Harry Shorten & Lin Streeter
Joined Mighty Crusaders:
Kalthar is not a member of the Mighty
Zip Comics #1, February 1940
Kalthar, chief of the
Urganas, protects the jungle’s denizens. When
Kalthar's father dies saving the Urganas from Arab slave traders, the Urganas
raise the boy as one of theirs. They name him Kalthar, which in their language
The wizened old man, his white hair a stark contrast to his ebony
skin, rocked slowly in the rocker, made by his son, on the porch of
the small wooden house as soft music wafted from a radio inside. He
squinted in the noon-day sun as he watched his son and grandchildren
work the fields. Much has changed for the Ugarnas since he was a
lad. The tribe used to live in the jungle and hunt for their food.
Today, they live in houses and farm and buy or trade for meat at the
A young boy, his youngest grandson, played on the ground near his
feet. The old man watched him pensively for a few moments. The boy
noticed his grandfather looking at him. He spoke.
“Tell me the story, Grandfather, “ he begged. “Tell me again the
story about the giant man.”
The old man smiled. His grandson, Ta-Lo never tired of hearing of
the saga of Kalthor, the Giant Man, and he never tired of telling
He motioned for his grandson to climb up onto his lap. The boy
obeyed and snuggled against his grandfather's chest.
"Back then," he began, "the Uraanas lived in the great forest near
the great river man calls the Congo. Our people were hunters and
warriors. There was always much danger. Some of the danger came
from white slavers from the north. It was the result of one such
raid that begins the saga of Kalthar the Giant man...."
When a white child is orphaned in Africa when his father losses his
life freeing a tribe of black Africans, the Urganas, from Arab slave
traders, Ta-Lo, the Urganas medicine man, raises the infant and
gives him the name of Kalthar. Kalthar, in the Urganas tongue it
Kalthar grows strong and learns the language of the beasts, whom he
befriends. As he becomes of age, Ta-Lo makes Kalthar the chief of
the Urganas and gives him magic gains. A red gain, when swallowed,
allows Kalthar to grow to 15 feet. The green grain returns him to
normal. Adding this power to his already formidable strength and
abilities, Kalthar becomes a jungle legend “not even Mano, the
elephant when mad dares to fight” him.
Shortly after a wounded Uraganas warrior gasps out a story at the
feet of Kalthor. A band of Arab slavers are raiding villages in the
jungle. Kalthar decides to go after the slavers. Meanwhile on the
outskirts of Urganas land the Arab chieftain is warned by one of his
men that the land of the Urganas is protected by the giant white
man, Kalthar. The chief is arrogant: "Let him come. I've had
enough of meddling. I'll finish him quickly enough."
Kalthar hurries to the slavers walled encampment at giant size (15
feet), but nearing it surmises that he might be easily seen at this
size and the slavers may kill the the slaves. So, he swallows a
green grain to which reduces him to normal height so that he can
sneak into the slavers hideout. However, a hidden Arab sees the
change and rushes back to tell his chief. When Kalthar leaps the
wall he is quickly beset upon by the Arabs who were prepared for his
coming. He fights desperately, but the odds are too great and he is
captured. The Arab chieftain mocks him telling Kalthar that
theUgarnas is the next tribe he will capture and send to the slave
market. Kalthar answers the chieftain in his own language. The
chief threatens ot tear out Kalthar's tongue and imprsions him, to
be executed later that night.
Later, the chieftain approaches Kalthar and tells him he will spare
his life if Kalthar tells him the secret of his growth. Kalthar
refuses. He is tied to a tree where natives are forced by the
slavers to throw spears in his direction in order to frighten him
into telling his secret. Kalthar lets out a mighty yell: "Kai..a-a-a,Kai..a-a-a,
Kai..a-a-a P-i-i!" His friends, the apes, hear his call and rush to
his aid. Mano the elephant also hears and responds.
The Chief orders his men to shoot Kalthar. The jungle man speaks to
the natives in there own tongue, telling them who he is and that if
they let the Arabs shoot him they will be sold at the slave market.
Just then Butah, the monkey arrives. Kalthar instructs Butah in the
monkey's language, and the monkey removes a grain from Kalthar's
hair, dropping it into his master's mouth, as Mano crashes through
the village wall.
Kalthar instantly grows to his fifteen foot height, and escapes his
bonds. The Arabs fire upon him, but the bullets bounce off. Then
he wades into the Arabs. Finally, he grabs the chief, who begs for
mercy. Kalthar tells him to leave the jungle and never return, and
threatens his life should he ever come back.
Shortly, the natives bow before Kalthar and he tells them that
though they are not warriors like his Ugarnas, they must learn to
fight for themselves.
Kalthar returns to the Ugarnas village where he informs Ta-Lo that
the slavers have been driven out. (Zip Comics #1)
Kalthar's second adventure (Zip Comics #2) begins with a
blast--literally. Kalthar is at his 15 foot height and wrestling
playfully with Mano, the Elephant amidst a heard of elephants when
there is a sudden explosion near them. The elephants scatter, being
picked off by white hunters and native bearers alike. On of the
native bearers makes mention that the "white god" has been killed in
the blast. The leader of the raiders is gratified about that.
But, Kalthar was only stunned. Upon awaking, after the hunters have
left Kalthar finds only one survivor of the deadly raid, the herd
leader. Kalthar swears that he will avenge his elephant friends.
Kalthar sends forth Ugarnas warriors to find the location of the
raiders camp, and soon, after shrinking back to normal size he sets
out for the camp, swinging through the trees. He finds the raiders
already on the move toward their next raid. Waylaying one of the
bearers, Kalthar learns that the raiders are headed for a popular
elephant watering hole. Racing ahead through the trees, Kalthar
reaches the water hole before the raiders and warns the elephants.
He tells them that he is there to protect them, then retreats to a
tree limb to wait in ambush for the raiders. The raiders arrive,
and using the same plan as before hurl sticks of dynamite into the
heard in order to scatter them. Kalthar leaps from the tree grabs
the dynamite before it explodes and hurls it back at the elephant
hunters. It explodes in the midst of them. Kalthar, about to
consume a red grain to grow to his 15-foot size, is stunned when a
bullet grazes his head.
Hurling another stick of dynamite into the midst of the herd the
hunters begin firing their weapons causing the elephants to stampede
in the direction of the fallen Kalthar. But, Kalthar regains
consciousness, takes red grain and flings himself on the dynamite,
successfully smothering the blast. With the help of the elephants,
Kalthar defeats the hunters. He decides not to kill them, and
allows the elephants to carry the raiders out of the forest wrapped
in their trunks.
Next (Zip Comics #3) Kalthar meets the woman who will eventually
become his wife. While playing in the trees with Butah, the monkey,
Kalthar hears a woman's voice shouting for help. Investigating, he
sees in the river an overturned canoe with a white woman clinging to
it and three natives swimming away as a group of Mago, crocodiles,
hurry toward the woman.
Kalthar swallows his red grain and dives into the midst of the
crocs, battling them until they tire, unaffected by their
razor-sharp teeth. He then takes the half-drowned woman onto
shore. He's never seen a white woman before and is amazed. He
grabs one of the woman's bearers threatening him for deserting her,
and questioning him as to where the woman came from. The native
agrees to take Kalthar to her camp. Meanwhile Kalthar consumes a
green grain and reverts to his normal size.
When Kalthar nears the camp carrying the unconscious girl one of the
men at the camp fires at him, grazing his head.. During the coming
weeks, Kalthar, near death, is nursed back to health by the woman,
Kate. As he improves, Kate teaches Kalthar English. Finally well,
Kate's father, Professor Goodwill, tells Kalthar he is seeking the
golden tablets in the lost land of Kybys. Kalthar agrees to lead
the expedition. However, Kathar's attending does not sit well with
Professor Goodwill's two assistants who plot to get rid of him.
Along the trail, as they near their destination, two lions appear
out of the brush, threatening them. Kalthar lunges at the male to
engage him. As Kalthar battles the lion, Professor Goodwill's
assistant, John, who was the one who shot Kalthar earlier, readies
to shoot him. Kate steps up and deflects the rifle, causing John's
shot to kill the other lion. Kalthar kills the lion he'd been
Days later they come upon the lost city. As some of the party dig
for the tablets, Kate urges Kalthar to return with them abroad.
Kalthar tells her that his home is in the jungle, and urges her to
stay with him.
John and the other assistant uncover the tablets of pure gold.
Their greed gets the better of them and John knocks out Kalthar from
behind with the butt of his rifle. The two assistants tie up
Kalthar, Kate and the Professor, and attempt to tip a dome that is
resting precariously atop a ruined tower. In the meantime, Kalthar
awakes. He urges Kate who his near him to wriggle herself into
position to remove a red grain from his hair. She manages to do
this with her mouth and drops the grain from her mouth into
Kalthar's mouth. The grain takes effect immediately, shooting
Kalthar to fifteen feet, enabling him to easily break his bonds.
Just as the two men succeed in rolling the dome off of the tower,
Kathar catches it and heaves it into the fragile tower, sending it
crumbling, burying the two traitors.
Kalthar leads Professor Goodwill and Kate back to the outskirts of
civilization. There Kalthar tells Kate that he is sorry to see her
go. Kate tells him: "Sometime, somewhere we shall meet again."
Zip Comics #4 finds the Urganas returning from a hunt deep in the
forest. Kalthar praises them for their prowess and hunting skills,
but one of the tribe, Bwonga, is apprehensive. The tribe has
ventured further into the forest than ever before and he believes
they may be in the Land of Shem. Kalthar tells him that Shem is a
fairy tale of their fathers, and even if the story of Shem is true,
Kalthar does not fear them.
No sooner are the words spoken than men with bows and arrows appear,
dressed in Egyptian apparel. Kalthar has no time to take a red
grain before the hordes are upon them. The hunting party is slain,
except for Kalthar who is bound, and Bwonga who manages to escape to
get help. As, one of the men of Shem prepares to slay Kalthar, he
is stopped by another who tells him that Kalthar would make a good
sacrifice for the sun-god, Shem.
Kalthar is loaded onto a stretcher and borne for hours deeper into
the forest. Along the way the leader of the band taunts Kalthar about
Shem soon drinking his blood. To which Kalthar responds that he
"fears not." Soon they enter the village march to a stately
building, and present Kalthar before their Pharaoh. The Pharaoh
knows of Kalthar. He wants Kalthar killed so that the jungle will
belong to Shem; so that their will be more blood to sacrifice to
Kalthar is ordered to bow before the Pharaoh, but refuses. This
enrages the Pharaoh who orders him whipped. Even with his hands
tied behind his back Kalthar is able to subdue his attacker. Then
he swiftly attacks the Pharaoh. Holding the Pharaoh in a neck lock
with his legs, Kalthar demands to be untied while threatening the
king's life. He is untied, but just as quickly hit over the head
and knocked unconscious. Then he is dragged away and secured to an
upright altar as the sacrificial rites begin.
Regaining consciousness, Kalthar lets out a jungle call. The call
falls on the lone ears of Bogdu, the ape, who rushes to the city of
Shem. Dodging a hail of arrows the ape reaches the altar before the
sacrificial blow is struck. The priest stands in dismay as Bogdu
rips apart Kalthar's bonds, just an arrow pierces the beast's side.
Kalthar hastily swallows a red grain and immediately grows to 15
feet. He lifts the altar to hurl at the priests as soldiers of
Shem, riding elephants race to subdue him. Kalthar wades into them
lifting and toppling the elephants. But even his great strength is
no match for the entire army of Shem, and they soon overpower him.
Then, just in time, Bwonga and the Urganas warriors arrive to aid
Kalthar and rout the hordes of Shem.
Soon, back in the village, Ta-lo ministers herbs to Bogdu. Kalthar
is glad to know that the ape will live.
Urganas returning for a hunt (Zip #5) are set upon by "strange
creatures, half-black, half-leopard" who rend and tear at the
Urganas with their claws. Those who are not killed are taken
prisoner. One of the hunters, though, manages to escape, and at the
village tells Kalthar of the attack.
Kalthar instructs the warriors to send out a rescue party. He will
follow in the trees. Soon, the rescue party is attacked by the
leopard men. Kalthar dives from the trees to aid the tribesman.
Spurred on by their chief's ferocity the men conquer their fears and
defeat the leopard men. Questioing one of the leopard men, Kalthar
learns the whereabouts of the village. Donning one of the leopard
men's leopard skins and instructing the Urganas not to follow,
Kalthar heads for the village in disguise. He slips into the
village undetected and waits until dark to carry out his plan.
While waiting, he recognizes Abdul the Arab, who is now high priest
to the leopard men tribe.
That night under the shade of darkness when the moon slips behind a
cloud, Kalthar insinuates himself into the ceremonies. Abdul plans
to kill all the Urganas, and then take care of Kalthar. As the
leopard men offer the Urganas as sacrifice to the sacred leopards,
Kalthar strikes. Leaping through the flames, he kills one of the
leopards, but, at the urging of Abdul, is immediately set upon by
the leopard men. Before Kalthar can swallow his magic grain he is
Bound and facing Abdul, Kalthar vows that this time he will not
spare the Arab's life. Abdul laughs in his face. It is Kalthar
that is to die. Abdul holds the leopard men in his thrall be giving
them trinkets and liquor. They obey his commands. Abdul plans to
sacrifice Kalthar to the leopards. Then the the jungle and its
slave trade shall belong to him. Kalthar is thrown, bound, into the
He lands on his feet, and before the leopards have a chance to
strike, Kalthar tells them in their language who he is, and orders
them to free him. If they do, he will set them free, also. The
leopards hesitate. Then, as the leopard men look down in amazement,
the leopards docilely gnaw at Kalthar's bonds.
Unbound, Kalthar quickly consumes a red grain and grows to fifteen
feet, just as a hail of spears glance off his inpenetrable skin.
Kalthar frees the hunger-maddened leopards who proceed to attack the
leopard men. Kalthar and the Urganas aid the leopards in battling
the leopard men. Abdul flees in the confusion. The leopard men
surrender. Kalthar forgives them upon their vow to live in peace
with the Urganas.
Later, in the Urganas village, the leopard man doctor and Ta-Lo
become blood brothers.
Zip #6 begins with Kate Goodwill parachuting from a burning plane
over Africa. In two different areas of the jungle Kalthar and his
enemy, Abdul the Arab, witness the scene. Kate's landing arouses
the attention of two gorillas who start to make off with her.
Kalthar attacks from the trees. While he battles one of the
gorillas, the other runs off with Kate. But, Abdul arrives and
shoots it. Victorious over his foe, Kalthar decides to track the
gorilla who fled with Kate. In the meantime, Abdul has taken an
unconscious Kate to his camp. He plans to hold her for ransom.
Knowing that Kalthar will be searching for Kate, Abdul also plots
his revenge against the jungle man.
On the trail, Kalthar realizes that the gorilla's spoor is replaced
by a man's. As he races toward the direction of Abdul's camp, the
Arab lies in wait to ambush him. As the jungle man nears, Abdul
shoots toward him before Kalthar realizes the danger. The jungle
man falls and Abdul closes in to make sure that he is dead. But, a
terrific thrashing in the branches above him scares him off. Butah,
the monkey has chased away the assailant. Kalthar soon rises,
having received only a scalp wound from Abdul's bullet, and takes up
the trail again. Outside Abdul's camp, Kalthar bides his time until
As night comes Kalthar devises a plan to enter the camp. Taking a
red grain to increase his height, Kalthar bends back a sapling. The
sapling bent double and taut as a bow, Kalthar straps it to a tree.
Then, regaining his normal height, Kalthar mounts the sapling and
cuts the bonds. It snaps upward launching him like an arrow shot
from a bow. He flys into a group of natives in Abdul's employ.
Abdul, inside the tent with the bound Kate, hears the ruckus outside
and rushes to investigate. While Kalthar battles Abdul's Arab
cohorts and the natives, Abdul brings Kate from the tent.
Threatening her life, Abdul commands, Kalthar to surrender. To save
Kate's life, Kalthar does. He is quickly bound on logs set up as a
spit. A fire is lit near him in an attempt to burn him alive. But
Kalthar lets out a mighty yell, which attracts the attention of
Karna, the leopard. As the leopard calls back, the natives flee,
terrified at the beast's cry. Karna arrives and dives into the
natives. Meanwhile Kate unties Kalthar, who, after swallowing a red
grain, joins the leopard in the battle. During the fray, Abdul is
thrown into the fire, by Kalthar.
Afterwards, Kalthar asks Kate why she is in the jungle. She tells
the jungle man that her father is in trouble and only Kalthar can
As Zip #7 opens Kate explains to Kalthar that her father is being
held prisoner by some white men who are torturing him to find the
secret to a diamond vein he discovered in an ancient city. Upon
consulting with Ta-Lo, Kalthar finds out that Urganas who had been
thought killed in a hunt are actually enslaved to these whites who
are using them to dig mines. Kalthar leaves with Kate to free the
Urganas and her father. Warning about the white men's guns he tells
the others of the tribe not to follow him. After Kalthar leaves
some Urganas warrior try to convince Ta-Lo to let them follow.
Ta-lo refuses their request.
After several hours, Kalthar picks
up the white men's spore. He is attacked by a boa constrictor,
however, before he can proceed any further. Kate, of course is
powerless to help. Struggling, Kalthar manages to free one arm from
the reptile's grasp, and somehow frees his knife, which he stabs the
snake with repeatedly until it is dead.
After resting from the ordeal,
Kalthar and Kate continue their journey and soon reach their
destination. Kalthar leaves Kate on the outskirts of the city while
he hunts for food. Meanwhile, inside the city French explorer
Pierre LeBrun and a compatriot decide to leave the city to get more
slaves to work the mines. Kate leaves her hiding place and is
captured by LeBrun and his henchman. She calls out for Kalthar to
no avail. However, LeBrun recognizes Kalthar's name from the tales
he's heard, and decides to hold Kate hostage to capture Kalthar.
Returning from his hunt and
finding Kate missing, Kalthar follows the trail into the city. When
he arrives he sees Kate tied to a stake about to be whipped by one
of LeBrun's men. Kalthar rushes forward, knife in hand to attack
the man. Kate warns him it is a trap, but too late. LeBrun attacks
Kalthar from behind with the butt of a rifle.
LeBrun and his men tie the unconscious Kalthar down to the ground
with stakes. They throw and dead Urganas warrior down on top of
him and leave them for the buzzards. As the vultures gather at the
scent of the dead warrior one of LeBran's men rushes excitedly to
him shouting about a tribe about to attack them. The Urganas
decided to follow Kalthar after all. They are no match, however,
for LeBrun's machine guns and many of them are cut down.
While the Urganas are being
slaughtered the buzzards descend. As one prepares to peck at
Kalthar, the jungle lord turns his head, causing the vulture's beak
to rip the panther hair, which binds the magic grain to Kalthar's
hair. Turning his head further, Kalthar manages to scoop up the
grain from the ground into his mouth. He instantly grows to giant
size, bursting his bonds. He races towards LeBrun's men, who shoot
at him with no affect. He hurls the hoods at the Urganas who finish
them off. However, LeBrun escapes in the melee.
After freeing Kate's father and the other Urganas, Kalthar resumes
his normal size. Professor Goodwill tells Kate that they will leave
the jungle for civilization immediately. Kate tells him that her
place is there, in the jungle, with Kalthar.
A tribal council convenes. They
are there to rule on Kathar's taking of Kate as his mate. (So
begins Zip #8.) Kalthar is told that tribal law forbids the
"God-son" to take a mate. They tell him that Kate must go. Kalthar
relays the message to Kate, and says that he will go with her. Kate
tells him to stay because the Urganas need him more. So, Kalthar
has Mano, the elephant transport Kate out of the jungle.
Later, as Kalthar watches the sun
set, his heart longing for Kate, he sees Mano, but alone. Kalthar
races to him. The elephant informs Kalthar that when he reached the
shining mountain he was attacked by little brown men (this is what
the text says, but the men as pictured look about the size of
Kalthar at his normal height) who stole the girl from him. Kalthar
mounts Mano who leads him to the place where he lost Kate. Kalthar
tells Mano that the Urganas tell legends of the shining mountains
that are inhabited by a strange tribe.
Leaving Mano, Kalthar proceeds across a wooden bridge spanning a
gorge. Light shining from the mountains blind him and sap his
strength. On the other side, nearly exhausted, he is attacked. He
fights hard, but is overcome, his strength having been sapped by the
blinding light. The men take him to a strange city and present him
to their white Queen Loha. The tribe speaks a language Kalthar
understands and he commands the queen to let him go. Of course she
takes umbrage at Kalthar’s daring to command her. She tells him
that he will never be set free. Kalthar defies her again and
demands she tell him where Kate is. Because of his defiance, Queen
Loha has Kalthar secured to a stake overlooking an arena. There
below, on the ground is a bound Kate. A gate slides open and two
roaring lions emerge. Kalthar easily breaks his bonds and dives
into the pit, knife in had. He kills one lion, but breaks his knife
in the process. The second lion springs. Kalthar nimbly dodges,
then leaps upon the creature's back. Wrapping an arm around the
lion's throat, he squeezes until the lion is dead. Kalthar
consumes a red grain and spurts to 15 feet. He grabs Kate and leaps
out of the pit with her. The brown men attack, their spears
glancing off his impenetrable skin. With Kate in his arms, Kalthar
decides to flee instead of fight, swearing the brown men will pay
for what they've done. Crossing to the other side of the bridge
Kalthar stops. The brown men are pursuing him. As they are
crossing the bridge, Kalthar unlooses it from its moorings, sending
the bridge and the brown men into the chasm.
Resuming normal size Kalthar returns to the land of the Urganas with
Kate. On the outskirts, he tells Kate that his people must accept
Kate and let Kalthar take her as his mate or Kalthar will leave
them. Kate pleads with him not to do so.
More trouble rears its head in Zip
Encountering a river, Kalthar
tells Kate that they will save much time by crossing instead of
going around. He swallows a red grain, and with Kate clinging to
his back, he traverses the river at giant size.
Nearby, LeBrun and his safari march toward the Urganas village.
LeBrun tells a henchman that there is much ivory and slaves to be
had if they can only get rid of Kalthar and the Urganas. They are
met on the road by one of their scouts who reports to LeBrun that
he's spotted Kalthar and a white woman. The scout leads the way to
Kalthar and Kate emerge from the river and Kalthar resumes his
normal size. Unknown to them LeBrun watches from the underbrush.
He gives an order, and suddenly a tribe of warriors is upon them.
Kalthar meets the attack with Herculean strength. In the confusion,
Kate escapes. Kalthar succumbs to the odds overwhelming, and is
bound in a net. Realizing that Kate has escaped, LeBrun shows
little concern, figuring she'll die in the jungle. He has his real
prize. He plans to use Kalthar as bait for the Urganas. When they
come to rescue him, LeBurn plans on dynamiting the ground beneath
them. Kate, who is hiding in the brush, overhears. She must warn
Later in the Urganas village a
warrior meets his death via a spear in the back. Another tribesman
notices a note attached to the spear. It is written the Urganas
language and tells of Kalthar's capture. He takes the note to
Ta-Lo. The witch doctor realizes that the note is intended to draw
them into trap, but decides they must take the risk in order to
rescue Kalthar. Meanwhile, LeBrun has his bearers lay dynamite
along the trail that the Urganas have to travel.
Further along the same trail Kate races to head off the Urganas.
When she spots them she shouts a warning. Some of the warriors
refuse to listen to her deciding that she has already caused too
much trouble. But as she tells Ta-Lo about LeBrun's plan, the witch
doctor takes heed. She has a plan, and tells the Urganas to wait
until nightfall to carry it out. That night, under cover of darkness
the Urgansas dig up the explosives that LeBrun's men planted on the
trail. They smuggle them into LeBrun's camp, burying them there.
At dawn, the Urganas and Kate begin their march toward LeBrun's
camp. Nearby, LeBrun waits for the guard’s signal letting him know
when the tribe is close enough for him to set off the dynamite.
When the signal comes, LeBrun hits the plunger, wreaking havoc in
his camp as the dynamite explodes around them. The repercussion
from the blasts sends Kalthar, bound in a net, into the rapids of
the river. The force of the water loosens his bonds. He's able to
burst loose, but is being carried along toward a waterfall.
Struggling against the current, he finally manages to make his way
onto a boulder. From his spot on the river, Kalthar sees the
Urganas who are not faring well against the guns of LeBrun's remaing
forces. Kalthar searches for his grains, but discovers they had
been washed out of his hair by the strong current. So he lets out a
mighty jungle call for help.
Soon a tribe of Butah (apes) arrive. Kaltar orders them to form a
chain from a branch of a tree that overhangs the river. Grabbing
hold of the closest apes hands, Kalthar holds on tight as the apes
swing back and forth like a pendulum, swinging Kalthar to the
shore. Once on land, Kalthar exacts vengeance, wading into LeBrun's
men. Frightened, LeBrun makes a desperate leap into the river
rapids. He is overcome, however, and carried over the waterfall
where he is dashed to death against the rocks.
LeBrun's safari is soon vanquished. Kate is glad to see Kalthar
alive; and, Kalthar likewise. Kalthar tells Ta-Lo that Kate is to
be his mate even if it means that he must leave the Urganas
forever. But, Ta-lo, sees no need for that. Since Kate saved the
tribe she proved that she was a fitting mate for Kalthar. Later in
the Urganas village, Ta-lo performs the sacred marriage ceremony,
and Kalthar takes a mate.
The old man’s voice trailed off.
He looked down at his grandson. The boy was sleeping peacefully in
his arms. He didn’t know how long the boy had been sleeping since
he’d been so engrossed in telling his tale. The radio had changed
from music to news. Refugees were fleeing from the Sudan. There
was an attempted coup in Nigeria. The old man sat and rocked and
thought pensively. Many things had changed over the years, he
thought, but it seemed that some things never change. Too bad there
wasn’t a Kalthar the Giant Man around today.
Powers & Weapons:
Kalthar can grow fifteen
Zip Comics #'s 1-9
TEXT BY: John Packer
MICRO BY: CopperAge and