Doug Murray On Bringing A Touch Of Lovecraft To Jungle Girl

Nancy Collins, writer of Swords of Sorrow: Vampirella/Jennifer Blood #1, talks with writer Doug Murray about Jungle Girl: Season 3 #2, both on sale now. Cover art by Frank Cho.

JGSea302CovAChoNANCY COLLINS: How do you like working with your artist, Jack Jadson?

DOUG MURRAY: I really didn't work as closely with the artist as I would have liked.  I generally work full-script which is what I did in this series.  The first time I saw actual art was after Jack had done his pencils.  Still, I had no real problems with anything and only suggested (I think) one or two changes.  I would be happy to work with Jack on another project in the future.

NC: Does Jana the Jungle Girl normally ride a T-Rex into battle? If so, is the one we see in #2 a domesticated pet or free-range?

DM: The Tree People (Jana's tribe) are very much into green energy and free-range food. Thus Jana kills her meat in the wild—finding it on the hoof and taking it down.

Seriously though, in this series I have been subscribing to the current theory that the T-Rex was a carrion eater and not a hunter—thus Jana isn't really afraid of the big guy (although the dirt people are), thus riding one into battle gives her an added 'WOW' factor.

NC: What's the relationship between Jana and Togg?  Is he her Tonto/Kato counterpart, or something more?

DM: I wrote Togg as her Tonto/Kato—Togg sees Jana as something special—the daughter of the medicine-father who came from somewhere far away.  He is her friend—but at some level, he worships her.

NC: Do the alien Old Ones mentioned in your story have any connection to H.P. Lovecraft's Old Ones?

DM: I'm a huge fan of Lovecraft so, the Old Ones have a lot to do with the Lovecraftian characters—although not as much as I would like—call it an 'homage'.

NC: And last but not least, does Jungle Girl: Season 3 take place before or after the events in the Swords of Sorrow cross-over event?

DM: I have to assume it takes place before—as the reader will discover when he gets to the end of issue #4.  Something happens there that would make it impossible for Swords of Sorrow to come after.

For more information on Jungle Girl: Season 3 #2, click here.

About Dan Wickline

Has quietly been working at Bleeding Cool for over three years. He has written comics for Image, Top Cow, Shadowline, Avatar, IDW, Dynamite, Moonstone, Humanoids and Zenescope. He is the author of the Lucius Fogg series of novels and a published photographer.