Greg Knight

First Appearance: Lorna the Jungle Queen #2 (August 1953).
Apperances: Lorna the Jungle Queen #2-26.
Years Active: 1950s?

A pith-helmeted Great White Hunter--in fact, he's described as "the greatest white hunter of them all"--Greg Knight operated in the same jungles as Lorna the Jungle Girl, acting as a hunter and leader of safaris. He was friends with Chief Oku and Keo-Lu of a local, nameless tribe, and had his own adventures separate from Lorna, but often worked alongside her, sometimes rescuing her and more often being rescued by her. Knight is a typical square-jawed two-fisted 1950s adventurer, who is a long-time jungle guide and habitué of the jungles and feels that he belongs there and others--newcomers from outside the jungle, Western greenhorns, and Lorna--do not. He usually gets his comeuppance in the end, and grudgingly admits that he's glad Lorna helped him--this time--but never seems to learn from that lesson.

Knight's relationship with Lorna is somewhat complex. At times she seems eager of a relationship with him--quite smitten with him, even--but he is too oblivious to notice, while in other stories he is infatuated with her but she is too aloof and independent to bother with superfluous things like men. Finally, he truly loves the jungle, and in addition to being a hunter is the owner/operator of a refuge compound for preserving various animals; he is distinctly more sympathetic to those men and women who want to bring back living animals, rather than those that just want to slaughter the inhabitants of the jungle.

Knight's origin is rather brief:

Fat white client: "I can't understand a young fellow like you, Greg...losing yourself in the jungle this way...hiring yourself out as a guide to people like me! How come? Was it a woman?"

Knight: "I WAS in love...once! She threw me over for a guy with money! No more women for me!"

Note: Although the Greg Knight stories, just like those of Jann of the Jungle, Lorna, and Cliff Mason, are rife with 1950s stereotypes, the author(s) and artists seem to be trying to be progressive in their attitudes towards the native Africans. Too, they did at least some research for their stories; when a tiger appears in the story, it is stressed that "there are no tigers in Africa!" and "I brought that tiger down from India."

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