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Real Name: Gerald Thorne

Identity/Class: Normal human (1950s era)

Occupation: Scientist, Communist agent

Group Membership: Possibly Communist Party

Affiliations: Two henchmen (names unrevealed), Communist Party of the Soviet Union

Enemies: Jann of the Jungle (Jane Hastings), Pat Mahoney, jungle animals in the vicinity of his killer vine

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: The Congo, Africa

First Appearance: Jann of the Jungle#13/6 (September, 1956)

Powers/Abilities: Gerald Thorne is a brilliant scientist and botanist, using technology to genetically modify jungle vines.

Height: 5'9" (by approximation)
Weight: 180 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Unrevealed
Hair: Gray


(Jann of the Jungle#13/6 (fb) - BTS) - Botanist Gerald Thorne developed a technique using electrical power to augment the size and alter the activity of African jungle vines. In service to Communist Russia, he spiked a giant jungle vine with power, causing offshoot killer vines to writhe and ensnare creatures and people nearby so that they could not move. With the jungle held hostage, Thorne was about to contact the Kremlin and have them force the local government submit to Soviet demands.

(Jann of the Jungle#13/6) - Having freed herself and Pat Mahoney from killer vines, and seen animals completely restrained by the vines in the now quiet jungle, Jann traced the killer vine across the Batubi River. She was stopped from cutting the main vine by Thorne and his two henchmen. Thorne bragged about his scientific achievement and showed Jann the contraption inside the small hut that amplified the vine. Although her hands were tied, Jann's furious kicks damaged the machine and new tendrils emerged everywhere; the killer vine's activity was beyond control. They all fled with Jann carrying Thorne to show her where the vine's roots began. She cut through the roots and the killer vines relaxed; the animals were freed and helped round up the henchmen with Thorne so that the villains could be brought to justice. Mahoney took a picture of the bound fiends for his editors.

Comments: Created by Don Rico, Jay Scott Pike, Christopher Rule.

Possible inker credits from Grand Comics Database.

This profile was completed 8/12/2021, but its publication was delayed as it was intended for the Appendix 20th anniversary 's celebratory event.

Profile by Grendel Prime.

Gerald Thorne has no known connections to:

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Jann of the Jungle#13/6, p4, pan3 (main image)
   p4, pan1 (headshot)
   p4, pan7 (wild vine)

Jann of the Jungle#13/6 (September, 1956) - Don Rico (writer), Jay Scott Pike (pencils), Christopher Rule (inks), Stan Lee (editor)

First posted: 09/08/2021
Last updated: 09/06/2021

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