volume17 1948-1949

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: seventeenth 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 17 1948-1949 with dust jacket from
7.11.1948 (922) to 9.10.1949 (970)
= 49 pages drawn by Hogarth (3 pages less than usual),
based on the novel of Edgar Rice Burroughs

in this penultimate volume, Hogarth's art has matured
to its full breathtaking magnificence; fleeing the Lahtians
and their king's cheetahs hot on their trail,
Tarzan falls prisoner to the savage Orang-Rimba tribe

the volume includes following episodes (number of pages):
- Tarzan in the land of Mua-Ao, part two: 26
- Tarzan and the Ononoes, part one: 23

1/ introduction by Robert Barrett: "continuity by Edgar Rice Burroughs?"
- Burrough's style was such that the reader was able,
with little difficulty, to project the events occurring
on the printed page to the screen of the reader's imagination,
the same applied to Tarzan's illustrators
- the influence of Burroughs on the comic strips of Tarzan
- Hogarth in this comic strip volume was partly assisted
by Al Williamson (pages 924-925-926) as well as
by John Celardo for a short time and
Rob Thompson was to script Tarzan's strips from 1947
on together with Burroughs for some sequences
- analysis on the appearance of Jane in Tarzan's Sunday Pages
(Jane introduced actually by Rubimor)
also some explanation about the origin and the behaviour
of the cast-aways in "Tarzan and the Ononoes"

2/ Tarzan and the land of Mua-Ao, part two 922-947 (26 pages)
on their escape, Tarzan and his companions meet Horta the boar
and the dangerous Orang-Rimba, the people of the jungle;
Tarzan is captured by a war party, however Rimali,
chief of the Orang-Rimba recognizes Timaru who
previously saved his life, and hastens to deliver Tarzan
condemned to death by the tribe witch-doctor (Totama)

Rimali recommends Tarzan to ask the Thalians = viking-like warriors,
enemies of the Lathians, to assist in the fight against the Lathians
>> p. 926 to note: the curious statue on top right of the page
>> p. 927 Tarzan at the stake
>> p. 936 Tarzan fights with his teeth against Numa, the spotted lion
being half-lion, half-tiger
(the vignettes in this page are brilliantly drawn)
n.b. for this fight, Tarzan is using his strong teeth,
his mighty arms and his sinewy legs
then meeting with Faraf, king of the Thalians
who accept to combat with Tarzan,
Tarzan penetrates the city of the Lahtians to destroy the arsenal
of their modern weapons before the overall onslaught, victory is complete
>> p. 944 just before the dawn, the jungle
lies quiet and peaceful before the battle

3/ Tarzan and the Ononoes (the cast-aways, based on the novel
" the fallen race" written by Austyn Granville (1892), pages 948-970 = 23

Tarzan is asked by a dying white man to save his daughter Barbara,
captive of the race of spheres: the Ononoe; on his way to the Ononoes,
Tarzan is assaulted by ape-like creatures (the tree-men or anthropoids)
>> p. 954 on his turn, Tarzan becomes a victim of the dum dum ape-dance
(for reference see previous adventures of Tarzan)

Tarzan succeeds in escaping the dum dum fate and later on,
saves the life of Wollo, chief of the tree-men creatures,
Wollo indicates Tarzan the way to Omolos, city of the Ononoes
>> p. 959 for the second time in this volume, Tarzan falls (again)
from a broken branch and is captured this time by the Ononoes
>> p. 960 the Ononoes creatures

the captured Tarzan is led to Molo, king of the Ononoes;
when trying to escape from his prison, Tarzan has to fight
against a a second Numa the lion and finally meets the girl Barbara,
however they are recaptured and both of them sent to the sacrificial stone
>> p. 966 a female Ononoe (who later on,
shall accompany Tarzan and Barbara on their flight)
>> p. 968 Tarzan the philosoph:
"birth is not the beginning, nor death the end"
luckily Wollo and his warriors manage in rescuing Tarzan and Barbara,
fight of the tree-men against the Ononoes
(end of the story in volume 18)
>> p. 969 Tarzan's powerful back side

>> again a very nice volume produced by Hogarth
with well-drawn human bodies and faces, the style is however
no longer as fine and precise as before but the colour
is perhaps given even more attention and especially
the dynamism in the graphics is present everywhere

the page's titles (logo) become also brighter during
the last two pages of the volume no longer showing Tarzan's head only
>> also a superb cover of the volume (Tarzan at the stake)

Copyright 2008 - 2024 G. Rudolf