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T and A, South American Jungle Style – Rima the Jungle Girl #6

November 21, 2011

The scantily-clad-jungle-babe-she-warrior-animal-lover comic genre has to be one of the worst. It seemingly exists for one reason and one reason only — to satisfy erotic fantasies involving girls dressed in animal skins (not saying that’s unworthy…), and it’s not even all that good at that. The stories are usually SO UNBELIEVABLY BAD they work like a saltpeter, like an incredibly hot woman who’s dumb as a brick. Queen of the Jungle and Potent Anaphrodisiac.

Then again, if you really want to check your brain at the proverbial door and do some heavy-duty four color ogling, they’re perfect. To that end, if you were left unsatisfied by the primitive attire sported in a recent Anthro post featuring two catfighting Paleolithic babes, perhaps Rima, the white-haired (her tresses are positively Kona-esque) jungle girl, will float your boat. Hell, all us men could use a dose of “lithe bombshell” after being bombarded in recent days by that Toyota commercial starring Kelly Clarkson’s arm fat (her flapping limbs are apparently to her voice what Samson’s hair was to his sinews).

Rima deserves a little background, as she’s not the product of later, more outwardly titillating times. Created by W.H. Hudson back in the days of horseless carriages, she’s a fictional contemporary of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book and Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan, into which modern audiences read any number of messages about white men and burdens. Rima began her fictional life more a creepy sprite than a goddess, and a healthy dose of VAVOOM was added to Rima’s comic book broth, making her more visually appealing (read: voluptuous) than her original 1904 description.

Robert Kanigher wrote and Nestor Redondo provided the art for this issue’s “Safari of Death.” Sounds fun. Let’s start out with dear Rima’s physical attributes, because that’s why people paid hard American currency for this flimsy publication.

Ooh, look at her eyes — more mesmerizing than a cat’s!:

“Eyes? Who cares about eyes? What about the rack, ass and legs?” Your wish is this comic’s command:

Not bad, I have to admit.

Showing a maternal sympathy present in females of all species, Rima’s trying to find a good spot for her husband and wife jaguar pals (seen above) to settle down, since the regular-coated cat is very, very pregnant. Ready to explode pregnant. Before she can play midwife, though, Rima’s dopey normal boyfriend (Abel) leads a pack of hunters into the jungle, and they IMMEDIATELY cross paths with the expectant parents. The leader of the intruders, an Anton LaVey-looking douchebag, wants that white jaguar:

THE CHURCH OF SATAN NEEDS WHITE JAGUAR BLOOD! DON’T ASK WHY!

After roughing up Abel and duping poor Rima, he gets his prize, in a tooth and claw be-careful-what-you-wish-for sort of way:

The white jaguar, protecting both his mate and his human friend(s), is shot and killed as he tears through every last one of the hunters. No more white jaguar. But wait…:

The Circle of Life doesn’t only apply to lions. Fin.

This short tale could be a whole hell of a lot worse. The plot is your typical “white hunters profaning nature’s chapel” tripe. BARF. I do, however,  doff my cap to Redondo’s art. It’s always hard for anyone to live up to a Joe Kubert cover, and I’m not saying that he does, but his work with the cats is striking. The claws and fangs leap off the page — I’m a sucker for handsomely drawn animals. And, as I noted above, Rima ain’t too bad either. If you like that sort of thing.

This version of Rima showed up a few times in the Super Friends cartoon, but the character’s most prominent screen appearance came in the film version of her original story, Green Mansions. It starred Audrey Hepburn and Norman Bates, and it took one of the last century’s most beautiful women and surrounded her with a story so insipid you wanted to pitch her off a cliff.

It was awful, and therefore worthy of the genre.

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