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Heads Up: “Thun’da, King of the Congo,” with art by Frazetta

Available from Dark Horse in July 2010, Thun’da, King of the Congo will bring together, in one 232-page hardcover volume, all six issues of Thun’da, King of the Congo, as well as the Thun’da backup stories that appeared in Cave Girl and Africa: Thrilling Land of Mystery, featuring work by Golden Age greats Frank Frazetta, Gardner Fox, and Bob Powell.

Here’s the publisher’s description of the book:

Frank Frazetta is widely renowned as one of the greatest fantasy illustrators of all time. But he didn’t hone his skills in study at the fabled galleries of Paris or Milan; his legendary talents flourished as he worked for hire during the Golden Age of comics!

In the early 1950s, Frazetta set up shop at bustling comics publisher Magazine Enterprises, contributing beautiful cover illustrations and comics pages. There, he also created his first mighty adventurer: the lost-world-jungle hero Thun’da! Though Frazetta left Magazine Enterprises shortly after the first issue of Thun’da was released, and the series was ultimately short lived despite the talented care of collaborators Gardner Fox and Bob Powell, to this day the Thun’da, King of the Congo comics series is held in high regard both as an exciting adventure title and as the only comics series ever to include a cover-to-cover, all-Frazetta issue!

BONUS LINKS:

The Comic Book Catacombs: Frank Frazetta Tribute: Thun’da in “Gods of the Jungle”

Don Markstein’s Toonopedia: THUN’DA, KING OF THE CONGO

Thun’da #1 cover — original art.

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