Jann of the Jungle

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Jann of the Jungle
Jann of the Jungle #10 (March 1956)
Cover art by Vince Colletta; background inking by Al Williamson
Publication information
Publisher Atlas Comics
First appearance Jungle Tales #1 (Sept. 1954)
Created by Don Rico
Arthur Peddy
In-story information
Alter ego Jane Hastings
Abilities Skilled fighter

Jann of the Jungle (Jane Hastings) is a fictional comic book jungle girl protagonist from Atlas Comics.

Publication history[edit]

Jann was created by writer Don Rico and artist Arthur Peddy in the anthology title Jungle Tales #1 (Sept. 1954), published by Marvel Comics' 1950s predecessor, Atlas Comics.[1] Jungle Tales was renamed Jann of the Jungle starting with issue #8 (Nov. 1955). The series continued to issue #17 (June 1957).

Since then, the character has made a handful of appearances, among them a non-canonical, alternate history story in What If #9 (June 1978).

Fictional character biography[edit]

Jann of the Jungle is 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.[2][1]


  1. ^ a b 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.
  2. ^ Jann of the Jungle at Don Markstein's Toonopedia. Archived from the original on March 6, 2015.

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