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Dell Comics Summaries ~ Pt. 6
Issues 51 - 60
by Duane Adams
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DELL #51 December 1953 ~ 52pp. 10cents

Art interior: Jesse Marsh - pencils -- Russ Manning - inks
Writer: unknown (Gaylord Du Bois - unconfirmed)

Cover: 39th Lex Barker photo with chimpanzee and painted background
Inside Front Cover:  New advertisement for Lincoln logs - color

1st story “Tarzan and the Terribs’ Captive” - 16pp.
Type -- Terribs - Dr. MacWhirtle - Stork Men - Argus - Gorobars - Thipdar

Tarzan Dell 51Nighttime and Dr. Mervin’s fever has broken. His daughter, Yolanda, is relieved. Princess Loma asks Tarzan about getting the doctor’s bird machine to fly. Tarzan says he will use Argus to fly for some fuel. The Terribs attack the Stork Men Village. Tarzan and Boy grab their bow and arrows. Carrying torches, the Terribs, mounted on their Gorobars, make excellent targets. The Terribs set fire to Dr. Mervin’s plane. Tarzan dives in the water trailing after a Terribs heading under the stilted houses of the Stork Men. He kills the Gorobar with his knife. The giant otters join the battle, attacking the Gorobars. The Terribs flee. The fires are doused, but Dr. Mervin’s plane is a total loss. Tarzan plans to fly Argus to Nairobi for help. They sleep.

In the morning, the Stork Men feed Argus. Tarzan and Boy take off on Argus. They fly to Dr. MacWhirtle’s estate just outside of Nairobi. Tarzan doesn’t want people to discover the secrets of Pal-ul-don. He jumps from Argus’ back, and Boy flies the giant eagle home. Dr. Mac is examining a thipdar egg with a stethoscope. He is startled by Tarzan’s sudden appearance. Tarzan talks him into flying his seaplane to help Dr. Mervin. Dr. Mac will take the egg with him.

Over the Great Barrier Swamp, they spy nesting Gorobars. Dr. Mac lands to collect some specimens. Terribs attack them and capture Dr. Mac. Tarzan drives off the remaining Terribs. He uses the seaplane to follow the Terribs and their captive. The Terribs enter their underwater den. Tarzan searches for the correct underwater cave. He spies the Terribs fleeing through a tunnel. Entering the tunnel, he finds Dr. Mac and the newly hatch thipdar egg. The Terribs were frightened off by the hatchling. Tarzan and Dr. Mac tie the thipdar’s mouth shut. Tarzan notices a tunnel straight up out of the chamber. They exit the chamber. They return to the sandbar nest and gather Gorobar eggs. Tarzan destroys the remaining eggs. They take off for the Stork Men Village. End.

The featured story is a new story that continues where Dell #50.1 left off. Dr. Mervin, Yolanda, and Princess Loma have cursory parts to help remind the reader of the previous episode. Suddenly, the dreaded Terribs attack. There are some terrific night panels featuring the fire havoc of the battle. The giant otters turn the tide of the battle once again. The burned out seaplane of Dr. Mervin leaves a lot to be desired. It doesn’t look as bad as the writer wanted it to look. We learn that Dr. Mac owns an estate near Nairobi. Dr. Mac’s face is one of the most expressive and consistently drawn characters of the series. In this story the good doctor wears a red cap and a blue and white checked kilt. He uses garters to hold up his red stockings. The Doctor’s omnipresent quest for eggs once again is focal point of the story line. The panels of Tarzan surrounded by Terribs and successfully fighting them off can almost be over looked as the story plunges forward with the capture of Dr. Mac. But they are one of the high lights of the story as Tarzan is allowed to be Tarzan in demonstrating his strength and fighting prowess. Upon the initial reading, it is easy to accept the Terribs fleeing from the hatched thipdar. But as one analyses the story, it becomes questionable that the scourge of the Great Swamp and tamers of the vicious Gorobars would be frightened off so easily by a thipdar hatchling. The drawings of Marsh in this story include a wide variety of perspectives that makes it one of his more interesting sets of panels. The story does not conclude the overall story started back in Dell #42.1 but promises to be continued in future issues.

2nd story “Boy and the Elephant’s Child” - 6pp.
Type -- Boy Story - Boy Rescues Baby Elephant

Boy and Dombie are bow fishing when they discover Hatha, a she-elephant, trying to rescue her baby that has fallen into a pit-trap. Boy goes to Tantor and convinces him to get the elephant herd to stomp on a clay bluff that topples into a stream that overflows and fills the pit with water, allowing them to rescue the baby. Native hunters approach. Boy, Tantor, and the herd drive them off. End.

The second story is a Boy story with no appearance by Tarzan. It is yet another rescue story, which is becoming a familiar theme for Boy stories.

3rd story “Tarzan and the Raging River” - 15pp.
Type -- Rescue White Man - Lost Race - slavery

Riding on Bara, Tarzan comes across Muviro visiting with a white man near a safari car. He sends Bara way. The man is Harvey Norton from Tyneside, England. He shows Tarzan a copper band found around a stork in Germany. It contains a message from his son Bruce, who disappeared eight year earlier while searching for little-known tribes. The message states that he is a captive of the Hokyus at the headwaters of the Mangowari River. Tarzan agrees to lead him to the Hokyus. He limits Harvey’s weaponry to one pistol. They take the safari car to the lower end of the river.

They follow the river up into the mountains on foot. Tarzan throws his rope across a gorge. Harvey is afraid to cross on the rope. Tarzan calls Korak, the great ape. He instructs Korak to carry Harvey across the gorge. He does. Once safe on the other side, Harvey faints. Tarzan uses his bow to bring down birds for food. Three days later they arrive at a lake that spills over a dam, which in turn forms the river. They see a town at the other end of the lake. They reach the Hokyus Village at night. Tarzan instructs Harvey to hide his pistol in the wall and Korak to remain outside of the town. Suddenly they are surrounded by the Hokyus. Harvey explains why they are there. A Hokyus explains that no one may leave their village alive. They are to be made into slaves. The captives are placed in a roofless tower where they find Bruce. Tarzan thinks he can climb out of the tower. Bruce explains that the Hokyus have trained dogs that hunt down escapees. Tarzan believes they can escape down the river.

Tarzan climbs out of the tower and explores the area. He releases Harvey and Bruce. They run through the grain fields and meet up with Korak in a melon patch. Korak accidentally fires Harvey’s pistol. The shot alerts some native who mistake them for melon thieves. The sight of Korak sends them running. They arm themselves with the native clubs. An armed patrol tries to stop them. Tarzan and Korak fight as Bruce and Harvey head for a canoe. Tarzan and Korak join them. Soon two large war canoes are in pursuit of the escapees. They ride over the dam safely. The Hokyus canoes capsize as they go over the dam. They maneuver around rocks, and leap for shore before the canoe topples over the falls. Tarzan says they will head for home. End.

The third story is a new story. Muviro with his red and black neckpiece is reduced to a walk-on roll. A new character is introduced, Harvey Norton. He is the typical elderly, balding gentleman with a mustache and a safari hat. They use a safari car to the edge of the mountains. Harvey has bearers in the safari car, but they are not used in the story and are superfluous. Korak, who has been used in a couple of recent Boy stories, has an important part in this story. The lost race, the Hokyus, appear to be a fairly civilized tribe. They keep slaves, but they treat them reasonably well. It is curious that the Hokyus wear fezzes. Tarzan has Harvey hide his pistol in the broken wall of the Hokyus village but somehow Korak shows up with the pistol. This was necessary so that the ape could accidentally fire it, thus causing additional conflict with the Hokyus. The story is standard fare and the drawings are also typical with nothing too noteworthy.

“Mabu’s Story” -- 42nd text story -- 2 pages - no illustrations

“Brothers of the Spear” -- 27th -- 6 pages

Subscription Advertisement - 2 pages - Christmas - in color

Splash Page - Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle - color

Inside Back Cover: New advertisement Daisy BB rifle - color

Back Cover: 17th Wheaties advertisement for miniature foreign license plates.




DELL #52 January 1954 ~ 52pp. 10cents

Art interior: Jesse Marsh - pencils -- Russ Manning - inks
Writer: Unknown (Gaylord Du Bois - unconfirmed)

Cover: 40th Lex Barker photo with painted background
Inside Front Cover:  New advertisement for Milky Way candy bar in color

1st story “Tarzan and the Savage Horde”- 16pp.
Type -- Talking Gorillas - Athne - Empire Overthrown - Cathne - Goliath

Tarzan Dell 52Mounted on Tantor, Tarzan discovers the trail of thousands of Bolgani leading into the Great Thorn Desert. He speculates that they are the same band of gorillas that once occupied the City of Gold. The ape-man observes the horde headed for Athne. Tarzan rushes to Athne to warn them. He realizes that he is putting himself in jeopardy by entering Athne. He sends Tantor into the swamp. Tarzan tells King Ergon about the approaching horde of gorillas. Ergon doesn’t believe him and commands the guards to seize him. Tarzan throws the King into the guards. The Jungle Lord leaps to a window and escapes. The Athneans sound the alarm gong. Tarzan makes it to the city walls and dives into the Great Swamp and rejoins Tantor.

Three nights later, the Bolgani swarm over the walls and smash the main gate. Tarzan watches from a distance and goes into the swamp hoping to help with the boats. The Athneans fight bravely as they try to provide time for their women and children to escape. The Athnean elephants are no match for the savage gorillas. The Bolgani kill King Ergon. Athnean old men, woman, and children make it to the boats in the lake. Tarzan has them tie their boats together. Tantor pulls them to a small island in the swamp. The apes have driven the warriors to the lake’s edge. Tarzan returns with the empty boats. He pulls the warriors to their families.

The next morning Tarzan leads them to Cathne. King Jathon, mounted on Goliath, greets them. Tarzan explains their plight. Jathon welcomes them Cathne. Tarzan and Jathon leave to scout the Bolgani horde. Tarzan relates the tale of how he used Goliath to drive the Bolgani from their city and free their slaves. Tarzan believes there are too many of them to try that again. They arrive at Athne and witness the gorillas practicing maneuvers on elephants. A couple of gorillas sneak up behind them and fell Tarzan with a thrown club. Tantor protects Tarzan’s unconscious body as Jathon kills the apes with arrows. Tarzan recovers. They use Tantor and Goliath to drive the gorillas back behind the walls of Athne. Tarzan warns the Bolgani not to attempt to cross the Great Swamp. Jathon thinks they will obey. Tarzan is not so sure. End.

The featured story is a new story that distorts Dell #41.2. In “Tarzan Makes War,” (Dell #41.2) Tarzan uses Goliath to drive talking gorillas out of their city and places the Lost Legion in the city. This previous story is referred to many times in this issue; however, Tarzan claims the city was called the City of Gold and no mention of the Lost Legion is given. One wonders why the writer chose to call it the City of Gold when that term has always been associated with Cathne. Before Tarzan reaches Athne to warn the citizens about the approaching horde of Bolgani, he calls Ergon, Prince. Yet as he enters the city he demands to see the King. Indeed, Ergon is now King of Athne. In his last appearance in Dell #45.3, Ergon was Prince with short curly hair and a mustache. In this issue, Ergon is heavier set, has a full mustache and beard, and has a heavily lined face. His reign as king is short-lived. The gorilla horde kills him. The writer moves the Athneans into the home of their heretical enemy, the Cathneans. This may not have been possible without the demise of King Ergon. The armor of Athneans is more detailed and of a great variety than before. The cities are drawn with less detail and more generic. His helmet mostly hides King Jathon so it is impossible to tell if his appearance has changed from previous issues. The Great Swamp comes to the edge of Athne. We learn in this issue that there is also a lake connected to the swamp near Athne. The Bolgani have miraculously increased their numbers to thousands in a very short period of time. They also seem to avoid using ape language; such as, they refer to the ape-man as Tarzan the terrible instead of Tarzan-jad-guru. Goliath in Dell #41.2 easily handled the gorillas. Now, apparently there are too many of them for Goliath. In any case, the results are that Athne and Cathne are united. It is impossible to say for how long. The Bolgani have taken over Athne. Tarzan is unsure how long they will remain behind their walls. Continuations of these events are evident.

2nd story “Boy Falls Among Enemies” - 8pp.
Type -- Boy Story - Jad-bal-ja - Bolgani - Tarzan (token appearance)

Boy wants Jad-bal-ja to carry him to Buto’s kraal. The lion only wants to sleep. The man-think Bolgani observes Boy. They believe that they can control Tarzan if they capture him. They grab him and head for the Great Thorn Desert. Jad-bal-ja calls to his pride to track them. Tarzan hears the call but doesn’t understand the meaning. Later he follows. The pride gives up at the desert. The Bolgani build a fire and a boma to protect themselves against the lions. Jad-bal-ja leaps the boma and rescues Boy. The lion returns Boy to Tarzan. End.

The second story is a Boy story that has a token appearance by Tarzan. Tarzan is not necessary to this story. The Bolgani are the same man-think gorillas that have just taken over Athne. We learn that they can build fire and thorn barriers. These are importance character advancements in the Bolgani.

3rd story “Tarzan and the Serpent of Pal-ul-don” - 13pp.
Type -- Dr. Mac - Dr. Mervin - Storkmen - Men of Monga - Argus - Serpent of Pal-ul-don

Dr. MacWhirtle and Tarzan fly the doctor’s amphibian plane to the lagoon of the Stork Men in the Great Swamp. Dr. Mac is curious about the giant crocodile in the water. Tarzan explains that it is the boat of the Lutorians. Argus and the Stork Men greet them on their stilts. Dr. Mac and Dr. Mervin exchange small talk. Princess Loma offers to take Boy via the crocodile boat to Lutor for a visit. Dr. Mac, Dr. Mervin and Yolanda board the plane for Nairobi. Tarzan warns them about Dr. Mac cargo, the young Thipdar and the Gorobar eggs. The Thipdar bites Dr. Mervin on the leg. Tarzan is worried about Dr. Mac’s cargo causing problems during the flight. He decides to follow them on Argus. As he leaves, he says that he will join Boy later at Lutor.

The Thipdar bites through the ropes that bind it and bites Dr. Mac in the arm. As Dr. Mac regains control of the plane, Dr. Mervin ties the Thipdar’s mouth closed. Yolanda suggests that they land so they can bandage the doctor’s wound. Dr. Mac lands on a mesa near the edge of a cliff. He unties the Thipdar’s mouth. Yolanda bandages the doctor’s arm. Dr. Mac explains that they are in Pal-ul-don. They attempt to turn the plane around by hand to no avail. The crooked men, Men of Monga, sneaked up and capture them. After tying up their captives, they enter the house-that-flies. The Thipdar breaks its bonds and frightens the Mongas out of the plane. Yolanda faints as the Men of Monga carry their captives back to their home.

 From the back of Argus, Tarzan spies the empty plane. He searches for his friends. He finds them working in the Monga fields. The ape-man and Argus swoop in and grab Yolanda. They fly her back to the plane. He returns for the two doctors. Argus temporarily frightens the Mongas. Tarzan helps Dr. Mervin onto Argus’ back. The crooked men charge in with their bolas. Dr. Mac grabs onto Argus’ leg as the giant eagle lifts off. The bolas misses their mark. They return to the plane. Tarzan single-handedly turns the plane around. A Serpent of Pal-ul-don slithers up. Tarzan places himself in its path so they can board the plane. The serpent’s attention is distracted by the approaching Mongas. The plane takes off. Tarzan mounts Argus. The serpent chases the crooked men. Tarzan fires arrow after arrow until the serpent is dead. Tarzan surmises that the crooked men will remember Tarzan. End.

The third story is a new story that is a continuation of Dell #51.1. However sometime during the flight to the Stork Men’s Village, Dr. MacWhirtle complete changes his clothes from a red cap and a blue and white checked kilt to a gold shirt and black shorts with shoulder straps and a blue cowboy hat. The stories maybe written continuously but the drawings are obvious done on separate occasions. Princess Loma is going to take Boy to Lutor. This is probably a set up for an upcoming story. The drawing of the crocodile boat is pretty disproportional to the surroundings. The good Dr. Mac’s penchant for exotic and extinct creatures is again the focal point upon which the plot is based. The young Thipdar is the engine that drives the story, which results in their capture by the crooked men, the Men of Monga. When last seen in Dell #39.1, the Men of Monga were cliff dwellers that were desperate for women. Yet, when they capture the young, beautiful Yolanda, instead of focusing on the need for women, the writer merely has her put to work in the Monga fields. The three captives appear to be the only ones working the fields. The Monga bolos are spelled bolas. They use them pretty ineffectively. As the story wraps up with Tarzan turning the plane around, the title creature, the Serpent of Pal-ul-don, finally makes an appearance. The plane is on top of a bare rock mesa. It is shown that way countless time. Yet, as the serpent makes a move towards a crooked man, its crested head and upper body are extending through a massive green, swirling thing. What it is, is unknown. It is repeated as Tarzan starts to fire arrows into the serpent. It is gone in the next panel as Tarzan continues to fire arrows and the serpent falls from the cliff. Was it intended to be part of the creature as it made its attack or is it some type of shrubbery that mysteriously appeared? This is unsolved. Despite some of these minor inconsistencies, the story is well paced, tight and satisfying. The artwork is also satisfying even though the green glob is unexplainable.

“Terror Wind” -- 43rd text story -- 2 pages - no illustrations

“Brothers of the Spear” -- 28th -- 6 pages

New Subscription Advertisement -- Christmas - 2 pages - in color

Splash Page - The Serpent of Pal-ul-don - color

Inside Back Cover: New Daisy BB rifle- color

Back Cover: 18th Wheaties advertisement featuring Tom Fears of the Los Angles Rams.



DELL #53 February 1954 ~ 52pp. 10 cents

Art interior: Jesse Marsh (first story) - pencils ~ 
Russ Manning: inks ~ Tony Sgroi: 2nd story ~ Unknown artist: 3rd story
Writer: Unknown (Gaylord Du Bois - unconfirmed)

Cover: 41st Lex Barker photo with painted background
Inside Front Cover: New advertisement for college pennants from Hormel foods - color

1st story “Tarzan and the Panther King” - 16pp.
Type -- Rescue Jane - Lost Race (Panther Men) - N’kima

Dell Comic #53Tarzan, Jane, and N’kima are in a remote mountain valley near a lake. A frightened N’kima rushes up with a tale about a Gomangani hunting with black panthers. Tarzan and N’kima go to investigate. They spot a white man in a black panther mask with two black panthers on leashes. Tarzan follows the Panther Man. N’kima returns home. When the Panther Man starts to leave the area, Tarzan decides to backtrack to discover whence he came.

Meanwhile, another Panther Man silences Neeka, a black panther, as he spies Jane. He plans her capture for the Black King. Jane starts to cook some fish. The Panther Man and his two panthers out flank Jane. Jane understands part of his language. The Panther Man commands Neeka to lead the way back to the village. They travel through a cavern to the other side of a mountain. At the bottom of the volcanic crater is the Panther Men village. Tarzan arrives at the rim of the crater and sees Jane being lead into the village. Yo-kar, Jane’s captor, is haled as hero for Jane’s capture. Tarzan decides to wait until dark for a rescue attempt. 

Tarzan slips into the village. He witnesses Panther Men using a long pole to move a bucket of water across a great chasm to a circular area that houses a huge black panther they call the Panther King. He learns that Jane will be sacrificed to the Panther King. He locates the building where she is being held. As a Panther Man passes him, Tarzan uses a pressure grip on a nerve in his neck to subdue him. The ape-man dons the Panther Man’s costume. He worries about mimicking the accent of the Panther people. He enters a building and witnesses the ceremonial preparation for the Panther King’s victim. Jane is on a stone dais that contains two stone panthers. They have dressed her in purple with gold arm and ankle bracelets and a feathery headdress. A high priest places the royal necklace around her neck. The priest commands the guards of honor to surround the Panther King. Tarzan is mistaken for Nurpah, a Panther Man, and is commanded to accompany the guards. He figures that at least he will be near when they bring Jane out.

Tarzan decides to explore the chasm for an escape route. As the moon slips under a cloud, Tarzan slips off the Panther Man mask and climbs down the chasm. Jane is carried on a stretcher to the chasm. The Panther Men roll a weighted flying bridge on rollers across the chasm. Two men carry her across on the litter. They leave her on the ground as the bridge is being retracted. The Panther Men start drumming to awaken the Panther King. The Black King approaches the helpless Jane. Tarzan crawls up out of the chasm and challenges the giant panther. The Panther Men are confident that the King Panther will kill the outlander. Tarzan kills the Panther King with his knife and gives the victory cry of the bull ape. The Panther Men throw spears, but miss their mark. Tarzan carries Jane to the bottom of the chasm. Jane discards the royal necklace. They dive into the water at the bottom of the chasm and swim to a tunnel opening. They follow it through the mountain and out. They make their way through the trees towards home. N’kima frets that the panthers have killed Tarzan and are coming for him. When Tarzan and Jane appear, N’kima boasts about how he frightens panthers away from Tarzan’s tree nest. End.

The featured story is a new story with wonderful new villains, the Panther Men. The Panther Men are white thus Tarzan can disguise himself easily. They don’t appear to have any women; at least, none are shown in this episode. The Panther Men masks remind one of Batman’s mask. With Batman’s popularity on the rise in 1954, this is probably Dell’s answer to the super-hero from Gotham City. Tarzan’s pressure grip used to subdue a Panther Man predates Mr. Spock’s Vulcan grip by many, many years. Although it is an excellent story and well told, one has to wonder about Jane. She is very passive when captured and forced to participate in the ceremony in preparation for the sacrifice. She is practically comatose when carried on the litter and left on the Panther King’s island. Was she drugged? She continually pines for Tarzan and is submissive. This is not the Jane we usually know. In any case, this is the first big role for Jane in a long time. She and Boy had to be rescued back in Dell #47.2. But this is the first time she had to be a solo rescue since Dell #9. Marsh has drawn some very interesting perspectives in this story that are visually very exciting. Plus, for the first time, Marsh has created a very sexy Jane. She is very feminine and many panels show off a very attractive figure. Maybe the writer figures that an attractive female must also be helpless. N’kima is the bookends of the story. True to his character in the novels, N’kima is frightened by everything when Tarzan is not around and a braggart in Tarzan’s presence. He is a nice touch to a very good story.

2nd story “Boy Delivers a Letter”- 8pp.
Type -- Boy Story - Boy and Dombie Adventure - minor appearance by Tarzan

A Waziri brings an urgent message to the tree house for Tarzan on a forked stick. Tarzan is away negotiating a water dispute between the Masai and the Turkoman. Boy talks Jane into allowing he and Dombie to deliver the message. They ride two elands named Moolan and Koma. They pass a luga, a dry streambed. In the forest, buto, the rhino, makes a charge but misses. A leopard chases them. Boy spears the leopard and is thrown from the eland. Boy holds the stuck leopard at bay with the spear. Dombie comes to his aid, and they kill the leopard. A Turkoman appears and picks up their spears. He forces them to march to the Turkoman camp. A storm is brewing. The boys are made to pan water out of nearly dry hole. The roar of a flash flood sends people and animals scrambling. Boy and Dombie run across the luga. Dombie makes it to a tree, and helps to pull Boy up out of the raging waters. They return to  spot of their capture and whistle for the elands. Tarzan rides up on Bara and is surprised to find them so far from home. They give Tarzan the message. The message from Dr. MacWhirtle is not all that urgent. The boys think their adventure was quite entertaining. End.

The second story has a token appearance by Tarzan at the end of the story. It starts out well but soon telegraphs exactly what will happen next. Tony Sgroi drew this story. The guest artist tries to match the Marsh style, but it is noticeably different in appearance.

3rd story “Tarzan and the Ancient Weapon” - 15pp.
Type -- Gangsters - Argus

Tarzan nets fish and feeds them to Argus. They take off for Lutor where Boy is visiting. Boy and Princess Loma spy a cabin plane landing in the Great Swamp. Loma warns King Loban about evil outlanders. King Loban thinks their number is too few to be a threat. Men armed with tommy guns come ashore. King Loban sends Boy to welcome them in their language. Boy does. The gangster boss, Mike Nucco, the self-proclaimed pretzel czar, scoffs at the invite and instructs Boy to tell them he is taking over. He slaps Boy in the head and tells him to have the guards back off. The King is outraged and commands his guards to spear them. Nucco machine guns down the guards. Boy tells Nucco that the King will obey. Nucco demands food. They march into the palace.

Tarzan is suspicious of the cabin plane as he flies Argus into the city. The guard at the plane fires his machine gun at them unsuccessfully. Another gangster opens fire as they pass a window. Boy informs Loma that he spotted a shadow as big as Argus. A henchman reports to Nucco that a man riding a bird as big as an elephant flew by. Nucco thinks the man is drunk and replaces him with a different guard. Tarzan and Argus land in another part of the city. Tarzan asks the Lutorian soldiers for six volunteer archers. He instructs the archers to make two arrows with round rocks on the tips. They sneak up to the palace. Tarzan’s arrow fells the window guard. Inside, Nucco starts to make a pass at Princess Loma. The Lutorian archers fell all the henchmen. Nucco grabs Loma as a shield. Tarzan arrow knocks the pistol from his hand. His fist knocks out the gangster boss. Tarzan stops the Lutorians from slitting their throats. Tarzan asks the King what he wants done with the gangsters. Loban says that whatever Tarzan suggests will be fine. Tarzan proposes placing them on an island without weapons.

Tarzan goes after the gangster guarding the plane. He swims under the plane and pulls the unsuspecting guard under water. He ties up the guards and waits for the Lutorians to bring the others down to a huge canoe. The Jungle Lord informs them that they will be banished to an island. They canoe them to an island in Pal-ul-don and leave them there with spears to defend themselves. They return to Lutor. Tarzan has the machine guns loaded onto the plane. He tells Boy to follow him on Argus. He plans to dispose of the plane in the Great Swamp. Boy says good-bye to Loban and Loma. Tarzan flies the plane a mile high and then sends it into a downward dive. He grabs a parachute and leaps from the plane. He tells Boy to fly Argus close to him. He releases the parachute and drops onto Argus’ back. They head for home. End.

The third story is a new story, which continues the story from Dell #52.3. It employs a gangster for the first time since Dell #22.2. Cut from the same mold as Lou Coron (#22.2), this gangster, Mike Nucco, is also a bossy, machine gun wielding, arrogant person seeking to take over a city that is naiv? to the outside world. Instead of being killed off by a lion as Coron was, Nucco and his henchmen are banished to an island in Pal-ul-don, which leaves this story open to a sequel. The artist is a different than the first or the second story in this issue. Drawn in the same style as Marsh, this artist uses a lot more hatching lines than one expects from Marsh. He uses some interesting perspective angles that are not typical of Marsh and draws a better airplane than Marsh. Princess Loma with her yellow hair pulled back into a bun appears slightly older. King Loban makes the most dramatic change. Last seen in Dell #38.1, the King was a man in his late forties or early fifties with dark mustache and beard. He dressed as a warrior. This King Loban is in his mid-sixties with white beard and mustache. He is past his prime as a warrior and wears a strange green/brown hairy vestment that comes down to the top of his boots. With sixteen months between appearances readers will have forgotten what he looked like. The new Loban has an extremely interesting face and some of the best drawings of the issue are of him. The Lutorian armor is still Roman in appearance but has taken on a more sophisticated look. Earlier issues have never given us a good look at the city of Lutor so there is not much to compare. Previous issues have given the general impression of a more mountainous region than in this issue. With a good story line and impressive drawings, this is an above average adventure.

“The Manga Hunt” -- 44th text story -- 2 pages - no illustrations

“Brothers of the Spear” -- 29th -- 6 pages

Splash Page: Boy’s Pets - gecko - color - 1 page

Inside Back Cover: New subscription advertisement - free wallet- color

Back Cover: 19th Wheaties advertisement - miniature foreign licenses plates.


DELL #54 March 1954 - 52pp. 10cents

Art interior: Jesse Marsh (1st and 3rd stories) ~ 
Pencils: Russ Manning ~ Inks: Tony Sgroi -- 2nd story
Writer -- unknown (Gaylord Du Bois - unconfirmed)

Cover: 42nd Lex Barker photo (Last Lex Barter cover photo)
Inside Front Cover:  New advertisement Mars Milky Way -- color

1st story “Tarzan and the Man-killers” - 16pp.
Type -- Man-eaters (Lions) - Buto Matari

Dell 54Makwa, one of Buto Matari’s people, informs the chief that two lions killed two of their young cows. Buto sets a trap for them. That night within the boma, Buto has his men ready with torches. The male lion leaps the boma and brings down a cow. Buto and his men light their torches and throw their spears. They miss their mark. Buto throws his torch at the male. The lion crashes through the boma. Satisfied that the lions will not return, they head for their homes. The mated pair enters the living compound of the village and enters a hut.

In the morning, Buto is told that the lions took his nephew, M’pani, and his wife, Wo-we, away. Tarzan suddenly appears and states that he and Buto will track down the man-killers. After tracking all day, Tarzan has a plan to lure the lions to him. He mimics the cry of a lost young antelope. The lions come. Tarzan leaps onto the back of the male. Buto spear shaft is broken in the fight with sabor. Numa throws Tarzan from its back. The two lions briefly attack each other and run off. Tarzan and Buto sleep in a tree that night.

The next morning finds Tarzan cooking a pig that he has killed for breakfast. He also has a new spear shaft for Buto. They come upon Rendille herders who lost a bull and a calf that morning. They follow the trail that leads to Ngoro-ngoro. A storm is quickly approaching. A bolt of lightning sends sabor into a cave and numa bounds down the side of a gorge. Tarzan sees sabor sticking her head out of the cave. Lightning strikes. Blindly, sabor leaps at Tarzan but falls off a cliff to her death. They lose numa’s trail in the rain and take shelter under an outcropping.

In the morning, they travel close to a village in Ngoro-ngoro. They are going to avoid the village because of the evil and cruel witch doctor, N’gombo. Tarzan senses sheeta stalking a child. Tarzan’s shout diverts the leopard’s leap at the boy. The boy cries and runs home. Tarzan was so concerned about the child’s welfare that he fails to realize that warriors have crept up behind them. Tarzan and Buto are knocked unconscious with clubs, taken to the village, and tied to poles. N’gombo wants water thrown in their faces to wake them as the moon rises. Faking unconsciousness Tarzan issues a lion’s roar. The villagers panic and run to their huts. Tarzan breaks his bonds. N’gombo knows it is a trick and pleads to his people to come out of their huts. The male man-eater attacks the witch doctor. Tarzan and Buto spear the lion. Tarzan gives the victory cry of the bull ape. End.

The featured story is a new story that puts one in mind of the man-eaters of Tsavo. Although the real life man-eaters were both young males, these two are a mated pair. They seem to actively take revenge on Buto because he thwarted their attempt to raid the cattle herd. They kill Buto’s nephew and his wife. The man-eaters of Tsavo also appeared to be more intelligent than your average lion. There are a great deal of night scenes in this story and some dramatic storm scenes, which also take place at night. The lions are the focal point of the story and are nicely rendered throughout the story. This is the first time that a lion has been able to thrown Tarzan from its back during a fight. It is not the first time Tarzan has cooked food. The cooked food is probably for Buto. A subplot of the evil and cruel witch doctor, N’gombo, never really has a chance to develop as the man-eater chases the witch doctor. Tarzan and Buto’s spears kill the beast. The story abruptly ends with the victory cry of the bull ape. This is good story with very nice drawings. It is slightly marred by not showing the reaction of the witch doctor after his life has been saved by the two men he planned to torture and possibly kill. Maybe that will appear in a future story.

2nd story “Boy Finds the Isle of Leopards” - 8pp.
Type -- Boy Story - Lost Race (Leopard Men) - Baboons

Dombie must tend the goatherd so Boy stays with him. They practice archery. A leopard with a collar steals a goat. Boy tells Dombie to inform the Waziri as he follows the leopard. On the trail he meets a tribe of baboons. A baboon named Shakoh joins him in the hunt. The come upon a leopard with a balu baboon kill. The leopard gives a cry at the edge of a lake. The Leopard Men pull a dugout canoe across the crocodile infested water to the leopard by a pulley system. The baboon tribe joins Boy and Shakoh. Boy shows them how to build rafts out of reeds and dry wood. They cross to the Isle of Leopards at night. When the baboons see the Leopard Men and the leopards, they attack. Boy fires arrows from a tree. The Leopard Men try to flee, but Boy has cut loose their canoe. The Leopard Men swim out into the crocodile waters. The baboons kill the leopards. Two baboons, Bah-nok and Rokah, are killed in the fight. The baboons want to go home. Boy wants to sleep there for the night. End. 

The second story is a Boy story with no appearance by Tarzan. The Leopard Men in this story are not as cunning and vicious as the Leopard Men in Dell #40.2. 

3rd story “Tarzan and the Revolt of Hathor” - 15pp.
Type -- Talking Gorillas - Cathne - elephants - Goliath

Riding on Bara Tarzan bumps into King Jathon in his lion drawn chariot near the Great Swamp in Pal-ul-don. Tarzan tells him that it is not safe there. Suddenly a six-foot arrow pierces both sides of Jathon’s chariot. Tarzan commands Jathon to leave as he rides towards the swamp. A talking gorilla’s arrow misses Tarzan. However, the ape-man’s arrows repeatedly hit their marks. The gorillas flee. Tarzan brings one of the ten-foot bows back to Jathon to prove that the gorillas, with almost human  brains, have learned archery. Tarzan suggests to the King that the three gorillas were an advance scout party in preparation for an attack on Cathne. Jathon thinks Tarzan is wrong and invites him to the City of Gold.

After reaching the city, they have a meal with Queen Elaine. Tarzan tells her that their best defense is Goliath, the giant lion. The bolgani fear Goliath more than anything. They watch Goliath feed in the courtyard below. Tarzan informs Elaine about the attack on her husband by the bolgani. King Jathon becomes concerned and orders the guard doubled around Goliath. Suddenly gorillas are on the top of the wall, knocking the guard off. They fire arrows into Goliath. The great lion leaps towards its attackers. Tarzan fires arrows from the balcony. The gorillas flee. Elaine worries about the wounded Goliath. Tarzan leaves like a shadow.

He easily catches up to the gorillas and decides to follow them to learn their plan. The gorillas reach their raft in the Great Swamp. They believe that they have killed Goliath and are reporting to their gund that the attack on Cathne can begin at once. Tarzan hopes to delay their return. From a tree he taunts the bolgani. All three gorillas go to the same side of the raft and fall into the water. Crocodiles head for them. They desperately head back to the raft. Tarzan heads for Athne, the City of Ivory, which was captured by the gorillas. 

At Athne, Tarzan waits for Goro to go under a cloud before approaching the city. He discovers many rafts have been prepared for the attack. He climbs the wall and overhears guards talking about how they have used up their food supplies and are going to capture slaves to grow food for them. Tarzan forms a plan for a revolt. He finds the war elephants unguarded. He approaches Hathor, the wisest of the elephants. He frees the pachyderm. As he rides him towards the gate, he notices that his captors have abused Hathor. Tarzan pretends to be on a mission for gund Rae. The dimwitted guard opens the gate. He rides Hathor through the swamp back to Cathne. Tarzan has a plan for the attacking gorilla horde. Jathon places him in charge of the Cathnean army. 

The gorillas, mounted on war elephants, march on Cathne. Tarzan rides Hathor into battle. He and Hathor convince the elephants to throw off their hated masters. The surviving bolgani retreat towards the swamp. Jathon and his troops, in lion drawn chariots, charge in from both flanks. The bolgani are defeated. The elephants are given to the Athneans so they can heal their wounds. Jathon pledges to build the Athneans a city of their own near Cathne. Tarzan pledges his help. End.

The third story is a new story that continues the story of the talking bolgani after they overthrew Athne in Dell #52.1. The bolgani have learned archery and realize that Goliath is their greatest obstacle. They send assassins to eliminate the giant lion. Goliath is put out of commission as he was in Dell #46.1; thus, Tarzan and the Cathneans must use their wits to defeat the bolgani horde instead of a giant creature. It is encouraging that the writer does not exclusively rely on giant creatures to save the day. The Cathnean walls must be stronger than the Athnean walls because when Goliath leaps to these walls he does not knock great chunks out of it like he did in Athne. Hathor, the wise war elephant, originally was Prince Ergon’s mount. In Dell #40.1, Dr. MacWhirtle shot it out from under the Prince with a machine gun to save Dr. Maypool, his daughter, and Tom Culver. Either the elephant remarkably recovered or this is a different Hathor. When Tarzan tricks the dimwitted guard at the gate of Athne, he uses the words, Gund Rae. It is not clear if this is the name of the gorilla chief or has some other meaning. If it is the name of the chief, how did Tarzan learn the name? As Tarzan and Jathon approach Cathne, there is an impressive archway that suggests an aqueduct coming into the city. There is one three paneled page that has an outstanding view of the gorillas mounted on elephants approaching Cathne. The story puts some interesting twists in the continuing story line, and it sets up even more possibilities for future stories.

“Mabu’s Manga” -- 45th text story -- 2 pages - no illustrations

“Brothers of the Spear” -- 30th -- 6 pages

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DELL #55 April 1954 ~ 52pp. 10 cents

Art interior: Jesse Marsh - stories 1 and 3- pencils ~ 
Russ Manning: inks ~ Tony Sgroi: 2nd story
Writer: Unknown (Gaylord Du Bois - unconfirmed)

Cover: Painting by Morris Gollub. Painted cover of Tarzan fighting Sheeta
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1st story “Tarzan and the Crossbows of Karfu” - 16 pp.
Type -- Lost Tribes (Karfu and Naqui) - Dr. MacWhirtle - slavery

Dell 55Tarzan and Dr. MacWhirtle are flying over the far edge of Pal-ul-don. They spy a walled-town at the head of a valley. Dr. Mac flies lower to get a better look. Men armed with crossbows fire at the devil bird. An iron bolt strikes the propeller. Another strikes the fuel tank. They crash into some rocks. The plane does a ground loop. Tarzan revives and pulls the doctor away from the plane before it explodes. Induna leads a small group of Karfu warriors to the crash site. He believes that Tarzan and Dr. Mac are Naqui, rock climbers, and their enemy. Tarzan understands their language, which is a form of Bantu.

Induna brings them to his brother Igwenyama, Inkosi or king. The King also believes them to be Naqui and sentences them to the Ordeal. Tarzan must hit a pomegranate placed on Dr. Mac’s head with an arrow at one hundred paces or they will be killed. If he is successful, they will be made slaves. Igwenyama tells his brother to suspend the pomegranate by a springy stick over Dr. Mac’s head. It is done. Tarzan splits the fruit. The King is impressed but has them sent to the mill sweep as slaves anyway. 

Tarzan and the doctor are chained to the mill sweep along with four Naqui slaves. Tarzan makes friend with one of the Naqui. Guards silence the conversation. Chained in a shed for the night, the prisoners are given bread and water. Tarzan says that he can break the chains any time that he wishes. The ape-man asks a Naqui what he would do if he were free. The Naqui think it is a joke. Tarzan breaks his chains. The Naqui ask to have their chains broken, and they will lead them to safety. Tarzan breaks all the chains.

On the way to the wall, Turgit introduces himself. Tarzan sneaks up behind one of the guards on the wall and silences him. He dons the Karfu’s cape and picks up the crossbow. When the other guard approaches, Tarzan silences him also. The Naqui leap from the wall and land expertly. Tarzan leaps to the ground. A third guard finds his two fallen comrades and raises an alarm. Crossbow bolts whiz by Dr. Mac, who leaps off the wall. Tarzan catches him. They take off running with Tarzan carrying Dr. Mac. They race towards the canyon home of the Naqui. The Karfu send warriors in pursuit. Turgit cries out a signal as they near the mountains. The bolts are coming closer. Suddenly men on Gemraks, mountain goats, appear. They fire arrows at the Karfu, who are defeated. The king, Ondrik, rides up to greet his son, Turgit. Turgit explains how Tarzan saved them. Ondrik says they must flee into the mountains before the Karfu can mount another attack. Dr. Mac on a Gemrak follows the Naqui up the mountainside. Tarzan runs along side. A feast is held in the Spartan cave of the Naqui. Turgit relates the tale of their escape. Tarzan shows them a crossbow and tells them that he can show them how to make them so they will no longer have to hide in the rocks. Dr. Mac wants to start for home. Tarzan says to have patience. End.

The featured story is a new story with two new lost races, the Karfu and the Naqui. Both will probably be seen again in future issues. Both are interesting races. Both races are dark skinned yet the Karfu think that the white Tarzan and the white doctor are Naqui. This is indeed curious. Marsh draws the shadow of the plane on the ground and on the water. Both of these shadows are nice touches to the panels. The Karfu are an interesting tribe with some sophistication. They are aware of stone rounded arches and know how to mill grain. They wear capes with a fanciful yet indistinguishable insignia on the back. It is stated that they are large but appear to be no larger than Tarzan. The Naqui are equally interesting. They are smaller in stature but not in courage. Even as slaves they are eager to escape; they show an uncommon ability to leap from high place with great ease; and they run for great distances without tiring. Their mounts, the Gemraks, remind one of the tiny antelopes of the white pygmies form earlier stories. Tarzan promises to teach them how to make crossbows in the hopes that this will equalize the balance of power in the area. A nice Burroughsian touch is the discovery at the end of the story that Turgit is actually the crown prince of the Naqui. It is a good story with good drawings. Hopefully we will see these tribes again.

2nd story “Boy and the Leopard’s Call”- 8 pp.
Type -- Boy Story - Boy Saves Lula

Dombie’s mother has him to take care of his little sister, Lula, while she works in the shamba. Boy comes with a leopard call that he got from a Lubembwe trader. They slip into the jungle to try it out. A she-ape named Kola, who has recently lost her balu, spies Lula unguarded and takes her. Boy blows on the leopard call. The Waziri women believe that a leopard has taken the children. Boy tells Dombie that they will look for his sister. Muviro and Waziri warriors search for Muviro’s grandchildren. Ashamed of the trouble they have caused, Boy and Dombie hide from them. Boy picks up the scent of a she-ape and trails her. The ape pauses to feed the balu. Boy uses the leopard call. The ape panics and leaves. On the way home, a rhino charges them. Boy distracts the rhino. He slips as the rhino comes close. He uses the rhino’s horn to flip up into a tree. They continue towards home. End.

The second story is a Boy story with no appearance by Tarzan. At the end of the story, Boy uses the rhino horn to flip up into a tree. Certainly, Burne Hogarth’s flipping Tarzan influenced this.

3rd story “Tarzan and the Isle of Apes” - 15pp.
Type -- Bring-Em-Back-Alive - Arabs - Rescue Animals

Tarzan catches a swordfish with a fishing pole from his outrigger canoe off the coast of Africa. He spies a great gray ape clinging to a broken masthead in the water. He also sees a shark approaching the exhausted ape. He dives into the water and spears the shark’s belly. His spear breaks off in the shark. The shark leaves, mortally wounded. He pulls Mujak, the ape, into his boat. He feeds the ape, who sick from seawater, coconut milk. Mujak explains how he was captured by Arab raiders and taken on a ship that capsized in a storm. As they sail towards the Isle of Apes, Mujak also tells about the thundersticks and the sticks that made them sleep.

They enter an isle steam. The apes on the isle are afraid of the approaching vessel. Tarzan sends Mujak to belay their fears as he sinks his canoe with rocks so the Arabs won’t see it. He follows the spoor of the apes. The gray ape Norgok challenges Tarzan. The ape-man fells him with one punch. Tarzan takes command of the apes and has them build a wala, prison, for the raiders should they return. The apes are enthusiastic and help build a bamboo wala.

The next morning Mujak finds Tarzan one of the tiny spring loaded syringe tipped arrows used to deliver the tranquilizer. An Arab dhow approaches the island. Tarzan lays a trap for them. When the Arabs reach the water hole, Tarzan and the apes leap upon them and strip them of their weapons and clothes. He learns from the Arabs that they take the animals to the Gambah Village. At the village, an animal buyer transports them by steamship when sufficient numbers have been collected. Tarzan commands the apes Norgok, Gorpah, and Ronduk to place the tarmangani in the wala and to keep them fed. He also commands Mujak, Bandroc, Garlag, and Thok to bring the arrows and clothes to the Arab’s boat. Tarzan handles the tranquilizer arrows because the apes are afraid of them. They row out to the dhow.

They are dressed in the Arabs’ kaffiyeh as they climb onto the dock at Gambah. The guard faints at the sight of the apes. They sneak into the stockade that holds the captured animals. The caged animals put up a ruckus. The animal buyer and two Arabs named Hassan and Ali exit their quarters to see what the fuss is about. Tarzan shoots them with the tranquilizer arrows. He leaves a note on one of the arrows. When they awaken, the animals are gone. The note warns when to leave the apes alone or else. The animal buyer takes heed the warning and leaves. Back on the Isle of Apes, Tarzan makes the imprisoned Arabs promise never to return to the isle. They do so and leave for their dhow. Mujak wonders if they will return. Tarzan does not think so. End.

The third story is a new story with all new characters and places. Tarzan fishes in the ocean off the coast as he did in Dell #A2.5. This time he is fishing for swordfish. He appears to know about the Isle of Apes. He quickly erases the challenge of Norgok, gray ape, and assumes command of the tribe. He is rather haughty in his declaration that only he can save the apes from the bad tarmangani. The captured Arab raider does not look very Arabic but rather European. As they anchor off of the island, the raiders have natives help load their smaller boat to come ashore. These natives are absent thereafter and are nowhere to be found when Tarzan and the apes board the dhow. One wonders what happened to them. Tarzan gives a litany of ape names as he barks out orders. Usually one or two apes are named in a story. This is the seventh time Tarzan has used the Arab’s kaffiyeh as a disguise. This time he uses it to sneak into the Gambah Village. Tarzan quickly dispatches the animal buyer and his Arab cohorts with their own tranquilizer arrows. He wastes little time in conversation with these people. Often times the villains have to be physically shown the way out of Africa, but the animal buyer takes Tarzan’s warning seriously after he awakens. He doesn’t need any second threat. He leaves immediately. Tarzan is quite generous to the captive Arabs on the isle. He returns their dhow to them when they promise not to return. . It is refreshing to see some new characters and adventures. The drawings are typical Marsh fare with his usual interesting characterization of the apes.

“Day of Departure” -- 46th text story -- 2 pages - no illustrations

“Brothers of the Spear” -- 31st -- 6 pages

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DELL #56 May 1954 ~ 52pp. 10cents 

Art interior: Jesse Marsh - 1st and 3rd stories - pencils ~ 
Russ Manning: inks ~ Tony Sgroi: 2nd story
Cover Painting: Morris Gollub - Painted cover of Tarzan fighting a shark with a knife.

Writer: Unknown (Gaylord Du Bois - unconfirmed)
Inside Front Cover:  blank

1st story “Tarzan and the Ostrich Clan” - 16pp.
Type -- Lost Race (Ostrich Clan) - Ostrich Clan Saves Tarzan - slavery

Dell Comic #56Tarzan and Dr. Mac travel on foot through the desert with crossbows taken from the Karfu. Tarzan brings down two partridges for their meal. The come upon men riding ostriches in a ring around a lion. They kill the lion with their spears. Tarzan senses another lion is about to attack. Suddenly sabor leaps on one of the Ostrich Clan members. Tarzan leaps on sabor’s back and kills it with his knife. He gives the victory cry of the bull ape. Tarzan introduces Dr. MacWhirtle to the friendly chief. Tarzan understands their language. Dr. Mac does not. The desert pygmies invite them to their village. They load up the lion on a litter pulled by an ostrich. Dr. Mac rides an ostrich. Tarzan runs alongside. He learns from the chief, Ramotu, about the Antelope Clan and about their enemies, the Tuaregs, desert Arabs, to the north.

At the village Tarzan is impressed by the thick vegetation walls of the city that he believes could stop a bullet. They pass a central fountain to a banquet in their honor. The chief shows Tarzan five Tuareg prisoners who tried to take Ostrich men as slaves. Tarzan worries about the lack of security. Ramotu is not concerned.

That night, Tarzan awakes to discover the Tuaregs escaping. Chief Ramotu rides his ostrich into the fight with the Tuaregs. Tarzan is knocked unconscious by a thrown musket. The Tuaregs put Tarzan on the back of a horse and ride off. The Ostrich men, accompanied by Dr. Mac, mount a pursuit. The Tuaregs make camp for the night. They plan to sell Tarzan as a slave. They tie him extra tight. They fear that the Ostrich men can turn themselves invisible.

As the Tuaregs sleep, Ramotu dons a sand blanket and sneaks into their camp. He frees Tarzan. Tarzan tries to get a weapon. A Tuaregs awakens and alerts the others. With his crossbow, Dr. Mac shoots a musket out of the hands of a Tuaregs, who is about to shoot Tarzan. The Ostrich men swarm in and overwhelm the Tuaregs. Ramotu wants to kill the horses. Tarzan says they should go free. They say good-bye to the Ostrich Clan and ride towards home on horses. End.

The featured story is a new story with another new lost tribe, the desert pygmies known as the Ostrich Clan. The Ostrich people are a wonderful people who are extremely brave and courageous taking on lions and the Tuaregs. They have a civilization that in some ways outshines the glory of Cathne. They have a fountain in the center of their desert village. They lay out a banquet with the women in clothes more colorful than anything seen before in a Dell Tarzan story. They even outshine Tarzan in this story because it is they that must rescue Tarzan rather than the other way around. The story is a good one with a straightforward plot and no subplots. It is disappointing to see Tarzan reduced to a secondary character. One could also see this as a good variation by not having Tarzan save the day every time. The story is a continuation from Dell #55.1 after Tarzan and Dr. Mac escaped from the Karfu and helped the Naqui. However, Dr. MacWhirtle has mysteriously and miraculously changed clothes even though they are on the outer edge of Pal-ul-don. Tarzan is knocked unconscious for the seventeenth time, and this is occurring kind regularly in recent issues. There are some interesting drawings of Ramotu, the chief of the Ostrich Clan. Once again one must question if the colorist read the story because most of the action take place at night, yet the sky is no different than daytime scenes. The story is left open so that the writer could continue this adventure before Tarzan and the doctor reach home.

2nd story “Boy and the Mighty Wings of Argus” - 8pp.
Type -- Boy Story - Boy Rescues White Man and Woman - Argus - Talking Gorillas

Tarzan has Cheeta tickle Boy awake with a feather from Argus. Jane gives him a birthday kiss. Tarzan gives him a telescope. Boy flies across the Great Thorn Desert to Athne where he sees that the talking Bolgani are using human slaves again. He buzzes them on Argus. Out into the desert he spies gorillas with European captives. He swoops in on Argus and flies away with the woman, Beth Carey. He drops her off on a high ledge. He returns for her brother, Arthur. The Bolgani put up a little fight, finally throwing Arthur into the wing of Argus and leaving. Boy helps the wounded man onto Argus and flies him home. He returns for Beth. A leopard is stalking her. He swoops in on Argus. Argus grabs the leopard and drops it off a cliff. Using the telescope he shows Beth that Arthur is safe. He will fly her home. End.

The second story is Boy story with a token appearance by Tarzan at the beginning to give Boy his birthday present. Cheeta make his first appearance in a Dell story. But most importantly, Boy discovers that the talking Bolgani are using human slaves again. Tarzan will have to do something about this development.

3rd story “Tarzan and the War of the Buffaloes” - 15pp.
Type -- Lost Race (Gallugos) - Tarzan restores Order

Tarzan, Princess Tee Anna, and a few Gallugos leave the newly built town in Pal-ul-don to hunt wild boar. They ride buffaloes and carry spears. Tarzan detects the spoor of horta. He and Tee Anna work their way around the woods. The spearmen remain to drive the boar towards them. Once on the other side, Tee Anna blows the hunting horn to signal the beaters to commence. As they drive the boar through the thicket, Torodons spy the beaters from the trees. Horta crashes through the thicket and charges Tee Anna’s buffalo. The boar knocks the buffalo over, and the princess falls off her mount. Tarzan charges in on his buffalo and spears the wild boar. Her mount was frightened away. The beaters ride through the thicket. The Torodons drop from the trees onto them and capture all but one of the Gallugos. Ruori, the one who escaped, rushes towards Tarzan and the Princess screaming that they should flee. Tarzan stops him and makes him explain what has happened. Tarzan sends Tee Anna home on his buffalo with Ruori.

Tarzan trails the Torodons to their canyon camp. He deduces that the beast men are holding the Gallugos to teach them how to ride the buffaloes. Tarzan observes the Torodons forcing the Gallugo captives to pen the buffaloes up at the far end of the canyon. After the work is done the prisoners have only two guards. Tarzan approaches from the opposite side. He leaps at one Torodon and knocks him out. The other beast man, named Ganungah, tries to kill Tarzan. The Jungle Lord knocks him out and ties him up. He leads the Gallugos prisoners towards their home. On the way, they see Torodons herd more buffaloes towards their camp.

In the royal chambers, Tarzan learns from King Gallu that most of the buffalo herd has been taken by the beast men. Tarzan tells the king to gather as many men as he can at the end of the canyon. He will drive the buffaloes to them. Tarzan runs to Cathne. The guards admit him with no questions. Tarzan goes to the Keeper of Lions and asks for a lion skin that has retained most of its scent. The keeper compiles. Tarzan takes the pelt to the Torodon camp. In the morning, he waves the pelt into the breeze. The buffaloes panic and crash through the barrier. The Torodons flee the charging Gorgos. At the end of the canyon, the buffaloes begin to tire. The soothing voices of the Gallugos calm them. Tarzan doesn’t think the Torodons will try that again. End.

The third story is a new story. However, it is most disappointing in many ways. The Gallugos appeared twice before in Tarzan stories, Dell #A2.2 and #46.1. In both of these stories they were clad in Roman-type armor and were nearly fearless as they took on cannibals and the dreaded Terribs. In this story they have shed their armor and their courage. The Torodons make them run in fright. The beast men also easily rob them of their most precious possessions, their buffaloes. They seem quite incapable of defending themselves. King Gallu has shaven off his long white beard and mustache and is content to remain in the royal chambers. In earlier issues he was the first charge into battle. Princess Tee Anna has also under gone a change from the fierce warrior to a little girl who must be protected. Instead of her armor, she wears furry clothing that makes her look more like Ro-mee-lah, sister to Jo-rah form Cor-o-don in Dell #39.1. She is helpless like Ro-mee-lah. (Dell #A2.2 was not drawn by Marsh but he did draw Dell #39.1 and is aware of how Tee Anna should look.) Then there is the question of why the Torodons want the buffaloes. They are the tamers of the gryfs. A buffalo would not stand a chance against a gryf. Tarzan thinks that the Torodons kept the Gallugos so they could teach them how to ride the buffaloes; yet, that same night, Torodons are riding the rest of the herd towards their camp. They don’t need to be taught. The colorist does change the color of the sky for night scenes. The change in the fighting attitude of the Gallugos is to be lamented. The story changes the Gallugos for the worse. The only saving qualities present in the story are some terrific drawings of buffaloes. 

.“The Red Elephant” -- 47th text story -- 2 pages - no illustrations

"Brothers of the Spear” -- 32nd -- 6 pages

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DELL #57 June 1954 ~ 52pp. 10cents

Art interior: Jesse Marsh - 1st and 3rd stories- pencils ~ Russ Manning: inks ~ Tony Sgroi: 2nd story
Cover Painting: Morris Gollub - Tarzan in a tree with a leopard

Writer: Unknown (Gaylord Du Bois - unconfirmed)
Inside Front Cover: New advertisement for Whitman Books - color

1st story “Tarzan and the Swords of Alur” - 16pp. 
Type -- Empire Restored - Gorgo 

Dell 57King Gallu offers Tarzan a choice of his finest buffaloes in thanks for recovering their buffaloes from the Torodons. Princess Tee Anna thanks him for saving her from the wild boar. Tarzan chooses a calf. Tarzan takes the calf to an idyllic pasture in Pal-ul-don. He feeds the calf growth pellets and trains it. A saber-toothed beast stalks them. Tarzan launches an arrow and climbs to a rocky ledge. As the beast approaches the ape-man, the arrow has finally done its work. The beast dies. Tarzan trains Gorgo some more. Two gray wolves attack them. Tarzan kills one with a knife. He gives the victory cry of the bull ape. Gorgo kills the other. Into the mountains of Pal-ul-don, two snow leopards avoid the giant buffalo and its rider. They approach Alur.

Tarzan sees Ho-don warriors attacking a group of people. Even though the warriors have on the colors of Jalur, Tarzan does not believe that they are from the lion city. The warriors are attacking King Taden and his men. Only the King is left standing to face his attackers. Tarzan charges in on Gorgo. The warriors scatter. Tarzan and Taden ride the giant buffalo, which is greater in size than a gryf, towards Alur. On the way Taden explains how a knifesmith came to make the swords that are common in Alur and Jalur. He also explains that he was on a peace mission to Jalur. They have been at war for a long time. Tarzan suggests that someone in Alur supported the attack on the King. Taden tells him that his cousin, Prince Kodon, hates him and does not want peace with Jalur.

When they arrive at Alur, hostile forces from within meet them. Tarzan has Gorgo crash through the gates of Alur. Tarzan’s arrow brings down a warrior. They race up to the traitor Kodon. Kodon goads Taden into accepting a one-on-one challenge for the throne. Tarzan declares that he will take on three of Kodon’s men at the same time. Kodon’s supporters approach. The Prince explains to them the rules for the fight. Tarzan knocks the swords out of the hands of his three opponents with a club. They turn and run. Taden disarms Kodon just as easily. Kodon runs. Kodon’s men surround them. Tarzan calls for Gorgo, who chases the rebels out of the city. Taden’s men rejoice. Taden thanks Tarzan stopping the rebellion. Tarzan gives Gorgo all the credit. End.

The featured story is a new story that begins where Dell #56.3 left off. King Gallu gives Tarzan a choice of buffaloes. He chooses a calf so that he can use the growth pellets on it. He takes the calf to the most picturesque part of Pal-ul-don ever drawn by Marsh. This is the fourth time Tarzan has used the pellets, Argus, Goliath, the otters, and now Gorgo. He seems to have an endless supply, and he must carry them with him all the time. The snow leopards are very gray in color. This is probably the choice of the colorists to set them off from the white snow. It would have been better if they were white. The reflection of Alur in the lake is a remarkable panel. Much is made of the Ho-dons developing swords. They have always used armor, which is undoubtedly metal. They were a bit slow in making of weapons from metal. Tarzan remarkably realizes that the Ho-dons, who are attacking King Taden, are not from Jalur as their colors suggest. How he realized this is, is a Tarzan thing. Once again, Alur is easy picking. They have been overthrown by gangsters (Dell #16.1), by Torodons twice (Dell #24.2 and #A1.3), and besieged by Torodons (Dell #41.1). This is probably why it is easy for Prince Kodon to build a large rebel force within the city. King Taden quickly dispatches Prince Kodon’s sword as Tarzan does to his three opponents. It is too bad that it was necessary for Gorgo to save the day. He chases the rebels out of the city. Prince Kodon appears to have gotten lost in the scuffle. He may return someday. It is actually a pretty good story. 

2nd story "Boy and the Chacma Raiders" - 8pp.
Type -- Boy Story - Baboons (Chacma) - Boy and Dombie Adventure

Boy finds Dombie depressed because the Chacma Baboons have stolen his lambs. Boy has found a powder horn and a bullet pouch in the jungle. Together they pound out the lead bullets to thin sheets. They pour gunpowder and gravel into the sheets. They have made tiny explosives Boy calls torpedoes. The torpedoes are relatively harmless but give a loud report. The baboons return and steal all the Waziri chickens. The Waziri are helpless against the raiders. Boy and Dombie travel to a cleft in the ground, known to be baboon country. Boy lays the torpedoes on the ground. The baboons sneak up behind them. The boys jump into the ravine. A baboon bites the torpedo, which explodes in its face. They throw the nuts away. They explode causing the baboons to run away. Boy and Dombie laugh. Dombie explodes a torpedoes frightening Boy. End.

The second story is a Boy story with no appearance by Tarzan. The Waziri are helpless against the Chacma Baboon so it is up to Boy and Dombie to scare them off.

3rd story “Tarzan and the Lost Safari” - 15pp.
Type -- Lost City (Castra Sanguinarius) - Rescue White Men - Slavery

Tarzan comes upon Jad-bal-ja and two lionesses feeding on a zebra. He discovers that the zebra was killed by rifle fire. Tarzan realizes it is a trick to lure lions to the area. He warns the golden lion to take his family away and not return. Fearing the lions will forget and return tomorrow, he waits for the hunters in a tree. The next day a safari car approaches. M’longo, the tracker, leaps from the car. Rutger, the white hunter/guide, informs the two American hunters that M’longo thinks there are lions in the area. M’longo hides behind a tree and uses a whistle that only lions can hear to call the lions. Jad-bal-ja and his family hear the whistle and start to approach. Tarzan warns them away. Rutger tell the hunters that it sounded like an ape and that he will kill it. Tarzan drops down upon M’longo. He takes the tracker to the white men of the safari. Tarzan informs Mr. Wakefield and John Reese about M’longo’s illegal activity and that no hunting is allowed in this area. Tarzan takes the whistle away from M’longo. Wakefield and Reese believe that Rutger was also in on the scheme. They promise to leave the area. Wakefield and Reese tell Rutger that their hunting must be done the correct way. They leave.

Two days later while riding the Giant Eland Tarzan comes upon a campsite. He follows the trail out into the desert. Tarzan finds the Americans safari car partially buried in the sand. Inside the car are the dead bodies of the driver, M’longo, and Rutger. They have been killed by Shiftas. The American hunters and their gear are missing. Tarzan and Bara follow the trail to a water hole where he finds signs of the Americans mixed with the Shiftas. Tarzan rides the Giant Eland as far as the Wiramwazi Mountain range. He leaves Bara at a water hole. The ape-man comes upon the horses that the Shiftas left behind. He deduces that they are headed to the Roman Valley. In the mountains, the ape-man encounters the People of the Rocks. The baboons inform him of the passing of the Gomangani and two tarmangani. The Shiftas wounded two baboons as they passed. The Shiftas return. The baboons attack the Shiftas with rocks and drive them away.

Tarzan descends into the valley that holds Castra Sanguinarius. Again Tarzan deduces that the captives are there because the sister city of Castrum Mare has outlawed slavery. At night he slips into the lake that surrounds Castra Sanguinarius. A war galley that patrols the lake does not spot him. Tarzan climbs over the wall of the city. Two drunken nobleman bump into him. One of the noblemen pulls a knife. Tarzan cracks their heads together. He dons the robes of one of the nobles. He asks a legionary where the Master of the Theater lives. The legionary is fooled by the Tarzan’s disguise and dialect. He tells Tarzan the answer to his query. Tarzan slips through the window of the Magister and reveals himself to the master-of-the-games. The Magister recognizes Tarzan from years past when he fought in the arena. Tarzan asks about the Americans. The Magister will not release them. Tarzan bargains for a deal. If he will release the prisoners to him, he will return to fight in the arena. The Magister agrees. Wakefield and Reese are released to Tarzan. The Magister takes them across the lake.

Two weeks later, Tarzan turns the two Americans over to the Waziri, who will lead them to the nearest British outpost. Tarzan plans to return to Castra Sanguinarius to fulfill his promise. End. 

The third story is a new story that is very nicely written. It has nothing to do with the movie or the Whitman book of the same title. Tarzan follows a trail from one minor adventure to another and allows us to tag along. This is the first time Jad-bal-ja has been used in a pure Tarzan story since A#1.1. The golden lion has made several appearances in Boy stories. This time the hunters have some scruples. It is their guide and tracker who are men of low character. Tarzan soon sets them straight. Riding the Giant Eland, not used since Dell #49.1, Tarzan follows the trail to find the two low life characters of M’longo and Rutger have gotten what they deserved; they have been killed by the Shiftas. The trail next leads us to the Roman Valley. The Wiramwazi Mountains are correctly identified as holding Castra Sanguinarius and Castrum Mare as Burroughs intended. There Tarzan meets up with the People of the Rocks, not seen since Dell #40.2. The Shiftas get there just reward from the baboons. Into Castra Sanguinarius with the use of a disguise and Roman dialect, Tarzan confronts the Magister. The master of the theater recognizes Tarzan from a previous time when Tarzan defeated some of his gladiators. This is interesting because Tarzan was in the area only once before in Dell #21.2. In that issue, Tarzan was a captive on a war galley and never set foot in the city. He has fought The Strangler in the arena but that was at old Athne in Dell #19.1. The other arena fight was at the Lost Legion in Dell #14. However, that fight was to be with baboons and lions not gladiators. In any case, the Magister must recognize Tarzan from some event that Dell readers are unaware of taking place. But it does not matter. It sets up a great scenario for a follow up story that is eagerly anticipated. It is also strange to see the Magister easily agree to the deal of letting the prisoners go with only Tarzan’s promise to return to fight in the arena. Tarzan has made these offers before in the comics and radio dramas. No one has trusted him enough to take him up on the deal. The bargain is quickly accepted, setting up the sequel.

“More New Sights” -- 48th text story -- 2 pages - no illustrations

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DELL #58 July 1954 ~ 52pp. 10cents

Art interior: Jesse Marsh - pencils ~ Russ Manning: inks ~ 
(Tony Sgroi? or Russ Manning?): 2nd story
Cover Painting: Morris Gollub
Writer: Unknown (Gaylord Du Bois - unconfirmed)

Cover: Painting of Tarzan poling a raft filled with frightened creatures.
Inside Front Cover: New advertisement - Mars Milky Way - color

1st story “Tarzan” - 16pp.
Type -- White Apes - Rescue White Woman - Gorgo

Dell Comic #58King Taden tells Tarzan that after an earthquake a giant White Ape, twelve feet tall, appeared near one their watchtowers. Tarzan decides to leave Alur to go look for the creature. He takes Gorgo through Kor-ul-gryph. Two gryfs charge them. Tarzan commands Gorgo to leap out of the way at the last second. The two gryfs battle each other. They pass through the Lake of Thipdars that is totally dried up because of a volcanic eruption (Dell A#3.5). In the Valley of Monsters, he sees the volcanic cone that caused the disturbances. In a green part of the valley, they are attacked by two Garths. Tarzan kills one with an arrow. Gorgo kills the other. They pass a Thunder Lizard in a pool. They pass through another burned out area and to a hollow that has vegetation. Tarzan does not recognize the plants. He sees some half eaten tubers and ape tracks. He leaves Gorgo and starts to trail the creature. The White Ape named Nadag senses Tarzan and captures him. As he carries Tarzan through the cleft in the volcanic cone, he tells Tarzan that they have a female captive as well.

At the White Ape village inside the volcanic crater, Nadag shows off his captive. The gund wonders if it is the mate of their other captive. They place Tarzan in a cell with Alice Jenner. They give them tubers to eat. Alice is disgusted by the food. Tarzan eats and tells her to eat for strength needed for their escape. Tarzan plans to escape at dawn when the apes sleep the soundest. Alice explains that she and her husband, Paul, experienced engine trouble and were forced to land their plane in the Great Swamp. She went to explore and was captured by a White Ape. She has been a captive for three days. Tarzan introduces himself and gets some sleep. The apes perform a Dum-Dum at the rising of the moon. The apes tire and go to sleep. Tarzan cuts through the lashings and bends the bamboo bars apart. He drops Alice to the floor outside the cell. Tarzan silently drops to the floor. He carries Alice out of the crater.

In the morning, Tarzan finds Gorgo waiting for him. He places Alice on Gorgo’s back, and they head for the swamp. They notice that the apes are pursuing them. They go into the swamp yet the apes still pursue. A plane appears in the sky. A man named Jim in Paul’s plane shoots the apes. Paul lands the plane. Paul and Alice are reunited. Tarzan slips away. Alice says that she “never met a finer gentleman.” End.

The featured story, “Tarzan,” is a new story and the first one without a title. This story takes up where Dell #57.1 left off with Tarzan in Alur after he and Gorgo helped King Taden reestablish his power. Taden has discarded his armor and looks considerable younger in this issue. Tarzan travels across Kor-ul-gryf and the Valley of Monsters. We see the results of the volcanic eruption that took place in Dell Annual #3.5. It is not necessary to read that story first, but it would be more meaningful if one did. The volcano made it possible for giant White Apes to get out into the open area of Pal-ul-don. The White Apes could be compared to the White gorillas used in Dell Four Color #134, “Tarzan and the Devil Ogre.” The apes and the Devil Ogre in the Four Color issue look more like gorillas except that the Devil Ogre was gigantic in size. The White Apes in this story are gigantic in size but have the faces of chimpanzees. Alice Jenner is a pretty young thing married to an older balding man named Paul. The attraction between them must be intellectual. It is a good story with nice drawings. The drawing of the White Apes’ village implies a great organizational skills or high intelligence. 

2nd story “Boy”- 8pp.
Type -- Boy Story - Waziri Ritual

Boy pulls Jad-bal-ja’s tail in an attempt to get the golden lion to hunt with him. Boy follows Isilo, a young Waziri, who hunts with a spear and a shield. Boy deduces that the young man is hunting a male ostrich single-handed to win his warrior status and plumes. Isilo scares away a female ostrich. The male ostrich attacks. Isilo kills it with his spear. Boy reveals that he watched the event. The female returns and pecks Boy. Suddenly three male Ostriches attack. Isilo is knocked unconscious. Boy manages to kill one with his bow. Boy pulls Isilo to a safer place. The two remaining ostriches overwhelm Boy. Boy calls for Jad-bal-ja. The lion kills one of the large birds. The other runs away. When Isilo awakens, Boy tells him that they have all earned their plumes. Isilo wears his home. Boy wears his and Jad-bal-ja’s because the ritual does not impress the lion. End.

The second story, “Boy,” also has no title. This is a Boy story with no appearance Tarzan. Possibly drawn by Manning. It is an average story except for the Waziri ritual of obtaining warrior status by killing a male ostrich single-handed is very interesting.

3rd story “Tarzan” - 15pp.
Type -- Rescue White Men - Lost Cities (Castrum Mare/Castra Sanguinarius) - Baboons 

Tarzan starts to return to Castra Sanguinarius to fulfill his promise for the freeing of the two Americans (#57.3). He sees Sheetah stalking some baboons and tries to warn them. The leopard kills Kazat, the king. Tarzan kills Sheetah with his knife. The baboons want Tarzan to be their king. He says that he must first do something in the valley. The baboons follow him down the sheer cliff. Tarzan distracts the tribe by showing them fruit. The ape-man slips away. At the lake a native fisherman throws a net over him. Tarzan ties him up with his own net. He takes the man’s canoe and tells him that he will leave it at Castra Sanguinarius. On the lake he witnesses a war galley from Castra Sanguinarius ram a galley from Castrum Mare.

The Castra Sanguinarius soldiers board the ship. They capture Centurion Nicanor and others. His father, Tribune Sergius Rufus, is forced overboard. Tarzan pulls him from the water and takes him to shore. Tarzan and Rufus are old friends. The Tribune tells the ape-man that it is the Emperor Brutus Sanguinarius’ birthday tomorrow and that his son will probably go to the games. Tarzan paddles Rufus home and makes plans for a rescue. He instructs the Tribune to have a fast galley ready near Castra Sanguinarius. Natives capture the baboons in nets and sell them to the Magister of the games.

The Emperor arrives at the games. A lion fights a wild bull. Professional gladiators fight. Nicanor and the other captives enter the arena. A Castra Sanguinarius citizen tells a disguised Tarzan that Nicanor is next up. The baboons are released. Tarzan leaps into the arena. He tells the baboons not to fight the men from Castra Sanguinarius. He instructs Nicanor to follow him and the baboons to freedom. The Emperor questions the Magister about the baboon’s refusal to fight. Tarzan charges into the Emperor’s box. He disarms the Magister and tells him that he has fulfilled his promise to return. The ape-man throws the Emperor over his back and runs. The baboons and captives follow him. Tarzan knows about the secret gate in the wall. They run towards the lake. A trumpet sounds the alarm. The Castra Sanguinarius soldiers pursue them. They meet up with Tribune Rufus. Tarzan asks the baboons come with them aboard ship. Their pursuers are using Danginas to track them. They pull away on the ship. Rufus says that the Emperor Augustus will reward Tarzan. Tarzan only wants to be let out on the opposite shore with the baboons. End.

The third story, “Tarzan,” also has no title. It is a new story that continues the tale from Dell #57.3. It is Tarzan fulfilling his promise to return to Castra Sanguinarius. The confusing part of the story is with the emperors of the two warring cities. Previously in the Dell comics, the emperor of Castra Sanguinarius was Brutus Augustus. In this story it is Brutus Sanguinarius. In the Dell Annual #3.1 the emperor of Castrum Mare was Tarzan’s old friend Cassius Hasta. In this story we are told it is Augustus. To further add to the confusion, the emperor of Castrum Mare was Validus Augustus in Tarzan and the Lost Empire. It is difficult to tell who is emperor. Tarzan doesn’t seem to be too upset that his old friend Hasta is no longer emperor. The Magister is still the magister but he lost all his hair since the last issue. The set up for this story was much anticipated. It did not take the turn of events that one would expect. However, it does not disappoint. It was nice to see that the writer of this tale was not predictable.

“The Hyena Attacks” -- 49th text story -- 2 pages - no illustrations

“Brothers of the Spear” -- 34th -- 6 pages

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DELL #59 August 1954 ~ 52pp. 10cents 

Art interior: Jesse Marsh - 1st and 3rd stories- pencils ~ Russ Manning: inks ~ 
Russ Manning - 2nd story
Cover Painting: Morris Gollub
Writer: unknown (Gaylord Du Bois - unconfirmed)

Cover: Painting of Tarzan opening the jaws of gimla
Inside Front Cover: New advertisement for Whitman books in black, white and yellow - no illustrations - color

1st story “Tarzan” - 16pp.
Type -- Rescue Keelim - Talking Gorillas - Terribs - Slaves - (Gorgo)

Dell Comic#59Tarzan is riding Gorgo in the Great Barrier Swamp. He comes upon Princess Loma in a crocodile boat. The Princess tells him that the talking gorillas attacked Prince Keelim’s crocodile boat and captured him. Only Ilol, the pilot, managed to escape. She and her father, King Loban, are using the royal crocodile boats to search for him. Tarzan goes to search on his own. He leaves Gorgo on a small island in the swamp. Tarzan locates a thipdar. He ropes him and rides him up and down the waterways in search of the Bolgani. He spots some rafts sticking out amongst the trees. He leaps into the swamp and passes a crocodile. He moves towards the gorilla’s camp.

The Bolgani are loading up the rafts in preparation to leave. They will take the slaves out at night. Tarzan locates the prisoners. Tarzan climbs higher to see if he can locate the crocodile boats. Instead, he sees a tribe of Terribs on Gorobars in the swamp. Tarzan plans to use them against the gorillas. He swims underwater to meet them. The Terribs leader senses Bolgani and has his men dive. Tarzan pulls the leader off of his mount. He insults the Terribs to lure them after him. Tarzan rounds the bend. The gorillas realize the Terribs are coming. Tarzan dives off his mount. An arrow from the Bolgani kills the Gorobar Tarzan was riding. The Bolgani and the Terribs have a savage battle. Tarzan uses the confusion of the battle to release Keelim and the other prisoners. He leads them to the Bolgani rafts. The Bolgani see them and start to pursue.

King Loban’s crocodile boat pulls up, and they board her. The Bolgani’s long bows reach the boat. Princess Loma and the Lutorians fire back, but the range is too great. Tarzan sees the futility of their efforts and tells Loma to close the hatches. Loma strikes a gong, and the hatches are closed. The Bolgani close in. A gorilla named Atarad is told to stop firing. Princess Loma hands Tarzan a sword for hand-to-hand combat. Suddenly, the boat trembles, as do the rafts. An earthquake causes a tidal wave that envelops the rafts and boats. The rafts are lost. The crocodile boat resurfaces. Loma raises the hatch. A gorilla tries to grab her. Tarzan knocks him out with one punch. Tarzan says they must solve the problem of the Bolgani long bows. End.

The featured story, “Tarzan,” is a new story with no title. It starts where Dell #58.1 left off. It brings together three often-used characters: the Lutorian, the Terribs, and the talking gorillas. Princess Loma’s appearance has not changed. She speaks the language of the apes. King Loban is remarkably younger in this story than when last seen in Dell #53.3. His white beard is now black. This is Prince Keelim’s second appearance as well as his second capture. He looks older, and his hair is curlier. The Terribs are looking quite formidable as usual. The leader makes a strange statement that makes one wonder if that is what the writer had intended. He says, “Voo voo mangani!” Translated it means, sing ape. Curious indeed. The talking gorillas are also formidable adversaries. They are capturing slaves again, which Tarzan should have learned about from Boy in Dell #56.2. And as stated by Tarzan at the end of this story, the gorilla’s long bows must be dealt with somehow. It is an excellent story with good drawings, especially the panels that take up one-third of the page.

2nd story “Boy” - 8pp.
Type -- Boy Story - Boy and Dombie Adventure

Isilo is looking for Tarzan. He finds Boy and Dombie. He tells them that Muviro is ill with the sickness that is plaguing the Waziri. Tarzan is in Wandoro Country collecting herbs to fight the sickness. Boy and Dombie ride elands to find Tarzan. Near a donga, a lion charges them. Boy throws his spear into the lion, and they make their get away. Theyask two Wandoros who are collecting honey, where Tarzan is. They directthem to the Mara River. A buffalo charges them. They attempt to leap a gully. The gully is too wide. The elands strike their heads on the opposite bank. The buffalo is still in pursuit. They scramble up a tree to discover that it contains bees. The bees sting them. The bees are attracted to the buffalo, which remains by the tree. A honey guide bird chirps at them and flies off. They hope that the bird will bring the Wandoros to save them. Hours later, Wandoros approach. One of them kills the buffalo with a poison arrow. They ask the Wandoros about Tarzan. The natives tell them that he is brewing herbs at the river. The Wandoros are shocked to see the two boys ride off on elands to find Tarzan. End.

The second story, “Boy,” has no title. It is a Boy story that probably was drawn by Manning. There are many references to Tarzan in this story, but he never makes an appearance.

3rd story “Tarzan” - 15pp.
Type -- Rescues Jane/Queen Ellenya - La - Opar - Black Panthers

Tarzan is taking his two trained black panthers, Felix and Shira, for a hunt. Boy rides up to the tree house on an ostrich with the news of approaching white pygmies. King Ilonyi and another white pygmy ride up on antelopes. The King informs Tarzan that Jane and Queen Ellenya have been captured by La. The terms for their release are either one young maiden be turned over for sacrifice each month or Tarzan’s surrender to La. Tarzan refuses the King’s offer to help in the rescue attempt. Tarzan tells Boy to stay with the ostriches.

Tarzan takes his two panthers to the Rock that holds Opar. He climbs the cliffs and helps to pull the panthers to the top. Tarzan sends Felix to stalk one guard while he and Shira move towards the other. The Oparian guard sees Felix and accidentally falls off of the cliff. Tarzan gets the drop on the other guard. He tells the ape-man that the women are being held in the temple of the moon goddess. Tarzan ties him up. They reach the dwellings of the crooked men and find them deserted. Tarzan finds the temple surrounded by guards. He knows of a secret way in because he used it once when he was held captive by La. He reaches a side door. A guard throws a stone club and knocks him out. Felix and Shira kill the guards.

Priestesses bring La sacred moon grapes. La commands the nobles to eat the sacred fruit. They toast Astar, the moon goddess. La announces that the sacrifice will take place. Jane and Ellenya, chained to the altar, hear them approach. La is disappointed that Tarzan has not come. Jane insults La. La will sacrifice Jane first. Jane is tied to the altar. La raises the sacrificial knife and waits for the first rays of the moon to enter the skylight opening. Tarzan drops through the opening and disarms La. He calls the panthers to him. Tarzan cuts Jane loose. He avoids a knife throw and commands the panthers to attack. Felix and Shira bring down the guards. La commands her spearmen to kill Tarzan and the panthers. Tarzan’s arrows stop many of them. Jane ties to break Ellenya’s chains. Tarzan snaps the chains. The panthers keep the Oparians at bay. The Jungle Lord throws Jane up to the skylight opening, followed by Ellenya. He leaps to the edge and the panthers follow him. Tarzan carries Ellenya to the priest’s chambers. Tarzan opens a trap door in the floor, and they enter. Tarzan carries the pygmy queen through the tunnels and galleries towards the opening that leads out of the Rock of Opar.

Boy brings three ostriches to the Rock of Opar. He spies the escapees coming out of the opening. The women run out of opening. Tarzan and the panthers battle the horde of Oparians. Boy rides up to the women. Jane places Ellenya on Boy’s ostrich. They ride to help Tarzan fight the crooked men. The ostriches prove to be the deciding factor in the battle as the Oparians are defeated. Tarzan mounts an ostrich and calls his panthers. Tarzan says that he is glad that Boy disobeyed him. Boy says that he didn’t. He stayed with the ostriches. End.

The third story, “Tarzan,” is the sixth consecutive story without a title. It is a new story that brings back La for the first time since Dell #38.2. However, this time La finally gets to be Queen La. In previous issues La has been the wimpy and weak Queen of the dwarves of Opar. She has been outcast from Opar itself and ruler of dark skinned dwarves followed by white skinned dwarves. In this story, she is regal and powerful. She is still outcast from Opar itself, but they have built up vast architectural dwellings and temples befitting La. In keeping with writers’ style of twisting the characters from the novels to make them their own, La and her followers no longer worship the sun, but they worship Astar, the moon goddess - the antithesis of the sun. They have made La the anti-La, the worshiper of the moon. It does not matter. What matters is that La is a force to be reckoned with. The Oparians are no longer dwarves but men of normal stature. Despite Tarzan’s reference to them as the crooked men, they appear to be quite normal in all aspects except that they all are drawn exactly alike - clones. Tarzan refers to a time when he was held captive by La. Since this has not happened in any of the Dell issues, this must be a reference to Return or Jewels of Opar. Another interesting occurrence is at the beginning of the story when King Ilonyi comes to Tarzan. Could this be Prince Illony (Dell #49.1) with a different spelling to his name? Is he now king of the white pygmies? What happened to his father, King Nikon (Dell #38.2)? None of these questions are explained - typical of the writers. The panthers, Felix and Shira, are new characters that undoubtedly will be used in future stories. Tarzan moved his family to Opar in Dell #49.1 to avoid having his family captured all the time. Obviously this did not work as Jane is captured for the eighth time. Jane is rather plain looking in this story and is not the beauty that some of the substitute artists have depicted her. Tarzan is taking quite a beating as well. This is the eighteenth time he has been knocked unconscious. Overall it is a wonderful story that raises La back to a character that could become as strong and viable as she is in the novels. 

“Day of Days” -- 50th text story -- 2 pages - one illustration

“Brothers of the Spear” -- 35th -- 6 pages

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DELL #60 September 1954 ~ 36pp. 10cents

Art interior: (Jesse Marsh-like style) - pencils ~ Russ Manning: inks
Cover Painting: Morris Gollub
Writer: Unknown (Gaylord Du Bois - unconfirmed)

Cover: Painting of Tarzan with spear riding Tantor. Includes caption “A World Famous Adventurer.”
Inside Front Cover: Tarzan’s World - pacco, the zebra - black and white

1st story “Tarzan and the Bolas of Monga” - 16pp.
Type -- Rescue Jorah and His Men - Men of Monga - Slavery - Dyals - Gorgo

Dell Comic #60Tarzan rides Gorgo past the results of the battle between the Terribs and the talking gorillas (Dell #59.1). He picks up a Terribs spear and heads for Cathne. In the Great Swamp a Garth attacks. Tarzan’s arrows have little effect. He swings into a tree. Gorgo and the Garth battle. The badly wounded Garth slips into the swamp and sinks underwater. Still in the swamp, a talking gorilla arrow shatters on Gorgo’s horns. Tarzan’s return fire causes the Bolgani to flee. On the plains of Pal-ul-don, Tarzan sees Jorah and five of his men riding dyals. He also sees them being stalked by spotted lions of Pal-ul-don and cries out a warning. One of Jorah’s men is killed. Jorah kills one of the lions with a spear. Tarzan kills one with an arrow and another with a spear. Gorgo uses its horns against the beasts. Soon all the lions are dead. Because Gorgo has been deeply scratched on the back, Tarzan leaves the buffalo to heal.

Jorah explains that they are going back to their homeland to see if it is inhabitable. He reminds Tarzan of the volcanic explosion that drove them out (Dell A#3.5). They invite Tarzan to ride with them on the dyal of the fallen warrior. He decides to accompany them. Tarzan cautions them as they are close to the territory of the Men of Monga, who capture slaves to work in their fields. Jorah is unconcerned because of the dyals’ keen eyesight. Suddenly, the Mongas leap from their rock-like camouflage and fling their bolas. The dyals are brought down. Tarzan is knocked unconscious by a bola. The Mongas tie them up. They are afraid of the dyals and leave them. Jorah is defiant. Tarzan tells him to be patient that he will escape and rescue them. As they come to the edge of a forest, Tarzan snaps the ropes and uses a Monga as a shield against the bolas. He escapes into the trees.

Tarzan returns to the dyals and frees them. He rides to Cathne where the camp of Jorah is located. He relates the capture of Jorah and his men. He recruits twenty warriors to join him in the rescue attempt. He instructs them to bring hundreds of pieces of bamboo. Lachee, Jorah’s mate, insists on accompanying them. Tarzan shows them how to cover the legs of their dyals with a bamboo skirt. They journey to Monga. A lookout has difficulty identifying the strange beasts; by then it is too late. The Mongas bolas cannot penetrate the bamboo shields. Lachee kills a Monga with a spear. The Mongas flee to their cliff dwellings. Jorah joins Lachee on her dyal. The slaves are freed. Tarzan tells the natives to return to their tribes. End.

The featured story is a new story that continues where Dell #59.1 left off. Tarzan picks up Gorgo from the island where he left him. This ties in the battle of the Terribs and the gorillas from the earlier story. It also ties in the volcanic eruption from Dell A#3.5 with dinosaurs continuing to roam the swamp and Jorah’s people being displaced from their hereditary homeland. New creatures, the spotted lions of Pal-ul-don, are introduced. Jorah and his men have about the same appearance when last seen, except that they no longer wear fur caps. Lachee, Jorah’s mate, has not been seen since Dell A#1.3 when she was drawn with dark skin. Jorah was also black, but since Dell #39.1 he has been drawn as a white man. Lachee was not seen in that story. In any case she is also now drawn as a white person as well as all of the other Cor-o-dons. But it is the men of Monga who have changed the most. They were black, burley, bald, and wore shorts in Dell #52.3. They are now white, of average build, wear long pants, and have gold headbands, which holds their hair straight up in the air. They continue to live in their cliff caves and use bolas. Tarzan now considers them to be masters of ambush. They use camouflage rock-like shells to spring out at their enemies. Originally in Dell #39.1 they kept only women captives and killed the men. In Dell #52.3 and in this issue they also use men as slaves to work in their fields. Tarzan escapes the Mongas and rides a dyal to Cathne where Jorah’s people are camped. Cathne towers over the skyline as never before. It is not clear if Jorah’s camp is within the city or near it. In either case, they have built some substantial dwellings there. Tarzan designs an ingenious way to protect the legs of the dyals from the Mongas bolas - a bamboo skirt. It is an excellent story with many subplots, which leads logically to the conclusion. The drawings are in Marsh’s style, yet slightly different.

2nd story “Boy Plays Hide and Seek” - 8pp.
Type -- Boy Story - Boy and Jad-bal-ja Rescue Animals

Boy sees a trapper’s truck heading for Nairobi with a lioness in a cage. He finds Jad-bal-ja following the trail. He asks Jad if that was his mate, Balja, which was captured. It was. He shows Jad the truck’s tracks. Jad runs after the truck. Boy can’t keep up so he rides on the golden lion’s back. Near Nairobi they pass a surprised gas station attendant. Boy attempts to get Jad to wait outside of the city, but the lion charges into the city. The sight of Boy riding a lion causes panic  in the streets - bicyclist crash into pedestrians, cars careen onto the sidewalks, and a traffic cop flees. Boy spies a policeman with a rifle and has the lion follow him into a grocery store. The bystanders think the lion is chasing the boy. Boy runs past the startled owner and up the stairs of the store. The storeowner directs the policemen up the stairs. Boy opens the trap door to the roof. They exit the building and climb down a nearby tree.

After playing hide-and-seek with the policemen, they continue to follow the truck’s trail outside of Nairobi to a wild animal compound. They sneak into the cage area. Boy quiets the caged baboons. He frees Balja. As they start to leave the compound, Boy spots natives preparing to raid the compound for the animals. Boy has an idea about stopping them. The natives approach the trapper’s house with a battering ram. The trapper watches from a window. Boy, Jad-bal-ja, and all the freed animals charge the natives. The natives believe that they are forest devils and flee. They head for home. End.

The second story, “Boy Plays Hide and Seek,” is a Boy story. The drawings do not look like Marsh’s style. One notable drawing is of the gas station outside of Nairobi. It has the look of Edward Hopper’s gas station painting.

"Arrival” -- 51st text story -- 2 pages - one illustrations

“Brothers of the Spear” -- 36th -- 6 pages

Inside Back Cover: New subscription offer - Official Dell Comics Club ballpoint pen - black and white

Back Cover: 1st Sheaffer Pen Co. advertisement - Fineline pen and pencil set - color

This issue is cut from 52 pages to 36 pages. Dell 1-12 were thirty-six pages and contained one long Tarzan story. Dell 26-35 were thirty-six pages and contained two Tarzan stories. With this issue there is only one short Tarzan story. But it is an excellent Tarzan story.


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