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Volume 2350

by Gaylord DuBois
with art by
Jesse Marsh and Russ Manning

Brothers of the Spear art by Russ ManningPostal regulations required that a few pages of the Dell Tarzan comic books which began in 1948, be devoted to features other than that featured on the covers. They started by running back-pages features such as "Mabu," "Two Against the Jungle," and "Boy." Eventually this led to "Brothers of the Spear," a very successful series that debuted in issue 25 (October 1951). The serial, created by the prolific Gaylord DuBois and Tarzan artist Jesse Marsh, went on to run in each issue for over 25 years. Comic art legend, Russ Manning, did some of his earliest comics work in this series -- beginning with Tarzan issue #39 and drawing each feature until he took over the main Tarzan art from Jesse Marsh in Gold Key issue 154. The feature appeared sporadically after this with occasional art by Manning and Mike Royer.

The Brothers of the Spear were Dan-El (white) and Natongo (black), unrelated kings by right in their neighboring countries (Aba-Zulu and Tungelu), whose thrones had been usurped. They swore brotherhood and had many adventures together. This was probably the first appearance in American comic books of a pair of white and black heroes sharing adventures. By the time they had been restored to their respective thrones, both were married to beautiful mates, Dan-El to Tavane and Natongo to Zulena. Their love of action continued, however, and they went on to many more years of adventure.

Gold Key Comics published their own stand-alone 17-issue Brothers of the Spear title from June 1972 through February 1976. Whitman Comics published an issue #18 in May 1982, with reprinted material only. Du Bois wrote the series beginning with issue #2. Jesse Santos did the artwork for the first twelve issues, followed by Dan Spiegle.


DELL & GOLD KEY SERIES CONTENTS

Art by Jesse Marsh Nos: 25-38
ERBzine 2351: Nos. 25-29
ERBzine 2352: Nos. 30-34
ERBzine 2353: Nos. 35-39

Art by Russ Manning Nos: 39-161

ERBzine 2354: Nos. 40-44
ERBzine 2355: Nos. 45-49
ERBzine 2356: Nos. 50-54
ERBzine 2357: Nos. 55-59
ERBzine 2358: Nos. 60-64
ERBzine 2359: Nos. 65-69
ERBzine 2360: Nos. 70-74
ERBzine 2361: Nos. 75-79
ERBzine 2362: Nos. 80-84
ERBzine 2363: Nos. 85-89
ERBzine 2364: Nos. 90-94
ERBzine 2365: Nos. 95-99
ERBzine 2366: Nos. 100-104
ERBzine 2367: Nos. 105-109
ERBzine 2368: Nos. 110-114
ERBzine 2369: Nos. 115-119
ERBzine 2370: Nos. 120-124
ERBzine 2371: Nos. 125-129
ERBzine 2372: Nos. 130-134
ERBzine 2373: Nos. 135-139
ERBzine 2374: Nos. 140-144
ERBzine 2375: Nos. 145-149
ERBzine 2376: Nos. 150-154
ERBzine 2377: Nos. 155-161

TITLED CHAPTERS

   
ERBzine 2369
ERBzine 2370
DELL 114 ~ Rescue in the Flood (2368)
DELL 116 ~ The Omen
DELL 117 ~ Enemies' Fate
DELL 118 ~ The Fallen City (196)
DELL 119 ~ The Daring Rescue
DELL 120 ~ Dan-El and Natongo Meet Again (197)
DELL 121 ~ Tavane Leads Into Battle (198)
DELL 122 ~ Natongo's New Homeland (199)
DELL 123 ~ New Country and Friends (200)
DELL 124 ~ Disaster (201)
   
ERBzine 2371
ERBzine 2372
DELL 125 ~ Walls of Mystery (204)
DELL 126 ~ Besieged! (205)
DELL 127 ~  The Sortie (206)
DELL 128 ~ Dan-El Defends the Gap
DELL 129 ~  The Tall Stranger
DELL 130 ~  A Captive People
DELL 131 ~  The Truth Herb
DELL 132 ~ The Duel
DELL 133 ~ The Tunnel
DELL 134 ~ Cloud of Terror
   
ERBzine 2373
ERBzine 2374
GOLD KEY 135 ~ War Horn on the Mountain
GOLD KEY 136 ~ The Raiders
GOLD KEY 137 ~ Beast Madness
GOLD KEY 138 ~ Harvest of Fear
GOLD KEY 139 ~ The Cleft in the Rock
GOLD KEY 140 ~ To Dare or To Perish
GOLD KEY 141 ~ The Strong Man
GOLD KEY 142 ~ The Pool
GOLD KEY 143 ~ Prey of Eagles
GOLD KEY 144 ~ The Pit Trap
   
ERBzine 2375
ERBzine 2376
GOLD KEY 145 ~ Small Stranger
GOLD KEY 146 ~ The Demand
GOLD KEY 147 ~ Shadow of Danger
GOLD KEY 148 ~ The Flash of Steel
GOLD KEY 149 ~ The Courage of Shala
GOLD KEY 150 ~ Brave Hearts
GOLD KEY 151 ~ The Falcon
GOLD KEY 152 ~ Secret Weapon
GOLD KEY 153 ~ Battle in the Boma
GOLD KEY 154 ~ The Giant
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ERBzine 2377
Reprinted in Later Editions
ERBzine 2378 and ERBzine 2378a
GOLD KEY 155 ~ Vanished
GOLD KEY 156 ~ Without Warning
GOLD KEY 157 ~ NONE (replaced with Bantu)
GOLD KEY 158 ~ Tembo! Tembo!
GOLD KEY 159 ~ NONE (replaced with Bantu)
GOLD KEY 160 ~ The Snare
GOLD KEY 161 ~ The Defiant Trumpet
GOLD KEY 196 ~ The Fallen City
GOLD KEY 197 ~ Dan-El and Natongo Meet Again
GOLD KEY 198 ~ Tavane Leads Into Battle
GOLD KEY 199 ~ Natongo's New Homeland
GOLD KEY 200 ~ New Country and Friends
GOLD KEY 201 ~ Disaster!
GOLD KEY 202 ~ The Pit ***New?

GOLD KEY 203 ~ The Silent Ones ***New?
GOLD KEY 204 ~ Walls of Mystery 
GOLD KEY ~ 205 ~ Besieged
GOLD KEY ~ 206 ~ The Sortie
ERBzine 2598
Expanded Brothers of the Spear story
featured in Dell Tarzan Annual 51
Treachery in Aba-Zulu
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BROTHERS OF THE SPEAR GOLD KEY COVER GALLERY
The Tarzan title was taken over from Gold Key by DC Comics in 1972, but Brothers of the Spear was not a property of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. and the title remained with Gold Key. Gold Key then brought out Brothers of the Spear in their own title with artwork by Jesse Santos. The Brothers of the Spear comic continued until #17 (February, 1976), then one final issue came out in 1982.
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