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Dell Comics Summaries ~ Pt. 14
Annuals Nos. 8 - 10
by Duane Adams


A Giant Comic ~ 1959 ~ 84pp. - 25 cents
This marks a great change in the annuals. It is now called Tarzan’s Jungle World and is number No. 25. It is actually Tarzan Jungle Annual #8. It has been reduced from 100 pages down to 84 pages. The good news is that contains no advertisements.
Art interior: Jesse Marsh - 1st, 2nd , 3rd , 4th, and 5th stories. ~ 6th story by unknown artist
Cover Painting: Morris Gollub
Back Cover Painting:  Jesse Marsh
Writer: Gaylord Du Bois
Cover: Painted cover
Inside Front Cover: Tarzan’s Ape-English Dictionary - A through Pan.
A words 13. B words 17 ~ D words 14 ~ E words 11 ~ G words 17 ~ H words 9 ~ J words 2 ~ K words 22 ~ L words 12 ~ M words 8 ~ N words 7 ~ O words 3 ~ P words 4. 
No illustrations. Continued on inside back cover - black and white

“Tarzan Wings in the Morning” - 24pp.
Type -- Elixir of Life - N’kima - Argus

Tarzan, Jane, and Boy catch fish and feed them to Argus. A Wabuna messenger brings Tarzan the news of Muviro’s illness. Tarzan is suspicious. He sends Jane and Boy home and takes Argus to the Waziri Kraal. Obana, the witch doctor of the Wabuna, is pleased that his ruse worked. Jane and Boy spot the Wabuna and hurry downriver. The Wabuna pursue them in faster canoes.

Tarzan arrives at the Waziri Village to learn that Muviro received a message that Tarzan was ill. They interrogate the messenger, who confesses that Obana planned to capture Jane and Boy and hold them at the Hill the Caves. They plan to ransom them for the two giant eagles. Muviro offers the services of his Waziri. Tarzan works on a plan.

Jane and Boy are losing ground to their would-be captors. Jane steers the canoe into the Red Gorge. The Wabuna are afraid to follow them into the death trap. Jane lands the canoe on the island at the top of the killer waterfall. They attempt to build a signal fire, but the wind is too strong.

The next day, Tarzan and N’kima takes Argus and Aguila to the Hill the Caves. The Waziri surround the hills so that no Wabuna can escape. Tarzan lands in front of the Wabuna. Obana tries a bluff by claiming to have Tarzan‘s family. Tarzan doesn’t believe him. The Wabuna attack. Tarzan picks up the witch doctor and throws him into his men. Tarzan catches a spear out of the air but is hit in the shoulder by another. Obana is accidentally killed by one of his own men. The eagles chase off the Wabuna. Tarzan is very weak. He hangs onto Argus’ leg. N’kima grabs onto Tarzan’s leg as the eagle lifts off. Tarzan grows weaker and commands Argus land. He drops to the ground and falls asleep. N’kima is frighten but carries water on a leaf for Tarzan. Tarzan wakes and drinks from the pool. A giant dragonfly attacks them. N’kima flees. Tarzan kills it with an arrow. The ape-man looks for shelter to rest. He finds a cave with a broken door. Inside they pass some giant cocoons to reach a laboratory. In the lab, two assistants are at work. A giant caterpillar rises to attack. Tarzan throws his knife into it. The two assistants throw flasks of chemicals. The caterpillar dies. They see that Tarzan is not well. They give him the milk of the tola vine and bind his wounds.

They take him out into an open area to the Wise One. The Wise One reads Tarzan’s mind. He explains that their purpose is to help mankind. He admits that the giant creatures are an experiment with growth compounds. He looks at the ape-man’s wound and calls for M’krimau to bring him the Elixir of Life. He warns Tarzan that the penalty for drinking the elixir is that he will outlive his family. Tarzan feels he needs strength now and takes it. He sleeps.

Argus and Aguila find Jane and Boy on the island. They fly in search of Tarzan. Tarzan’s wounds are healed. Jane and Boy find the Jungle Lord and land. The family is reunited. N’kima explains how he drove away lions, leopards, and gomangani and how he made Tarzan well again. End.

The featured story is a great tale. It involves a devious tribe called the Wabuna, who fool Tarzan once. But the second attempt by the witch doctor Obana is not successful. The panel of Tarzan flying over the Waziri Village is a great one. Jane and Boy outwit the witch doctor by paddling into the Red Gorge. The Wabuna are afraid to follow. Argus and Aguila have minor parts but very important to the story. The key to the plot is that Tarzan is wounded and very weak. This is something that has not happened in a Dell story. This will lead the Jungle Lord to find the Cave of the Wise One. The giant creatures are merely an interesting subplot. The real essence of the story is the Elixir of Life. This is reminiscent of the Kuviro tablets that Tarzan took in the novels of the master storyteller. This pays tribute to Burroughs and makes one think that the writer has actually read some of the novels. It should also help in future Dell tales. Another subplot is N’kima. Again the writer captures the character of the little monkey better than any of the Tarzan characters. N’kima is a frightened monkey but he remains a braggart to the end. He also provides comic relief. The only downside of the story is that Marsh seems to have some perspective problems at times. In the first panel Jane is closer to the viewer but is drawn as small as Boy, who is farther away. Sometimes when N’kima sits on the ape-man’s shoulder he is excessively small. It is the great story that makes this an outstanding issue.

Cut Out Page - “Little N‘kima” - 1 p. - color

2nd story “Jane The Rescue of N‘kima” - 5pp.
Type -- Jane Story - N’kima

Jane and Boy release a manu from a monkey trap. They worry about N’kima, who they have not seen in a week. Jane decides to check the Bororo Market. She climbs the tree house rope ladder and changes into a dress. Jane sends Boy to the Waziri Kraal to see if they know anything about N’kima. She rides Jad-bal-ja close to the market. N’kibi, the pet merchant, tries to sell her a bulbul or a bush baby. Jane asks about a chattering monkey. N’kibi says that he sold one to a lady form Batutsi.

Jane rides Jad to catch up to the lady. Kalinga’s Batwa bearers flee when they see the golden lion. Jane asks to purchase N’kima, who has a chain around his neck. Kalinga refuses. Jane and N’kima talk mangani to each other. Kalinga believes that Jane would take proper care of the monkey and releases him. Monkeys have an honored place in the Batutsi culture because a monkey helped a former king gain his freedom from a cave. Kalinga was only trying to protect N’kima from an unhappy life. Kalinga invites Jane to visit her in Ruandi Urundi. Jane says that she will. Jane takes N’kima home on Jad-bal-ja. She tells him to stay away from monkey traps. N’kima says that he will try but when the bait is sweet he forgets to open his hand. End.

The second story is the third Jane story, all occurring in annuals. It is a short (5 pages) filler story. Tarzan is not in the story. Jane changes her clothes to ride Jad-bal-ja to the Bororo Market. She changes from a two-piece outfit that would be ideal for riding a lion to a dress that is inconvenient for riding. She also fixes her hair and puts on hoop earrings and necklaces so she will look good at the market. Kalinga, the Batutsi, is an exotically beautiful lady. N’kima is good but not the N’kima of the previous tale.

Paper Doll Page - “Jane - Jungle Doll” - 1 p. - color

3rd story “Boy Jungle Danger Signal”- 9pp.
Type -- Save Boy and Dombie - Boy and Dombie Adventure

Tarzan carves Boy a whistle with a very thin reed so that it can be heard for miles. The sound hurts Jane’s ears. Boy finds Dombie and they go fishing. Boy bumps into a crocodile that he thought was a log. They spot a leopard balu and decide to move the baby away from the crocodile. The mother leopard spots them and charges. The boys take to the river. A hippo rises near them. They scramble to the other shore. Dombie starts to run for home. He accidentally bumps into a sleeping ape. The ape grabs both the boys and shakes them. The ape grabs Boy’s whistle and bites it. The boys run away. The ape pursues them to a cliff. The boys climb down a vine. The ape follows on another vine. The ape accidentally blows the whistle. He is attracted to the sound and blows the whistle repeatedly. Tarzan hears the signal and rushes to the rescue. He swings on a vine over to the ape and grabs it with his legs. He drops the ape into the trees far below. He pulls the boys back to the top of the cliff. Boy complains that the ape has his whistle. Tarzan says that he will make him another one. Boy says that they didn’t need to use it. Dombie is relieved to be alive. End.

The third story is a Boy and Dombie adventure but Tarzan plays a critical role in the story. Dombie is more afraid and cautious than he ever has been before. The story revolves around the whistle that Tarzan makes for Boy. The ape that takes it away from Boy accidentally blows it during his pursuit of the boys. Tarzan comes from miles away, running as fast as Bara and moving through trees better than manu. He swings out over the chasm to grab and drop the ape into the valley below. This is quite a heroic story for the Jungle Lord.

Boy’s and Dombie’s Yo Whistles - cut out - 1p. - color

4th story “Tarzan and the Little Riders”- 8 pp.
Type -- Rescues Prince Nikar - Pygmies

Tarzan rides Bara in a desert. He finds a campsite used by the pygmies. He tracks them. Prince Nikar, Princess Lulan, and the pygmies avoid the noisy wild hunters. They come upon the hunters’ nets in the forest. Nikar cuts through the net and directs his people through. The Boruti arrive in time to capture the Prince. The Princess stops the pygmy warriors from firing and leads them towards Otar for help. They come upon Tarzan, who promises to help. Princess Lulan sends one rider to Otar. She and the rest of the warriors follow Tarzan to the Boruti village. Tarzan and Lulan sneak up for a closer look. They see that the Boruti chief has placed the Prince in a cage suspended from a tree. When they prod the Prince with a stick, the Princess wants to shoot. Tarzan stops her and has a plan.

Tarzan’s birdcall signals the little riders to charge into the village and set fire to the huts. The Boruti rush to put out the fires. Tarzan pulls the cage up into the tree. Only the chief notices and cries for help. Tarzan frees the Prince and drops the cage onto the chief’s head. Reunited with the pygmies, Tarzan gives the Prince his eland to ride. The pygmies are grateful. Tarzan says that he may need help from them someday. End.

The fourth story avoids the term pygmy. This is strange because the page following this story is text story about pygmies. This group is different than any other pygmy band in previous Dell stories. They are from Otar - (very close spelling of Opar.) They are lead by a Prince and Princess that have not appeared before in stories, but they seem to know and be friends of Tarzan. Tarzan’s raid of the Boruti Village reminds one of similar raids Tarzan pulled off in the novels, raids to rescue or harass natives. It is a pretty straightforward story with not subplots.

Africa’s People -- The Pygmies - 1p. - color
Dot to Dot Page -- “Boy Loses His Target” - 1p. - color

5th story “The Heart of a Giant” - 10pp.
Type -- Non-Tarzan Story

Nobby, a young bull giraffe, searches for his herd. He stumbles across a rhino mother and her toto. The rhino attacks. Nobby avoids the first pass and kicks the rhino on the nose during the second pass. The rhino leaves the area. Nobby comes upon a giraffe family. The male is dying from a poison arrow. The male dies. Hunters approach. Nobby leads the mother giraffe, Zora, and her toto to a water hole. He leads them to the shelter of a mimosa tree. Nobby keeps watch at night. In a storm two lions attack. Nobby kicks the female and kills it. In the morning a lone bull giraffe attacks Nobby. Nobby strikes the bull several times with its head. Nobby accidentally slips into a river. Finding a bank he can climb, Nobby must past some crocodiles. He rushes to catch up with his new family. The rouge bull flees. Nobby is reunited with his new family. End.

The fifth story is a non-Tarzan animal story. It is a very average tale and merely filler for this annual. The drawings are not by Marsh. The story hopefully is not by Du Bois. The hero is a giraffe named Nobby. He shares the name with a trophy hunter in Dell #49.1.

Color by Numbers - “Night Watch” -- two giraffes - 1p. - limited color
Pages from Boy’s Diary - 1p. - color

6th story “Tarzan and The Mask of Mani Kongo”- 16pp.
Type -- Legend (Golden Mask of Mani Kongo) - Rescues White Man and Woman - Airplane Crash

Tarzan and the great ape Gorok are hunting when a storm comes up. They decide to sleep in a tree. Meanwhile, a passenger plane tries to fly through the storm. Amongst the travelers are Dr. David Forrence, an archeologist, and his daughter Ruth. Dr. Forrence suspects that one of the passengers is after the Mask of Mani Kongo that he found in the ruins of Mbaji. He writes a note to the pilot describing his fears. The note also explains the legend of the mask. It is said that the possessor of the mask will hold supreme power over Africa. Ned, the co-pilot, tells the passengers to buckle up. Dr. Forrence gives the note to the co-pilot. The storm gets worse and the plane crashes in a donga. Everyone is knocked unconscious except the man whom Dr. Forrence was suspicious of. The man grabs the leather case containing the mask and heads for Nairobi.

In the morning Tarzan hears pistol shots and goes to investigate. Wild hunting dogs surround Pollock, the man who stole the briefcase. He empties his pistol to no avail. Tarzan ropes the man and pulls him up into a tree. The wild dogs leave. Tarzan asks who he is and what he is doing there. Pollock tells the tale that his name is Donald Frayne and that his safari deserted him. Tarzan does not believe him because he looked at the initials on the briefcase before answering. He decides to help him anyway. He flags down a Watunga canoe and asks them to take Frayne to civilization.

Tarzan hears the Watunga drums tell about a downed airplane east of Lake Nyanza. He goes to search for the plane. Ruth fights off hyenas that are attempting to get into the plane. Tarzan mimics a lion’s roar. The hyenas leave. When Tarzan appears, Ruth faints. Tarzan discovers that everyone is dead except for Ruth and Dr. Forrence. Tarzan builds them a tree platform so that they will be safe from predators. Dr. Forrence explains their situation and the loss of the mask. Tarzan says he thinks he may have helped the villain get away with the mask. The Jungle Lord goes to the Watunga and asks them to help the Forrences. He borrows a canoe and races after Pollock. He finds the trail where the left the river. Along the trail he learns from the Watunga that they brought Pollock to a road where he flagged down a truck headed for Ngong. Tarzan follows Frayne’s scent to a farmhouse.

Inside the farmhouse, Pollock makes plans with three henchmen. Tarzan throws his knife and hits the light. In the darkness the ape-man snatches up Pollock and the briefcase. The henchmen give pursuit, firing their pistols. Tarzan turns Pollock/Frayne and the mask over to the commissioner. He reaches the Watunga Village as a plane lands to take Dr. Forrence and Ruth to Nairobi. He tells them that the mask and evil man are in safe custody. End.

The sixth story is a new story with a lot of different elements to it. Gorok, the ape, is superficial to the story. Yet another airplane crash is the catalyst of the story. The pilot, co-pilot and passengers give a taste of realism to the tale; however, they are all killed in the crash. The evil Pollock/Frayne is stereotyped in the way he is drawn. However, he is an exceptional villain because he is able to fool the Jungle Lord into helping him. Tarzan is not totally fooled but is sympathetic to his plight. The Watunga canoe, which ferries Pollock away, is impressive. The Watunga drums report the downed plane east of Lake Nyanza. This is an unfortunate name because ‘Nyanza’ is the Swahili word for lake. Therefore, the name of the lake is Lake Lake. Tarzan tracks down the evil Pollock in a farmhouse and captures him. The mask itself has a great legend behind it but the drawing of it is not all that interesting. It is a pretty good Tarzan tale worthy to be placed amongst the best of the Dell stories.

Tarzan’s Quick Wit Quiz -- 1p. - color
Inside Back Cover: “Tarzan’s Ape-English Dictionary (continued)” - pand through zu-vo.
P words 14 ~ R words 11 ~ S words 7 ~ T words 31 ~ U words 10 ~ V words 7 ~ W words 8 ~ Y words 10 ~ Z words 11 ~
1 illustration (not Marsh) -- black and white
Back Cover: “The Grey Ape” - color


DELL GIANT No. 37 (Annual #9)
TARZAN KING OF THE JUNGLE - 1960 ~ 84pp. 25 cents

Art interior: Jesse Marsh - 1st , 3rd , and 6th stories ~ Tony Sgroi - 4th story
2nd and 5th stories by unknown artists
Cover Painting: Morris Gollub
Back Cover Painting: Jesse Marsh
Writer: Gaylord Du Bois
Cover: Painted cover.
Cover Caption: “Strange and thrilling adventures of the Ape Man!”
Inside Front Cover: Letter from Boy - black and white

1st story “Tarzan, King of the Jungle Giants of Kroo Maun” - 24pp.
Type -- Saves Slingers of Kroo Maun - Hairy Giants - Saves Boy - Saves Jane - Argus

Jane is on one of her regular visits to help the sick at the Waziri Village. She calls in Tarzan and Muviro. She is concerned that she cannot do anything for Aunty Gena and her rheumatism. Tarzan suggests going to the herb doctors of Kroo Maun. Boy wants to go along. Jane and Boy fly on Argus. Tarzan flies Aguila. They fly over the Great Thorn Desert and the Great Swamp to Pal-ul-don. They pass a duck-billed dinosaur. They land near a river to feed the eagles. Tarzan makes staves for harpoon-heads he brought along. Tarzan spears a fish for Argus. Boy brings a fish for Aguila. Jane also has one for Aguila. Boy spears another fish. Boy’s arm becomes entangled in the spear’s rope. The fish pulls him deeper. Boy loses his knife. He briefly hits the surface and cries for help. Tarzan dives in and cuts him free. A Hairy Giant captures Jane in his net. Tarzan takes Aguila to attack the giant. The giant drops Jane and flees. Jane is knocked unconscious on a rock. They fly towards Kroo Maun for help from the herb doctors.

The approaching eagles frighten the Slingers of Kroo Maun. They sling rocks at them. Katar recognizes Tarzan and welcomes him. Tarzan explains what happened to Jane. Katar and Dera lead them to their father, Bornu. Bornu commands Dera and Nadau to bring cooling lotion and healing smoke. Tarzan also explains that they are in search of a relief for rheumatism. Bornu tells him that the plant grows near the Hairy Giant territory. He will have Katar lead an expedition tomorrow.

Tarzan and Boy fly cover for the Slingers. They are headed for Half Moon Lake. Boy signals Tarzan that the giants are moving through the forest. Tarzan lands and alerts Katar and his men. The giants attack. The Slingers hit them in the knees to make them lower their shields, which makes them vulnerable to headshots. The giants flee. Tarzan and Boy fly ahead to the lake. The expedition arrives at the lake. Dera describes what to look for in the plant before it has broken the surface of the ground. Only fresh bulbs will work. Boy is flying cover and spies the giants sneaking up to the lake. He warns Tarzan. The ape-man has the Slingers bring him bundles of grasses. He sends Boy to delay the giants. Tarzan sets fire to the bundles and boards Aguila. He drops the fire in the grassy area around the giants. The giants’ straw shields catch fire. Again they flee. The Kroo Maun collect many bulbs and return to the village.

Tarzan finds Jane waking from her sleep. She is groggy. Tarzan takes the eagles to feed them fish. Upon returning his sees the Hairy Giants dancing a war dance. He warns Bornu. The medicine man is worried about a night attack when their slings will be of little use. Tarzan directs them to make platforms in trees with beacon fires ready to be lit. Tarzan makes a bow and arrows. A sentry alerts the village that the giants are approaching. Boy lights a beacon fire. The fire provides enough light for the Kroo Maun to use their slings. Tarzan has Boy light his arrows. He fires them into the giants’ straw shields, exposing them to the stones of the Slingers. The giants are routed. Tarzan promises the Slingers that he will show them how to make and use bows. A giant awakens. Tarzan throws a firepot at him. Katar drops him with a stone.

Tarzan and his family leave the next day on the eagles. They give the medicine to Aunty Gena. Gena is able to dance for joy. Jane says that it was worth the danger. Tarzan agrees. End.

The featured story is a great story. When the writer has time (24 pages) to build the characters and the story, the results are worth it. This time they go to the Kroo Maun. They were introduced in Dell #115.1. At that time the herb people were referred to as the Mountain Men. Tarzan never actually went to their village. In this story they are known as the Slingers of Kroo Maun and their village has quite an impressive wall around it. Jane is briefly captured by the Hairy Giants, who are not as full bearded as in the first story. The Slingers are developed quite nicely and are shown to be an intelligent people. An inexperienced person cannot find the medicine Tarzan seeks. Bornu sends an expedition to seek the bulbs at the Half Moon Lake in giant country. The flaw in the story is when Tarzan prepares the fire bundles for the second giant attack. The flaw is in the background features. The tops of the Slingers huts are shown and a portion of the Slingers wall is shown. But they are at the Half Moon Lake and not anywhere close to the village. Marsh must have been thinking about something else when he made these inaccurate backgrounds. The climax has Katar become the hero by dropping the last giant. This probably should have been Tarzan’s job. Maybe this was to show that the Slingers are able to handle themselves. The story read beautifully.

Maze - “Danger Path to Kroo Maun” - ill. - 1 p. - color
Cut Outs - “Jane’s Jungle Housekeeping” - 1 p.

2nd story “Jane’s Mighty Magic” - 8pp.
Type -- Jane Story

Jane complains at the Native Market about the high prices. Meeta explains that Chief Makolo takes one third of their price. The witch doctor, N’gai, announces that Makolo will now take half of the profits. Jane tells the merchants that they can have a free market at her house. They pack up to leave. N’gai curses them. On their way to the tree house a rouge elephant attacks them, driving them into the roots of a mighty tree. Many believe that it is N’gai’s curse. Jane takes some pepper from Meeta and throws it at the rouge. The elephant is temporarily stopped. Jane calls to Tantor. Tantor drives off the bull. The merchants believe that Jane’s magic is stronger. A group of Makolo’s warriors force them to go to Makolo’s kraal. Jane says that good is stronger than evil.

At the kraal, Makolo threatens the merchants with force if they try to leave the market place. N’gai says that he will curse them. Makolo’s wife, Zena, runs from their hut crying that their son has stopped breathing. Zena says that he was playing with a kola nut. Makolo commands N’gai to bring him back to life. N’gai turns to Jane asking her to prove that good is better than evil. Jane takes the baby and turns him upside-down and pounds on his back, dislodging the nut. She delivers mouth-to-mouth respiration. The baby is revived. N’gai sneaks away. Makolo is so grateful that he changes his evil ways and allows the market to be free.

At the market Jane pays too much for pepper. She says that it is for the pepper she used to drive away the rouge elephant. The merchants say that Jane’s magic saved them and that they will never forget. End.

The second story is the fourth and the best Jane story. They all occur in annuals. The drawings are not Marsh’s work. Jane has an oriental look about her. The drawings of N’gai, the witch doctor, are excellent. The story is a good one with Jane’s quick thinking saving the day, twice. Her actions appear to be magic to the natives witnessing the events. Makolo has a tremendous change of heart and becomes a good man. The only downside to this story is that Tarzan is not in it.

Cut Outs - “Ready for the Hunt” - Tarzan, Boy, and Tantor - 1 p. - color
Color By Numbers - “Eye of Night” - La - 1p. - black and white

3rd story “Tarzan, King of the Jungle Queen La the Mysterious”- 16pp.
Type -- La - Rescues Ilona - Elixir of Life - Crocodile god

Tarzan crosses the Ituri Forest to an unnamed village where the natives are upset. He learns that the Mengo, Forest Spirits, took the bride-to-be, Ilona. The Mengo left a golden statue in payment. Tarzan recognizes the figure as La. The witch doctor explains that this has been going on since the beginning of time. The Mengo steal a beautiful young girl once a generation. All that was left behind was Ilona’s beads. Barengo, the husband-to-be, shows Tarzan the spot where she was taken. Tarzan will try to rescue her. Barengo wants to accompany him.

Tarzan uses the scent on the beads to track Ilona to the river. They see the vine that the Mengos use to swing to the island. Tarzan makes a vine-swing so they can reach the island. The swing is a little short and Tarzan must grab a branch and pull them both up into the tree. They make their way to the Mengo village. The stone temple in the middle of the village surprises Barengo. A bell announces the appearance of La who begins to ascend the temple steps. Tarzan and Barengo climb the rear of the temple and look down into the opening. They see Ilona and some guards. They drop in and subdue the guards. They see the albino crocodile god. La is surprised to see Tarzan. Tarzan and Barengo battle their way through the Mengos. Tarzan carries Ilona to the vine-swing. He pushes Barengo and Ilona across the river. Tarzan makes his way through the trees to the Mengo vine. It is attached to the base of a tree. He descends to release it. A Mengo throws his club and knocks out Tarzan.

Tarzan is chained to an altar. La explains that she was captured and made the wife of the king. He accidentally died. La became queen. The Mengos are impatient with La because she is taking too much in preparing Tarzan for sacrifice by painting him. La further explains that the Mengos are deathless because they use a mixture of a secret food with the albino crocodile blood. La confesses her love for Tarzan and offers him eternal youth if he marries her. Tarzan refuses. La commands the crocodile to be released. Tarzan breaks his chains and kills the crocodile with his bare hands. Tarzan runs for the river. The Mengos are shocked that their eternal youth is now gone. They chase the ape-man. Tarzan dives into the river and is carried downstream. Tarzan makes his way back to the native village and watches the wedding of Barengo and Ilona from the trees. End.

The third story is a great little story marking the return of La. This is La’s fifth appearance and her first since Dell #82.1. La has been removed from the crooked men and is leader of the almost immortal Mengos. It was not her choice, but La always seems to rise to royalty status. La continues her love for the ape-man. Tarzan remains true to Jane - very Burroughsian. The Mengos or Forest Spirits are different than the Mengo from Dell #118.1, which unfortunately was the last issue before this annual was published. It is a poor choice for a name when they are used so close together yet so different. Another Burroughsian element is the eternal youth mixture. Tarzan received an Elixir of Life in No. 25.1, the previous annual. Tarzan is knocked unconscious for the 37th time. The white crocodile is the second albino croc in stories. The first was in Dell #62.2. This is the second crocodile god that Tarzan has killed; the first being in the very first regular Tarzan issue. This story pulls from many previous Dell stories as well as Burroughs himself. This is what makes this an outstanding story.

Mask Making - “Making an African Antelope Mask” - 1p. - color

4th story “Zebra Boy” - 8 pp.
Type -- Boy Story - Rescues Boy - Rescues Dombie

Dombie tells Isilo, who relieves him from watching the Waziri cattle all night, that a bird has been crying for a long time. Dombie goes to investigate and is captured by the Wabangi, who plan to use him as a hostage to force the Waziri to do their wishes. Isilo and the other Waziri herder are overpowered. The Wabangi steal the cattle.

Boy learns about the missing Dombie from the Waziri drums. While canoeing, Tarzan also hears the drum message. Boy rides a zebra to the Waziri, who have stopped their pursuit of the rustlers. The Waziri chief shows Boy Dombie’s necklace and tells him that the Wabangi have threatened to kill his grandson if they did not leave. Boy has a plan. He has the Waziri paint him with zebra stripes.

The Wabangi see the tops of the zebras moving into the valley and suspect nothing. Tarzan spies the Waziri waiting and immediately knows the situation. As he moves towards the Wabangi camp he catches Boy’s scent. Boy leaves the zebras and crawls into the Wabangi camp. He finds Dombie tied to a tree and attempts to cut him free. Two Wabangi spot him and give chase. Tarzan grabs the pursuers and subdues them. Tarzan mimics a lion roar. The cattle and the zebras stampede into the camp. The Wabangi climb the trees.

The Waziri go after the stampeding cattle. The Waziri chief is surprised to see Tarzan, Boy, and Dombie. Boy and Dombie go to see if they can catch the zebras. End.

The fourth story is a Boy story that was not drawn by Marsh. The illustrator is probably Tony Sgroi. The story is not too bad. It has Boy trying to be the hero by himself but Tarzan has to step in and save the day. The story does raise a question as to Dombie’s lineage. In all previous stories, Dombie has always been referred to as Muviro’s grandson. In the first panel the narrative box calls Dombie the son of chief Muviro. When Boy catches up with the Waziri, the unidentified chief says that Dombie is his grandson. Whoever this artist is, he does a good job with the natives. Another plus is that Boy and Dombie are not wearing silly hats. His drawings of Tarzan are not very satisfying.

Game Cut Out -- “Boy and Dombie Net the Lion” - 1p. - color
Puzzle Game-- “Find N‘kima’s Secret Paths” - 1p. - color

5th story “N‘kima King of the Monkeys”- 8pp.
Type -- N’kima Story

A frightened N’kima runs from a leopard and then a hawk. On the outskirts of a village N’kima finds a gold bracelet. He places it over his head and thinks he is the king of the monkeys. He pushes his way past a bird on his way to a tribe of monkeys. He declares himself king, strong, and brave. The tribe gets caught up in the enthusiasm of the moment. They jump up and down on a branch so hard that it breaks. A leopard that was stalking them is surprised to find the monkeys on the ground. N’kima leads the monkeys to put up a fierce front against sheetah. The leopard is so shocked by the display that it runs off. Encouraged by the success, they look for more animals that they can intimidate. They drop down in front of some hyenas and perform their act. The hyenas run off. The monkeys declare N’kima to be king of the jungle. N’kima searches for the great apes to become their king as well.

The apes are not impressed, especially Thorak, the gund. N’kima chatters on about how he is king. Thorak throws him in some water. The monkeys wonder why N’kima does not come to the surface. The bracelet weights him down. Thorak pulls the little monkey out of the water. He takes away the bracelet and places it on his wrist. The monkeys leave. N’kima cries about his loss of power. N’kima warns Thorak about a leopard approaching. The apes and monkeys take to the trees. N’kima hides in a knothole. He brags that everyone jumped when he spoke. He is still king. He is glad they cannot see him trembling in the knothole. End.

The fifth story is the first N’kima story in the Dells. It is nice to see the annuals give the filler story to a Burroughs character rather than the usual generic animal story. It is a shame that it took so long to give N’kima his own story. This is the character that is closest to any of the master’s characters. The story is typical N’kima, falsely brave. The bracelet gives the little manu courage, similar to the medal giving the cowardly lion courage in the “Wizard of Oz.” He loses all his courage when the bracelet is taken from him. N’kima never realizes that he has that courage within him. But it is good to have the frightened little monkey back. This is Thorak’s third appearance in the Dell stories. The personality is similar to the Thorak in Dell #113.1, but the looks are different. The drawings are not by Jesse Marsh. The drawings of the monkeys are nicely done, but this is really Marsh’s forte. It is too bad that he did not illustrate this story.

Dot to Dot - “Phantom of the Sea” -- sea monster - 1p. - limited color

6th story “Tarzan, King of the Jungle Dragon Ship” - 8pp.
Type -- Lost Race (Vikings) - Rescue Colonel Paul d’Arnot - Airplane Crash

Tarzan and Raoul d’Arnot fly a small plane over the Gourambi Range in search of Colonel Paul d‘Arnot’s downed plane. They land in a snowstorm on top of the mountain and tie the plane down. On the way down the mountain, they see a giant Viking skiing down the mountain. Tarzan recognizes Yarl Hrolf. They follow him to the Viking Skalli. Yarl welcomes them. Tarzan explains their mission.

Yarl leads them down to the Viking’s dragon ship to search the valley and the river. They spot the Skirling canoes heading for an island. They hear pistol shots from the island. Tarzan and Raoul suspect that it is Raoul’s father, Paul. Yarl orders the Vikings to ram the canoes. Some of the Skirlings board the dragon ship. Tarzan saves Yarl from the Skirlings. The Skirlings flee in their canoes. They land and find Paul d’Arnot unharmed. He explains how he crashed and survived the Skirling attacks.

They return to the Skalli and have a feast. Yarl escorts them back to the airplane. They take off for home. End.

The sixth story is a new story marking the return of the giant Vikings on the Gourambi Range. They were first encountered in A#5.2. The second time they showed up in Dell #91.1 they had moved into a valley and built a fortress. The Skirlings had burned their Skalli. Tarzan brokered a peace between the Vikings and the Skirlings in that story. The fortress is now gone and the Vikings are back on the mountain. The peace between the Vikings and the Skirlings is gone. Yarl claims that Tarzan taught the Vikings how to use the longbow. It did not happen in any Dell stories. Raoul d’Arnot makes his first appearance. He is a son of Paul d’Arnot. The other son, Dr. Louis d’Arnot made three Dell appearances. When last seen on a splash page in Dell #105 Paul d’Arnot was still a captain. Now they introduce him as a colonel - quite a promotion. Paul also looks very old with his hair graying on the sides. The Skirlings of this story are probably the Straelings of Dell #91.1. The story is very short. It is too bad that they had to limit it. The heavy snowstorm panels are memorable. It is some of Marsh’s most creative work in a long time.

Inside Back Cover: Pages from Boy’s Diary - plus answer to puzzle game - back and white
Back Cover: - painted splash page - Tarzan, Boy, Jane, and tree house - color



DELL GIANT No. 51 (Tarzan Jungle Annual #10)
TARZAN KING OF THE JUNGLE - 1961 - 84pp. 25 cents

This issue is called Tarzan King of the Jungle and is number No. 51. It is actually Tarzan Jungle Annual #10. It contains no advertisements and has no Ape/English dictionary. This is the only annual to feature a story about the Brothers of the Spear.

Art interior: Jesse Marsh - 1st , 2nd , and 5th stories ~
Manning - 6th story ~ 3rd , 4th , and 7th stories by unknown artists.
(4 and 7 could be Tony Sgroi or John Ushler)
Cover Painting: George Wilson
Back Cover Painting: Jesse Marsh
Writer: Gaylord Du Bois
Cover: Painted cover.
Inside Front Cover:  Letter from Boy - black and white

1st story “Tarzan The Tree of Ages” - 16pp.
Type -- Legend (Tree of Ages - flesh eating plant) - Rescue White Man - Argus - Airplane Crash

Dell Giant #51Tarzan, Jane and Boy fly Argus and Aguila over the Delta of the Okovango in search of Captain Smith’s missing plane. He and his partner were looking for the Tree of Ages. They land frightening a family of River Bushmen. Tarzan nets fish for the giant eagles. Jane finds a Bushman small child with an injured foot. They bandage him and invite the Bushmen to join them. They gain the trust of the Bushmen. Lechwe agrees to take Tarzan to the ‘Tree.’ During the canoe trip a hippo attacks them. They leave the water and portage the canoe for days. Water buffaloes threaten them. Tarzan turns the buffaloes with soothing words.

At the Lake Nobody Names, Lechwe points to the island that holds the Tree of Ages. On the lake Tarzan spies a plane underwater. He dives in to confirm that it is Smith’s plane. On the island at the Houses of the Ancient Ones Lechwe becomes fearful because they have no offering for the tree. In the jungle, two leopards attack them. Tarzan swings the leopards by their tails and bashes their heads into a tree. Lechwe suggests that they use the leopards as an offering. The Tree of Ages stands on a hillock. Its red tendrils are waving. Tarzan approaches the tree and is grabbed by the tendrils. He cuts himself free and escapes with one of the leopard bodies. The Tree eats the other leopard. Lechwe is in near panic to leave. Tarzan prepares a fire. He bundles the hot coals in the leopard skin and feeds it to the Tree.

Tribesmen approach carrying Captain Smith on a litter. They pray to the Tree. The Tree burns. The tribe is fearful and decides to sacrifice Smith anyway. Tarzan’s voice commands to them to run away. They flee. Jane and Boy arrive on the eagles. Tarzan revives Smith. They start for home on the eagles. Tarzan lands near Lechwe paddling for home. He helps Lechwe back home. At the tree house Smith recovers and promises not to say much because no one would believe him. End.

The featured story is an interesting story, another plane wreck and another search. The River Bushmen are a kind and gentle people that agree to help Tarzan. The portage of the canoe is a new occurrence. The legend of the Houses of the Ancient Ones and the Tree of Ages is intriguing. One wishes that we would learn more about them. Information is very sketchy. Tarzan gets to be rather vicious as he bashes in the brains of the leopards. Tarzan ingeniously disposes of the Tree of Ages and the rescue is made. The story is good and it has the most beautiful of Marsh’s Janes.

Games - “Just Like the Jungle” - stalk the lion and follow the trail - 1 p. - color

2nd story “Boy The Axe of Mumbo”- 8pp.
Type -- Buto - Boy and Dombie Adventure- Jad-bal-ja

Buto, Boy, Dombie and Jad-bal-ja come across an antelope caught in a  vine snare. They release the animal and have Jad trail the poachers. They come to a huge boulder blocking a tunnel. Buto rolls the stone away and enters the tunnel. The boys and Jad remain behind. They hear the sounds of fighting. Jad accidentally rolls the stone back in place. The boys climb the mountain and watch Buto facing the poachers.

The poachers demand that he undergo the Ordeal of Mumbo. If he succeeds he will be their king. If not, he will be dead. Buto warns them about poaching in Tarzan country. He accepts the challenge. They describe the ordeal. The first is to move the stone without help. He has already done that. Next he throws the Axe of Mumbo and splits a log in two with one throw. He picks up the two halves of the log and leaps over the ditch of sharpened stakes. He wrestles the red bull to the ground. The boys figure Buto will need help to get out. They climb down the mountain. They have Jad push the boulder away from the tunnel. Buto swims the crocodile pool. He carries a crocodile on his back to protect himself against the spears of six warriors as he races back to the Axe of Mumbo. The boys and Jad enter the area. A poacher pulls away a branch and a stone rolls over the entrance. Buto grabs the axe and smashes the stone. The blade of the axe breaks. Buto warns them again not to poach. They leave. Buto rolls the boulder back in place. Buto plans to replace the head of the axe so that his children will call it the Axe of Buto. End.

The second story is a Boy story. The Boy and Dombie adventure is secondary to Buto. This story is really about Buto and he shines. Buto goes through the Ordeal of Mumbo easily. It is a series of challenges that reminds one of the Game of the Death (Dell #108.1), which Tarzan faced against the Mermen. In fact, this entire story should have been Tarzan’s. If it were Tarzan, this reviewer would have considered it to be a great story. This does give Buto a chance to be the hero and he does it gracefully.

Games - dot-to-dot - “Fun with Boy and Dombie” and a maze - “Jungle Maze” - 1 p. - color

3rd story “Dassie” - 6pp.
Type -- Non-Tarzan Story - Animal Story

Dassie, the eight-pound hyrax, loses her babies to a stripped weasel. She finds two orphaned cheetah cubs. She raises them and protects them against hyenas. The cheetahs grow and can bring down antelopes by themselves. Hyenas threaten Dassie. The cheetahs protect her. End.

The third story is a non-Tarzan animal story. The drawings are not by Marsh. The story of a hyrax raising two cheetah cubs could be related to another interspecies raising of a human by apes. This story is cute at best.

Cut-outs - “Birds in a Tree” - 1p. - color

4th story - “Jane The Sultan’s Ruby” - 7 pp.
Type -- Jane Story

Jane shows N’kima and Standish, the ostrich, her compact mirror. Standish steals the shiny object and runs off. Jane uses a bola to bring down Standish and retrieve her compact. Zanzaboko bearers carry Bangwa Ali in on a litter. He gives Jane a letter form Tarzan asking her to prepare the tree house area for an official visit from the Sultan of Zanzaboko. Bangwa Ali also presents her with a ruby pendant from the sultan. Jane and Lulona prepare for the visit. Jane examines the pendant. Standish steals it and runs off. Jane can‘t catch the ostrich and sends Bandy, the mongoose, after Standish. Lulona tells Jane that wars have started over less than this. Tarzan and the Sultan are coming. Standish and his son return. The baby ostrich crawls in Bandy’s den. The baby comes out. Jane pulls the pendant from the baby’s mouth. Bandy had hidden the pendant in its den. Standish steals the pendant. Bandy bites Standish on the leg. Standish drops the pendent. Jane grabs the pendant and places it around her neck. The tribal crisis is diverted. End.

The fourth story is the fifth Jane story. The drawings are by an unknown illustrator. Jane is a rather attractive black haired woman. Bangwa Ali is impressive. The story is a silly tale of animals stealing a ruby pendant.

Jane’s Jungle Jewelry - directions for safety pin jewelry - 1p. - limited color

5th story “Tarzan the Courage of Pan-at-lee” - 12pp.
Type -- Rescue Om-at and the Wazdons - Saves Pan-at-lee

N’kima leads Pan-at-lee to Tarzan as she comes from Pal-ul-don. She explains to the Jungle Lord that a Ho-don priest has captured Om-at and five Wazdons while Ta-den was away. The evil Ho-dons are demanding all the grain from Kor-ul-ja as ransom.

Tarzan and Pan-at-lee sneak into A-lur. Tarzan climbs the tower where the captives are held. He pulls the captives out the tower by rope. Pan-at-lee whistles a warning. Tarzan and the Wazdons drop down and subdue the guards. Om-at is wounded in the leg. Tarzan has to carry Om-at to the gate. The guards are killed. Tarzan sends the five Wazdons towards Kor-ul-ja. He, Om-at and Pan-at-lee will head for Kor-ul-gryf. The Ho-dons track them with hunting dogs. They split into two groups to divert the Ho-dons.

They stop for Tarzan to rest. Tarzan realizes that since they are being trailed by hunting dogs they won’t be able to lose them in the rocks. Tarzan and Om-at ready themselves for a final battle. Pan-at-lee slips away and gets the Ho-dons to track her. Tarzan and Om-at finally realize Pan-at-lee is leading the Ho-dons away from them. A Ho-don club brings down Pan-at-lee. The Ho-dons throw her off the cliff and head for home.

Tarzan carries Om-at to the spot Pan-at-lee went over the cliff. He lowers himself down the cliff by a rope. He finds her caught in a monkey net. This saved her life. A Tor-o-don moves towards his net. Tarzan cuts Pan-at-lee from the net and has her climb the rope. The ape-man fights the Tor-o-don. They fall from the tree. Om-at pulls Pan-at-lee to safety. Tarzan calls for them to throw down the rope. The Tor-o-don was killed in the fall. As he reaches the top of the cliff, Om-at says that no one has ever killed a Tor-o-don. End.

The fifth story marks the first appearance of Pan-at-lee since A#4.6. This is the opposite of Tarzan and Om-at rescuing Pan-at-lee. This time Tarzan and Pan-at-lee rescue Om-at. The Wazdons, including Om-at and Pan-at-lee, have pointed ears and slanting eyes. A-lur is most impressive with its Florence-like domes. Om-at is captured by Ho-dons from A-lur. This is shocking. Surely Ta-den wouldn’t do this. Then we learn that Ta-den is away and a priest is responsible for the kidnapping. Another shock is the Ho-dons throwing Pan-at-lee over the cliff. But in the back of our minds we know that she will somehow be ok. Indeed, she is caught in a monkey net. The monkey net is a sticky spider-like web devised by a Tor-o-don. This seems like something that wouldbe beyond the capabilities of the beast-like man.

Jungle Rhythm - directions for making a tom-tom and wrist/ankle bells - 1p. - color

6th story “Brothers of the Spear Treachery in Aba-zulu” - 12pp.
Type -- Brothers of the Spear

The sixth story, “Brothers of the Spears Treachery in Aba-Zulu,” is the only Brothers of the Spear story in an annual. Because the Brothers stories do not in anyway derive from Burroughs’ work, it is not included in the synopsis or the dictionaries. It has wonderful drawings by Manning.

Game - Brothers of the Spear Fishing Game - 1p. - color

7th story “Tarzan The Lost Astronaut” - 12pp.
Type -- Helps Margaret Mackenzie Reach Civilization - Lost World (Valley of Monsters)- Dinosaurs

From Lutor Tarzan and Princess Loma witness a space capsule float down by parachute into the lake. They take a croc boat out to the capsule. Tarzan is surprised to find a female astronaut emerging from the capsule. She is Margaret Mackenzie. A Thipdar passes overhead. A plesiosaur attacks the boat. Tarzan kills it with an arrow. All these events astonish Margaret. They take her to Lutor. Margaret is anxious to get home. Tarzan thinks it better that she does not communicate with the outside world.

The astronaut is introduced to King Loban. They provide Margaret with some Lutorian clothing. Tarzan makes a brief attempt to explain the capsule to the King and Princess. Ellita reports to the Princess that the girl-from-the-sky will not eat and stares at the sky. Tarzan and the Princess go to her. Margaret feels like she is in a dream. She asks Tarzan to take her to civilization. Tarzan says that he will help her a month from now. He has a job to do in the Valley of Monsters.

King Loban, Tarzan, and the Lutorians leave for the valley by croc boat. They intend to seal the valley of Garths. The female Garths return to a valley to lay eggs. Meanwhile, Princess Loma learns some English. Margaret plots a map of Africa where she thinks she is. She talks the Princess into taking her across the Great Barrier Swamp by croc boat.

Tarzan and group of Lutorians protect the workers as they build a forty-foot wall sealing off the valley. The Garths attack. Tarzan starts the ring of brush on fire to keep the Garths at bay. They climb the wall and finish their work. Upon returning to Lutor they learn that the Princess took the stranger out in a boat. The crude sexton and map tells Tarzan that they are headed across the swamp. Princess Loma’s croc boat is broken and surrounded by finned dinosaurs. Tarzan and King Loban’s boat rescues them. Loma apologizes Margaret still insists on making it to Nairobi. Tarzan carries her through the trees. Days later he flags down a truck. The driver agrees to take her to Nairobi. Margaret thinks that no one will believe her. End.

The seventh story is the final Dell annual story. It is a return to Lutor last seen in Dell #112.1. Lutor is more impressive than ever and more Roman/Greek-like than ever. The most startling event is the discovering of a female astronaut, Margaret Mackenzie. (Valentina Tereshkova , cosmonaut from the USSR, becomes the first woman in space in June of 1963. Two years after this comic was published.) Margaret Mackenzie is young, attractive and intelligent. She demands to be taken home. Tarzan does not explain to her why he won’t take her for a month. Tarzan kills a plesiosaur with one shot. Everything looks just a little different because the artist is not Marsh. The Lutorians build an incredible architectural wall to seal the valley. Why didn’t they just push a pile of rocks into the valley instead of quarrying rectangular blocks? It is a very good tale. Except at the last possible minute Margaret changes her mind about telling people about her adventure. What changed her mind?

Color by Numbers - “High Riders” Boy and Dombie on a giraffe - limited color
Inside Back Cover: Pages from Boy’s Diary - back and white
Back Cover: - painted page - Tarzan, Boy, Jane, Dombie - color

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0850 Dell #1 Comparative Study
1551 Dell Tarzan Kill Tally
1529 Dell Tarzan 4-Colour 1947
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