The Return of Wonder Woman's Kangaroo, Jumpa, to DC Universe Continuity (Batman #40 Spoilers)

In 1942, William Moulton Marston and H.G. Peter brought giant kangaroos to Paradise Island in Sensation Comics #6.

The Return of Wonder Woman's Kangaroo, Jumpa, to DC Universe Continuity (Batman #40 Spoilers)

Amazons were shown riding giant kangaroos as a common mode of transportation rather than horses. Wonder Woman had a specially trained Kanga called Jumpa who appeared in various adventures both as a pet and as an aid in her crime fighting.

The Return of Wonder Woman's Kangaroo, Jumpa, to DC Universe Continuity (Batman #40 Spoilers)

Then comics grew up and Kanga was never seen again.

The Return of Wonder Woman's Kangaroo, Jumpa, to DC Universe Continuity (Batman #40 Spoilers)

After DC#s Crisis On Infinite Earths, mythological creatures, including kanga, were shown to be nonexistent on Paradise Island, now called Themyscira. Though during writer-artist Phil Jimenez's run on Wonder Woman, various creatures from the arctic lost-world Skartaris were taken to Themyscira  – including giant kangaroos, though none of them were shown as being ridden.

In the Johnny DC comic series, DC Super Friends, Wonder Woman's pet kanga Jumpa appeared alongside other super hero animals including Krypto, Ace the Bat-Hound, Streaky the Supercat, Terrific Whatzit, Ch'p and Topo as the Super Pets. And more recently, Capstone Kids published a series of children's books starring DC Super Pets. In The Fastest Pet on Earth by J. E. Bright and Art Baltazar, Wonder Woman's kanga Jumpa stars alongside Cheetah's pet Chauncey.

The Return of Wonder Woman's Kangaroo, Jumpa, to DC Universe Continuity (Batman #40 Spoilers)

But these are far from mainstream DC Comics continuity and would be something far too silly to be every considered for comics such as Wonder Woman… or Batman…

The Return of Wonder Woman's Kangaroo, Jumpa, to DC Universe Continuity (Batman #40 Spoilers)

I stand corrected.

There you go, folks. Kanga is now part of DC Rebirth continuity again. Who will be the first to show her off? Maybe give us the reunion? Hey, Scott Snyder, will you take this challenge?

Batman #40 is published today.

BATMAN #40
(W) Tom King (A/CA) Joelle Jones
"SUPERFRIENDS" part four! Since the beginning, the friendship between Batman and Wonder Woman has stood at the heart of the DC Universe. Now that friendship is coming apart, and as it does, the universe itself begins to crumble. The conclusion of Batman's team-up with Wonder Woman. (This story was previously slated to run in BATMAN #39.)In Shops: Feb 07, 2018
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Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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