Tales) provides an introduction. Includes an essay by
Eisner-winning author James Vance (Kings in Disguise) and John Wooley
that we enjoy today, sometimes you need to go back to their roots. Many of us, myself included, don’t often have
the chance to read titles from an era well before we were even born. This week I had the opportunity to check out
the Complete Cave Girl collection. As one
of the many classics that I’ve never seen any of, it was a heck of a jump back
at a time when comics were much simpler.
She ruled the jungles of her Dawn World, an icon of feminine strength
and the object of many a young man’s affection.
This collection presents all of her adventures in and out of her home,
fighting off foes that range from greedy hunters to evil ape men.
simpler. There was really no super
flashy, hyper realistic illustration or coloring back then, largely in part due
to printing and technology limitations. This doesn’t mean the art is bad, it’s just
more basic. It was clean and gave us the
visual presentation needed to get the story across. It’s just not what we’re used to seeing with
books today, but did its job well.
wasn’t really a favorite of mine. Maybe
it was just because of the generation of stories I’m used to now. The many tales of Cave Girl did at times seem
repetitive, often being the same premise with different opponents. Even so, this is a cool way to experience a
cult classic and if that’s what you’re looking for, this is a good book for
Horse tiles, check out Dark Horse Comics.
Bob Powell’s Complete Cave Girl HC will be available 11/5