#123 (March) April 1961 ~ 36 pp. 15 cents
interior: Jesse Marsh
Painting: George Wilson
Unknown (Gaylord Du Bois - unconfirmed)
Painted cover by George Wilson
Caption: “The monkeys and the great apes join Tarzan in a hunt for
an escaped tyrant!”
cover caption again hits the mark while the painting itself has
reference to the story, depicting a scene that does not happen in the featured
Front Cover: New advertisement - Kraft fudgies - color
1st story “Tarzan
The Tyrant Munyoro” - 11 pp.
Type - Captures Kabarounga
- Restores Order
and Muviro are alerted to King Kabarounga’s escape from exile by a drum
message. They both worry that his people, the Munyoro, will rally around
him to make war. Tarzan sends Muviro to tell the British to have planes
ready at three different places. Tarzan takes to the trees to enlist the
aid of monkeys and apes in the search of the evil Kabarounga. The monkeys
and apes agree to help.
Kabarounga’s knobstick silences
a parrot that may give away his position. At the Waziri Village, Muviro
divides his warriors into two groups, one to protect Tarzan’s tree house
and the other to follow him. Bwanga, the Munyoro witch doctor, order drums
to signal Kabarounga where to meet his warriors. Tarzan disperses the apes
and monkeys to search different areas. N’kima finds Kabarounga at the balu-lil
stream. Kabarounga’s knobstick throw misses N’kima. The little monkey rushes
to tell Thurak. Thurak is not sure N’kima is telling the truth and investigates
for himself. Kabarounga spots the ape but cannot get off a good shot with
his pistol. Kabarounga realizes that Tarzan is using the animals to spot
him. Thurak tells Tarzan about Kabarounga. They examine the tracks. The
ape-man picks up the scent.
Tarzan trails the scent far
upstream. He discovers a small buck with Kabarounga’s head cloth wrapped
around its neck. He has been fooled into following a false lead. Kabarounga
hears the Munyoro drums telling him about the meeting place. A storm erupts.
Tarzan spots Kabarounga during a flash of lightning. The rain washes away
any trace of scent and tracks.
Kabarounga meets his warriors
at the split fig tree by the red cliff. He commands them to start for the
tree house. The Waziri surprise the Munyoro. Kabarounga has his men scatter.
Muviro has his warriors follow only Kabarounga. The former king takes refuge
in the Hill of Caves. Muviro wisely does not allow the Waziri to follow
the escapee along the ledge where they could be easily picked off. He has
a drum message sent to Tarzan. Tarzan hears it and makes two dummies from
bark. At the Hill of the Caves he instructs the Waziri to place one of
the dummies on the ledge and to lower the other down from above. Tarzan
ascends the sheer cliff from below. Kabarounga empties his pistol on the
two dummies. Tarzan captures Kabarounga in the cave. Tarzan tells the Waziri
to return to their village. He brings Kabarounga to the British police,
who fly him back to his exile. End.
story is a great little story. Even with four less pages than usual for
the first story the writer packs in excitement and fast placed action,
which contains a large cast of characters. We learn that it was Tarzan
who originally captured the evil Kabarounga when the British could not.
Kabarounga is a master of the jungle and leads the ape-man on a wild goose
chase with the head cloth wrapped around a small buck. Little N’kima, whose
color has change to brown with white cheeks, is the N’kima that we love.
He is a brave monkey warrior until danger is eminent then he becomes a
quivering mass of fright. The Waziri get to play a major role in the tracking
and capture of the evil Kabarounga. It is a story worthy of the Burroughs
Loallo, Dombie’s mother, comes
to Tarzan to ask him to search for her missing son. Tarzan has urgent business
with a tribal quarrel. Boy offers to look until Tarzan can get free. Jane
permits it as long as Jad-bal-ja accompanies him. Boy and Jad follow the
scent to Kisumu’s Kraal. Chief Kisumu claims to know nothing and sends
him to the witch doctor, Kururi. Kururi also denies any knowledge of Dombie.
Boy says that he will stay there overnight and ask everyone in the morning.
The witch doctor says that there is no place for him to stay. Boy says
that he will stay in the lion’s hut. This is a hut the Kisumu have built
for the spirit of their dead Chief Makuru, who appears to them in a lion’s
body. Boy smells goat’s blood outside the hut and suspects that Kururi
uses a goat to attract lions, thus keeping the mythical story alive. He
calls Jad to sleep with him.
2nd story - “Tarzan
The Lion‘s Hut”- 7 pp.
Type -- Evil Witch Doctor
- Saves Boy - Rescues Dombie
Jane descends the rope ladder
and tells Tarzan that Boy is missing as well. He goes to look for him.
Kururi tells Chief Kisumu that he will kill Boy with a poison arrow and
he expects the chief to throw the body in the river. This way they can
sell Dombie to the Wachinga undetected. Tarzan approaches the village and
sees the witch doctor approaching the hut where Boy sleeps with a bow and
arrow. A lion frightens the witch doctor. Jad chases off the lion. Tarzan
grabs the witch doctor and discovers his poison arrow. Tarzan forces Kururi
to take them to Dombie or he will kill him. Dombie is unharmed. Tarzan
takes him to the chief’s hut. The chief begs for mercy. Tarzan threatens
the chief and turns the witch doctor over to the Waziri. End.
story is a good story that starts off almost like a Boy adventure. Half
way through the story Tarzan takes over and saves Boy and rescues Dombie.
We get our first look at Dombie’s mother, Loallo, who is a rather large
woman. The evil witch doctor, Kururi, controls the village. He is truly
an evil character. Finally a later Dell stories allows the bad guy gets
his just deserts. Tarzan turns the evil witch doctor over to the Waziri
for punishment. One can only image what the Waziri will do to him because
Dell will not show us because of the Pledge to the Parents.
“Brothers of the Spear”
-- 99th story - “New Country and Friends” - 9th titled story -- 4 pages
“The Old, Old Man” --
114th text story -- 1 page - one illustration
Tarzan hunts with King Jathon
and two other Cathnean lion riders. Tarzan tries to warn them about the
Dinohyus he detects. They are surrounded by the Dinohyus. Two Cathneans
and their lions are killed. Two hunting lions escape. Tarzan leaps form
his lion. He catches Jathon as he is thrown from his lion. Tarzan slays
a Dinohyus with his spear. He grabs Jathon and leaps into the trees to
avoid the other zu-horta. Jathon suggests poison to rid the area
of the beasts. Tarzan says that won’t work. He collects leaves, stems and
berries from a specific plant to make a growth medicine. They walk back
to Cathne. Queen Elaine heads a search party because the hunting lions
came back without them. She is relieved to see them safe. She says that
they would need a lion the size of Goliath, who died a few years ago.
3rd story “Tarzan
The Terror of Pal-ul-don”- 8pp.
Type -- Cathne - Growth Medicine
At Cathne, Tarzan mixes up
the growth formula. Jathon provides three lion cubs. In a month they have
giant lions that are eating them out of house and home. Tarzan, Jathon
and several Cathneans take the lions out to hunt the Dinohyus. They spot
the zu-horta. The lions attack. Most of the Dinohyus are slaughtered. Two
Cathneans and one lion are killed in the battle. They leave the giant lions
to feast of their kills. Tarzan says the giant lions will not survive long
because of the growth formula so they will need to hunt the rest of the
Dinohyus soon. End.
story marks the first return to Cathne and King Jathon since Dell #103.1,
when an earthquake destroyed Cathne. The New Cathne is o.k. But it is not
as impressive as before the earthquake. The real story is about the growth
medicine. Tarzan has the secret formula, which he makes to create three
giant lions. We learn that Goliath, the first giant lion, has died. The
new lions have eaten half the Cathnean buffalo within a month. The writers
solve this problem by having Tarzan state that the growth medicine makes
the animals have a very short lifespan. But this is not true is the case
of Argus and Aguila, the two giant eagles. They have been around for a
long time. Or maybe the mixture that Tarzan knows is different than the
original growth pellets of Dr. Mervin.
Statement of ownership,
management, and circulation -- bottom half of the last page of the third
Splash Page: top half
of the page is a picture of Tarzan and Jad-bal-ja.
The bottom half of the page
is a new advertisement for Grit Publishing Company - color
Inside Back Cover: New
advertisement - Junior Sales Club of America - color
Back Cover: New advertisement
General Mills - cereal with
a three-page storybook on the side of the package - color
This issue contains changes
worth noting. Like the last issue, this issue has only April listed on
the cover but lists both March and April in the credits on page one. In
a gold circle on the cover is 15 cents. This is a jump of fifty per cent
in price. The interior format has not changed in several years. This issue
has three Tarzan stories. The featured story has been reduced four pages.
The Brother of the Spear appears in the middle of the issue rather than
the end, and it is reduced two pages. The total number pages remain the