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Tarzan In The Land That Time Forgot & Pool Of Time (1997)
Fiction Review by The Gravedigger

Tarzan In The Land That Time Forgot & Pool Of Time (1997) This graphic novel collects Russ Manning's two works from 1974. In the first story begins on a ship, with a guy named Van telling Tarzan the tale about his girlfriend, Lya. It seems that Lya's father was shipwrecked on Caspak, fell in love with a native woman and escaped with her. She's returned there to find out her origins. Now, her boyfriend and Tarzan make it to the island. They scale the steep cliffs, fight off a flying pterosaur, which carries off Tarzan. Van is left alone and has to fight off vicious pig-like animals. Tarzan escapes from the flying reptile only to see a group of primitive men chasing a blonde haired cave woman-and this turns out to be Lya. She recounts that she discovered the cavemen-and the strange, tingly pool that they bathe in. But she's carried off by a more primitive humanoid and finally managed to escape when Tarzan met up with her. Van and Lya are reunited, Tarzan is almost killed by geysers-and we're introduced to a more advanced people who ride striped horses. Fortunately they are friendly-and the trio decide to stay with them for a while.

In the next story, THE POOL OF TIME, we're introduced to the flying humanoid Wieroos. During a celebration Lyra is carried off when they swoop in. Van is injured, so Tarzan takes it upon himself to go after her. They're on a nearby island and he must steer a raft amongst the violent prehistoric sea creatures. He comes upon their island just as a Weiroo drops another captured woman into the ocean. Tarzan saves her from drowning. Soon, they come across the ship's crew (the ship that brought them to Caspak) fighting a T-Rex, which they shoot to death. The crew welcomes them, only to be attacked by the Weiroos, which fly off with Tarzan and the woman. He's brought to their wood and skull constructed city. The Wieroos are all males and need females to reproduce, hence all the kidnapping.

This is a cool book, combining two of my favorite Edgar Rice Burroughs creations-Tarzan and the lost land of Caspak. The Tarzan depicted here is much more like the animated TARZAN LORD OF THE JUNGLE cartoon from the 70's rather than the recent Dynamite incarnation. Highly recommended.

By Russ Manning

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