Jungle Jim is the fictional hero of a series of jungle adventures in various media. The series began on January 7, 1934 as an American newspaper comic strip chronicling the adventures of Asia-based hunter Jim Bradley, who was nicknamed Jungle Jim. The character also trekked through radio, film, comic book and television adaptations. Notable was a series of films and television episodes in which Johnny Weissmuller portrayed the safari-suit wearing character, after hanging up his Tarzan loincloth. The strip concluded on August 8, 1954.
Illustrator Alex Raymond and pulp magazine author Don Moore created the original strip as a topper to run above Raymond’s Flash Gordon. Jungle Jim and Flash Gordon were launched simultaneously on January 7, 1934. The character was named after Alex’s brother Jim Raymond.
During World War II, artist Raymond enlisted as a Marine. Successors included John Mayo (creator of Future Eye) and Paul Norris (creator of DC Comics‘ Aquaman). Don Moore continued to script through the succession of artists. The strip, which never ran as a daily, came to an end in 1954.
From 1937 to 1947, the comic strip was reprinted in Ace Comics, published by David McKay. From 1949 to 1951, there were 11 original Jungle Jim comic books produced by Standard Comics.Dell Comics published 20 issues of Jungle Jim from 1953 to 1959; the last eight issues (#13–20) were written by Gaylord Du Bois.
King Features Syndicate published a single issue of Jungle Jim in 1967. This was designated #5 and was a reprint of Dell’s issue #5 with a new cover by Wally Wood. Charlton Comics then picked up Dell’s numbering for another seven issues (#22–28) in 1969–70 with stories scripted by Wood, Pat Boyette, Bhob Stewart, Joe Gill and others. Artists on the Charlton stories were Wood, Boyette, Steve Ditko, Roger Brand and Tom Palmer.
In January 2015, Dynamite Entertainment announced a new series of Jungle Jim as part of their “King:Dynamite” series. This version of Jungle Jim is written by Paul Tobin and illustrated by Sandy Jarrell.