For other uses, see Rima (disambiguation).
, Rima the Jungle Girl #6 (March 1975). Art by Nestor Redondo.
Historical: 1904, Modern: 1974
W. H. Hudson
Rima, also known as Rima the Jungle Girl, is the fictional heroine of W. H. Hudson's 1904 novel Green Mansions: A Romance of the Tropical Forest. In 1974, she was adapted into a comic book character and featured in the short-lived monthly series Rima the Jungle Girl, published by DC Comics. Though Rima the Jungle Girl ceased publication in 1975, the comic book version of Rima appeared in several episodes of Hanna-Barbera's popular Saturday morning cartoon series The All-New Superfriends Hour between 1977 and 1980.
1 Publication history,
2 Fictional character biography,
3 In other media
3.1.1 Green Mansions,
3.2.1 Green Mansions,
3.3 Comic book titles
3.3.1 Classics Illustrated #90: Green Mansions,
3.3.2 Rima The Jungle Girl,
3.3.3 The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen,
3.3.4 First Wave,
3.4.1 The All-New Super Friends Hour
18.104.22.168 River Of Doom,
22.214.171.124 Return Of Atlantis,
5 External links,
Like her literary cousins Tarzan and Mowgli, Rima sprang from an Edwardian adventure novel, in her case Green Mansions: A Romance of the Tropical Forest, published in 1904. The Argentine-British writer W. H. Hudson was a naturalist who wrote many classic books about the ecology of South America. Hudson based Rima on a persistent South American legend about a lost tribe of white people who lived in the mountains.
Rima starred in a seven-issue comic book series, DC Comics' Rima the Jungle Girl (May 1974 - May 1975), adapted by an uncredited writer and with artwork by penciler-inker Nestor Redondo and covers by Joe Kubert. DC writer-editor Robert Kanigher is the credited writer from issue #5 on.
She now appears in the new DC Comics limited series First Wave, written by Eisner Award winning writer Brian Azzarello, debuting in March 2010. Rima is portrayed as a South American native with piercings and tattoos, who doesn't speak, but communicates in bird-like whistles.
Fictional character biography:
Although the DC character is a fully-grown and powerful woman with ash blonde hair, in the novel Rima the Bird Girl was 17, small (4' 6"), demure, and dark-haired. Natives avoided her forest, calling her "the Daughter of the Didi" (an evil spirit), but Rima's only defense is a reputation for magic, earned through the display of strange talents such as talking to birds, befriending animals, and plucking poison darts from the air. Although in the original book Rima was burned alive by Indians, in the comics she escaped the fire to have further adventures.
In other media:
Rima originated in the 1904 novel Green Mansions by W. H. Hudson.
Rima was also mentioned in Ray Bradbury's 1950 short story, The Veldt.
Rima also mentioned in "Watcher in the Shadows" by Geoffrey Household (1960; reissued 2010)
Rima also mentioned in "Vane Pursuit" by Charlotte MacLeod (1989)
Actor and director Mel Ferrer adapted Green Mansions into a 1959 film for MGM Studios, starring Audrey Hepburn as Rima. The adaptation deviated far from the novel.
Comic book titles:
These comic book titles feature the Rima character
Classics Illustrated #90: Green Mansions:
Classics Illustrated published a short adaptation from the novel, with direct quotes. In this adaptation Rima is blond. (Copyright December 1951 Gilberton Company).
Rima The Jungle Girl:
Title character 1974-1975
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen:
Rima is mentioned, but not seen, in America's Best Comics' The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen vol. 2, #3 (2003), by writer Alan Moore and artists Kevin O'Neill and Ben Dimagmaliw: "...it is near here that the world-famous 'bird girl' Riolama or Rima was discovered..."
Rima is re-imagined in DC's 2010 title First Wave
The All-New Super Friends Hour:
Rima the Jungle Girl appeared in three episodes of Hanna-Barbera's The All-New Super Friends Hour during the 1977-78 season, alongside such mainstays as Aquaman, Batman, and Wonder Woman.
In her run with the Superfriends TV series, she is often known for being one of the new 'affirmative action heroes' during that period. Along with characters Apache Chief, Black Vulcan, El Dorado and Samurai, Rima is considered a minority character.
First aired: Saturday October 1, 1977; ABC (8 minutes) Batman, Robin, and Rima the Jungle Girl contend with a spreading forest fire, and have to search for a pair of escaped prisoners who have stolen a forestry truck filled with dynamite. Rima's main contribution is to call upon a nearby bear to push down some trees for an emergency bridge across a wide gap.
River Of Doom:
First aired: Friday November 4, 1977; ABC (8 minutes) Wonder Woman and Rima the Jungle Girl search for archaeologists who have accidentally stumbled onto a burial ground of angry natives. The archaeologists are captured and sentenced to death on the River of Doom. The superheroines find the would be victims with the indigenous animals scouting them out at Rima's command. They later rescue the scientists while Rima's main contribution being summoning crocodiles to attack their pursuers' canoes.
Return Of Atlantis:
First aired: Saturday October 25, 1980; ABC (7 Minutes) Aquaman is captured by Queen Ocina when the lost city of Atlantis rises from the sea. Ocina plans to conquer the world with her female warriors, but Wonder Woman and Rima gather the Amazons of Paradise Island to stop her. Note: In breach of both DC Comics' and the Super Friends TV show's continuities, this "Atlantis" is not the kingdom over which Aquaman reigns.
The Hudson Memorial in London's Hyde Park, created in 1925, has a statue of Rima the Bird Girl sculpted by Jacob Epstein.
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