Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Pantha



Pantha was a back up strip in Vampirella, and was about a stripper who can turn into a panther.
I'll just let that sink in. A Stripper. Who can turn into a panther.
God, I miss Warren magazines.
Actually, this strip is much grittier than it's set-up suggests. What with her abusive parents, sleazy boss, soul-destroying job and all round hard luck, Pantha doesn't exactly lead the charmed life of a Supergirl or a Wonder Woman.
For a while, Pantha is a real New York street level strip, with Auraleon's scratchy, moody art a perfect accompaniment. Then it all goes a bit mad, involving reincarnation, ancient Egypt and Vampirella's home planet of Drakulon, Pantha then becoming Vampi's sidekick for a good long time.
Which is all fun, but it's the earlier, grungier stuff that sticks in the memory.





















2 comments:

  1. That is just GORGEOUS art Pete! I've never heard of Pantha(natch!),but I'd love to get hold of a copy. It sounds like there were several adventures with this character. Must look it up on ebay:)

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  2. Pantha ran ( arf arf ) for quite a while in Vampirella, Dave, but all the early stuff ( by Rafael Auraleon ) is in that Warren Presents: Pantha mag at the top of the post. Likely to be expensive though on ebay...

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