Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs


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  1. Johanan Rakkav

    Johanan Rakkav GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    Ah, NOW we understand why he calls the one tribe “servile”. They are actually slaves. And guess what, Tarzan fans? It has nothing to do with Europeans or imperialism or colonialism. Nosireebob, it has something to do with an all-too-common reality in African history, blacks enslaving blacks. (And if you think that’s fun, wait until you learn about Muslims enslaving both Europeans and black Africans at different periods of history. The numbers involved will astound you.)

    I don’t mean to speak against any particular group of people here. This is a human problem and always has been. Only the justifications have changed.

    Meanwhile, not every mainstream-Christian missionary that went into Africa (or anywhere else) wanted to be the vanguard of political exploitation, far from it. To deny this is to deny reality. Human beings are capable of perverting any noble purpose but it helps nothing to impose a stereotype on the complexities of such dealings.

  2. Johanan Rakkav

    Johanan Rakkav GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    (we now return you to our regularly scheduled romp in the jungle…)

  3. Paula R.  Stiles

    Paula R. Stiles GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    @Johanan Rakkav

    Actually, European Christians enslaved Muslims during the Middle Ages, too. And plenty of them. And in case you never noticed, the Roman Empire was a European civilization that had slaves fight to the death.

    As for the missionaries, I knew several in Africa. I’ve heard from other RPCVs that they knew missionaries who were quite lovely, but every single one I knew was more than a bit…off. Not to mention seriously racist. Like it or not, missionaries were always embedded in the colonial mindset (They weren’t there for any reason but to promote Christianity and European culture) and that mindset strongly preferred local people who didn’t fight back. Once some of those “docile” people got enough education to turn into a threat, well, that was a whole different story. And not a nice one.

    It’s funny the idea that Africans enslave other Africans was what you took from it. What immediately leaped to my mind was “Rwandan genocide,” an event that was set up in large part by Europeans manipulating different tribes against each other. So much for the “nice” tribes, huh?

  4. riverhawk

    riverhawk GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    @Paula R. Stiles

    Local people who didn’t fight back……like some students
    In the Catholic High Schools of the late fifties and early sixties.

  5. ossiningaling

    ossiningaling said, almost 4 years ago

    That’s all very well and good, but it seems to me that Lady and the Missionary Man are interfering with capitalism! We built that!

  6. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    @Johanan Rakkav

    Yes slavery use to not be “race” specific either. The Romans enslaved everyone regardless oftheir appearance but the slaves could get educated and even purchase their freedom unlike chattle slavery where the enslaved are thought of less than pack animals.

    Colonialism had a several forms of slavery even after it was outlawed. The locals were always second class. That is the truth, to deny it denies reality.

  7. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    Forgot to mention that when the Christians took over the Roman empire they did away most education of the slaves and they could no longer buy their way out. They had become chattel under the enlightened “chosen people.”

  8. Polsixe

    Polsixe said, almost 4 years ago

    Whoa, just a comic strip folks…Tarzan will be opening a can of whoop ass corn on the Mambus.

  9. Quartermain MILLER

    Quartermain MILLER said, almost 4 years ago


    It seems to be the human condition to differ, we are all tribal to some degree, the friction and conflict to achieve power and dominance will persist as long as their is man.

  10. Buckster

    Buckster said, almost 4 years ago

    The hierarchy runs ‘me, mine, ours’ and will stay that way until some outside threat shows up and it becomes ‘us’ vs ‘them’…

  11. Katman

    Katman said, almost 4 years ago

    Just to “stay” on the subject: Did anyone watch Clint Eastwood’s speech at the RNC the other night……..?
    I guess I can go back to sleep now…..:)=

  12. Katman

    Katman said, almost 4 years ago


    Well stated in only two lines “Buckster”! :)=

  13. AlterEagle

    AlterEagle GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago


    Do you mean the debate between an empty suit and an empty chair? I think the chair won.

  14. cwreenactor

    cwreenactor GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    Today is the birthday of Edgar Rice Burroughs, born September 1, 1875.

  15. Katman

    Katman said, almost 4 years ago


    Happy Birthday ERB and Thank You for providing us with and jungle action/adventure hero still very popular after all those years!
    :)= UMGOWA!~!

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