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Tandra Page 980, April 20, 2008

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I have loved Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan character since forever. As I was growing up, Tarzan was one of the three most recognized fictional characters in the world along with Sherlock Holmes and Superman. All that is changed, partially because of Political Correctness (Burroughs was a man of his time in matters of racial perception, but not overly bigoted. Still, none of his African Native types are depicted as doctors or lawyers.) Also, with more accurate knowledge of the true African continent, we have come to realize the Africa in which Tarzan thrived does not, and probably never did, exist. Thus the required Suspension Of Disbelief demanded to enjoy a Tarzan yarn is now more difficult to come by than in years long past.

Be that as it may, I still enjoy setting back for an evening with a Tarzan novel. Which brings us to “The Treasure City Of Tandra” just now gathering steam in the Weekly Tandra Pages in the exclusive Tandra Brigade Members’ Section. Casting about for a Tandra Story I wanted to tell, I thought about an early Tarzan Tale titled “Tarzan And The Jewels Of Opar”. So it is I decided to rehash the famed Tarzan epic with “The Treasure City Of Tandra”. Not that this tale will be in any way an exact duplicate of the Burroughs novel, but will rather be a distant relation more of inspiration than of outright copy.

Any of you who wish to see from where the inspiration comes and what, if anything I have simply stolen are encouraged to locate and read the original “Tarzan And The Jewels Of Opar” or any other of the some two dozen Tarzan books written by Burroughs. They are not so easy to come by as in the days of my misspent youth, but you can probably find paperbound versions from Amazon Dot Com or several other likely suppliers.

Agnon may not ring any bells with new inductees to the Tandra Universe, But the old time fans will remember him from the first couple of years of Tandra when I was producing the strip for ink and paper publication. I’m having considerable fun bringing back characters who have not been visible for years and presenting their older versions.

It is obvious from Agnon’s words he makes no connection of the Lady Kenia with the Flame Goddess, Alishaine, though Galon and Kenia most certainly do. Alishaine comes courtesy of one Libby Singleton in response to a rather obvious blunder on my part. As when Agnon first knew Galon, the Earthian was searching for one Princess Kenia, the same Kenia who currently shares his life. Kenia was, in fact, recently come to be queen of what remained of the greatest empire of Tandra. No one Galon met at the time had a clue as to where this Princess Kenia might be found. In retrospect it makes as much logical sense that no one on Earth would know who is Laura Bush. Certainly some one, probably Agnon, could have revealed to Galon the object of his heart’s quest was queen of an important empire.

But they would not be so knowledgeable if Kenia chose a royal name, as is done by occasion on Earth, and was known to her people by the royal name while her personal birth name remained less well known. When I explained this dilemma to Libby Singleton upon the occasion she was writing a video treatment for Tandra, she originated “Alishaine” as the royal name Kenia would use in her public appearances. Thus it became less implausible Galon would have no luck in his months of searching for a princess he identified as Kenia. As to the name Alishaine itself, I am infatuated with it and wish I had used that name for the princess Kenia from the beginning!

Next week; Tandra Page 981 titled “Alishaine.”

See ya then.

May the sun always shine on your parade.