Rima the Jungle Girl #6 (March 1975). Art by Nestor Redondo.
|First appearance||Historical: 1904
|Created by||W. H. Hudson|
Rima, also known as Rima the Jungle Girl, is the fictional heroine of W. H. Hudson's 1904 novel Green Mansions: A Romance of the Tropical Forest. In 1974, she was adapted into a comic book character and featured in the monthly series Rima the Jungle Girl, published by DC Comics. Though Rima the Jungle Girl ceased publication in 1975, the comic book version of Rima appeared in several episodes of Hanna-Barbera's popular Saturday morning cartoon series, The All-New Superfriends Hour, between 1977 and 1980.
- 1 Publication history
- 2 Fictional character biography
- 3 In other media
- 3.1 Literature
- 3.2 Film
- 3.3 Comic book titles
- 3.4 Television
- 3.5 Statue
- 4 References
- 5 External links
Like her literary cousins Tarzan and Mowgli, Rima sprang from an Edwardian adventure novel; in her case, Green Mansions: A Romance of the Tropical Forest, by W. H. Hudson, published in 1904. Hudson was an Argentine-British naturalist who wrote many classic books about the ecology of South America. Hudson based Rima on a South American legend about a lost tribe of white people who lived in the mountains.
Rima starred in a seven-issue comic book series, DC Comics' Rima the Jungle Girl (May 1974 - May 1975), adapted by an unaccredited writer and with artwork by penciler-inker Nestor Redondo and covers by Joe Kubert. DC writer-editor Robert Kanigher is the credited writer from issue #5 on.
Debuting in March 2010, she now appears in a new DC Comics limited series First Wave, written by Eisner Award winning writer Brian Azzarello. Rima is portrayed as a South American native with piercings and tattoos; she doesn't speak, but instead communicates in bird-like whistles.
Fictional character biography
Although the DC character is a fully grown and powerful woman with ash blonde hair, the novel's Rima was 17, small (4' 6"), demure, and dark-haired. Natives avoided her forest, calling her "the Daughter of the Didi" (an evil spirit). Rima's only defense was a reputation for magic earned through the display of strange talents such as talking to birds, befriending animals, and plucking poison darts from the air. Although in the original book Rima was burned alive by Indians, in the comics she escaped the fire to have further adventures.
In other media
Rima was also mentioned in "Watcher in the Shadows" by Geoffrey Household (1960; reissued 2010)
Rima was also mentioned in "Vane Pursuit" by Charlotte MacLeod (1989)
Comic book titles
These comic book titles feature the Rima character
Classics Illustrated #90: Green Mansions
Classics Illustrated published a short adaptation from the novel, with direct quotes. In this adaptation Rima is blond. (Copyright December 1951 Gilberton Company).
Rima The Jungle Girl
Title character 1974-1975
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
Rima is mentioned, but not seen, in America's Best Comics' The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen vol. 2, #3 (2003), by writer Alan Moore and artists Kevin O'Neill and Ben Dimagmaliw: "...it is near here that the world-famous 'bird girl' Riolama or Rima was discovered..."
Rima is re-imagined in DC's 2010 title First Wave
The All-New Super Friends Hour
In her run with the Superfriends TV series, she is often known for being one of the new 'affirmative action heroes' during that period. Along with characters Apache Chief, Black Vulcan, El Dorado and Samurai, Rima is considered a minority character.
First aired: Saturday October 1, 1977; ABC (8 minutes) Batman, Robin, and Rima the Jungle Girl contend with a spreading forest fire, and have to search for a pair of escaped prisoners who have stolen a forestry truck filled with dynamite. Rima's main contribution is to call upon a nearby bear to push down some trees for an emergency bridge across a wide gap.
River Of Doom
First aired: Friday November 4, 1977; ABC (8 minutes) Wonder Woman and Rima the Jungle Girl search for archaeologists who have accidentally stumbled onto a burial ground of angry natives. The archaeologists are captured and sentenced to death on the River of Doom. The superheroes find the would-be victims by using indigenous animals to scout them out at Rima's command. They later rescue the scientists. Rima's main contribution is summoning crocodiles to attack their pursuers' canoes.
Return Of Atlantis
First aired: Saturday October 25, 1980; ABC (7 Minutes) Aquaman is captured by Queen Ocina when the lost city of Atlantis rises from the sea. Ocina plans to conquer the world with her female warriors, but Wonder Woman and Rima gather the Amazons of Paradise Island to stop her. Note: In breach of both DC Comics' and the Super Friends TV show's continuities, this "Atlantis" is not the kingdom over which Aquaman reigns.
- Schmidt, Rob (November 11, 2009). "Rima the "Native" white girl". Newspaper Rock. BlueCornComics.com. Retrieved May 28, 2014.
- Segura, Alex (November 9, 2009). "How About Some More Rags Morales' Sketches From First Wave?". The Source. DC Comics.com. Retrieved November 10, 2009.
- http://londonist.com/2013/09/the-day-peter-pan-was-tarred-and-feathered.php Image of statue with history of praise and criticism
- Rima the Jungle Girl at the Grand Comics Database
- Rima the Jungle Girl at the Comic Book DB
- Rima at the Internet Movie Database
- Fantastic Victoriana: R by Jess Nevins
- Full Text of the Novel: Green Mansions