volume 4 1934-1935

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: fourth 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 4 1934-1935 with dust jacket from
25.9.1934 (185) to 15.9.1935 (236)
= 52 pages drawn by Hal Foster based
on the novel of Edgar Rice Burroughs

the Waoiris bring Tarzan to their tribe as a white God,
but there is already a "white God" in command there
who seeks no company, he orders the tribe
to detain Tarzan for his own devious purposes

the volume includes following episodes (number of pages):
- Tarzan and the mysterious Maiden part two: 11
- Tarzan Against Dester Molu: 25
- Tarzan and the Vikings part one: 16

there is no introduction to this volume

1/ the story
in this episode, Bohgdu has become Tarzan's ally
fire breaks out on the vessel with the menagerie
and the wild jungle animals get free while the ship wrecks
on the island Ramalek, then Tarzan and the princess Mihrama
are taken prisoners by Dester Molu, an ancient sailor,
now white God and ruler of the Waioris tribesmen,
combat against the Waioris
>> p. 189 Dester Molu speaks with "tongue of fire"
(being a revolver)

n.b. first page of the album Hachette "Tarzan"
but without Tarzan's companions (princess and sailors),
the Hachette edition is however badly cut down and
in a rather kiddish version
>> p. 193 Tarzan is closed in a cage
>> p. 199 Tarzan never surrenders (only in exceptional occasions)

finally Tarzan succeeds in escaping with the princess and the sailors,
but while he let them leave without him for the princess's kingdom,
Tarzan and Bohgdu remain to put an end to the career
of the foolish Dester Molu and
>> p. 202 in a fierce battle, Bohgdu the ape strangled
Dester Molu to death
>> p. 204 Tarzan becomes then the new white king of the Waioris
and uses a gun (= the magic "fire thing" for the natives)
as a symbol of his power

arrival of Sybil Stoneley, the woman-aviator who crashed
with her plane in the jungle, the arrogant woman causes
some problems to Tarzan and she even succeeds
in taking Tarzan's place as the ruler of the Waioris
but afterwards regrets her action, she delivers Tarzan
and both of them with Bohgdu the ape launch a raft
to the sea so escaping the fierce Waioris warriors
>> p. 210 up to 216 Tarzan is again confronted with
the witch-doctors of the Waioris who sentence Tarzan to death
>> p. 219 fight of Tarzan against the sharks during the sea travel

the team then arrived on a piece of land where they meet
Thorik the viking warrior with whom Tarzan becomes friend
in order to fight Erik the Red who seized by surprise Thorik's throne
>> p. 221 2-6-1935 = beginning of the episode with the vikings,
prelude of Foster's Prince Valiant
>> p. 221 2-6-1935 the blood-brother ceremony
>> p. 222 I judge we are now on the mainland of Africa,
a land that hides many mysteries, Tarzan dixit

Tarzan saves Thorik's girl Sigreda off the hand of Erik the Red,
but the woman becomes jealous of Sybil who tries to attract Thorik,
Sigreda decides to leave for her father Ruvald, king of Thalgaard
and disappears into the dark dangerous jungle of the cannibals
>> p. 231 Tarzan looked on helplessly utterly lost
in this swirling whirlpool of confused human passions

on her pursuit, Tarzan (without Thorik and Bohgdu)
is captured by the soldiers of king Ruvald,
meanwhile Erik the Red attacks Thalgaard and Tarzan feels
obliged to fight with king Ruvald against Erik the Red
>> p. 234 to 236 the sea-battle between the Thalgaard armada
against Erik's fleet

>> compared with volumes 2 and 3, this one is not
as finely drawn as the previous ones,
the plot is also not particularly exciting but possibly Foster
was now busy with the creation of Prince Valiant
(which is reflected in the episode of Tarzan and the vikings)
and was less interested in Tarzan's work, however he did quite
an excellent story with his last episode "Tarzan and the city of gold"
which was finished by Foster on 2.5.1936
and then taken over by Burne Hogarth

n.b. one can at least not criticize Foster for not including
female elements in his stories; except in volume 1,
all other volumes contain various female characters

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