The Purple Tigress

Real Name: Ann Morgan

Identity/Class: Normal human




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First Appearance: All Good Comics #1 (Fox Features Syndicate)

Powers/Abilities: As well as being a capable fighter, the Purple Tigress has "cat-like eyes" which can see in the dark.

History: The Purple Tigress is a beautiful, cat-like woman who appears to cut down crime. "Like her jungle namesake she stalks the venemous (sic) denizens of the wild."

Comments: The image of the Tigress comes from Steve Rogers' Golden Years Comic Book Library.

Ann hangs around with a bunch of idiots, all of whom are trying to woo her. How do I know they are idiots? Because when she takes her red dress off and fights a gang wearing what amounts to a bikini, they fail to realise that the two blondes are one and the same, in spite of the fact that neither one is wearing a mask. Clearly these suitors never lifted their eyes above the neckline while the Tigress was around.

Since I'm picking apart the character, can anyone tell me about the purple tigers that are "her jungle namesake"? First I've heard of such things. And what tigers stalk venomous prey? I'd have thought most would go for something you can eat without getting poisoned. Good old 1940's hyperbole. Don't you love it?

Carycomic suggests one possibility for the name and "venemous prey" comment - "This Golden Age heroine might have been as much a clone of the Green Hornet as Sheena, Queen of the Jungle. You see, there's a predacious species of ground beetle (family Carabidae) that's known as the PURPLE TIGER. A zoological fact that comic book readers of the 1930's-40's were probably unaware of. But, a comic book writer of that period might have known about it, and realized what a nice subtle GH pastiche it would make."


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