The latest publication from British independent publisher Kult Creations is Savage! Jungle Princess, a 24 page full colour comic book for £3.75 ($5.50 in the USA).
Written by John A. Short and illustrated by Gabrielle Noble, Savage! Jungle Princess is a fun cheesecake romp that includes Nazis, dinosaurs, and scantily dressed women. Whilst certainly not suitable for a young Beano reader it still retains a coyness to the amount of flesh on show and is actually less revealing than the old Jane newspaper strip.
Short and Noble also collaborate on Ms. Fortune for Mayfair magazine but don't expect any soft core (or even hardcore) shenanigans in Savage! This is closer in spirit to the pre-code 1950s jungle comics of Sheena and suchlike, albeit with skimpier costumes for more modern tastes.
The story in issue one, Death Island, is self contained, so no worries about long cliffhangers until issue 2 arrives. John Short is an experienced professional writer and the story moves along at a good pace, with dialogue and captions containing the right amount of information to carry the story clearly. Gabrielle Noble's artwork also proves her worth as a storyteller, complimenting the script well.
No doubt some will find this type of comic exploitative of women, although it does actually feature strong, independent women (albeit nearly naked). However, I'm sure that most readers will see it for the lightweight escapist fun it's intended to be, rather than a wish-dream of how women should look.
To find out more about Savage! Jungle Princess and to purchase a copy visit the Kult Creations blog here: