#81 June 1956 ~ 36pp. 10cents
interior: Jesse Marsh
Unknown (Gaylord Du Bois - unconfirmed)
2nd Gordon Scott cover photo
Front Cover: New subscription offer - one year with four magic puzzles
for $1.50 -
of Tarzan - Dell’s Pledge to Parents - black and white
1st story “Tarzan
and The Beasts of Mokar”- 15pp.
-- Lost City - Rescue White Man - d’Arnot
Paul d’Arnot, retired, flies to Tarzan, Jane and Boy at the tree house
bearing a letter from Dr. Henri Dumont. Dr. Dumont was hunting artifacts
near the Gourambi range. He was taken captive in the legendary city of
Mokar. He sent out the letter with his dog Roland. He does not expect rescue
because of the Beasts of Mokar. He asks that his buried artifacts be recovered.
Tarzan agrees to accompany Paul. The Jungle Lord tells Boy to stay and
fly Paul’s airplane to the mountains. They land in a saddle near the range.
Because of the high winds, they tie the plane down with ropes. Roland leads
them to the spot where the artifacts are buried. Paul digs up the strong
box. In the box are gemstones and a note. The note asks the finder to keep
half of the gems for themselves and give the other half to the Louvre Museum.
Paul says all the gems will go to the museum. They rebury the box and start
to search for Dumont.
leads them to a mountain pass. There is a large statue of an elephant blocking
the gap. Roland warns them of the trap. Tarzan notices the trigger and
rolls a stone between the legs of the statue. The trunk of the bronze and
steel elephant smashes the rock. The trunk retracts. Paul wants to go around
the trap. Tarzan shows them how to avoid the trip plate. The next pass
has a giant statue of a man blocking the path. Tarzan notices the bones
a leopard under the legs of the statue. He jabs a branch in-between the
legs. The knees snap closed and return. Tarzan surmises that Dumont was
running low and the leopard leaped for his back and was killed. Tarzan
crawls between he legs. Roland and d’Arnot follow.
enter a fertile walled valley. Paul sees fields and gardens at the other
end. Out of the brush come hundreds of mandrills, the Beasts of Mokar.
Tarzan realizes that there is a moat ahead. They cut branches for smoke
sticks to keep the baboons at bay. Under the cover of darkness they make
for the moat, using the smoke sticks to hold back the mandrills. Tarzan
leaves his rope and d’Arnot at the moat. He and Roland jump over the moat
and enter Mokar. They search the cliff dwellings for Dumont. Finally they
find him in a gardener’s hut. They lead him back to the moat. They anchor
the rope across the moat with Tarzan holding one end. Dr. Dumont crosses
on the rope hand over hand. They use the smoke sticks to repel the baboons
as they leave the valley. Dumont tells them that the people of Mokar are
peaceful and secretive. They kept him because they wish to remain hidden
from the world. Paul flies them home. Dr. Dumont says that his notes on
the legendary city will make him famous. They give Roland credit for the
story is a new story with a new lost city, Mokar. We learn that Captain
d’Arnot is now retired. Jane looks quite lovely in her two-piece outfit.
Boy wears the fez hat. The winds are so heavy that Tarzan and Paul must
tie down the airplane. Exactly why this is part of the plot is unclear.
Paul and Tarzan display their integrity by saying all the gems from Dr.
Dumont’s collected artifacts should go to the Louvre Museum. The two traps
of the elephant and giant remind one of the cliffhangers of the Saturday
matinee movies. Tarzan easily solves the riddles of the traps. The title
characters, the Beasts of Mokar, have only a minor part in the tale. Roland,
the Great Dane, plays a key part in the story and probably deserved a place
in the title. A great build up is made of the legendary city of Mokar;
yet, we are not given even one glimpse of the people. The people are peaceful
and will do almost anything to protect themselves from the outside world.
On the way home after the rescue Dr. Dumont states that his notes on the
hidden city will make him famous - so much for secrecy. The drawings are
pretty standard fare. The story has some great plot devices but also has
some flaws. The most disturbing is the doctor’s plan to capitalize on Mokar.
This should have made Tarzan angry.
is a Treasure” -- 72nd text story -- 1 page - one illustration
2nd story “Tarzan
and The Wall of Fire”- 9pp.
-- Rescue Dombie - (Argus)
Dombie search a gully for a wild pig. They find two crying chimpanzees.
Boy learns that they are sad because they are childless. The chimps get
the bright idea to adopt Dombie. Boy looks pale and sickly to them. They
grab Dombie and swing off through the trees. Boy attempts to follow them
but soon loses sight of them.
to Tarzan and Jane and tells them what happened. Jane cautions Tarzan about
the approaching storm as he leaves to search for Dombie. A lightning strike
starts a fire in the forest that spreads to the plains. Tarzan must divert
around the area. Animals flee the on-coming fire. Tarzan picks up the trail
of the chimps and Dombie. The wind creates a wall of fire. Tarzan leaps
onto the back of a passing eland to save his energy for the pursuit.
and Dombie reach the edge of a river. The chimps fear both the water and
the fire. As Tarzan rides up, Dombie breaks free and jumps into the river.
Tarzan places the two frighten chimps on the back of an eland crossing
the river. On the opposite side of the river, the chimps won’t dismount
because a leopard is coming out of the water. The eland runs off with the
chimps hanging on for dear life. Tarzan swims over to Dombie and helps
him to the other side.
and Dombie start to walk home. A leopard stalks them. Tarzan’s yell frightens
off the leopard. They climb a tree to spend the night. Boy flies overhead
with Argus and Aguila, the giant eagles. Tarzan calls to him. They land
in the tree. With Tarzan on one eagle and Boy and Dombie on the other,
they fly home. End.
story is new story in which Tarzan once again must rescue Dombie. This
happened once before in Dell #78.2. Dombie has his new mature look. Jane
also looks very attractive in the same outfit as in the first story with
the addition of a large blue hat. Boy’s fez hat takes on a conical look.
Chimpanzees play a big roll in a story for the first time. The wall of
fire causes the animals to flee - very realistic display of natural enemies
running side by side. After that occurrence, the story is relatively standard.
The drawings are also standard except a few at the end of the story in
the tree. Three of the last four panels have very nice perspective looks
from above or below the eye level. Once again the writer has trouble with
names of previous characters. In this story the second giant eagle is called
Aguila. This is a first time use of this name. Did Tarzan create another
giant eagle? Or did the writer forget that the second giant eagle created
for Boy in Dell #63.1 and trained by Boy for flying in Dell #65.2 was named
Aiglon? Overall it is a good story with good drawings.
of the Spear” -- 57th -- 6 pages
in the Dictionary -- splash page - aardvark - 1 page - color
Back Cover: Forest Folk - apes and monkeys (bush baby, gorilla, baboon,
chimpanzee. mandrill) 1 p. - black and white
Cover: New advertisement - 3 speed Schwinn Corvette - color