Bob Powell’s Complete Cave Girl HC

A lost masterpiece by cult artist Bob Powell! This deluxe
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
(Fangoria).
In order to truly appreciate the massive amount of comics
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
in time.
Going all the way back to the fifties, Cave Girl reigned
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. 
The art of comic books of course were also much
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.
Admittedly, as fun as this time travel in comics was, it
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
you.
For more on Bob Powell’s Complete Cave Girl or other Dark
Horse tiles, check out Dark Horse Comics.

Bob Powell’s Complete Cave Girl HC will be available 11/5


Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.

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