|The Flying Lion (comic)|
May 25, 1999
The Flying Lion is a comic inspired by The Lion King. It was published in Germany on May 25, 1999.
Simba thinks that he could fly if he wanted to and he tries.
The Flying Lion begins with Simba and Nala running into a cave to seek shelter from a sudden storm that is bearing down on the Pride Lands. The young cubs shake off the rain in their fur, and eventually, the rain stops. The cubs step out of the cave, and Simba suggests they go home or else their mothers will be very upset.
However, Nala suggests they walk along the river, commenting that after the rain, the water will be much cleaner and healthier. As they approach the river, Simba sees this, and Nala comments on how beautiful the birds are and how neat it is that they can fly. Simba says that it wouldn't be so hard to fly. Nala questions Simba's statement about flying, and Zazu overhears the cubs, laughing at the idea of "a flying lion." Simba sticks up for his idea, saying he only needs wings to fly, and Zazu continually mocks him, asking how he will grow wings. The young cub replies that he will fly using twigs and leaves that he will gather that the storm left behind.
Soon, Simba gathers some leaves for his wings while Nala and Zazu question him. Simba attempts to fly with a contraption of artificial wings but fails, and Nala and Zazu continue to make fun of him. After this, Simba climbs up a cliff, and is about to jump off the cliff and into a tree. However, Simba hears something approaching him and hides inside the tree to avoid the stranger. Simba sees some hyenas, but they do not notice Simba hanging onto the tree.
When Zazu sees Simba hanging in the tree, asking for help, he teases him by saying, "Why not just fly?" Simba remarks that it is not the time for making jokes, but Zazu calms the cub down and tells him that he will get some of his friends to lift Simba into the air. Some birds arrive to Simba's aid and carry the cub into the sky. Simba notices Nala on the ground, and the birds lay him down next to Nala.
After thanking the birds for their help, Simba tells his friend, "Flying is hard, but you soon get the hang of it!" Nala comments that she doesn't know how Simba managed to fly, but his grin makes her think that he is trying to fool her. Finally, Zazu comically remarks that fooling Nala is even harder than flying.