A Giant Comic TARZAN’S
JUNGLE ANNUAL #5 1956 ~ 100pp. 25 cents
interior: Jesse Marsh - 1st, 3rd, 4th, and 6th(?). Manning - 2nd. ~
Tony Sgroi - 5th.
Painting: Morris Gollub
Cover Painting: Jesse Marsh
Gaylord Du Bois - 1-2-4-5-6
Painting of a cheetah chasing an eland as it leaps over a log.
Front Cover: “Jungle Storm” - black and white
1st story “Tarzan
and The City of Silence”- 24pp.
Type -- Lost City (Tohr) -
a storm hits Tarzan takes cover under a rock. He cooks the wart hog he
has killed over a fire. He expects a flash flood. When the storm passes,
Tarzan watches two apes, Kurok and Throg, fight. A flash flood forces Tarzan
into a tree. The apes are surrounded by water on a tiny sandbar. Crocodiles
threaten the stranded apes. Tarzan throws the wart hog carcass in the water
to distract the crocs. He pulls the apes into a tree with a rope. The ape-man
learns that the apes were fighting over a round yellow thing. Tarzan spots
the armband and enters the water to retrieve it. He recognizes it as belonging
to Ta-den, the King of Alur. The word Tohr has been scratched on the inside.
Tarzan deduces that Ta-den is a captive of Tohr. The apes warn Tarzan of
an approaching crocodile. He escapes into the tree in the nick-of-time.
The apes declare Tarzan their gund and want to follow him. Tarzan dissuades
them and promises to hunt with them some other time.
Off to rescue Ta-den, Tarzan
trots across the Great Thorn Desert. He swings over the Great Swamp avoiding
a garth. In Pal-ul-don he is attacked by a gryf. Tarzan subdues the gryf
and rides it to Tohr, the City of Silence. He directs the gryf to crash
through the main gate. The lack of noise is deadening. It causes the gryf
to go berserk and smash everything in its path. Tarzan detects a whirring
sound and goes to investigate. He walks through the city noticing a statue
that rotates so that it faces all areas of the city. A strange tingling
in his ears causes him to peek into a building where he sees singing laborers
turning a giant capstan-like shaft. Investigating further, Tarzan discovers
the electric generator powered by the shaft. He climbs the stairs above
the generator and finds the ‘silence machine’ that absorbs the sound waves
in the city and surrounding area. The Jungle Lord throws a wrench into
the machine, breaking it. The silence is also broken. The gryf continues
its rampage. The citizens are in a panic because of the noise. Tarzan follows
Ozman, the chief workman, to the King’s palace. Ozman is ushered into the
King’s chambers. The King awakens and places a wig on his balding head.
Ozman informs the King about the damaged ‘silence machine.’ Tarzan enters
and tells the King that he damaged the machine and demands the release
of Ta-den. The King’s use of slang causes the ape-man to deduce that he
is an American. The King relates to Tarzan-jad-guru how his plane crashed
in the area. He used the electric equipment aboard to impress the natives.
He had them rebuild the dead city of Tohr and set himself up as King. He
built the ‘silence machine’ to keep outsiders in fear. He won’t release
Ta-den and plans to keep Tarzan there as well. Tarzan suggests that his
invention could make him famous in American. The American would rather
be King in Tohr. He pulls a cord and guards enter. The noise of the gryf
distracts the guards. A guard throws a spear at Tarzan, who ducks. The
spear kills the King. Tarzan fights his way out of the palace.
Spearmen attack the gryf. This
only succeeds in causing the gryf to destroy more buildings. Tarzan finds
Ta-den. Tarzan subdues the gryf. They ride the gryf through the Tohrian
guards and smash through a gate. On their way to Alur, Ta-den explains
that he and a soldier came to explore the mysterious city. He was captured
and threw his armband over the wall to his servant. Tarzan shows him the
armband. Ta-den deduces that the servant found Tarzan. Tarzan explains
that he knows nothing of the man and declares that Tohr is no longer a
story is a new story that revisits Tohr the first time since Dell Four
Color #161. Burroughs created Tohr for the radio play “The Fires of Tohr.”
The Four Color comic was an adaptation of the radio drama. This new story
states that Tohr was a dead city before the arrival of the unscrupulous
American. This must mean that Tohr fell into ruins after the death of Queen
Ahtea and that Ukah’s father, an Attarian and traditional enemy of Tohr,
who was chosen as their new leader must not have worked out. The writer(s)
of this series must have had this story in the works for years because
maps of Pal-ul-don in Dell #20 and Dell Annual #1 show Tohr in the southern
region and always refers to it as the City of Silence. The City of Silence
is not part of Burroughs’ radio drama. The fires of Tohr were a central
theme of the radio show. The fires are eliminated from this story line.
The city itself takes on a great new look. Marsh has really outdone himself
with the drawings of the new Tohr. The influence of ancient Roman buildings
colored stark white is impressive. The technology of the silence machine
is a bit vague but not critical to the story. Tarzan literally throws a
monkey wrench into the machine. The humor is probably lost on young readers.
Tarzan gains entrance to the palace and the King’s chambers a bit too easily.
In fact, the King and Ozman, the chief worker, do not seem to notice Tarzan
standing in the room. The Tohrian guards are girded in the usual ancient
Roman-like armor. The gryf is like a bull in a China shop as the beast
practically destroys the entire city. The story is excellent as the comic
remakes Tohr into a new vision. The city begs to be visited again. Hopefully
Marsh would continue to draw the city with the same detailed vision as
he did with this story.
Tarzan’s Birds - eagle, vulture,
fish hawk, hornbill, ostrich, marabou, secretary bird,
demoiselle crane, ibis, magpie,
raven and guinea - 1 page - color
The Tree of Life - Baobab tree
- one page - color
2nd story “Tarzan
and The Tall Warriors”- 15pp.
Type -- Lost Race (giant Vikings)
Tarzan cooks unnamed meat for
Buto, who wants to hunt a Nandi bear. Tarzan suggests trying the unexplored
Gourambi Mountain Range. Buto is anxious to start. Tarzan first locates
a herd of elephants. He convinces Tantor to carry them to the mountains.
Buto starts to feel the cold of the mountains. Tarzan senses Sheetah. They
each spear a leopard. They cook meat and tan the hides for clothing. They
travel over the mountains to a fertile valley. Leaving Tantor on the rim,
they descend a smooth wall into the canyon.
They come across a pile of
rocks purposefully covering an opening to a cave. There is cryptic writing
above the opening. They remove the rocks. They bundle reeds together for
torches. In the Ice Cave they find a wall of ice that enshrines giant Vikings
hunters and huntresses in battle with a lion and a leopard. Tarzan discovers
that the wall has been opened and closed many times. Buto warns Tarzan
that giant Vikings have entered the cave behind them.
The Vikings attack. Buto plays
with his opponent. Tarzan disarms Yarl Hrolf, the leader. Buto disarms
his man. Tarzan refuses to kill. Yarl is impressed by their skills and
honor. They become friends. Tarzan understands some of their language.
Tarzan speculates that they came to the valley a thousand years ago. He
also believes that they discovered that the rocks were removed from the
cave entrance. Yarl explains that the writing above the cave is a warning
not to enter the cave under the penalty of death. The cave is where they
enshrine their most famous hunters and huntresses. He forgives Tarzan and
Buto for entering the cave.
Yarl invites them on a hunt.
Beaters drive horta and antelope towards the hunters. Yarl offers his sword
to Tarzan to kill the wild boar. Tarzan displays his quickness by maneuvering
round and pulling horta’s tail. He kills the boar and gives the victory
cry of the bull ape. Yarl invites them to their Skalli (village?) for a
feast. The boar is roasted over an open spit. Yarl declares that Tarzan
and Buto have earned the right to be buried in the Ice Cave. Tantor calls
to them from a far. Yarl asks if that is Tarzan’s friend. Tarzan says yes.
Yarl asks them to bring their friend to the Viking Village. Tarzan and
Buto find Tantor. They decide that they had enough adventure and head for
story is a new story that is a pure adventure tale. There is no great threat
of danger or harm to Tarzan and Buto. They easily handle the giant Vikings.
As an introduction to a new lost race of people it is very interesting,
if the writer(s) would continue to return to them. If this is a one-time
adventure, it is pretty tame. The story potential is great but unfulfilled
here. The wall of ice containing the enshrined Viking heroes is a great
concept. The drawings are in the style of Russ Manning. Outstanding visuals
are the long vertical panel of the waterfall and the wall of ice containing
the Viking hunters and huntresses. Tarzan and Buto wear the tanned leopard
skins throughout the adventure. They are drawn and colored a pale yellow
with leopard’s spotted fur around the hood and the arm openings. The Vikings
are impressively characterized and the size difference between them and
Tarzan is excellent. In summary, the story is good but not totally satisfying.
It is Manning’s drawings that make this an above average tale.
Synopsis by David
spring day, when the days were growing achingly close to another summer,
I ran across a winter Tarzan in Dell's TARZANS JUNGLE ANNUAL NO. 5, 1956.
I was 15 and pretty much a Tarzan fanatic, so when I saw the ape-man wearing
a leopard skin parka, I was thrilled to see him in a setting as cold as
was entitled "Tarzan and the Tall Warriors." It is the second tale in the
issue. Here is a synopsis of the story.
and his gigantic black friend, Buto, decide to head out for new adventures
in the Gourambi Range, an area that even Tarzan has not fully explored.
They ride to themountains on Tantor, and when it grows colder in the high
elevations two leopards fortuitously happen along, so they are speared
for their coats. Buto complains that even with Sheeta's hide he is freezing
as they cross over a pass through the snow on Tantor like Hannibal in the
Alps. They come to a deep canyon and have to leave Tantor behind. They
climb down and find a natural ice cave, which leads them to a lost
tribe of gigantic Vikings! They skirmish, and then make friends. Everything
in the valley is oversized. Tarzan hunts and kills a giant wild boar with
a Viking sword, which impresses Yarl Hrolf and his Vikings a good deal.
They are told they can be buried in the ice cave with their noble ancestors
when they die. They hear Tantor trumpeting on the rim of the canyon so
use it as an excuse to leave with no intention of going back.
and Buto wear the leopard skin parkas and walk through snow during most
of the story, so it was extremely interesting to me.
note from: The Icelandic Sagas: Edited and introduced by Magnus Magnusson
The Folio Society, London, 1999.
and Buto are called "skirling" by the Vikings. More accurately, "Skraelings"
is a term used in early Icelandic sources to designate the indigenous inhabitants
of Greenland and North America. The derivation of the word is uncertain,
but it has contemptuous associations -- something like 'wretches'. Leif
Eriksson's brother, Thorvald, was killed by skraelings, and later Thorfinn
Karlsefni's Vinland colony had to be abandoned because of falling out with
Native American tribes -- more skraelings.
a reading of the Icelandic Sagas by every ERB fan since they will find
many ERBesque elements to keep them thoroughly entertained -- fact-paced,
action-filled stories with larger than life heroes and deeds. One of my
favorites is Egil'sSaga, the story of an ERB-like hero named Egil Skallagrimsson
of Borg, the greatest warrior-poet of the Viking age.
The Game of Hazards -- cut-out
circles of Tarzan and Muviro
to move them around two pages
of obstacles - color
3rd story “Tarzan
in the Ordeal of the Spears”- 8pp.
Type -- Evil Witch Doctor
A plane flies over as Tarzan
hands Boy a jar and asks him to collect army ants for Dr. Mac. Tarzan is
worried about Banga‘s, the evil witch doctor, control over the natives
in the area. Banga is demanding ivory and forcing them to compete in The
Ordeal of the Spears.
Two evil white men load ivory
onto their plane. They have provided Banga with a bulletproof vest, which
he uses in the ordeal. His opponents can cast two spears at him. The vest
protects him and gives the false impression that he has power over death.
Banga desires to be King of Africa. The white men are skeptical. Banga
believes that if he can kill Tarzan, it will happen. He has a plan to capture
Tarzan leaves to stop Banga.
Boy goes to collect ants. He herds ants into the jar. One ant bites him.
N’kima enters and informs Boy that Tarzan has been captured and will undergo
the Ordeal. N’kima leads Boy to the unnamed village. Boy signals Tarzan
with the metal cap of the jar. Banga brags that even the mighty Tarzan
cannot harm him. Tarzan can find no way out and takes up the first spear.
Banga stands under a tree. The spear knocks Banga off his feet but he is
uninjured. The second spear also knocks the witch doctor down. From the
tree above Boy notices the vest. Banga raise his spear and states that
Tarzan is no more dangerous than an ant. This gives Boy an idea. He empties
the jar of ants onto Banga. Banga jumps around exposing the bulletproof
vest. Tarzan grabs the spears from the distracted villagers. The villagers
beg for mercy as they now realize that Banga’s magic is false. Tarzan tells
them to listen only to their leaders. The tribe captures Banga. Tarzan
will have him punished and wants to discover who else is behind this scheme.
tale is a new story that is very short but very well written. It is a great
little story. The Ordeal of the Spears is slightly reminiscent of the Ordeal
of the Mamba Dell #46.2 where an evil witch doctor ran a scheme with a
snake. But this one is pretty impressive and Banga has grand delusions
of being the King of Africa. The evil white men give Banga credit for devising
the ordeal. But at the end of the story, Tarzan says that he wants to find
out who is behind this scheme; thus he believes that Banga could not come
up with this idea on his own. With that statement, the story ends rather
abruptly. The tale probably should have ended with the arrest of Banga.
Boy saving the day with the army ants did not bother this Tarzan fan. The
Lord of the Jungle probably would have come up with something on his own,
if Boy was not around to save the day. The drawings are the work of Jesse
Marsh. Curiously, Boy temporarily wears a fez while gathering the army
ants. Banga supports a decorative cloak during The Ordeal of the Spears.
This must have been time consuming to draw for such a small tale. There
are several outstanding panels. The first spear as it approaches Banga
is terrific, as well as the second spear as it leaves Tarzan’s hand and
flies towards the witch doctor. The bird’s eye view of Tarzan confronting
the natives with their own spears is a great change of pace from the usual
straight on perspective. Wonderful story!
Boy’s Letter and Diary - 2
pages - color
4th story “Tarzan
in Desert Ambush” - 14 pp.
Type -- Tarzan Aids the Beni
Adhemi - Arabs - Jad-bal-ja
Tarzan and Jad-bal-ja travel
to the City in the Sand. Tarzan leaves Jad outside the city. Tarzan learns
from Shareef Hussein that the Beni Adhemi are desperate for seed grain
and other supplies. The ape-man tells Hussein to prepare for a week outing
and to meet him outside of the city.
Hussein arrives on horseback.
The horse is nervous because of the golden lion. They travel two days to
a river near the Blue Mountain Range. Tarzan finds a wood bowl he made
on an earlier trip. He shows Hussein how to pan for gold. Jad-bal-ja will
guard them while they work. In a couple of days they have enough gold to
buy supplies. Hussein offers to share the gold with Tarzan, who refuses
the offer. A Jungle Savage sneaks up on them. Jad-bal-ja frightens him
off. After a week they return to the City of the Sand. Hussein selects
five Beni Adhemi to accompany them to Marrach, the Arab market town.
It takes them ten days to travel
to Marrach. Tarzan, wearing Arab clothing, finds a kahn, an inn, for them
to stay. The innkeeper of the Inn of the Three Dervishes over charges them
for the room. Hussein doesn’t mind. The innkeeper gives them a huge gold
colored key to the room. The men stay in the room to guard the gold. Tarzan
guards Hussein from afar as he purchases a camel, sheep, and other goods.
Tarzan notices a spy watching Hussein. They return to the room. Hussein
gives his men gold to go out on the town. Tarzan hands Hussein a club and
informs him that he expects an attack. Tarzan hears Jad-bal-ja outside.
He commands to the lion to come. Jad leaps into the second story window.
Tarzan hears the robbers on the stairs. The robbers break into the room.
Tarzan reveals Jad-bal-ja. The robbers believe it is a djinni and break
the railing to the stairs as they run over themselves in their attempt
to escape. Tarzan dons Arabs clothing and follows them. The agents of Sheik
Ali Ben Yussuf worry about the djinni. Tarzan and Hussein decide that Ali
will not care about the djinni and will probably ambush them outside of
Two days later Hussein’s caravan
leaves Marrach. Tarzan discovers the tracks of Ali’s men. He suspects an
ambush and decides on a different route. Hussein worries that Ali will
find their new route. Tarzan is counting on that fact. They travel to the
Gorge of the Baboons. Tarzan bribes the baboons with fruit. The baboons
allow them to pass. Ali discovers that the caravan went through the gorge
and attempts to follow. The baboons demand fruit for passage through the
gorge. Ali ignores them. The baboons attack them with rocks. Ali and his
men empty their rifles at the baboons. When they reach the other side of
the gorge, Tarzan and the Beni Adhemi are waiting for them. The Beni Adhemi
easily disperses the would-be robbers. After a short battle, Hussein discovers
that Tarzan has gone his separate way with Jad-bal-ja. End.
story is a new story in which Tarzan once again returns to the City of
the Sand. This time sand is used in the singular rather than the plural.
The narration at the beginning of the story states that Tarzan has not
been to the city for months. In fact, Tarzan had just been there in Dell
#80, June 1956. Annuals do not have published dates but from previous annual
story lines compared to the regular monthly issues it appears that annuals
come out between the May and June issues. Since this story claims that
Tarzan has not been there in months, one would suspect that the writer
of Dell #80.1 was not Gaylord Du Bois. Other than this minor quibble, the
story is a good one and is very tight with no subplots. The savage is referred
to as a ‘jungle’ savage whereas in Dell #80.1 they are called ‘mountain’
savages. The distance view of Marrach is impressive. The story refreshingly
shows Arabs as honest businessmen not as bandits and slavers. Ever the
trickster, Tarzan dupes the baboons into being his ally and fools Ali into
his trap. The other quibble is a flaw by the colorist. As Ali arrives at
the other end of the gorge, his cloak is colored bluish rather than red.
This makes you think that you are seeing Hussein rather than Ali. Other
than these minor quibbles, it is a very good story.
Lie Detector of Zululand --
“boiling water test” - 1 page - color
The Hidden Terror -- alternating
pictures of natives and gimla - to cut and fold - 1 page - color
5th story “Tarzan
and Boy in Boy Saves the Day”- 8pp.
Type -- Tarzan and Boy Story
- Tarzan Help the Waziri Repel Invaders
Tarzan makes blowguns for himself
and Boy. Tarzan knocks a leaf out of a tree. Boy practices. He sees Chaka,
the baboon, fighting with another baboon. Chaka thinks the baboon struck
him with a stick and chases him. Tarzan sees what happened. He shoots Boy
in the butt to teach him a lesson. Boy falls from the tree. Tarzan catches
him. Isilio, the Waziri, runs up and informs Lord Tarzan that invaders
are attacking the Waziri Village. Tarzan sends Isilio and Boy to search
for Muviro’s hunting party as he goes to the village.
Isilio and Boy head for the
river. Isilio crosses first in an attempt to draw the crocodiles away from
Boy. As Boy crosses, crocodiles head for him. Isilio spears a crocodile
as Boy reaches the other bank.
As they cross a veldt, lions
drive them up a Baobab tree. Isilio offers to sacrifice himself to the
lions so Boy can escape. Boy repeatedly shoots the lions with his blowgun.
The lions turn on each other and fight. Boy and Isilio escape. They find
Muviro and tell him about the invaders. Tarzan, Muviro and his men defeat
The next day Tarzan and Boy
come to the village. Tarzan instructs Boy to leave his blowgun outside
of the village. Chaka finds it. Muviro tells Boy that the elders want to
hear Boy’s story. Chaka shoots Boy in the butt with the blowgun. Muviro
wonders what is wrong with Boy. Tarzan knows. Boy chases after the baboon.
Chaka thinks this is very funny. End.
story is a new story that is not drawn by either Marsh or Manning. The
look of all the characters is slightly different than Marsh or Manning’s
style. The illustrator often times has arms, spears, heads, and the other
things break out of the panels and spill into the gutters or other panels.
This is a refreshing look to the panels. The story is a tight story that
concentrates more on Boy than Tarzan. The title states that Boy saves the
day. He helped out in this story but not as much as in A#5.3, “The Ordeal
of the Spears.” Two of the names are close to names from other Dell stories.
One wonders if they were meant to be the same characters and simply misspelled
the names or if they were meant to be new characters. Chaka, the baboon,
in this story is close to Chako, the baboon, from Dell A#1.5 and A#3.2.
Isilio, the Waziri, is very close to Isilo, the Waziri, from two Boy stories
in Dell #58.2 and Dell #59.2. An interesting story with interesting drawings,
however it is more of a Boy story than a Tarzan story.
Boy and Dombie - Cutout --
1 page - color
Bantu Boys at Play -- handball
and ‘spearing the disk’ 1 page - color
6th story “The
Courage of M’bogo”- 8pp.
Type -- Non-Tarzan Story
M’bogo, the alpha male buffalo,
watches over the herd. A pride of lions attacks and kills two calves. M’bogo
leads the herd against the pride. They drive the lions to the top of a
kopje. The herd leaves. M’bogo follows the lions into a crevice. A lion
scratches his nose. He leaves but lays in wait. The nest day he follows
the pride and watches them feed on the calves. The lions attack stragglers
of the herd. M’bogo takes on the pride by himself. M’bogo scares off the
pride. With a lion on its back, M’bogo rolls over onto its back. The injured
lion runs off. M’bogo leads the herd in attack. They drive the pride to
the top of the kopje again. The injured male lion knows the pride will
not attack the herd again. M’bogo knows that he can handle any enemy. End.
story is a non-Tarzan. The story is very average. The drawings are by an
unknown artist. The style is neither Marsh nor Manning. The title character
M’bogo is a buffalo that is the usual brown color not the black of the
giant buffalo named M’bogo in Dell #68.2.
Jungle Theater -- cutouts for
a shoes box theater including Tarzan, Jane, Boy,
Argus, gryf, tree house, and
a lost city. -- 2 pages - color
Mabudu Money -- in Ituri Land
the Mabudu tribe have a bank for leopard teeth. 1 page - color
Tarzan’s Ape-English Dictionary
- 6 pps. in color - 20 words. The last page also includes Dell’s Pledge
Inside Back Cover: “Spiny Pets’
- Boy and hedgehog - Black and white
Back Cover: New advertisement
- Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit gum - illustrated story - playing safe during summer
vacation - color
On the whole this is a great
Dell annual with most of stories being outstanding. This last non-Tarzan
story is the exception to this issue.