volume 9 1939-1940

série: Tarzan Sunday Pages
dessinateur / scénariste: Hogarth Burne
éditeur: Flying Buttress EO 1994
genre: Aventure
classement: biblio1
date: 1994
format: cartonné avec jaquette
état: TBE
valeur: 30 €
critère: ***
remarques: ninth 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 9 1939-1940 from
17.9.1939 (445) to 8.9.1940 (496) = 52 pages drawn by Burne Hogarth,
based on the novel of Edgar Rice Burroughs, with dust jacket,
one of the longest continuities in this strip with the Van Boeren settlers
and the evil Vanger concludes and is followed by a stunning high point
in Hogarth's art as Tarzan encounters the magnificent fire kingdom,
the volume includes following episodes (number of pages):
- Tarzan and the Boers end of part two: 33
- Peoples of Sea and Fire part one: 19

no introduction
1/ continuation of Tarzan and the Boers, end of part two
on the search for Matea, Carlus is captured too by the ferocious Bulegas
>> p. 445 a clumsy Carlus indeed
but he is rescued by Tarzan whereas Vanger arranges a fake rescue
of Matea from the Bulegas and so get the favour of Matea

first unfriendly encounter of Tarzan with Vanger
who is now well introduced in Matea's family, later on
Tarzan visits the land of the baboons and makes friendship
with Bo-Dek, the baboon's chief by saving his son Bo-Dan from a wild leopard
>> p. 451 Bo-Dek killing also a leopard to help Tarzan

Vanger has by now discovered diamonds situated on van Boeren's land,
but in the territories of the baboons and to get the diamonds,
Vanger is beginning to kill the baboons with his rifle,
Tarzan's stopped him and ordered him to leave the country at once,
but Matea takes the defense of Vanger
>> p. 455 Mynheer Tarzan has some problems with Matea

Vanger's plan is now to marry Matea, murder Matea's family,
kill all baboons and get control of the diamond territories,
but for that he must first eliminate Tarzan;
again on the trail of the baboons, Vanger and his stooges kill Bo-Dek,
luckily Tarzan manages to rescue his son Bo-Dan which will by now
seek revenge for his father's death and will not forget Vanger's scent;
next Vanger puts his plan into action with a fire trap on Matea's family
and wrongly accusing Carlus of this attempt but clever Tarzan thwarts
Vanger's monstrous plan and unmasks Vanger's treachery,
Matea is desolate and asks Carlus to forgive her
>> p. 464 Matea's beauty

however Vanger succeeds in running away and in making new plans
with some desperados of a nearby rush-town, they kidnap Matea
and arrange a trap for Tarzan and Carlus who at once leave for saving Matea;
thanks to Bo-Dan the baboon which warns Tarzan of a disguised Vanger,
the trap failed but Vanger's escapes again taking Matea with him,
he will be soon catched up and shall die during a loyal
but fierce duel with Carlus, the true and faithful lover of Matea
>> p. 469 the Star of Africa hotel in the rush-town
>> p. 471 above right corner: the revolvers are missing!
>> p. 476/477 the duel between the evil Vanger and a Carlus only one-handed

>> quite a good episode with good colour and with very fine artistic drawing
which will however even be surpassed by the next episode
n.b. in that story not less that 4 leopards are killed by Tarzan!

2/ Tarzan and the peoples of the sea and of fire, part one
on his way back, Tarzan meets a group of peoples,
a race he had never seen before consisting of warriors
guarding prince Jagurt and princess Leecia who are a strange couple;
Tarzan is captured by the coward Jagurt but not before
making him feel Tarzan's justice!
Tarzan is led to a barge where he can again demonstrate
his great courage during a tempest fighting against the demon-fish;
then they arrive at the city of the sea and Tarzan is brought
to the old king and the high-priest Molocar who condemned Tarzan
to death by the demon-fish in the sacred lagoon

Leecia tries to save the life of Tarzan by leaping into the lagoon,
she is rescued by Tarzan but Tarzan himself is dragged down
by a submarine assailant to a secret temple,
Tarzan becomes the slave of Molocar and is told the story
of the peoples of the sea and of the fire,
Tarzan makes acquaintance of little prince Tanny, son of the king
of the peoples of the fire, taken prisoner by Molocar,
Tarzan succeeds in escaping taking with him little prince Tanny
>> p. 478 unflattering description of prince Jagurt
>> p. 480 Tarzan the mighty fighter
>> p. 484 the high-priest Molocar, another well-drawn face of a villain
>> p. 487 sea-fight against demon-fish
>> p. 488 sea-warriors in underpants!
>> p. 491 Tarzan will suffer the lash from no man
>> p. 494 escape through the water tunnel with prince Tanny

>> this is the beginning of probably the most exciting and
beautifully drawn story by Hogarth with a fantastic painting art and colour
together with a masterpiece of story-telling as well as a superb volume cover

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