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Dell Comics Summaries ~ Pt. 13
Issues 121 - 131
by Duane Adams
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DELL #121 November/December 1960 ~ 36 pp. Still 10 cents

Art interior: Jesse Marsh
Cover Painting: Morris Gollub
Writer: Unknown (Gaylord Du Bois - unconfirmed)
Cover: Painted cover (cover relates to the featured story for the 4th time.)
Cover Caption: ‘Tarzan tracks the NIGHTMARE in the jungle!’
Inside Front Cover: New advertisement - Art Instruction, Inc. - black and white

1st story “Tarzan Nightmare in the Jungle”- 15 pp.
Type -- Garth - Saves Lt. Raoul d’Arnot

Dell 121Lt. Raoul d’Arnot, the French flier and son of Paul d’Arnot, visits Tarzan at the tree house. He asks Tarzan to help keep the native tribes calm about the prospecting crew who are searching for oil deposits. Tarzan invites him to spend the night. Raoul wants to sleep out on the veranda of the tree house. That night he observes a Garth walking by the tree house. Tarzan and Raoul examine the tracks. Raoul wants to go for tanks and bombs. Tarzan tells him that no one will believe him.

The Garth eats a Waziri long-horned steer. Tarzan, who is tracking the beast, tells the Waziri to scatter if the monster comes close to their village. He continues to track the beast. He comes upon a frightened elephant and a destroyed village. The Garth comes upon a herd of hippos and eats one.

Lt. Raoul flies to the French Outpost and tells his captain about the Garth. The captain doesn’t believe him and wants him to see a doctor. Raoul goes to a sportsman outfitter and buys the biggest elephant gun he can find. The captain decides to have Raoul arrested for his own good. Raoul takes off in his plane.

The cook at the prospecting camp is frightened as a Garth enters the camp. The Garth destroys the camp. Tarzan finds the cook unharmed and continues his pursuit. The prospecting crew spies the Garth. They take refuge in their tractor-like vehicle. The Garth catches up to the tractor and steps on the hood. The crew empties their rifles into the beast to no effect. Raoul buzzes the Garth in his plane in the hopes to protect the crew. He lands and opens fire on the Garth to no effect. Tarzan steps between them and fires an arrow through the Garth’s eye into its brain. The Garth enters the river and dies. Tarzan and Raoul inspect the tractor to discover the crew has been killed. Tarzan reads their report that no oil can be found in the area. Tarzan gives Raoul the report. Raoul flies the cook back to the outpost saying that his report will not say anything about a monster because no one will believe him. Tarzan says that the outside world will never believe. End.

The featured story is primarily about a Garth. Raoul d’Arnot returns in this story. He was introduced in No. 37.6 as a son of Colonel Paul d’Arnot. In this story we learn that Raoul is a flier for the French, and that he is a lieutenant and the son of Captain Paul d’Arnot. Paul has been demoted or the writer of the No. 37.6 did not know Paul’s history. The story revolves around a Garth that has wandered in from Pal-ul-don. Raoul’s captain does not believe him just as Tarzan predicted. The Garth ravages the countryside in a savage horror that has not been seen in recent issues of the Dells. The drawings are excellent with many details often are left out by Marsh. The story is also a nice tight narrative that builds a tension and is very fast paced.

“No Regrets” -- 112th text story -- 1 page - one illustration

2nd story “Tarzan the Horns of Plenty”- 9 pp.
Type -- Boy Story - Plenty (White Rhino)

A storm rocks the tree house. The next day Tarzan decides a tree threatens to fall on his corrals. He sends Boy and Dombie to find Plenty, the tame white rhino, to brace up the tree. The boys ride antelopes out to the veldt and discover tracks that show that the Bangwa stole the rhino. When they find truck tracks, Boy sends Dombie for Tarzan. Boy trails the truck. He catches up to the truck because it broke down. The white hunter is impatient to get started again. As they start up, Boy jumps into the back of the truck. He cuts Plenty loose and directs the rhino to break open the back gate. Boy leaps on Plenty’s back. The truck stops when they realize that the rhino is gone. The white hunter aims his rifle at Boy. Boy turns the rhino around and they charge into the truck, turning it over. The hunter fires wildly into the night. Boy rides Plenty home. End.

The second story is basically a Boy story. Tarzan has a small part at the beginning of the tale. Even Dombie is dismissed from the story before the halfway point. The star of the story is Plenty, the tame white rhino. The drawings of Plenty are the best part of this story. The story itself is only slightly above average. The drawings of Plenty leaping from the truck and turning to charge the truck are terrific and the reason to look at this story.

“Brothers of the Spear” -- 97th - “Tavane Leads into Battle” - 7th titled story -- 6 pages

New Subscription Offers -- Christmas offer - 12 issue subscription for $1.00 each 
- regular price $1.20 - 5 or more issues 90 cents each - 1 page - in color

Inside Back Cover: Splash page - “Tarzan’s Jungle World” - wooly mammoth - black and white

Back Cover: New advertisement - Kraft Peanut Brittle - color



DELL #122 (January) February 1961 36 pp. (no price listed)

Art interior: Jesse Marsh
Cover Painting: Morris Gollub
Writer: Gaylord Du Bois 
Cover: Painted cover. The cover painting makes an attempt at relating to the featured story. The caption hits the mark perfectly. The painting of Tarzan leading the Waziri against charging elephants with mounted natives is terribly misleading. Tarzan does lead the Waziri against the Elephant Men; however, there is no battle with Tarzan and the Waziri against men on elephants. And to top it off the men on the elephants in the story are not natives but white men from Athne. It is a very dramatic painting with a great diagonal composition but has little to do with the story.
Cover Caption: “Tarzan leads the Waziri against invading Elephant Men!”
Inside Front Cover: New advertisement - Kraft Peanut Brittle - color

1st story “Tarzan and the Prince of Athne” - 15 pp.
Type -- Athne - Helps Waziri Repel Invaders

Dell Comic #122Tarzan makes a tree-to-tree bridge using a pulley from the tree house to a nearby tree. N’kima alerts him of approaching elephants. Tarzan commands the Athneans to halt. Prince Gato orders his troops forward. Tarzan puts an arrow through Gato’s plume on his helmet. Gato orders his men to open fire. A firefight ensues. Tarzan expends every arrow he has with each hitting its mark. Gato orders the tree to be felled. The Athnean elephants pick up a log by the pool and smash it into the tree. Tarzan and N’kima use the bridge to escape before the tree collapses.

Tarzan goes to the stockade city of Muviro and warns him about the approaching war party of Athneans. He tells the Waziri that they cannot win in an open fight and advises them to leave the village. The Waziri begrudgingly abandon their homes. The Athneans are suspicious but take over the city. Prince Gato decides that they will stay there a few days. Tarzan tells Muviro that he must figure a way to get rid of the elephants before they try to retake the city.

At night Tarzan feeds Gato’s personal elephant, Thantu, bananas. He repeats that for three nights. Prince Gato finds a banana stem and orders a guard for the elephants. Tarzan tells Muviro that this will be the night to retake the city. Tarzan enters the city and overtakes the guard. He sets the elephants free. He rides Thantu and leads the elephants towards the gateway. The Athneans spot them. Gato fires his crossbow and manages to hit Thantu in the trunk. The wounded elephant runs out of the city with the other elephants following. The Waziri rush in and overpower the Athneans before they can use their crossbows.

Tarzan manages to get Thantu stopped in the jungle. The elephants feed on fruit. Tarzan heals Thantu’s trunk. He returns to the city to find the Waziri forcing the Athneans to make repairs to the city. Tarzan and Muviro free the Athneans and send them back towards the Great Thorn Desert and their homeland. End.

The featured story is a new story that marks a return of an Athnean force. The elephant men were last seen in Dell #80.1. Tarzan mentions Prince Timon from that story. The look of N’kima is completely different in this story. He is now black with white cheeks, very much like a spider monkey. The evil Prince Gato destroys Tarzan’s tree house. Prince Gato shares a name of the Burroughs character Gato Mgungu. But Edgar’s Gato was the leader of the Leopard Men. This Gato is a prince of Athne and wears a helmet that has many similarities to a helmet drawn by Leonardo da Vinci. The firefight battle between Tarzan and the Athnean crossbows shows a shower of arrows unequaled in previous stories. The narration says that every one of Tarzan’s arrows hits their target. Tarzan used every arrow he had at the tree house; therefore, one must conclude that many, many deaths occurred during this battle. None are shown. A shocking development in this story is the depiction of the Waziri Village/Muviro kraal. It is a walled city with huge gateways leading into it. This is far beyond the usual circular huts of native villages. The buildings inside the walls are bizarre conical mushroom-like shapes. The story is very good as well as the drawings. It is disturbing to see the great changes in N’kima and the Waziri Village.

“The Zambabwe Ruin” -- 113th text story -- 1 page - one illustration

2nd story “Tarzan Gift for the Cliff Dwellers” - 9 pp.
Type -- Boy and Dombie Adventure

Boy and Dombie build a dugout canoe to give to the Kasana, the cliff dwellers. The Kasana are plagued by the Bangas to the point of being unable to hunt. The boys ask Tarzan to donate the seine net he made so the Kasana can catch fish. Tarzan says that the boys must show them how to use it. Tarzan helps the boys load the canoe onto the bullock-cart pulled by two buffaloes. He warns the boys about the Bangas. The boys walk for a long time. The rains have made the road muddy so they take a wadi that takes them close to Banga territory. The Bangas spot them and give chase. They are forced to drive the cart over a ledge into the river. They paddle to the Kasana Village. They show Unyoke, the chief, the net. Boy offers to show his people how to use it. Dombie watches over the buffaloes as Boy take a few Kasana out in the canoe. Boy shows them how to set the net in a circle. A storm forces them to return to shore. As they land the Bangas approach from around the lake. They head up into the cliffs. They fight from a higher position, but the Bangas keep climbing. A lightning strike hits in front of the Banga chief. The Bangas leave. After the storm, Boy and the Kasana return to the net. There so many fish that they must pull the net to the shore to bring them all in. The Kasana are grateful for the net. Boy tells them that the canoe is also for them. Boy and Dombie ride the buffaloes back across the lake to go home. End.

The second story is another Boy and Dombie adventure. The altruistic Boy decides to make and give a canoe to the Kasana people. The Kasana are plagued by the Bangas, who may be cannibals. Tarzan knows all of this yet he lets Boy and Dombie take off on this dangerous journey. This seems quite irresponsible. Tarzan has a small part at the beginning of this tale where he makes this poor parental decision. Dombie is not permitted to fish with Boy and Kasana. The Bangas give up their attack because of an act of nature, the lightning strike. They give up a bit too easy. This was a disappointing story.

“Brothers of the Spear” -- 98th story - “Natongo’s New Homeland” - 8th titled story -- 6 pages

New Subscription Offer -- Christmas offer - same as in Dell #121 but with a different layout - 1 page - in color

Inside Back Cover: New advertisement - Frontier Cabin - playhouse - black and white

Back Cover: New advertisement - Daisy Manufacturing Company - color

This issue has some basic changes on the front cover. It lists only February on the cover; however, in the credits at the bottom of the first page it lists this issue as January-February 1961. This is the new standard for the rest of the Dell issues. This issue also has no price listed on the cover. The last issue was 10 cents and the next issue will be 15 cents. The actual price of this issue is unknown to this writer.


DELL #123 (March) April 1961 ~ 36 pp. 15 cents

Art interior: Jesse Marsh
Cover Painting: George Wilson
Writer: Unknown (Gaylord Du Bois - unconfirmed)
Cover: Painted cover by George Wilson
Cover Caption: “The monkeys and the great apes join Tarzan in a hunt for an escaped tyrant!”
The cover caption again hits the mark while the painting itself has 
a vague reference to the story, depicting a scene that does not happen in the featured story.
Inside Front Cover:  New advertisement - Kraft fudgies - color

1st story “Tarzan The Tyrant Munyoro” - 11 pp.
Type - Captures Kabarounga - Restores Order

Dell Tarzan 123Tarzan and Muviro are alerted to King Kabarounga’s escape from exile by a drum message. They both worry that his people, the Munyoro, will rally around him to make war. Tarzan sends Muviro to tell the British to have planes ready at three different places. Tarzan takes to the trees to enlist the aid of monkeys and apes in the search of the evil Kabarounga. The monkeys and apes agree to help.

Kabarounga’s knobstick silences a parrot that may give away his position. At the Waziri Village, Muviro divides his warriors into two groups, one to protect Tarzan’s tree house and the other to follow him. Bwanga, the Munyoro witch doctor, order drums to signal Kabarounga where to meet his warriors. Tarzan disperses the apes and monkeys to search different areas. N’kima finds Kabarounga at the balu-lil stream. Kabarounga’s knobstick throw misses N’kima. The little monkey rushes to tell Thurak. Thurak is not sure N’kima is telling the truth and investigates for himself. Kabarounga spots the ape but cannot get off a good shot with his pistol. Kabarounga realizes that Tarzan is using the animals to spot him. Thurak tells Tarzan about Kabarounga. They examine the tracks. The ape-man picks up the scent.

Tarzan trails the scent far upstream. He discovers a small buck with Kabarounga’s head cloth wrapped around its neck. He has been fooled into following a false lead. Kabarounga hears the Munyoro drums telling him about the meeting place. A storm erupts. Tarzan spots Kabarounga during a flash of lightning. The rain washes away any trace of scent and tracks.

Kabarounga meets his warriors at the split fig tree by the red cliff. He commands them to start for the tree house. The Waziri surprise the Munyoro. Kabarounga has his men scatter. Muviro has his warriors follow only Kabarounga. The former king takes refuge in the Hill of Caves. Muviro wisely does not allow the Waziri to follow the escapee along the ledge where they could be easily picked off. He has a drum message sent to Tarzan. Tarzan hears it and makes two dummies from bark. At the Hill of the Caves he instructs the Waziri to place one of the dummies on the ledge and to lower the other down from above. Tarzan ascends the sheer cliff from below. Kabarounga empties his pistol on the two dummies. Tarzan captures Kabarounga in the cave. Tarzan tells the Waziri to return to their village. He brings Kabarounga to the British police, who fly him back to his exile. End.

The featured story is a great little story. Even with four less pages than usual for the first story the writer packs in excitement and fast placed action, which contains a large cast of characters. We learn that it was Tarzan who originally captured the evil Kabarounga when the British could not. Kabarounga is a master of the jungle and leads the ape-man on a wild goose chase with the head cloth wrapped around a small buck. Little N’kima, whose color has change to brown with white cheeks, is the N’kima that we love. He is a brave monkey warrior until danger is eminent then he becomes a quivering mass of fright. The Waziri get to play a major role in the tracking and capture of the evil Kabarounga. It is a story worthy of the Burroughs name.

2nd story - “Tarzan The Lion‘s Hut”- 7 pp.
Type -- Evil Witch Doctor - Saves Boy - Rescues Dombie

Loallo, Dombie’s mother, comes to Tarzan to ask him to search for her missing son. Tarzan has urgent business with a tribal quarrel. Boy offers to look until Tarzan can get free. Jane permits it as long as Jad-bal-ja accompanies him. Boy and Jad follow the scent to Kisumu’s Kraal. Chief Kisumu claims to know nothing and sends him to the witch doctor, Kururi. Kururi also denies any knowledge of Dombie. Boy says that he will stay there overnight and ask everyone in the morning. The witch doctor says that there is no place for him to stay. Boy says that he will stay in the lion’s hut. This is a hut the Kisumu have built for the spirit of their dead Chief Makuru, who appears to them in a lion’s body. Boy smells goat’s blood outside the hut and suspects that Kururi uses a goat to attract lions, thus keeping the mythical story alive. He calls Jad to sleep with him.

Jane descends the rope ladder and tells Tarzan that Boy is missing as well. He goes to look for him. Kururi tells Chief Kisumu that he will kill Boy with a poison arrow and he expects the chief to throw the body in the river. This way they can sell Dombie to the Wachinga undetected. Tarzan approaches the village and sees the witch doctor approaching the hut where Boy sleeps with a bow and arrow. A lion frightens the witch doctor. Jad chases off the lion. Tarzan grabs the witch doctor and discovers his poison arrow. Tarzan forces Kururi to take them to Dombie or he will kill him. Dombie is unharmed. Tarzan takes him to the chief’s hut. The chief begs for mercy. Tarzan threatens the chief and turns the witch doctor over to the Waziri. End.

The second story is a good story that starts off almost like a Boy adventure. Half way through the story Tarzan takes over and saves Boy and rescues Dombie. We get our first look at Dombie’s mother, Loallo, who is a rather large woman. The evil witch doctor, Kururi, controls the village. He is truly an evil character. Finally a later Dell stories allows the bad guy gets his just deserts. Tarzan turns the evil witch doctor over to the Waziri for punishment. One can only image what the Waziri will do to him because Dell will not show us because of the Pledge to the Parents.

“Brothers of the Spear” -- 99th story - “New Country and Friends” - 9th titled story -- 4 pages

“The Old, Old Man” -- 114th text story -- 1 page - one illustration

3rd story “Tarzan The Terror of Pal-ul-don”- 8pp.
Type -- Cathne - Growth Medicine

Tarzan hunts with King Jathon and two other Cathnean lion riders. Tarzan tries to warn them about the Dinohyus he detects. They are surrounded by the Dinohyus. Two Cathneans and their lions are killed. Two hunting lions escape. Tarzan leaps form his lion. He catches Jathon as he is thrown from his lion. Tarzan slays a Dinohyus with his spear. He grabs Jathon and leaps into the trees to avoid the other zu-horta. Jathon  suggests poison to rid the area of the beasts. Tarzan says that won’t work. He collects leaves, stems and berries from a specific plant to make a growth medicine. They walk back to Cathne. Queen Elaine heads a search party because the hunting lions came back without them. She is relieved to see them safe. She says that they would need a lion the size of Goliath, who died a few years ago.

At Cathne, Tarzan mixes up the growth formula. Jathon provides three lion cubs. In a month they have giant lions that are eating them out of house and home. Tarzan, Jathon and several Cathneans take the lions out to hunt the Dinohyus. They spot the zu-horta. The lions attack. Most of the Dinohyus are slaughtered. Two Cathneans and one lion are killed in the battle. They leave the giant lions to feast of their kills. Tarzan says the giant lions will not survive long because of the growth formula so they will need to hunt the rest of the Dinohyus soon. End.

The third story marks the first return to Cathne and King Jathon since Dell #103.1, when an earthquake destroyed Cathne. The New Cathne is o.k. But it is not as impressive as before the earthquake. The real story is about the growth medicine. Tarzan has the secret formula, which he makes to create three giant lions. We learn that Goliath, the first giant lion, has died. The new lions have eaten half the Cathnean buffalo within a month. The writers solve this problem by having Tarzan state that the growth medicine makes the animals have a very short lifespan. But this is not true is the case of Argus and Aguila, the two giant eagles. They have been around for a long time. Or maybe the mixture that Tarzan knows is different than the original growth pellets of Dr. Mervin. 

Statement of ownership, management, and circulation -- bottom half of the last page of the third story

Splash Page: top half of the page is a picture of Tarzan and Jad-bal-ja. 
The bottom half of the page is a new advertisement for Grit Publishing Company - color

Inside Back Cover: New advertisement - Junior Sales Club of America - color

Back Cover: New advertisement - 
General Mills - cereal with a three-page storybook on the side of the package - color

This issue contains changes worth noting. Like the last issue, this issue has only April listed on the cover but lists both March and April in the credits on page one. In a gold circle on the cover is 15 cents. This is a jump of fifty per cent in price. The interior format has not changed in several years. This issue has three Tarzan stories. The featured story has been reduced four pages. The Brother of the Spear appears in the middle of the issue rather than the end, and it is reduced two pages. The total number pages remain the same.


DELL #124 (May) June 1961 ~ 36 pp. Still 10 cents

Art interior: Jesse Marsh
Cover Painting: George Wilson
Writer: Unknown (Gaylord Du Bois - unconfirmed)
Cover: Painted cover by George Wilson
Cover Caption: Tarzan turns enemies into allies to fight a savage horde!
also on the cover: PRIZES - PRIZES - PRIZES! Announcing Big Dell comic Contest!
The cover painting is close to relating to the featured story except that the battle 
with the Terribs takes place within the walls of A-lur rather than the outside.
Inside Front Cover: New advertisement - The General Tire ? Rubber Company - color

1st story “Tarzan and the Savage Horde”- 14 pp.
Type: Forms Alliance - Terribs

Dell Tarzan 124Tarzan walks with Prince Ta-den the Second back towards A-lur. Ta-den is telling Tarzan about the peace treaty between A-lur and Ja-lur when they discover the body of a slain man of A-lur. Warriors from Ja-lur approach them. They announce that the king of A-lur is dead and decide to take Ta-den captive. Tarzan sends Ta-den to A-lur as he repels the soldiers.  From behind, a Ja-lur warrior throws his stone axe and knocks Tarzan unconscious. They take him to King Ja-don the Third at Ja-lur. Ja-don commands Tarzan to fight along side his men against A-lur. Tarzan refuses. Ja-don has him placed in a punishment cell to die. When he thinks the guards are gone, Tarzan breaks out of the stone cell. He breaks the iron shackles on his wrist. He climbs the sheer face of the palace and learns that Ja-don plans to attack A-lur just before dawn. Tarzan drops down on a guard, takes his spear, and leaves the city.

On his way to A-lur a gryf charges him. Tarzan subdues the beast by smacking it on the nose with his spear. When the gryf scents Terribs, Tarzan cannot stop the beast from waging battle with them. He finally manages to get the beast to take him to A-lur. He tells the guards on the tower to bring Ta-den. He alerts Ta-den to the threat from Ja-lur as well as the Terribs horde massing for attack. Tarzan rides off to warn the two forts, Ara-don and Zu-don.

The Ja-lur army approaches A-lur. The oil and fire pots dropped from above cannot stop the Ja-lur army from battering down the gate. The Ja-lur pour into the city. Tarzan returns with the soldiers from the two forts. The Terribs slip through the unprotected gate. Tarzan charges the gryf into the swarm of Terribs. He sends the fort soldiers to help the A-lur warriors. He decides that the gryf can hold the gateway by itself and joins the battle between the two city soldiers. He calls to both sides to unite against the Terribs horde. Both sides realize that all will be lost if they do not. They join together and defeat the Terribs. Ta-den and Ja-don agree to live in peace. End.

An advertisement for Dell comic contest is inserted after the second page of the featured story. 

The featured story is a return to A-lur, not seen since Dell #58.1. At that time Ta-den was the king. We learn that the king is dead; therefore, Ta-den the second becomes king. The peace with Ja-lur is broken. Tarzan is knocked unconscious once more and taken to Ja-lur. Ja-lur is ruled by the blond headed Ja-don the third. The original Ja-don (Dell #9) was the ruler of A-lur and the father of Ta-den. This is the opposite of the earlier Dell stories but returns Ja-don to the lion city as Burroughs intended in Tarzan the Terrible. The confusion to Dell readers is understandable. The punishment cells are an inventive piece of work. Tarzan handles it easily as well as the chains. The gryf is colored burnt sienna. More outposts are listed for the city of A-lur, Ara-don and Zu-den, to go long with Tower of Ta-dan (Dell #41.1). The Terribs take advantage of the battle between A-lur and Ja-lur to slip into the city. Tarzan manages to unite the two sides together to fight the Terribs. He does it in the midst of the battle. This seems highly improbable to this writer.

Dell Trading Post: clip comic name and new Dell trademark along 
with money to buy gifts - 2pp. - color Two pages from the second story were taken away 
for an advertisement of the new Dell Trading Post. 

“Elephants and Hippos” -- 115th text story -- 1 page - one illustration

2nd story “Tarzan The Cavern‘s Secret” - 7 pp.
Type -- Boy and Dombie Adventure - Saves Boy and Dombie

An earthquake shakes Boy and Dombie. They watch Chief N’goro lead his tribe, the Wakinda, to search for a new place to live because the quake is causing the lake to drain, which in turn has caused the crocodiles to leave in large numbers. They go to the abandoned village and witness the crocodiles leaving the draining lake. They take one of the Wakinda canoes to investigate the lake. They are sucked into a cavern. They find an ancient steamboat and board it. They discover the bones of the captain and an elephant tusk. Another quake shakes them and frightens Dombie even more.

Tarzan follows the trail of the boys. He uses a canoe and makes it to the cavern. Tarzan shouts to the boys who reply. Tarzan reaches the boys. Boy takes the tusk as a souvenir. Tarzan paddles them out of the cavern just before the entrance is sealed by another quake. Back at the abandoned Wakinda Village, Tarzan discovers a message carved on the tusk from the ill-fated Beale expedition of 1896. It describes how they were sucked into the cavern after an earthquake and trapped there. End.

The second story is basically a Boy and Dombie adventure. Although, Tarzan does play a major part by saving the boys before another quake seals them in the cavern. The story is average. The pictures are not too remarkable. 

“Brothers of the Spear” -- 100^th story - “Disaster!” - 10th titled story -- 6 pages
This issue marks the 100th Brothers of the Spear story, a milestone. 

Splash Page -- “Old Timer?” - crocodile - 2/3 page - in color

Rules for Kool Aid Summer Camp Contest - 1/3 page - black and white

Inside Back Cover: New advertisement - Kool Aid - summer camp contest - color

Back Cover: New advertisement - General Mills - Twinkles record offer - color

Dell new postage stamp-like trademark is on the cover. 
The format is returned to the format Dell has used over the last couple years. Two major changes are: The insertion of an advertisement for Dell comic contest after the second page of the featured story and taking two pages away from the second story for an advertisement for the new Dell Trading Post. Dell must be having money trouble at this point to make such  changes. The Trading Post requires that the reader cut off the top half of the comic, including the title and their trademark. This, of course, would make the comic worthless to future collectors. 


DELL #125 (July) August 1961 ~ 36 pp. Still 10 cents

Art interior: Jesse Marsh 
Cover Painting: George Wilson
Writer: Unknown (Gaylord Du Bois - unconfirmed)
Cover: Painted cover by George Wilson
Cover Caption: Tarzan matches “magic” with a jungle witchman!
PRIZES-PRIZES-PRIZES! Big Dell Comic Contest Inside!
plus New, Exciting Dell Trading Post of Great Value!
The cover painting relates somewhat to the featured story. 
It is a bit deceptive but it has the essence of the story. 
Inside Front Cover: Splash page - “Treeways” - Tarzan flying through the upper terraces - color

1st story “Tarzan Jungle Revolt” - 14 pp. 
Type -- Evil Witch Doctor (Kisambu) - Buto

Gold Key Tarzan #125Tarzan and Buto find an elephant killed by a poison arrow. Tarzan follows the scent of the killer. They find where the tusks are buried. The trail leads them to Buto’s Village. Tarzan suspects that the witch doctor, Kisambu, who lives near the village, is behind this and has turned some of the young men against Buto and Tarzan’s law.

At the village, young men dance in celebration of the dead elephant. Buto accuses Numumba and threatens banishment. Kisambu tries to intervene. Numumba threatens Buto. The Bamwe chief knocks him down. He will banish him and his companions. Tarzan suggests banishing Kisambu as well. Buto says he has no proof and is a little afraid of the witch doctor. Tarzan tells Buto to beware of Kisambu and to fetch the elephant meat before the banishment.

Kisambu returns to his House of Magic and plans the destruction of Tarzan and Buto. He releases his trained chimpanzee, N’kengo, gives him a spear, and takes him out into the night.

Buto comes to the tree house at night. He tells Tarzan that Kisambu accused the ape-man of trying to kill him. His people have risen up against him so he fled. He overheard them plan to kill Tarzan and his family. Tarzan and Buto return to the village. They go to the House of Magic. Kisambu bestows magic on Buto’s young men. Tarzan and Buto slip through the backdoor of the House of Magic. Tarzan hands N’kengo a spear. The chimp demonstrates his ability with the spear. Tarzan breaks his chain. He sends the chimp to the witch doctor. The young Bamwe are afraid of the chimp. The chimp throws the spear at Kisambu and misses. N’kengo grabs the spear and climbs a tree. Tarzan emerges and says this is proof that it was the chimp not Tarzan who tried to kill the witch  man. Kisambu commands the Bamwe to attack Tarzan and Buto. Tarzan rips a tree from the ground and uses it to fell the young men. Kisambu runs into his hut to get a poison arrow. N’kengo throws the spear and pins Kisambu foot to the ground. Kisambu shoots the chimp with the arrow. N’kengo throws a spear into Kisambu. The Bamwe beg forgiveness. Tarzan forgives them but says that the elephant killers must be punished. Buto forgives them also and leads them home. Tarzan slips away into the night. Tarzan philosophizes about a bird caught in a web and kills the spider, like Kisambu’s web of evil. End.

An advertisement for Dell comic contest is inserted after the second page of the featured story. 

The featured story is a very good tale. Buto’s tribe, the Bamwe, are again not mentioned by name in this story. The story revolves around yet another evil witch doctor. The evil Kisambu weaves his spell around Buto’s young tribesmen to the point that they revolt. This is a new twist that is very interesting. Tarzan philosophizing at the end of tale is also new and brings a dimension to the Dell Tarzan not previously seen. 

Advertisement -- Dell Trading Post - same as last issue - 2 pp. - color

“The Greta Hunt” -- 116th text story -- 1 page - one illustration

2nd story “Tarzan Ambassador to Imanga”- 8 pp.
Type -- Boy and Dombie Adventure - Boy Saves Tarzan

As ambassadors from the Waziri, Tarzan rides a buffalo while Boy and Dombie ride antelopes to Imanga’s Kraal. Tarzan and the buffalo fall into a Bakongo pit trap. They are covered with a net. Tarzan tells the boys to ride for help. Bakongos chase them. They outdistance them. Boy decides that they are closest to Imanga’s Kraal. A storm and flash flood delay them.

Many chiefs honor King Imanga. The uninvited Bakongos claim that they have captured the Waziri representative and show the king a gorilla supposedly sent by the Waziri to insult the king. Imanga is upset. Boy and Dombie ride in and tell the king that the Bakongos have captured Tarzan and that this is a trick. Because the antelopes have gilded horns, he believes the boys. The king has the Bakongos arrested. He sends warriors to the Bakongo Village.

They arrive at the village. The Bakongos have Tarzan suspended upside-down on a seesaw pole over the river. The Bakongos release the pole as the Imanga approach. Tarzan drops into the water. Boy dives into the water and gives his father a knife to free himself. Tarzan joins the battle. He drives most of the Bakongos into the river. Tarzan thanks the Imanga.

At the durbar, King Imanga presents Tarzan with a robe of honor, making him equal to the king. The king declares Muviro as his friend. End.

The second story is more of a Boy story than anything. Boy is responsible for the rescue of Tarzan. Tarzan and Dombie wear long red capes. King Imanga and his people are called Imanga. Neither is the same as the Imanga of Dell #83.2, who was one of Buto’s best spearman. King Imanga is easily persuaded by the devious Bakongos and just as easily changes his mind when Boy refutes the Bakongo claims. The Bakongos have a unique dunking device, the seesaw. After Tarzan’s rescue, Imanga presents him with a robe of honor, making the Jungle Lord the equal to the king. Tarzan did not do anything to deserve this honor. Presumably it was something Tarzan did before Imanga became king. This is one of the better stories featuring Boy.

“Brothers of the Spear” -- 101^st story - “Walls of Mystery” - 11th titled story -- 5 pages

New Advertisement -- General Tire ? Robber Company - 1 page - color

Inside Back Cover: New advertisement - Daisy Manufacturing Company - color

Back Cover: New advertisement - Kraft fudgies - color

The format of this issue is very much like Dell #124 except that the Brothers of the Spear story is five pages instead of the usual six. The extra page is given to the second story, which brings it up to eight pages, but it is still one page less than usual format before the inclusion of the Dell Trading Post.


DELL #126 (September) October 1961 ~ 36 pp. Still 10 cents

Art interior: Jesse Marsh
Cover Painting: George Wilson
Writer: Unknown (Gaylord Du Bois - unconfirmed)
Cover: Painted cover: The cover painting closely represents the featured story.
Cover Caption: “Tarzan crosses a burning desert and braves a storm at sea to rescue his ape friends!”
Trade for super values at the DELL TRADING POST see inside
Inside Front Cover: New advertisement - Art Instruction, Inc. - black and white

1st story “Tarzan Apes in Exile”- 14 pp.
Type -- Arabs - Rescues Chimpanzees

Dell 126Tarzan returns to the tree house to learn from Jane and Boy that Chinga hunters have captured the chimpanzee Cheeloo’s family. They sold them to Arabs. Tarzan and Cheeloo ride an eland to the port of M’saba. Tarzan learns that the chimps have been sold to another group of Arabs whose dhow is just now leaving the port. Tarzan hires a boat to take himself and Cheeloo out to the dhow.

Tarzan pretends to be selling Cheeloo. The captain invites him aboard and then threatens him with a knife. Tarzan disarms him. Fearing harm will come to the chimps; he agrees to become a crewmember. Tarzan has them put Cheeloo in the cage with his family. A storm approaches. Tarzan demands that the captain release the chimps. He has to take the pistol and keys away from the captain. Tarzan gives orders to save the ship from the storm. The rudder breaks. They crash on a shoreline. Tarzan anchors the dhow to a tree. He sends the chimps up a tree. He disappears in the storm. The captain plans to hunt them down after the storm.

In the morning, the Arabs hunt them with rifles. Tarzan gets the drop on them with the pistol. He takes their rifles and has the chimps guard them while he makes a raft from pieces of the dhow. The ape-man clothes the chimps to protect them from the sun as they sail to the far shore. They start across a great desert with Tarzan carrying huge water-skin on top of his head. On their travels they use up all the water. Arabs on camels approach them. The Arabs are the ones who sold the chimps to the dhow. They are surprised to see the chimps dressed as men. They try to recapture the chimps and shoot Tarzan. Tarzan and the chimps disarm them. Tarzan forces them to carry the chimp family and him across the desert on the camels. Tarzan says that he will punish the Chinga trappers. End.

An advertisement for Dell comic contest is inserted after the second page of the featured story.

The featured story is incorrectly titled. The apes are actually chimpanzees. They are not exiled but captured and to be sold in India. Tarzan follows the trail of the capture, selling, and reselling to reach an Arab dhow. Tarzan produces a gold coin from nowhere to buy his way to the dhow. The crewmembers on the ship are all black men except for the captain. But after the shipwreck, a white crewmember appears. It is a pretty straight story that is satisfying but not outstanding.

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“The Free” -- 117th text story -- 1 page - one illustration

2nd story “Tarzan Sheetah Seeks Revenge”- 9 pp.
Type -- Boy Story - Leopard Men - Saves Boy - Jad-bal-ja

Boy ties a cowbell around Jad-bal-ja’s tail. The frightened lion runs away. Tarzan grounds Boy from hunting for a week. He goes to locate the golden lion and then travel to Mobuko’s Kraal. Chulkat, the great ape, asks Boy to got get fruit with him. Boy eats the fruit in the tree while Chulkat eats the fruit on the ground. Boy warns the ape about the stalking leopard. Boy throws a piece of fruit into sheetah’s face. They escape through the trees. The leopard trails them.

Boy stops for water. The leopard leaps at him. Boy dives into the water. Chulkat runs off. Boy heads for Mobuko’s Kraal via the tree-ways. Chief Mobuko tells Tarzan that some of his people have joined the Leopard Society and have killed his nephew. He fears for his life. Tarzan will try to smell them out.

It is very late so Boy decides to sleep on a branch overhanging the kraal. The Leopard Men plot to kill the chief when Tarzan leaves. The leopard sneaks out onto the branch where Boy sleeps. Boy wakes in time to swing out on a vine. The leopard leaps and falls through the roof below. The Leopard Men are in a panic with a leopard in their midst. Tarzan, Jad, and the chief come running. The leopard leaps out of the window and charges Boy. Jad-bal-ja leaps between them. Tarzan kills the leopard with his knife and gives the victory cry of the bull ape. The Leopard Men emerge from the hut to be stopped by the golden lion. They run back into the hut. Tarzan tells them to come out or the lion will rip the hut to pieces. The Leopard Men surrender. Tarzan has Mobuko burn the Leopard Men costumes. He banishes the Leopard Men.

Mobuko wants revenge for his nephew’s murder. Tarzan says that he wanted to give them one more chance to become men. He and Boy head for home. He tells Boy to apologize to Jad. Boy does. End.

The second story has all the ear markings of a Boy story. However, Tarzan plays a major role in the story. The story of a leopard seeking revenge for having fruit thrown in its face is a bit farfetched. If you buy the premise, it is a very good story. If you don’t, it is a good story. The Leopard Society makes another appearance. Once again their evil ways are thwarted. Tarzan gives the victory cry of the bull ape, something he has not done since Dell #111.1. The drawings of Jad-bal-ja are not the usual tremendous lion drawings we expect of Marsh. One could make a case that this artist is a Marsh look-alike artist.

“Brothers of the Spear” -- 102nd story - “Besieged!” - 12th titled story -- 5 pages

Inside Back Cover: New advertisement - Junior Sales Club of America - black and white

Back Cover: New advertisement - Kellogg’s Huck Hound Club - color

The new format is basically the same. 
The second story returns to nine pages. 
The single page advertisement or splash page at the end is eliminated.


DELL #127 (November) December 1961 ~ 36 pp. Still 10 cents

Art interior: Jesse Marsh ~ Cover Painting: George Wilson
Writer: Unknown (Gaylord Du Bois - unconfirmed)
Cover: Painted cover. This issue’s cover portrays the essence of the featured story.
Cover Caption: A sportsman’s trophy trigger jungle warfare!
Inside Front Cover: Dell Trading Post - black and white

1st story “Tarzan The Sportsman" - 15 pp.
Type -- Evil White Hunter - Save Evil White Hunter
Dell 127Tarzan is training Inolu, King Katara’s son. They hear the approaching safari cars. James Hawklin introduces himself and presents Tarzan with a note from Sir Thomas Barstow, asking Tarzan to permit Hawklin to hunt crocodiles on his lake. Inolu offers to be his guide. Tarzan begrudgingly allows him to hunt and to use his folding boat equipped with an outboard motor.

Tarzan hears Jad-bal-ja struggling with a crocodile. The croc is attempting to steal Jad’s kill. Tarzan dives in the water and kills the croc with his knife. He gives the victory cry of the bull ape. Inolu takes Hawklin out onto the lake. Hawklin declines to shoot any of the crocs they see. He finally decides to shoot and brings down a hartebeest next to a crocodile. Inolu is incensed. Hawklin thinks this will be a great trophy. Inolu objects. Hawklin threatens him. They struggle over the rifle. The gun goes off and Inolu drops to the ground. Hawklin believes he has killed the boy. He hopes that the crocodiles will dispose of the antelope and the boy. He takes the boat to the upper end of the lake.

Tarzan hears the shots and goes to investigate. Inolu wakes before the croc can reach him. He makes it to a tree and escapes. He heads for home. Tarzan enters and reads the signs. He figures that crocodiles have pulled the hartebeest into the water and that maybe a croc took the wounded Inolu. Hawklin fires shots at the far end of the lake.

Inolu reaches his father’s kraal and tells him that a strange white man tied to kill him. Chief Katana rallies his men to take revenge. Inolu makes sure that his father knows that Tarzan is not at fault. Meanwhile, Tarzan confronts Hawklin as he returns. Hawklin explains that Inolu somehow fell overboard and was taken by a croc. Tarzan tells him that he is lying and explains what really happened. Hawklin points his rifle at the ape-man. Tarzan takes it away from him and throws it in the lake. Hawklin begs for mercy. The safari natives have deserted Hawklin. Tarzan calls for Jad-bal-ja to guard Hawklin so he can tell Chief Katana about his son. Tarzan takes to the trees.

Tarzan arrives at the kraal to learn that Inolu is alive and that Chief Katana took warriors to seek revenge. Tarzan heads back to the safari camp. Hawklin slips into his tent and gets another rifle. As he emerges from the tent, Jad disarms him. Katana and his men watch as the golden lion chases Hawklin into the lake. Crocodiles surround him. Tarzan jumps in and saves him. As Hawklin emerges from the water, Chief Katana threatens to kill him. Tarzan stops him and sends Hawklin away forever. The chief will obey Tarzan’s word. End.

The featured story has the potential to be a great story. Tarzan is angry about having to let James Hawklin hunt crocodiles. He attacks and kills a crocodile that was trying to steal Jad-bal-ja’s kill, but he kills no crocs when they threaten the evil white hunter. The story of the evil hunter is actually quite a good one. Tarzan reads the signs of what happened to the hartebeest. But he fails to read the signs correctly of how Inolu escaped the crocs. It was also disappointing that the evil hunter did not get his just deserts by being eaten by the crocodiles. That would have made a perfect ending to the story.

New Advertisement - Kool-Aid - 2 pages - color

“A New Threat” -- 118th text story -- 1 page - one illustration

2nd story “Tarzan The Father of Apes” - 8 pp.
Type -- Boy and Dombie Adventure - Rescues Boy and Dombie - Rescues White Man

Boy and Dombie hear drums telling about the capture and eminent sacrifice of a white man by the Bageena tribe. Boy knows that Tarzan is visiting the Wakinda tribe. They think that Tarzan has been captured by the Bageenas, who worship a monkey god. Boy has an idea. They cover themselves with a sticky sap and apply feathery white tuffs of a pod plant. They add cord tails to complete their monkey disguise.

They fly Argus and Aguila to the Bageena mountain village. The witch doctor proclaims that the Father of Apes has sent his children to bless the sacrifice. The boys land away from the village. As their leave the giant eagles, normal eagles attack Argus and Aguila, who fly off.

That night, the Bageenas start the ceremony. The victim in a monkey mask is tied to a pole. The witch doctor uses his magic to start a smoky fire around the pole. Boy and Dombie rush to the victim. The witch doctor and Bageena are in awe of the white monkeys rushing into the village. The boys release the victim to discover that he is not Tarzan. The boys choke on the smoke. The witch doctor realizes the deception and informs the Bageena. Tarzan flies in on Argus with Aguila. He has the boys ride with him on Argus and has Aguila carry the unconscious trader. They fly away. Tarzan says that the witch doctor will somehow explain this away. He came to the village because he had heard the drums and the giant eagles came home without riders. Tarzan deduced what had happened. End.

The second story is a Boy and Dombie adventure. But it is Tarzan who rescues everyone. The monkey disguise is unique but difficult to believe that it would fool anyone. The Bageena Village is also unique in its placement on the side of a mountain, although the huts are the usual fare. The witch doctor is impressive with his deceptive magic and costume. It is really a pretty good tale for such a short story of eight pages.

The second story is reduced by one page so Dell can include a double advertisement page.

“Brothers of the Spear” -- 103rd story - “The Sortie” - 13th titled story -- 5 pages
Manning did not draw this Brothers of the Spear story.

New Advertisement -- top half - Stewart-Warner Corporation - 
bottom half - Jumping-Jacks - shoes -- color

Inside Back Cover: Splash Page - “The Hercules Beetle” - with Boy - black and white

Back Cover: Revolutionary War Soldiers - color


DELL #128 (January) February 1962 ~ 36 pp. Still 10 cents

Art interior: Jesse Marsh 
Cover Painting: George Wilson
Writer: Unknown (Gaylord Du Bois - unconfirmed)
The cover painting has nothing to do with any of the stories contained in this issue.
Inside Front Cover: Splash page - “Old Sail Back” - with buffalo - black and white

1st story “Tarzan The Shadow of Guilt” - 15 pp.
Type -- Native Gangster -- Clears the Waziri Name

Dell 128Tarzan and Muviro hear the drums report the murder of a game warden and his party at the Deep Donga. A Waziri shield and spear were found at the site. Muviro is upset that someone is framing his people. Tarzan tells him they must prove that it was someone else. He has Muviro organize twelve warriors while he travels ahead to the donga.

N’kima travels with Tarzan to the donga where Tarzan examines the area. A monkey tribe chatters in the trees. Tarzan sends N’kima to the monkey tribe to talk them into meeting with him. The Manu show Tarzan the direction the gomangani took. Tarzan trails them. He finds Juma, the Jackal and his gang resting. Tarzan ties a message to N’kima’s tail and sends him to Muviro. Muviro reads the message and takes his Waziri towards the Ford of Warriors. Juma rouses his outlaws. Tarzan mimics noises of government men attempting to surround the outlaw gang. Juma leads his men towards the Ford of Warriors. Tarzan takes a shortcut through the trees.

At the ford, the ape-man outlines his plan to Muviro. Juma has his gang bunch together as they cross the river in fear of crocodiles. Tarzan draws their rifle fire. The Waziri sneak up behind the gangsters and attack them with knobsticks. Juma escapes underwater and fires at them from shore. Five of Juma’s gang manage to escape. The Jackal leads his remaining men to an outcropping of rock for the night. Tarzan says that the captured rifles will prove that the Waziri are innocent of killing the game warden. Tarzan leaves half of the Waziri to guard the prisoners while he, Muviro, and the other Waziri follow the outlaws.

Tarzan trails the gangsters to the rocky outcropping. He sends the Waziri to the far side of the rocks. He mimics a pride of lions. The gangsters start to get very nervous. The Waziri sneak closer. The outlaws open fire at nothing. The Waziri attack and subdue the gangsters. Juma escapes. Tarzan stops him. They fight. Tarzan knocks Juma to the ground. His head strikes a rock and he dies. Tarzan gives the victory cry of the bull ape. The gangsters will be handed over to the authorities and the Waziri name will be cleared. End.

The featured story is a great story worthy of the master. The usual scenario is: bad guy does something; Tarzan tracks them; Tarzan corrects the situation. In this story some of the bad guys manage to escape the first attempt to capture them, Juma manages to escape a second time. Tarzan eventually kills the bad guy. Nicely done. Except the Dell comic tries to make it look like Juma was killed accidentally by having Tarzan say that he struck his head on a rock. If it was a mere accident, then why does Tarzan give the victory cry of the bull ape in the panel before? Surely Tarzan does not give the victory cry over an accident. Tarzan meant to kill the gangster. N’kima keeps his new look of brown with white cheeks. N’kima is at his very best once again, especially when sitting on Muviro’s shoulder. He wonders at the message of the pictures and if they talk, why he can’t hear anything. Juma was a great villain and the Waziri get to prove themselves as fiercesome fighters. A good story.

Splash Page -- “The Prickly Porcupine” - 1 p. - color
The splash page of a porcupine relates to the second story.

Advertisement -- new Dell Trading Post ad -- 1 page - color

2nd story “Tarzan Cast Up By The Sea”- 8 pp.
Type -- Boy and Dombie Adventure - Saves Boy and Dombie

Boy and Dombie make a tree house by the seacoast. Boy pulls a porcupine needle from N’kima’s hand. A tidal wave carries them out to sea in the tree house. Boy paddles over to a palm tree to retrieve cocoanuts. The porcupine and N’kima are with them. The porcupine bites open the cocoanuts. The boys have to sleep on the deck because Prickly, the porcupine, has taken over the house. In the morning they make a sail out of the palm leaves.

A pirate dhow spies them and changes course to intercept them. A giant squid attacks the boy’s tree house raft. Tarzan and Muviro canoe after the boys. The squid grabs a hold of the porcupine. The squid retreats. The pirate dhow pulls alongside. A giant squid attacks them. The pirates hoist their sails. Tarzan and Muviro pull along side. A giant squid attacks everyone. Tarzan cuts through one of the tentacles. The squid again grabs Prickly and again retreats. N’kima complains about a porcupine needle in his tail. The dhow has rid itself of the squid and sails away. Tarzan says the squids must have been carried in by the tidal wave. End.

The second story is a Boy and Dombie adventure. It is a clever little tale that should satisfy Boy and Dombie fans. Tarzan comes in at the end to rescue the boys from a giant squid. Muviro is along for the ride but has little if anything to do. The tidal wave drawing is worth noting, as are the drawings of the giant squids.

“Brothers of the Spear” -- 104th story - “Dan-el Defends the Gap” - 14th titled story -- 5 pages

Splash Page -- top half is a picture of Tarzan and a monkey - bottom of the page is a new advertisement for Swayer’s View-Master - 1 page - in color

Inside Back Cover: splash page - “In Lost Pal-ul-don” - Tarzan and insects - black and white

Back Cover: New advertisement - Daisy Manufacturing Company - color

Tarzan facing a leopard on the cover would probably sell more copies than Tarzan facing a porcupine. 
There are neither cover captions about the featured story nor are there any advertisements about contests or the trading post. There are fewer advertisements in this issue. Splash pages make up the difference.


DELL #129 (March) April 1962 ~ 36 pp. Still 10 cents

Art interior: Jesse Marsh ~ Cover Painting: George Wilson
Writer: Unknown (Gaylord Du Bois - unconfirmed)
Cover Caption: Tarzan rescues Boy from the strange apes on the Caverns of Kor!
The cover painting and caption closely relate to the featured story.
Inside Front Cover: Five paneled story of a temple. 
“Tarzan Temple of Zimbabwa” -black and white
The inside covers contains a story of factual interest, instead of advertisements.

1st story “Tarzan in the Caverns of Kor” - 15 pp.
Type -- Apes - Rescues Boy - Helps Naturalist

Dell 129Arthur Smythe, the naturalist, approaches Tarzan, Boy and Dombie on a raft. Smythe was searching for a new species of apes when his safari deserted him. He shows Tarzan a picture of a light brown ape along side a young ape with a pink face. Tarzan says that he will help him. Boy and Dombie beg to come along.

Tarzan canoes them upriver in a mysterious valley. They climb down into an old volcanic crater. Tarzan instructs the boys to build a shelter, while he and Smythe search for the apes. They come upon a family group. Tarzan approaches and attempts to make friends. The large male, Zu Vo Wang, throws a fit and Tarzan leaves. He tells Smythe that they will seek a different family group. Smythe took some movie film of the encounter.

The boys are finishing the shelter. Pan Wang, a female who has lost her balu, grabs Boy and runs off with him. Boy realizes that the mother is trying to replace her lost child. He decides to bide his time for an escape. The apes are not accepting of Boy. Pan Wang is protective of Boy and force-feeds him bananas. As darkness descends, the apes head for the Caverns of Kor. It is their law that females and children cannot see the moon. Boy plans to escape while the apes sleep.

Tarzan and Smythe return to the shelter to learn from Dombie that an ape has taken Boy. Tarzan rushes to find the males dancing a Dum-dum. He tracks the females to the Caverns of Kor. Boy plays with the young apes. Tarzan snatches Boy and heads for the entrance. The males returning from the Dum-Dum stop him. Tarzan tells Boy to stay with the apes, as he runs deep into the cavern. He knocks Zu Vo Wang down with one blow. He comes upon a crevice and shimmies down it. At the bottom of the crevice he finds a young ape. He suspects that this is the balu of the female that took Boy. He climbs the crevice with the balu on his shoulder. He returns the balu to the tribe. While the apes are concentrating on the returning balu, Tarzan and Boy escape the cavern. Boy is anxious to go home. End.

The featured story is a great story. The female ape, which takes Boy to replace her lost balu, of course, is the story of Tarzan. Although this replacement of a human child for a lost balu has been used four other times in Dell stories (44.2, 67.2, 55.2, and A#4.5). This is a good variation on the theme. The apes are more gorilla-like in appearance and light brown in color. Zu Vo Wang is not taken in by Tarzan’s friendly gestures. This is refreshing but also necessary for the plot. Pan Wang is protective of Boy. It is funny to see her force-feed poor Boy. This new tribe has a strange law about their females and children not being out at night. But the tribe has developed a Dum-Dum similar to the rites of Tarzan’s great apes. Even though this is a theme variation of other Dell stories it is handled with freshness and filled with interesting drawings.

2nd story “Tarzan Fluke, Boy‘s Fishing Partner” - 2 pp.
Type -- Boy Story

Boy fishes with Fluke, the dolphin. Boy spears a fish and puts it on shore. A shark threatens him. Fluke hit’s the shark with its nose. Boy stabs the shark. The spear handle hits Boy on the head stunning him. Boy sinks underwater. Fluke carries Boy to the surface. Boy rides Fluke to shore and tells Tarzan that Fluke saved his life twice. End.
The second story is a replacement for the Dell Trading Post advertisement. It is a short, short two-page story. It is merely a filler story about Boy and a dolphin. It is hardly worth mentioning.

“Hunger Solves a Problem” -- 120th text story -- 1 page - one illustration

“Brothers of the Spear” -- 105th story - “The Tall Stranger” - 15th titled story -- 5 pages

3rd story “Tarzan The Armor of Suleiman” - 8 pp.
Type -- Boy Story - Saves Serenli - Saves Boy

Tarzan and Boy witness a running gun battle between the Aulihans and the Marehans. Tarzan helps the wounded Sheik Abdurra. The Sheik worries that his brother, Gumburu, will grab the Armor of Suleiman, thus grabbing power of the tribe. Tarzan sends Boy with the antelopes to bring word to the Sheik’s son, Serenli, to retrieve the armor.

Boy and Serenli ride antelopes to the mountains. They outdistance Gumburu and his men. In the mountains Serenli shoots a leopard that attacks them. In a cave Serenli retrieves the armor and dons it. Gumburu and his men trail them up the mountain. Tarzan approaches on a camel. Gumburu gets the drop on Serenli and demands the armor. Tarzan’s arrow strikes Gumburu’s rifle. Tarzan forces Gumruru’s men to drop their weapons. Gumburu fires at Serenli and misses. Serenli shoots Gumburu, who falls off the cliff. Serenli rides to see his wounded father. Tarzan and Boy take charge of the prisoners.

Sheik Abdurra presents Boy with a golden necklace, a replica of the Armor of Suleiman. End.

The third story is a Tarzan story but it features Boy. The Armor of Suleiman is the symbol of power of the Marehans, like the rifle was a symbol of power for the Badunga people in Dell #100.1. Although most of the action takes place around Boy, it is Tarzan that comes in and saves the day. It is a good story but not a great one.

Splash Page -- “Warriors of the Desert” - Danakil and Samali - top 2/3 of the page - in color.

Statement of ownership, management, and circulation - bottom 1/3 of the page - black and white

Inside Back Cover: Five paneled story about the Wagenia fisherman. “Tarzan The Fish Trappers” - black and white

Back Cover: Advertisement - Junior Sales Club of America - color

This issue has only one piece of advertisement.


DELL #130 (May) June 1962 ~ 36 pp. 15 cents

Art interior: Jesse Marsh ~ Cover Painting: George Wilson
Writer: Unknown (Gaylord Du Bois - unconfirmed)
Inside Front Cover: Splash Page - “Crocodile Killer” - water monitor - black and white

1st story “Tarzan The Fountain of Opar” - 15 pp.
Type -- La - Opar - White Pygmies - Jad-bal-ja

Dell 130Tarzan and Jad-bal-ja come upon the White Pygmies crossing the veldt. Tarzan greets Prince Ilonyi. He informs the ape-man that they are leaving their home on the Rock of Opar because an earthquake split the rock and an evil smelling fountain is filling the valley with gases. They are headed for their ancestral home in the desert.

Tarzan and the golden lion head for Opar. They walk through the split in the rock into the valley of Opar. The geyser spews out sulfur smelling water. The water is starting to cover the ruins. They swim out to the temple. Tarzan hears La down in the Temple of the Moon. He drops down to discover that La is chained to the horns of the altar. Tarzan breaks the chains and frees her. La explains that the Oparians believed that she was responsible for the earthquake and the geyser. The Oparians watch from afar. Tarzan offers to relocate her. La refuses to leave her people. Tarzan has a plan to have La impress her people and lead them to the top of the Rock of Opar. He places La on Jad’s back.

La rides to her people on the back of the golden lion. The Oparians are duly awed and about to follow her when the geyser erupts. They blame La and want to throw her in the newly formed lake. Tarzan commands them to stop. The Oparian attack him. Tarzan is easily handling them until a rock thrown from behind knocks the ape-man unconscious. Jad-bal-ja jumps in to protect the Jungle Lord. Tarzan awakens and calls off the lion. He tells the Oparians to obey La. She leads them to the base of the rock. The Oparians want to return to their caves. The vibration from the geyser causes a rockslide that blocks the way back down. Tarzan climbs the sheer face of the rock to the top. He lowers down a vine rope, which they fasten around the golden lion. Tarzan pulls Jad up to the top of the rock. The Oparians climb up the rock.

They come to the ancient ruins of Opar on top of the rock. They examine the ruins of the Temple of the Moon. Another earthquake destroys all of the buildings. The Oparians are frightened. La reassures them and tells them that their old ways of violence are over. Tarzan and Jad-bal-ja slip quietly away. End.

The featured story is a return to Opar and La. This is the thirteenth visit to Opar and the sixth time it is referred as the Rock of Opar. An earthquake has split the Rock of Opar thus the secret tunnel leading in and out of Opar, so often used in previous stories, is no longer needed. The Temple of Moon was mentioned once before in Dell #82.1. In Dell #59.3 it was called the Moon Temple. Each time it has a completely different look to it. This is the eighth time that La has made an appearance. She has been pushed around quite a bit in these stories from being ousted by the crooked men to being chained to the altar. La displays a remarkable loyalty to her people. She is depicted as young and beautiful in this story and does not seem to be infatuated with the Lord of the Jungle. Tarzan is knocked unconscious for the 36th and last time in the Dell stories. His head has taken quite a beating. The white pygmies make a brief appearance, the first since Dell #82.1. Because of the earthquake they have decided to return to their traditional home in the desert, which they left for Opar back in Dell A1.1 due to overpopulation. In Dell #59.3 and #82.1 Ilonyi was called King. In this story Ilonyi has been demoted to Prince. There was also a Prince Illony in Dell #49.1, which may be the same character. For the eighth time earthquakes play a critical role in the plot. In all, it is a good story but not a great story.

2nd story “Boy The Father of Elephants”- 2 pp.
Type -- Boy Story - Tantor

Boy rests on a supine Tantor. N’kima alerts them to the two ostriches approaching. Boy realizes that it is two natives disguised as ostriches and that they have poison arrows. N’gomo and his companion lose track of the father of elephants and build a thorn boma for the night. Boy has Tantor and his herd reach over the boma and pull the natives out. The natives beg for their lives. Boy has them released and tells them never to hunt elephants again in Tarzan’s jungle. End.

The second story is a short two-paged Boy story. It is filler. A two page increase in the featured story would have been a better use of the space.

“The Copper Chain” -- 121st text story -- 1 page - one illustration

“Brothers of the Spear” -- 106th story - “A Captive People” - 16th title story -- 6 pages

3rd story “Tarzan Sneak Attack”- 8 pp.
Type --Boy and Dombie Adventure

Tarzan tells Boy to increase the height of the corral because Knobby, Boy’s pet giraffe, is getting too big. Tarzan leaves with Muviro on tribal business. Jane tells Boy and Dombie to fetch goat’s milk and eggs from Mrs. Itombe. When they return, Jane tells them that Knobby escaped from the corral and sends them to look for him. The boys ride ostriches to search for the giraffe.

They spy a leopard stalking Knobby. Boy’s sling stone hits the leopard. Sheetah turns on Boy. Knobby runs off. Dombie’s stone hits the leopard. Sheetah turns on Dombie. Boy’s stone hits the leopard. The boys make their escape.

The boys find Knobby safe with a herd of giraffes. Realizing the difficulty of separating Knobby from the herd, the boys decide to let Knobby join the herd. On their way home, Sheetah stalks and attack Sultana, Boy’s ostrich. Dombie’s sling stone hits its mark. Sultan, Dombie’s ostrich, kicks the leopard to death. Sultana has deep wounds but is strong enough to carry Boy home. End.

The third story is a Boy and Dombie adventure. Tarzan has a minor role at the beginning of the story. The story focuses around Knobby, Boy’s pet giraffe. Knobby is completely different from the giraffe named Nobby in Dell No. 25.5, an independent animal story. Sheetah is given his comeuppance by the boys’ sling stones. But the leopard seeks revenge and stalks the boys. Sheetah’s attack on Sultana, Boy’s ostrich, proves fatal for the leopard as Sultan, Dombie‘s ostrich, kills it. The story is really pretty good despite the lack of Tarzan.

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DELL #131 (July) August 1962 ~ 36 pp. Still 12 cents

Art interior: (Jesse Marsh look-alike) - pencils -- Russ Manning - inks?
Cover Painting: George Wilson
Writer: Unknown (Gaylord Du Bois - unconfirmed)
Cover: Painted cover. The final cover painting relates to the featured story.
Cover Caption: Tarzan defies danger to discover secrets in THE CANYON OF NO RETURN!
Inside Front Cover: Splash page - Baobab tree - black and white
The Baobab tree is specifically mentioned in the first story.

1st story “Tarzan The Canyon of No Return” - 17 pp.
Type -- Lost World (Canyon of No Return)

Dell 131N’kobi, the Waziri witch man, can do little to relieve Muviro’s painful rheumatism. He draws some blood from the chief and burns it. He reads the smoke and tells Muviro that he must kill a kudu and bring him the horn for medicine. Muviro is in too much pain to walk. Tarzan has four Waziri carry him on a litter to the Kudu Hills. He locates a kudu for him. Muviro spears the kudu, which runs off and falls into the Canyon of No Return.

They make camp for the night. Tarzan has the Waziri wrap Muviro in lion skins and bury his body to protect him from the cold of the night. In the morning the Waziri find a way down onto the ledge where the kudu lies. Tarzan carries Muviro down to the ledge. One of the horns has broken off in the fall. The warmth of the canyon makes Muviro a little mobile. They decide to explore the canyon. The Waziri descend into the canyon. The heat from the sun causes a canyon wall to explode. Tarzan saves Muviro from the falling rocks. The heat of the valley makes Muviro feel pretty good. A Waziri spears a fish for food. They camp near a swamp. The warm water has a medicinal feeling for the chief.

They build some shelters from the sun and spend a week while Muviro bathes in the mineral springs. A tribe of natives with poison arrows sneaks up on the camp. A Garth comes out of the swamp, runs by the campsite, and eats the natives. Tarzan, Muviro, and the Waziri try to slip away. The Garth catches their scent and attacks. Tarzan’s arrow into the mouth of the Garth strikes its tiny brain. The Garth dies. Muviro feels completely cured. They decide to head for home. End.

The featured story is a very good story. It is too bad that the writer decided to make Muviro in so much rheumatic pain, but that is what drives the plot of the story. More disturbing is the colorist deciding that Muviro should have white hair. This makes the Waziri chief look very, very old. It is interesting to discover that the Waziri have a witch doctor. The drawings are probably a Marsh look-alike. The Waziri Village is depicted differently than ever before. The Garth looks different than the usual Marsh drawn Garth. The colorist makes the Garth a dark blue-gray, which is different than the usual gray Garth in all other Dell stories. It is heartwarming to have Muviro cured by the end of the story and one would hope that in the Gold Key Tarzan comics his hair would return to its normal color.

“Back on the Plains” -- 122nd text story -- 1 page - one illustration

2nd story “Tarzan The Monkey Cage”- 8 pp.
Type -- Boy and Dombie Adventure - Saves Boy and Dombie - N’kima

Boy tries to free N’kima from a monkey trap. A Baluga trapper places the little monkey in a net and tells Boy and Dombie that N’kima will be placed in a cage with a civet cat as part of the Moon Dance. The boys follow the Baluga to the lake where the trapper canoes to an island. The boys swim to the island.

The Balugas dance and celebrate. The civet cat is brought in. Boy and Dombie rescue N’kima from the cage. The Balugas chase them. Boy releases N’kima into the trees. The boys circle around and sneak into the witch doctor’s hut. They don porcupine skins. A Baluga named Kingori gets too close and gets some quills in his leg. Gati says that it is bad luck to spear a porcupine.

The boys sneak down to the lake. N’kima joins them. Tarzan follows the boys’ scent to the river. He spies the boys in their disguise, swimming the lake with N’kima riding on Dombie’s head. The Balugas pursue them in canoes. Tarzan tells the boys to keep swimming. Before Gati can cast his spear, Tarzan tips over the canoe from underwater. He tips over all the canoes. The Balugas believe that a water monster attack them. N’kima rides on Tarzan’s head the rest of the way across the lake. End.

The second story is the last Dell story. It is a good Boy and Dombie Adventure. Tarzan comes in at the last minute and rescues the boys. Once again a monkey trap fools N’kima. It is good to know that some things never change. The porcupine skin disguise was a nice addition but animal disguises have been used many times in Dell stories; such as, Boy using the ostrich skin in Dell #72.2 and the monkey disguise in Dell #127.2. The witch doctor’s hut, inside and out, are nicely done with accurate depiction of statues and masks. Tarzan’s last trick, the tipping over of the canoes, was a good one. 

“Brothers of the Spear” -- 107th story - “The Truth Herb” - 17th titled story -- 5 pages

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Inside Back Cover: Splash page - “African Wildcat” - Serval or Bush cat - black and white

Back Cover: New advertisement - Kraft Marshmallows - color

This is the last Dell Tarzan comic. 
The series would continue on with #132 under the publisher Gold Key. 
The price was reduced by three cents to 12 cents, yet kept the 36-page format.

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0850 Dell #1 Comparative Study
1551 Dell Tarzan Kill Tally
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