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Young Kal-El was accidentally teleported into the Scarlet Jungle, and, through accident, managed to avoid being eaten by a Thought-Beast or turned to stone by a Rainbow-Bolt firing creature.

The Scarlet Jungle was an inhospitable wild area in the center of the continent of Lurvan on the planet Krypton. Many unusual and deadly creatures lived there, and a traveller risked life and limb - whether from Thought-Beasts; the scourge of Scarlet Jungle Fever; or the Fire Falls.

History

Earth-One

Young Kal-El was accidentally teleported into the Scarlet Jungle, and, through accident, managed to avoid being eaten by a Thought-Beast or turned to stone by a Rainbow-Bolt firing creature.[1]

Decades later, in a battle with Lex Luthor, Superman remembered evading the Moving Forests in the Scarlet Jungle and used the same tactic to avoid giant mutated cacti.[2]

The Scarlet Jungle Fever was a constant and deadly danger. Both Jor-El and Superman contracted it. The symptoms included high fever, delirium, and susceptiblity to suggestion. In his fever, Jor-El nearly released the Phantom Zone Criminals[3] and, in Kandor, Superman had to be stopped from blurting out his secret identity while in the throes of delirium.[4]

While the diseases could be deadly - especially the diabolical Bloodmorel[5] - there were also cures hidden in the Scarlet Jungle, such as the fungus spore-dust that Jax-Ur used to cure the blotchy plague that afflicted Lori Lemaris and her Atlantean brethren.[6]

The dense undergrowth, untamed animals and deadly diseases, made the Jungle one of the least explored places on Krypton.[7]. Thus, hidden beneath the Scarlet Jungle was a "Security Arsenal" of forbidden, terrible weapons and devices that no one wanted found.[8]

Points of Interest

Residents

  • Giant Balloon Creature
  • Giant Bees
  • Bloodmorel
  • Moving Forests
  • Rainbow-Bolt Prism-Eyed Creature
  • Rock-pecker
  • Thought-Beasts

Notes

  • It is never stated whether or not the Bloodmorel from DC Comics Presents #85 is the same disease as the classic Scarlet Jungle Fever.


See Also

  1. Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen #69
  2. Superman #164
  3. Superboy #104
  4. Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen #69
  5. DC Comics Presents #85
  6. Action Comics #310
  7. According to Krypton Chronicles #2, the only unexplored region of Krypton was the Valley of Juru; later revealed to be the location of the Wizards of Juru, in DC Comics Presents #97
  8. Superman #240
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