Aug 26, 2014
Wild Boy: The Gay Jungle Boy of 1950s Comics
He had a short run, appearing in 8 issues of a Ziff-Davis series (1950-1952), which oddly starts with 10. Then St. John took over the title, renamed it Wild Boy of the Congo, and published 6 issues (#9-#15), in 1953. That's it.
But what he lacked in longevity, Wild Boy made up for in gay potential.
He has two animal companions, a panther (Daro) and a monkey (Kimba), and a native boyfriend, Keeto (who speaks the same patois.)
But he's definitely a gay icon. He displays no interest in women, but he rescues and hugs Keeto every five minutes.
Hint: the good ones wear Western-style clothes, and the bad ones wear loincloths.
Here he uses the old chestnut "I will make the sun disappear!" to avoid execution by an evil tribe. How corny can you get?
But at least he's holding hands with Keeto.