Dr KARL SHUKER

Zoologist, media consultant, and science writer, Dr Karl Shuker is also one of the best known cryptozoologists in the world. Author of such seminal works as Mystery Cats of the World (1989), The Lost Ark: New and Rediscovered Animals of the 20th Century (1993; greatly expanded in 2012 as The Encyclopaedia of New and Rediscovered Animals), In Search of Prehistoric Survivors (1995), and more recently Extraordinary Animals Revisited (2007), Dr Shuker's Casebook (2008), Karl Shuker's Alien Zoo: From the Pages of Fortean Times (2010), Cats of Magic, Mythology, and Mystery (2012), and Mirabilis: A Carnival of Cryptozoology and Unnatural History (2013), his many fans have been badgering him to join the blogosphere for years. The CFZ Blog Network is proud to have finally persuaded him to do so.

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Wednesday, 20 March 2013

TARZAN'S SON AND THE NANDI BEAR

The issue of Gold Key's 'Korak Son of Tarzan' comic featuring his confrontation with the Nandi bear (Gold Key)

In a previous ShukerNature post (click here), I stated that as far as I was aware, the only comic ever to feature Africa's most ferocious mystery beast, the dreaded chemosit or Nandi bear, in a starring role was the March 1963 issue of Gold Key's 'Tarzan' - in which Edgar Rice Burroughs's most famous creation confronts and conquers the rapacious cryptid originating from Kenya's dense Nandi forest. This comic had been brought to my attention by Swedish Facebook friend and folklorist Håkan Lindh.

Now, Håkan has revealed an equally exciting sequel-style discovery - a second comic starring the Nandi bear. Moreover, keeping the history of cryptozoological confrontation in the family, as it were, the comic in question is none other than the April 1969 issue (#28) of Gold Key's 'Korak Son of Tarzan'!

As illustrated on its front cover (the picture that opens this present ShukerNature blog), the story is entitled 'Flight From Doom', and this time the Nandi bear is terrorising a race of mini-people, but is thwarted by Tarzan's son, Korak - only for the mini-people to turn on him! There's gratitude for you! Thanks for informing me of this second Nandi bear-featuring comic, Håkan!

The issue of Gold Key's 'Tarzan' comic featuring his confrontation with the Nandi bear (Gold Key)

2 comments:

  1. there was also a Nandi Bear (presented as a real bear) in an episode of one of Tarzan's back-up series, BROTHERS OF THE SPEAR. I am going to guess all three stories were written by Gaylord DuBois, as he had a hand in all three comics and wrote them for a long time--but I can't be certain. BROTHERS OF THE SPEAR was the first comic to feature both a black and white hero simultaneously--not as one sidekick to another, but as equals. So if my theory is right and DuBois did write all three stories, there was at least one person out there who knew about the Nandi Bear.

    Greg Gick

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  2. Lol the Nandi bear with cocker-like ears, this would make it a cute Teddy yet a dangerous one ! Like some other crypto-enthusiasts I think this creature may emcompass in fact 2 animals with very alike outward appearances : a Mustelid, possibly a honey badger and a bear with very powerful jaws, able to crack open skulls when needed :
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/15559929
    http://hodarinundu.deviantart.com/art/Hyena-Bear-Nandi-Bear-or-Agriotherium-415539913

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