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The Mischief of Akim comics

Hi there. Secondhand Akim comics are everywhere from EBay to Amazon; which helps because they’re affordable in France and Italy. https://www.ebay.fr/itm/113753979513

The titular star of the comics initially wore an innocuous loincloth (it was the early 1950s after all) but who later became a notorious fan of skimpy briefs by the mid 1960s, when the Beatniks gave way to the Hippies. Some of the villains and other antagonists wear loincloths as well.

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Hmm, searching around there, looks like kind of a French off-brand Tarzan -- and one I hadn't heard of, either.

Thanks for sharing this!

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Also, what is with how some of the Africans are drawn in some of those comics? I swear some look uncomfortably like some racist caricatures I've seen.

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Thanks for bringing this title to my attention, had not heard of it before and I'm loving the cover artwork on the various issues.

Karsten

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There are a lot of European comics with loinclothed (or similar) heroes (mostly Tarzanides: inspired by Tarzan) -- besides Akim, there's (heads up, links are not in English) Yataca, Zan/Zarawa, Kuma, Bengala, Kali/Zora, Tiki, Djeki, Djinga, Tamar, Tibor, Kimba (not the Japanese white lion, but an Italian photographic fumetti and for which I couldn't find a good link)... you have quite a dive ahead of you. :D

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Thank you for posting this, I was unaware of most of these titles.

Karsten

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I was going to add, before we were so rudely interrupted by spammers, that there are also many prehistoric/post-apocalyptic European titles that might be worth checking out. The ones that immediately leap to mind are Rahan (http://www.rahan.org/fr/index.html), Tounga (https://www.bedetheque.com/serie-8003-BD-Tounga-Cartonnee.html), Waki (https://www.forumpimpf.net/wikipimpf/index.php?title=Waki), Henga (also known as Yor the Hunter, yes, as in the Reb Brown movie) (https://loscomicsdemachete.blogspot.com/2016/10/henga-la-gran-ilusion.html), Kronos (https://www.forumpimpf.net/wikipimpf/index.php?title=Kronos), and several others I'm sure I'm forgetting.

There were also a *lot* of Tarzan/Korak comics, mainly by Spanish and Yugoslavian artists, that were never reprinted in the US. Bane Kerac is arguably the best of them (https://www.erbzine.com/mag58/5850.html); his line work is up there with Manning and Hogarth.

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thank you for letting comic fans like myself know about these titles, I'm really enjoying discovering some great cover art

Karsten

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And here's the English part of that Rahan site (since the little link at the bottom of the French page is easy to overlook): https://www.rahan.org/uk/.

And thanks for sharing these, dscomicfan! 😎