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Volume 7575

By Bob Lubbers and Dick Van Buren

Tarzan and the Minians
1031-1050 (10 Dec. 1950-22 Apr. 1951)
ERBzine 7576: 1. December 10, 1950 ~ #1031
ERBzine 7577: 2. December 17, 1950 ~ #1032
ERBzine 7578: 3. December 24, 1950 ~ #1033
ERBzine 7579: 4. December 31, 1950 ~ #1034
ERBzine 7580: 5. January 7, 1951 ~ #1035
ERBzine 7581: 6. January 14, 1951 ~ #1036
ERBzine 7582: 7. January 21, 1951 ~ #1037
ERBzine 7583: 8. January 28, 1951 ~ #1038
ERBzine 7584: 9. February 4, 1951 ~ #1039
ERBzine 7585: 10. February 11, 1951 ~ #1040
ERBzine 7586: 11. February 18, 1951 ~ #1041
ERBzine 7587: 12. February 25, 1951 ~ #1042
ERBzine 7588: 13. March 4, 1951 ~ #1043
ERBzine 7589: 14. March 11, 1951 ~ #1044
ERBzine 7590: 15. March 18, 1951 ~ #1045
ERBzine 7591: 16. March 25, 1951 ~ #1046
ERBzine 7592: 17. April 1, 1951 ~ #1047
ERBzine 7593: 18. April 8, 1951 ~ #1048
ERBzine 7594: 19. April 15, 1951 ~ #1049
ERBzine 7595: 20. April 22, 1951 ~ #1050

The story is loosely based on some elements of ERB's Tarzan and the Ant-men novel.
Tarzan wanders into a strange valley and encounters a bull ape in combat with a horde of tiny ten inch tall warriors on miniature antelope. He kills the ape and rescues a small warrior and makes friends with Prince Dorak and his warriors of Minian. But Tarzanís arrival coincides with a major war campaign with the Tesmals, from another ant-men city. Tarzan joins them in battle and is overwhelmed by the vast force of numbers and taken prisoner. When he comes to he soon realizes that he has been reduced in size as he is led captive before the Tesmel king and the princess Zara. He is condemned to hard labor in the quarry with the other captured slaves. 

That evening he rescues a slave girl, Gazel, from the unwanted advances of a brawny slave. For fighting Tarzan is sentenced to a hundred lashes. He is befriended by other prisoners and learns that a scientist, Maro, is responsible for shrinking him. The next night after the beating and a day in the quarry Tarzan and Dorak overcome two guards, disguise themselves in their garb and rescue Gazel from Skar, the quarry master who has taken her for his own personal slave. After killing him in a sword duel Tarzan and his friends escape in an attic passage and exit in Princess Zaraís chamber. Before they can use her as a prisoner she triggers a trapdoor and the men fall into a pit with two civet cats that are full sized. Gazel and Zara then battle above and likewise fall into the pit. The two swordsmen kill the cats and find Maro in an adjoining cell, put there by the king who feared his downsizing experiments.

They break out and escape the city on fleet antelopes. Maro and Zara realize that they love each other and decide to return to the city and rule justly. Dorak departs to his own city. Tarzan learns from Maro that his diminutive size is only temporary and with that information heads into the jungle to battle his way back to his own African territory. In the ensuing weeks Tarzan battles or eludes many predators and after a sky battle with a hawk who has seized him, he regains consciousness on the ground aside the dead bird to discover that he has returned to his full normal size.

~ Adapted from Kenneth Webber's 2004 ERBapa article


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Thanks to Ron de Laat ~ Vern Coriell ~ Fred Lukas

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50:  1031-1050 (10 Dec. 1950-22 Apr. 1951):  Bob Lubbers/Dick Van Buren, [Tarzan and the Minians] (20 weeks)
51:  1051-1061 (29 Apr. 1951-8 July 1951):  Bob Lubbers/Dick Van Buren, [Tarzan and the Mad Scientist] (11 weeks)
52:  1062-1074 (15 July 1951-7 Oct. 1951):  Bob Lubbers/Dick Van Buren, [Tarzan and the Lion Emperor] (13 weeks)
53:  1075-1094 (14 Oct. 1951-24 Feb. 1952):  Bob Lubbers/Dick Van Buren, [Tarzan and the Panther Men] (20 weeks)

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