GIANT No. 37 (Annual #9)
KING OF THE JUNGLE - 1960 ~ 84pp. 25 cents
interior: Jesse Marsh - 1st , 3rd , and 6th stories ~ Tony Sgroi -
and 5th stories by unknown artists
Painting: Morris Gollub
Cover Painting: Jesse Marsh
Gaylord Du Bois
Caption: “Strange and thrilling adventures of the Ape Man!”
Front Cover: Letter from Boy - black and white
1st story “Tarzan,
King of the Jungle Giants of Kroo Maun” - 24pp.
-- Saves Slingers of Kroo Maun - Hairy Giants - Saves Boy - Saves Jane
is on one of her regular visits to help the sick at the Waziri Village.
She calls in Tarzan and Muviro. She is concerned that she cannot do anything
for Aunty Gena and her rheumatism. Tarzan suggests going to the herb doctors
of Kroo Maun. Boy wants to go along. Jane and Boy fly on Argus. Tarzan
flies Aguila. They fly over the Great Thorn Desert and the Great Swamp
to Pal-ul-don. They pass a duck-billed dinosaur. They land near a river
to feed the eagles. Tarzan makes staves for harpoon-heads he brought along.
Tarzan spears a fish for Argus. Boy brings a fish for Aguila. Jane also
has one for Aguila. Boy spears another fish. Boy’s arm becomes entangled
in the spear’s rope. The fish pulls him deeper. Boy loses his knife. He
briefly hits the surface and cries for help. Tarzan dives in and cuts him
free. A Hairy Giant captures Jane in his net. Tarzan takes Aguila to attack
the giant. The giant drops Jane and flees. Jane is knocked unconscious
on a rock. They fly towards Kroo Maun for help from the herb doctors.
eagles frighten the Slingers of Kroo Maun. They sling rocks at them. Katar
recognizes Tarzan and welcomes him. Tarzan explains what happened to Jane.
Katar and Dera lead them to their father, Bornu. Bornu commands Dera and
Nadau to bring cooling lotion and healing smoke. Tarzan also explains that
they are in search of a relief for rheumatism. Bornu tells him that the
plant grows near the Hairy Giant territory. He will have Katar lead an
and Boy fly cover for the Slingers. They are headed for Half Moon Lake.
Boy signals Tarzan that the giants are moving through the forest. Tarzan
lands and alerts Katar and his men. The giants attack. The Slingers hit
them in the knees to make them lower their shields, which makes them vulnerable
to headshots. The giants flee. Tarzan and Boy fly ahead to the lake. The
expedition arrives at the lake. Dera describes what to look for in the
plant before it has broken the surface of the ground. Only fresh bulbs
will work. Boy is flying cover and spies the giants sneaking up to the
lake. He warns Tarzan. The ape-man has the Slingers bring him bundles of
grasses. He sends Boy to delay the giants. Tarzan sets fire to the bundles
and boards Aguila. He drops the fire in the grassy area around the giants.
The giants’ straw shields catch fire. Again they flee. The Kroo Maun collect
many bulbs and return to the village.
finds Jane waking from her sleep. She is groggy. Tarzan takes the eagles
to feed them fish. Upon returning his sees the Hairy Giants dancing a war
dance. He warns Bornu. The medicine man is worried about a night attack
when their slings will be of little use. Tarzan directs them to make platforms
in trees with beacon fires ready to be lit. Tarzan makes a bow and arrows.
A sentry alerts the village that the giants are approaching. Boy lights
a beacon fire. The fire provides enough light for the Kroo Maun to use
their slings. Tarzan has Boy light his arrows. He fires them into the giants’
straw shields, exposing them to the stones of the Slingers. The giants
are routed. Tarzan promises the Slingers that he will show them how to
make and use bows. A giant awakens. Tarzan throws a firepot at him. Katar
drops him with a stone.
and his family leave the next day on the eagles. They give the medicine
to Aunty Gena. Gena is able to dance for joy. Jane says that it was worth
the danger. Tarzan agrees. End.
story is a great story. When the writer has time (24 pages) to build the
characters and the story, the results are worth it. This time they go to
the Kroo Maun. They were introduced in Dell #115.1. At that time the herb
people were referred to as the Mountain Men. Tarzan never actually went
to their village. In this story they are known as the Slingers of Kroo
Maun and their village has quite an impressive wall around it. Jane is
briefly captured by the Hairy Giants, who are not as full bearded as in
the first story. The Slingers are developed quite nicely and are shown
to be an intelligent people. An inexperienced person cannot find the medicine
Tarzan seeks. Bornu sends an expedition to seek the bulbs at the Half Moon
Lake in giant country. The flaw in the story is when Tarzan prepares the
fire bundles for the second giant attack. The flaw is in the background
features. The tops of the Slingers huts are shown and a portion of the
Slingers wall is shown. But they are at the Half Moon Lake and not anywhere
close to the village. Marsh must have been thinking about something else
when he made these inaccurate backgrounds. The climax has Katar become
the hero by dropping the last giant. This probably should have been Tarzan’s
job. Maybe this was to show that the Slingers are able to handle themselves.
The story read beautifully.
- “Danger Path to Kroo Maun” - ill. - 1 p. - color
Outs - “Jane’s Jungle Housekeeping” - 1 p.
at the Native Market about the high prices. Meeta explains that Chief Makolo
takes one third of their price. The witch doctor, N’gai, announces that
Makolo will now take half of the profits. Jane tells the merchants that
they can have a free market at her house. They pack up to leave. N’gai
curses them. On their way to the tree house a rouge elephant attacks them,
driving them into the roots of a mighty tree. Many believe that it is N’gai’s
curse. Jane takes some pepper from Meeta and throws it at the rouge. The
elephant is temporarily stopped. Jane calls to Tantor. Tantor drives off
the bull. The merchants believe that Jane’s magic is stronger. A group
of Makolo’s warriors force them to go to Makolo’s kraal. Jane says that
good is stronger than evil.
2nd story “Jane’s
Mighty Magic” - 8pp.
-- Jane Story
kraal, Makolo threatens the merchants with force if they try to leave the
market place. N’gai says that he will curse them. Makolo’s wife, Zena,
runs from their hut crying that their son has stopped breathing. Zena says
that he was playing with a kola nut. Makolo commands N’gai to bring him
back to life. N’gai turns to Jane asking her to prove that good is better
than evil. Jane takes the baby and turns him upside-down and pounds on
his back, dislodging the nut. She delivers mouth-to-mouth respiration.
The baby is revived. N’gai sneaks away. Makolo is so grateful that he changes
his evil ways and allows the market to be free.
market Jane pays too much for pepper. She says that it is for the pepper
she used to drive away the rouge elephant. The merchants say that Jane’s
magic saved them and that they will never forget. End.
story is the fourth and the best Jane story. They all occur in annuals.
The drawings are not Marsh’s work. Jane has an oriental look about her.
The drawings of N’gai, the witch doctor, are excellent. The story is a
good one with Jane’s quick thinking saving the day, twice. Her actions
appear to be magic to the natives witnessing the events. Makolo has a tremendous
change of heart and becomes a good man. The only downside to this story
is that Tarzan is not in it.
- “Ready for the Hunt” - Tarzan, Boy, and Tantor - 1 p. - color
By Numbers - “Eye of Night” - La - 1p. - black and white
the Ituri Forest to an unnamed village where the natives are upset. He
learns that the Mengo, Forest Spirits, took the bride-to-be, Ilona. The
Mengo left a golden statue in payment. Tarzan recognizes the figure as
La. The witch doctor explains that this has been going on since the beginning
of time. The Mengo steal a beautiful young girl once a generation. All
that was left behind was Ilona’s beads. Barengo, the husband-to-be, shows
Tarzan the spot where she was taken. Tarzan will try to rescue her. Barengo
wants to accompany him.
3rd story “Tarzan,
King of the Jungle Queen La the Mysterious”- 16pp.
-- La - Rescues Ilona - Elixir of Life - Crocodile god
uses the scent on the beads to track Ilona to the river. They see the vine
that the Mengos use to swing to the island. Tarzan makes a vine-swing so
they can reach the island. The swing is a little short and Tarzan must
grab a branch and pull them both up into the tree. They make their way
to the Mengo village. The stone temple in the middle of the village surprises
Barengo. A bell announces the appearance of La who begins to ascend the
temple steps. Tarzan and Barengo climb the rear of the temple and look
down into the opening. They see Ilona and some guards. They drop in and
subdue the guards. They see the albino crocodile god. La is surprised to
see Tarzan. Tarzan and Barengo battle their way through the Mengos. Tarzan
carries Ilona to the vine-swing. He pushes Barengo and Ilona across the
river. Tarzan makes his way through the trees to the Mengo vine. It is
attached to the base of a tree. He descends to release it. A Mengo throws
his club and knocks out Tarzan.
is chained to an altar. La explains that she was captured and made the
wife of the king. He accidentally died. La became queen. The Mengos are
impatient with La because she is taking too much in preparing Tarzan for
sacrifice by painting him. La further explains that the Mengos are deathless
because they use a mixture of a secret food with the albino crocodile blood.
La confesses her love for Tarzan and offers him eternal youth if he marries
her. Tarzan refuses. La commands the crocodile to be released. Tarzan breaks
his chains and kills the crocodile with his bare hands. Tarzan runs for
the river. The Mengos are shocked that their eternal youth is now gone.
They chase the ape-man. Tarzan dives into the river and is carried downstream.
Tarzan makes his way back to the native village and watches the wedding
of Barengo and Ilona from the trees. End.
story is a great little story marking the return of La. This is La’s fifth
appearance and her first since Dell #82.1. La has been removed from the
crooked men and is leader of the almost immortal Mengos. It was not her
choice, but La always seems to rise to royalty status. La continues her
love for the ape-man. Tarzan remains true to Jane - very Burroughsian.
The Mengos or Forest Spirits are different than the Mengo from Dell #118.1,
which unfortunately was the last issue before this annual was published.
It is a poor choice for a name when they are used so close together yet
so different. Another Burroughsian element is the eternal youth mixture.
Tarzan received an Elixir of Life in No. 25.1, the previous annual. Tarzan
is knocked unconscious for the 37th time. The white crocodile is the second
albino croc in stories. The first was in Dell #62.2. This is the second
crocodile god that Tarzan has killed; the first being in the very first
regular Tarzan issue. This story pulls from many previous Dell stories
as well as Burroughs himself. This is what makes this an outstanding story.
Making - “Making an African Antelope Mask” - 1p. - color
Isilo, who relieves him from watching the Waziri cattle all night, that
a bird has been crying for a long time. Dombie goes to investigate and
is captured by the Wabangi, who plan to use him as a hostage to force the
Waziri to do their wishes. Isilo and the other Waziri herder are overpowered.
The Wabangi steal the cattle.
4th story “Zebra
Boy” - 8 pp.
-- Boy Story - Rescues Boy - Rescues Dombie
about the missing Dombie from the Waziri drums. While canoeing, Tarzan
also hears the drum message. Boy rides a zebra to the Waziri, who have
stopped their pursuit of the rustlers. The Waziri chief shows Boy Dombie’s
necklace and tells him that the Wabangi have threatened to kill his grandson
if they did not leave. Boy has a plan. He has the Waziri paint him with
see the tops of the zebras moving into the valley and suspect nothing.
Tarzan spies the Waziri waiting and immediately knows the situation. As
he moves towards the Wabangi camp he catches Boy’s scent. Boy leaves the
zebras and crawls into the Wabangi camp. He finds Dombie tied to a tree
and attempts to cut him free. Two Wabangi spot him and give chase. Tarzan
grabs the pursuers and subdues them. Tarzan mimics a lion roar. The cattle
and the zebras stampede into the camp. The Wabangi climb the trees.
go after the stampeding cattle. The Waziri chief is surprised to see Tarzan,
Boy, and Dombie. Boy and Dombie go to see if they can catch the zebras.
story is a Boy story that was not drawn by Marsh. The illustrator is probably
Tony Sgroi. The story is not too bad. It has Boy trying to be the hero
by himself but Tarzan has to step in and save the day. The story does raise
a question as to Dombie’s lineage. In all previous stories, Dombie has
always been referred to as Muviro’s grandson. In the first panel the narrative
box calls Dombie the son of chief Muviro. When Boy catches up with the
Waziri, the unidentified chief says that Dombie is his grandson. Whoever
this artist is, he does a good job with the natives. Another plus is that
Boy and Dombie are not wearing silly hats. His drawings of Tarzan are not
Cut Out -- “Boy and Dombie Net the Lion” - 1p. - color
Game-- “Find N‘kima’s Secret Paths” - 1p. - color
N’kima runs from a leopard and then a hawk. On the outskirts of a village
N’kima finds a gold bracelet. He places it over his head and thinks he
is the king of the monkeys. He pushes his way past a bird on his way to
a tribe of monkeys. He declares himself king, strong, and brave. The tribe
gets caught up in the enthusiasm of the moment. They jump up and down on
a branch so hard that it breaks. A leopard that was stalking them is surprised
to find the monkeys on the ground. N’kima leads the monkeys to put up a
fierce front against sheetah. The leopard is so shocked by the display
that it runs off. Encouraged by the success, they look for more animals
that they can intimidate. They drop down in front of some hyenas and perform
their act. The hyenas run off. The monkeys declare N’kima to be king of
the jungle. N’kima searches for the great apes to become their king as
5th story “N‘kima
King of the Monkeys”- 8pp.
-- N’kima Story
are not impressed, especially Thorak, the gund. N’kima chatters on about
how he is king. Thorak throws him in some water. The monkeys wonder why
N’kima does not come to the surface. The bracelet weights him down. Thorak
pulls the little monkey out of the water. He takes away the bracelet and
places it on his wrist. The monkeys leave. N’kima cries about his loss
of power. N’kima warns Thorak about a leopard approaching. The apes and
monkeys take to the trees. N’kima hides in a knothole. He brags that everyone
jumped when he spoke. He is still king. He is glad they cannot see him
trembling in the knothole. End.
story is the first N’kima story in the Dells. It is nice to see the annuals
give the filler story to a Burroughs character rather than the usual generic
animal story. It is a shame that it took so long to give N’kima his own
story. This is the character that is closest to any of the master’s characters.
The story is typical N’kima, falsely brave. The bracelet gives the little
manu courage, similar to the medal giving the cowardly lion courage in
the “Wizard of Oz.” He loses all his courage when the bracelet is taken
from him. N’kima never realizes that he has that courage within him. But
it is good to have the frightened little monkey back. This is Thorak’s
third appearance in the Dell stories. The personality is similar to the
Thorak in Dell #113.1, but the looks are different. The drawings are not
by Jesse Marsh. The drawings of the monkeys are nicely done, but this is
really Marsh’s forte. It is too bad that he did not illustrate this story.
Dot - “Phantom of the Sea” -- sea monster - 1p. - limited color
Raoul d’Arnot fly a small plane over the Gourambi Range in search of Colonel
Paul d‘Arnot’s downed plane. They land in a snowstorm on top of the mountain
and tie the plane down. On the way down the mountain, they see a giant
Viking skiing down the mountain. Tarzan recognizes Yarl Hrolf. They follow
him to the Viking Skalli. Yarl welcomes them. Tarzan explains their mission.
6th story “Tarzan,
King of the Jungle Dragon Ship” - 8pp.
-- Lost Race (Vikings) - Rescue Colonel Paul d’Arnot - Airplane Crash
leads them down to the Viking’s dragon ship to search the valley and the
river. They spot the Skirling canoes heading for an island. They hear pistol
shots from the island. Tarzan and Raoul suspect that it is Raoul’s father,
Paul. Yarl orders the Vikings to ram the canoes. Some of the Skirlings
board the dragon ship. Tarzan saves Yarl from the Skirlings. The Skirlings
flee in their canoes. They land and find Paul d’Arnot unharmed. He explains
how he crashed and survived the Skirling attacks.
return to the Skalli and have a feast. Yarl escorts them back to the airplane.
They take off for home. End.
story is a new story marking the return of the giant Vikings on the Gourambi
Range. They were first encountered in A#5.2. The second time they showed
up in Dell #91.1 they had moved into a valley and built a fortress. The
Skirlings had burned their Skalli. Tarzan brokered a peace between the
Vikings and the Skirlings in that story. The fortress is now gone and the
Vikings are back on the mountain. The peace between the Vikings and the
Skirlings is gone. Yarl claims that Tarzan taught the Vikings how to use
the longbow. It did not happen in any Dell stories. Raoul d’Arnot makes
his first appearance. He is a son of Paul d’Arnot. The other son, Dr. Louis
d’Arnot made three Dell appearances. When last seen on a splash page in
Dell #105 Paul d’Arnot was still a captain. Now they introduce him as a
colonel - quite a promotion. Paul also looks very old with his hair graying
on the sides. The Skirlings of this story are probably the Straelings of
Dell #91.1. The story is very short. It is too bad that they had to limit
it. The heavy snowstorm panels are memorable. It is some of Marsh’s most
creative work in a long time.
Back Cover: Pages from Boy’s Diary - plus answer to puzzle game - back
Cover: - painted splash page - Tarzan, Boy, Jane, and tree house -