Small House of Everything

Small House of Everything

Saturday, December 10, 2016


Kids of a certain age (and by "certain" I mean old) may remember the syndicated television show Ramar of the Jungle, starring Jon Hall.  The show ran for two seasons, 1953-4, and produced slightly over 50 half-hour adventures.  Hall played Tom Reynolds, a doctor who returns to the African jungle to practice medicine.  Reynolds is known as "Ramar," a term meaning "white medicine man."  His assistant was Professor Howard Ogden, played by Ray Montgomery.  Africa (and for a number of episodes, India) was played by Ray Corrigan's California film ranch.  Despite its White Man's Burden attitude, the show was -- as one reviewer put it -- big on human relationships, tolerance, kindness, and justice for all men.

You know a show like this just had to spawn a comic book.

It lasted for five issues, although Ramar did make an additional appearance in an issue of The Further Adventures of Nyoka the Jungle Girl.

Ramar of the Jungle #3 features three adventures of the white medicine man:  "Tyranny of Hama," "The Witch Doctor's Dolls," and "Green Doom," as well as a fourth jungle story and some cartoon humor.


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