Jann of the Jungle
|Jann of the Jungle|
|First appearance||Jungle Tales #1 (Sept. 1954)|
|Created by||Don Rico
|Alter ego||Jane Hastings|
Jann was created by writer Don Rico and artist Art Peddy in the anthology title Jungle Tales #1 (Sept. 1954), published by Marvel Comics' 1950s predecessor, Atlas Comics. Jungle Tales was renamed Jann of the Jungle starting with issue #8 (Nov. 1955). The series continued to issue #17 (June 1957).
Fictional character biography
Jann of the Jungle is really Jane Hastings, a circus trapeze artist and animal trainer. When she comes to the jungle as a stunt double for the female star of an adventure movie, the natives on the set acclaim her as "Jann". Many years ago, a white woman was the friend and protector of the Africans but she met a white man who was a lion hunter and left with him. This was Hastings' grandmother. Feeling at home in the verdure, Hastings stays on as the new Jann of the Jungle. Pat Mahoney from the film crew stays as well.
- Jungle Tales #1 (Sept. 1954) at the Grand Comics Database. Note: Prior to confirmation appearing in Marvel Masterworks: Atlas Era Jungle Adventure Volume 2 (Marvel, 2011) ISBN 978-0785150121, some reference sources had credited artist Jay Scott Pike.
- Jann of the Jungle at Don Markstein's Toonopedia. Archived from the original on March 6, 2015.
- Jann of the Jungle in International Hero
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