volume11 1941-1942

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: eleventh 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 11 1941-1942 with dust jacket from
14.9.1941 (549) to 6.9.1942 (600)
= 52 pages drawn by Burne Hogarth, based
on the novel of Edgar Rice Burroughs

Tarzan performs feats of unimaginable bravery to keep
the blindly valiant Ibeks from marching into slaughter
at the hands of the better armed Askaris
the volume includes following episodes (number of pages):
- Tarzan Against Dagga Ramba part two: 33
- Tarzan and the Fatal Fountain: 13
- Tarzan and the Barbarians part one: 6

1/ introduction by Bill Blackbeard
(the Sunday pages in world war II and after)
- during the second world war, Tarzan is confronted
by many other heroes as well as to the wartime shortage of paper
and sometimes Tarzan's strips are reduced to half-page size;
the result is that from 1943 on, Tarzan's design sustains some change
in the graphic due to the introduction of thick simplified lines
(instead of heightened fine lines), this will simplify
scenic or action details and make them more readable by enlarging figures,
thus reducing the quality of the graphic story elements,
the same applies to the narrative text
- as most of the readers were less concerned by these changes,
the syndicates were delighted to continue this practice after the war,
however many artists such of course Hogarth, but also Milton Caniff,
Crane, Hamlin and others, opposed to that practice
- fortunately some magazines such as the "Boston Globe"
and "the Reno Gazette" continued to publish Tarzan's strips
in full-page size which provided the strips
for the Blackbeard edition of Tarzan

2/ the story
a) Tarzan against Dagga Ramba, part two (p. 549-580)
king Kornak have given his life to cancel the pledge for surrender
of the Ibeks, on his side Tarzan manages in saving the Ibeks
from heavy damage by destroying the fire of the machine-gun
handed by the Askaris, but Tarzan fails to rescue princess Ta'ama;
even so the Ibeks have no chance to fight alone against
the modern weapons of Dagga Ramba's army, Tarzan seeks alliance
with the emir of Soufara but for reaching the forbidden city,
Tarzan try to persuade the beduins to give him a camel to cross the desert,
these are unwilling to annoy Dagga Ramba and Tarzan feels obliged
to capture one of their camels, however aware of Tarzan's plan,
Dagga Ramba has Numali sent for Soufara
in order to prevent Tarzan's action

Tarzan is overtaken by Numalli who shoots Tarzan's camel
obliging Tarzan to cross the desert by foot
>> p. 556 Tarzan's greeting to the beduins:
"salaam aleikum" (peace with you)
>> p. 562 Tarzan feels pity for his deadly wounded camel
>> p. 563/564 Tarzan's fight against the desert
and against the khamsin sand storm

having reached Soufara after great efforts, the emir of Soufara
ignores Tarzan's warning and is later on betrayed by Dagga Ramba
who keeps princess Ta'ama captive, Tarzan succeeds in delivering Ta'ama,
but Dagga Ramba's army start to beleaguer the city of Soufara
and against this army, Tarzan seeks again the assistance of the Ibeks,
of the beduins and of the veiled warriors

the battle ends with the death of Dagga Ramba and of sheik Numali,
and Tarzan leaves for new adventures
>> p. 577 the fierce veiled warriors (Touaregs?)
>> p. 580 the death of Dagga Ramba while afterwards Tarzan
is throttling two scoundrels clamping the neck of both of them
with his mighty arms, this to save princess Ta'ama of their grips

b) Tarzan and the magic fountain (p. 581-593)
hurtled down a stream of water, Tarzan lands on the floor
of a mysterious valley cut from the outer world where he meets
Olga, the young lady, Martius the dwarf
and the giant-men "Kolosans" (= the Titans);
Tarzan realizes that the valley is a natural prison
where live giant animals, Olga explains to him the mystery
of the valley in which her father, a scientist,
studies the element that makes animals grow bigger

the Kolosans show Tarzan the secret of the magic fountain
whose water doubles the size of living things and give them an evil spirit,
Martius the dwarf, manages to drink its water and becomes a giant evil beast,
however Tarzan, Olga and her father are prepared to leave the valley
with their aeroplane after having eliminated the evil Martius and his beasts
>> p. 583 Tarzan does not spoil his hands with the blood of a jackal
>> p. 586 the magic fountain with the god of evil power
>> p. 590 the fight between Martius the monstrous evil giant
and Tarzan the little-muscled man of the jungle
>> p. 592/593 fight on the aeroplane between Tarzan
and Buhl-Gan, the giant ape!

>> somehow a short special interlude episode
of no great interest but with a good graphic

3/ Tarzan and the Barbarians, part one (p. 594-600)
Tarzan leaves Olga and her father by springing from the aeroplane
with a parachute in order to rescue Jonathan, the RAF wing commander
who has crashed in the jungle with his plane,
however they found themselves marooned on an island faced
with Nahro, the hermit hunter as well as some fierce wild beasts
>> p. 594 Tarzan using a parachute
>> p. 595 Tarzan hunting the hunter
>> p. 596/597 the fight of Tarzan against the rhinoceros

finally Tarzan can get rid of the hermit hunter and with the help
of some fellow apes, he and Jonathan manage to leave the island,
but some other dangers are lurking ahead

>> again a good volume of Tarzan, especially the plot
with Dagga Ramba is well elaborated and abit of a new style,
influenced perhaps by the restriction of the war,
the episode with the magic fountain is just a temporary story
used as a kind of introduction to the next long-featured story
of Tarzan and the Barbarians where Tarzan will be confronted
with two civilizations and despite the war-time restrictions,
Hogarth managed to have his illustrations well drawn and coloured
remaining in full-size tabloid format
however the design is no longer as fine and meticulous as in
the previous years but still exceptional and attractive
>> see page 600 6-9-1942 for comparison

n.b. the French edition Hachette took some illustrations
from both episodes (magic fountain and barbarians),
but ignored the story of the magic fountain mixing it
into one story "Tarzan et les barbares" album No. 11

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