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YU-TARZAN 34 ~ 1985
KRASTASI (THE CRUSADERS)
From the Collection of
Karl-Heinz Janssen
The last Tarzan comic books in West Europe  for a long time
came from behind the Iron Curtain
This story narrates Tarzan's return to the Valley of the Sepulcher and the city of Nimmr. Edgar Rice Burroughs had described this valley and its two opposing cities already in his book Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle.

This time a young woman begs Tarzan to come with her to Nimmr. It seems that this Miss Blake ('Mis Blejk') is connected (his sister perhaps?) to that certain American photographer James Blake, who in ERB's story found his way to Nimmr. This city was founded seven hundred years ago by lost Crusader knights, who believe they still lead a war over Jerusalem with the Sacacens. In ERB's tale James Blake, a Freemason, introduces himself as a Templar. In the aftermath he grows to be a real knight and decides to stay in this valley out of time.

In the present, Tarzan is willing to guide the young Miss Blake to Nimmr. On their way they are caught by the same marauding Arabs and their sheik Ibn Jad, whom Tarzan and James Blake had met before. Tarzan and Miss Blake are  now separated. Tarzan comes to Nimmr and meets James again. Miss Blake is brought to the opposing City of the Sepulcher, where she shall be burnt as a witch.

Tarzan and Sir James Blake ('Ser Dzejms Blejka') come just in time to her rescue. Of  interest again are the Russ Manning references. Most of the leading figures like James Blake, the Sheik,  the princes and knights, the women and the black guards with their leopard skin caps look similar to Manning's depiction in the Gold Key comic book, as does the appearence of the two fortified cities. Here too it seems clear, that Bane Kerac and his colleagues, following Manning's lead,  put great emphasis on the continuity of their stories. 

Just for the sake of completeness: This was not YU Tarzan's last visit to the Valley of the Sepulcher. Petar Meseldzija, one of the youngest members in the team, draw the pictures for a story with the title: "The Bride of King Bohun". This guy Bohun is in Burroughs' book the Lord of the city of Sepulcher. 
 

 ~ Karl-Heinz Janssen


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