volume13 1943-1944

série: Tarzan Sunday Pages
dessinateur / scénariste: Hogarth Burne
éditeur: Flying Buttress EO 1995
genre: Aventure
classement: biblio1
date: 1995
format: cartonné avec jaquette
état: TBE
valeur: 30 €
critère: **
remarques: thirteenth 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 13 1943-1944 from
12.9.1943 (653) to 3.9.1944 (704) = 52 pages drawn by Burne Hogarth,
based on the novel of Edgar Rice Burroughs, with dust jacket

Tarzan is made prisoner by the sultan Kandulla
and is readied for a gladiator's meet; in a giant arena,
he will soon be pitted against the prize fighters
of a number of rival sultans convening for this special occasion!
the volume includes following episodes (number of pages):
- Tarzan against Kandulla part two: 7
- Tarzan against the Nazis, part one: 20
- Tarzan against Don Macabro: 25

no introduction

a) Tarzan against Kandulla part two: p. 653-659 (7)
battle to death, a mortal tournament for Tarzan
against three other champions from neighbouring realms being
the giant lion Lethor, the giant ape Boghdu and the giant human Groot Carlus
>> p. 654 Tarzan receives a massage before the combat

by strange good fortune, these three champions being the friends of Tarzan,
the combat in the arena does not take place of course,
but on the other hand Tarzan and his champions allies
do attack the sultans and force them to make peace;
afterwards, Tarzan had to listen Carlus' worries telling him
that German soldiers (nazis) have invaded the Boer's land
and Tarzan returns with Carlus meeting then
his wife Matea and his child Michael

b) Tarzan against the nazis, part one: p. 660-679 (20)
first encounter with the traitor Osmund Fahrbish at Jan's farm
together with a nazi invasion force (the land-sharks)
>> p. 662 Fahrbish's remark to Tarzan:
"jungle savages should keep quiet when their superiors speak!"

then the nazis provoke a war between the Boers and Mogalla's warriors
by killing one native warrior and kidnapping Carlus' son
and leaving indices accusing the two camps
>> p. 664 the nazi leader with his foggy glasses

however Tarzan succeeds in saving Michael and during this action
Osmund Farbish finds his mortal fate
>> p. 669 the mighty Tarzan strikes again

Tarzan stops the hostilities between boers and warriors
and prepares now a counter-attack against the nazis
who are completely defeated

after his success, Tarzan leaves his friends
and meets a dying American aviator who gives him before he passes away
a secret document to be delivered at some African Allied headquarters;
on his way to this destination, Tarzan will be faced
with a German stuka plane, with an earthquake, with a giant wild boar
as well as with a turbulent cataract,
but finally Tarzan manages to reach his objective
>> p. 674/675 the fight of Tarzan against the stuka with an improvised lasso!
>> p. 676 the hideous face of the giant wild boar

>> n.b. these two first episodes are of not great significance
and the graphic quality (especially the colour) is decreasing,
but still remains enjoyable for the reading
although a bit exagerated but with some touch of humour

c) Tarzan against Don Macabro p. 680-704 (25)
on his return journey, Tarzan discovers a slaves' trade
organized by Don Macabro, the great hunter, by whom he is taken
to his home where Tarzan is shown Don macabro's trophies of hunting
>> p. 680 fight against Sabor, the black panther and meeting
with Don Macabro showing a face of good and evil subtly intermixed
>> p. 681 the grinning skull fixed on a pike
at the entry of Don Macabro's castle
>> p. 682 the trophy room

further meeting with the giant Mord and the lovely girl Thaissa,
when however Tarzan dares defend the lovely girl,
he is taken prisoner and made fight a mighty bull
>> p. 684 wonderful drawing of a somehow nude (caused by the shade),
disarmed and shackled Tarzan together with a bull of magnificent proportions

after having played toreador, Tarzan on his flight with Thaissa
meets some slaves of Don Macabro who have rebelled
and he has to further fight a frightful sea-beast: the giant octopus;
after some further battles, Tarzan arrives at the garden of death
being a nightmarish jungle of twisting undulating flesh-eating plants
>> p. 694 the garden of death (a typical painting in the style of Hogarth)

nevertheless Tarzan succeeds in saving Kabba-Rana's life
who is the king of the enslaved people and father of Thaissa,
while Don Macabro dies in the forthcoming combats, but Tarzan has still
to challenge the formidable giant Mord, Don Macabro's body-guard
>> p. 699 the juvenile Tarzan after his victory on the giant Mord

and finally when leaving his new friends, Tarzan is confronted
with Bulak, the giant white ape, after having submitted
the outcast ape, Tarzan becomes his friend , however Tarzan is now
faced to a new problem caused by mysterious thundersticks
that frighten Bulak's tribe

n.b. kagoda = I surrender and hal-goda = I never surrender
(in the ape's language)

>> a rather interesting volume with short but valuable stories
and a good design, faces of men and beasts are as usual
particularly well drawn, the episode with Don Macabro
being the best of all three and may be a reminiscence
of Californian/Spanish history with a hint
for the conquistadores and toreadores!

n.b. picture in the enclosure: Tarzan on his faithful elephant Tantor
and with Nkima the little manu, his mascot monkey

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