#73 October 1955 ~ 36pp. 10cents
interior: Jesse Marsh
Painting: Morris Gollub
Unknown (Gaylord Du Bois - unconfirmed)
Cover: Painting - Tarzan in
water catching fish with a homemade net
Inside Front Cover: New advertisement
- Red Goose Shoes - color
1st story “Tarzan
and The Loot of Agib” - 16pp.
Type -- Slavery - Rebuild
Village - Sea Monster
shark passes a canoe containing Tarzan and N’kima. They are heading for
an island that holds Mugambi’s tribe because Tarzan has heard that Agib,
the raider, is in the area. He witnesses Agib’s dhow leaving the island.
Tarzan lands to discover from the chief that Agib has taken a number of
young men and women from the tribe. Suddenly a tidal wave approaches the
island. Tarzan can’t shake Mugambi out of his depression. The islander’s
canoes are swept out to sea. Tarzan manages to get Mugambi and his people
to run for high ground as a second wave threatens to be larger than the
first. They climb into the trees.
The giant wave sweeps over
the island. It smashes Agib’s dhow back onto the island. The slavers crew
is washed overboard. Agib is left alone on the beach. Tarzan, Mugambi,
and his people climb down from the trees and examine the dhow. They find
and release the prisoners from the hold. Agib recognizes and fears Tarzan.
He sneaks away. Tarzan binds the wounds of Wo-we, Mugambi’s son. In the
dhow they find food, gold and silver. Tarzan gives it all plus some pearls
to Mugambi and his people. N’kima discovers a box of hand grenades which
he thinks are hard fruit. Tarzan warns N’kima away from the grenades. Kifu’s
wife comes to Tarzan and asks him to help her bleeding husband. N’kima
takes one of the grenades into the trees. The little monkey sees Agib sneaking
up on the dhow. Agib enters the dhow in the hopes of obtaining a grenade
to kill Tarzan.
Tarzan binds Kifu’s wounds.
He heads back towards the dhow to get rid of the grenades. N’kima warns
him about the bad tarmangani on the dhow. Agib tosses a grenade at the
ape-man. Tarzan dives behind a sand dune to safety. Tarzan climbs onto
the dhow. Agib fires a flintlock pistol, which grazes Tarzan’s head. The
Jungle Lord follows the raider through the ship. Agib manages to slip through
a break in the side of the ship. Tarzan chases him to the top of a cliff.
Agib leaps off the cliff into the sea. Tarzan watches, but Agib does not
surface. Tarzan tells Mugambi about the Agib incident. The chief asks Tarzan
to let him keep the box of grenades for protection. Tarzan agrees if Mugambi
will bury it under his house and not use them unless the situation is desperate.
Tarzan carves a dugout canoe.
They villagers rebuild their houses. Agib learns that Mugambi will keep
the treasure in a chest by his bed. That night, Tarzan and N’kima, sleeping
in a tree, are awakened by a scream. Tarzan runs to Mugambi’s hut. He asks
Herafu and Pani, tribe members, if they saw what tore a hole through Mugambi’s
roof. They did not. Mugambi tells Tarzan that a monster tore through the
roof and took his pet goat. Tarzan follows the monster’s tracks to the
sea. He spies Agib with the moneybox running for the canoes. The raider
pushes a canoe into the water and hops aboard. Tarzan sends Mugambi for
the grenades. With the grenades onboard Tarzan launches a canoe.
A sea monster attacks Agib’s
canoe and bites it in half. Tarzan pulls the pins on two grenades, throws
them at the monsters, and dives overboard. The grenades explode, killing
the sea monster. As Tarzan swims to shore, he speculates that Agib knew
about a sea cave when he dived off the cliff. On shore, Tarzan tells Mugambi
that the grenades killed the sea monster and probably killed Agib as well.
Mugambi shows Tarzan the pearls that he had taken out of the moneybox.
Tarzan tells him to use it for his people. End.
story is a new story that is very well conceived. The Mugambi of this story
have nothing to do with the Mugambi of the novels. The name choice ties
the Tarzan of the comics to the master’s Tarzan in a superficial way. There
is no explanation for the tidal wave, but it does serve to bring the villain,
Agib, back to the island. His crew is conveniently eliminated. Agib must
face Tarzan alone. Agib makes a reference that Tarzan once vowed to capture
him. This is news to the reader because this is Agib’s first appearance.
He fails to kill Tarzan with a hand grenade and a flintlock pistol. When
the raider leaps off the cliff to his apparent death, it fools Tarzan and
the reader as well. When he resurfaces, it is a surprise to Tarzan and
the reader. N’kima is his old self. He carries off one of the hand grenades,
and one expects that this will become part of the story line. It does not.
This part of the story is abandoned. The sea monster plays a minor part
but causes the demise of Agib and his loot. Tarzan does admit to Mugambi
that the grenades he used to kill the sea monster probably took Agib as
well. Considering the persistence of the wily trader, it is conceivable
that he could appear again, although it highly unlikely. Marsh has a good
mix of close-up and distance views thus keeping the panels visually interesting.
In one panel a tribesman is apparently smoking a pipe. It is a rousing
2nd story “Tarzan
and the Roaring Gorge” - 9pp.
Type -- Baboons - Rescue White
Tarzan bonds with a tribe of
baboons. The young baboons wrestle with the ape-man until a sentry alerts
them to an approaching canoe. Tarzan goes to investigate. The canoe holds
Brant Torrey, white hunter and guide. Brant is seeking Tarzan’s help in
finding Tom Lindon, an American photographer, who heard about the Chacma
baboons in Roaring Gorge and went on his own to photograph them. On his
way to Tarzan, his two native bearers, M’bulu and Imothibi, spotted smoke
rising from the gorge. Tarzan agrees to help and accompanies them back
to Brant’s campsite. Tarzan plans to approach the gorge by foot because
no one has made it through the rapids alive. Brant insists on going with
him. Brant fears the baboons and picks up his rifle. Tarzan tells him to
leave the rifle behind or he cannot accompany him. Brant hands the rifle
to a bearer.
At the gorge, baboons track
them and eventually confront the tarmangani. They believe that Lindon stole
a balu, and they think the tarmangani have come to do the same. Tarzan
temporarily convinces them that they mean no harm. The People of the Rocks
force Tarzan and Brant to dive into the water. They spy Lindon’s canoe
and swim to a rock shelf, where they find Lindon feeding a baboon balu
some condensed milk. Lindon explains that he rescued the balu, who had
fallen into the water. He was stranded there, but he knew someone would
rescue him. Tarzan figures that the balu will help them get pass the baboons.
The Jungle Lord guides Lindon’s canoe through the rapids and onto rock
shelving. They return the balu to the tribe. The baboons are friendly.
They can safely return to Tarzan country. End.
story is also a new story. It is a charming little story in which Tarzan
deals with two different tribes of baboons - one is friendly but with the
other tribe Tarzan must overcome their hostility. This allows Jesse Marsh
to draw in an area where he is peerless - baboons. The expressions he captures
on the faces of the baboons are priceless. The hatching marks on Tarzan
makes me want to reevaluate some earlier issues in which this writer questioned
if it was the work of Marsh. A large panel of the canoe approaching Brant’s
camp is beautifully rendered. In this issue the writer and the artist seem
to be hitting their stride with good, tight story lines and visually creative
“An Evil Spirit?” -- 64th text
story -- 1 page - one illustration
“Brothers of the Spear” --
49th -- 6 pages
Splash Page -- “Hearing Aids
...” - Fennec, a little desert fox - 1p. - color
Inside Back Cover: New advertisement
- Arnold Schwinn and Co. - Schwinn American - 2 speeds - color
Back Cover: Curtiss Candy Company
- Baby Ruth - color