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The White Princess of the Jungle
Taanda

Real Name

(Unknown first name) Simmons (later given the name "Taanda/Tarinda Upitani")

First Appearance

White Princess of the Jungle #1 (1951)

Original Publisher

Avon

Created by

Louis Ravielli and Everett Raymond Kinstler

Origin

Bwanna Simmons and his wife came to Kraal of the Tauruti tribe in Africa, with a baby girl with hair as red as the sunset. They lived with the Tauruti for a long time, but when they went to explore the ruins of a temple, they were attacked and killed by a tribe called the Jhibuti. The new chief, Upatani of the Tauruti, raised Taanda, and taught her both English and the Tauruti tongue. As the "White Princess of the Jungle", she protected the people and animals of her land from poachers, monsters, and witch doctors.

Powers and Abilities

Taanda was taught to survive in the jungles, and was said to be as fast as any beast and as strong as ten men. She could swing through the trees like a monkey, but often rode a zebra over long distances. She was skilled with a bow, spear, and knife. She was also considered very wise by the Tauruti.

Public Domain Appearances

  • White Princess of the Jungle #1-5
Tarinda

Notes

  • The character's name was changed to "Tarinda" in the fifth issue without explanation (though her origin and supporting characters remained the same).

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