volume18 1949-1950

série: Tarzan Sunday Pages
dessinateur / scénariste: Hogarth Burne
éditeur: Flying Buttress EO 1997
genre: Aventure
classement: biblio1
date: 1997
format: cartonné avec jaquette
état: TBE
valeur: 30 €
critère: ****
remarques: eighteenth and last 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 18 1949-1950 from
16.10.1949 (971) to 17.9.1950 (1019) = 49 pages drawn by Hogarth
(the 4 last pages drawn by Lubbers), based on the novel
of Edgar Rice Burroughs, with dust jacket

here is the final volume in NBM's massive undertaking
of reprinting the Tarzan Sunday running from Foster to Hogarth,
Hogarth outdid himself in this last year before quitting
in a disagreement with the syndicate,
Blackbeard provides a final salute in his introduction

the volume includes following episodes (number of pages):
- Tarzan and the Ononoes, part two: 2
- Tarzan and the adventurers: 38
- Tarzan's last hunting:9

1/ introduction by Bill Blackbeard "it's a full house"
- many letter from the readers, finally the full-page size
(without the additional details, anyway not of great importance,
on half-pages) prevailed, some readers even asked
to publish Celardo and Lubbers pages
- some readers also confirmed that ERB illustrations were
the best reproductions of any comic strip ever printed
(in any case better than the ones published by French editor Soleil)
- Hogarth is also greatly honoured for his post-book "Tarzan of the Apes"
with the beautiful jungle foliage, apes and ape-man action figures,
Hogarth was also the founder of "the School of Visual Arts",
further studies are "Dynamic Anatomy" and "Dynamic Light and Shade",
no other artist could acceed to this perfect drawing
(Hogarth was possibly the Michelangelo of the comic strip!)
- also included in the introduction is an illustration by Paul Power
and Steve Leialoha rendering homage to Hogarth and Burroughs

2/ Tarzan and the Ononoes, part two pages 971+972 (2)

victory of the tree-men over the Ononoes, while Tarzan
is liberating Barbara and say farewell to his new friends

3/ Tarzan and the adventurers p. 973 to 1010 (38)

Tarzan is relaxing with his friends, the Masai and their chief N'Koba,
Tarzan is honoured with a great hunt against Simba the panther
and Numa the lion; during this hunt, Tarzan saves the life
of two white adventurers: Cleveland and Baker
>> p. 974+975 Tarzan's fight against Numa the lion
= beautiful paintings and for the first time a half-page vignette
but what happened to Barbara and the Ononoes maiden?

the two pseudo-scientists are looking for an herb used to cure malaria,
but in fact they are treasure-hunters, a treasure hidden
in the Dagombas' land which is forbidden to enter for all strangers

Tarzan promises to intervene for them with Mabuli, chief of the Dagombas,
but without waiting for Tarzan's return, the adventurers penetrate
the lake with their ship and are soon assaulted by Mabuli's warriors;
finally on Tarzan's request, the attack is avoided and Mabuli agrees
to let the white men enter his land but only under Tarzan's supervision

Chaka, the witch-doctor of the Dagombas, soon discovers
the purpose of Cleveland and Baker and proposes to give them
the treasure gold on the condition they help him to get rid of Mabuli

while searching for the treasure in the lake, Cleveland's diver
tries to drown Rundi, Mabuli's son who is swimming in the lake,
but Tarzan happened to hear the aid calls of Rundi
and succeeds in saving the life of Rundi

following Chaka's treachery, Tarzan is painted with an invisible ink
a snake on his chest which will be revealed when contacted with water
and researching the cause of Rundi's drowning,
the snake's sign appears on Tarzan's chest and he is discredited
with the Dagombas who want to sacrify him to the pit of the sacred snakes
>> p. 989 Tarzan is striked by Chaka's drugs
>> p. 993 Tarzan's fight against the Dagomba warriors
>> p. 997 Tarzan's escape

after his escape, Chaka and his two white friends decide to eliminate Mabuli
by challenging him with the test of the sacred snakes,
again by slyness, Mabuli is bitten by the snake while Chaka got unharmed

however Tarzan succeeds in saving Mabuli and finds refuge
with his loyal Masai warriors and with their assistance,
Mabuli's health is restored, the Dagombas are defeated
and the two adventures punished
>> p. 998 Tarzan's use of the jungle foliage to hide

4/ Tarzan's last hunting
p. 1011-1015 by Hogarth (5) and 1016-1019 by Lubbers (4)

Tarzan continues his quest towards the Rimba-Azur,
there he meets two zoologists trying to capture alive one rhino
and one gorilla for the Winchester zoo;
Tarzan agreed to help them capture the rhino but not the gorilla
as they are his blood-brothers
>> p. 1015 the terrible yet magnificent brute of a rhinoceros
(last page of Hogarth)

after having captured the rhino, Tarzan is advised by little Nkima, the monkey
that Bolgani, the giant gorilla has gone mad and Tarzan agrees
to also have Bolgani captured;
afterwards Tarzan leaves his friends for new adventures
which will no longer be the subject of new volumes by ERB
>> p. 1016 Tarzan drawn by Lubbers wears now a neck lace!

n.b. not much explanation is given about Tarzan's friendship
with Rawson the hunter
and in that last episode is Tarzan not somehow
breaking the law of the jungle?

>> anyway another but last beautiful volume of Hogarth's Tarzan
with a superb drawing of the jungle foliage, Hogarth's style is now
at his best, even more dynamic and lavishly drawn, full of shades,
colours and in style giving even more dynamism as before
and never matched by any other artist

5/ last note from editor = farewell from Bill Blackbeard

the closing of this 18th volume of Tarzan's series
is the last one published over a period of 4 years and a half,
the classic graphic of the Sunday Pages having been reproduced
as close to first-printing newsprint hues (= colours) as possible

n.b. the last two pictures in the enclosure
are two pages drawn by Lubbers

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