Kaänga. Kaänga is a Jungle Hero. He is a white boy who is orphaned when his explorer family and other members of their expedition are slaughtered in the Congo. The boy, whose real name is never revealed, runs away and is adopted by a local tribe of “ape-men.” They raise him, and he grows up to be one of them, forgetting all he knew of the “white man’s ways and talk.” As an adult he gets involved with some whites who reteach him English. He falls in love with one of them, Ann Mason, and the pair marry and live, Tarzan-and-Jane-like, in the jungle. Kaänga has the usual Jungle Hero suite of abilities. Assisted by a friendly local tribe of Bantu, Kaänga fights the usual sorts of enemies a Jungle Hero would fight: slavers, rampaging forest animals, evil witch doctors, dinosaurs, German agents, an evil African-American crook ruling over a native people, empires of ape-men, voodoo houngans, cavemen, carnivorous pterodactyls, vicious man-apes, blood-hungry Pharaonic mummies, and a witch-queen and her gorilla slaves, among others. He appears in stories with titles like “Crocodiles of Death River,” “Empire of the Ape Men,” and “The Devil’s Death-Trap.”
First Appearance: Jungle Comics #1 (Fiction House), Jan 1940. 100+ adventures, 1940-1954. Created by Alex Blum. Note: Kaänga seems to have been modeled on John Murray Reynolds’ Ki-Gor, who appeared in the Fiction House pulp Jungle Stories in 1938 and 1939.
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