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Dell Comics Summaries ~ Pt. 4
Issues 31 - 40
by Duane Adams
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DELL #31 APRIL 1952 36pp. 10cents 

Art interior: Jesse Marsh
Writer: Gaylord Du Bois
Cover: 19th Lex Barker photo.
Inside Front Cover: A new black and white advertisement.

1st story - “Tarzan and the Lake of Flying Reptiles”  16pp.
Lost World - Dinosaurs - Doctor MacWhirtle

Dell Comic #31   Ubanti, a Waziri warrior, brings a message to Tarzan from the Doctor MacWhirtle asking him to guide him to the Valley of the Monsters. Tarzan is away. Boy follows Ubanti back to the Doctor’s camp. MacWhirtle can’t wait for him to return. Boy plans to sneak on board the plane and guide the Doctor to Pal-ul-don.

Tarzan on a hunting expedition with some Ho-dons sees the plane overhead. The Doctor and Boy land on the Lake of A-lur. A saber-tooth tiger stalks them. Tarzan spears the beast. Prince Agar, a Ho-don, welcomes them. They take off for the Valley of the Monsters. Doctor Mac shoots down a Pteranodon with a rocket. They land on the water. Tarzan scares off a Plesiosaurus. They take a large number of its eggs. The Plesiosaur eats through the mooring lines of the boat, and it drifts away. They search for a means off the island. Boy sees air bubbling up through mud and suggests building a balloon. They use reptile bladders filled with gas as balloons. They float close to the plane and release some bags to descend. Tarzan uses a rocket to kill a Tyrannosaurs. They take the Plesiosaur eggs home. Doctor Mac promises to keep the Valley of the Monsters a secret. end

The first story Tarzan and the Lake of Flying Reptiles is a new story that marks the third Doctor MacWhirtle story and once more returning to the Valley of the Monsters. The story starts off with a Waziri carrying a message for Tarzan on a forked stick. This reminiscent of the Waziri messenger in “Tarzan’s Quests” with forked stick. But from then on the story is forced and full of convenient circumstances. A fire on board ship has destroyed the dinosaur egg found in Dell #24.1. But that was eight months ago - it makes one wonder why it took so long to get the egg anywhere. However, this is the set up to conveniently bring the good Doctor back for more specimens. When their plane is attacked by Pteranodons, the Doctor remembers that he has conveniently had rocket launchers placed on his plane. Tarzan easily scares away a mother Plesiosaur with his knife tied to a stick, but later must kill one with his knife. It is Boy who comes up with the plan to make some balloons to get off the island. (It was Boy and Dombie who were carried off to the Valley of the Monsters in homemade balloons in Dell #7.) The story so open ended to allow Doctor MacWhirtle reappearance assured.

Tarzan’s tree house keeps getting more and more formidable. The opening shot of the wall around the deck area is almost fortress-like. A panel of Boy after he has stolen food from the Doctor is an excellent childish pose that must have been taken from observation of life. Doctor MacWhirtle’s look has under gone a great change to a red ball cap replacing the pith helmet, and we must no longer need the constant reminder that he is a doctor because his white doctor’s garb has been replaced with a casual blue shirt and red pants. In this issue’s ‘Jungle World’ the Ho-dons are drawn with pointed ears and a helmet. But in the story’s drawing the helmets cover their pointed ears. When Tarzan, Boy and the Doctor take off holding onto the balloons, it is supposed to be night. It is probably the colorist fault that the sky is shown as daytime. Once again the colorist probably did not read the story line. 

2nd story - “Tarzan and the Wrath of Buto” 8pp.
Hunter, Bring ‘Em Back Alive --  Rescue Ape

Tarzan tries to warn Torglat, a great ape, and his tribe about tarmangani with traps and thundersticks. Torglat ignores the warning. Korak, a great ape, asks Tarzan to stay and protect them. Akla, Korak’s mate, wanders off. A white hunter and his headman, Mungo, lay hand traps baited with candied nutmeats. Akla falls for the trick and is tranquilized by the hunter. Tarzan and Korak hear Akla’s cry for help. They arrive just as the hunters are pulling away in their truck. Spying a rhino Tarzan sends Korak after the truck. Tarzan insults the rhino that gives chase. The hunter sees Korak and takes a shot at him. They stop the truck. Tarzan leads buto into the side of the vehicle, which overturns. Tarzan attacks the natives. The white hunter shoots Korak in the head. Korak is stunned. The shot brings buto back, and the rhino chases off the hunter. Tarzan defeats the natives. Korak awakens but can’t break the bars of Akla’s cage. Tarzan bends the bars. Tarzan thinks the experience will keep Akla from wandering off and make her a faithful mate. end

The second story, Tarzan and the Wrath of Buto, is a new story, and the first double story issue since Dell #25. This is a better story than the featured one. It is not contrived, and Tarzan uses his wits to best the evil white hunter. With only eight pages to tell the story it is a very tight script and has no superfluous inclusions. This is the second time Dell stories have used the name Korak, the name Burroughs gave to Tarzan’s son Jack. The first time was in Dell #28 when Korak was the king of the apes of Opar, who was angry about Tarzan’s presence in Opar. The name of the headman for the white hunter, Mungo, was used once before as well. In the Dell Four Color #161.1, The Fires of Tohr, the leader of the claw men of Tohr was named Mungo. Be that as it may, this was an above average story. People who see the moral of the story as a female mate not wandering off for adventures and being faithful to her mate may not agree with this assessment.

The third panel is a close-up of Tarzan with a look of concern on his face that has never been demonstrated before. Tarzan bending the bars of Akla’s cage also show a great emotion usually not seen in Marsh’s work. For the most part the closer view with less negative space is used with a more interesting visual look. Of course Marsh is at his best with the drawing of the apes and the rhino. 

“The Rain” -- 22nd text story -- 2 pages - no illustrations

“Brothers of the Spear” -- 7th story - 5 1/2 pages

Inside Back Cover: Seventeenth ‘Jungle World’ is presented in black and white. It features four different lizards: the mastigure, the basilisk, the fanfoot, and the stellio. A second color ‘Jungle World’ is contained on the bottom half of the last page “Brothers of the Spear.” This unusual color piece features three groups of people from Pal-ul-don: the Tor-o-don, The White Pygmies, and the Waz-don.

Back Cover: 11th submission from American Museum of National History, NY. Rhinos.



DELL #32 MAY 1952 36pp. 10cents

Art interior: Jesse Marsh
Writer: Unknown (Gaylord Du Bois - unconfirmed)
Cover: 20th Lex Barker cover

Inside Front Cover: A black and white advertisement cover three quarters of the page . The bottom third of the page contains a coupon order form.

1st story “Tarzan and the Nandi Bear” 16pp.
Beast Terrorizes Area - Arab Slavers

Dell 32   Tarzan makes Buto, chief of the Bamwe tribe, kill some lions he believes is raiding the Bamwe cattle. Some tribesmen believe that a there is a monster on the lose.

At Buto’s village, Tarzan finds the tracks of a huge bear. Tarzan and Buto follow a trail to a cave. The next morning Tarzan sees the Nandi Bear leave the area. They follow it. Tarzan discovers the trail of Arab slavers and scouts their camp. Tarzan develops a plan. He tricks the bear into chasing him. Tarzan leaps the Arab boma. The Nandi Bear crashes through the boma. The Arabs fire at the monster. Tarzan frees the prisoners. The bear destroys the Arabs

Tarzan leads the Nandi Bear on a new chase. Tarzan takes to the trees and double back on the monster. He kills the Nandi Bear. Tarzan tells Buto to take the teeth of the bear. Buto does not think that his people will believe the story. end.

This is an excellent story with a new creature that may be better suited for Pellucidar. But it works well here with Tarzan attempting to figure out the riddle of what type of creature is killing the cattle. He uses his logic to outwit the gigantic Nandi bear. This is the third appearance of Buto who calls Tarzan the ‘better man,’ which is very Burroughs like but probably not politically correct for the twenty-first century. There is only one subplot concerning Arab slavers. This is integrated nicely with the main theme and quickly resolved. There are minor flaws that can be easily overlooked. Buto calls his herd of cattle a flock. Tarzan immediately knew there were five lions in the pride. How he knew is not explained. There is also a curious utterance from the ape-man asking numa to ‘kagoda.’ Tarzan would never ask a lion to ‘surrender.’ 

The Bamwe warriors are colorfully attired. Marsh’s lions are nicely done. One wonders why in the death scene with Tarzan posed on numa’s back has the lion drawn in shadow. Was the colorist attempting to cover-up a blunder by someone? The Nandi Bear has the look of a gigantic sloth bear. 

2nd story “Tarzan ” 8pp.
Baboon Restored to Power - Doctor MacWhirtle Rescued

Tarzan follows a boar down a hole to discover an underground lake. He pulls Ragak, a Blue Baboon, out of the water. Ragak, gund of the Blue Baboons, tells Tarzan how Nugol pushed him in the river. He also tell him about the little white mangani who fell from the sky. Tarzan suspects that it is Doctor MacWhirtle.

They hunt for food. They spy a Thag being attacked by three leopards. Tarzan fights off the leopards. In Ragak’s home valley, the Blue-mangani are wearing Doctor Mac’s clothes. Baboons attack them. Ragak fights Nugol. Nugol submits to Ragak. Doctor MacWhirtle approaches and the baboons scatter because of his smell. The Doctor has made a secret weapon, a repellent similar to skunk and civet cat. The Doctor thinks he will patent it. Tarzan does not think the patent office will happy. end

It is a nice little story that introduces Blue Baboons, Red Apes and Thag. The baboons and apes have good possibilities for future issues. The Thag is nothing like the ‘Thag’ that Burroughs used in his Pellucidar stories. Tarzan uses his climbing skills and handles baboons with ease. It is a very economical story, which is a good addition to this issue. 

A cut away view of Tarzan descending into the cavern is good. Even better is the bird’s eye view of Tarzan reaching out his foot to Ragak. Once again the animals are the highlight of the drawings, especially the Blue Baboons dressed in Dr. Mac’s clothes. Nugol’s expressions while wearing Doctor pith helmet are priceless little gems. The good Doctor had abandon his helmet in the last issue. But Nugol would not looked right in a baseball cap. The diaper-like clothes on the doctor is good for a chuckle.

“The Rainbow” -- 23rd text story -- 2 pages

“Brothers of the Spear” -- 8th story - 6 pages

Inside Back Cover: “Jungle World” Black and white ink drawing of Tarzan riding Tantor. They are completely dwarfed by a gigantic tree. The text read, “Tarzan’s jungle is a peaceful world where war rarely enters.”

Back Cover: Photo of a Siberian tiger. Photo courtesy of American Museum of National History, NY.


DELL #33 JUNE 1952 36pp. 10cents

Art interior: Jesse Marsh
Writer: Unknown (Gaylord Du Bois - unconfirmed)
Cover: 21st Lex Barker cover

Inside Front Cover: New black and white advertisement

1st story “Tarzan and the Riders from Rio Grande” 16pp.
Cowboys -- Arab Slavers

Tarzan Dell 33Tarzan enters a camp of three cowboys who have all their horse and mules run off by lions. The rich cowboys Slim Doling, Red, and Shorty, travel the world roping dangerous animals. Tarzan promises to bring them wild mounts.

Tarzan herds giant elands into their coral. They break the elands and practice roping techniques. They search for lions to rope. They rope a lion. Tarzan saves Shorty from a lioness. Tarzan frees the roped lion.

They return to their camp to discover that it has been taken over by Arab slavers. Tarzan makes plans to free the slaves. Tarzan rides an elands into camp and ropes the rifles. The riders from Rio Grande rope the Arabs. The Sheik Al Jemel tries to stab the Lord of the Jungle. Tarzan’s eland gores the Sheik to death. Tarzan frees the slaves. He sends the Arabs home on foot. Tarzan gives the Arabs horses to the riders from Rio Grande. He rides off on his eland saying there is nothing like freedom. end

The featured story is a new story combining a western theme with Tarzan. This is something Burroughs never did so one might give them credit for trying something different. There may be a good reason why the master story teller never attempted it. The story is not very good - average at best. It is incredulous that Tarzan would take part in such a foolish enterprise, the roping of a lion. Was the writer also writing for a western comic at the same time as the Tarzan stories? Tarzan brings in giant elands so they can be tamed by bored, rich cowboys? This is not the jungle story that appeals to this reviewer. Maybe it struck a cord with young boys and girls in the nineteen fifties, one can only wonder. This is the second and last appearance of Sheik Al Jemel. In Dell #20.2, Al Jemel was not referred to as Sheik. And in that same issue Tarzan stole all his rifles from him. He did not learn from that experience. The subplot of the slavers is a bit more satisfying, but can not save the story from the silliness of the cowboys roping lions.

Jesse Marsh also did work on Gene Autry, Daniel Boone, and Davy Crockett comics. So this must have been an easy transition for him. Possibly this story was a collaboration with the writer or the result of conversations with the writer? One can only speculate. His drawings of cowboys are quite natural and have great expressions. Al Jemel looks quite similar other than his clothing. He is a Sheik now so one would expect fancier clothing. The animal drawings are nicely done, especially the roped numa on his back. The colorist realized when night time came and colored the sky darker blue in this issue. 

2nd story “Tarzan and the Secret Weapon” 8pp.
Doctor MacWhirtle

Tarzan and Doctor MacWhirtle are on their way home after their encounter with the Blue Baboons. Tarzan kills a small boar for food. The Doctor commiserates that Tarzan does not appreciate his Defensive Scent. MacWhirtle explains that he had to parachute out of his seaplane because the engine stopped. A boar charges out of the bushes. Tarzan carries the Doctor into the trees. The Defensive Scent does not work on horta. The smell now is on Tarzan.

A group of apes threaten them. Tarzan and MacWhirtle climb over a cliff to discover Doctor Mac’s plane has landed itself in a lake. They swim towards the plane. The Defensive Scent wards off two water pythons. The Doctor talks about patenting his formula. Tarzan unclogs the fuel line, and the Doctor takes off. Tarzan does not go with him because he wants to explore this strange valley. End.

This is a continuation of Dell #32.2 after Tarzan and Doctor MacWhirtle leave the Blue Baboons. It is a good continuation of the story. The Defensive Scent is the key to the adventures as it gets them in trouble with horta and the apes, but it also saves them from the water pythons. It is a tight little story with the incredulous event of Doctor MacWhirtle’s plane landing itself in the lake. The writer sets up a follow-up story of Tarzan exploring the valley. 

The colorist has changed Doctor MacWhirtle’s parachute diaper to a color blue. The gray smoke rising into the gray beard of the Doctor is a poor choice of composition. The worm’s eye view behind the boar chasing Tarzan carrying the Doctor is a terrific panel. The rest of the panels are pretty normal in appearance. 

“The Oman” -- 24th text story -- 2 pages

“Brothers of the Spear” -- 9th story - 6 pages

Inside Back Cover: Splash page of a gigantic thunder lizard with a small Tarzan walking in front is the black and white ‘Jungle World.’ The text states the thunder lizard is a vegetarian so Tarzan is unconcerned.

Back Cover: Photo of American birds. Photo courtesy of American Museum of National History, NY


DELL #34 July 1952 36pp. 10cents

Art interior: Jesse Marsh
Writer: Unknown (Gaylord Du Bois - unconfirmed)

Cover: 22nd Lex Barker photo with painted background

Inside Front Cover: Same advertisement as #33

1st story “Tarzan and the Camera Huntress ” 16pp.
Rescue White Woman

Dell 34Tarzan feeds with Jad-bal-ja and his three sons. He senses Gomangani and tarmangani and goes to investigate. A white woman films a charging rhinoceros. The rhino knocks the woman down. Her gun bearer kills the rhino. Tarzan shouts a warning as the fierce Bundwala tribe approaches. The kali-bwana’s bearers desert. The Bundwala ransack the camp. Tarzan scoops up the woman and brings her to Jad-bal-ja. The Bundwala give chase. Tarzan leads them away. The natives look for the white woman only to be met by the golden lions. They leave.

Tarzan catches up to the deserters. He forces them to set up a new camp for the kali-bwana. Carla Mason awakens to discover lions surround her. Tarzan carries her to the new campsite. He tells Carla that the Bundwala will return. Carla asks him to save her and her bearers. He instructs her to use a large white cliff as a screen to try to scare off the Bundwalas with pictures of changing animals. Tarzan scouts out the Bundwalas.

The Bundwala call for other Bundwala tribes to join them. Tarzan calls for Jad-bal-ja and returns to Carla. The Bundwalas attack. The white cliff shows a lion attacking. Tarzan, Jad-bal-ja, and sons add sound effects. The natives are petrified. The pictures of the charging rhino cause the Bundwala to flee. N’glopi, the leader, turns his warriors only to be meet by Tarzan, Jad-bal-ja and his sons. They flee in earnest. Tarzan provides transportation for the safari. Carla and Tarzan say good-bye. End.

This first story is a ripping good tale with no subplots. The drawings are excellent with an improved hatching technique. The drawings of Carla Mason are particularly good. She is a beautiful dark haired woman, who would have fallen for Tarzan if this were a novel.

2nd story “Tarzan The Great Swamp” 8pp.
Terribs - Princess Loma Saved

Tarzan wants to explore the Great Swamp that surrounds Pal-ul-don. Histah knocks Tarzan into the swamp. He kills it. Two more snakes envelop him. A crocodile craft appears and saves Tarzan. Princess Loma from the island of Lutor shows the Jungle Lord her ship. Her people have created the crocodile craft in defense against the Terribs on their Gorobar mounts.

Suddenly a horde of Terribs appears. There is a terrific battle. The Princess despairs that all is lost and wants to commit suicide. Tarzan believes there is still a chance. The Terribs pull the boat towards deep water. Tarzan has the mouth opened, grabs the Princess, and leaps into the trees. He takes her high into the trees to safety. He returns to face the Terribs. He confronts four of the armed cannibals on a limb. With a club he knocks the four Terribs off the branch to their death. He carries the Princess through the trees to Lutor. Princess Loma’s father comes on a crocodile craft. They invite Tarzan to join them. Tarzan says he will return someday. End.

The second story is even better than the first as it marks the second appearance of the Terribs and the first appearance of the crocodile craft. The Terribs continue to be Tarzan’s greatest foe and shed their back armor to climb trees. The gimla boat is an ingenious addition to the story line. Loma is the first true Princess in the spirit of Burroughs. The art work has a good variation of close-up and extended views.

(Princess Loma says she speaks the language of Pal-ul-don not the language of the Terribs. The language of the Terribs is the same as the great apes, which is the same as Pal-ul-don.)

“A Waterfall and Whydah Birds” -- 25th text story -- 2 pages - no illustrations

“Brothers of the Spear” -- 10th story -- 6 pages

Inside Back Cover: 20th Jungle World - splash page - Depicted is a Lost Valley with a cave man, dodo bird, saber-toothed tiger, mammoth, and a bat. Terrific drawing.

Back Cover: 14th entry from American Museum of National History, NY. Diorama of an ostrich.


DELL #35 August 1952 36pp. 10cents

Art interior: Jesse Marsh
Writer: Unknown (Gaylord Du Bois - unconfirmed)

Cover: 23rd Lex Barker photo

Inside Front Cover: New subscription ad

“Tarzan and the March of the Lion Men” 24pp
Cathne/Athne - Pal-ul-don - Rescue Queen Elaine

Dell 35N’kima tells Tarzan about lion pulled chariots. The city of Cathne is on the march. Jathon, King of Cathne, and Queen Elaine tell Tarzan that a volcano destroyed Cathne and Athne. The Athenians are chasing them. They are looking for a place of safety. Tarzan will take them to Pal-ul-don where the Athenians cannot follow.

The Athenians catch up to them at a water hole in the Great Thorn Desert. Prince Ergon, Athenian, stops to make plans. Tarzan slips into the Athenian camp, captures Prince Ergon, and brings him to the Cathneans.

The Cathneans tell the King of Athne about his son’s capture and demand a head start. The Cathneans make it to the Great Swamp. The make rafts to cross the swamp. The Athenians attempt to follow on their elephants. The Cathneans drive them off. Prince Ergon is wounded in the battle.

In Pal-ul-don they search for a site for their new city. After driving off saber tooth tigers, they find a suitable site and call it Lion Rock.

The building is going well. On a chariot ride, Jathon and Elaine’s lions step on a nest of giant bees. The lions take flight. Jathon is thrown from the chariot and knocked unconscious. Tarzan trails the lions and finds the chariot over turned. He sees smoke. Three caveman, Ungoff, Bumbak, and Angak argue over who gets the captured Queen. Angak is knocked down and turns to get his club. Tarzan knocks Ungoff and Bumbak’s heads together. When Angak turns, he thinks he has killed his two companions and that they have joined together to form one ghost. He flees in terror. Tarzan returns Elaine to Lion Rock. Tarzan returns to the jungle. End.

This is the first single story issue since Dell #30. Very good story that takes a giant leap into changing Burroughs’ Tarzan canon into something of their very own. The writer destroys Athne and Cathne with a volcano burst. He reestablishes the Cathneans on Lion Rock in Pal-ul-don. This had to be on the mind of the writer much earlier because the map in Dell #22 already had Cathne located in Pal-ul-don. Queen Elaine, who Tarzan once called Princess Elaine from Ohio, has a most primitive way of describing a volcano. Her language skills have deteriorated since coming to Cathne. Jathon’s father, Gemnon, must be dead because Jathon is know called King of Cathne. No explanation is giving about Gemnon’s demise. With one felled swoop the writer now has Burroughs’ characters in a setting that is his own creation. Most characters are drawn with good expressions on their faces except for the stoic Tarzan. Elaine and Jathon have not changed much from earlier issues. Elaine’s hair is a bit longer. The Athneans wear armor reminiscent of ancient Roman soldiers. Rock City is not as elaborately drawn as the City of Gold. It was built in a very short period of time, months, and it has a building that suspiciously looks like St. Peter’s in Rome. The cavemen are very much like the Tor-o-dons but then the cavemen have already been established in earlier issues. There is a terrific splash page, ‘Jungle World,’ of a Zulu warrior.

“Buffalo Hunt” -- 26th text story -- 2 pages - no illustrations

“Brothers of the Spear” -- 11th story -- 6 pages

Inside Back Cover: 21st Jungle World - splash page - Great black and white drawing of a Zulu warrior is this month’s entry. (Assagai is misspelled)

Back Cover: First back page advertisement. First colored advertisement for Wheaties. It is a cartoon panels of Ralph Kiner of the Pittsburg(h) Pirates.


DELL #36 September 1952 ~ 52pp. 10 cents

Art interior; Jesse Marsh
Writer: Unknown (Gaylord Du Bois - unconfirmed)
Cover: 24th Lex Barker photo.

Inside Front Cover: New subscription advertisement in black and white

1st story “Tarzan and the Threat of Athne” - 24pp
Cathne and Athne - Goliath (giant lion)

Dell Comic #36   Tarzan and Jathon inspect the work yet to be done on New Cathne. Tarzan goes to investigate a death cry. He kills the saber tooth tiger finds the body of an Athenian warrior. He captures an Athenian and brings him to Jathon. They learn that a siege is eminent.

In the Great Swamp Tarzan and Jathon they discover the Athenians moving across the swamp on their elephants. The Athenians chase them back to New Cathne. Tarzan tells Jathon to hold out as long as he can as he goes for help. Tarzan crosses the swamp and the Great Thorn Desert to reach Doctor Mervin’s camp.

Dr. Mervin gives Tarzan some growth pellets. The ape-man captures a lion cub and feeds him the pellets. Tarzan trains the cubs over the next six weeks. He names the giant lion Goliath.

Tarzan and Goliath travel to New Cathne. The giant lion helps break the Athenian siege. Tarzan leaves Goliath with Jathon. End.

The first story is a continuation of Dell #35 and a further development of the new Cathne and Athne wars in Pal-ul-don. The writer evidently has given up on the city name, Lion Rock, and decided to go with New Cathne or Cathne. The story ties in Doctor Mervin and his daughter, Yolanda from Dell #22.1. The big difference is that Yolanda actually flirts with Tarzan. This is the first sexuality shown towards the ape-man from a normal person, excluding Queens that wished to mate with him. The creation of Goliath has some good possibilities, but at this point the beast is invincible. (It also follows the creation of Argus, the giant eagle, in Dell Annual #1.3.) When Tarzan captures the Athnean spy he is the only one that was not wearing armor. The armor would not have bothered Tarzan carrying off his prisoner. The drawings are quite interesting in this first story. Tarzan hair blows in the wind when he is on the chariot and on top of the walls of Cathne. (Very usual for it to move at all.) Jathon is dressed like a Caesar when he questions the prisoner. The reflection of the moon on the water is a nice panel never seen before. Doctor Mervin’s hairline has receded, and his hair has turned gray. Yolanda was referred to as a child in #22.1 but she appeared to be a young adult. Her hair now has taken on brown highlights. Goliath attacking the rouge elephant is a super panel. Marsh is at his best with animals so making a giant lion only serves to create many interesting compositions.

2nd story “Tarzan and the Marsh Dwellers” 
Rescue Princess Loma - Terribs

Tarzan, Muviro, and four Waziri watch a volcano. They decide to go visit the people from the island of Lutor. The volcanic gas renders them unconscious. The fumes overcome two hyenadons. Tarzan and Muviro wake in time to slay the hyenadons. They find Red-billed Banthurs (giant black swans) overcome by the fumes. Tarzan teaches the Waziri how to control the birds and. They cross the Great Swamp on their new mounts.

Tarzan introduces the Waziri to King Loban and his daughter, Princess Loma. Terribs attack. King Loban is wounded, and Princess Loma is captured by the Terribs. Tarzan follows on his Red-billed Banthur through a tunnel to an underground cave and rescues the princess. The battle continues. The Terribs are driven off. Tarzan and the Waziri go to Lutor with the King and Princess to celebrate the victory. End.

The second story is a follow-up to Dell #34.2 as Tarzan returns to visit the people from Lutor. Tarzan captures and uses the Red-billed Bantur in much the same manner as he did with the dyal in Dell #18.2. The Terribs continue to be a plague to the people of Lutor. The Lutorians now are using crossbows as their primary weapons. Princess Loma wears the same clothes as she did in Dell #34.2. King Loban looks different, but it is difficult to tell because he is only seen in one distance shot in Dell #34.2. And the crocodile boat has a speaking tube to communicate with the crew members in the back. Muviro’s decoration are the same as when he last appeared in Dell #30; however, all of his clothing and arm decorations are all colored burnt sienna in this issue. Tarzan must rescue Princess Loma and defeat the Terribs once more. He kills a Terribs with a spear in one of the most graphic bloody scenes ever in a Dell Tarzan comic. The poisonous fumes distorting Tarzan’s face is a particular good panel as well as the redden sunset scene - a brave color move not used before. Tarzan smiles when he sees the face of Princess Loma again, a very unusual expression for the usually stoic ape-man. At fifteen pages long, this is the first time a story ends with an odd number of pages.

“Jungle World” - -22nd -- one full color page - inside page features Brontosaurus, Dragonfly, Stegosaurus, Tyrannosaurus, and Allosaurus.

“The Drums” -- 27th text story -- 2 pages - no illustrations

“Brothers of the Spear” -- 12th -- 6 pages

Inside Back Cover: splash page -- Tarzan with a javelin

Back Cover: 2nd Wheaties ad Comic strip of Preacher Roe, Brooklyn Dodgers.

This issue returns to the two story format after the previous one story issue #35. However, this is a 52 page comic that has not been used since Dell # 25.


DELL #37 October 1952 ~ 52pp. 10cents

Art interior: Jesse Marsh
Writer: Unknown (Gaylord Du Bois - unconfirmed)
Cover: 25th Lex Barker photo.

Inside Front Cover: New subscription advertisement - black and white.

1st story “Tarzan and the Mysterious Giants” - 24pp.
Lost Race - Rescue Mangani and Natives

Tarzan Dell 37Walu, a great ape, tells Tarzan that many mates of the mangani have been taken. Tarzan finds the footprint of a Giant. Tarzan interrupts the Dum-Dum and tries to convince them that this is not the way to get the wives back. Tarzan is forced to knock out an ape that challenges him. Walu accompanies Tarzan in the search.

They follow the trail to an opening into a mountainside. A Giant stands sentry. Tarzan sends Walu for the mangani. Tarzan distracts the guard and enters the mountain. In the Giant’s village, a Giant captures Tarzan. In the prison hut Kontino, a native captive, tells Tarzan about the Giants and that the she-apes are alive. The Giants start the hut on fire driving them out into the compound to face two leopards. Tarzan kills the two leopards. The Giants are upset. They set fire to the other huts, forcing the other prisoners out. The she-mangani charges out. Tarzan convinces them to pretend to kill the prisoners and carry them back to the caves. The Giants are delighted.

Walu knocks out the sentry. The mangani open the barred doors. The prisoners and mangani climb over the compound wall. Tarzan finds some dynamite. He throws the dynamite at the Giants. They make their escape. The dynamite awakens the volcano that erupts, destroying the Giants and their village. End.

“Tarzan and the Mysterious Giants” is a new story that introduces yet another gigantic creature - Giants. It appears as if this could be a good premise for a continuous story line; that is, a powerful race of people that can throw Tarzan around like a rag doll and speaking a language that Tarzan does not yet know. But in the end dynamite is once again used as a deus ex machina and the Giants and their village are destroyed. (Also used in Dell #24.1) But the way things work in comics they still could be resurrected. Tarzan bravely interrupts a Dum-Dum something he would not do in Dell #27. A tremendous amount of ape language was used in this story. Twenty-five different words and phrases may be a record for Dell comics to this point. There was one misspelling of ‘ta’ (tall), which was spelled ‘tai.’ And Walu says, “tand balu” (no baby) when they probably meant him to say, “tand panda” (no noise) because the follow-up translation to tand balu is no noise. A circular insert of Tarzan in the title panel is a first. There are also two instances of highly unusual organization of a four panel page as well as a five panel page. These are welcome deviations from the usual repetitious six panel format. The drawings are filled with more hatching technique than usual, and Tarzan’s face shows more expressions than ever before. A direct above view of Tarzan leaping into the trees is a particularly nice panel. The volcanic sunsets are vibrant. A couple drawings of Kontino, the captured native, are in a different style completely. They are excellent. After all is said and done, this is most likely not Jesse Marsh’s work but a guest artist filling in for this issue.

2nd story “Tarzan and the Old Man Baboon” - 15pp
Baboon Rescues Tarzan - Shiftas

Two white hunters don’t believe the stories about Tarzan. They wound a baboon, Gelado. Their driver speeds away in fear of Tarzan’s wrath. The tribe refuses to help Gelado. Tarzan finds the baboon and nurse’s him back to health. He trails the hunters to the edge of his portion of the jungle.

Shiftas ride into the area. Hassan, the leader, bullet grazes Tarzan and knocks him unconscious. The baboons witness the event. Hassan has the ape-man tied up and he plans to sell him. They ride off. The baboons decide to follow. At night Gelado sneaks up to Tarzan. He has the baboons create a diversion as Gelado bites through the ropes. The baboons drag Tarzan off into the bushes.

Tarzan plans to go back for the Shifta horses. A pride of lions attacks Tarzan and the Baboons. Tarzan kills a male. Lionesses panic the horses that stampede through the battle between lions and baboons. Hassan rides after the horses. Tarzan captures him. He uses Hassan to defeat the Shiftas. He sends the band of outlaws on their way and lets their weapons rot in the jungle. End.

The second story is a new story that starts with two stupid white hunters. They manage to escape Tarzan’s wrath. The Shifta band claims to have been set afoot in Waziri country by Tarzan. (Is this a reference to Dell #33.1? In that issue Tarzan set Arab slavers afoot without their weapons.) The name ‘Hassan’ is used for the third time. Twice before is was used as a name for an Arab. The baboons state that the Shiftas are Gomangani, but they are depicted as white men. It is a rather uneven tale with the Shiftas giving up entirely too easily. The drawings are so good that it makes up for the weak story. Once again an insert is used in the title panel. The expressions on Gelado’s face are excellent. Tarzan smiles a huge grin when he thinks about what he will do with the mud. The artist is probably the same one who drew the first story, but there are less hatching marks making the drawings closer in style to Jesse Marsh.

Splash Page - Tarzan on a Gnu - one full page in color

"Taboos" -- 28th text story -- 2 pages - no illustrations

“Brothers of the Spear” -- 13th -- 6 pages

Inside Back Cover: - splash page - black and white drawing of Tarzan and N’kima

Back Cover: 3rd Wheaties advertisement - win a football contest. 


DELL #38 November 1952 ~ 52pp. 10cents

Art interior: Jesse Marsh
Writer: Unknown (Gaylord Du Bois - unconfirmed)

Cover: 26th Lex Barker photo with painted background

Inside Front Cover: New subscription advertisement with some color added to the black and white

1st story “Tarzan and the Cat Men of Crater Lake” - 24pp.
Lost Race - Rescue Prince Keelim, White Woman, White Man

Dell 38Tarzan, Muviro, and three Waziri accompany King Loban to Lutor. They learn that Prince Keelim has been captured by the Cat Men from Crater Lake. Tarzan decides to attempt the impossible rescue. Princess Loma claims her right to share the dangers. Tarzan, Muviro, and Princess Loma ride Banthurs to the edge of the volcano, which contains Crater Lake.

Tarzan and Loma scale the volcano wall. They spy the city and a small volcano in the middle of the lake, which contains the Temple of Brule, the ‘Flaming God’ of the Cat Men. They reach the crater floor. Tarzan scales the palace wall and learns about a white woman captive.

Tarzan rescues Margaret Newman, who believes that the ape-man is her brother Gerald. Tarzan takes her to Princess Loma. Margaret explains how she was captured and how to enter the underwater Temple of Brule, where Gerald and the Prince are being held.

Tarzan dons a diving suit and enters the temple. A priest mistakes him for Gerald and sends him to the slave quarters. A priest enters and realizes the mistake. Tarzan subdues him. Gerald explains how the airlock works. Queen Nemah arrives at the temple to sacrifice Margaret and Loma. The guards are subdued. During their underwater escape Tarzan saves Princess Loma from a great water snake. They make it to the fissure. The Cat Man pursues them. An earthquake awakens the volcano, which erupts destroying the Cat Men and their city. Gerald calls Princess Loma, “my princess.” End.

The featured story has a tremendous potential but falls into the deus ex machina for the climax. This is obviously a sequel to the events in Dell #36.2. A Roman helmet magically appears on King Loban’s head that was not there in the earlier story. Muviro with his new solid circular earrings has been reduced to a minor role. Princess Loma also dons a Roman looking helmet to accompany Tarzan to Crater Lake. The story is a variation of Tarzan and the Forbidden City. Both comic and novel use the interior of a volcano as the setting for the city, although gaining access to the city is different in the comic. Both stories use the device that the main female character’s brother is a Tarzan look alike. The comic plays off of this mistaken identity more than the novel. The use of the underwater temple, air locks, and diving equipment is similar to the novel. Princess Loma is attacked by a huge water serpent just as Helen Gregory was in the novel. But this story is also has similarity to Dell FC #161.1, “Fires of Tohr.” The attack of the great Cat Men and their god, Brule, can be compared to the claw footed men and Pantu from the that issue. Queen Neham has the potential to be a great character like her counterpart Queen Ahtea from ‘Fires of Tohr.’ Unfortunately, she is given little to do and Ahtea would probably eat her for lunch. There is one great panel of Queen Neham sleeping on her bed, which reminds one of Paul Gauguin’s South Sea island paintings. The colorist once again must not have read the story because the night time sky is the same as the day time sky. Diving apparatuses were used once before in Dell #18.1 to gain access to the Sacred Isle of Pythons. The equipment here is much more sophisticated. The look of the clear bubble helmets and skin-tight suits makes it look like a Buck Rogers type of adventure, only underwater. The case of mistaken identity with Tarzan is a theme used quite often by the master himself, but the first time it has been used in a Dell comic. The earthquake panels are handled nicely. But in the end, the volcano destroys the lost civilization of the Cat Men just like the destruction of the Giants by dynamite in the previous issue. Once more deus ex machina raises its ugly head. It does finish with a nice Burroughsian touch of Gerald calling Princess Loma “My Princess.”

2nd story “Tarzan Revisits Opar” - 15pp
Opar - Avarice - Rescue White Girl

Tarzan follows the trail of a horse safari. He stops a blond man from whipping a horse. The young woman with him informs him that she is Jean Carveth and the man is her half brother, Drake. They have a map to Opar and came for the gold. Tarzan tells them to get out of the area. The Arab guides agree to leave. Tarzan pays Drake two gold pieces for the whipped horse, Grayfellow.

The Arabs pull out. Drake decides to push on. The gold coins from Oparincreases Drake’s avarice. Tarzan checks on the safari to discover that the Carveths are not with them.

Grayfellow follows Tarzan to the secret door at the base of the mountain of Opar. He realizes that the dwarfs of Opar have captured the Carveths. Tarzan climbs the mountain. He asks King Nikon, leader of the little people (white pygmies) to help saving the two white people.

La raises the dagger over Jean on the altar of the Flaming God. Tarzan and the little people rescue Jean. They look for Drake, who disappeared when the fighting started.

Drake steals as much gold as he can carry. Tarzan and the others follow Drake to the secret opening. Drake spies Grayfellow and tries to lure him to him. A snake startles Grayfellow. Histah bites Drake. Drake dies. Tarzan explains the history of the little people to Jean. Tarzan brings Jean to his tree house. He gives her the gold that Drake stole from Opar to start a new life. End.

The second story is not a great story, but it does great number of things to the Dell Tarzan story thread. It rewrites what they have done with La previously and reestablishes her as Queen of Opar. She is more vicious than she was previously, more attractively drawn, and lusts after Tarzan -- much closer to the true La. Opar is none the better for its changes in the drawing department. In #8, #13.1, and #15.1 Opar was in ruins and had some terrific drawings of ancient Greek ruins. Here Opar is barely seen and certainly does not have the grandeur of ancient Greece about it. For the first time the Arabs are shown in an almost positive light. The colorist changes to a night time sky in this story. La’s dwarfs of Opar were dark skinned in #13.1 and #15.1. In this issue they are depicted as a white skinned people. King Nikon and his people reestablished in Opar in Dell Annual #1.1 are called ‘little people’ instead of white pygmies from Lipona (#8 and #17.1). People who have not read Annual #1 might wonder if these little people are the same as the white pygmies. On a sad note, Jane looks a little gaunt and severe. As stated before, this is not a great story, but it may be very pivotal if they continue to use La as they have done here.

Inside Splash Page -- Color drawing of Tarzan pointing a spear at Histah, the snake.

“Sign from the Gods” -- 29th text story -- 2 pages - no illustrations

“Brothers of the Spear” -- 14th -- 6 pages

Inside Back Cover: Color advertisement for Whitman coloring books.

Back Cover: 4th Wheaties advertisement -- in a comic format featuring Stan Musial, St. Louis Cardinals.


DELL #39 December 1952 ~ 52pp. 10cents

Art interior: Jesse Marsh
Writer: Unknown (Gaylord Du Bois - unconfirmed)
Cover: 27th Lex Barker photo

Inside Front Cover: Color advertisement for Whitman books

1st story “Tarzan and the Men of Monga” - 24pp.
Rescue Ro-mee-lah- (Dyal)

Dell Tarzan 39Tarzan, Muviro, and the three Waziri leave Lutor on Banthurs. A huge python pulls Mulungo, Waziri warrior, into a tree. Tarzan kills it. They make camp. Tarzan and Muviro find a sleeping thipdar. Tarzan ropes it, rides it into the air, and learns how to control it. Tarzan tells Muviro to meet him at the Valley of the Monsters.

He flies over Jo-rah village (Cor-o-don). He spies a zu-gomangani carrying a woman. Tarzan directs the thipdar to dive at it. Tarzan is thrown clear. The thipdar and zu-gomangani kill each other. The woman is Ro-mee-lah, Jo-rah’s sister. She tells Tarzan about the men of Monga stealing women. Monga men appear. They knock Tarzan unconscious and take Ro-mee-lah.

Tarzan awakes and follows the trail to the caves of the men of Monga. He makes plans for Ro-mee-lah’s rescue. Ro-mee-lah works in the fields with the other captives. A man of Monga informs Ro-mee-lah that the men will gamble for her tonight.

That night, Tarzan repels to the caves and scouts them out. He swings to the men’s cave and cuts their rope ladders. He swings to the women’s cave for Ro-mee-lah. The men of Monga rush through the caves but are too late as Tarzan carries Ro-mee-lah to the top of the mountain. He returns Ro-mee-lah to Jo-rah. Jo-rah loans Tarzan a dyal to return the Waziri. In the Valley of Monsters the dyal stuns a tyrannosaurs. Tarzan plans release the dyal when he reaches his destination. It will return to Jo-rah. End.

The featured story takes up where Dell #38.1 left off. The story is a bit fragmented and uses a lot of filler to achieve the twenty-four page allotment. The first panel contains a circle insert of Tarzan about to cast a spear. Muviro’s gold earrings have turned to red. Tarzan rides a Banthur, a thipdar, and a dyal. The writer continues to find unique mounts for the ape-man. As he flies over the snow capped mountains, the panels are black and white with a bit of green grass poking through, to depict the barren snowscape. The zu-gomangani were last seen in Dell #24.1. Ro-mee-lah, another female for Tarzan to rescue, is the main thrust of the story. But the rescue is easily done and more story is needed after that is accomplished. Ro-mee-lah is dressed as the people of Cor-o-don in Dell #19.2. But the look of Jo-rah is very different. In #19.2 he looks like a boy with hair not too much different than Tarzan’s. In Dell Annual 1.3 He is a black man of average build. In this issue he is a white man with a stocky, burly-type of build with hair almost out of control. The men of Monga are set up nicely with a good history established for future use, if the writer cares to use them. It is encouraging that the writer did not utterly destroy them as he did with the Giants and the Cat Men. The cave dwelling in the side of the mountain is a nice panel with a creative face-like appearance. No deus ex machina needed nor used, just a straight forward rescue. But once that was accomplished three more pages of fill is used to establish some attributes of the dyal.

2nd story “Tarzan and the Elephants of Athne” - 15pp.
Athne - Save white man and woman

Tarzan approaches the nearly finished walls of New Athne in Pal-ul-don. He calls to Prince Ergon of Athne. Athneans run towards him, but Tarzan dives into the water and swims to his raft. From the trees the ape-man sees Athnean elephants running. Arabs have killed an elephant. Doctor Horace Maypool and his daughter, Ellen, threaten to turn in the Arabs as poachers. Habib, the Arab leader, knocks out the Doctor. Athnean spears kill the Arabs. Habib escapes in the safari car. The Athneans believe the car killed the elephant but is afraid of men. They capture the Doctor and Ellen. Tarzan follows them with a rifle.

The Maypools are brought before the King. Tarzan appears and shoots the spear from a guard’s hand. The Maypools explain that they are archeologists looking for ancient civilizations. The price for their freedom is the rifle and the safari car. Tarzan gives the rifle to Prince Ergon. The Prince shoots at Tarzan but the ape-man has removed the ammunition

Tarzan tracks the safari car on an elephant. A lion kills Habib. Tarzan kills the lion. He brings the car to New Athne. The Doctor wants to stay and study the Athneans, and Ellen is smitten by the Prince. Tarzan tells them to be wary of the Prince. Ergon attempts to capture Tarzan. He escapes and warns the Athneans to treat his friends right. End.

The second story is a slightly better tale that takes a close look at Athne (New Athne) for the first time. Taking a page from Doctor MacWhirtle, Tarzan smears crocodile fat on himself to ward off gimla. Athne’s white walls and towers are imposing. Then comes one of the strangest panels ever in a Dell Tarzan story. A panel, a third of one page, exhibiting a shepherd with sheep and goats. It adds nothing to the story. It looks as if Marsh wanted this panel included so it was. It looks as if this is a version of a nineteenth century academy painting. This reviewer has not been able to locate the exact painting as of yet. A couple of other nice panels are Tarzan underwater and Tarzan looking down at the Athnean elephants. There is some confusion as to the Arabs names, but it probably is not that important because they are all killed. The Roman helmeted Athneans have a dignity about them and some honor except for Prince Ergon. With Doctor Maypool and Ellen remaining at Athne, it certainly feels like a set up for a sequel. Ellen is taken by Ergon’s suave nature despite his treacherous leanings. 

“The New Warrior” -- 30th text story -- 2 pages - no illustrations

“Brothers of the Spear” -- 15th -- 6 pages

New subscription advertisement in color - 1 page

Inside Back Cover: Advertisement for Red Ryder air rifle in color

Back Cover: 5th Wheaties advertisement - color comic strip type featuring Bob Waterfield, Los Angeles Rams.


DELL # 40 January 1953 ~ 52pp. 10cents

Art interior: Jesse Marsh
Writer: Unknown (Gaylord Du Bois - unconfirmed)

Cover: 28th Lex Barker photo with painted background

Inside Front Cover: Color advertisement for Walt Disney’s Peter Pan Books by Whitman.

1st story “Tarzan Faces Death on the Desert” - 24pp
Doctor MacWhirtle - Athne - Rescue White Man and Woman

Dell 40Tom Culver, fianc? to Ellen Maypool, is told to seek Tarzan’s help in locating Ellen and her father Doctor Horace Maypool. Doctor MacWhirtle offers to fly Tom to Tarzan. MacWhirtle explains some of Tarzan’s background. They land near the ape-man and explain their quest. Tarzan advises against going to Athne but reluctantly gives them directions to New Athne.

They fly to New Athne. Prince Ergon tells Ellen they are to be married. Ellen tells him that she is engaged. The plane lands in the swamp near New Athne. Tom swims to the city and is captured. MacWhirtle flies over the city. A jealous Ergon announces that Tom, Ellen, and Doctor Maypool will be put to the Ordeal of the Elephants. Doctor Mac flies back to Tarzan for help.

During landing, the Doctor breaks a strut of his plane. He tells Tarzan what happened at Athne. While Dr. Mac repairs his plane, Tarzan takes flares and rides towards Athne on Tantor.

Tarzan leaves Tantor at the walls of Athne. He takes the flares into the city. He fires the flares, which panics the elephants below the ordeal pole. He rescues the captives. They use the safari car to escape the city. In the desert, they have a blow out. Men on war elephants approach. Tarzan uses gasoline to panic the elephants. The Prince urges his elephant to kill. Doctor MacWhirtle strafes the area with machine gun fire from his helicopter. The Prince runs away. Dr. Mac flies the three rescued archaeologist back to Nairobi. Tarzan departs on Tantor. End.

The featured story is a follow-up story to #39.2. Tarzan leaving Ellen Maypool with the evil Prince Ergon was disturbing, but obviously a sequel was in the offing. It introduces Tom Culver as Ellen’s fiancee and uses Doctor MacWhirtle as the thread that ties the story together. The good Doctor looks about the same as previous drawings, although he sports a jaunty hat and a Hawaiian-type of shirt. The pictures are drawn with a closer view point than normally used. This gives a more intimate view of the people. New Athne is quite impressive in the drawings. It is quite similar to Alur in Dell Annual #1.3. Prince Ergon turns on the Maypools and Culver as you would expect him to do. The Ordeal of Elephants is used for a second time (Dell A #1.2) in an impressive three panel page. Tarzan has to use flares to make the escape possible. The tension builds as the safari gets flat tires in the Great Thorny Desert, but they continue to drive on flats. Gasoline is used to scare off most of the pursuing elephants. But Prince Ergon is going to have his revenge when suddenly, deus ex machina, Doctor MacWhirtle uses a machine gun on the Prince’s elephant. Although it was only a month between issues, Doctor Maypool and Prince Ergon have put on a great deal of weight. Ellen, a month ago, either had short hair or had it pulled up under her pith helmet. She now has long blonde hair. These changes makes one believe that a different artist drew these pictures. Despite the drawing changes and the deus ex machina, it is a consistent story with a logical development.

2nd story “Tarzan on the Trail of the Leopard Men” - 15pp
Leopard Men - Rescue Nee-issa

Lightning breaks a branch knocking Tarzan on the head and into a river. He is dazed but manages to escape a crocodile. Tarzan warns Buto about leopards stalking him. They kill the leopards. Buto tells Tarzan that his sister, Nee-issa, has been captured by four Leopard Men. Tarzan plans to end the menace of the Leopard Men. He convinces the People of the Rocks to help fight the Leopard Men. Tarzan, Tantor, Buto and the baboons travel to the village of the Leopard Men. The Leopard Men release their leopards. The baboons drive them off. Tarzan and Buto, mounted on Tantor, crash into the village. There is a terrific fight. Buto rescues Nee-issa. The remaining Leopard Men escape over the wall. Tarzan has Tantor flatten the village. Tarzan releases the native women and tells them to warn their men to stop using leopard skins and leopard tricks. Tarzan declines Buto’s invite and leaves on Tantor. End.

The second story, “Tarzan on the Trail of the Leopard Men,” has very little to do with Tarzan and the Leopard Men. The stories start the same with Tarzan being knocked from a tree during a storm. And in both stories a woman is captured by four Leopard Men. But from there on, the stories are completely different. Once again Buto Matari is by Tarzan side, but this time to rescue his sister. Buto gets to kill a leopard with a spear. Tarzan merely throws his leopard over his head. This apparently killed the leopard. The People from the Rocks are recruited for the battle. They have not been seen since Dell # 17.2. Now they are grayish in color and have a white manes. Tarzan throws the dead body of the leopard into the baboon camp. This is a very Tarzan thing to do. The Leopard Men, despite their excellent costumes, do not appear to be all that fierce and are easily defeated by Tarzan’s make-shift army. Lucky, some of them escape so a sequel is a good possibility, even though Tarzan warns them not to be playing Leopard Men ever again. A couple of outstanding panels are the first look at the Leopard Men and a worm’s eye view of Tarzan and Buto riding on Tantor. The pictures and story are a job well done.

"The Day of Departure" -- 31st text story -- 2 pages - no illustrations

“Brothers of the Spear” -- 16th -- 6 pages

New Subscription Advertisement -- Christmas ad - 1 p.

Inside Back Cover: New advertisement for Red Ryder air rifle.

Back Cover: 6th Wheaties advertisement. Comic strip format featuring Doak Walker, Detroit Lions.

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