Hanks wrote and drew a story featuring a Jungle Magician named Tabu in Jungle Comics #2 (Jan. 1940). In this story Tabu speaks an odd Jungle patois in a single panel (otherwise he chats and thinks in, of course, perfect English), ""ALLA KA TABU NEE PAPH EN YAL!".


Six months later in Jungle Comics # 6 (June 1940), an evil character called The Demon speaks to the rainforest denizens in much the same kind of lingo when he says, "ALI KAH BABLOO NE PAPH EN YAH!"


Two very similar word balloons, six months apart. Is there a hidden meaning? 


Calling all linguists and code-crackers! Any thoughts or suggestions as to the hidden meaning,

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