is a fictional jungle heroine that appeared in comic books
published by Nedor Comics
. The character was revived twice; first by AC Comics
, and second by writer Alan Moore
for his Tom Strong
spin-off, Terra Obscura
. She first appeared in Thrilling Comics
#56 (October 1946).
Princess Pantha is one of the many characters inspired by Sheena, Queen of the Jungle
that appeared in in the 1940s. Her origin story is told in her first appearance: Pantha is a circus
performer visiting Africa
to find a legendary wild gorilla
for her act. She was accidentally stranded in the jungles
of Africa for several months, and survived by virtue of her ability to sound like a gorilla. She soon replaces her Western clothing with her trade-mark leopard-skin bikini
. Even after being rescued by adventurer Dane Hunter, Pantha decides to stay in Africa to search for the mysterious white gorilla.
The adventures of Princess Pantha appeared in Thrilling Comics
from issue #56 until #74 (October 1949), when she was replaced by stories about cowboy Buck Ranger. Art Saaf
illustrated most of Pantha's stories, with Alex Schomburg
drawing all her cover appearances.
During the 1990s, AC Comics reprinted the adventures of Princess Pantha, along with many other public domain characters from the Golden Age of Comic Books
. AC comics later published new adventures featuring Princess Pantha for their Jungle Girls: Wild Side
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