volume15 1945-1947

série: Tarzan Sunday Pages
dessinateur / scénariste: Hogarth Burne
éditeur: Flying Buttress EO 1996
genre: Aventure
classement: biblio1
date: 1996
format: cartonné avec jaquette
état: TBE
valeur: 30 €
critère: **
remarques: fifteenth 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 15 1945-1947 with 52 pages from
9.9.1945 (757) to 25.11.1945 (768) = 12 pages drawn by Burne Hogarth,
2.12.1945 (769) to 3.2.1946 (778) = 10 pages drawn by Rubimor
13.4.1947 (840) to 3.8.1947 (856) = 17 pages drawn by Rubimor
10.8.1947 (857) to 2.11.1947 (869) = 13 pages drawn by Hogarth
based on the novel of Edgar Rice Burroughs, with dust jacket,
in this volume, Hogarth leaves the strip on 25-11-1945
only to come back to it in 1947, we present this work
along with enough of his replacement's "Rubimor's" work
to tie up stories neatly within the interruption by popular demand;
look for a special extra volume (volume 15B)
to read all of Rubimor's work in between Hogarth's stints

the volume includes following episodes (number of pages):
- Tarzan against Orizu Khan, part two (Hogarth and Rubimor)
- Tarzan and Dallas Doyle, against Ka-Gor, part one (Rubimor)
- Tarzan against Ka-Gor the devil-god, part two (Hogarth)

1/ introduction by Bill Blackbeard "decision in the fifteenth,
a knockout by Rubimor", the Rubimorphs (Rubimor's fans)
were persuasive enough to let reprinted to its full extent
the gap filled by Rubimor between the two Hogarth's series
(from 12.2.45 to 3.8.47), this reprint will be effected as follows:
a) Rubimor's strips finishing the story of Hogarth after his departure
and initiating the second story of Hogarth
upon his return in colour with volume 15
b) Rubimor's main body work (p. 779 10.2.46 to p. 839 6.4.47
= 61 pages) in black and white with volume 15B,
this volume 15B is published so that not to disturb the numerical set
of Foster's and Hogarth's fans (this being really
a typical way of life by American collectors)

n.b. Rubimor's style is definitively inferior to those of Foster,
Hogarth and Manning but superior to those of Celardo and Maxon

readers will also have to decide whether:
a) volume 18 (last one) will print
Tarzan's Sunday half-pages vertically or horizontally
b) a volume No. 19 about John Carter of Mars should be published

2/ Tarzan against Orizu Khan, part two
p. 757-768 (12 of Hogarth) and p. 769-778 (10 of Rubimor)
trapped in the valley, Tarzan is assaulted by Orizu's bowmen,
but as usual he has no difficulties to escape
whereas Kurdu and his warriors are taken prisoners;
in order to assist Kurdu, Tarzan will now on his own
retrieve Kurdu's symbols of authority: the sword and sceptre
from the valley of ages, meeting with the old man,
but to get those symbols, Tarzan has to undergo a test
>> p. 760 the ancient of the rugged valley of ages
>> p. 762-764 fight against Barak the giant warrior
who can only be beaten by Tarzan's agility and quick mind

Tarzan finally gets the sword and the sceptre, he has however still
to cross the wide desert to reach the city of the khan
>> p. 766 fight against the voracious hyena
>> p. 767 the great pain of Tarzan at the end of the desert,
he is rescued by some Kurdu's partisans
>> p. 768 last page of Hogarth, Rubimor takes over

on his further trip, many of Kurdu's other townsmen are recruited by Tarzan,
meanwhile Kurdu is sentenced to death by Orizu Khan and his mate Sulama,
but Kurdu is saved just in time by Tarzan and his followers
>> p. 772 the lion pit with the lion pole

however Orizu Khan succeeds in escaping and tries
to murder Kurdu treacherously whereas Lurulai is kidnapped
by a warrior of Orizu Khan; Tarzan manages in releasing Lurulai
from the evil warrior Bulok and in his bedroom Kurdu
has eluded Orizu's attempt to kill him,
both Orizu and Sulama are sent to death
>> p. 778 (3.2.46) last panel strip of Rubimor
about the episode with Kurdu the Tartar,
the following Rubimor's strips will be printed in a separate volume No. 15B
>> p. 840 (13.4.47) to 856 (3.8.47) = 17 pages being the last strips
of Rubimor with the episode of Tarzan and Dallas Doyle

n.b. not only the design of Rubimor is inferior in quality,
but also the narrative (>> see volume 15B)

3/ Tarzan against Ka-Gor, the devilgod
first part by Rubimor p. 840-856 = 17 pages in colour,
first page "visitors in the night"

after rescuing Jane, Tarzan is now living with his mate,
when a sudden visit from Texas brings him into new adventures,
Dallas Doyle and her mother explain to Tarzan what they want from him:
to find back her father and husband who left Texas some time ago
to search for a diamond mine in Belgium Congo and never returned,
but already they are contacted by the witch-doctor who reveals them
that Dallas's father is still alive but captive
of the devil-god Ka-Gor on an island situated in the lake of blood

on their trip, the mine map is stolen by a rat-faced villain,
Tarzan is even knocked down and put to jail
for having offended captain Carlin, another villain;
however Dallas succeeds in liberating Tarzan from prison,
a little later on Tarzan meets an old friend, Lethor the lion
(now called Jad-Bal-Ja the golden lion)

on the way to the diamond mine, various short adventures in the jungle
do take place with beasts (one of them involving Tantor now a white elephant!)
and with bandits until finally our friends reach
the pygmies of the lake of blood
>> last page of Rubimor: ambush
>> p. 846 page of Rubimor with a new page title
and some change in design (3 strips instead of four in a page
and this new construction will also continue with Hogarth),
the design style of Rubimor is perhaps now trying to imitate
the style of Alex Raymond or of Hogarth, also in the last strips,
Rubimor tried to introduce large strips similar to those of Hogarth,
so far Rubimor had only produced same-size vignettes in his pages,
however despite all his efforts Rubimor's Tarzan work
in the last strips is a little catastrophe,
see the various physiques of Tarzan as well as
the worst vignette of all on page 852 (bottom right);
in any case it is interesting to compare pages 856/857 Rubimor/Hogarth
to note the differences between the two styles!
>> p. 850 at least some humor is introducted in Rubimor's pages
such as Tarzan and Dallas reaching a highway in the jungle
and a plane is now called a ship;
also in the story continued by Hogarth, Lethor the lion
will be dropped as well as Jane who will however reappear
in a next episode in volume 16

4/ Tarzan against Ka-Gor, the devil-god
part two by Hogarth, pages 857-869, 13 pages in colour
first page: the power of fear,
fortunately Hogarth takes over at page 857 and the difference
between him and Rubimor becomes very obvious,
the page title changes also again to its former construction

Tarzan and Dallas succeed in driving off the two villains Catlin and Mungo,
now they are faced with the devil-god Ka-Gor and to their surprise,
the god reveals himself to be Dallas's father retained
as a kind of prisoner by the high-priests of Ka-Gor!
they manage to leave the island of Ka-Gor just in time
before the three volcanoes become active
causing the total destruction of the island
>> p. 862-863-864 three beautiful vignettes with the fire
of the volcanoes and the water of the sea

a tidal wave hits their boat but, thanks Tarzan, Dallas and her father
remain safe while Tarzan disappears into the deep sea,
Tarzan is stranded on a river beach and is discovered
by the little monkey Nkima which warned Taran of an imminent peril:
the attack of a giant-crocodile
>> p. 867 the desperate combat of Tarzan against
the monster-crocodile, Tarzan is victorious but he is severely wounded
and he summons Nkima to fetch Tantor to rescue Tarzan
>> p. 868 Tarzan bleeding

Nkima goes on the search for Tantor spreading at the same time
the message through the jungle that Tarzan is dying
>> p. 869 the jungle in uproar (Numa the lion, Sheeta the leopard,
Hista the sly serpent and many other living creatures of the jungle)
as Tarzan, lord of the jungle, protector of the weak,
maker of the law and bringer of justice, is dying

>> a good volume about 50% Hogarth, 50% Rubimor
in respect of story and graphic, at least for Hogarth,
because Rubimor's work towards the end is developing
into a vulgar, simple and irregular design
and even the narrative is of poor quality

- front and back cover of the volume
- picture 1 Hogarth
- picture 2 last page of Hogarth "Tarzan against Orizu khan"
- picture 3 first page of Rubimor "Tarzan against Orizu khan"
- pictures 4, 5 and 6 of Rubimor
- pictures 7, 8 and 9 of Hogarth again

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