Wednesday, 18 February 2015
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.