The adventure pulps of the first half of last century didn't lack for "cities of gold", usually surrounded by dense jungle in Africa, the Dark Continent, or South America, its western counterpart brimming with lost civilizations: Toltec, Aztec, Mayan, and Incan.
Edgar Rice Burroughs, creator of Tarzan, created several lost
cities and he was far from alone: Charles Beadle, A. Merritt,
Edmond Hamilton, and a host of others over the decades, mined this
rich vein of fantasy fiction. Some literary historians maintain it
all began with H. Rider Haggard's classic novel She.
Later, the last of the pulpsters were obliged to turn their hands
to other writing assignments – movies, television,
paperback originals, and comics. The pulpsters, by the nature of
their calling, had been experts at fiction recycling. Not
surprisingly, the lost city, although it had almost died out as a
theme in adult literature, tended to make an occasional appearance
in the new media.
Our Sunday Comic this week is an adventure of The Legend Testers,
Rollo Stones and Danny Charters, who have appeared in the Tainted
Archive twice before. They were part of the lineup in the British
weekly comic Smash!, which was perhaps more heavily under the US
fantasy influence than other UK comics of its time, as we've
recorded on earlier occasions. The story is complete in four
lively pages from Smash! Annual 1968, scripted by Keith Chapman,
better known today as the western novelist Chap O'Keefe.
Remember click on any image for a larger version and be sure to read the post prior to this for even more Chap O'Keefe.