Monday, June 15, 2009
Imitation Wood/Davis-Shirl the Jungle Girl
Lennard Grahn from Copenhagen sent along this story suspecting that it might be by Wallace Wood. I don't blame him for thinking that. It isn't but some parts of it are a darn good imitation so I thought I'd share it here anyway! Other parts of it strongly resemble Jack Davis work. As near as I can tell, the story, SHIRL THE JUNGLE GIRL, is fairly obscure, having been reprinted in at least one of Bill Black's JUNGLE GIRLS anthologies but otherwise ignored. Part of the reason for this is that it originally appeared as the back-up in HARVEY HITS # 1 starring THE PHANTOM. The actual artist is Howard Nostrand who was known to imitate Wood and Jack Davis in Harvey's short-lived MAD rip-off, FLIP, in 1954. It's my theory, then, that SHIRL was leftover FLIP inventory simply being used up in 1957. Still, a fun, silly story clearly inspired by Harvey Kurtzman and Wally Wood.