I was most pleased to finally get hold of the first two volumes of Dark Horse's reprints of Gold Key's classic series "Brothers of the Spear". This smart and forward-thinking adventure serial ran successfully for years and years in the back pages of Tarzan of the Apes.
For those who might not know the the story as begun by Gaylord Dubois and drawn by Jesse Marsh tells of Natongo the son of a Zulu chieftan who finds a sturdy comrade and "brother" in Dan-El, a wayward white prince. These two men who both lose their kingdoms swear loyalty to one another and proceed to present quietly the profound message of two men of different ethnic backgrounds working together for the common good. It's a potent message told with little attention to the utterly transforming visual in the early 50's of a white and black man working side by side in harmony.
|Gaylord Dubois and Jesse Marsh|
|Gaylord Dubois and Russ Manning|
A third and final volume is due out this winter. I for one cannot wait. If you cannot wait either check out this link.