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Marvel Masterworks: Atlas Era Jungle Adventure Volume 2 Hardcover – Jun 22 2011

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (June 22 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785150129
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785150121
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 1.9 x 26.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 885 g
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e9c36d8) out of 5 stars More scratch for your jungle itch July 2 2011
By Jim Davis - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I was pleasantly surprised by the first Jungle Adventures masterwork but was not in any hurry to get a second one. I figured one volume of jungle stories would go a long way.

When I started reading the present volume this seemed to be exactly the case. The Lorna stories appeared to be running out of steam compared to the previous volume, the plots getting more and more absurd or recycled from earlier stories.

But then the volume shifted gears and began the jungle anthology titles Jungles Tales and Jungle Action each with four independent features. The volume seemed to pick up new life and I look forward to picking it up again at the end of the day. I was particularly impressed by the "Unknown Jungle" and "Man-oo the Mighty" features which had no human protagonists. The four issues of Jungle Tales were the highlight of the book for me but Jungle Action was also strong.

Whatever shortcomings the scripts or even the entire jungle genre might have had the artwork was never any less than very good. The main attraction of these Atlas masterworks is the artwork and this one delivers. Of course, no matter how good the artwork, the book has to have great reproduction in order for it to be enjoyed. The book scores very high here, too, as always.

Highly recommended for those who understand what they're getting. The stories are too dated and too unsophisticated to be of more than academic interest but that's not the attraction here. This is pure nostalgia and wonderful art.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e754f30) out of 5 stars Pretty hilarious... and pretty fun March 26 2013
By DJ Joe Sixpack - Published on
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"Marvel Masterworks: Atlas Era Jungle Adventure, Volume 2"
(Marvel Comics, 2011)

Genre comics at their most genre-y...!! Like the Tarzan films they sought to mimic, these 1950s "jungle" comics are easy targets for mockery, but also for affectionate appreciation. The stories are resolutely silly, full of contrivances and limitations, though punctuated with moments of brilliance. For pop culture/history buffs, there are a number of shrill anti-Communist storylines (and they are a real hoot!) some funny sexism (the female heroes, who headline their own stories, are repeatedly told by their male companions to stay away from dangerous situations) and a fair amount of not-too-subtle racism (although one series, "Waku, Prince Of The Bantu" has surprising depth, given that the main character is an African in a 1950s pulp genre). The animal stories -- with lead characters who are lions or apes, etc. -- are kind of silly, too, but also unusual and fun.

What all these stories share in common is fabulous artwork. Some of the most talented illustrators of the era are included in this collection: Joe Maneely, John Romita, Bob Forgione, Al Hartley and others, all giving these ridiculous short stories their draftsmanlike best. There's also some nice stuff from George Tuska, an artist whose work in the 1970s always seemed slapdash -- but here he's a much more controlled, classy artist. The Marvel/Atlas books of the 1950s often highlight a graphic craftsmanship that stands in great contrast to second-tier competitors, with a strong pool of talent, many of whom were, arguably, working at their peak. This book is an excellent example of that work, and a real treat for readers who delight in retro kitsch. I'm looking forward to more of the same -- though what I'd really love to see is some equally well-curated collections of Marvel's '50s romance books, which also have a similar charm. (DJ Joe Sixpack, ReadThatAgain childrens book reviews)
HASH(0x9e643dbc) out of 5 stars Jungle fever Sept. 17 2014
By Johnny Heering - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This second volume of Atlas Era Jungle Adventures reprints Lorna the Jungle Girl #10 to 12, Jungle Tales #1 to 4 and Jungle Action # 1 to 3. The first volume reprinted Lorna #1 to 9 and the first three comics here are more of the same, with issues 12 being toned down, since it was published under the Comic Code. The under two comics are anthology books featuring four features each. Jungle Tales featured Jann of the Jungle (a brunette Lorna clone), Waku (prince of an African tribe), The Unknown Jungle (stories of jungle animals without humans) and Cliff Mason (a Great White Hunter). Jungle Action featured Lo-Zar (a blonde Tarzan clone), Man-oo the Mighty (a gorilla who defends weaker animals), Jungle Boy (a teen Tarzan clone) and Leopard Girl (a white girl who was raised by leopards). These stories are really silly, but at least the artwork is very good.
HASH(0x9e64336c) out of 5 stars Excellent reproductions of 1950's marvel jungle comics. May 19 2015
By Michael Dobey - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This one reprints more marvel 1950's jungle comics. The art is very good here with a number of good artists in here. The last of the lorna of the jungle comics are in this and then several other jungle titles of the era. This is standard jungle comic action of the time , but it does feature some rare stories told from the aspect of the Africans The reproduction is flawless and well done and these comics would be very rare to impossible to find these days. Westerns were the big sellers of the 1950's and strangely we don't have any marvel westerns reprinted from the early 1950's The apache kid and many others were very good actually! It's always a good thing to read classic stories from the golden and early silver age when they are this well presented. They look better in this book than they ever did in the comic books.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f1d0978) out of 5 stars favorite jungle girl comics July 30 2011
By Albert M. Kapustar - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This item is strictly for people who love to read old comic books.The first volume had all Lorna the Jungle girl.Instead of continuing with that they decided for some reason to go with a continuation of Lorna and Jungle Action comics,another of my 50"s favorite jungle comics.I read both these titles as a kid and am happy to have a quality color reprinting of these stories.