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..Hello readers! I'm Tawky Tawny, the Talking Tiger -- one of the Shazam Captain Marvel's cast of supporting characters. I first met Cap in Captain Marvel Adventures #79 (December 1947), in a story fittingly titled "The Talking Tiger," written by Otto Binder and drawn by C. C. Beck. I've been chosen to host today's issue of DIAL B for BLOG, the first of a grrrrreat five-part series featuring the TLA! Cue header!
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.TIGER, TIGERS, BURNING BRIGHT...

We'll start with a look at one of the TLA's founding members, the original Tiger Woman! Tiger Woman debuted in a twelve-chapter movie serial called “The Tiger Woman” (1944), starring Linda Stirling. The serial also starred Allan Lane as a businessman trying to build an oil well that’s constantly being sabotaged by the villain of the piece, played by George J. Lewis. Pictured right is the DVD cover of the collected episodes of The Tiger Woman. Click the image to go to the CD Universe page featuring this DVD for sale -- for only $10.15!
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Allan Lane and Linda Stirling in "The Tiger Woman" (1944)
.Shown right is a montage by Gray Morrow which originally appeared on the cover of the 1970 book Days of Thrills and Adventure by Alan G. Barbour. The montage shows Linda Stirling as "Tiger Woman" (1944). It also depicts various scenes that take place during the course of this 12-chapter, Republic Pictures serial, as well as showing scenes from her many other serials.

Linda Stirling appeared in numerous thrill-a-minute adventures for Republic, including Zorro's Black Whip, Manhunt of Mystery Island, The Purple Monster Str ikes, The Crimson Ghost, and Jesse James Rides Again.

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NY TIMES: "Starting her career as a model, Linda Stirling made her film .debut in 1942's The Powers Girl. Stirling was signed by Republic Pictures in 1943, where she earned the title "Queen of the Serials." Though she professed to dislike athletics, she earned the undying respect of casts and crews alike for her willingness to risk life and limb for the sake of her art.

Seldom a mere damsel in distress, Stirling built up a enduring fan following via her ability to "dish it out" as well as take it. She is best remembered as the title character in The Tiger Woman (1944), one of Republic's most popular chapter plays.

Her other serials of note include The Purple Monster Strikes (1945), Manhunt on Mystery Island (1946), and The Crimson Ghost. Stirling's own favorite film was the Republic feature The Madonna's Secret, in which she engagingly played a character who relied on brain instead of brawn."
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FIGHT COMICS' TIGER GIRL!
Fight Comics, published by Fiction House, also had a TIGER GIRL. This character was an imitation of another, more popular Fiction House jungle heroine, the famous Sheena, Queen of the Jungle. First two covers drawn by Joe Doolin, third cover by Maurice Whitman.

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FIGHT COMICS #50 (1947) FIGHT COMICS #52 (1947) FIGHT COMICS #80 (1952)

GOLD KEY COMICS' TIGER GIRL!
..Gold Key's TIGER GIRL, created and written by Superman's Jerry Siegel with art by Jack Sparling, debuted in Tiger Girl #1 (1968), cover shown right. This character was NOT a Sheena knock-off. Tiger GIrl was a (vine-) swinging feminist! Or at least she was Jerry Siegel's whacked-out idea of what a feminist who hung around with a full-grown tiger named Kitten would be like. Macho men really annoy Tiger GIrl, except for one thing -- they're "so handsome"!
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DC's ZEENA THE TIGER WOMAN!
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Hello, Mr. Kent? It's time to discuss DC's Zeena the Tiger Woman, another one-shot wonder! Zeena was the star of a "Private Life of Clark Kent" story titled "Big Brother for a Day" by Cary Bates, Curt Swan and Murphy Anderson that was cover-featured in Superman 256 (August 1972), shown right.

Like Tiger Girl, Zeena's first appearance was also her last! Sorry Zeena. Who was this torrid tigress? Well, Zeena wasn't a super heroine, or ev en a super villainess! This tiger chick was an innocent circus performer who became the victim of an unfortunate hypnotic accident. Here's how it happened, as explained by Amak -- a hypnotist!
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CLARK TRACKS ZEENA TO THE WOODS, BUT SHE SURPRISES HIM AND ATTACKS!
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THE SIGHT OF HER OWN FACE SHOCKS ZEENA OUT OF THE HYPNOTIC SPELL!
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EVEN THOUGH HE WON, POOR CLARK STILL CAN'T SEEM TO CATCH A BREAK!
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NEXT on DIAL B for BLOG

TIGER LEAGUE of AMERICA PART TWO!
THE TERRIBLE TIGER BOY!


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