DELL TARZAN’S JUNGLE
ANNUAL #3 1954 ~ 100pp. 25 cents
interior: Jesse Marsh -1st - 4th - 5th stories ~ Russ Manning -- 2nd
- 3rd stories
Painting: Morris Gollub
Writer: Gaylord Du Bois
Cover: Painting of
a leopard fighting a wildebeest (Maybe the only cover without a Tarzan
painting or photo)
Inside Front Cover:
Tarzan’s Jungle World - Mythological Monsters - black and white. With Tarzan
in the background, two mythological creatures fight each other. One has
a serpent’s head and horn and a scaly body. The front legs and paws are
of a lion. Its back legs are of a bird of prey. It has a medium tail. The
other creature has the head, body, and tail of a lion. The head has ram’s
horns. Wings sprout from its protruding chest. The text suggests that these
creatures could exist in Pal-ul-don.
frightened N’kima searches for Tarzan. He avoids a snake and a serval.
An Officer of the Native Police informs Tarzan that Shiftas have moved
into the area, and they have captured one of their heavy machine guns.
N’kima tells Tarzan, how he was knocked unconscious by a thunderstick and
that when he awoke, Jane and Boy were gone. Tarzan races to the tree house.
He deduces that this was the work of Shiftas. Leaving N’kima behind, Tarzan
starts on the trail of his captive family. Two days later, he enlists the
aid of the Giant Eland to help close the gap between himself and the Shiftas.
1st story “Tarzan
and the Pirate Stronghold” - 24pp.
Type -- Jane and Boy Rescue
- Pirates - Lost City (Castrum Mare) - Shiftas - slavery
Meanwhile, Jane serves a meal
to the Shifta chief, as Boy fans him with a palm leaf. Boy drops the leaf
on the chief’s head. The Shifta slaps Boy. Jane tries to defend Boy. The
raider grabs Jane. Jane stabs the Shifta with a small knife. The chief
decides that she is too much trouble and will sell her and Boy. The Mugabis
arrive on the scene. The Shiftas trade their captives to the Mugabis. The
Mugabis force them to travel down a steep cliff to the shores of a lake.
The Mugabis strike a deal with some Roman soldiers for the captives. Jane
hopes that they are being sold to Castrum Mare. This would give them a
chance to get word to Cassius Hasta, the emperor and friend of Tarzan.
Tarzan misses the trail of
the Mugabis and their captives. He continues on the trail of the Shiftas.
Tarzan slips into their camp at night, subdues the Shifta chief, and carries
him into the jungle. He learns from the chief that Jane and Boy were traded
to the Mugabis. He relieves the Shiftas of the machinegun. He rides Bara
to the foot of the mountains and leaves the Giant Eland at a water hole.
He brings down horta with an arrow for his food and rests for the night.
In the morning he climbs the mountains and discovers a silver clasp that
he gave Jane. He knows that he is on the right trail. He descends into
the Forbidden Valley with the machinegun. Before dawn, he finds a dugout
canoe, which he paddles to the shore of Castrum Mare. He hopes that Cassius
Hasta is still the ruler of the city. He hides the machinegun and scales
the wall of the city. The ape-man rips off a bar to a ventilator shaft
and drops into Cassius’ quarters. Hasta recognizes Tarzan and welcomes
him. Tarzan explains why he is there. The Imperator summons the ruler of
the slave market to learn that Jane and Boy were sold to an agent of Plutonius,
the Pirate King. The emperor is angry that the pirates could boldly come
into his city. He commands a centurion to assemble his captains and ship
masters. He wants to wipe out the pirates once and for all. Tarzan purposes
As slaves, Jane and Boy prepare
food for the pirates. Tarzan, disguised as a native fisherman, sells a
huge basket of fish to the chief cook for two denarii. Jane tells Boy to
get close to the native fisherman. Tarzan empties the fish on the floor.
The cook commands Boy to remove the fish. Tarzan secretly reveals himself
to Boy and tells him to tell Jane to be ready during the siesta hour. The
cook thinks he took advantage of the fisherman. Boy tells Jane what Tarzan
As the pirate nap, Tarzan enters
the kitchen. He throws Jane and Boy to the top of the wall. On the other
side of the wall, they climb into the empty fish basket. Tarzan places
it on his shoulders and heads for the docks. Before he can board the dugout
canoe, Tarzan is stopped by Crispus, the port official. He demands to see
the contents of the basket. He discovers Jane and Boy in the basket. Tarzan
knocks him out with one punch. They board the canoe with Hagilo, a native,
who will help them paddle. Crispus’ unconscious body is discovered. A cutter
boat is sent in pursue of the escapees. The twelve oared cutter gains on
them. Tarzan tells them that the war fleet from Castrum Mare is standing
by to help. Tarzan sets up the machinegun. Hagilo turns the canoe around.
Machinegun bullets rip the cutter in half. The crew bails out. A pirate
war galley sets out after them. Tarzan’s canoe clears the harbor. A pirate
war galley bears down on them. Tarzan cuts the oars to pieces with the
machinegun. Hasta’s fleet arrives. The two navies clash. Hasta’s men prevail
and push on towards the island stronghold. Soon a white flag is seen from
the pirate’s castle. Tarzan says that Hasta has promised to outlaw slavery
from Castrum Mare. End.
story is a new story that brings back Castrum Mare for the first time since
Dell #21.2. It starts with N’kima. They do such a wonderful job in capturing
N’kima’s personality that it a shame that they did not feature him more
often. Jane and Boy are captured for the fourth time (the seventh time
for Jane), this time by Shiftas. They are taken from the tree house. We
learn that Tarzan has a number of houses. Although the basic drawing style
is Jesse Marsh, it could be an artist copying his style because Jane looks
totally different than ever before. She wears her long black hair down
and has a younger looking face. She cuts the Shifta chief with a small
knife. It is amazing that they let her keep the knife. Jane and Boy are
traded to the Mugabis, who in turn sell them to the slave dealers at Castrum
Mare. Jane tells Boy about Castrum Mare and how Tarzan became friends with
their emperor, Cassius Hasta. Since Tarzan has not run into Hasta in the
Dell comics, this must be a reference to Tarzan and the Lost Empire.
This tie-in into the novels is handled similar to the tie-in with Cathne
in Dell #21.1. Tarzan misses the fact that Jane and Boy have been taken
by the Mugabis and continues to follow the Shiftas. This is a very Burroughs-like
plot twist. Tarzan finally arrives at Castrum Mare and finds Cassius Hasta.
The drawings of Hasta, at times, remind one of the face of the famous Roman
statue “Augustus Primaporta.” Tarzan disguises himself as a native fisherman
to gain entrance to the Island of the Pirate King. This is very well done
and a great innovation in the comic. The machine gun is part of the story
line that is the least Tarzan-like but necessary to stop the pirate war
galley from crushing their little dugout canoe. The reader never shown
the Pirate King, Plutonius, nor do we know of his fate. One must assume
that the pirate stronghold was completely destroyed by the forces of Castrum
Mare. It is a good story that moves along as fast as any Burroughs story.
Jungle Fishing - 1p.
- color - Fish listed are biskop, katonkel, kabeljou, shark, wahoo, tuna,
sailfish, and pompano, which weighs thirty-six pounds and is three feet
Jungle Birds - 1p. -
color – The birds listed are: two songbirds - the nightingale and the skylark;
one talking bird - the parrot; one flightless bird - the ostrich; a bird
of prey - the secretary bird, which is like a vulture and kills snakes;
a strange bird - the kwa bird, which eats ticks off of rhinos; and a travel
bird - the dyal.
Monkey Chatter - 1p.
- color - A description of trapping monkeys.
Jungle Catastrophe -
1p. - color- A maze to solve in which Tarzan must save a native boy from
Feast Fun - 1p. - color
- Directions for making an African mask.
Boy listens to one of trader Willie
Slyke’s tall tales on the floating trading post named Zulu Belle.
He offers Boy some licorice candy. Willie asks Bomo, his native helper,
for some ice and tells his parrot, Socrates, to be quiet. Bomo opens the
small refrigerator and pulls out small chucks of ice. Boy comments that
it looks like the sparkly stones under his house. Willie gets excited and
asks Boy to tell him about the diamonds. Boy tells him that it is part
of the treasure of Opar. Willie offers him licorice in exchange for the
diamonds. He says Tarzan has so many that it won’t matter. He offers Boy
more licorice. Boy returns home with a package for Jane. She informs him
that Chako, the old man of the rocks, was looking for him. Boy goes to
2nd story “Boy
Makes A Trade” - 10pp.
Type -- Boy Story - Evil Trader
(Willie Slyke) - Baboons
Boy tells Chako that he can
lead the baboons to better food than the bird’s eggs they are stealing.
He takes them into the ruins of Opar. He gets them to help lift the heavy
cover off of the vault of Opar. Boy points out the diamonds in the middle
of the treasure room. Chako tries to eat the diamonds. Boy instructs them
each to take a handful of the stones and follow him. He leads them to the
Belle, where Willie gives them licorice for the diamonds. Boy asks
if he wants more. The sly trader tells them to bring more.
The next day Boy is delayed
with his studies. Chako decides that they can do a trade by themselves.
He leads the baboons to the vault. The baboons load up with jewels, crowns
and golden objects. They head for the boat. Tarzan spies the band of baboons
from a tree. He drops down to see what they have. The baboons flee to a
cave. Tarzan hides near the vault entrance and watches. He sees Boy lead
the baboons into vault, pick up diamonds, and trade them for licorice.
Tarzan drops down near them as they leave the trader. Tarzan blames himself
for not instructing Boy about the value of the gems and what unscrupulous
men will do to obtain them.
He takes Boy to confront Willie,
who denies any knowledge of diamonds. Tarzan reaches into the refrigerator
and grabs a handful of ice and diamonds. He holds his hand in the sun.
Willie commands Bomo to jump the ape-man. Bomo attacks with a knife. Tarzan
throws him overboard. Willie pulls a pistol. Boy upsets the hammock causing
the pistol to fire harmlessly into the air. Tarzan has Bomo help him place
the rotund Willie back in his hammock. He tells Boy to gather up the diamonds.
Tarzan tells the trader to leave the area and never return. As he leaves,
Willie threatens to get even. As a lesson for taking what does not belong
to them, Tarzan spanks Boy and Chako. End.
story is a new Boy story in which Tarzan plays a key role. The drawings
are not in Marsh’s style. There are many inconsistencies to the story;
however, it is an above average story and drawings. Why Tarzan would permit
trader Willie so close to Opar has to be questioned. Tarzan built his house
over the opening to the vault back in Dell #49.1. It is even mentioned
in this story. But Boy does not use that opening to get the treasure. How
is it possible that Boy knows about a second entrance? Willie Slyke’s threat
at the end of the story sets up the possibility of a follow-up story that
never is realized. (These drawings have stuck in my mind so vividly that
each one brought back wonderful memories fifty years later.)
Boy’s Letter and Diary
- 2pp. - color
Jungle Game - 1p. -
color - Tree-Trunk Dance and Mealie Hunt
- 1p. - color - Description to make a cardboard and paper blowgun.
White Hunters - 1p.
Jungle First Aid - 1p.
- color - treatments for snake bite
The Owl, leader of a band of the
Secret Society, waits in a shamba with members of his cutthroat band for
the Secret Master’s plane to land. The Secret One commands the Owl to kill
Tarzan and bring proof of his death within forty-eight hours or else. The
Secret Master flies away. The Owl plans to set a trap for the ape-man using
a false message from Muviro.
3rd story “Tarzan
and the Honor of Muviro”- 15pp.
Type -- Secret Society is
Boy tells Tarzan and Thorag,
the great ape, that a runner is approaching Tarzan’s tree camp. Hanuki,
the messenger from the Secret Society, tells Tarzan that he has a message
from Muviro. He tells the Jungle Lord that d’Arnot’s plane has crashed
and that he lies injured in the Cave of the Fallen Rocks. Hanuki runs away.
Tarzan tells Jane that he is suspicious of the message. He believes it
to be a trap. He follows the messenger through the trees. Thorag tags along.
Thorag pulls Hanuki up into the trees. Hanuki faints (sleeps with fear).
Tarzan commands Thorag to carry Hanuki with them as they head for the cave.
When Hanuki awakens, Tarzan asks how many are in the cave waiting to kill
Tarzan. Hanuki wonders how the ape-man knew their plan and faints. They
go to a hill on top of the cave. Through a crack in the hill, Tarzan senses
Gomangani but no d’Arnot. He wants to capture one of the society’s agents.
He decides to try to flush the band out of the cave so he can follow them
to their leader. He calls down to the band and says that he knows of their
plan. There is no response. Tarzan throws down a boulder to rouse them
out. Thorag throws Hanuki off of the cliff. Hanuki catches hold of the
tree by the cave entrance. The Secret Society riddles him with spears.
Tarzan listens at the crack in the hill. The society realizes their mistake
and that they will probably not catch Tarzan. The Owl proposes a plan to
use the scalp of the Pyrethrum Plantation owner to fool the Secret One
into thinking it is Tarzan’s. They decide to wait until daylight. Tarzan
hears everything and leaves
At dawn, Muviro and the Waziri
approach Tarzan’s tree camp. Jane tells him about the message they received.
Muviro gets very angry and swears revenge on those who defiled his honor.
Muviro and Waziri travel to the Cave of the Fallen Rocks. They arrive in
the evening and find the cave empty except for the body of Hanuki. They
bury the body and wait for morning. In the morning they follow the tracks.
At the breakfast table on the
patio at the plantation, Roberta tells Geoffrey, the plantation owner,
that she has a feeling of danger. Geoffrey assures her that everything
is fine since Tarzan caught the evil witch doctor. Suddenly, a spear lands
in the middle of the table. They rush the little girl (Martha) into the
bungalow. The Owl and his men prepare to rush the house. A vine rope drops
out of a tree and pulls the Owl up into the branches. The band of cutthroats
believes that it is a Jungle Devil and flee. They run straight into Muviro
and the Waziri. The Waziri subdue them with their knob sticks. The warriors
want to kill them. Tarzan swings down and tells them to turn them over
to the authorities. Tarzan leaves to trap the leader.
The Secret Master’s plane lands.
Tarzan sends the Owl to greet him with the admonishment that he is under
his power. The Owl reports that he has Tarzan. The Man of Evil stoops to
turn the body over to see if it is indeed Tarzan. Tarzan grabs him. The
Secret Master pulls his pistol. Tarzan quickly disarms him. He shouts to
Thorag to get the pilot. Thorag grabs the pilot, who faints. As a reward
Tarzan gives Thorag the Man of Evil’s gloves and mask to scare the other
apes. Tarzan flies the Secret Master, the Owl, and the pilot to the authorities
in Nairobi. End.
story is a new story that brings back two elements used before. The first
is a Secret Society. One was used in Dell #50.3. In the first story they
are more of a terrorist group than this one. Neither society seems to have
a name other than Secret Society. This group has a white man at its head.
He, like the society, has no name other than the Secret Master or Secret
One or as Tarzan calls him, Man of Evil. The other element is the people
at the Pyrethrum Plantation. One of the owners of the plantation is Geoffrey
Barbour. He has completely changed since last seen in Dell #45.1, “Tarzan
and the Haunted Plantation.” In the earlier story he was a young,
clean-shaven, blue eyed blond man. In this story he is a middle-aged man
with dark hair, squinty eyes and a mustache. The hair color change was
necessary for the plot. The Owl plans to get Geoffrey’s scalp to fool the
Secret Master. A head of blond hair probably wouldn’t fool anyone. Although
the name Roberta Faye is not mentioned in the earlier story, it must be
the same woman because she is the co-owner of the plantation. It is difficult
to tell if she looks different in the two stories other than in the first
story she had yellow hair and in this story she has gold hair. Roberta’s
daughter’s name, Martha, is not mentioned in this story. In the Haunted
Plantation Martha is a child of about three or four with yellow hair and
no glasses. In the Honor of Muviro, one year later, she is about seven
or eight years old with golden hair and glasses. The drawings are not in
Jesse Marsh’s style. They are quite nicely done and look like Manning’s
drawings. Jane again has a different look than the first story in this
annual. She is pretty and more appropriate to Tarzan’s age. The ape Thorag
looks more gorilla-like than Marsh‘s apes. Muviro and the Waziri warriors
are more muscular than ever before. They gain the most from this artist.
The Waziri are a formidable force in this story. One event slips past the
casual reader at first - the spear landing in the middle of the breakfast
table at the plantation. Upon surface reading, it appears to be the beginning
of the attack by the Secret Society. But they have not yet started their
attack. This coupled with an earlier event of the Waziri finding Tarzan
and Thorag’s tracks under the Secret Society’s tracks, leads you to the
conclusion that the spear came from Tarzan to alert them to a possible
attack. It is a subtle thing, but a more sophisticated occurrence than
usual for the writer. This is an exciting story with creative drawings.
Jungle wife - 1p. -
Jane’s Jungle Food -
1p. - color
Jungle Rhythm - 1p.
- color - drums, a harp made of bamboo and raffia, a vine string that is
like a Jew’s harp, and a horn made from an elephant tusk.
Jungle Masterpiece -
1p. - color - paint by numbers of some flowers.
Ka-cha, the baboon, stands sentinel
with his mate, Chee, and balu, Teeke. Ka-cha thinks old Rajak is no longer
fit to be gund. Teeke pulls Rajak’s tail. Rajak slaps Teeke. Chee and Ka-cha
rush to the balu’s aid. The baboons chant for a fight between Rajak and
Ka-cha. Ka-cha declares Rajak gund. Rajak leads his band towards water.
Rajak is hit by a golf ball, which he calls a hard egg. Wydbotom, one of
the two golfers, yells at the baboons. Smedley, the other golfer, throws
golf balls at the baboons. Rajak and Ka-cha catch the balls and throw them
back, thus driving the golfers into the clubhouse. Homa, the native caddie,
stands off to the side not fearing anything because he didn’t throw any
balls. The baboons attack the clubhouse. Smedley fires a rifle, wounding
Rajak. Ka-cha helps the gund to safety.
4th story “The
Day of Wrath” - 10 pp.
Type -- Non-Tarzan Story -
Wydbotom orders Homa to set
out poison for the baboons. He refuses stating that the baboons are his
friends. That night, the two golfers spread out poison. Teeke comes upon
the poison mealies and eats some before Ka-cha can stop her. Teeke becomes
violently ill. Ka-cha leads the baboons in a vengeance attack. Smedley
orders Homa to fetch them a thermos of coffee. The baboons crash through
the window of the clubhouse. Wydbotom and Smedley flee in their car. The
baboons rip the clubhouse apart. They overturn a stove that subsequently
burns the clubhouse to the ground.
Ka-cha convinces Homa to try
to help little Teeke. Homa doesn’t know what to do other than feed Teeke
the coffee in the thermos. Teeke vomits out the poison. Homa leaves. Rajak
realizes that he is old and hurt. He declares Ka-cha to be the new gund.
story is a non-Tarzan about baboons. It is a clever story with good drawings.
It highlights the honor of Ka-cha in respect to his family and his loyalty
to the tribe. Ka-cha demonstrates many Tarzan like qualities.
Jungle Jingles -- 1p.
Tarzan’s Ape-English Dictionary
4 pps. in color - 24 words.
Tarzan spears a huge catfish with
a trident in the Great Swamp and feeds it to Argus. To get Tarzan’s attention,
N’kima throws an apple and hits the ape-man’s swimming mask. Tarzan drives
under water to get more fish for Argus. He is surprised to discover a Kronosaurus
in the water. Upon surfacing Tarzan sees a duck-billed dinosaur and a Garth.
With N’kima on his shoulder Tarzan flies Argus towards the Valley of Monsters
to investigate why the dinosaurs are leaving the valley. He witnesses a
volcano erupting. He flies to Cathne to warn Jathon. He sees dinosaurs
and Torodons on gryfs approaching the city. He warns King Jathon.
5th story “Tarzan
and the Beast of Pal-ul-don ” - 16pp.
Type -- Dinosaurs - Lost World
(Valley of Monsters) - Cathne - Argus - Dyals
The Torodons smash their gryfs
into the wall at Cathne. Tarzan shows the Cathneans how to throw flasks
of oil down on the gryfs and ignite them with torches. This drives them
away. Tarzan tells Jathon that both the Torodons and gryfs eat flesh. Jathon’s
men start to repair the wall. Tarzan says they are not safe yet. Tarzan
draws a picture of a Garth for Jathon, explaining that they could leap
the wall. Tarzan calls Argus. He tells Jathon that he will get help from
Jo-rah and his people because they have fought Garths before. N’kima goes
Tarzan lands near Jo-rah and
his tribe who are mounted on dyals. Jo-rah explains that they had to leave
their valley because of the ashes from the volcano. Tarzan enlists Jo-rah’s
aid in killing the dinosaurs. Accepting a dyal as a mount and with N’kima
on his shoulder, Tarzan sends Argus back to Cathne. They reach Cathne during
the night simultaneously as the Torodons prepare to attack again. Tarzan
and Jo-rah’s men charge into battle. The dyals subdue the Garths and the
Torodons. Jathon welcomes the people of Cor-o-don to Cathne.
In the morning Jo-rah points
out that the Garths and gryfs are natural enemies. This gives Tarzan an
idea. He and Jo-rah ride dyals out in search of Garths. They see two Garths
kill and eat a buffalo. They ride through a forested area to lure the Torodons
and their gryfs into chasing them. They let them get close and lead them
into a herd of Garths. The dyals leap over the Garths thus carrying their
riders to safety. The gryfs and Garths lock into a battle to the death.
The Torodons flee on foot. Argus comes to Tarzan. Tarzan will go search
for more dinosaurs that have left the valley. Jo-rah says goodbye. End.
story is a new story that has Jo-rah and his dyals rescue Cathne from Torodon
riding gryfs. This plot line is similar to A#1.3 where Jo-rah and his men
saved Alur from Torodons and their gryfs. A volcano drives the dinosaurs
out of the Valley of Monsters. The ashes have driven the Cor-o-dons from
their home as well. Much is made of N’kima riding with Tarzan on Argus
and on dyals, but suddenly he disappears. Argus has a minor role as the
giant eagle zips Tarzan from one place to another quickly. Cathne takes
on a different look each time it is presented. King Jathon has grown a
beard since last seen in Dell #54.3. In that story his hair was black.
Now he has a brown beard. He seems baffled about what to do about the dinosaurs
and gryfs. (Evidently, Goliath has not healed from his wounds suffered
in Dell #54.3.) Jo-rah has apparently settled in on being a white man.
He was black in the first annual but has been depicted as white since that
time. Tarzan does a drawing on the wall to show Jathon what a Garth looks
like. This is the first time Tarzan has done a drawing. The story and the
drawings are well done.
Jungle Safari Quiz:
- 1p. - color
Inside Back Cover: “Tarzan’s
Jungle World” - black and white - Allosaurus
Back Cover: 15th entry
from American Museum of National History, NY. Diorama features a giraffe
(once called a cameleopard). It also includes an antelope. (This is the
first diorama since Dell #34.)
This is an excellent issue
with outstanding stories and memorable drawings.