September 30, 2010

New Jungle Girl Series SNEAK PEEK at NYCC 

New York, NY October 1, 2010 Moonstone Books and CAE, LLC are pleased to announce their new series, Savage Beauty, a re-imagining of the jungle girl comic genre, with a modern twist.  

New York Comic Con will offer attendees a generous sneak peek as Moonstone invites readers to take a walk on the wild side with Savage Beauty. This new comic series tells the stories of sisters Lacy and Livvy Rae and their adventures traveling across modern-day Africa.

Savage Beauty will take readers on an exciting journey as the Rae sisters discover their purpose and strive to contribute and make a real difference in the world.

After graduating from a UCLA, a crisis in Kenya opens up their eyes to a world of problems and possibilities beyond the college life they so enjoyed.  Their “day job” is as reporters for African Adventures Online, but the Rae sisters are guided by the mysterious Mr. Eden to assume the identity of the mythical goddess Anaya. Disguised as this "Savage Beauty", the two girls fight Somali pirates, Ugandan warlords, rebel armies, corrupt politicians, and various other real-world adversaries torn from today’s headlines.

And the comic book series intends to make a difference too – each issue will donate a full-color advertising page to partner causes such as Oxfam, Just A Drop, and Invisible Children, among others.

Writer and co-creator Mike Bullock says, “Savage Beauty allows me the opportunity to continue exploring the themes I worked with in the pages of The Phantom. Combine that with an opportunity to work with some really brilliant artists on a property I helped build from the ground up, and the appeal for this series is not only relevant, but personal.”

Artists Jose Massaroli (pencils and inks) and Bob Pedroza (colors) join Bullock to bring to life this on-going series. 

Savage Beauty #1, on sale February 2011, a 48-page over-sized debut issue, includes the first Savage Beauty adventure, a classic reprint of the original jungle girl, Sheena, and Special Features including lost promotional art to a 60’s Raquel Welch jungle girl movie pitch, and a golden age cover gallery.  All this for the retro-rollback price of only  $2.99!

“We’re really excited for this series –and we want to provide fans with a great value from the get-go. And with engaging covers, a killer story and cool extra features – we know retailers will love it”, said retropreneur and marketer Ed Catto.

“I’m amazed and thrilled at the positive feedback we’ve already been receiving on the Savage Beauty Facebook page. If this feedback is any indication, this book will have a bright future”, said CAE’s Joe Ahearn.

The first issue sports a "Movie Poster" cover by Thomas Yeates and two  "Welcome to the Jungle" variant covers spotlighting the girls, Lacy and Livvy, by fan favorite, Dave Hoover

Future covers boast strong talent, including Paul Gulacy, Mark Wheately and Newsweek’s Chris (Zeroids) Short. 

A special collectible ashcan of Savage Beauty #1 will be available at NYCC via the Captain Action’s booth #2380, specially priced for $1.00.

For all the latest on Savage Beauty and Captain Action, visit and become a fan on Facebook.

Information on Savage Beauty Comics can also be found at

Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on,,, Boing-Boing,, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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