*Miscellaneous 1940-1959: Our Atlas Explosion event continues this week with a personal favourite. Created by Don Rico and Werner Roth, Lorna the Jungle Queen (later Girl) made her debut in her own series commencing in 1953. Heavily patterned after Fiction House’s Sheena, Queen of the Jungle, (possibly prompting the title change after FH protested) it told the tale of a Caucasian baby girl whose father, after her Mum died in childbirth, took the baby to Africa where he promptly got killed by a lion. As you do. Raised by kindly Chief M’Tuba (he was a big noise), the infant Lorna developed formidable physical skills and an almost mystical rapport with jungle critters. Lorna grew up to be the protector of the wilds, aided and occasionally hindered by her helpless doll-like boyfriend Greg Knight, who often got his own spin-off stories. So far, so cliche; but what distinguished Lorna from the pack was the often very striking artwork – including Roth, Russ Heath, Joe Maneely, Syd Shores, and several lush covers by Bill Everett. Lorna’s own series ran for 26 issues, and we have 24 of them (lacking only #2 and #6). Issue #1, pictured, is GD+ at £55; the grades and prices of the rest may be seen in our online catalogue.