Kanga (comics)

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Kanga
Kanga and wonder woman.jpg
Wonder Woman riding her Kanga, Jumpa. Art by H.G. Peter.
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance Sensation Comics #6 (June 1942)
Created by William Moulton Marston (writer)
H.G. Peter (artist)
In-story information
Place of origin Paradise Island
Team affiliations Wonder Woman

The Pre-Crisis Earth Themyscira was home to very large Kangaroos called Kangas. Kangas were alien beings brought to the island by a tribe of star-faring Amazons who called themselves the Sky Riders of Nebulosa. The Amazons would ride on kangas for fun or for sport, and use them to help with work on the island. Wonder Woman's Kanga was named Jumpa.

Publication History[edit]

Pre-Crisis[edit]

Starting in Sensation Comics #6 Amazons were shown riding giant kangaroos as a common mode of transportation rather than horses. Wonder Woman had a specially trained Kanga called Jumpa who appeared in various adventures both as a pet and as an aid in her crime fighting.[1]

Post-Crisis[edit]

In the post crisis universe mythological creatures, including kanga, were shown to be nonexistent on Paradise Island (now called Themyscira). During writer-artist Phil Jimenez's run various creatures from the arctic lost-world Skartaris were taken to Themyscira including giant kangaroos, though none of them were shown as being ridden.[2]

DC Super Friends[edit]

In the Johnny DC comic series DC Super Friends Wonder Woman's pet kanga Jumpa appeared alongside other super hero animals including Krypto, Ace the Bat-Hound, Streaky the Supercat, Terrific Whatzit, Ch'p and Toppo as the Super Pets.[3]

DC Super Pets[edit]

Jumpa from The Fastest Pet on Earth. Art by Art Baltazar

Capstone Kids published a series of children's books starring DC Super Pets. In The Fastest Pet on Earth by J. E. Bright, Wonder Woman's kanga Jumpa stars alongside Cheetah's pet Chauncey.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sensation Comics #6 (June 1942)
  2. ^ Beatty, Scott (November 2003). Wonder Woman: The Ultimate Guide To The Amazon Princess. Dorling Kindersley Publishing. ISBN 978-0-7894-9616-4. 
  3. ^ DC Super Friends #14