#94 July 1957 ~ 36 pp. 10 cents
interior: Jesse Marsh
Unknown (Gaylord Du Bois - unconfirmed)
15th Gordon Scott photo cover
the gaze of a Thousand Eyes Tarzan Outwits ‘THE WATCHERS’!” - 3rd caption
Front Cover: New advertisement for 7-Up in color
1st story “Tarzan
and The Watchers”- 15 pp.
Type -- Lost Tribes (Albino
Pygmies and The Wazban) - Pygmies - Saves Wazban
and Om-lat explore the Great Swamp in a canoe. Om-lat tells his ape-man
friend about the rumors of pygmies with pink skin and red hair. Tarzan
reports that they are being watched. They land to look for the watchers.
The Jungle Lord follows pygmy tracks to some small rafts. The albino pygmies
pop up and throw their poison spears at him. Tarzan dives into the swamp.
The pygmies stab at the water from their raft. Tarzan upends the raft and
swims for his canoe. Om-lat is holding off two pygmies. Tarzan calls for
him to leave. Om-lat pushes out into the swamp. Tarzan joins him. Together
they easily outdistance the pursuing pygmies. For miles Tarzan still feels
like they are still being observed.
They land on a rocky point
island and hide their canoe. Islanders meet them with the language of the
Wazdons. They take them to their gund at the city of the Wazban. Zurad,
the gund, greets them. Tarzan tells them that they found hordes of pygmies
ready for attack. Zurad explains that they will probably never leave the
island. He takes them to the top of the volcanic cone. As they travel he
explains that the Wazbans are descendants of Argo-thub, an exiled Wazdon.
At the top of the rock they see a multitude of tiny rafts approaching the
island. Zurad explains that the Tor-o-dons are pushing the pygmies from
their traditional homelands. The albino pygmies revere the beast men as
superior beings and won’t attack them. Zurad knows they cannot defeat the
albinos and plans to use this high ground as their last stand. Tarzan purposes
Tarzan instructs the Wazbans
to build a pole framework in the shape of a monster. They cover the frame
with moss and the face with leather. It has moveable eyelids. A great leather
horn is made. That night, the pygmies land and burn the outlying huts.
They cautiously approach the Wazban city. Tarzan has the Wazbans light
the brush. The fire illuminates the monster. The pygmies panic. Tarzan
speaks through the megaphone horn, warning the pygmies to leave forever.
The pygmies flee to their rafts. Tarzan stops the Wazbans from attacking
so that the superstition of the monster will remain with them. Tarzan plans
to go and help the pygmies with their Tor-o-don problem. The Wazbans rejoice.
Zurad thanks Tarzan. End.
story is a great little story. It starts with Tarzan and his friend Om-lat,
the Wazdon. Om-lat has never been mentioned before in the Dells. The Wazdon
has a new look about him that comes closer to an authentic African native
with his Watusi-like hair. (Of course, the prehensile tail of the Burroughs
Wazdon was never used so why not make them more native-like.) The albino
pygmies are not really albinos because of their red hair. They are very
hostile. Om-lat and Tarzan escape the pygmies and discover the Island of
Wazban. The writer creates a history that ties them with the Wazdons. It
is a nice Burroughsian touch. The story of Argo-thub is merely touched
upon but would make a great story in itself. The first glimpse of Wazban
city is a huge panel that is impressive. The quick building of the monster
is a bit fantastic but great story telling. The scenes with the fire highlighting
the monster, and Tarzan using the megaphone to frighten the pygmies are
also great story material. This is most enjoyable.
“Elephant Trap” -- 85th text
story -- 1 page - one illustration
2nd story “Tarzan
in The Valley of Shadows”- 9 pp.
Type -- Saves White Families
The South African pioneer family,
the Van Dycks, watch two people approaching with their mules. At first
they think they are Kaffirs. Tarzan and Boy ride up. Tarzan shows Conrad,
the father, a lion’s pelt. It was the lion that almost killed the mules.
They are impressed that someone could kill a lion without a gun. Tarzan
introduces himself and Boy. Conrad introduces his father Jan, his wife
Martje, and his son, Koert. They point towards the new home they are headed
for in a nearby valley. Tarzan tells them to avoid the Valley of the Shadows
of Death. He will show them a better place. Tarzan, Conrad and Jan set
out to search for it.
Back at the camp-wagon a veldt
fire threatens to overtake them. Martje, Koert, and Boy quickly hitch up
the mules to the covered wagon and head for the black cliffs, the only
way out. They charge into a field of red flowers. They start to be overcome
by sleep. The mules stumble into a gully. From inside the valley Paul and
Annetje Norden see the overturned wagon in the belt of poison flowers.
Paul carries the unconscious victims of the flowers into the valley. They
take them to their home.
Tarzan and the two pioneers
follow the wagon tracks to the red flowers. Jan becomes sleepy. Tarzan
realizes what is happening and gets them out of the belt. The red flowers
guard the valley from every direction. Tarzan tells the men to wait for
him as he wades into the river and swims underwater upstream. Throughout
the night the men worry. As dawn approaches they decide to attempt to ride
through the poisonous flowers.
Suddenly Tarzan appears in
the river pulling a boat. The Van Dycks are reunited with their family.
Martje explains how the Nordens saved them. Paul explains that they are
descendants of two families that were chased through the red flowers by
Kaffirs. They live off of gardening, fish and giraffes that wander into
the valley unaffected by the poisonous fragrance. Tarzan made a boat of
giraffe hide stretched over a frame to pull them to safety using the middle
course of the river. The Van Dycks and Nordens decide to build a new home
for themselves where Tarzan showed them. They look around for Tarzan and
Boy, who have disappeared. They have gone off hunting. End.
story is really a pretty good story. The pioneer family appears to be bit
too Wild West for the African veldt. Veldt is consistently spelled veld.
They are South African Dutch and speak Taal, which Tarzan understands.
Tarzan kills a lion off panel and takes time to skin it. A veldt fire drives
Martje, Koert, and Boy into a poison belt of red flowers. One cannot help
think of the Wizard of Oz and the line - “Poppies will make them sleepy.”
The Nordens who have been trapped in the valley all their lives rescue
them. They apparently have never made an attempt to get out of the valley.
Tarzan swims upstream, makes a boat out of giraffe hide, and rescues all
who are trapped in the valley. The giraffes are unaffected by the fragrance
of the flowers because of their great height. The giraffe hide boat is
a nice tie-in. It was a good story not a great one.
“Brothers of the Spear” --
70th -- 6 pages
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