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Jana of the Jungle and Tigra by JayFosgitt Jana of the Jungle and Tigra by JayFosgitt
This was a commission for :iconstephenrsjr: who requested I draw the old Hanna Barbera cartoon character Jana of the Jungle dancing with Marvel Comics' superhero Tigra. This was a lot of fun, and has made me decide to extend my current classic cartoon commission drive to include classic comic book characters, too! Read my current journal entry for all the info, and note or e-mail me if you'd like to commission me!
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DevastationBob Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014
I remember Jana from syndication and the USA Cartooooooooooon Express.  Well done!
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operative274 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009
:lol: interesting combo to say the least :clap:
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SRSobotka Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
You should see the colored version I did of these lines.

You know, I have been thinking of a little story for this: Jana comes to the big city -- after being reunited with her father and all -- and is striking out on her own, gets her own apartment, then -- in the middle of chasing a crook -- Tigra falls in through a skylight, and the two meet face to face.

Of course, the whole idea turns into a roomies-fighting-crime story from there.


-- Stephen
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operative274 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2009
and pillow fights eeeeeverynight ^_^
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SRSobotka Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
<chuckle> Might work on that...

Actually had the idea for that scene: Jana's all moody, because she couldn't bring either of her two animal companions -- Tiko the yapok and Ghost the jaguar -- with her from the Amazon. When Tigra crashes through the skylight, she lands in the middle of Jana's couch.

When she comes up, Jana's all shocked for a momment, then she flings her arms around Tigra and goes "KITTY!" ;)


-- Stephen
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Goblinthegreat Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009
Spiffy piece, Jay! I like how you used the lines for detail/texture in Tigra's hair and on Jana's outfit. Your black-&-white drawings look so crisp and neat- what's your secret? =D

Y'know, it's a darn shame nobody uses Tigra for the Avengers in a positive way lately- during that crazy "Civil War" storyline, Tigra betrayed Captain America and his allies to Iron Man when the Superhuman Registration Act ordeal started. I feel the same for characters like Wolfsbane and Hepzibah- literal animal-based superheroines get no love :XD:
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"I love comic books and I love anime. It’s kind of like being in a crack house with no money.”- Samuel L. Jackson
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SRSobotka Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I feel the same way, and it doesn't help matters when writers like Brian Michael-Bendis declare that characters like Tigra are their "least-favorite" to work with. :(

Fortunately, Tigra is going to get much better treatment in a tribute story I'm writing for Dave Cockrum.


-- Stephen
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Goblinthegreat Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2009
Heck, Bendis himself said that he has no idea how Howard the Duck got into those issues he wrote for the "Secret Invasion" storyline- what a tool. That's exactly the kind of attitude that got his precious "Ultimate Marvel" universe all crumbling down now :XD:

A Tigra story for Dave Cockrum? Sweet- I've got to check that out =D
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"I love comic books and I love anime. It’s kind of like being in a crack house with no money.”- Samuel L. Jackson
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SRSobotka Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh,Bendis and his ilk are slowly but surely grinding down what was once a masterhouse of story telling and entertainment. If I had my dirth, I'd buy up the company from the publisher and fire all of those pompus pricks and put in people that really remember what comics are all about.

Well, the tribute is more of an overall reboot of X-Men (Dave had a lot to do with the book's relaunch in the 1970's). Tigra's getting in the story, but she may be a bit different than how she appears in the current canon now.


-- Stephen
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Goblinthegreat Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2009
He's slowly turning into the John Kriscfalusi of comics (look it up and you'll see what I mean). Yeah, just because some of the other characters don't have a big fanbase like Wolverine or Spider-Man, that doesn't mean they don't have any fans at all.

That's sounds awesome- you're taking her back to her 70s' roots =D
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"I love comic books and I love anime. It’s kind of like being in a crack house with no money.”- Samuel L. Jackson
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SRSobotka Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I didn't know John K was causing that much of a ruckus? Dang.

Actually, no... The version of Tigra I'm doing is somewhat an homage to her creation-roots -- what with Dame Harkness and the Cat People spirit and whatnot -- but Tigra/Greer will be just one of several differences to my verision of the X-Men that I'm doing as my tribute.

I would hope that Dave would be pleased. ^_^


-- Stephen
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Goblinthegreat Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2009
He's been causing a ruckus since the 90s'- it all started when he flamed Animaniacs in this article he wrote for an animation magazine under a pseudonym. Now all he does is bitch and moan about how good animation was back then and how bad it is now- he's a douche.

Oh, well that sounds pretty cool. I'd like to see the rest of your take on the other members when it comes out.

I bet Mr. Cockrum would be proud, man =D
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"I love comic books and I love anime. It’s kind of like being in a crack house with no money.”- Samuel L. Jackson
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SRSobotka Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, I've posted some of the chapters in prose up on FF.net -- just to get them done so I can work on more writing.

If you're interested, I can send you a link to them? I'd certainly hope Dave Cockrum would be proud. :D


John K. sounds like he's turned into a total prick... and the man used to turn out some pretty innovative cartoons.


-- Stephen
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EmperorNortonII Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
That's sweet! :D
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BalloonPrincess Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009  Hobbyist Filmographer
Awesome! :)
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sideshowjane Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009
Get dooooowwwwwwnnnnnnn! Drawing lovely females is one of your specialties, right Jay?
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JayFosgitt Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009  Professional Artist
I try my best!
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SRSobotka Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Don't just dig it, Jay... I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this! :dance:

I'm going to have some fun coloring this! Thanks for doing my commission, my man! :D


-- Stephen
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Artytoons Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009
Jana...BJ Ward's first voice role. A lost girl becomes the protector of the jungle with a frisbee-like necklace weapon and animal allies. Designed by Alex Toth.
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SRSobotka Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Toth did the designs? I knew I like this cartoon for more than just a chick running around the jungle in a skimpy leather dress. ^_^

Didn't know that was B J Ward doing the voice either. Thanks for the info!


-- Stephen
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Artytoons Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009
My error.

Doug Wildey did the character designs for the Jana and Hanna-Barbera Godzilla series. Wildey also designed the original Jonny Quest characters too.

Jana of the Jungle voice cast:

Jana: BJ Ward
Montaro, Jana's native ally: Ted Cassidy
Dr. Ben Cooper, Jana's friend: Michael Bell

Nice adventure show.
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SRSobotka Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
One of my favorites.

I've even written a story where it deals with how Jana and Dr. Cooper first met.


-- Stephen
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jbwarner86 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009
Y'know, this reminds me of how much I love the way you draw faces. You're really good at not only creating distinctive features, but making them really expressive too! I applaud you!
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JayFosgitt Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009  Professional Artist
Thanks, JB! Faces are far less work than bodies for me, for sure!
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