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Marvel Masterworks Atlas Era Jungle Adventure 1 Hardcover – Jan 20 2010

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel Enterprises (Jan. 20 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078514191X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785141914
  • ASIN: 0785141901
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 18.4 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 816 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,598,390 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9e017d14) out of 5 stars 4 reviews
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e61e93c) out of 5 stars Surprisingly pleasant reading experience Feb. 14 2010
By Jim Davis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This has probably been my second favorite Atlas Era masterwork next to the Black Knight/Yellow Claw volume. I'm somewhat at a loss to adequately explain why this is the case. The stories in this issue are generally no better and no worse than the ones in other Atlas Era masterworks, that is to say, juvenile at best and wretched at worst.

I think the thing that won me over was consistency - both in script and art. The art was by Werner Roth and he is admirably suited for stories featuring attractive women. This masterwork is very easy on the male eyes.

But beyond the "good girl" art there is something that just works with Don Rico's scripts. At face value it's childish and unrealistic. The jungle consists of animals (both real and imaginary, plenty of the latter) which without exception seem to have human intelligence, moral values, and motivations. Rico seems to work this premise into one satisfying morality tale after another.

The book itself seems a little thin; only nine issues instead of the usual 10. But perhaps they needed this number so future volumes will work out right. I can't recommend this book to anyone other than comic book fans who know what they're getting into, but it's easy to see why these comic books came up when new Atlas masterworks were being proposed.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e1e503c) out of 5 stars werner roth draws a cool jungle book April 15 2010
By Michael Dobey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I was surprised to see how well Werner Roth could compete with the best artists around in teh 1950's. I was familiar with his later stuff he drew; for instance the X-men. He died in 1973, and that was his later output, it was decent art but other people were inking him, and it just wasn't as standout as when he inked himself; like he did in these stories. I was hoping for the Jann of the Jungle stuff from Al Williamson which is fantastic, and Williamson was a alltime great by any standard, no matter who inked him. This book is typical 1950's jungle girl comics as our well endowed heroine battles various villians. Of course Lorna is a copy of the Sheena queen of the jungle. And these are precode adventures and therefore better than the postcode stories. It's worth reading and owning because these vintage comics would be beyond prohibitive for most of us and they wouldn't look as good as they do here anyway. And the stories are fun for sure. That's what makes these archive books so great the comics look better than they ever had and dc had better go back to this instead of cheap scans like they did in the simon and kirby sandman book.
HASH(0x9dfeb0e4) out of 5 stars Was Lorna Sheena's best imitator? Feb. 17 2015
By Robert Fisher - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
My interest in the classic character Sheena, Queen of the Jungle revived when I bought some volumes of her adventures published by PS Artbooks. Volume 2 had an introduction by Bill Black which surveyed not only Sheena but other jungle girls in the comics. One he mentioned was Lorna, who appeared in her own magazine published by Atlas (which in the 1960's became Marvel). Black wrote "This obvious knock-off actually turned out to often contain better stories and art than even Sheena had had." Back in the 1990's, I was a big fan of a comic Bill Black put out called FemForce and I was inclined to respect his opinion. Not only that, but I recalled seeing this Marvel Masterworks volume at my local comics shop and they just happened to be having a sale. I enjoyed the stories; they won't win awards for profundity, but they are good by the standards of the time and artist Werner Roth was superb. Lorna was a more pleasant character than the rather intimidating Sheena. It is interesting to note that the magazine was first called Lorna, the Jungle Queen but was rechristened Lorna, the Jungle Girl with issue 6; Michael J. Vassallo, who wrote the introduction for this volume wondered if Fiction House, which published Sheena, might have been making complaints. I can't resist sharing a great line from Jules Feiffer: "why did I always feel that, whatever (Wonder Woman's) vaunted Amazon power, she wouldn't have lasted a round with Sheena, Queen of the Jungle?". This volume also features a back up with Lorna's male companion Greg Knight, who comes across well (but when he's with Lorna, he tends to be a bit of a lout) and some text stories. One, titled "Jungle Dust", is a nice homage to B. Traven's The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. If you enjoy the jungle girl genre, Lorna is definitely worth a look.
HASH(0x9e013a38) out of 5 stars Terrors of the jungle! July 18 2014
By Johnny Heering - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This edition of Marvel Masterworks features Lorna The Jungle Queen (Girl) #s 1 to 9. These were published during the "Atlas Era" of the 1950s. Lorna was sort of a blonde, buxom female Tarzan. The backup feature was "Greg Knight", a "great white hunter" who also appeared in the Lorna stories as her love interest. Lorna was in love with him, but he pretended he hated her. These comics are very well illustrated by Werner Roth, but most of the scripts are pretty silly. But they are kinda fun if you don't overthink the illogical aspects of the stories.