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Dell Comics Summaries ~ Pt. 12
Issues 111 - 120
by Duane Adams
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DELL #111 March/April 1959 ~ 36 pp. Still 10 cents

Art interior: Jesse Marsh
Cover Painting: George Wilson
Writer: Unknown (Gaylord Du Bois - unconfirmed)
Cover: Painted cover by George Wilson
Inside Front Cover: New advertisement - Kraft Fudgies in color

1st story “Tarzan and The Horned Men” - 15 pp.
Type -- Restores Order - White Buffalo

Dell #111Tarzan searches for the albino buffalo known as Tar-gund. Kolumbwe raiders (Horned Men) attack the Luemba fishing village. The Luemba flee for their lives. Tar-gund catches Tarzan’s scent and stampedes his herd into the raiders. One Kolumbwe is tossed aside. They trample most of the Horned Men’s canoes as they make their way across the river. The Luemba return to survey the damage. Tarzan enters and tells them that the white buffalo is his. He saved it from a lion when it was a calf.

Queen Nhaka asks what happened. The natives explain that Tarzan’s white buffalo saved them. The Queen asks Tarzan to help them protect their dried fishing industry against their enemies. Tarzan draws up a plan in the sand for a twin-hulled dugout canoe with ramming beaks. He agrees to train them how to use them. They build ten of the canoes. The women make nets that will stop a spear thrust. They transport the finished canoes to an interior lake by long-horned cattle. Tarzan trains them. Once they are ready, they transport the crafts back to the river.

Tarzan takes one canoe to lure the Kolumbwe into a trap. The raiders take the bait and attack. Tarzan feints fleeing. He signals the attack with the cry of the bull ape. The Luemba with the netting over their canoes spring the ambush. The Kolumbwe canoes are easily broken. Queen Nhaka trumpets to the war canoes. The warriors attack the island home of the raiders. The Kolumbwe take their families to the canoes. Tarzan instructs the queen to attack the warriors, not the women. More Horned Men canoes are rammed. Tarzan pulls the raider chief into his canoe. They head for other Kolumbwe islands. Tarzan spies the white buffalo and has his vessel pursue the beast. The ape-man leaps on Tar-gund’s back and subdues it. Tarzan rides off on the white buffalo. Even the lions are afraid of the Jungle Lord riding the albino buffalo. End.

The featured story is a pretty good story, although at times the wording of the queen’s speech is not clear. White buffaloes have been used in three other stories, Dell #74.1, 79.1, and 91.1. This albino buffalo appears to be totally different than the others. It has a different name, Tar-gund, and Tarzan explains how he found it as a calf. The buffalo is actually a subplot to the conflict between two new tribes, the Kolumbwe raiders and the Luemba fishermen. Tarzan sides with the fishermen and helps them to build canoes and netting that will be the downfall of the fierce raiders. The queen quickly sees the advantage of being the ape-man’s ally. The queen is overtly heavyset and wears the strangest white headpiece. It is nearly impossible to describe the white lump sitting on her head. The Luemba defeat their enemy and carry the battle to their island home. Once there, the Kolumbwe valiantly defend their families. The Luemba intend to carry the battle to other Kolumbwe island homes. This seems a bit vicious, but we don’t know how much the Luemba suffered at the hands of the raiders. In the water battles there are no confirmed deaths but one would assume that some of the raiders were killed or drown. Since the designs of the ramming canoes and the battle plan was the Jungle Lord’s; he must be responsible for these deaths. At the end of the story Tarzan leaps on Tar-gund’s back and subdues the white buffalo. Tarzan’s attitude is that the buffalo is a possession that broke to freedom and that he is merely reclaiming his possession. This is not very Tarzan-like to this writer.

“A Strange Way to Hunt” -- 102nd text story -- 1 page - one illustration

2nd story “Tarzan and The Stilt Walkers”- 9 pp.
Type -- Boy and Dombie Adventure

Jane asks Boy and Dombie about the stilts they are using. Boy explains that the Stork Men gave Tarzan the stilts and the stork costumes to give to them. Boy and Dombie don the costumes and go fishing in the river. They are unsuccessful and decide to leave the equipment in the tree house near the river. They spy Muganda warriors approaching and overhear them planning to attack the Waziri Village in the morning. The boys put on the stork suits and walk by the unsuspecting sentries. They walk up to Muviro’s hut and tell him about the Muganda warriors. Muviro does not realize that it is his grandson and Boy. He raises the alarm.

The boys walk to the Waziri cattle herd and tell the herders that Muviro wants them to drive the herd across the river. The herders obey. The boys go to collect a lion skin. When the cattle are in place, the boys wave the lion skin in the air. The cattle stampede into the Muganda camp. The warriors rush into the river. Muviro and the Waziri are waiting for them. The Muganda flee downriver. Muviro sends warriors after them.

Tarzan finds the boys. They explain what happened and ask Tarzan not to spoil their secret. Tarzan says that he will keep the secret and tells them to store the stilts and costumes in the tree house. End.

The second story is not too bad of a Boy and Dombie adventure. Tarzan has a minor part in the story. The stilts of the Stork Men were first introduced back in Dell #42.1. The boys use the stork costumes to their best advantage to get past the Muganda sentries. It is difficult to believe that Muviro would not recognize Boy’s voice, but it was the middle of the night and he just woke up. The Waziri herdsmen took orders from the two stork-like creatures. Again this is a bit hard to accept. The panel containing the map, which informs the reader of the placement of the warriors and cattle, is crude and probably not necessary. The spare tree house by the river confirms the belief that Tarzan has many such tree houses scattered throughout the area.

“Brothers of the Spear” -- 87th -- 6 pages

Statement of ownership, management, and circulation

New Subscription Offer -- $1.20 for 12 issues plus a pocket picture holder

Dell‘s Pledge to Parents - 1 page - in color

Inside Back Cover: New advertisement - Junior Sales Club of America - color

Back Cover: New advertisement - American Geographical Society Around the World Program - color


DELL #112 May/June 1959 ~ 36 pp. Still 10 cents

Art interior: Jesse Marsh
Cover Painting: George Wilson
Writer: Unknown (Gaylord Du Bois - unconfirmed)
Cover: Painted cover by George Wilson
Inside Front Cover: New advertisement - Kraft Fudgies - almost exactly the same as the last issue - color

1st story “Tarzan Strangers in Pal-ul-don” - 15 pp.
Type -- Pal-ul-don - Rescue White Men - Terribs - Volcano - Plane Crash - Dyals

Dell 112Tarzan canoes to Lutor and is greeted by King Loban and Princess Loma. An earthquake shakes the city as he lands. Tarzan leads the Lutorians to the upper reaches of the city as a great tidal wave smashes the crocodile boats into the walls of the city. A new volcano rises in the lake. The next day they take a croc boat out to investigate. They spy an airplane flying over the volcano. An eruption causes the plane’s wings to catch fire. The royal air force officers crash into the lake. They make it onto their rubber life raft.

Tarzan and the Lutorians search for survivors but miss them in the steam of the volcano. The survivors witness a tyrannosaurus killing a duck-billed dinosaur. Terribs spy the survivors and attack them on their Gorobars. Major Gorham shoots one with his pistol. The crocodile boat enters the melee. The Terribs flee. Tarzan helps the British into the craft and introduces them to the King and Princess. They return to Lutor for a feast. King Loban offers them positions in his navy. Major Gorham says they must return to England. Tarzan agrees to be their guide across Pal-ul-don.

They are transported to the mainland by croc boat. A Dinohyus charges them. The Major fires his pistol to no effect. Tarzan kills the beast with his spear. More giant hogs come. They take refuge on top of a large rock. Joh-rah and his Dyal riders frighten off the Dinohyus. Joh-rah agrees to transport the British across the Great Thorn Desert on the Dyals. They say their good-byes at the desert airstrip. Tarzan wants to read the Major’s report. The Major says that he will not mention Pal-ul-don because no one would believe it. End.

The featured story is a new story that tries to encompass too many characters. It starts with a visit to Lutor, which Tarzan last visited only briefly in Dell #88.2. Lutor has improved greatly. The city extents down to the shore of the lake with a great wall around it. King Loban and Princess Loma remain unchanged in their appearance. Yet another earthquake causes yet another tidal wave. But this has a new twist - the birth of a new volcano in the lake near Lutor. This does not bode well for the future of Lutor. Yet another airplane crash brings down three British officers. The Terribs and their Gorobars have only a minor part as the Lutorian crocodile boat drives them off. The Gorobars have the look of giant iguanas. As they cross the mainland of Pal-ul-don, we are introduced to a new creature, the Dinohyus, a giant wart hog. Joh-rah and his Dyal riders arrive. Joh-rah is the third spelling of Jo-rah: Jorah. Joh-rah has put on a great deal of weight since Dell #87.1, and he has re-grown all the hair on his chest. The Dyals, last seen in that same Dell issue, have changed color. They now have golden bodies with yellow beaks and legs. It is a very good story but could have been done just as effectively with fewer minor characters and more development of the major characters.

“Farewell to the Zulus” -- 103rd text story -- 1 page - one illustration

2nd story “Tarzan The Ring of Fire”- 9 pp.
Type -- Saves Boy and Dombie - Boy and Dombie Adventure - Elephants

On the veldt Tarzan spots a giraffe attached to a log by a rope. Boy and Dombie riding antelopes also see it. Tarzan grabs onto to the log. He tosses Boy his knife to cut the rope. The giraffe runs free. Tarzan fears that the trappers may cause some trouble. He sends the boys to look for other trapped animals as he goes to enlist the help of the Waziri. 

Boy and Dombie spy a ring of fire that is forcing a herd of elephants towards a cliff. The Wagambi hunters see the boys ride into the fire ring. Boy stops Tantor. The great pachyderm picks up Boy. Dombie rides to the edge of the cliff and looks for a path down. Finally he finds one and signals Boy. The way is narrow. The elephants must proceed downwards in single file. At the bottom of the cliff, Wagambi hunters are surprised to see the elephants coming down safely. They spy Boy. A Wagambi knob stick knocks Boy off of Tantor. The great elephant catches him before he hits the ground.

Tarzan, Muviro, and the Waziri come upon the aftermath of the fire. Tarzan tracks the boy’s antelopes. The hunters have the boys surrounded. The boys have their backs to a tree and their bows at the ready. Tarzan knocks a Wagambi to the ground from behind. He threatens the others. The hunters are afraid of the Waziri. They agree to leave the area. Tarzan tells them that next time he will not be so generous. End.

The second story is basically a Boy and Dombie adventure, although Tarzan has a fair role to play. Boy and Dombie wear silly wide brimmed funnel-like hats with black feathers. They lose the hats when the Wagambi attack them. The boys save the herd of elephants. The page with four panels, two of them 2/3 of the page vertical in format, are impressive in the composition, drawings and colorization. Also noteworthy is the panel with Tantor catching Boy as he falls off of the elephant’s back. Some Waziri have white with pink tint feathers on their heads. Sometimes it appears as if Muviro has one of these headdresses. Other times the feather is not apparent. The Wagambi seemed to be more terrified of the Waziri than of Tarzan. The Wagambi tribe also appeared in Beasts of Tarzan. They attempted to attack the ape- man but were destroyed by Tarzan, Sheetah, and the apes of Akut. The story is average but the drawings on the one page would make this an above average rating.

“Brothers of the Spear” -- 88^th -- 6 pages

New Subscription Offer -- Buy one subscription and get one free - 1 page - limited color

Inside Back Cover: New advertisement - Gambles, The Friendly Store - color

Back Cover: New advertisement 7 Up - color


DELL #113 July/August 1959 ~ 36 pp. Still 10 cents

Art interior: Jesse Marsh
2nd story - unknown illustrator but Marsh-like
Cover Painting: Morris Gollub
Writer: Unknown (Gaylord Du Bois - unconfirmed)
Cover: Painted cover by Morris Gollub
Inside Front Cover: New subscription advertisement - 
2 for the price of 1 with a free key and coin case - color

1st story “Tarzan in The Vengeance of N‘gogo”- 15 pp. 
Type -- Leopard Men - N’kima (saves Tarzan)

Dell Comic #113N’kima watches Tarzan hunt with a rope from a tree over a stream. A native hunter approaches the waterhole. The witch doctor, N’gogo, and a Leopard Man are stalking him. Tarzan’s blunt arrow knocks the Leopard Man unconscious. He ropes N’gogo and pulls him up into the tree. The native hunter runs away. When Tarzan takes his fetish bag, N’gogo threatens him. The ape-man burns the Leopard Man’s costume and the objects in the fetish bag. He smashes the leopard claws. He releases his captives. N’gogo swears revenge.

N’gogo plans to use Mabula’s fear of him and the Leopard Society to extract his vengeance. He arrives at Mabula’s kraal and demands to meet with him alone in his hut. The chief listens to the witch doctor’s plan. N’gogo threatens him with a death spell if he does not comply.

The messenger, Ulithi, comes to Tarzan and tells him that Mabula is ill and only Tarzan can save him. N’kima accompanies Tarzan to the Mabula Village, but he is too afraid to enter the chief’s hut. As Tarzan examines the chief, a villager hits him in the head with a rock, knocking him unconscious. When he awakens, he is tied with ropes and chained to the center pole. N’kima burrows through the thatched roof. Tarzan sends him for help.

On his journey N’kima escapes from the claws of a leopard and the fangs of a hyena. He comes upon a tribe of great apes. He convinces Thorak that Tarzan is in trouble. Thorak commands Unga and Urchuk to come with him. N’gogo and the Leopard Men approach the deserted village. Thorak bites through the ropes on the ape-man’s hands while Urchuk bites through the leg bindings. They hear the gomangani approaching. Cautiously N’gogo comes to the door of the hut. Thorak grabs him and throws him into the Leopard Men. They think Tarzan has changed into an ape. Tarzan has the apes lift the pole so he can slip the chain underneath it. The apes think it would be fun to throw the pole with the roof attached over a cliff. The Leopard Men witness the hut following Tarzan. They believe that the ape-man’s magic is too strong for them. They tear off their costumes and flee. The apes throw the roof over the cliff. Tarzan breaks the chain around his neck.

Days later in the trees Tarzan overhears natives talking about the mysterious death of N’gogo and how they believe that the reign of terror of the Leopard Men is over. Tarzan tells N’kima that Mabula is afraid of him. N’kima says that everyone is afraid of Tarzan except N’kima. End.

The featured story is a good story but the drawings are of a lesser quality. The Leopard Men costumes are weak as the Leopard Men themselves. They are merely pawns to the evil N’gogo. The size perspective of N’kima is distracting at times. The witch doctor is a good villain and has a great plan to exact his revenge on the ape-man for destroying his fetish items. N’kima is the hero if the story. At times he displays the personality that was so wonderfully depicted in other Dell stories. However, in this story he has to be the hero so he is less N’kima-like. He is still good but not the greatness of previous tales. Tarzan is knocked unconscious once again. N’kima brings the apes to chew through the ropes. Once that is accomplished, Tarzan should be able to break the chain around is neck as he will do later in the story. But Tarzan doesn’t break the chain instead he has the apes raise the pole so that he can slip the chain under it. Of course, this is only necessary to have the scene of the hut following Tarzan. This is a great scene and puts great fear into the Leopard Men. This is critical to the story. At the end of the story we learn third hand about the death of N’gogo. This is a bit anticlimactic. 

“Along a Jungle Trail” -- 104th text story -- 1 page - one illustration

2nd story “Tarzan in Invasion from Pal-ul-don” - 9 pp.
Type -- Terribs - Giant Otters

Tarzan and Boy train the giant otters, Zip and Zoom, in the pool near the tree house. Isilo brings the bad news that people are being snatched from their canoes by crocodiles with hands. Tarzan realizes that the Terribs have invaded the area. He instructs Boy to keep Zoom with him at all times. He takes Zip with him to investigate.

Boy takes Zoom to Muviro’s kraal. He talks the reluctant Dombie into going fishing with him. Dombie spears a fish with his trident. Zoom steals the fish away from him. Dombie falls into the river, toppling the canoe. They get the canoe upright. A Terribs riding a Gorobar rises, grabs Dombie, and dives underwater. Boy hollers for Zoom as he dives in the river. The Terribs heads for his underwater cave. He releases Dombie as Zoom approaches. The Terribs darts into his cave opening. Boy pulls the unconscious Dombie to the surface and administers artificial respiration. Zoom surfaces with crocodile armor in its mouth.

Tarzan, Muviro, and the Waziri come upon the scene. Boy explains what happened to Dombie. Tarzan informs the Waziri that the Terribs have air holes on the surface. The ape-man has Zoom search this side of the river. He and Zip canoe to the other side to search there. Zoom and Zip find openings. The Waziri spear the Terribs through the holes driving them out into the river. They chase them to the falls and watch them go over the edge. Tarzan fears that other Terribs may try to enter Tarzan country. Muviro says that they will be watchful and ready. End.

The second story is a great Terribs story. It is not explained why the Terribs have left Pal-ul-don, but it will give the writers a terrific opportunity to use their best villain in future stories. One would hope that the writers would take full advantage of this stroke of genius by placing them near Tarzan. The giant otters always seem to come in pairs and this is no exception. However, they have new names - Zip and Zoom. None of the otter pairs last long. They tend to appear in one story and are replaced by a new pair the next time otters are needed. The artist is probably NOT Marsh. This artist conforms to what one expects of Marsh’s Tarzan and Boy. There are clues, which makes one think that is not Marsh. The heavy use of hatching marks especially on the natives is not typical of Marsh. The rendering of the full body of Boy is more revealing than a typical Marsh rendering. The Waziri are dressed differently than the usual Marsh drawings. Muviro, himself, is more Negroid in appearance than the usual Marsh rendering. This artist also has some perspective problems when dealing with giant creatures in comparison to normal size people. But Marsh also demonstrated perspective problems with N’kima in the last couple of issues. Despite the drawing faults, the story makes this an outstanding issue.

“Brothers of the Spear” -- 89th -- 6 pages
New Advertisement -- Daisy Manufacturing Company - 1 page - in color
Inside Back Cover: New advertisement - Daisy Manufacturing Company - 
tied in with previous page advertisement - color
Back Cover: New advertisement Kraft Fudgies - 
similar to previous issue inside front cover advertisement - color


DELL #114 September-October 1959 ~ 36 pp. Still 10 cents

Art interior: Jesse Marsh
Cover Painting: Morris Gollub
Writer:  Unknown (Gaylord Du Bois - unconfirmed)
Cover: Painted cover by Morris Gollub
Inside Front Cover: Splash Page - “Easy Living” chimpanzee - black and white

1st story “Tarzan Valley of Lions” - 15 pp.
Type -- Rids Valley of Lions - Helps Wakembi

Dell #114Tarzan comes upon a group of the Masai warriors, known as the Moran. They are all wounded. He learns about a pride of lions that has taken over a valley and is wreaking havoc amongst the Masai cattle and population. The Masai appear to be helpless against the pride. Tarzan carries a Masai on a litter over his head and back to the Masai Village. The Masai promise the Valley of Lions and their friendship to anyone who can rid the valley of the lions. Tarzan says that he will see what he can do.

Tarzan goes into the valley. A lion attacks him. He kills it with his spear and uses the hide to sneak past the pride. He travels two days to the north to Kobamba’s kraal. The Wakembi are plagued by drought and are under constant threat by the Gahinga tribe. Kolulu, nephew to the chief, greets him and takes him to see his uncle, the chief. Tarzan tells him of the Masai’s offer. Kobamba is suspicious of the offer and thinks Tarzan is working with the Masai or the Gahingas.

The news of a grass fire is brought to the chief. Kobamba rightfully deduces that the Gahingas are trying to drive them out of the kraal. He orders backfires to be lit. Tarzan and Kolulu ride buffaloes out to assess the situation. The Wakembi buffalo herd is stampeding. Tarzan and Kolulu turn the herd away from the kraal. The fire approaches the village and the Wakembi flee into the waiting Gahinga warriors. Tarzan and Kolulu drive the buffalo herd into the attackers causing them to flee for their lives. Chief Kobamba is killed during the battle. The Wakembi warriors select Kolulu to be their new chief.

With their kraal destroyed, Kolulu decides to take Tarzan’s advice and move into the Valley of Lions. At night the herd is protected by a corral of rocks and thorn bushes. The lions attack. The buffaloes drive them away. In the morning Tarzan and the Wakembi attack the lions on the buffaloes. The lions flee into an approaching Masai hunting party and are killed. The Masai make good on their promise of the valley and their friendship to the Wakembi. End.

The featured story is an interesting tale. The Masai are referred to as the Morans of the Masai. Does this imply that this is a separate or specific branch of the famous lion hunters? But this tribe cannot cope with the threat of the pride that has taken over the Valley of Lions. Lion skins have been used four times before, but this is the first time it has been used to sneak past a pride. Many of the Wakembi males have a curious long bone or pointed stick through their noses. The chief, Kobamba, has very poor eyesight and wears glasses. This is the first time a native has been depicted wearing glasses. Kobamba is shortsighted in other ways as well. He does not trust Tarzan’s offer, and he makes the wrong assessment of the fire approaching the village. There are some nice large pictures with one page having only two panels and another having three. The story features drawings of lions and buffaloes, which Marsh is a master of depicting. It is a tight story that brings together all the subplots in a nice neat conclusion.

“Trouble” -- 105th text story -- 1 page - one illustration

2nd story “Tarzan Dry Lake Adventure” - 9 pp.
Type -- Boy and Dombie Adventure - Saves Boy and Dombie

In a new camping and hunting grounds Tarzan makes Boy and Dombie a sailing scooter with a parachute for breaking. The boys try it out on the dry lakebed. They travel for miles before the wind dies. They strap themselves to the mast as a tornado approaches. The tornado carries them towards the mountains. The parachute opens, and they drift farther away. Tarzan searches for them and finds their tracks.

Bat Men spy the boys and glide to attack. Their sling stones hit the scooter. Boy uses arrows to drive them off. The scooter crashes into the river. They are force to cut the chute free. They drift down river towards some rapids. They make it to shore. The scooter floats downstream. They climb up the mountain but are hopelessly lost. Tarzan arrives on Argus to rescue them. End.

The second story is another Boy and Dombie adventure. Tarzan has a small part to play. It is his ingenuity that creates the sailing scooter for the boy to take out onto the dry lakebed. And of course it he and Argus, who come to rescue the boys at the end of the tale. Mostly the story is about the boys. It has the first tornado to occur in a Dell story. The Bat Men have appeared twice before in Dell A2.1 and 74.2. In the previous stories they were called Batwinged Men, and they were quite viscous. They drop their sling stones on the heads of their prey with unerring accuracy. In this story they somehow manage to throw the sling stones from their mouths. This is quite a trick. Plus they are not nearly as accurate. These Bat Men are also easily turned from their attack by a few well-placed arrows from Boy. The previous Batwinged Men would not have been so easily detoured from their prey. With this in mind, it is not too bad of a story.

Brothers of the Spear -- “The Rescue in the Flood” -- 90th -- 6 pages
This is the first Brothers of the Spear episode to have a title.

Splash Page -- “Dragon” - chameleon and Jane - plus Dell’s Pledge to Parents - 1 page - in color

Inside Back Cover: New subscription offer - $1.20 per year plus 15 number game - black and white

Back Cover: Advertisement - Kraft Candies - same as #113 - color


DELL #115 November/December 1959 ~ 36 pp. Still 10 cents

Art interior: Jesse Marsh
Cover Painting: Morris Gollub
Writer: Unknown (Gaylord Du Bois - unconfirmed)
Cover: Painted cover by Morris Gollub
Cover Caption: “Trying to help his pygmy friends, Tarzan is captured by their giant enemies!”
There are no pygmies in this issue. Tarzan is not captured in this issue. 
There are giant enemies in the first story but not enemies of pygmies. 
This is the first time the cover caption appears to have nothing to do with the stories contained therein. 
Inside Front Cover: Advertisement for Kraft Candies - slightly different than last two ads -- color

1st story “Tarzan The Slingers of Kroo Maun” - 15 pp.
Type -- Hairy Giants - Rescue Mountain Man and Woman - Terribs

Dell Comic #115Tarzan canoes along the waterways of the Great Swamp observing black-headed storks and other wildlife. Terribs attack two mountain people who are riding on a log. Katar and Dera expend all their sling stones on the cannibals to no avail. Tarzan’s barrage of arrows fells the Gorobar mounts. The Terribs flee. Tarzan offers to transport the mountain people back to their home in the Hills of Kroo Maun.

As they travel upstream Katar and his sister Dera explain that they are medicine people like their parents. They came to the swamp to collect medicinal plants and herbs. They also tell the ape-man about the Hairy Giants who crippled their father and are their deadly enemies. They stop at a gravel bar so the mountain people can replenish their stones and Tarzan can fish. Tarzan spears a huge fish with his trident. They cook the fish. After the meal Katar shows Tarzan a ball of gum made from the karoo bush. They use the smoke from the ball of gum as an antithetic.

They spot a Hairy Giant in the river. Katar fells him with a stone. A second giant comes up behind them and captures Katar and Dera in a net. Tarzan narrowly avoids the net but his bow is broken in the process. The Jungle Lord grabs a ball of gum and follows the giant with his captives back to the giant’s cave. He observes the giants cooking some fish and discovers where they are holding the captives.

Tarzan throws a rock to divert the giant’s attention. He tosses the ball of gum into their fire. The smoke puts to sleep the giants, Katar, and Dera. Tarzan stays low to the ground to avoid the smoke. He carries Dera out of the cave. He returns for Katar. A giant wakens and grabs Tarzan’s ankle. Tarzan bashes him in the head with one of their clubs. He carries Katar out of the cave.

They canoe the rest of the way to Kroo Maun. Katar and Dera present Gundar with a bundle of medicinal plants and herbs. They explain their adventures. Tarzan leaves. They call to the ape-man, asking him to stay. Tarzan says that he will return. End.

The featured story is a good story. It starts with a Terribs tribe that Tarzan easily defeats by going after their mounts rather than the cannibals themselves. The two new races introduced in this story, the Mountain Men and the Hairy Giants, are both depicted as white people in Pal-ul-don. The mountain people are very cro-magna like creatures. The Hairy Giants live in primitive caves and no females are shown. The ball of gum made from the karoo plant is similar to keekul gum used in Dell #109.1, which produced a tear gas like substance that Tarzan used to thwart the Shiftas. Tarzan has to use one of the giant’s huge clubs to smash a giant unconscious. This was a good scene. Little is learned about the mountain people and how they live, but it was an interesting story.

“Promise Fulfilled” -- 106th text story -- 1 page - one illustration

2nd story “Tarzan Trail by Combat” - 9 pp.
Type -- Evil Witch Doctor

Tarzan calls for a ‘Council of Chiefs’ between the seven tribes. They meet near the tree house to decide whether or not the tribes should be allowed to buy rifles from the Arab traders. Tarzan advises against it. Faloka, the witch doctor of Katumu, speaks for the guns. The vote is three for and three against. Katumu is hesitant to cast his vote. Boy, mounted on the waterbuck Kobu, rides up. One of Kobu’s horns bursts an air-filled bladder that decorates Faloka’s knees. Faloka is angry. Katumu tells Tarzan that he needs time to decide. He retires to one of the guesthouses Tarzan has provided.

That night, Faloka secretly meets with the Arab trader Hassan. He promises Hassan that the deal will go through even if he has to do something to his chief. Hassan promises him riches if the vote is yes. He goes to Katumu’s hut to discover that the chief has died of natural causes. He drags the chief out into the open and alerts the other chief of Katumu’s murder. Faloka claims that the waterbuck killed his chief. Boy defends Kobu. Faloka describes how the chief was killed and demands that Kobu be killed. He also implies that Tarzan had something to do with the death because the Jungle Lord was afraid that the vote was going to pass. Tarzan accuses Faloka of killing the chief because the vote was going to be no. The ape-man proposes a trial by combat between Faloka and Kobu. The other chiefs agree. The trial will held in the corral with the chiefs as the judges. The chiefs decide that Faloka can be armed with two knives to match the horns of the waterbuck. The fight is to be to the death or if one leaves the corral. Boy talks to Kobu telling the antelope that Faloka will try to kill him.

At the signal Kobu charges and misses. Faloka throws a knife into the buck’s back. The witch doctor hides behind the tree in the corral. Kobu’s horn strikes Faloka’s head causing him to drop the other knife. Faloka leaps onto a branch in the tree. Tarzan declares Kobu the winner because the witch doctor left the corral. The chiefs call for Faloka’s death. Faloka pleads for his life and confesses that the blood on Katumu’s body is his own. Tarzan and the chiefs investigate the body and conclude that Katumu died a natural death. The chiefs ask Tarzan to set Faloka’s punishment. Tarzan declares that Faloka’s deceit should be told to all and that will make it difficult for him to live. End.

The second story is a Tarzan story; however, it is not a very good one. The premise is good - the Council of Chiefs. It has an evil witch doctor, Faloka, who is in league with the Arab trader Hassan. This is the sixth different Hassan in the Dell stories. Faloka is sneaky and attempts to turn his chief’s death to his advantage. Tarzan proposes a trial by combat between Faloka and Kobu, the waterbuck. Kobu is an interesting choice for a name. It is a combination of the ape/Pal-ul-don language of ko and bu. Depending on which language you choose the name could mean ’mighty male’ or ’mighty moon.’ Tarzan tells the chiefs, who are to be the judges, that they must set the rules for the combat. However, it is Tarzan that decides that it is to be to the death or if one of the contestants leaves the corral. Faloka uses a tree branch to avoid the waterbuck. Tarzan declares Kobu the winner. The chiefs were supposed to be the judges not Tarzan. Using the tree in the corral in this writer’s opinion is not leaving the corral. One would think that even Tarzan himself would have used the tree if he felt it necessary. To this writer the story read like Tarzan controls the tribes and he only gives them the appearance of having some control. The premise was good but Tarzan comes off as a manipulative white man.

“Brothers of the Spear” -- 91st -- 6 pages
The Brothers of Spear story does not have a title in this issue. 

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DELL #116 January/February 1960 ~ 36 pp. Still 10 cents

Art interior: Jesse Marsh
Cover Painting: Morris Gollub
Writer: Unknown (Gaylord Du Bois - unconfirmed)
Cover: Painted cover by Morris Gollub
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1st story “Tarzan The Horns of Battle” - 15 pp.
Type -- Helps Waziri Repel Invaders - Forms Alliance

Dell #116Tarzan hunts with Muviro and the Waziri. They come across a burnt out kraal. They find the tracks of a cattle herd following an army. Tarzan takes to the trees to investigate. He sees the Makulu nation marching towards his territory. Tarzan waits until they camp to drop in on the rear guard and demands to see Maroungo, the king. They bring him to the king telling him that they captured him. Tarzan tells Maroungo that he is honorary chief of the Waziri and the Watunga. The king says they will take what they want. Tarzan warns him to turn back or be destroyed. Maroungo commands his warriors to kill the ape-man. Tarzan uses a Makulu as a club and throws him into the guards. He grabs Maroungo and uses him as a shield to escape the camp. He releases the king and warns him again to turn back. Tarzan takes to the trees. Maroungo is defiant.

Tarzan returns to the Waziri. He tells Muviro to prepare for war against the Makulu nation. He outlines a plan for the Waziri to follow as he goes to enlist the help of the Watungas. At sunset, Tarzan leads the Watunga to a waterhole. He instructs the Watunga to wait at the kopje while he pours the juice of the sleeping vine into the waterhole. They wait for the rhinos to come to the waterhole. Ten rhinos drink the water and fall asleep.

At daybreak, the Waziri are finishing building the imitation village on a hill as Tarzan instructed them. Tarzan and Watunga bring the drugged rhinos to the camp. Muviro reports that the Waziri women have made little porcupines, thorns in leather, and sandals to protect them from the porcupines. Tarzan asks for a lion skin and a goatskin bag. A Waziri reports that the Makulu approach. Tarzan leaves to circle around the Makulu camp. The horns of the Makulu battle lines encircle the imitation village. As the Makulu charge the village, the Waziri pretend to be afraid and retreat into the pole fence of the phony village. The barefooted Makulu step on the little porcupines, which the Waziri scattered in front of the fence. The Makulu are in disarray. The Waziri drop the fake fence and release the rhinos, which charge into the confused Makulu. The Waziri and Watunga carry the battle to the Makulu.

Maroungo rallies his troops. Tarzan reaches the long horned cattle of the Makulu. He mimics a lion’s roar and uses a wet lion skin to stampede the cattle into the rear of the Makulu battle line. The spirit of the Makulu is broken. The survivors flee. Tarzan says that he warned them. Muviro believes that the Makulu will never return. End.

The featured story is a great story. It has been a long time since a story revolved around a large army. This may be the largest army assembled in a Dell story. The pictures of the army implies numbers in the hundreds or larger. The story line states that the Makulu battle lines are in horns to encircle the camp. Marsh depicts the line as a continuous string of men encircling the imitation village. The horns of battle are a typical Zulu tactic used during their wars. The horn was not a continuous line but rather three separate groups - one attacking head on, while the other two groups attacked from flanking positions. The use of the term horns of battle shows that the writer has some knowledge of African battle tactics. It is Tarzan’s superior generalship that saves the day against overwhelming odds. The imitation village was Tarzan’s idea. The little porcupines and sandals were probably his idea also. The combination of the ground spikes, charging rhinos, and stampeding cattle broke the spirit of the Makulu. Tarzan’s tactic against a superior enemy was brilliant. Tarzan also fearless enters the Makulu camp to confront the king. This entire story is quintessential Tarzan.

“The Pepper Bird” -- 107th text story -- 1 page - one illustration

2nd story “Tarzan Stolen Rifle” - 9 pp.
Type -- Boy and Dombie Adventure

Boy and Dombie are hunting when they hear a shot. They go to investigate and find a dead rhino and a dead Bambori. Boy picks up the English elephant gun. Dombie carries the cartridge belt. They decide to keep the gun at Dombie’s house. Along the way they load the weapon. Dombie has the rifle when two leopards attack. Dombie shoots a leopard. The recoil knocks him unconscious, as his head hit’s a rock. Boy throws the cartridge belt at the other leopard. It encumbers the leopard long enough to allow Boy to retrieve the gun and shoot the leopard. Boy is also knocked unconscious the same way. A Bakemba happens along and thinks the boys are dead. He takes the gun and dreams of becoming rich from ivory. The boys wake and discover the weapon missing. They tell Tarzan what happened. Tarzan tells Boy that he sounds like N’kima. Tarzan trails the Bakemba. The Bakemba hunts an elephant. His shots only anger the elephant, which circles around and takes the weapon from him. The Bakemba flees. The elephant smashes the weapon. Tarzan witnesses the entire event. He catches up to the Bakemba and tells him that he better not be caught hunting again. End.

The second story is a Boy and Dombie adventure. Tarzan is in the last three pages; however, he is only an observer. What happens in those three pages would have happened whether Tarzan was there or not. Boy and Dombie wear silly conical hats. The elephant gun’s recoil bowling over the boys results in the boys being knocked unconscious. This is probably the only part of the story that was interesting.

“Brothers of the Spear” -- “The Omen” - 92nd -- 6 pages - Second titled Brothers of the Spear story. 

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DELL #117 March/April 1960 ~ 36 pp. Still 10 cents

Art interior: Jesse Marsh
Cover Painting: George Wilson
Writer: Unknown (Gaylord Du Bois - unconfirmed)
Cover: Painted cover by George Wilson
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1st story “Tarzan Challenges the Ape King”- 15 pp. 
Type -- Apes

Dell #117The ape Tildk comes to Tarzan to tell him that a strange ape named Korak the Killer has killed Kars and taken over as gund. Tildk has bites marks for not following Korak’s order to raid the Waziri shamba. Tarzan will go and investigate.

Korak leads the tribe into the shamba. Achunga, the Waziri, tries to drive them away. Korak almost kills him. Achunga’s mate alerts the Waziri kraal. Muviro and his warriors try to drive them off. Korak pulls the spear out of Muviro’s hands. Muviro uses a knobkerrie to drive the apes away. Tarzan arrives at the shamba. Muviro says that they will kill any ape coming near the shamba. Tarzan says that he will take care of it but they have the right to protect themselves.

Tarzan trails the tribe. He finds apes that have died from Waziri spears wounds. He hears the young bulls talking about a Dum-Dum. Korak whips the young bulls into a frenzy against the gomangani. The older bulls hold back. Tarzan throws an egg in Korak’s face and challenges his right to rule. Tarzan dominates the battle. He knocks out Korak. A young bull knocks out Tarzan with a club from behind. The young bulls want to kill Tarzan. The older bulls subdue the younger and declare Tarzan as king of the apes.

Tarzan and Korak awaken. Tarzan banishes Korak. The apes continue with the Dum-Dum. Tarzan trails Korak to make sure that he is leaving. Korak cuts across the Waziri grounds. Barondi, a Waziri, thinks the ape is coming to raid the shamba. He kills Korak with his spear. Tarzan tells Barondi that the shamba will be safe from now on. End.

The featured story is a pretty good story. The ninth different Korak the Killer is a large gray ape. He is colored gray as opposed the other apes, which are colored a blue-black. Originally the Dell apes were all colored gray. It was about issue #66 that the apes took on their new colorization. This Korak is a bully and a killer. Muviro stands up to Tarzan and tells him that he doesn’t care if the apes are his friends. If they come to the Waziri shamba, the Waziri will kill them. Korak calls for the 15^th Dum-Dum in the Dell stories. Tarzan interrupts the Dum-Dum declaring for the first time in the Dells to be the King of he Apes. Tarzan wins the fight but is knocked out for the 33rd time. The older apes save Tarzan’s life. It is here that this writer became disenchanted with the story line. 

“Mabu Meets the Krus” -- 108th text story -- 1 page - one illustration

2nd story “Tarzan Trouble on the Trail”- 9 pp.
Type -- Saves Boy and Natives - Boy and Dombie Adventure

Boy and Dombie come upon a lost and starving native woman and child in the forest. The boys build her a boma of thorns while they search for food. They learn that a buffalo killed the woman’s Waramba husband and that she was trying to go home to the Wakolo by the big river.

Chief M’bulu worries that the successful Masai cattle raid will be repeated. Kobolo councils him to get the Waziri on their side. Boy and Dombie walk into the M’bulu Village. Kobolo suggest that they hold the boys hostage and force Tarzan and the Waziri to help them. The boys ask for food and milk. M’bulu leads them to a hut, where they are locked in. The M’bulu give them food. They boys will wait until dark to make their move.

Tarzan comes upon a limping native. The native explains that he is Kabara. A buffalo wounded him and his death was reported to his village. His wife and child left for Wakolo. He is attempting to follow them. Tarzan tells him to wait there. He will find them.

The guard falls asleep. The boys cut through the thatched roof and escape. They take the food with them. As they approach the boma, a lion stops roaring. Dombie takes to the trees. Boy takes Dombie’s spear and enters the boma. Boy and the woman prepare for the lion. As the lion leaps the boma, Tarzan’s spear kills the beast. They give the woman and child food and milk. Tarzan tells the woman that her husband is alive. Tarzan, Boy, and Dombie carry the woman and child by litter towards her husband. The woman objects to a warrior carrying her. Tarzan says that it his shauri. End.

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The second story is basically a Boy and Dombie story. Tarzan does play a major role in saving Boy and the natives plus reuniting the native family. This is another example of the writer giving names to minor characters and not giving a name to a major character. Kobolo is a minor councilor to a chief. We know his name and he has a noteworthy face. The story revolves around Kabara’s wife and child yet we are clueless as to their names. The name of the chief is M’bulu. He is different than the M’bulu in Dell #73.2. This M’bulu kidnaps Boy and Dombie to force Tarzan and the Waziri to help them. When Tarzan learns of this he appears unconcerned. This is a major flaw in the story. Tarzan has been pretty harsh for lesser offences. The boys escape through their own devices. The last panel is Tarzan and the boys carrying the woman and child to meet her husband. It would have been more satisfying if the last panel had been that reunion. 

“Brothers of the Spear” -- 93rd - “The Enemies Fate” (3rd titled story) -- 6 pages

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DELL #118 May/June 1960 ~ 36 pp. Still 10 cents

Art interior: Jesse Marsh
Cover Painting: Morris Gollub
Writer: Unknown (Gaylord Du Bois - unconfirmed)
Cover: Painted cover - (relates to the featured story)
Cover Caption: “Tarzan and the Waziri battle warriors of the Walled Valley!”
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1st story “Tarzan Warriors of the Walled Valley”- 15 pp.
Type -- Restores Rightful Ruler - Waziri

Dell Tarzan 118Tarzan and Muviro hunt with twelve Waziri. Muviro says that his warriors long for a real battle. Mendothi, a young Buntoro, rides a zebra into their camp. Mendothi is looking for Tarzan, who taught the Buntoro how to train and ride zebras. He kneels before the ape-man. Mendothi explains that his grandfather, Ananga, has died and that his father, Umangi, was to be king. His uncle, Mengo, has attacked his father and forced him to hold up in the old stone fortress above the Walled Valley of Buntoro. Tarzan promises to help. Muviro volunteers his Waziri.

They arrive to see the stronghold surrounded by zebra riders. They wait until dark and attempt to sneak into the fortress. They are discovered and attacked by the followers of the usurper. Tarzan commands the Waziri to form a wedge and then a square as they hold off a superior force. Umangi realizes that it is Tarzan in the battle and leads his men to attack. The zebra riders are routed. Tarzan, the Waziri, and the Buntoro make it to the fortress. Tarzan councils leaving the fortress by night.

Umangi takes Tarzan and Mendothi to hide the royal talisman, the true symbol of power for the Buntoro. Tarzan moves a giant boulder to hide the talisman. Underneath they discover a cavern. Tarzan explores the cavern. It leads to the Walled Valley of Buntoro. The Waziri and Buntoro use ropes to lower themselves into the valley. They slip into the village. Tarzan grabs Mengo’s two guards by the throat. The Waziri and Buntoro surround the huts of Mengo and his bodyguards. Tarzan kicks in Mengo’s door. Umangi promises his brother that he will spare his life if he surrenders. He does. As the zebra riders enter the valley to report that the fortress is deserted, the Waziri and Buntoro cut off their retreat. They surrender. Umangi is proclaimed king. Muviro requests that his Waziri be allowed to ride zebras home. Tarzan thinks that can be
arranged. End.

The featured story is a great story reminiscent of the master. This is a great issue because of the first story. It also has a cover painting that actually relates to the first story. The title fonts for the stories are a totally new font. This probably indicates that the letterer for this issue is someone different from previous issues. The story is a great one. We learn that Tarzan is aware of the Walled Valley of Buntoro because he states that he taught them how to train and ride zebras. The story of two warring brothers for leadership is one Burroughs would appreciate. The Waziri have been pretty quiet in the Dells for sometime. In the last issue Muviro actually stood up to Tarzan. In this story the Waziri get to be in the thick of the battle. Tarzan’s tactics allows them to repel a superior force. In the panel of Tarzan leading the charge towards the zebra riders, he has a very Hogarth-like pose. Either Marsh was influenced by Hogarth’s straight-on look or this issue was drawn by a Marsh look-alike who was influenced by Hogarth. In either case the straight-on look is something completely new for the Dell Tarzans. Tarzan’s strength moves a giant boulder only to discover a secret passageway. This is another  Burroughsian touch that makes this a great story.

“Evil Strikes” -- 109th text story -- 1 page - one illustration

2nd story “Tarzan The Buffalo Cart” - 9 pp.
Type -- Saves Native - Boy and Dombie Adventure

Boy and Dombie carry their pig kill on a pole. Lions confront them. The boys put down the pig and back off. Nama, the Hottentot trader, observes the situation and fires his shotgun in the air. The lions take the pig and leave. The boys camp with Nama. He explains that someone else trained his buffaloes to pull his cape cart. The buffaloes drink from a stream. A crocodile grabs a buffalo by the snout. Boy stabs the croc with his spear. The croc releases the buffalo and swims off with the spear. Nama is very grateful. He gives Boy a new spear and a mouth organ. He gives Dombie a knife.

The boys head for home. They see a group of Lebombos raiders headed in Nama’s direction. They rush to tell Tarzan. The Lebombos confront Nama. They threaten each other. Nama fires his shotgun into a Lebombos shield. Before the raiders can advance the buffaloes are on them. Tarzan, Boy and Dombie arrive on elephants. The Lebombos flee for their lives. Tarzan and Boy leave on Tantor. Dombie guides Nama to the Waziri Village. End. 

The second story is a Boy and Dombie adventure. Tarzan arrives in the last act on Tantor’s back to save the day. The confrontation with the lions has some good cat expressions and moves. The Nama character is an interesting one. The Lebombos are good villains. It is just such a short story that it really does not have a chance to develop any of these new

“Brothers of the Spear” -- 94^th - “The Fallen City” (4th titled story) -- 6 pages

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DELL #119 July/August 1960 ~ 36 pp. Still 10 cents

Art interior: Jesse Marsh
Cover Painting: Morris Gollub
Writer: Unknown (Gaylord Du Bois - unconfirmed)
Cover:Painted cover (relates to the featured story)
Cover Caption: “Tarzan saves the Proud Princess from enemy raiders!”
Inside Front Cover: New advertisement for Gambles The Friendly Store - color

1st story “Tarzan and the Proud Princess” - 15 pp.
Type -- Rescues Princess Kendra - Hidden People

Dell 119Tarzan watches Batuti warriors carry a litter on their shoulder with a captive for their king. He goes to investigate more closely. The Batuti stop for a break. Princess Kendra covers a pillow with a gold cloak and slips out the back. Tarzan surprises her and offers her his help. After an explanation, she accepts his help. Tarzan picks her up and takes to the trees. During a rest break, Tarzan brings back food and birch bark. He makes the princess boots while she explains how she was captured before she could place the gold leaf on the tomb of the Hidden Ones’ forefathers before the planting season.

They make to the foothills of the mountains. Tarzan builds her a shelter and gathers food. Ska in the sky alerts him to the Batuti tracking them. Kendra wants to stop at the tomb and deliver the gold leaf. They make it to the Gateways of the Giants, a rocky outcropping near the city of the Hidden Ones. Tarzan urges her to hurry because of the Batuti. Kendra pulls out a key and opens a pivot door in what appeared to be solid rock. The Batuti arrive. They make it into the tomb and close the door before the Batuti can stop them. The Batuti plan to use musket gunpowder to blast open the door. Tarzan lights a match and searches for a hiding place. There are two empty golden mummy cases. Tarzan places Kendra in one and makes an air hole for her. He hides in the other case but does not let the latch catch. The Batuti blast through the door but cannot find them. They take the gold leaves and two of the golden caskets. They fear the Hidden Ones may be near so they carry the caskets to a distance place.

Feeling that they are safe they pry open one of the caskets. They are delighted to find the princess once more their captive. Tarzan slips out of the other casket and attacks the Batuti. He tells Kendra to run to the trees. A warrior pursues her. Tarzan’s spear pierces the man’s leg. Tarzan fights the Batuti. The Hidden Ones come. The Batuti flee. The Hidden Ones hold Tarzan at spear point. Kendra enters and tells her brother, Kobu, that Tarzan saved her from the Batuti. As she explains her adventures, Tarzan slips into the trees and leaves. End.

For the second time the cover art relates to the featured story. The featured story is a very good story by itself. When you realize that it is influenced by The Land of the Hidden Men also known as Jungle Girl, it becomes a great story. In Jungle Girl Gordon King rescues the beautiful princess from becoming the bride of the leper king. He falls in love and marries her. In this story Tarzan rescues the princess from becoming the bride of the Batuti king. Tarzan, of course, does not fall in love and marry her. Both stories have the Hidden Men/Ones. Princess Kendra has almond shaped eyes. This is more of an oriental feature, which puts her closer to the Cambodian heritage of the princess in Jungle Girl. Tarzan is quite resourceful. He provides, food, shelter, and makes boots for the princess. The mummy cases are quite Egyptian in appearance, as is the headdress of Kobu, Kendra’s brother. In fact, Kobu has a very similar looking to Yul Brenner in the movie The Ten Commandments, (1956). The name Kobu was used once before as the name of Boy’s waterbuck. This writer rated the story quite high on its own merits but the additional influence of the Burroughs’ story makes it quite noteworthy.

“Hamasai’s Wisdom” -- 110th text story -- 1 page - one illustration

2nd story “Tarzan They Fly Through the Air”- 9 pp.
Type -- Boy and Dombie Adventure

Boy and Dombie take the balloons they got from the trader to an out-of-the-way tree house. They paint faces on the balloons with night shinning paint. They attach whistles to the end of them so that they fly around the room making noise. They decide to scare the Waziri with them. On their way home two Batukos capture them. The Batuko plan to use them to force Tarzan to do their bidding. They canoe the boys upriver away from their homeland to fool the ape-man. They camp for the night. Boy manages to get his knife out of his waistband and free himself. He frees Dombie. They wrap the sleeping rolls around them and blow up balloons. With the balloon heads sticking out of the bedrolls they wake the Batuko and demand to know what happen to the captives. The Batukos are frightened and then terrified as the heads scream and fly through the air. The sight of new heads growing up in the rolls is too much for them. They flee for their lives. The boys take the Batuko canoe back home. Tarzan asks what happened. The boys say that it is a long story. Tarzan says the story better be good. End.

The second story is a Boy and Dombie adventure. This is a very good Boy story. It is a very simple tale with no side plots, killings, ape language, or places to record. Tarzan has a minor, minor appearance of at the end of the tale.

“Brothers of the Spear” -- 95th -- The Daring Rescue” (5th titled story) -- 6 pages

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DELL #120 September/October 1960 ~ 36 pp. Still 10 cents

Art interior: Jesse Marsh
Cover Painting: Morris Gollub
Writer: Unknown (Gaylord Du Bois - unconfirmed)
Cover: Painted cover (Cover relates to the featured story for the third issue in a row.)
Cover Caption: ‘To save the ancient Bushman, Tarzan fights a Bantu warrior “to the death!”’
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1st story “Tarzan The Battle of the Bushmen”- 15 pp.
Type -- Helps Nye-nye Return to Their Homeland

Dell 120Tarzan rides Tantor through miles of thorn brush and discovers a hidden valley, once a volcanic crater. He saves an old bushman from two hyenas by throwing the dangos into a lake. The bushman explains that he must cross the lake to the Towering Rocks. Tarzan offers to take him across on Tantor. Bauxhau is a Nye-nye prophet and explains during the crossing that he foresaw this in a dream.

At the Towering Rocks they see gigantic paintings on the rocks. Bauxhau sees a sign that his people can return to their traditional home. He faints. Tarzan cooks him some fish. Bauxhau explains that the Father of the Spirits expelled his people from the Towering Rocks because they fought amongst themselves. They traveled to the mountains beyond the Zambezi River, but tribes that are stronger than them have plagued them. He had a dream to return to the Towering Rocks for a sign to return. 

At daybreak Bauxhau says that he will bring his people good news today. He has had another dream. Tarzan thinks the old man is foolish. A storm erupts. Bauxhau tells him that out of the storm a bird will come. A plane is forced down in the storm. Tarzan and Bauxhau rush to the plane. The plane’s landing gear was damaged during the landing. Tarzan strikes a bargain with the pilot to take them to the Nye-nye mountain home if they fix his plane. The pilot agrees. Tarzan fixes the landing gear by strapping ironwood to the strut with antelope sinew. The pilot flies them over the Zambezi River and lands on the mountain. Below them at a mountain pass the Nye-nye battle with the Bantu.

When the Nye-nye see Bauxhau they become excited because they realize that they will be going home. Bauxhau draws a map in the dirt for Tarzan to see how best to help the Nye-nye. Tarzan comes up with a plan. He challenges the strongest Bantu to a fight. The winner will take hundred hostages of their opponent. The Bantu agree. Bauxhau gives Tarzan a spear. Tarzan tells him that he will prolong the fight until dark so the Nye-nye can slip down river and take the Bantu canoes. The battle rages between Tarzan and Ingwenyama. The Nye-nye build rafts to float down to the Bantu canoes. When Tarzan thinks that the Nye-nye have had enough time, he knocks out Ingwenyama. The Bantu renege on the agreement and charge the ape-man. Tarzan easily outdistances them. He observes the Nye-nye paddling downriver. He plans to visit them someday. End. 

The featured story is a new story that is quite clever. Tarzan comes upon a valley he has never seen before. He dispatches two hyenas, reminiscent of many of the fights in the Dells that the ape-man has with two animals. He picks them up, one in each hand, and throws them into the lake. The old prophet, Bauxhau, is an interesting character, who has the gift of foreseeing the future through dreams. At the Towering Rocks, Tarzan claims that a rock painting of a rhino is almost alive. The rhino is almost a silhouette, not quite the realism he proclaimed. The paintings are rather primitive but huge. The drawings of the rain  panels are quite nicely done. The small band of Nye-nye holds off a large army of the Bantu at a pass - a good scene. Tarzan challenges the best of the Bantu to a fight. 

Despite the cover caption Tarzan does not fight the Bantu warrior to the death. Instead, he merely knocks him out when he thinks the Nye-nye have had enough time to escape. It is quite an enjoyable story with some very interesting drawings like the one of the fierce Bantu chief. 

“The Sasswood Ordeal” -- 111^th text story -- 1 page - one illustration

2nd story “Tarzan and The Hunter‘s Trophy” - 9 pp.
Type -- Boy and Dombie Adventure - Pygmies

Tarzan gives Boy permission to stay overnight at the Waziri Village. Boy helps Dombie build an elephant alarm. They string it up at the shamba to frighten off the rouge that has been brothering the cornfield. They fall asleep on the raised platform. The rouge comes. Dombie tries to sound the alarm. The elephant gets the alarm tangled around its tusks. The rouge tramples the corn before the Waziri can run him off. Muviro scolds Dombie for not raising the alarm soon enough and for losing the alarm. 

The next day the boys search for the pieces of the alarm. Pygmies have found some of the metal pieces. They return them to Dombie when told that they belong to him. Boy has an idea and makes a deal with the pygmies if they kill the rouge they can have the metal. They track the elephant. The pygmies sneak up close to the elephant. Dombie sneezes. The rouge turns on the pygmies. Many spears are cast but the rouge is not slowed. Boy’s arrow brings down the rouge. The pygmies give Boy the elephant’s tail. Boy gives the pygmies the elephant meat. 

Two days later the pygmies bring two tusks to Boy. Boy tells them that they can keep them. Tarzan wants to know what that was about. Boy explains. Tarzan says that he is proud of him. End.

The second story is basically a Boy and Dombie adventure. Tarzan has a minor part at the beginning and the end of the story. The story starts out ok with a nice tale about the rouge elephant disturbing the Waziri shamba. But then it ends rather unbelievably with Boy bringing down a six-ton elephant with one shot from his bow. Another annoying thing is that the elephant’s tusks are called elephant teeth several times during the course of the story. One good aspect is that Dombie is once more called Muviro’s grandson. This means that Dell No. 37.4 was probably an aberration when it called Dombie, Muviro’s son. 

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