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Dell Comics Summaries ~ Pt. 10
Issues 91 - 100
by Duane Adams
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DELL #91 April 1957 ~ 36 pp. 10 cents

Art interior:  Jesse Marsh
Writer: Unknown (Gaylord Du Bois - unconfirmed)
Cover: 12th Gordon Scott photo cover
Inside Front Cover: Advertisement Trix cereal in color

1st story “Tarzan and The Thunder Hoofs” - 15 pp.
Type -- Lost Race (Giant Vikings) - Restores Peace - Buto - M’bogo - White Buffalo

Dell #91Tarzan and Buto travel to the Valley of the Tall Warriors to explore. They meet some Giant Vikings who believe they are spies for the leopard men. Their leader commands Sigurd to capture or kill them. Tarzan easily disarms him. The leader of the group, Wohl, offers Sigurd his sword to fight Tarzan. Buto knocks out the Viking who attacks him. Tarzan disarms Sigurd again. Wohl concludes they must be friends of their leader, Yarl Hrolf, and leads them to Yarlsgaard, their mountain stronghold.

Yarl greets them and explains that the Skraelings burned their Skalli. They built this fortress. The Skraelings are massing warriors for an assault. He further explains that they killed two Skraelings for disturbing their tombs. The Skraelings now desire to wipe them out. Yarl shows them the crossbows that are able to pierce their shields and battle knives. The Skraelings also have trained leopards that climb scaling ladders along side of them. Tarzan shows the Vikings how to strengthen their shields with rawhide and cement. Many Viking are set to the task of preparing the shields.

The next morning three thousand Skraelings and fifty leopards march on Yarlsgaard. They rein crossbow bolts at the wall. The shields hold. Induna, the leader of the Skraelings, orders the ladders brought forward for the attack. The Vikings push the ladders away from the walls. Buto grabs a leopard and hurls it down upon other leopards. Tarzan swings a leopard by its hind leg, knocking warriors off the wall. Induna trumpets a retreat. Yarl worries that they will not be able to repel too many more attacks. Tarzan offers to go for help. Yarl tells him that a well leads to an underground stream.

That night, they lower Tarzan into the well with a leopard skin. He uses the leopard skin as a disguise to creep through the Skraelings’ encampment. He finds M’bogo and his herd of White Buffalo. The ape-man asks for M’bogo’s help. The Skraelings attack again just before dawn. Tarzan rides M’bogo and his herd into the battle. The buffaloes knock down the ladders, gore the leopards, and chase the Skraelings into the hills. Tarzan tells the Vikings they should seek peace. The Skraelings chieftains believe Tarzan’s power to be too great. Tarzan brokers a peace agreement between the Vikings and the Skraelings. Yarl and Induna exchange a sword and a spear to seal the bargain. Tarzan and Buto ride M’bogo to search for the rest the herd to guide them home. End.

The featured story is a new story that rewrites the Giant Vikings and M’bogo. Tarzan and Buto go to explore the Valley of Tall Warriors. There is no mention of the Gourambi Range this time. The meet some Giant Vikings, who were introduced in Dell A#5.2. Once again Tarzan and Buto easily handle the Vikings. They apparently are not very good swordsmen. The Skraelings burned down the Viking’s Skalli from the earlier story. Yarl Hrolf, the leader of the Vikings, has an entirely new look to him. The Vikings have built a castle on top of a mountain in less than a year’s time. The Vikings call the natives Skraelings. The battle scene of the approaching warriors is impressive as is the shower of bolts fired at the fortress. They remind one of the great battle scenes from movies like Zulu. The Vikings refer to the Skraelings as leopard men. This has nothing to do with any leopard men previously used in the comics or the novels. The leader of the Skraelings is called Induna. He is entirely a different person than the Induna from Dell #55.1. Tarzan goes to find M’bogo and his White Buffalo herd to help repulse the invaders. This is where things get a bit confusing. The name M’bogo was used twice before in the Tarzan comics. The first time, Dell #68.2, M’bogo was a giant black buffalo. The second time, Dell A#5.6, in a non-Tarzan story, M’bogo was a brown buffalo. This time he is white. Furthermore, a large white buffalo was used in Dell #79.1; however, its name was Targorgo. The writer(s) must not keep very close notes from story to story. The battle scenes are the highlight of this tale both in the plot and the pictures.

“Help for Kaino” -- 82nd text story -- 1 page - one illustration

2nd story “Tarzan and The Secret Playground”- 9 pp.
Type -- Saves Boy and Dombie - Boy and Dombie Adventure - elephants - Argus

At the tree house Tarzan, Boy, Dombie, and Jane witness a glider being forced down in a storm. Tarzan and the boys go to see if they can help. The pilot does not want his damaged plane. He just wants to get to Nairobi. Tarzan helps him.

Boy and Dombie repair the glider and take it to a hill. They take off. Tarzan sees the glider and concludes that the boys have taken it. He runs to the Waziri Village to get Argus. Something is wrong with the ailerons and the boys are forced to land. Boy realizes that they are in the elephant’s Secret Playground and are in trouble. Dombie splashes Boy from the pool. The elephants sense them. The boys run to an anthill. An elephant smashes the glider. The boys run for the trees. The elephants pursue them. Tarzan spots the smashed glider. The pachyderms enter the forest. Tarzan spies the boys under a tree. He calls to the boys to stay put. He taunts the elephants so they will chase him. The boys climb the tree. Tarzan drops to the ground and runs to an anthill. He taunts the elephants. As Argus flies by, Tarzan grabs onto the eagle’s feet. They fly to the boys and pick them up. They head for home. End.

The second story is another Boy and Dombie adventure. The tree house is the most decorative that it has ever been. The sides of the building and the sides of the deck fence are covered with very colorful geometric patterns. The rain panels are nicely done. Boy and Dombie manage to repair the plane. This is surprising but even more remarkable is that they pull the glider up to the top of a hill that is large enough to have updrafts strong enough to lift the plane into the air. The story is a simplistic one that has little to do with Tarzan other than his rescuing the boys for the fifth time. This is second time in as many issues. The writer is getting in a rut.

“Brothers of the Spear” -- 67th -- 6 pages

Splash Page -- “The Nandi Bear” - found only in Pal-ul-don - 1/2 page - in color

1/2 page Advertisement for Jumping Jack Shoes - puzzle - March of Comics - color

Inside Back Cover: New subscription offer - $1.20 for one year plus plastic wallet -
Tarzan illustration - Dell’s Pledge to Parents - color

Back Cover: New advertisement - Scotch Cellophane Tape - featuring snap-pets - color



DELL #92 May 1957 ~ 36 pp. 10 cents

Art interior: Jesse Marsh
Writer: Unknown (Gaylord Du Bois - unconfirmed)
Cover: 13th Gordon Scott photo cover
“Tarzan meets the challenge of ‘THE QUEEN’S LUCK’” - 1st caption on cover
Inside Front Cover: New subscription offer: $1.20 for one year plus plastic key and coin case -
Tarzan illustration - Dell’s Pledge to Parents - black and white

1st story “Tarzan and The Queen’s Luck”- 15 pp.
Type -- Rescue White Woman - Lost Race (Inkota) - (Baboons) - (Jad-bal-ja) - (Argus)

Dell #92Tarzan points out a pit trap to Jad-bal-ja. Moments later a leopard-drawn chariot carrying Karen Lane falls into the trap. Tarzan pulls them out. She explains that three years ago she was flying to Kenya to meet her father. Her plane crashed, and the Inkota tribe captured her. They believe that their Queen Nilonda would have good luck if she ruled with a white-skinned person by her side. Karen is chained with gold leg irons. Jad-bal-ja leaves.

The Queen and her warriors surround them. She believes that the white-skinned Tarzan will bring her good luck also so has him made a prisoner. She takes Karen in her leopard drawn chariot. They enter a guarded valley. The Queen races her chariot towards the city. Tarzan keeps pace. His guards command him to halt because they can’t keep up. Tarzan is made royalty but he also is placed in gold leg chains. Induna presents Tarzan to the Queen. She is impressed that Tarzan can make friends with her pet leopard. He is given freedom within the valley.

Tarzan goes into the countryside and meets Jad-bal-ja. He ties a message to the golden lion’s mane and sends him to Boy. He finds a tribe of cross-eyed baboons. He shows them where they can find food. He tells them to come after dark to get the Inkota food. They stuff themselves. The farmers are dismayed and complain to the Queen. Ungopu, the witch doctor, tells the Queen that Tarzan is bad luck. The Queen sends for Tarzan. Tarzan says that he can stop the baboons’ raids. He also tells her that he needs Karen’s help plus twenty pounds of salt.

Under guard Karen accompanies Tarzan to the baboons. Tarzan says that he brought her along so that she can share in the ‘magic’ he will perform. Tarzan calls the baboons. He gives them the salt to stay away from the fields. Tarzan plans to return every day until Boy comes with aid.

The guards prevent Tarzan and Karen from going to the valley. Tarzan sees Boy with the giant eagles and calls to them. The Inkota run away. Tarzan breaks their chains. Karen mounts Argus behind Boy. Tarzan mounts Aguila. They fly home. End.

The featured story is a new story that is a new version on the theme of Tarzan and others being captured by a viscous female queen. This queen is not the great nemesis like Queen Ahtea in Dell FC#161.1, Queen Mataha in Dell #25.2, or Queen La, who were beautiful women that had mating designs on Tarzan. Queen Nilonda is heavy set and only desires Tarzan as a good luck charm. She pales in comparison to the truly evil queens. Tarzan makes friends with her pet leopard as he did with the Queen of Cat Men’s pet leopard in Dell #68.1. Leopards pulling chariots is a new twist, but it is unlikely two leopards could pull a chariot and the heavy queen. The panel of the Inkota City is a great piece. The domed building in the center reminds one of Brunelleschi’s dome in Florence, Italy. The drawing of the buildings in the city is wonderful. There is yet another person with the name of Induna. It is becoming to be the ‘Smith’ of the native tribes. The people of the rocks are cross-eyed. One wonders why Marsh decided to put such comic faces on the baboons. The ape word sopu continues to be used to mean food in general rather than fruit. Boy arrives with the golden eagles. Argus remains a constant. The second eagle appeared in Dell #63.1 and was named Aiglon. The name remained the same in Dell #65.2. Then for the next three appearances, Dell #81.2, 82.1, and 88.2, the second eagle was called Aguila. Suddenly in Dell #91.2 it is Aiglon again. And now one story later it is back to Aguila. Are there three giant eagles or is the writer confused as to the name of the second eagle? A good story but not sensational.

“A Night for Stories” -- 83rd text story -- 1 page - one illustration

2nd story “Tarzan and The Cattle Raiders”- 9 pp.
Type -- Rescue Boy - N’kima - Buto

Boy and N’kima are hunting wild pigs from the back of an ostrich much to the dismay of the little monkey. The ostrich mysterious drops over dead. N’kima and Boy spy fifty Kondi raiders headed for Buto’s Kraal. Boy sends N’kima for Tarzan. N’kima swings into a tree to avoid dango.

Boy puts ostrich feathers on his hat, spear, and shorts. He dances around. The Kondis think he is magic and follow him. N’kima finds Tarzan and informs him about the raiders. Tarzan signals Boy with a lion’s roar. Boy uses ape language to tell Tarzan about the Kondis’ intentions. Tarzan uses roars to tell Boy to lead the raiders to the Red Canyon. Boy tells the Kondis that the lion told him to lead them into the canyon and wait for cattle. The Kondis think the gods are with them. Boy climbs to a ledge. Tarzan, Buto, and his men stampede a herd of wild buffaloes into the canyon. The Kondi throw spears at Boy and then abandon their weapons to climb the walls to avoid the stampede. Tarzan, Buto and the Bamwe capture them. Tarzan tells them that they can go home without their spears. The Kondis promise not to raid this area any more. Boy gives Tarzan credit for saving him. N’kima wants credit for saving them all. End.

The second story is a good little story in which Boy shows some real courage and ingenuity. His silly blue hat finally served a purpose - to hold ostrich feathers. The ostrich mysteriously dies. We will probably never know why. The star is N’kima. The little monkey once again takes on the personality of N’kima of the novels. He is cowardly and a braggart. His character is wonderfully captured. The superstitious Kondis are easily led into Tarzan’s trap. Stampedes have been used four times before in the Dells - two of them buffalo stampedes. The scenes in the Red Canyon are beautifully drawn. The larger panels are particularly well done with lots of hatching and cross-hatching. The ending is very Dell’s Pledge to Parents as there are no deaths and Tarzan lets them go home. It is the Kondis’ idea not to raid in this area again. That probably should have been Tarzan’s demand. The ending is weak.

"Brothers of the Spear" -- 68th -- 6 pages

Splash Page -- “Boy’s Friend, the Shrew” - 1 page - in color

Inside Back Cover: Splash page - “Bongo” - black and white

Back Cover: New advertisement - View Master - featuring Donald Duck - black and white



DELL #93 June 1957 ~ 36 pp. 10 cents

Art interior: Jesse Marsh
Writer: Unknown (Gaylord Du Bois - unconfirmed)
Cover: 14th Gordon Scott photo cover
"The Quest for the Ivory Ring” - 2nd caption on cover
Inside Front Cover: New advertisement Dairy Queen in color

1st story “Tarzan in The Quest for the Ivory Ring”- 15 pp.
Type -- Helps Manga Recover the Royal Ring

Dell Comic #93Dombie delivers M’bogo, the buffalo, to chief Manga of the Manguelu tribe as a gift from Tarzan. The buffalo accidentally loops the Ivory Ring of Chieftainship over its horn. The shouting Manguelu causes the buffalo to run. M’bogo crashes through the stockade. They track the buffalo to the river and lose its trail. The Manguelu remind Manga of the law that if he loses the Royal Ring that he is banished. They leave. Dombie offers to go find Tarzan. Tarzan happens along. Tarzan can follow M’bogo’s unseen trail. The ape-man spots a jackal with the ring in its mouth. He throws his knife, handle first, at the jackal and misses. He trails the jackal. Dombie spots a monkey with the ring in its mouth. Tarzan climbs the tree and tries to talk the little manu out of the ring. The manu won’t give up its prize. Tarzan leaps for a branch, which breaks. He falls to the ground unconscious. Manga and Dombie stay with him.

After waking, Tarzan tracks the monkey to a spot where a leopard attacked it. Tarzan reads the signs that the leopard was killed by an arrow and carried off by a large man. They follow the trail to Mosana’s Kraal. Horsemen in chain mail greet them and escort them to Queen Mosana. Introductions are made. Manga offers her his bracelet as a sign of friendship. The Queen has Lu-alla accept the gift. Manga and Lu-alla are attracted to each other. Manga explain about the ring and points to the warrior who wears it about his neck. Barongo explains how he came by the ring. He offers to fight him for the ring. Tarzan asks the Queen if he can take Manga’s place. She says that is acceptable if Barongo agrees. The wrestling match begins. Barongo is frustrated by Tarzan’s quickness. He takes a knob stick from an onlooker and breaks it over his knee to show his power. Tarzan takes a knob stick and twists it in two to show his power. After a long battle Tarzan is the victor. The Queen tells Lu-alla to give Manga the ring. She invites them to visit any time. Tarzan and Dombie go home. Manga stays to court Lu-alla. End.

The featured story is a neat story that travels through a series of events to reach the climatic battle of Tarzan with the strong man Barongo. It starts out kind of bizarre with Tarzan giving away M’bogo to Manga. He doesn’t deliver him himself but has Dombie do it. One would not think that Tarzan would treat M’bogo in such a frivolous manner. Tarzan goes to Manga’s aid in search for the lost ring. They take the Dell’s Pledge to Parents a bit too far when Tarzan throws his knife at the jackal - handle end first. He misses. While chasing the monkey, Tarzan falls from a rotten branch and is knocked unconscious for the 26th time in the Dells. The horsemen of Queen Mosana wear chain mail and plumed helmets. This is strange. Nothing much is made of it. It makes you wonder why the writer or the illustrator bothered to have them armed so. Queen Mosana is regally presented, and she is quite a reasonable personage. The climax builds to the fight with the huge Barongo. The wrestling match is over three pages long with 19 panels. Despite the flaws the story it is quite inventive with the series of events revolving around the ring.

“Of a Dream and the Zulus” -- 84th text story -- 1 page - one illustration

2nd story “Tarzan and The Lost Elephant” - 9 pp.
Type -- Save Elephant

Muviro complains to Tarzan that an elephant is raiding their shambas. Tarzan spies Boy and Dombie sneaking into the cornfield. The boys crouch down next to Inanga and his wife. They watch as a bull elephant enters the shamba, eats some corn, screams with pain, and smashes Inanga’s hut. Dombie tells Muviro that he put pepper on the corn. Tarzan blames Boy for his complicity in the prank. Tarzan tells Inanga that he will help him rebuild his hut, but first he must attend to the elephant so that it does not become a killer,

Tarzan tracks the pachyderm. He finds it caught in a bog. He makes a cable out of some vines and seeks out Tantor’s help. He convinces Tantor and his herd to follow him. As they arrive at the bog, lions and hyenas wait for the trapped elephant to succumb. Tarzan approaches a black mane lion with the cable. The lion leaps for the ape-man. Tarzan strangles the lion with the cable and gives the victory cry of the bull ape. Tantor’s herd responses with trumpeting. The lions and hyenas slink off. Tarzan places the cable on the trapped elephant. Tantor and another bull pull the elephant free. Tarzan is confident that the elephant now knows that all men are not enemies and that it will not raid the shambas anymore. End.

The second story is a good story as well. It is unclear if the Waziri have one large shamba or each family has a shamba. It appears as if each family has a shamba. The huts by the shambas are relatively shabby in comparison to what is usually presented for the Waziri. Boy and Dombie cause the problem by placing red pepper on the corn. Tarzan believes that this will cause the elephant to become a killer. With Dell’s Pledge to Parents dominating the last several issues, it is pretty amazing that they let Tarzan gratuitously kill a lion by strangling it. It would have been sufficient just to have Tantor and his herd trumpet and thrash around. This would undoubtedly scare off the lions and hyenas. But no - Tarzan sets out to make an example of a lion and picks out one specific one. While he is strangling the lion, the rest of the pride does nothing. After killing the lion, Tarzan says, “Tarzan conquers!” This certain does not seem like the image that the Dell Pledge would want to foster. All of this is secondary to a nice tight story line. Even the ending, when the ape-man is convinced the elephant has learned its lesson and will not raid the shamba anymore, does not hurt the story.

“Brothers of the Spear” -- 69th -- 6 pages

New Subscription Offer -- $1.20 for one year with Magic Play Slate - 
Dell’s Pledge to Parent’s - 1 page - in color

Inside Back Cover: New advertisement - 7 Up - color

Back Cover: New advertisement Schwinn bicycles - color



DELL #94 July 1957 ~ 36 pp. 10 cents

Art interior: Jesse Marsh
Writer: Unknown (Gaylord Du Bois - unconfirmed)
Cover: 15th Gordon Scott photo cover
“Under the gaze of a Thousand Eyes Tarzan Outwits ‘THE WATCHERS’!” - 3rd caption on cover
Inside 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

Dell 94Tarzan 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 a plan.

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.

The featured 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.

The second 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

New Advertisement -- Daisy Training Air Rifles - 1 page - in color

Inside Back Cover: New advertisement - Daisy Air Rifles - color

Back Cover: New advertisement - Juicy Fruit gum - color



DELL #95 August 1957 ~ 36 pp. 10 cents

Art interior: Jesse Marsh
Writer: Unknown (Gaylord Du Bois - unconfirmed)
Cover: 16th Gordon Scott photo cover
“Tarzan Meets the Wrath of ‘THE ANGRY MOUNTAIN‘!”- 4th caption on cover
Inside Front Cover: New advertisement for 7-Up in color

1st story “Tarzan and The Angry Mountain” - 15 pp.
Type -- Rescue White Men - volcano

Dell #95Mounted on ostriches Tarzan, Jane and Boy witness a rhino attacking a group of safari bearers. Tarzan rides his ostrich up to the rhino and leaps on its back. The rhino stops suddenly, and Tarzan somersaults to his feet. The rhino charges. Tarzan grabs its horns and diverts the rhino into the plains. The rhino attempts to charge Jane and Boy. They easily avoid the brute. The bearers report that their employers have been captured by the Amaui tribe and will probably be sacrificed to Maui Mungu M’baya, the volcano. Tarzan is curt with the bearers and sends them to their village with the warning to keep the white men’s gear safe. Tarzan sends Jane and Boy home as he is going to look for the two scientists.

He arrives near the active volcano and sets his ostrich free. He walks into the village. The Amaui are unconcerned because Tarzan is unarmed. They point out the guest hut where he will find the white men. The two scientists are exploring active volcanoes and don’t believe the ape-man when he tells them that they are in danger. He tells them that their instruments are safe. The scientists believe that he is trying to extort money from them to return their equipment. They go into their hut. Tarzan tells them that the Amaui are coming for them. A knob stick knocks Tarzan unconscious. As the Amaui drag Tarzan away, Walter starts to believe that they are in dire straits and fires his pistols at the natives.

Tarzan is tied to a pole and carried to the mountain. They untie him at the top of the mountain. Tarzan feigns unconsciousness. The smoke drives the natives down the mountain. Ungogo, the witch doctor kicks the  ape-man into the volcano. Tarzan lands on a ledge. Progressing through a number of danger situations, Tarzan manages to escape the volcano before it explodes.

The Amaui return to their village as the volcano quiets down. The two scientists believe that they will be sacrificed next. Ungogo reports to the chief that the sacrifice was successful, but thinks they may need more sacrifices. Tarzan appears and announces that the volcano does not want human sacrifices but instead wants corn and yams. The chief questions his witch doctor about the appearance of the sacrifice. The Ungogo says it is the same man. Tarzan demands the prisoners be freed. The chief acquiesces. Tarzan leads the two scientists towards the village of the bearers. The scientists do not plan to return to the area. End.

The featured story is a pretty good story. It starts with Tarzan’s daring acrobatics with a rhino. He is rather curt and authoritarian with the bearers. The large panel of the volcano is a good drawing. Tarzan’s ostrich is named Induna. This name has been used three times before as the names of natives - once as a Karfu, once as a Skraeling, and once as an Inkota tribe member. A little twist on the usual bad natives shows them to be a rather devious people. They easily accept strangers with their intent to use them as human sacrifices to the volcano. The scientists are pigheaded with Tarzan. The writer was vague with the names of scientists. The name Walter is mentioned one time but otherwise they remain nameless. Tarzan is knocked out once more. He is taking quite a beating in the Dells. Tarzan’s escape from the volcano is three pages long with sixteen panels. It is a major part of the story line and the drawings. The Amaui chief is not given a name either. Tarzan’s shocking appearance causes the Amaui is agree to Tarzan’s demands. All in all, this is a good story.

“More About Zulus” -- 86th text story -- 1 page - one illustration

2nd story “Tarzan and The Vanishing Race”- 9 pp.
Type -- Tarzan Helps Bushman

Tarzan and Boy search for the true Bushmen in a canoe. They leave their canoe and wade through the shallow water. Boy falls in a sinkhole. Tarzan pulls him out. A hippo threatens but does not charge. On land, a buffalo charges them. Tarzan directs Boy to a hole in a cliff. The ape-man leaps to a branch. The branch breaks. The ape-man lands on the buffalo’s back.

Boy discovers an injured Bushman in the hole. They crawl out and wait for Tarzan to return. Tarzan carries the Bushman, who directs them to his canoe. The Bushman indicates where they should land. The Bantus see them and confront them. Tarzan uses the Bushman’s spear to deflect the Bantu spears. A Bushman poison arrow strikes a Bantu. The other Bantus flee.

The Bushman leads Tarzan to a cave where Boy is waiting. The Bantu enter the cave. They run deeper into the cave. A Bushman points out a stone in the floor to be avoided. The Bantu step on the stone. Stones rain down on them and block the passageway. They follow the cave to the top of a flat mountain, the home of the Bushman. Tarzan believes that the Bushmen will be safe from now on. End.

The second story is a nice little story about Bushmen, who are not as small as the pygmies. They also use poison arrows. They also speak a clicking language that Tarzan does appear to understand. Their enemies, the Bantus, are dark skinned this time. In Dell #47.1 the Bantus were a white skinned people with yellow hair. They have strange hair, almost like a crown. Tarzan seems to be having fun deflecting their spear tosses. In the Bushman’s cave, there are crude cave drawings. A trap saves the day from the attacking Bantus. Tarzan and Boy end up on the top of the mountain, which is the home of the Bushmen? But the story implied at the beginning that the Bushmen were pushed out of their home? This was a bit confusing but basically a nice tale.

“Brothers of the Spear” -- 71st -- 6 pages

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DELL #96 September 1957 ~ 36 pp. 10 cents

Art interior: Jesse Marsh
Writer: Unknown (Gaylord Du Bois – unconfirmed)
Cover: 17th Gordon Scott photo cover
“The royal drums voice victory for THE TALL STRANGER” - 5th caption on cover
Inside Front Cover: New advertisement for 7-Up in color

1st story “Tarzan and The Tall Stranger” - 15 pp.
Type -- Tarzan Helps Empower Rudatara

Dell #96 From the tree house Tarzan, Jane, and Boy watch a parachutist jump from a plane. Tarzan goes to investigate. Raoul Giroux has a letter from Paul d’Arnot. Captain d’Arnot asks Tarzan to find a lion for Raoul so that he can face it armed only with a spear. Tarzan takes him to a cattle-stalking lion. The lion brings down a bullock. Raoul approaches the lion. The lion leaves its kill and the area. Tarzan calls him a Murundi. Raoul is surprised that he recognized his race. Tarzan tells him that his brother, Burupaka, is now the ruler. Raoul admits that he ran away from the lion test. His real name is Prince Rudatara. He left for France with missionaries and assumed a new identity. He has returned to prove his manhood.

Tarzan leads him to the valley that holds Muranda, his home. They watch beaters attempt to force a lion towards a young boy. The lion breaks through the beaters. Rudatara kills the lion with his spear. The Murundi are impressed. He introduces himself to his brother. Burupaka welcomes him but is suspicious of his motives. Old Imanda brings Tarzan and Rudatara to the house of strangers. Tarzan suspects treachery. As Rudatara sleeps, Tarzan is watchful. He knocks out the assassin coming through the door and drives back the others.

Imanda, his daughter, Imembe, and many others bring Rudatara the Royal Drum. Whoever holds the drum rules. They ask Rudatara to be their king. They are weary of Burupaka’s evil ways. The royal guards approach. Rudatara has Imanda beat out Salute the King on the drum. The guards turn over the dissents. They take the palace and capture Burupaka. Rudatara banishes his brother.

Tarzan prepares to leave. Rudatara gives Tarzan a paper to settle his affairs in the outside world because he plans to stay forever. End.

The featured story is a nice little story. The duality of the Raoul Giroux/Rudatara character certainly has a Burroughsian feel to it. Plus the fact that he is a Prince who eventually comes to power. The story is too short to develop the love interest of Imembe, the beautiful daughter of the old, old Imanda. But be certain, she would end up with the new crowned king. Rudatara’s uncertainty remains even after he has killed the lion. He still trusts his evil brother. Likewise the story is too short to fully develop the evil nature of Burupaka. We have to trust the people when they steal the Royal Drum and give it to Rudatara. If the drum were that important, one would think that it would be guarded better. The drum is merely a symbol for the royal family otherwise when Imanda stole the drum he would have been declared the ruler. It is a good story that owes a lot to Burroughs.

“The Cave” -- 87th text story -- 1 page - one illustration

2nd story “Tarzan in Trail of the Kite”- 9 pp.
Type -- Boy and Dombie Adventures - (Argus)

Tarzan, Jane and Mimi the chimp play baseball. Boy and Dombie ask for their help to carry the huge kite they made out of parachute silk to the top of a hill. They carry it up a hill. Tarzan and Jane go to get the Waziri to help launch it. A storm comes up and lifts the kite. The boys and Mimi grab on and are carried away. Tarzan and Jane witness the event. The kite crashes into a tree. They wander into a village. Chimps threaten to kill them. Mimi convinces them that the boys are good. The chimps force the boys to work in the gardens. The people of the village are satisfied with their chief Kifaru allowing them to be controlled by chimps because they are safe from attack. The chimps force the boys to serve food to the fat chief who is delighted to have the boys serve him. That night, the boys escape. Mimi joins them. They make it back to the kite. In the morning Tarzan and Jane, mounted on giant eagles, find them and bring them home. End.

The second story is more of Boy and Dombie adventure than a Tarzan story. Once again the boys get into a fix. This is a familiar premise to many Boy and Dombie stories. They are carried away on a giant kite. The difference is Mimi, the chimp. Mimi wears a red baseball cap throughout the entire story. She is even plays baseball with Tarzan and Jane at the beginning of the story. Mimi saves the boys from being killed by Kifaru’s chimps. Kifaru is the fat chief of a complacent people, who don’t seem to mind being pushed around by chimps. Kifaru is also the name of Buto’s best spearmen in Dell #83.2. Jane rides a second giant eagle that is colored brown. No name is given to this eagle. Giant eagles have not been colored brown since Argus in Dell #42.1. Tarzan rides Argus. Argus is colored gold and changes to brown two panels later. The story never really builds any tension and is very pretty average.

“Brothers of the Spear” -- 72nd -- 6 pages

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DELL #97 September 1957 ~ 36 pp. 10 cents

Art interior: Jesse Marsh
Writer: Unknown (Gaylord Du Bois - unconfirmed)
Cover: 18th Gordon Scott photo cover
‘Man Against Monster “THE LAST TYRANT”’ - 6th caption on cover
Inside Front Cover: New advertisement - Blue Bell Wrangler jeans in color

1st story “Tarzan and the The Last Tyrant” - 15 pp.
Type -- Saves Cathne

Dell #97Canoeing with N’kima in the Great Swamp Tarzan is surprised by the lack of animal life. Some monkeys swing past warning them about a monster. They land their canoe. Tarzan decides to head to Cathne. He spots a footprint of a Garth. The huge tyrannosaurus chases them into some rocks that give them protection. As night approaches the Garth wanders off. Tarzan and N’kima make it to the gates of the City of Gold and pound on the door. The gatekeeper lets them in and tells them that the Garth has the city under siege-like conditions.

King Jathon and Queen Elaine greet Tarzan. Jathon explains that they have food only for one more month. Tarzan tells the king about his plan to bring a red gryf back from Pal-ul-don to battle the Garth. He asks for some hunting lions to help on his journey. Jathon insists on accompanying the ape-man despite Elaine’s objections.

The next morning they depart with a group of lions. The Garth chases them and kills a number of the lions. Tarzan and Jathon make it to the top of a cliff. Jathon uses a horn to call the hunting lions. Only Simba and Zola respond to the call. Into the snow-covered mountains they are forced into a cave by a snowstorm. They sleep huddled up to the lions. The next day they reach the valley of Tor-ul-ga. Another night is spent. In the valley, the lions sense the gryfs and run off. Tarzan and Jathon watch two red gryfs battle each other. Tarzan explains to Jathon that he must run up the gryf’s back and place his toes in its ears to control it. Tarzan waits until Jathon has control of his beast before gaining control of the other beast. On their way back to Cathne they pass some cavemen, who are frightened by the sight of them. They ride all night to reach their destination. The Garth spots them. Tarzan has his gryf charge in. Jathon attacks the Garth’s flank. As the battle rages on, Tarzan and Jathon dismount. The gryfs kill the Garth and head for the Great Swamp. End.

The featured story has an extra ‘the’ in the title. Tarzan and N’kima, who has a completely new look, head for Cathne. N’kima is his usual frightened self. The City of Gold also has a new look to it. Tarzan plans to battle the Garth terrorizing the city with a new creature, the red gryf. The red gryfs are burnt sienna in color and have only one horn. They are not subdued like the regular gryfs. You control them by placing your toes in their ears. When and where Tarzan learned this is unknown. Tarzan also plans to use hunting lions basically as cannon fodder. While the Garth snarfs up lions, Tarzan and Jathon escape to a cliff. Jathon calls the two surviving lions to his side. They are Simba and Zola. Simba was also Jathon favorite chariot lion in Dell #36.1. The snow mountain panel showing the cold breath coming from a lion is a subtle touch. The gryfs kill the Garth thus saving Cathne. Tarzan once again has saved the city. He did it once before in Dell A#4.1

“The Ghost Horn” -- 88th text story -- 1 page - one illustration

2nd story “Tarzan and The Young Feather Merchant”- 9 pp.
Type -- Rescues Boy and Dombie

Mumbowa, the chief of the Masai, comes to Tarzan in search of his son, Miboko. He is very angry that the boy is shirking his duties. Tarzan goes to look for him.

Boy and Dombie hunt for frogs. They hear a hornbill but find Miboko and his flutes. Miboko lures exotic birds to him to sell their feathers to a dealer in Nairobi. He also has flutes to imitate animals and insects. They watch Miboko lure and capture a trogon. The warlike Nurami capture the boys and bring them to their village. Boy understand a little of their language and learns that the trogon is sacred to them and that they will probably be put to death. Miboko plays a locust flute. The swarm of locust causes the Nurami to panic. The boys make a break for it. Tarzan knocks out their pursuers. He takes them to a canoe. The Nurami follow in their war canoes. Before they are overtaken Tarzan throws the boys up onto a rope bridge. Tarzan climbs onto the bridge. Still the Nurami follow. Tarzan cuts the bridge. The Nurami fall into the river. Tarzan takes the boys to Mumbowa. Mumbowa pulls Miboko by the ear back to the village to work. Tarzan and the boys follow. Miboko must practice his flute with the musicians for Masai ceremonies and dances. End.

The second story is sort of a Boy and Dombie adventure, but it has a lot of Tarzan in it as well. Mumbowa wears an impressive costume. Miboko is a good-looking boy with nice Masai hair. He is talented in making and playing flutes. The panel with the trogon, showing only the bird, is an unusual panel for Marsh. But one of the most outstanding of all of Marsh’s panels is the picture of Miboko in the bow of the canoe with a branch and shadow of the branch falling on the area - truly amazing. Why he has Boy and Dombie wear the silly red fezzes is quite puzzling. The story is good and allows Tarzan to do a number of impressive stunts.

“Brothers of the Spear” -- 73rd -- 6 pages

Splash Page -- “Sound Detectors” - fennec, the desert fox - 1/2 page - in color
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Inside Back Cover: New subscription offers - $1.50 for one years plus Magic Beans Bowl - 
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DELL #98 November 1957 ~ 36 pp. 10 cents

Art interior: Jesse Marsh
Writer: Unknown (Gaylord Du Bois - unconfirmed)
Cover: 19th Gordon Scott photo cover “THE NIGHT OF THE DRAGON” - 7th caption on cover
Inside Front Cover: Splash Page: Tarzan battling an octopus - black and white

1st story “Tarzan in The Night of the Dragon”- 15 pp.
Type -- Lost Race (Dragon Cult) - Evil Witch Doctor - New Ruler Empowered

Dell #98Tarzan comes upon a poor village. He sees a bull chasing a native. He wrestles the bull to the ground. The Dragon Doctor has them arrested for interfering with the bull marked for sacrifice to the dragons (lizards). Inkomi explains to the Jungle Lord that the witch doctor gets a heifer for every bull sacrificed to the dragons. Tarzan breaks his bonds and frees Inkomi. He knocks out the guards. They tie them up. Tarzan sees a lizard, but he is suspicious about its movements. He knocks it out and discovers the evil witch doctor inside the skin. They tie up the Dragon Doctor and lower him down onto a ledge. Tarzan and Inkomi lower themselves into the valley below. Three dragons come for them. Tarzan kills two. Inkomi kills one. They spend the night in a tree.

In the morning they explore a deserted city, which has statues honoring the lizards. Inkomi stabs his spear in the ground and hits something. They uncover dragon eggs. A dragon charges them. Tarzan kills it with his bow. The dragon falls on its own eggs. Tarzan thinks this would be good place for Inkomi’s people. They take the witch doctor back to the village and expose his evil ways to the people. They show them the dead dragons in the valley below. The witch doctor is banished. Tarzan suggests they move into the fertile valley with Inkomi as their chief. The people want both Tarzan and Inkomi as their chief. Tarzan leaves but promises to return someday. End.

The featured story is a really good story. Although it has the typical evil witch doctor, who dresses up in a costume to keep his people under control, it is very nicely told. Marsh has become extremely comfortable with the drawing of natives. They are taking on a naturalness that is very pleasing to the eye. The deserted city in the valley has a richness about it that Marsh has not shown for some time. At times the city has the feel of Cambodian ruins. Tarzan has the chance to kill and kill again. But they are only lizards so I guess the pledge to the parents is not violated here. Once again it is banishment for the former ruler rather than execution. The subtle hint that the rich city below was built by the ancestors of the people living in squalor in the rocky hills above reminds one of Burroughs.

The Elephant’s Game” -- 89th text story -- 1 page - one illustration

2nd story “Tarzan and the Giant Guardian”- 9 pp.
Type -- Saves Boy and Dombie - Elephant

Tarzan, Boy and Dombie are hunting when Ungona and another native come to ask Tarzan’s help with a man-eating lion. Tarzan leaves the boys with Tantor Abula for protection. The boys get bored and wander off following a honey guide. They get lost and wait by a water hole. The man-eater stalks them. Tantor Abula drives the lion away. The boys mount the pachyderm. The lion follows. As night comes, the boys take to a tree. Sheetah also stalks them. Tarzan spies the man-eater. He drops on its back and kills it. He gives the victory cry of the bull ape. Tarzan spots the leopard. Sheetah leaps for the ape-man. Tarzan grabs it by its tail and swings it like a pendulum before letting go. They ride Tantor Abula back home. The boys promise to listen to Tarzan from now on. End.

The second story is almost another Boy and Dombie adventure. Tarzan does have a major role in this story. It is a pretty straightforward little story with the boys getting into a dangerous situation once again. Tarzan saves them but he also gets to kill once more. This time it is a man-eating lion so the pledge to the parents can still be justified. There are some nice drawings of elephants in this story. The boys promise to obey Tarzan from now on. Fat chance.

“Brothers of the Spear” -- 74th -- 6 pages

Splash Page -- top half is ‘Jungle Olympics’- the bottom half is ‘The Tuaregs’ - in color

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Back Cover: New advertisement - 7 Up - color


DELL #99 December 1957 ~ 36 pp. 10 cents

Art interior: Jesse Marsh
Writer: Unknown (Gaylord Du Bois - unconfirmed)
Cover: 20th Gordon Scott photo cover
“Tarzan’s Thunderbolt” strikes for Justice - 8th caption on cover
Inside Front Cover:  Christmas gift subscription advertisement includes 
Mystery Animal Game - black, white, and red

1st story “Tarzan’s Thunderbolt” - 15 pp.
Type -- Saves Buto and His Kraal - Buto

Dell #99N’kima tells Tarzan and Buto that the Watumbas have surrounded Buto’s Kraal. Tarzan climbs a tree and confirms the report. Buto rips up a small tree and trims off the branches for a club. Watumbas surround Buto, who fights courageously. Tarzan joins the fight with a tree branch. More warriors come. Knob sticks fell Buto and Tarzan.

When the Jungle Lord awakens, a sub-chief offers him a chance for freedom if he can defeat three champions, one at a time. Tarzan easily defeats, Gumbah, his first opponent. They move under the trees for the next fight because of the rain. Again Tarzan wins his fight. The third man is Tembo, the undefeated. Tarzan beats him and offers to fight for the unconscious Buto. The chief approaches and realizes the great danger contained in the ape-man. He condemns them to die. Tarzan requests that he be allowed to place his spear as well as the spears of the men he defeated on the top of a tree as a memorial. The chief grants the request. Tarzan places the spears at the top of the tallest tree. Tarzan carries Buto to the top of an anthill. The spearmen prepare to execute them. Lightning strikes the tree. The blast fells the Watumba. Tarzan carries Buto towards the village. Buto’s men open the gate and help hold off the pursuing Watumbas. Once inside, Tarzan grabs a spear and leaps over the wall. He helps Buto’s men fight their way back into the village.

That night the Watumbas drum and dance around a fire. They plan to burn the village to the ground. Tarzan witnesses their war dance. He divides Buto’s warriors into four groups. They take the Watumbas by surprise and defeat them. Even the women of Buto’s Kraal help in the battle. They recapture all of their cattle and half of the Watumba warriors. Buto wants to have a great feast in Tarzan’s honor. Tarzan quietly slips away. End.

The featured story is an adequate story. It starts with a frightened little N’kima who once again is colored solid brown. Buto rips up a small tree by the roots - very impressive. Tarzan joins the battle as he screams bundolo. This would imply that the four men he attacked with the tree branch have been killed by the ape-man. Wow! What does this do to the Dell’s Pledge to the Parents? Tarzan is knocked unconscious for the twenty-eighth time. He is given a chance to fight for his freedom by defeating three champions. This he does easily yet he refrains from killing his opponents. Most the battles take place in the rain. In fact, rain dominates five of the fifteen pages. After getting Buto safely back in his kraal, Tarzan leaps back into the battle to help Buto’s warriors. He is carrying a spear and undoubtedly killed more of the Watumba. In the ensuing night battle Tarzan is in the front lines with a knob stick. Even though he requests that Buto’s men use knob sticks, many more death must have occurred because they are fighting for their lives. In the end it is impossible to determine how many people Tarzan killed or maimed during these battles but it must have been quite a number. This was a very violent story.

“The Crowning Thrill ” -- 90th text story -- 1 page - one illustration

2nd story “Tarzan and the Young Hunters”- 9 pp.
Type -- Saves Dombie - Boy and Dombie Adventure

Tarzan, Jane, Dombie, and N’kima celebrate Boy’s eighth birthday at the tree house. Tarzan gives Boy a Polaroid camera. Boy and Dombie ride Bara and Tara out onto the veldt to take pictures. A lion in a donga is too disagreeable so they leave. Boy takes a picture of a pride of lions. He has Dombie take his picture as he approaches the pride on foot. A lioness becomes edgy. Dombie distracts the lioness, which chases the elands. Boy slips into a gully. He tracks the elands across a stream and finds them, but Dombie is missing.

Downstream, Dombie is forced to take refuge in a wart hog burrow to escape a leopard. Boy sees the leopard in the donga and wonders where Dombie is. He returns with Tarzan to search for his friend. The wart hog backs in its hole to avoid the leopard. Dombie bites the wart hog’s tail. The pig bolls over the leopard as it shoots out of the hole. Tarzan kills the leopard with a spear. Dombie crawls out of the burrow. He wants his picture taken with the leopard. Boy thinks that is a dumb idea. Tarzan says that he will take his picture tomorrow. End.

The second story is another Boy and Dombie Adventure. It is a pretty average story. We do learn that Boy is eight years old because there are eight candles on his birthday cake. N’kima is brown as he was in the first story. Dombie is accidentally colored gold in two of the panels. Boy receives a Polaroid camera as a present from Tarzan. Boy approaching the pride of lions on foot is arguably the most foolish thing that Boy has ever done. Even Tarzan would not approach a pride even if he believe them be satiated by food. Dombie was much wiser and took care of himself and Boy better than he has done in the past. Tarzan scolds Boy for not searching for his friend more thoroughly. Supposedly it is after dark when Tarzan and Boy are search for the missing Dombie; however, after the first dark panel it is just a light as if it was daylight. Tarzan was not upset with Boy when Dombie spilled the beans about him approaching the pride on foot. This was a disappointing story.

“Brothers of the Spear” -- 75th -- 5 2/3 pages -- Ownership statement - 1/3 page

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DELL #100 September 1958 ~ 36 pp. 10 cents

Art interior: Jesse Marsh 
Writer: Unknown (Gaylord Du Bois - unconfirmed)
Cover: 21st Gordon Scott photo cover - The Rifle of Tippoo Tib - 9th caption on cover
Inside Front Cover: Same Christmas subscription offer as Dell #99 - black, white, and red

1st story “Tarzan in The Rifle of Tippoo Tib”- 15 pp.
Type -- Tarzan Helps Moki Become King of the Badunga - Baboons (mandrills)

Dell Comic #100Tarzan canoes through the Canyon of the Mandrills. He saves the young Badunga named Moki from mandrills. Moki seeks the rifle of Tippoo Tib, the symbol of power for the Badunga people. His father hid it in the canyon before he was killed in battle. Moki’s evil uncle has seized power. Moki tells Tarzan the riddle his father left him and shows him his father’s assegai. Tarzan has the boy take the head off of the spear. Inside is a map. Tarzan has Moki wait for him as he canoes for something to help them.

Moki becomes impatience and starts to explore for himself. Mandrills surround him. He holds off the baboons with his assegai. Tarzan throws a manga torch into the middle of the mandrills. They run from the smoke. Tarzan got the clue for the manga smoke from the map. They travel to a high place and wait for the moon to rise. They spot a crack in the cliff. They follow it to an abandon city. In a large building they are confronted by Gomo, the mandrill king. Tarzan throws a manga torch in Gomo’s face and throws the mandrill. Gomo is forced to surrender and runs off. Tarzan finds the rifle.

Mandrills pour into the building. Tarzan and Moki leap into a crack in the floor. The mandrills rein rocks down upon them. Tarzan lights a manga torch with a match from his loincloth. The ledge they are standing on collapses. They fall into an underground river. Tarzan pulls Moki to the surface. They swim, sometimes underwater, out of the mountain. They come to Tarzan’s canoe. Moki is pleased to have found the rifle and a friend. End.

The featured story is a great story. Although it is similar to Dell A#6.4, where Tarzan helps Prince Rotan fulfill his quest so that he can become ruler, there is something quite appealing about this story. The boy probably does not deserve to be king because he is just a boy. Whereas Prince Rotan was a man and Tarzan had to solve the riddles and keep the Prince from harm’s way. In this story, Tarzan also solves the riddle, reads the map, and saves Moki. But again Moki is just a little boy. The mandrills are quite vicious and provide the conflict for the story. The story includes a lost city that is the main meat and potatoes for both Burroughs and the Dell comics. This is not the first time Tarzan helped a people recover the symbol of power for their tribe. He also did it in Dell #93.1 in which he helped Manga recover the ring of power. Curiously, manga is also the name of the shrub that provides a smoky torch that repels the mandrills. The story has one of the rare occasions where Tarzan acknowledges that apes raised him. Burroughs in Tarzan and the Foreign Legion also used Tippoo Tib. In the comic the writer has given Tippoo Tib a little more history than Burroughs gave. There are some great looking panels. The scenes by the campfire are especially nice with the colorist doing a wonderful job with Moki. Marsh always does a great job with animals and these baboons are no exception. The shadow, underwater Tarzan is a nice change of pace. This story uses many of the same themes from other Dell stories, but in this story it is perfected into a beautiful tale.

“Zulu Welcome” -- 91st text story -- 1 page - one illustration

2nd story “Tarzan and Kifaru”- 9 pp.
Type -- Rescues Kifaru (balu rhino) - Saves Jad-bal-ja

While fishing with tridents Tarzan and Boy hear a rhino in trouble. A crocodile pulls a mother rhino into the river leaving her balu on the shore. Tarzan realizes that it is too late to save the mother. He dives into the river and kills the croc with his spear. Tarzan and Boy decide to raise the balu. They stop by the Waziri Village and attempt to feed the baby some cow milk. Boy names the balu Kifaru. He plays and rides the rhino until it grows to adulthood. Kifaru chases Jane up the rope ladder. Tarzan returns Kifaru to the wild.

Months later, Inandi, lion hunters, stalk Jad-bal-ja. Tarzan leads Jad to a kopje. He tries to tell the hunters to leave his lion alone. They don’t care and prepare to attack. Boy rides Kifaru into their midst. The Inandi scatter. Boy jumps off of Kifaru’s back. The rhino blindly chases after the enemies. The Inandi escape. Tarzan, Boy, and Jad head for home. Tarzan tells Boy that he is proud of him. Kifaru catches their scent and leaves them alone. End.

The second story is nice little story. Tarzan decides to raise an orphaned balu rhino. Boy names it Kifaru, unfortunately. Kifaru was Buto’s best spearman in Dell #83.2 and a fat chief in Dell #96.2. At times the text implies that the name Kifaru means rhinoceros. This is not the first time that Tarzan has had to save Jad-bal-ja. The panels are pretty impressive in this tale. The fourth page is divided into three panels and each one has an excellent composition. There is also a very good panel of the frightened Inandi warriors. It is a good story only hampered by being limited to nine pages.

“Brothers of the Spear” -- 76th -- 6 pages

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