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Dell Comics Summaries ~ Pt. 11
Issues 101 - 110
by Duane Adams
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DELL #101 February 1958 ~ 36 pp. 10 cents

Art interior: Jesse Marsh
Writer: Unknown (Gaylord Du Bois - unconfirmed)
Cover: 22nd Gordon Scott photo cover 
~ Warriors of the Staff... Fighters For Peace - 10th caption on cover
Inside Front Cover:  Splash Page - ‘Natural Glider’ - frigate bird - black and white

1st story “Tarzan and The Warriors of the Staff”- 15 pp.
Type -- Restores Peace and Order - Forms Alliance

Dell #101Tarzan explores the area north of his jungle. He comes upon the survivors of a burned out village. An old man reports that they are the only survivors of an Aboma attack. Tarzan learns that all the tribes in the north are war-like. He helps them build a new home and learns that the Achingas are the strongest of the tribes. He plans to make them the peacekeepers of the area.

Tarzan travels to the Achinga Village. Under the council-tree the leaders plan to attack the Umvari. Tarzan enters and breaks a spear over his knee. He asks the chief to set his strongest warrior against him. Karungo has a spear, but Tarzan quickly defeats him with his spear pole. Tarzan asks for the next best to take him on. He easily defeats three Achingas. Tarzan offers the chief to teach his people how to use the quarterstaff. In return, he wants to be their war chief and for them to be the peacekeepers of the area. The chief agrees.

Tarzan instructs the Achingas in the art of the quarterstaff. Karungo does not like this arrangement. A spy reports that the Karuri are preparing to attack the Mauri. The Achinga warriors go to confront them. The Karuri attack the Mauri Village. The Achinga attack the Karuri. Despite the Karuri poison arrows the Achinga triumph. The Mauri are weary of the Achinga and their new war chief. Tarzan proposes that the Mauri accept the Achinga protection in return for a few cows a year. The Mauri heartily agree. A feast is made to celebrate the new alliance. Karungo plots Tarzan’s demise. A warrior calls the Mauri chief, N’konga, to the bed of his sick son, N’kongo, thus leaving Tarzan alone.

Karungo and his two henchmen throw a buffalo hide over Tarzan and tie him up. They carry him to the cliff of sacrifices and throw him over. The rope catches on a tree stump. Tarzan is knocked unconscious as he hits the cliff wall. When he awakes, he cuts his way out of the hide. He cuts the hide into strips and lowers himself to the bottom of the cliff. Hyenas are disappointed that it is not a dead body. Karungo and his men go to the bottom of the cliff to retrieve the hide. Karungo sees Tarzan. He believes that he is a ghost and runs off. Tarzan disarms the henchmen and threatens them. End.

The featured story is a very complicated story. There are five named warring tribes and one unnamed tribe. Tarzan’s plan to unite the tribes under the protection of the strongest tribe, the Achingas, is a good one. The Achingas go for it immediately, and Tarzan teaches them the art of the quarterstaff. The entire plan is like a Mafia protection racket. But of course this is a comic. The battle scenes are as confusing with three tribes in the mix of things. The subplot of the disgruntled Karungo is a nice addition, but the story is already complicated enough without it. The alliance between the Achingas and the Mauri ends part of the main plot. The questions about the other tribes are left up in the air. The subplot is only partly resolved. Karungo runs off at the sight of the ghost Tarzan. But what his fate is after that is unknown. Tarzan was too easy on Karungo’s henchmen. The story ends abruptly. There are a couple of interesting panels. One that stands out the most is the dance scene at the feast. The beautiful Mauri dancing women are cleverly drawn with a suggestion that they are topless.

“A Zulu Feast” -- 92nd text story -- 1 page - one illustration

2nd story “Tarzan Traps a Rouge”- 9 pp.
Type -- Saves a Hippo (Pinky)

The trader Ithombi and two bearers bring Tarzan the goods he ordered to the tree house. Tarzan pays him with a bag of gold. Jane is delighted with the cloth for a new dress as is Boy with his hunting knife. Tarzan reads a newspaper account about the famous wandering hippo, Pinky, who is missing. Boy asks Tarzan if they can search for him.

Tarzan and Boy canoe in Tanganyika looking for the pink-eared hippo. Suddenly the hippo upsets their canoe and bites it in half. Tarzan and Boy swim for shore. Natives on the shore tell them that the hippo is terrorizing their village. Tarzan has a plan and asks to borrow a canoe. They are happy to help get rid of the rouge. Tarzan builds a large bundle of sticks. He takes the bundle and some ropes out onto the river. Pinky attempts to come up underneath the canoe. He misses. On his second try, Tarzan throws the bundle into Pinky’s mouth. The ape-man ropes Pinky’s feet. The natives canoe out to help. Tarzan ropes Pinky’s head. They pull the hippo to shore. Tarzan examines the hippo’s mouth. He removes a musket bullet from Pinky’s jaw.

That evening Pinky is tethered in the river near the village. Boy tries to stay awake and watch over him. An enemy tribe silently canoes towards the village. Pinky smashes one of the canoes. Boy raises the alarm. The enemies flee. Tarzan asks the friendly natives to care for Pinky until a raft can be built to carry the hippo downstream. The natives will be happy when he is gone. End.

The second story is a simple story, which is welcome after the complicated featured story. Tarzan and Boy have no problems in locating the rouge hippo with a pink ear. (All hippos probably have pink ears.) The bundle that Tarzan makes telegraphs how he is going to capture the hippo. The capture itself is the major part of the panels. Tarzan operates on the mouth of the hippo. The bullet he removes is the reason Pinky has gone rouge. Pinky pays back the kindness by thwarting the enemy attack. A major err occurs when the writer has Tarzan say “... the Kiboko Pinky ...” This sounds as if the word Kiboko is another name for a hippo. It is actually a Swahili word for a whip made out of hippo hide. This is a flaw that mars a pretty good story.

“Brothers of the Spear” -- 77th -- 6 pages

Splash Page -- ‘Tarzan Sounds the Alarm’ (not Marsh) - 1 page - in color

Inside Back Cover: New subscription offer - one year for #1.50 with magic bean bowl -
Tarzan illustration - Dell Pledge to Parents - color

Back Cover: New advertisement - 7 Up - color


DELL #102 March 1958 ~ 36 pp. 10 cents

Art interior: Jesse Marsh
Writer: Unknown (Gaylord Du Bois - unconfirmed)
Cover: 23rd Gordon Scott photo cover 
~ ‘A wake of destruction marks the trail of “THE WHITE PERIL”’ - 11th caption on the cover
Inside Front Cover: New subscription offer - $1.20 for one year plus pocket picture holder - 
Tarzan illustration - Dell’s Pledge to Parents - black and white

1st story “Tarzan and The White Peril” - 15 pp.
Type -- Saves Village from a Killer Elephant

Dell Comic #102 From their canoes, the Gomah’s ask Tarzan to come with them to their village. Their chief has had a dream of a white man coming to save them from a white peril. At Umboma’s City, King Umboma showers him with gifts. They ask him to kill an albino elephant that is terrorizing their community. They believe it to be inhabited by the spirit of Umboma’s dead albino brother. If he fails, the chief will have to sacrifice his daughter.

Tarzan and the best hunter, Sumolu, search for the rouge. The albino charges them. Tarzan pushes Sumolu into some banyan tree roots to protect him. Tarzan takes to the trees. The albino rips at the roots. Tarzan pulls the elephant’s tail and gets the rouge to chase him. Tarzan jumps into a river. The elephant topples into the river after him. Sumolu is surprised to see Tarzan alive. Tarzan sends him back to the city.

Tarzan trails the albino to learn its habits. He witnesses the rouge being driven away from a herd. Tarzan finds a cliff, which he plans to use to lead the rouge to its death. Later he notices two sets of tracks. The albino has found a mate. A bull elephant also tracks the albino. 

Native farmers try to hide from the killer elephant. Tarzan directs its attention towards him. The elephant smashes a hut. The farmers believe Tarzan to be dead and go to report to the chief. Tarzan leads the albino towards the cliff. The great bull follows them. With Tarzan at the top of the hill the bull trumpets from below. The albino and bull engage in combat. The bull pushes the albino over the cliff to its death. Tarzan cuts the tail off of the albino as proof of the elephant’s death.

The Gomah people prepare to sacrifice the chief’s daughter. The executioner raises the sword to behead her. Tarzan arrives the in the nick of time with the elephant’s tail. Tarzan will lead them to the elephant. The Gomahs are relieved. End.

The featured story is a very good story. It is nice to see a successful native community. They do have one large problem - a rouge elephant. They call the elephant by the name of the chief’s dead albino brother, Kunah. Marsh’s large panel on the second page uses a worm’s eye view of Tarzan standing in the canoe as he arrives at the Umboma City. This is outstanding. The problem with the story is not with the writer or Marsh. It is with the colorist. The colorist had a difficult time with the albino elephant. It is basically colored with the usual elephant color. The other elephants are colored a deep bluish black. Tarzan is relieved that it is not he who kills the albino. Dell’s Pledge to Parents? I don’t think so. It is more in keeping with Tarzan’s close connection with Tantor and his brothers and sisters. Marsh really pushed Dell’s Pledge to Parents to the limits with the sacrifice scene. The beautiful daughter of the chief is about to have her head chopped off. She lowers the top half of her dress before she lowers her head to the chopping block. Tarzan saves her. Yet her top is still lowered as she thanks Tarzan. Yes it is all very discreetly drawn, but it is pretty racy for 1958. All of this is very titillating but not necessary to a great story.

“Taromu Son of Umtosi” -- 93rd text story -- 1 page - one illustration

2nd story “Tarzan and The Leopard Cubs”- 9 pp.
Type -- Boy and Dombie Adventure - Rescue Boy and Dombie - N’kima

Boy and Dombie see a leopard stalking some baboons. Boy warns them. The baboons rip the leopard to pieces. The boys are afraid for their lives and leave the area. They notice ska watching some movement in the grass. N’kima scares them as he shrieks about Sheetah. N’kima points out the leopards, which turn out to be cubs. Boy reasons that it must be the cubs of the dead leopard. They decide to take the cubs home. A fearful N’kima takes to the trees. The real mother leopard stalks the boys. N’kima sees it and warns the boys. The boys jump in a river and swim to a rock. The leopard does not dare to enter the rapid waters. N’kima rushes to Tarzan and explains the situation. He leads the ape-man to the area. Tarzan chases off the mother. He floats a log out to the boys and pulls them to shore. They leave the cubs for the mother and head for home. Boy realizes that N’kima makes a better pet. End. 

The second story is a Boy and Dombie adventure with Tarzan saving the day at the end. Boy and Dombie wear silly hats that are like upside down footed cups. Fortunately they lose them when they are forced to jump into the river. There is a wonderful panel of a distant perspective of Tarzan and N’kima flying though the trees on their way to rescue the boys. N’kima is the real star of this story. The writer, once again, has captured the true character of the frightened little monkey. Another terrific panel is the scared N’kima as the leopard passes him in the tall grass. N’kima is captured in the comics better than any other Burroughs character.

“Brothers of the Spear” -- 78th -- 6 pages
Splash Page: “Boy Visits a Small Jungle Friend” - 1 page - in color
Inside Back Cover: Splash page -- “Servant of Man” - camel - black and white
Back Cover: New advertisement - Art Instruction, Inc. - some color



DELL #103 April 1958 ~ 36 pp. 10 cents

Art interior: Jesse Marsh
Writer: Unknown (Gaylord Du Bois - unconfirmed)
Cover: 24th Gordon Scott photo cover 
~ “THE FALL OF CATHNE, the City of Gold” - 12th caption on the cover
Inside Front Cover: Splash page - “Manu the Monkey” - black and white

1st story “Tarzan and The Fall of Cathne”- 15 pp.
Type -- Cathne - Lost Race (Gallegos) - Gorgo - Bolgani

Dell Comic #103Canoeing back to Pal-ul-don Tarzan and Jathon see a crocodile and some royal lions fighting over a kudu. Tarzan dives in the water and kills the croc with a spear. Jathon wonders why the lions are so far from home and alone. Tarzan explores the area and finds Gorgo, the giant buffalo. Tarzan rides Gorgo and Jathon rides Om-zee, a riding lion, to Cathne only to discover that an earthquake has destroyed the city. They follow the trail of the survivors.

King Jathon hears a lion roar and rushes into an ambush by mountain gorillas. Tarzan charges in on Gorgo and drives the bolgani away. Om-zee was killed in the battle. Jathon mounts Lu-gash, another riding lion, and rides to the temporary camp of the Cathneans. Queen Elaine and his son greet him. Tarzan has Gorgo leap over they Cathnean sharpened pole fence. Elaine explains about their problems with the Gallegos and about the quake. His son tells him how they had to fight their way to this spot. Jathon wants to rebuild here. Tarzan says they will have to drive the gorillas back into the forest.

An alarm is raised as the Gallegos approach. Tarzan on Gorgo leaps over the fence as he goes to broker a peace plan. King Gallu reports that they are also homeless because of the quake. Tarzan warns them about the gorilla army. Gallu’s daughter points out the approaching gorillas. The Gallegos charge their buffaloes into the battle. Jathon and his lionmen join in the fight. The bolgani are defeated. King Gallu and Jathon agree to peace. Tarzan leaves on Gorgo. End.

The featured story destroys the city of Cathne for the second time. The first time was in Dell #35 when a volcano destroyed Cathne. There are many, many changes from previous Dell stories. King Jathon has a new look, which is more Zeus-like than before. Tarzan rediscovers Gorgo, who is larger than ever. Tarzan claims that he created the giant buffalo with a vegetable potion rather than the Dr. Mervin’s growth pellets, which he actually used in Dell #57.1. The Zeus-like Jathon looks like he is riding a tiny lion when compared to Tarzan on Gorgo. After building Cathne up to be such a great city, the writer destroys it. (The trouble Cathne experienced in Dell #97.1 probably was foreshadowing the destruction of the city.) On the trail of the survivors Tarzan and Jathon come upon some discarded pottery. One pot has a faux Greek decoration on it. It would have been better if the colorist had made it orange instead of red. The connection to Greek pottery would have been more complete with orange. The stylized trees are poorly done. Probably the work of a new inker or maybe it’s the colorist fault. Jathon’s favorite riding lion is Om-zee, the same name as Tarzan’s ostrich in Dell #80.1. Queen Elaine is more eloquent than ever. There are a couple of great poses and drawings of her. Jathon’s son is not named but we would like to think that it is Prince Thyron. The Cathneans and Gallugos (or Gallegos as it is spelled in this story) have always had an on again/off again relationship. The Gallegos have turned into dark skinned people. King Gallu has turned into a fat, balding, hairy-chested man. King Gallu’s daughter is not named either, and we assume that it is Princess Tee-anna. The Princess has a totally new look as well. All these changes are disturbing to the person trying to write an encyclopedia of the Dells. If you were unfamiliar with all these changes, it is probably a great story.

“The Magic of Water” -- 94th text story -- 1 page - one illustration

2nd story “Tarzan and The Smoking Cliff” - 9 pp.
Type -- Boy and Dombie Adventure - Rescue Boy and Dombie - Leopard Men

Boy and Dombie canoe in a shallow water river. They discover a tunnel and enter it. A crocodile blocks their way back so they canoe through the tunnel to a lagoon. A crocodile tries to overturn their canoe. Boy and Dombie climb some vines. The croc bites through the empty canoe. The boys spy an island with a small temple on it. A witch man comes out of the temple, enters his canoe, and leaves through the tunnel.

The boys build a raft. They pole to the island. They find Sheetah chained to the building. They enter the temple and discover the costumes of the Leopard Men. The boys bundle up all of the material and dump it into the lagoon. They attempt to leave via the tunnel. A crocodile turns their raft sideways so that it stops at the tunnel entrance. The boys again climb some vines as the croc climbs on the raft. They reach a ledge but cannot climb to the top of the mountain.

Tarzan spies the boy’s smoke signal. He climbs up the sheer face of the mountain. He sees the boys on the ledge below. He goes to make a vine rope. Leopard Men also see the smoke and think it is from spies. The Leopard Men climb the vines. Tarzan drops the boys the rope. The vines break loose, dropping the Leopard into the lagoon below. Tarzan rescues the boys. End.

The second story is a pretty good Boy and Dombie adventure. Tarzan does rescue them in the end, but it is mainly about the boys. They discover an unknown lagoon with a mysterious island with a small temple that is partially hidden by trees but has the familiar look of the Jefferson Memorial. The island temple is being used by the society of the Leopard Men. The Leopard Men in this story come closer to Burroughs’ Leopard Men than the other Dell stories about Leopard Men. Boy and Dombie continue to wear silly looking hats. Unfortunately they keep them throughout the entire story. The actual fate of the Leopard Men is left ambiguous. This could set-up a great Leopard Men story with Tarzan. It probably won’t but one could always hope. 

“Brothers of the Spear” -- 79th -- 6 pages
Splash Page: “Bolgani - Gray Ape” - 1/2 page - in color
1/2 page - New advertisement - Jumping Jack shoes with free comic  booklet - color
Inside Back Cover: New subscription offer - $1.20 for one year with free wallet - 
Tarzan illustration - Dell’s Pledge to Parents - black and white
Back Cover: New advertisement - 3M - Scotch cellophane tape - color


DELL #104 May 1958 ~ 36 pp. 10 cents

Art interior: Jesse Marsh
Writer:Unknown (Gaylord Du Bois - unconfirmed)
Cover: 25th Gordon Scott photo cover ~ “The Voice of Moumamba” - 13th caption on the cover
Inside Front Cover: Splash page - “The Good Gnus” (wildebeest) - black and white

1st story “Tarzan and The Voice of Moumamba” - 15 pp.
Type -- Lost City (Moumamba) - Rescue White Men

Dell Comic #104A series of drums relay from village to village that the two white men seeking the lost city of Moumamba are missing. The report is relayed by Accra radio to a British oil executive. Tarzan hears the messages and decides to look for them. Drums report a reward offer. Natives search for them. Helicopters search for them. Tarzan starts his search at N’gota, the departure point of the missing men. He learns from the old chief about the curse of the Moumamba and about the rumors surrounding the city. From a tribe of monkeys he learns more clues about the missing men.

Sheetah stalks the two men who hold up in an abandon village. They are out of ammunition. Tarzan kills the leopard with a knife throw. Tarzan cooks for Tobey and Harry, who are emaciated. They are within the sound of the roaring Moumamba waterfall. Tarzan carries Harry as they go to the city. Moumamba natives greet them with sign language because speaking is impossible because of the waterfall. They take them to King Inkonga. The King is friendly but tells them that they can never leave. Harry notices that they light their torches with crude oil. Katembe, the medicine man, cares for the prospectors. The roar is driving them dizzy.

The next day the King sends Tarzan out to hunt with Kongoni, his best hunter. Tarzan notices that they are rich in gold and oil but poor in meat. Tarzan finds elephant tracks. Kongoni signs that it is a killer and to leave it alone. Tarzan kills a wart hog with a spear. The rouge elephant charges them and picks up Kongoni. Tarzan spears the great pachyderm, which drops Kongoni. Tarzan picks up the hunter and runs. The elephant gives chase until its heart gives out.

The Moumamba celebrate with a feast. Tarzan tells the prospectors to be prepared to escape. He finds a ledge and lowers himself by rope down three hundred feet to find a river edge safe enough to travel on. He lowers Tobey down to the river and carries Harry down the rope. They plan to build a raft and escape.

Drums report the return of the two men by Tarzan. In a hospital room Tobey and Harry decide that Moumamba’s oil can remain untouched. End.

The featured story is a great new story. Book-ending the story with the reports by native drums is sophisticated story telling. Like a good detective Tarzan learns clues about the missing men from the starting point and from the animals along the way. The panel of the leopard looking into the abandon building at the two prospectors is simply outstanding. It is a great drawing of a hunting cat. The hairy-faced men shaving after being saved by Tarzan from the leopard is subtle but a telling story line. It signals that they are no longer in dire straits but safe under Tarzan’s protection. The first look of the city and the waterfall is a great panel. The Moumamba people are a nice people and relatively successful and secure despite being desperate for meat. Just why the people would want to remain by a deafening waterfall is never explained. Not permitting visitors leave is probably a security measure. Tarzan is forced to kill an elephant in this episode. The writer did not allow Tarzan to kill the elephant in Dell #102.1. This time there was no avoiding the situation. It is simply a great story with some amazing drawings by Marsh.

“How Strange the Gods” -- 95th text story -- 1 page - one illustration

2nd story “Tarzan on Flight into Danger” - 9 pp.
Type -- Boy and Dombie Adventure - Saves Boy and Dombie - Saves White Man and Woman - Airplane Wreck

Boy and Dombie with the ape, Neeku, are hunting wild pigs. Some cannibals, in turn, are following them. The boys spy an airplane stuck in a tree. They climb up to investigate. A leopard stalks them. Neeku accidentally starts the plane’s engine. The propeller knocks the leopard to the ground killing it. The leopard falls on the cannibals, who hear the engine’s roar. They believe it is the father of all leopards and run away. Tarzan also hears the engine. The boys and ape leave the plane just before it crashes to the ground. The boys track the owners of the plane to a stream where Tom and Jo are soaking their feet. Boy warns them about the crocodiles and the approaching cannibals. They climb the face of a cliff. The cannibals attempt to cross the stream and are attacked by the crocodiles. The cannibals purse them up the cliff. Tarzan’s well-placed arrows frighten the cannibals away. Tom and Jo explain that they were almost out of gas when they landed in the tree. Tarzan offers to show them more about their way of life. End.

The second story is another Boy and Dombie adventure with Tarzan rescuing everyone at the end of the tale. It is only the third Dell story that involves cannibals. Neeku, who accompanies Boy and Dombie, looks like a chimpanzee but is probably meant to be an ape. Neeku’s species is never mentioned. It is nice to see that the boys are not required to wear silly hats that usually accompany their adventures. Tom and Jo are the usual coupling of a beautiful young woman with a slightly older man. Their relationship to each other is never explained. It is a good story with nice drawings.

“Brothers of the Spear” -- 80th -- 6 pages

Splash Page -- “Boy Grown Up” -with Baku, the pygmy - Dell’s Pledge to Parents - 1 page - in color

Inside Back Cover: Subscription offer: $1.20 for one year with free ball point pen 
-Tarzan illustration - Dell’s Pledge to Parents - black and white

Back Cover: Advertisement - 7 Up - color



DELL #105 June1958 ~ 36 pp. 10 cents

Art interior: Jesse Marsh
Writer: Unknown (Gaylord Du Bois - unconfirmed)
Cover: 26th Gordon Scott photo cover: full body shot ~
‘Burning in the jungle -- “EYES OF FIRE!”’ - 14th cover caption
Inside Front Cover:  New subscription advertisement for 7-Up - Seven-Up “Floats” - color

1st story “Tarzan and the Eyes of Fire”- 15 pp. 
Type -- Rescues White Woman - Saves Makembe Citadel

Dell Comic #105N’kima cheers on Tarzan as he wrestles the ape Muchak into submission. The scent of the Nandis warriors sends Muchak and the other ape into the trees. Tarzan overhears the Nandis and the Morans plot with the Masai to capture the White Flower of the Makembe and attack the Makembe Citadel. Tarzan searches for the White Flower. He finds her, Ruth Wells, with the dead Makola, a Makembe tribesman, who gave up his life to protect her. Tarzan buries Makola. As he leads her back to the village, Ruth explains how her missionary father sent her for supplies. Her safari was attacked and killed. The other tribes wish to attack because the Makembe have converted to Christianity.

The Morans close in on them. Confronted by a tribe of baboons, Tarzan convinces them to let them pass and to attack the Moran tribe. The Morans retreat. While Ruth rests, Tarzan finds Gorgo. They ride the giant buffalo down river past the Nandis warriors. The Nandis’ drums falsely report the death of Ruth by the baboons. As they approach the citadel, Tarzan releases Gorgo. Ruth signals the village with a birdcall. Ilagu, a Makembe warrior, is surprised to find Ruth alive. He leads her and Tarzan to the Rev. Wells. The Rev. is happy that Ruth managed to bring the Roman candle type rockets back with her. The Rev. has a defense plan for the village.

Tarzan has a better plan. He has the villagers build a boma around the stockade. On a platform he has them build a straw statue of a warrior holding a spear. The enemies approach and see the statue. Tarzan calls out to the enemies from inside the statue. The Nandis’ witch doctor tells them that it a trick and starts the attack. Tarzan fires a rocket. The witch doctor rallies the tribes and uses a shield to climb the boma. Tarzan hits him with a rocket. The tribes panic and leave. Tarzan continues to fire rockets, which further frightens the tribes into fleeing the area. The Rev. and Ruth thank Tarzan for saving the village. End.

The featured story is a new story. It has a pretty tight story line that allows Tarzan to rescue the beautiful white girl and save an entire village. The village of the Makembe is called a citadel but it looks like all the other native villages in previous stories. Certain features distinguish the enemy tribes. The Nandis have a pinkish flower in their hair. The Moran tribe has a circular feathery device around their face. The Masai are not seen specifically. The Makembe, who are persecuted because of their conversion to Christianity, mostly wear fezzes. The baboons and Gorgo have minor parts but aid Tarzan and Ruth in their escape from the enemy tribes. The Rev. is on crutches, but it is never explained why. Tarzan’s plan to save the village is brilliant. The story implies that Tarzan hits the Nandis witch doctor with a rocket that kills him because it calls him a victim. His death could be questioned. The fireworks frightens off the enemies with no loss of life for the Makembe. It is a good story with only one minor flaw of the two different spellings of Makola and Makolo for the name of the Makembe warrior who took the spear intended for Ruth.

“Witch doctor” -- 96th text story -- 1 page - one illustration

2nd story “Tarzan in the Scourge of the Jungle” - 9 pp.
Type -- Saves People and Animals From Locusts - Rescues Boy and Dombie

Boy and Dombie ask permission to go to the great bog to search for a white tree orchid for Jane. At the bog a bird frightens Dombie and a tree toad frightens Boy. They find an orchid. A black panther startles them into falling into the mud.

Meanwhile, from the tree house, Tarzan and Jane spy curious objects in the sky. Jane wonders if they are flying saucers. Tarzan realizes that it is a swarm of seventeen-year locust. He sends Jane to warn the natives as he goes to get Boy and Dombie. Along the way he alerts apes, giraffes, zebras, and elephants to the plague of insects. Tarzan covers himself with mud for protection against locust bites. He finds the boys trapped by the panther. He kills Sheetah with his knife. Boy takes the orchid with them as they head for the river.

At the river Buto and his people are cutting reeds to use as breathing tubes. Boy warns Tarzan of the approaching crocodiles. Tarzan instructs Buto to have his men stretch nets across the river. He dives in the river to battle gimla. Buto fights them with a spear. Tarzan kills a croc with his knife. The net is in place as the locusts arrive. They all use the reeds to breath underwater. The aftermath of the locust leaves the area bare of foliage. The orchid was also lost. But Tarzan points out that no person was harmed. End.

The second story is a new story that starts out like it is going to be a Boy and Dombie adventure but soon turns into a Tarzan story. Jane is more naiv? than usual. She thinks that the plague of locust might be flying saucers. Tarzan springs into action. He sends Jane to inform the natives. He warns all the animals and rescues the boys. He fights crocodiles and saves Buto’s people. Whew! All in a day’s work for the ape-man! This is well written and drawn. The economy of the story and pictures is to be admired.

“Brothers of the Spear” -- 81st -- 6 pages

Splash Page -- top half of page - “Swordplay in the Jungle” Tarzan and Captain Paul d’Arnot - in color
-- bottom half - New Advertisement: Stewart-Warner ‘Cadet’ bike speedometer

Inside Back Cover: Subscription offer with “KE” puzzle game - Dell’s Pledge to Parents - color

Back Cover: New advertisement: Schwinn bicycle - 3 speed corvette – color



DELL #106 July 1958 ~ 36 pp. 10 cents

Art interior: Jesse Marsh
Writer: Gaylord Du Bois 
Cover: 27th Gordon Scott photo cover 
~ “PRISONERS OF CASTRUM MARE” - 15th caption on the cover
Inside Front Cover: New subscription advertisement includes American Eagle Ring
- Tarzan illustration and Dell’s Pledge to Parents - color

1st story “Tarzan and the Prisoners of Castrum Mare”- 15 pp.
Type -- Rescues Prisoners - Establishes New Empire - Jad-bal-ja - Lost City

Dell Comic #106Tarzan and Jad-bal-ja separate to cover more ground while hunting far from their usual haunts. Tarzan cannot get close to the jumpy game. He hears Jad’s roar for help and discovers him in a pit trap. As he attempts to dig him out, native trappers appear. Golo, native trapper, throws his knob stick, which knocks the ape-man unconscious and into the pit. One of the trappers shoots Jad with an arrow laced with a sleeping potion. They carry their captives by poles to the trading post. Tarzan feigns unconsciousness and surmises that they will be sold for the games at Castrum Mare or Castra Sanguinarius. The trader bargains the natives down to half their asking price of eight spear blades and four bolts of cloth. Tarzan realizes that they are bound for Castrum Mare. He is confident that Emperor Cassius Hasta will free them. They are transported to the city by a small sailing ship.

At Castrum Mare Tarzan learns of the death of Hasta and that Paetus Augustus is now emperor. Tarzan and Jad are thrown in separate holding pens to wait for the games. Tarzan breaks his bounds and sleeps. Centurion Regulus Paulus enters the cell. Tarzan recognizes his voice from years earlier. Paulus tells him that he and his company are still loyal to Hasta and that Paetus suspects that fact and has placed them under barrack arrest. Tarzan agrees to help them escape Castrum Mare. He has Paulus release Jad. Tarzan and Jad will create a diversion for the loyalist to make it to the fishing boats.

Paulus alerts his men to the plan. Tarzan and the Golden Lion fight their way to the gate that leads into the city proper. The citizens panic. The Castrum soldiers pursue them. Paulus and his men raid the armory for weapons. Tarzan and Jad leap over a wall and head for the palace. Tarzan bends the bars to Paetus’ royal chamber. He captures the emperor. Paulus and his company are at the fishing boats when Tarzan carries the emperor to the beach. They push off into the water. The legionaries arrive at the shore too late. They head for their war galleys. Tarzan directs them to head for Castra Sanguinarius. Confident that they have avoided the galleys, Tarzan releases Paetus in a small boat. The escapees row to an area where Tarzan leads them to a cave opening. It is actually a watercourse that leads up and out of the valley. At the top they look down at the lake with the war galleys that still search for them. Paulus declares farewell to Castrum Mare and 
greetings to a new land. End.

The featured story is a new story that may spell the end of Castrum Mare or at least produce a great schism to the city. As the writer(s) ended the Burroughs’ version of Cathne and Athne, they could be rewriting Castrum Mare into their own personal vision. Castrum Mare has appeared in Dell A3.1, 57.3, 58.3, and 89.1. They kill off Cassius Hasta (Emperor in the novels). This further distances them from Burroughs. Tarzan enters the new emperors’ royal chamber much like in did to Cassius Hasta in Dell A3.1. Tarzan is knocked unconscious for the thirtieth time in the Dell comics. Arrows with sleeping potion are used for the fourth time. The native hunters have a unique topknot on their heads. They are not very good traders and end up selling Tarzan and Jad for half their original asking price. The city itself has grown greatly since last seen. It fills the skyline with white Roman-like buildings. Tarzan’s recognition of the centurion’s voice from years earlier is a remarkable feat. It is a good story that recycles a number of actions and events from previous stories. The major flaw, which may be addressed in future stories, is that although Paulus and men have escape to establish a new colony somewhere, they have no women to perpetuate their colony.

“The Challenge” -- 97th text story -- 1 page - no illustration

2nd story “Tarzan in Boy’s Fast Game” - 9 pp.
Type -- Boy and Dombie Adventure

Dombie examines Isilo’s broken war club that he gave to him. Waziri women cry out that baboons are raiding the shamba. Boy grabs a firebrand. Dombie takes the club. They run to the cornfield. Dombie throws his club and hits a baboon. It only enrages it. Boy drives off the baboons with fire. The women call them warriors. Boy gets the idea to capture a cheetah and tether it near the shamba to keep away the baboons.

They take their spears and ride their kudus in search of a cheetah. They find one eating its kill in a donga. The cheetah walks away. The boys give chase. Eventually the cheetah collapses from exhaustion. Boy and Dombie stuff the cat into a blue bag. The kudus smell the cheetah and won’t let them load the cat onto their backs. The boys make a travois to carry the cat. When the bag is on the travois the frighten kudus bolt. As they race across the veldt, the cheetah starts to rip through the bag. Tarzan sees the run away kudus and gives chase. The kudus leap off an embankment into the river. The boys fall off the travois. The cheetah escapes the bag and runs off. The kudus continue to run pulling the empty travois. Tarzan reaches the river to find the boys muddy but unharmed. End.

The second story is basically a Boy and Dombie adventure. It is not too bad of a story. The boys bravely chase off the baboons. But then Boy gets the stupid idea to capture a cheetah. The dead wart hog near the Waziri Village is unexplained and a curiosity that makes you wonder what it is doing there. There are a couple of nice panels of the boys on the kudus that have interesting perspectives. They stuff the cheetah into a blue bag that they brought along. Evidently Boy planned ahead. They put together a makeshift but very professional looking travois. Tarzan has a minor part that is not essential to the story. In the end the boys are safe as usual.

“Brothers of the Spear” -- 82nd -- 6 pages

Last Page -- New Advertisement for Daisy Air Rifles - 1 page - in color

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DELL #107 August 1958 ~ 36 pp. 10 cents

Art interior: Jesse Marsh
Writer: Unknown (Gaylord Du Bois - unconfirmed)
Cover: 28th Gordon Scott photo cover ~ "The mysterious VALLEY OF MONSTERS!” - 16th cover caption
Inside Front Cover:  New advertisement for 7 Up - in color

1st story “Tarzan in the Shrouded Valley of Monsters”- 15 pp.
Type -- Lost World (Valley of Monsters) - Rescue White Man - Dinosaurs - Airplane Crash

Dell Comic #107Jane and Boy watch search planes from the tree house. Cecil Dean reports from radio Nairobi that American writer and photographer Bruce Harlowe’s plane is lost in a steamy valley. Tarzan surmises that Harlowe is lost in the Valley of Monsters. Boy wants to go with Tarzan to search for him. Tarzan tells him that if he is not back in three days, he can fly over the valley on Aguila but must land.

Tarzan flies Argus over the valley. Sulfur vapors from volcanic fumaroles force them to land on a mountaintop. Tarzan sends Argus home. As he descends, Tarzan discovers signs of a plane scraping the wall of the mountain. He finds the plane in a pool of water. Tarzan looks for tracks. A garth chases him. The ape-man kills the garth with one arrow shot. Harlowe steps out from a crevice in the rock. He is filming the entire event. He thinks Tarzan is a cave man. Tarzan introduces himself as John Clayton, Lord Greystoke. Harlowe thought Tarzan was a myth.

Tarzan leads Harlowe towards a cliff. They pass a brontosaurus, a triceratops, and a stegosaurus. Two garths chase them. They leap over a geyser hole. The geyser erupts. Near a steaming pool of water, Tarzan fires an arrow into one of the garths. The garths turn on each other and fall into the boiling water. They die. They continue on past a small dinosaur. A Pteranodon flies overhead. They shimmy up a chimney in the cliff. They rest on a ledge. Harlowe sees large creatures sleeping on the cliff. He throws a rock at them.  Pteranodons awaken and attack them. Tarzan expends all his arrows. The Pteranodons close in on them. A helicopter approaches and frightens off the Pteranodons. The helicopter crew thinks they are giant bats. They spy Harlowe and Tarzan on the ledge. They lower a rope ladder. Tarzan and Harlowe climb to safety. Harlowe believes that his film will change scientific theories. Tarzan says it won’t.

Months later a messenger brings Tarzan a letter at the tree house. It is from Harlowe who says that the scientific community believes that his film is a fake. Tarzan says that people may never believe that the Valley of Monsters exists. End.

The featured story is another great adventure in the valley full of dinosaurs. The Valley of Monsters also appears in Dell 7, 24.1, 31.1, 49.3, A3.5, and A4.3. A famous American writer and photographer is lost in the valley. Tarzan goes to search on Argus. The sulfur fumes forces Tarzan to send the golden eagle home. Thus Tarzan can be Tarzan. The presence of Argus against garths would have been too easy. Tarzan drops a garth with one arrow. He has previously killed garths in Dell #7, 31.1, 49.3, 58.1, and with a poison arrow in 71.1. No poison arrow was necessary here. Tarzan and Harlowe travel past a parade of dinosaurs. They are chased by two garths. Tarzan’s arrow causes the garths to turn on each other and fall into a boiling pool of water. This is similar to Dell 24.1 when a garth that is chasing the ape-man slips and falls into a hot springs. Harlowe proves to be a fool by throwing rocks at sleeping Pteranodons. Tarzan fails to bring them down with his arrows. The helicopter is the ghost in the machine when it suddenly appears and saves the day.

“The Lion Hunt” -- 98th text story -- 1 page - one illustration

2nd story “Tarzan (-) Boy Leaves Home”- 9 pp.
Type -- Boy Story - Saves Boy

Tarzan returns to the tree house with an antelope kill for meat. Jane explains that Boy is disgruntled because she grounded him because he did not do his chores in the vegetable garden. Boy complains that he has to do all the work and threatens to leave home. Tarzan and Jane go along with it. Jane packs some food and a blanket for him. Tarzan gets his bow and arrows. Boy leaves. Jane continues to shell beans. Tarzan tans the antelope hide.

Boy daydreams of having other people work for him. A lion roars as night falls. He builds a platform in the tree and realizes how difficult it is. As he eats his dried fruit, he thinks about Jane’s home cooked meals. He curls up under the leopard skin blanket. Sheetah catches Boy’s scent and stalks him. Tarzan drops on the leopard from above. They topple out of the tree. Tarzan kills sheetah with his knife. Young apes cower in fear. Boy awakens and thinks that an ape is fighting with a leopard. He is cold but resolute. Tarzan watches over him all night.

In the morning Boy hunts for a pheasant. He steps on a twig, which scares the pheasants to flight. His arrow shot is short of the mark. A lion attacks a herd of zebra. They stampede towards Boy. Tarzan rides a zebra and scoops up Boy. As they pass under a tree, Tarzan pulls them up into the safety of the tree. They walk home. Jane welcomes Boy home. During breakfast Boy says he will work in the garden when he is finished. Tarzan says that he needs some sleep. End.

The second story is basically a Boy adventure. But Tarzan plays an important role in watching over him all night and saving him from a leopard. Boy’s attitude about his parents is more like a normal child of that age. Tarzan and Jane use a little psychology on him and let him go. Boy slowly realizes how difficult life is without his parents. Tarzan saves the day once again by rescuing Boy from the zebra stampede. Boy comes to the conclusion that he is better off at home. All is well in the Tarzan family.

“Brothers of the Spear” -- 83rd -- 6 pages

Splash Page -- “Public Servant” - vultures and ravens - 1 page - in color

Inside Back Cover: New subscription offer - includes key and coin case -
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Back Cover: New advertisement for Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit gum - color


DELL #108 September - October 1958 ~ 36 pp. 10 cents

Art interior: Jesse Marsh
Writer: Gaylord Du Bois
Cover: 29th Gordon Scott photo cover
Inside Front Cover:  Splash Page: “Undersea Stroller” - hippopotamus - black and white

1st story “Tarzan and the Men of the Deep” - 15 pp.
Type -- Lost Tribe (Mermen) - Saves Mermen - Volcano

Dell Comic #108Tarzan reads the tracks and realizes a hunter has wounded Tantor. Tantor throws the hunter into a tree and leaves. Tarzan tries to help the hunter. Before he dies he tells the ape-man about the Mermen with elephant heads at the Lost Lake. Tarzan buries him.

He arrives at the Lost Lake and sees a volcanic island in the middle of the lake. At a village along the shore he attempts to obtain a canoe only to learn from the chief of the unnamed tribe that they have no canoes. The villagers live in fear of the Elephant Men, who they consider to be gods. The Mermen leave them messages in the sand as to what goods and food that should be left on the beach. The chief is afraid to talk any more.

That night Tarzan watches the villagers deliver items to the beach. Later elephant trunks emerge from the water. The Mermen appear with their elephant-head underwater breathing devices. They collect the items and disappear into the water. Tarzan follows them to a log buoyed in the water. He follows the rope down through a tunnel to a cave. A waterfall covers the sounds of two Mermen coming up behind the Jungle Lord. He is captured and brought before the king.

In the crater, Tarzan is lead to the Merman City. The king sentences Tarzan to face The Game of Death. If successful he will become the new king. The king explains the challenges he will face. Tarzan follows the red line in the earth to the three wrestlers. Tarzan gives the battle cry of the bull ape as he easily defeats the wrestlers. The next challenge is three fishermen with nets and tridents. The ape-man captures the fishermen with their own nets and takes a trident with him to the next challenge. He comes upon a moat. On the other side are the king and two warriors. The king taunts him to cross the moat and face them. Tarzan leaps across the moat and quickly defeats the warriors. One warrior attempts to swim across the moat. The water starts to boil and the ground shakes.

Tarzan realizes that the volcano is about to erupt. He leads the Mermen to the cave so they can don their breathing devices. They swim out into the lake. The volcano erupts and the villagers desert their homes. A tidal wave carries Tarzan and the surviving Mermen into the village. The tidal wave destroys the village. The former king wonders what they will do now. Tarzan, the new king, tells them that he will teach them how to farm and raise poultry. He commands them to start rebuilding the village. He will make peace with the villagers so they can live together. The Mermen agree to the proposal. End. 

The featured story is a great story. It has a lost tribe, the Mermen, who are worship and feared by the surrounding tribes. It has Tarzan facing a series of challenges that he easily runs through to become the king of the Elephant Men. He makes plans to unite the Mermen with the unnamed tribe. There are similarities with other Dell stories. The elephant-head breathing device is unique but underwater breathing devices were also used in Dell #18.1 by the Cat Men to reach their underwater temple. A volcano also destroyed the Cat Men’s volcanic home. The Cat Men were all killed. In this story Tarzan manages to rescue most of the Mermen. The ensuing tidal wave was used in Dell #61.1 to destroy a village. (Three other tidal waves have occurred in stories.) Tarzan has had to face challenges before like the Webs of Arrach in Dell #25.1. Tarzan disposes his opponents easier and more quickly in this story than in any other story. It is become quite common to have unnamed villages and unnamed native tribes. It is a fast paced story that is one of the better ones.

“Worry is for Weaklings” -- 99th text story -- 1 page - one illustration

2nd story “Tarzan and Toto”- 9 pp.
Type -- Boy and Dombie Adventure -- Save Baby Elephant

Tarzan tells Boy and Dombie to return before dark as they canoe out into the Lake of Reeds to fish. They hear elephants using the lake and find a spot where the fish are hiding from the pachyderms. They hear the native elephant hunters stampeding the herd. Later they find a toto, which lost its mother to the hunters. They build a shelter to protect the baby from predators.

They track the captured elephants and the hunters to their kraal and elephant pen. They wait for dark. Boy has some grasses with the toto’s scent on them. It gets the mother’s attention. Boy weakens the gate with his knife. The elephants crash through the gate and escape. The natives hear the noise but arrive too late. The boys hide in the trees. They make it back to the shelter to discover a lion clawing at the poles. The mother arrives and chases off the lion. She smashes the shelter and wanders off with her toto. The boys realize that it is too dark to make it to the lake with the lion around. Tarzan appears. The lion is too weary of the ape-man to attack. Tarzan leads them home. End. 

The second story is a Boy and Dombie adventure. Tarzan appears at the beginning and the end of the tale. It is not too bad of a story but not great because of Tarzan’s absence from the story. He does arrive to keep the lion away from the boys.

“Brothers of the Spear” -- 84th -- 6 pages

Splash Page -- “Jungle Feast” Jane and Boy - igira pudding - 1 page - in color

Inside Back Cover: New subscription offer includes a Pocket Printer - 
Tarzan illustration - Dell’s Pledge to Parents - black and white

Back Cover: New advertisement for Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit gum - color

This is the first bi-monthly issue since Dell #21- May/June 1951. 
The seven plus years of monthly issues appears to be over.


DELL #109 November/December 1958 ~ 36 pp. 10 cents

Art interior: Jesse Marsh
Writer: Unknown (Gaylord Du Bois - unconfirmed)
Cover: 30th Gordon Scott photo cover ~ 
“Tarzan Challenges THE MEN OF THE DEEP!” - 17th cover caption
Inside Front Cover:  New subscription advertisement for Christmas - 
$1.20 for 12 issues or $1.00 for 5 or more comics - in color

1st story “Tarzan and The Shiftas‘ Captive” - 15 pp.
Type -- Shiftas - Saves White Man - Saves Balu

Dell #109Carrying a dead hog over his shoulders, Tarzan hears shots and the scream of apes. He rushes to a tribe of apes who tell him that a gomangani shot a balu. Tarzan goes to investigate. The ape Chulek accompanies him.

A Shifta commands Gumbah to build a fire. Their captive, Dr. Charles Kindred, thinks about escape. Tarzan sees that the balu is still alive. He mimics a lion and throws a rock to the other side of the camp. The Shiftas are distracted. Tarzan grabs up the baby ape and returns it to the tribe. Chulek is still angry and wants to kill the Shiftas. Tarzan warns him to stay back as he goes to rescue the white captive.

The Shiftas build a boma of rocks and thorn brushes. Tarzan slips in and releases the white man. Dr. Kindred explains that his safari, bringing medical supplies to the Mission Station, fell prey to the Shiftas. Tarzan promises to try to retrieve the supplies. He has the doctor wait while he goes to get something. He returns at dusk with keekul gum that produces a smoke like tear gas. He wraps it in leafs.

As he sneaks up to the camp the apes join them. Tarzan worries that the apes will spoil the surprise attack so he chases them off. Tarzan throws the keekul gum into the bandit’s fire. The smoke panics the Shiftas who attempt to leave the boma but the apes prevent them. They are overcome with the smoke. Tarzan and the doctor tie up the bandits. Chulek enters the boma and wants to kills the Shiftas. Tarzan knocks him out with one blow. The other apes leave. Tarzan removes Chulek from the boma.

At daybreak they load the Shiftas onto horses and ride towards the mission. A storm comes up and a lightning strikes causing the horses to stampede. The Shiftas make their escape.

They arrive at the mission with the supplies. Dr. Kindred’s wife, Martha, greets them. Tarzan realizes that a flash flood is imminent. They move the patients and supplies to higher ground. Meanwhile the Shiftas approach the station in the hopes of retrieving their horses and guns. They dismount. Their horses run off as the flood washes over the area wiping out the station and the Shiftas. After the flood Tarzan inspects the area and finds a vein of gold. The doctor plans to build a larger mission, schools, and to purchase medical supplies. Tarzan slips off unnoticed. End.

The featured story marks a return of the Shifta bandits, last seen in Dell #88.1. The apes, which play an important role in the first portion of the story, look like large chimpanzees. Tarzan uses his knowledge of plant life by using the keekul gum to produce a tear gas like substance to subdue the bandits. He displays his strength by knocking out the ape Chulek and throwing him bodily over the boma. The rain panels are nicely done. The Shiftas are dispatched by a flash flood thus Tarzan does not have to physically harm them. The discovery of gold to help out the missionaries reminds one of the panning for gold in A#5.4 to help the Beni Adhemi who are in trouble. It is a good tale and it moves along smoothly.

“Mabu’s New Desire” -- 100th text story -- 1 page - one illustration

2nd story “Tarzan in The Fire Mountain” - 9 pp.
Type -- Boy and Dombie Adventure - Rescues Boy and Dombie

Boy applies a Full Nelson on Dombie. He learned the move from Tarzan. He teaches Dombie how to apply the hold. Boy admires the necklace on Teena, Dombie’s mother. Teena explains that Dombie’s father made it with gemstones that he found on Fire Mountain. Dombie says that he helped bore the holes in the stones. They decide to go to Fire Mountain so that Boy can make a necklace for Jane.

They ride Bara towards the mountain. Bara easily outdistances a lion that chases them. They leave Bara on a high ledge and climb higher. They gather enough stones to fill two pouches. Kimbi and his friend are unsuccessful at finding stones. They see the boys and steal their pouches. The boys jump them and apply Full Nelsons. The volcano erupts. The natives run away. The boys are trapped on a ledge by lava flows.

Tarzan searches for the boys on Argus. The giant eagle is hit by a hot rock from the volcano and is forced to land in a pride of lions. They drive the lions away. Tarzan makes a rope of liana vines and climbs the mountain. He lassoes a rock over the lava and climbs hand over hand to the boys. Boy climbs across the rope to safety. Tarzan carries Dombie on his back to safety. They head for home. End.

The second story is basically a Boy and Dombie adventure, but Tarzan plays an important role in the story. Boy learned the Full Nelson hold from Tarzan, who in turn teaches it to Dombie. Hopefully the writer(s) are paying homage to the novels and/or to Burroughs’ love of wrestling. Bara is left on the mountain by itself. Hopefully the antelope escaped the volcanic eruption and lava flows. Argus is unable to help because of the continuous eruptions. Tarzan heroically rescues the boys once again.

“Brothers of the Spear” -- 85th -- 6 pages

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This issue contains the 100th text story.


DELL #110 January/February 1959 ~ 36 pp. Still 10 cents

Art interior: Jesse Marsh
Writer: Unknown (Gaylord Du Bois - unconfirmed)
Cover: 31st Gordon Scott photo cover 
‘Tarzan rescues a stranger from “THE FURY OF THE HERD!"- 18th cover caption
Inside Front Cover: Same Christmas subscription advertisement as last issue 
except this one is in black and white.

1st story “Tarzan in The Fury of the Herd” - 15 pp.
Type -- Save White Man and Woman - Airplane Crash

Dell Comic #110Tarzan and Buto look down at elephants, a water buffalo, and wart hogs. A plane buzzes them. The arrogant Jess brags to Bess how he made them duck. Jess buzzes a herd of elephants. Next he flies at a lioness and her cubs. The lioness leaps at the plane and knocks it off course. The plane crashes into some trees.

Tarzan and Buto rush to the crash site. Tarzan carries Bess away from the plane. Jess comes around. Jess enters the scene and feints concern about her welfare. The pipe smoking Jess tells Tarzan and Buto to make camp for them as he hunts. Tarzan says that he will take them to the main road. Jess is defiant. Tarzan starts to leave them. Jess acquiesces. Tarzan tells him not to use his rifle.

Bess tries to stop Jess from taking a shot at an elephant herd. He nicks a bull. Tarzan disarms him. The elephants surround them on a hill. A storm approaches. Tarzan leads them towards a cave for protection against the herd. They see lions entering the cave. Reluctantly, they enter the cave as the elephants are coming closer. Hyenas enter the cave as well, to escape the herd. A great bull attempts to enter the cave. Buto tries to fend it off. The bull breaks his spear. Jess panics. Tarzan silences him.

In the morning, the herd leaves. The hyenas rush out of the cave. Tarzan allows the lions to pass them and leave. Tarzan senses leopards deep in the cave waiting for them to leave so they can attack. Tarzan and Buto, armed with Tarzan’s spear, move towards the leopards. The leopards leap to attack. Tarzan ducks under the leap and grabs Sheetah by its legs and twirls it around and throws it into the other leopard, which has Buto pinned to the ground. The two leopards fight amongst themselves.

They find Bess armed with Buto’s broken spear. She says that Jess ran off. She tears off the sleeve of her blouse for bandages for Buto’s wounds. Tarzan tracks Jess by the smell of his fear. They find him afraid but still arrogant. Tarzan starts to lead them once again to the road. Bess calls Jess a coward. Jess blows smoke in her face. Jess complains that he is tried. Bess says that they could leave him for the lions. Tarzan mimics a lion. Jess hurries along, leaving Bess behind. Bess turns and realizes that the sound was from Tarzan.

At the road, Jess flags down a truck. Tarzan says that it will take them to Nairobi. Bess says that the stories that Jess will tell will not be close to the truth. Jess gives Buto his rifle as a souvenir. Buto throws the rifle into the brush, declaring that a spear is a man’s weapon. End.

The featured story is not a great story, but it develops the character of Jess deeper than usual for a story of this type. Most characters have been pretty superficial. The character of Jess is very arrogant and totally consumed by his own needs. Jess has kind of a Peter Lorrie look about him especially in the eyes. The Bess character starts out totally enamored by Jess. She slowly realizes that Jess is a self-absorbed fool. One can only hope that she ditches him once they get back to Nairobi. The story has some unbelievable elements such as the elephants stalking them and attacking only at night. Also strange is the cave full of leopards, lions, humans, and hyenas. They all spend the night without attacking each other because of the fear of the elephants. This is all pretty unacceptable even to young readers. As the group sees lions enter the cave, Buto says simba and chui. This is very curious as to why he would say the Swahili word for leopard. Despite the inconsistencies with the animals, it is the character development that makes this story interesting.

“On a Giraffe Hunt” -- 101st text story -- 1 page - one illustration

2nd story “Tarzan on Pirate Island”- 9 pp.
Type -- Mutineers

Tarzan and Boy are fishing on a catamaran when a storm comes up. They drop sail and paddle for an island. At dawn they put up sail, avoid reefs and land on Pirate Island. Tarzan explains that it was so named because pirates once anchored in a cove on the other side of the island. Boy takes a nap on the beach. Tarzan forages for food. 

The Jungle Lord hears an ape wailing. He finds Kalah with her balu mourning the death of her mate, Ah-juk. Kalah explains that tarmangani shot her mate. She further tells the ape-man that they were carried to the island on a large tree that fell during a storm.

Tarzan goes to investigate the white men. He finds their schooner anchored in the cove. He overhears the mutineers taking about killing their captain and the ape. The leader of the would-be-pirates, Darby, thinks Tarzan is an ape in the trees and shoots at him. Kalah attempts to warn the ape-man but is too late. The bullet grazes Tarzan’s head. He falls out of the tree unconscious. Darby takes a shot at Kalah. He finds the body of Tarzan and presumes him to be dead.

Boy is awakened by the rifle shot and the cry of kreegah. He finds Kalah and the balu, who tell him that Tarzan is dead. Boy rushes to the body to discover that he is only unconscious. He has Kalah help him carry Tarzan’s body to a safe place.

Tarzan is revived. They head for the mutineers. They watch as Cuddy climbs a tree to get cocoanuts. Cuddy drops one, almost hitting Darby. Tarzan throws a cocoanut and knocks out Darby. One of the mutineers throws a cocoanut at the ape-man, who catches it. Another fires at Tarzan and hits the cocoanut he is holding. Tarzan throws the cocoanut and knocks down the mutineer with a knife. Boy snatches up Darby’s rifle and holds the criminals at bay. They transport the mutineers to the schooner to deliver them to the port authorities. Tarzan says that he will come back for Kalah and her balu and return them to their tribe. End.

The second story is a good story. It is slightly reminiscent of Dell #61.1. In that story on the Isle of Apes, Tarzan helps the apes get rid of bad tarmangani and relocates the apes on the main land. In this story there is only one ape family, and they were not there by choice. The bad guys are not there to collect the apes. They have neither conscious nor scruples. This is the 31st time Tarzan is knocked unconscious. The she-ape Kalah’s name is very close to Tarzan’s foster mother Kala. She is very motherly. She attempts to warn Tarzan about Darby’s rifle shot. She helps Boy nurse Tarzan back to consciousness. She is one of the bright spots of this story.

“Brothers of the Spear” -- 86th -- 6 pages

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1576 Dell Tarzan Summaries 111-120
1577 Tarzan Summaries 121-131
1566 Dell Tarzan Annuals 1-3.
1567 Dell Tarzan Annuals 4-7
1596 Dell Tarzan Annuals  8-10
1597 Dell Language Banks
1595 Dell Places: A-F | G-L | M-R | S-Z
1598 Dell Things: A-E |F-L | M-R | S-Z
1690 Dell People/Animals A-Z


Duane Adams Art Gallery
Tarzan and the Fires of Tohr:
Radio Drama / Dell Comic Comparison
Tarzan and the Fires of Tohr
Radio Serial Summary Eps.1-18
Tarzan and the Fires of Tohr 
Radio Serial Summary Eps.19-39
Duane Adams Presents 
Murray Tarzan Comics
Moon Maid Glossary
G.T. McWhorter | Duane Adams
Burroughs Biblio-Pro-Phile 
Honour Roll

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