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Tuesday, 29 March 2011


Not content back in 1963 with successfully battling a Nandi bear, in 1986 Tarzan encountered another of Africa’s cryptozooloogical heavyweights – the mokele-mbembe!

One of my many cryptozoological correspondents, the indefatigable Håkan Lindh from Sweden, who first brought the Tarzan-Nandi bear story to my attention (see here), informed me yesterday that the Tarzan Sunday comic strip ran a 12-issue story on Tarzan’s historic meeting with the mokele-mbembe, beginning in #2842 (2 February 1986) and ending in #2855 (20 April 1986). The story’s artist was Gray Morrow, and its writer was Don Kraar.

Unlike the Nandi bear, which was referred to within the story as a chalicothere yet was drawn as being entirely ursine in appearance, the mokele-mbembe is depicted exactly as described by real-life eyewitnesses. Namely, a long-necked, long-tailed sauropod dinosaur lookalike.

As I haven’t seen the entire run of strips constituting this story, I have no information to hand concerning the plot, or even how it begins and ends. So if anyone out there could post details, I’d greatly welcome them.


  1. Likewise X-Men (or was it Wolverine?) had a comic story that involves a scientific expedition to locate the Mokele-Mbembe, whether that was from the 80s or 90s I don't recall but I happened upon it at a friend's once.

  2. It was a storyline in the comic book "Punisher War Journal" #s 6-7 from June/July 1989. The story guest starred Wolverine who was looking to stop poachers. The Punisher takes on the alias of "Chuck Fort" to help with an investigation of Mokele-Mbembe in the Congo. It was drawn by Jim Lee and written by Carl Potts.

  3. The entire strip can be seen here:


    I'll be in Africa next month on my latest investigation in search of MM.

    John Kirk