volume 2 1932-1933

série: Tarzan Sunday Pages
dessinateur / scénariste: Foster Harold
éditeur: Flying Buttress EO 1993
genre: Aventure
classement: biblio1
date: 1993
format: cartonné avec jaquette
état: TBE
valeur: 30 €
critère: ***
remarques: second volume edited by NBM/Flying Buttress
(NBM being America's first publisher of graphic novels since 1976,
located at New York with imprints such as Flying Buttress Classics
Library, Amerotica, Eurotica and ComicsLit) under the supervision
of Bill Blackbeard out of a sery of 18 volumes,
all being accurate reproduction of the Sunday Pages
in their full colour and in full size, each volume has about 52 pages,

n.b. the sources of these Sunday pages are mainly
from the Los Angeles Times and from the Milwaukee Journal
edited by UFS (United Features Syndicate)

volume 2 1932-1933 from
25.9.1932 (81) to 17.9.1933 (132) = 52 pages drawn by Hal Foster,
based on the novel of Edgar Rice Burroughs, with dust jacket,
one might subtitle this volume "Tarzan and the Gods of Egypt"
as Tarzan, questing through the jungle along with van Harben,
finds a portion of the ancient Egyptian civilization
still alive deep in the jungle;
disguised as the Ibis-headed God Thoth, he helps to restore
an Egyptian princess to the throne and to get van Harben out of trouble;
Egyptian magnificence makes for a wonderous showcase indeed
for the great Hal Foster, Bill Blackbeard covers Foster's
background in his introduction

the volume includes following episodes (number of pages):
- into the Primeval Swamp part 2: 8
the Egyptian saga, part one:
- the Monkey-Man: 16
- wrath of the Gods: 11
- children of the Sun God: 15
- Kamur the monster part one: 2

1/ preface by Ray Bradbury and notes by Bill Blackbeard
a) at the beginning Foster was not especially interested
to draw Tarzan (he considered comic strip as a low level creative expression)
and let Rex Maxon start the first strips (1929-1931),
but in view of the low quality of Maxon's strips and of course also
in view of financial prospects during the recession period,
he agreed to take over;
notes about Edwin Porges who wrote a book to study Burrough's career
with the title "the man who created Tarzan"

during the great depression, comics were profitable business
and Tarzan's strips caused an economical boom for advertisements
in newspapers and Tarzan's strips had a great success
as they were original, interesting and cheap!

b) study about the continuation of a comic strip by other artists
the work of other artists replacing the strips' originators
was usually mostly disastrous, the example of Tarzan's strips
being an exceptional acknowledged masterpiece during their continuation,
Tarzan's strips drawn by Foster were valued much better
than those of Prince Valiant's printed separately by Foster

c) analysis about last pages of volume 1 and first pages of volume 2
(into the primeval swamp) and also about the change of colour
between the white and the yellow Egyptian men,
then returning white on 19.2.1933

2/ the story (the Egyptian saga, part one)
in the primeval swamp and the swampy forest,
fight with the gigantosaurus and the tyrannosaurus
as well as with a stream of crocodiles and a black panther
>> p. 16-10 the gigantosaurus
>> p. 23-10 the savage Tarzan and the savage tyrannosaurus

Tarzan is helped by a mysterious little white (then yellow) monkey-man
and afterward confronted by old Egyptian soldiers,
Tarzan and van Harben are captured by them and brought to the Egyptian city,
fight with the sacred apes of which Tarzan become the king,
meeting with princess Nikotris, daughter of pharaoh
and with Tutamken, the eccentric son of pharaoh
being the little monkey-man because he was raised among apes
(somehow like Tarzan), contested by the Egyptian high priests,
Tarzan must prove his kinship with the beasts
by swimming among the sacred crocodiles
>> p. 20-11 the little monkey-man as swift as Tarzan
>> p. 25-12 van Harben after his capture is shown practically naked
>> p. up to 15-1-1933 the white Egyptians
>> p. from 22-1-1933 the yellow Egyptians (as for Tarzan)
>> p. 5-2- the sacred golden Egyptian beetle
>> p. 12-2- Tarzan fits himself with crocodile's skin
to swim among them (Tarzan becomes a crocodile-man)
>> p. from 19-2-1933 Egyptians are white again
Tarzan leaves the Egyptian city but princess Nikotris
on search for Tarzan is captured by a giant-ape,
then saved by Tarzan who is now retaken prisoner by the Egyptians
who want to make him their God,
Tarzan escapes again but for retaliation,
the Egyptians get van Harben to be sacrificed to their god Moloch-Bal,
Tarzan comes back to save van Harben, struggle of Tarzan
with the Egyptian high priests, Tarzan disguises himself
as the Ibis-headed God Thoth (see book cover)

Nikotris becomes jealous of Tarzan and afterward is captured
by a mysterious black monster,
Tarzan goes on the trail of his ravisher
(end of part one of the Egyptian saga)
>> p. 2 up to 9-4-33 acrobatism through the air by Tarzan
with a rather sensuous Nikotris
>> p. 4-6-33 is Moloch-Bal really an Egyptian god? (error of Foster?)
>> p. 10-9-33 last page with van Harben who is leaving with his beloved
>> p. 17-9-33 the mysterious black monster

n.b. in this first volume, Tarzan still wears half a cloth,
but from volume 2 on he will now wear only a loin cloth
(the part of the body on both sides of the spine
between the lowest (false) ribs and the hipbones),
meanwhile he has also dropped his necklace

>> a very good volume, this Egyptian saga is abit naive,
but still of quite good interest with dynamic and dramatic development
and a super graphic art, especially during the first half of the book,
the second part being not as good in quality drawing
(change of newspapers?) but nevertheless this second volume
shows a high quality in Forster's art of drawing

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