"Kona, Monarch of Monster Isle" was a comic book series that was first published in 1962 and lasted 21 issues. The character appears to be a mix of the caveman hero and jungle hero types.
The 19th episode in season one of the popular TV series "Gilligan's Island" was titled "Gilligan meets Jungle Boy". According to Wikipedia the episode aired Feb 6, 1965. A 13 year old Kurt Russell played Jungle Boy.
From Dell comics "Naza, Stone Age Warrior" was published in the mid 1960s, with issue No. 3 in 1964. There are about ten issues in all.
I'm only speculating that the popularity of Bomba in the 1960s led to the creation of Anthro from DC Comics in an attempt to cash in on Bomba's success...who, let's not forget, was actually cashing in on Tarzan's success. Anthro was a caveman however, so I could be wrong about Bomba having anything to do with influencing the creation of the Anthro comic. It's an interesting coincidence however, that both comic book titles were published by DC Comics in 1968. With his long hair, it seems that Anthro is more like Tarzan's son Korak than Bomba.
DC Comics Anthro No.1, July-Aug 1968. Cover art by Howie Post. This caveman character first appeared in DC Comics Showcase No. 74, May 1968, again illustrated by Howie Post. Alas, Anthro's own comic series only lasted 6 issues.
George of the Jungle
George started out in the late 1960's as an animated Saturday morning television character. Intended to be a spoof of the jungle hero character, George was created by the same American team behind Rocky and Bullwinkle. The character proved to be very popular and was spun off into comic books and other merchandise. The cartoons were seen on TV in reruns throughout the 1970s and early 80s. Selected episodes were also made available on VHS sometime during the late 1980s or early 1990s.
In 1997 Disney produced a live action "George of the Jungle" film starring a buff, loin cloth clad Brendan Fraser as George (above). The movie was very well done and proved to be more successful than the studio anticipated. When Brendan Fraser was unavailable for a sequel, a direct to VHS movie "George of the Jungle 2" was instead produced in 2003, starring Christopher Showerman in the role of George.
More recently in 2007, a new animated TV series was produced in Canada. For this series George was redesigned to look very different from the 1960s cartoon. I absolutely loved this series. It's very well done and is very, very funny! The first season episodes were later made available as a DVD set.
Special Zembla, No. 25, June 1970Zembla
Sporting long brown hair and a bright yellow leopard print Speedo type outfit (with a thin strap across one shoulder), Zembla has been a popular jungle hero in France since the late 1960s or early 1970s. By 1971 the Zembla comic book series already included over 100 issues. In 2000 a new "Special Zembla" comic book series was published featuring different styles of fantasy or cartoon artwork on the covers.
I don't know much about this one. "Kimba roi de la jungle" is a French comic book series that seems to be based on a live action TV show or movie. Some issues are dated 1966 and others 1967.
Kali No. 76, Oct 1972 This is a smaller sized comic but I've shown a large picture of it so that Kali's face would be visible.
Kali / Zora
This is a jungle hero with long brown hair who, instead of the typical leopard loin cloth, wears a solid red fabric wrap (though sometimes it is blue or white) similar to Mowgli. The charater is from the "Kali" comic series in France, that seems to have started in 1967 and continued until at least 1980. Kali has a female compaion who's name I'm assuming is Zora, as both characters are also featured in "Zora" comics from the same time period.
Toka Jungle King
"Toka the Jungle King" was published by Dell Comics in 1964 and lasted 10 issues, until 1967. Toka seems to be an aboriginal warrior but fights leopards and alligators just like Tarzan. The name "Tokka" was also used in the 1991 movie "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze" for one of the film's villains, an evil mutant snapping turtle.
This is another French Tarzan clone, with short blond hair, who appeared in the "Nevada" comic series published during the 1960s. I'm not certain when this original series started or ended. As of 2004, Tanka became part of the Hexagon Comics group of characters to be re-imagined and, presumably, featured in a new comic series. However, I'm not certain if any new comics have yet been published or if the artwork seen on the Hexagon website is just conceptual.
According to wikipedia, the French comic series "Yataca" was produced from 1968 to 1989. This is another jungle hero with long blond hair.
Another Caveman, which seems to have little if any influence from Tarzan, is the blond haired Rahan from France. This was a very successful character that appeared in large format comics during the 1970s. Shown above is No. 19 from the soft cover Nouvelle Collection series. If I'm not mistaken, this is the second series of Rahan comics. The artwork for Rahan is quite remarkable and is why I started collecting Rahan books. I know a little French but unfortunately not enough to read these comics! It would be awesome if they published them in English some day.
Below is a children's drinking glass that features Rahan. There are at least two other glasses in this set that I've seen. On one of them Rahan is fighting a green dinosaur or sea monster, on the other he is kneeling next to a monkey and smiling. I'm not certain what year they are from, possibly the 1970's or 1980's.
Rahan also has his own official website where you can learn the history of the character, or buy Rahan books and other products: http://www.rahan.org/fr/index.html
Below are images from the Rahan website showing the limited edition Rahan statue from August 2011. It is one of the nicest Rahan collectables ever to be made available and can be ordered through the Rahan website.
DC Comics also has a blond haired hero. Kamandi: The Last Boy on Earth was first published in Oct 1972 and lasted until 1978 with a successful run of 59 issues. Though Kamandi is not a caveman or jungle hero, his primative situation along with the talking animals he fights with in each issue seems to suggest that he belongs within the genre of "jungle hero" comics. The character has appeared in other DC Comics titles in a guest role, such as with Batman, Superman and Karate Kid, and today is well intergrated into the DC Comics Universe. Although not nearly as successful as Bomba, Rahan, or Ka-zar, Kamandi's popularity is growing and the character has developed a loyal following. In the late 2000s a Kamandi action figure was included in the DC Universe collection produced by Mattel.
Yor is the main character in the 1983 film "Yor" from Columbia Pictures. I have yet to see the movie so I'm not certain if Yor is intended to be a caveman, jungle hero or barbarian type of character but his appearance is the same as all the above. He has shoulder length blond hair and wears a rather skimpy loincloth. The character was portrayed in the film by actor Reb Brown. A press photo caption explains "The mysterious gold medallion that Yor wears around his neck is the only clue in his quest to learn about his origins."
One of only two Canadian contributions to this list , "Oombah, Jungle Moon Man" is a single issue comic published by Strawberry Jam Comics in 1992.
Takeena, Jungle Boy
"Jungle Boy" is a 43 minute animated DVD produced by Abbey Home Media Group in 2004. The text on the back cover provides Jungle Boy's name Takeena and give a synopsis of the story, which seems to be "borrowed" mostly from the first Tarzan novel, and partially from the Jungle Book.
"10,000 B.C.", is a Warner Bros. movie from 2008 about a caveman hero, D'Leh, payed by actor Steven Strait and directed by Roland Emmerich.
Zedgar the Wild Jungle Dude and Kazak
The second of two Canadian additions to this list are my own characters. In February 2014 I posted a photo of my three jungle hero characters on my puppetry blog. I had made hand puppets of them which I sell online and at events for artisans. Shown here are Pharoah Shuss the Lion Man (Zedgar's nemesis), superhero Canadian Crusader (who isn't a jungle hero), Zedgar the Wild Jungle Dude, and Zedgar's mentor Kazak. I'm working on a 12 page "Mini Preview" comic book about Zedgar which I'll be posting online soon! Mini comics based on my other hero characters, including Canadian Crusader, can be read at www.PythorComics.ca