#68 May 1953 ~ 36pp. 10cents
interior: Jesse Marsh
Painting: Morris Gollub
Unknown (Gaylord Du Bois - unconfirmed)
Cover: Painted Tarzan
wrestling a buffalo by the horns to the ground.
Inside Front Cover:
Tantor meets an ancestor of Paul-ul-don -- black and white
1st story “Tarzan
and The Queen of Cat Mountain” - 15pp.
Type -- Lost Race (Cat Men)
- Dr. MacWhirtle - Rescue Zugu
and Dr. Mac are flying King Zugu to Alur to force a peace agreement between
Jalur and Alur. They run into a storm, and their battered plane is forced
to land in Crater Lake. Tarzan recognizes the Cat Mountains and knows of
the people. Cat Men canoe towards the plane. Before Dr. Mac can fire a
rocket at them, Tarzan tells him not to kill anyone. The rocket blast scares
the Cat Men away. Tarzan frees King Zugu, and they eat sandwiches. Tarzan
and Dr. Mac try to repair the aileron. King Zugu takes the opportunity
to escape and swim to shore. They notice that Zugu is missing. Tarzan instructs
the doctor to finish repairing the plane and meet him at the Lake of Lutor,
while he goes after Zugu.
Tarzan swims to shore and finds
signs of Zugu. He overhears Urrow and other Cat Men speaking about Zugu’s
capture and the bird machine. Tarzan gains entrance to the palace via a
tree by the upper window. The Queen delights in teasing Zugu with her pet
leopard. Zugu faints. The Queen has him drug from the room. Tarzan enters
the royal chamber. The Queen turns her leopard loose. Tarzan makes friends
with Sheetah. Tarzan warns the Queen not to go for the warning bell. He
threatens her with her leopard. The Queen dives into a floor chest. Tarzan
opens the chest and discovers that the Queen has escaped through a trap
door in the bottom. She has locked it from the other side. He leaves by
the window. The Queen brings guards towards the palace. Tarzan finds where
they are holding Zugu. He breaks his chains and carries him to the royal
docks. Tarzan knocks the guards into the water and places Zugu in a canoe.
He paddles out onto the lake to Dr. Mac. The ape-man tells the doctor that
he should leave immediately because the Cat Men are coming and that he
will meet them at the Lake of Lutor. Dr. Mac takes off just in the nick
of time. His backwash overturns the Cat Men’s canoes. Tarzan maneuvers
through a cleft in the crater. Zugu faints. They enter the Lake of Lutor.
Dr. Mac pulls up in his seaplane. End.
story is a continuation of Dell #62.1. In the earlier story Tarzan captured
King Zugu and started to take him to Alur to force a peace agreement between
Alur and Jalur. This story is about their journey to Alur. They don’t make
it to Alur and the story ends rather abruptly, thus setting up yet another
sequel. The main thrust of the story concerns the Cat Men who were seen
in Dell #38.1. In “The Cat Men of Crater Lake” a volcano erupted at the
end of the story leading you to believe that the place was destroyed. Apparently
this was not the case. Crater Lake is still there but the island holding
the temple of Brule is gone. The Cat Men no longer worship the Flaming
God. They now worship leopards. Gone also is the evil, thin, and beautiful
Queen Nemah. The evil, heavy-set Queen of Cat Mountain has replaced her.
The Cat Men themselves no longer have dark hair that they shaped into cat-ears;
instead, they have orange- gold hair in long braids. They have the look
of Masai warriors. At times, they wear a cat-ear headdress. In the first
story Tarzan had to gain access to the area by descending a cleft in the
crater wall. The volcano must have opened the cleft larger to allow access
between Crater Lake (not called by any name in this story) and the Lake
of Lutor, which was just referred to as the swamp in the earlier tale.
The city in the earlier story was quite impressive with huge structures.
The volcano must have destroyed most of them. These buildings are not quite
as impressive. The interior of the Queen’s quarters has many tribal masks
and sculptures that are obviously drawn from observation and not from imagination.
Dr. MacWhirtle sports new clothes and a new hair-do, but he keeps his bazooka
handy. Although, Tarzan (Dell self-imposed code) demands that Dr. Mac not
kill anything with the rocket. Some of the close-up drawings of MacWhirtle’s
head are the best drawings in this story. They have great expressions on
them. King Zugu was bald not so long ago when captured by Tarzan. In this
short period of time he has grown a patch of hair on the back of his head
from ear to ear. He was also a bit braver in the first story, whereas now
he faints at any sign of stress. It is a good story but not a great story.
The sequel is anticipated.
2nd story “Tarzan
and The Trickery of Imoko” - 8pp.
Type -- Boy and M’bogo Rescue
The witch doctor of the Ubamwes
tribe, Imoko, goes to Sheik Ibrahim and tells him that he can deliver Tarzan
to him alive. The hookah smoking Sheik offers him his weight in gold for
Tarzan’s head and twice that for him alive. He doesn’t believe that Imoko
can deliver. His henchmen remind him that it is Tarzan that prevents them
from exploiting the area.
Imoko and his spearmen plant
a monkey trap near Tarzan’s tree house and hide to wait for Tarzan. In
the tree house, Tarzan, Jane, Boy, and N’kima hear monkeys fighting over
food. N’kima leaves to see what the fuss is about. He finds sweet berries
and more inside a coconut. When his hand gets caught, he calls for Tarzan.
The Jungle Lord tells Boy to stay while he goes to see what N’kima’s problem
is. As Tarzan tries to get N’kima to open his hand, the Ubamwes get the
drop on him. Tarzan leaps into the trees. A thrown knob stick knocks him
unconscious. Securely tied, they lower the ape-man into a building of an
ancient ruin. Imoko sends two of his men, N’kobu and Isuma, to the Sheik
to have him bring the gold. The guards sleep. N’kima slips into the building.
Tarzan tells him to find Boy and have him bring M’bogo, the giant buffalo.
N’kima returns to the tree house and tells Boy and Jane of Tarzan’s plight.
N’kima rides on M’bogo’s head as he directs Boy to the ruins. Boy has M’bogo
break down the wall. Boy unties Tarzan. Cautiously the Ubamwes approach
the opening. Tarzan and Boy ride M’bogo out of the breach. M’bogo tosses
Imoko into the air with its horns. N’kima joins them for the ride home.
story is a second Tarzan story. After seven Tarzan and Boy stories, this
is greatly appreciated. Although, as it turns out, it is a Tarzan and Boy
story after all. The title is “Tarzan and The Trickery of Imoko.” It is
a new story. Tarzan old nemesis, Sheik Ibrahim, who Tantor threw into a
tree back in Dell #47.2, apparently survived and is anxious to get his
hands on Tarzan. This time it is the evil witch doctor, Imoko, who gets
thrown by M’bogo, the giant buffalo. This brings me to my biggest complaint
about this story and pictures - the case of M’bogo. When Tarzan tells N’kima
to have Boy bring M’bogo, my first thoughts were that this is the M’bogo
tribe seen in Dell #65.2 or maybe the chief of that tribe, M’bogo. Both
the chief and the tribe did not appear too friendly with Tarzan, but then
stranger leaps have been made in the Dell Tarzans. The shock comes when
Boy rides on the back of a giant buffalo named M’bogo. Where did he come
from? Did Tarzan use Dr. Mervin’s growth pellets to create a second giant
buffalo when we weren’t looking? The precedence was set with the creation
of the second giant eagle. Or is it supposed to be Gorgo? M’bogo’s color
is dark bluish gray not the brown of Gorgo. But again, the change of color
precedence was set earlier with Argus and Goliath. Did the writer forget
the name of Gorgo and decide that M’bogo was good enough. But why confuse
it with the natives from a story that was used recently. On the surface
this story and drawings are pretty good. It is just M’bogo, the giant buffalo,
which makes you guess that this writer only had surface knowledge of previous
“The Story of Abubu” -- 59th
text story -- 2 pages - one illustration
“Brothers of the Spear” --
44th -- 6 pages
Splash Page -- Loma’s Hunting
Cat - cheetah and antelope - color
Inside Back Cover: Killer Plant
of Pal-ul-don - Tarzan rescues Korok, the ape, from a Drossa, a meat-eating
plant - black and white
Back Cover: New Subscription
Offer: personal pocket printer plus one year of Tarzan comics for $1.40.
Dell’s Pledge to Parents.