I discovered Thundercats in 1985 when my husband was stationed on Governor's Island in New York City. At that time I made a drawing of a female Thunderan that I dubbed "White the Mystic" (this is the image on the Thunderan Weavings Archive page). I always had an idea that White would be my version of the one true pairing with Tygra, but I never considered myself a writer. My friend Regina Elio, another Tygra fan (with an equally soft spot in her heart for Panthro), was truly inspired by the show. One day, she called me about a Thundercat story she wanted to write. Mayhem with the Mutants was the starting point. We got to chatting. Ideas flew back and forth. There were more calls over time. She went to her typewriter, and got to work. White got thrown into the mix, and romance bloomed. Regina named Tygra's parents Siberan and Servalla. She coined the term "joining" for Thunderan sex, and the implications for males regarding female fertility (they get in a bad mood). To my chagrin, she killed off White, and I lobbied for her resurrection. I even contributed a paragraph that popped into my head as I imagined Tygra grieving for White. Three stories resulted, born between 1986 and 1989, and formed the Song of the Tigers trilogy. Regina even pulled out her brushes, and painted up a storm for the second story.
I loved each story that she wrote. She truly captured the classical Thundercat spirit. The events played out in my mind like episodes of the series. For all those who love canon stories, you will find Regina's work true.
We returned to Virginia. One evening in 1989, words started pouring into my brain like a possession. As much as I had liked Regina's stories, I felt I needed to tell the tale in my own way, since the plots came out of mutual discussions. Regina was generous and supportive, and I always gave her contributing plot credit for three of my stories: Mystic, Autumn Eclipse and Journeys, which retell the events of her stories in my own words and in my own way. Although similar in plot, overall you will find my stories quite different from Regina's.
All should have been well. Regina had passed the creative fire to me, but rather than be grateful, I seethed with jealousy. Thunderan Weavings would always be connected to Song of the Tigers. One tree, two branches, never mine alone. Out of pride, I turned my back on a friend. This page is my attempt to right that wrong, and to bring Song of the Tigers to light, so that everyone can read and enjoy it. Regina, who always kept a true heart, has given me permission to proceed in publishing her Thunderact stories and her Thundercat art here.
The original stories are on typed pages. I am currently scanning them (a laborious and mind numbing proces, and an appropriate penance). As they are done, I will load them here in html. The first story is done. I hope you enjoy it. I will be adding a gallery of her Thundercat art as well. The little image next to the first story link is a portrayal of Siberan and Servalla, Tygra's parents.
Regina is also known for her stories of Ioleus from Hercules, the Legendary Journeys. You can also check those out.
Regina is not currently on the Internet. If you have comments, you can email them to me until she gets back on-line, and I will forward them to her.
Song of the Tigers I Song of the Tigers II Song of the Tigers III Regina's Iolaus Stories Comments on Song of the Tigers. Page last updated on April 28, 2011
Use of copyrighted characters, trademarks and material from Thundercats is not intended to infringe on the rights of the original trademark/copyright holder, Telepictures Corporation, and all such rights revert back to them, and Warner Brothers. The stories on this page are copyrighted to Regina Elio, 1986-1989. All art on this page, copyrighted to Regina Elio. This is a not-for-profit publication.