The Mysterious Gordon: Jongor
By Dennis E. Power
In 1999, I sought to understand why the film version of Wild, Wild West was so different from the television series I had enjoyed as a child. The research I uncovered was examined in ďThe Wold Wold WestĒ.† It revealed the connection between the two James Wests and uncovered a familial relationship between the two Artemus Gordons. The original Artemus Gordon, that is the television version, was related to the Wold Newton family. His uncanny ability at disguise was shared by at least two relatives, his direct ancestor Henry Burlingame<![if !supportFootnotes]><![endif]> and Sir Percy Blakeney<![if !supportFootnotes]><![endif]> who was a distant cousin.
After ďThe Wold Wold WestĒ had been out for a while fellow Wold Newton researcher Mark Brown published ďThe Magnificent GordonsĒ a genealogical essay which expanded upon my researches into the Gordon family. Brown discovered that Flash Gordon, Commissioner James Gordon and his daughter Barbara, Francis X. Gordon (El Borak), Steven Rogers, Buck Rogers, Charlie Gordon, and John Gordon also known as Jongor were also members of the Wold Newton Gordons.
What Mark Brown did not know at the time he published his findings was that an unpublished fragment from the original edition of Doc Savage: His Apocalyptic Life also included Jongor but had a different ancestry than the one that Mark Brown had published. This fragment was discovered in Philip Jose Farmerís filing cabinet in 2007 and was published in Farmerphile No, 12, April 2008, accompanied by an explanatory essay written by Win Scott Eckert under the title of ďJongor in the Wold Newton FamilyĒ by Philip Jose Farmer.
Brownís genealogy Jongorís mother is Margaret
The fragment found in Philip Jose Farmerís filing cabinet shows a different lineage. In this Jongorís father was Robert Gordon who was married to Elizabeth Rivers.† This Robert Gordon was from the same branch of the family from which George Gordon, Lord Byron had originated. Jongorís grandmother had been Delhi Darcy, the grand daughter of Fitzwilliam Darcy and William Bennett, who were also present at the Wold Newton event. According to Farmer Robert Gordon was also related to Rob Roy, Young Lochinvar, and perhaps distantly to Farmer himself. In Farmerís genealogy, Jongor also had Wold Newton descent through his motherís side of the family. Elizabeth Rivers was the daughter of Patrick Rivers and Nyad Drummond. Nyad Drummond was the daughter of John Drummond and Oread Butler. John Drummond was the son of Sir Hugh Drummond and Georgia Dewhurst.<![if !supportFootnotes]><![endif]>
Shortly after this fragment was discovered I set about researching why Jongor had two lineages credited to him, and possibly to resolve the problem.
In both presentations of the lineage Jongorís father was named Robert Gordon and in both Jongor was descended from Sir Hugh Drummond and Georgia Dewhurst, although Brown has this descent through their daughter Antonia and Farmer through their son John.
Of course both cannot be correct, so which is the right descent? Ultimately, I think we must bow to the scholarship of the man who discovered the Wold Newton family tree and categorically state that Philip Jose Farmerís lineage is the right one.
Although Mark Brownís suppositions were incorrect they were not entirely wrong.† In fact, Mark Brown was very close to the truth, Margaret Dundee was Jongorís mother; but not his biological mother. She was his stepmother.
Brown had discovered, Robert Gordon, the son of Clifford Gordon was an American
pilot stationed in
As her pregnancy developed the pandemic called the Spanish Flu swept across the world. When her parents contracted the flu and quickly perished from it Margaret volunteered at the local hospital. Even while in the late stages of pregnancy, she helped out as much as she could. The hospital turned into her second home after Robert came down with the flu.<![if !supportFootnotes]><![endif]>
While Robert lay sick in the hospital he and Margaret were visited by another Robert Gordon. There had been a bit of confusion when this Robert Gordon had tried to check his flu stricken wife into the hospital. The front desk had insisted that Mr. Robert Gordon was already a patient. It had taken a while for the harried staff to understand that the patient in question was Mrs. Robert Gordon, not Mr. Robert Gordon.
This mix up had intrigued this Robert Gordon enough to look up the other Robert Gordon. Although they did not know how they were related they could see enough family resemblance to know that they were related. The visit was rather short since ďcousinĒ Robert had to check on his wife.
Both Margaretís husband Robert Gordon, and ďcousinĒ Robertís wife, Elizabeth Rivers Gordon carried Wold Newton genes. However in this case their superior genes were more of a curse than a benefit. Most people who experienced the same degree of illness as Robert Gordon or Elizabeth Rivers succumbed to this strain of influenza in a day or so, however both Robert and Elizabeth lingered for weeks as their bodies fought the virulent infection. Ultimately however both succumbed to the virus, although they suffered greatly as the disease ran its course.
Margaret gave birth to her son John during Robertís final illness and was still weak from child birth when Robertís condition worsened. Robert died never seeing his son. This blow devastated Margaret but when her baby son John developed the flu and quickly succumbed to it, the blow was almost too much to bear. In a short time she had lost her parents, her husband and her infant son.
there were hundreds of people who still needed medical help so she flung
herself into nursing duties, determined to see this pestilence defeated.
Elizabeth Rivers Gordon was among the patients she cared for. Cousin Robert and
his child visited
formed a close bond with baby John and offered to wet nurse him while
and cousin Robert gravitated towards each other as they consoled themselves
over the loss of their respective spouses. Caring for baby John helped Margaret
survive the loss of her own infant. Little John Gordon needed a mother and
Margaret needed a child so Margaret and Cousin Robert wed two months after
Elizabeth passed away. As the epidemic lifted, Robert and Margaret decided to leave
their tragic past behind and explore
to published accounts as they flew over an uncharted mountainous section of
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writer named Robert Moore Williams wrote a three volume series about Jongor,
John Gordon. Jongor was a nickname that he acquired as a toddler when he was
unable to say John Gordon. Although the short novels can be read singly the
trilogy depicts events which happen in close sequential order shortly after Jongorís
meeting of Ann Hunter who is searching for her brother. Eventually they find
her brother and all three undergo a series of adventures as they seek to escape
that unfolded in the three books is as follows. Alan Hunter a rich young
American disappeared while exploring
this Jongor helped them against the teros or
pterodactyls. In addition to pterodactyls, the
after Jongor joined the party they were attacked by whirlwinds. Attacked is the
correct word since the whirlwinds were specifically created to seek out and
destroy them. Jongor claimed that the Murtos<![if !supportFootnotes]><![endif]>
could control the weather and cause earthquakes. Varsey argues that perhaps
Jongor is controlling the weather with his crystal. Ann begins to doubt Jongor
so he leaves the party. Ann and her party were set upon by men from an airship.
The men are hairy, simian looking and have prehensile tails. These are the Murtos. Williams described them as being the decadent
offspring of the Murians who had created the
The Murtos lived in a large, decrepit city. They worship the shining god, the sun. They planned to sacrifice Ann to the Shining God.
the same scientist who stated that the Murians had
brought the dinosaurs to the
Jongor rescued Ann just before she was to be sacrificed. As they fled from the Murtos, they discovered her brother Alan whose imprisonment by the Murtos had left him a shell of a man.
point is revealed that Jongor had known all along that Alan Hunter was in the
Hofer and Varsey had discovered an ancient tower that generated and controlled
tornados. Hofer killed Varsey. He intended to use the tornados to wipe out all
life in the
killing Hofer Jongor started to guide Alan and Ann out of the
Just as he was about to tell them about the message, Jongor heard a noise he said was blackfellas, the term for Australian Aborigines. He went off to investigate. While he was gone a group of aborigines captured Ann and Allan. They had also captured two other white men. Jongor rescued all four. The other two men are Morton and Schiller.
Jongor tells Ann that he has to answer Queen Nescaís summons. She had rescued him from the teros after his parents had been killed. She had taken him to the city of the Arklans and taught him. However Ann is jealous that Jongor is so ready to answer the Queenís summons.
tried to talk him out of turning back since they needed him to get across the
desert outside of the
Not too distant from where Jongor and his party rested from their escape were a party of Murtos and one of the Arklans. The Arklans were centaurs, created in the laboratories of the Murians thousands of years before. The Arklan Mozdoc was the one who had sent Jongor the water message. He had done so at the bidding of the Murtos who paid him in diamonds.<![if !supportFootnotes]><![endif]>
Orbo, the leader of the Murtos reveals that he had a crystal similar to Jongor. This one had been used to control slaves. He used it to plant thoughts into the mind of Ann Hunter.† She left the camp and was captured by the Murtos. Jongor and Alan trailed after her. On her own Ann escaped from the Murtos but encountered some lions who gave her chase. She was rescued from the lion by Queen Nesca who used a heat ray weapon. Jongor trailed Ann to the Arklan city. Once Jongor arrived at the Arklan city he became involved in a civil dispute.
A faction of the Arklans wanted Queen Nesca to abdicate. Abdication meant death however. Jongor convinced her not to go along with this. Morton joined sides with Jongor and told Jongor that he and Schiller were Anarchists like Hofer. Nesca tricked Jongor and his friends into a tunnel that she closed behind them. She said that she had only told him that she would not accept the decision of her people. She had realized that her people had grown degenerate and that their time was up. As Jongor and his party left the city on a boat the Arklan city was shaken by a huge explosion and split apart by rivers of fire. It almost seemed as though an earthquake combined with an erupting volcano destroyed the city. There are two versions of what happened when Jongor had his final look at the Arklan city. In the original pulp story he thought he saw an image of a winged Queen Nesca flying above the city but was not certain if he imagined it or not. In the later novelized version as Jongor looked back at the city, he and the others saw Queen Nesca and several of her followers flying above the city. They had been transformed into winged centaurs.
As Moore related in Jongor Fights Back, upon leaving the ruined city, Alan, Ann and Jongor were accosted by the Murtos who have with them Calazao, a nine foot giant whom they have paid to capture Jongor. Jongor and the gigantic Calazao exchanged a couple of strikes. However when confronted with fifty Murtos and the nine foot giant Jongor decided that discretion was the better part of valor and made a strategic retreat. As he fled a thrown club bashed him on the head, and Jongo sustained amnesia.† Not remembering who Alan and Ann were, Jongor left them to be captured by the Murtos. Eventually they escaped on their own but got separated.
wandered about the
After escaping the dinosaurs the white hunters came across the Murtos who have once again captured Ann. Ann translated for them. The hunters made a deal with the Murtos to help them capture or kill Jongor. When Jongor reappeared, having recovered his memory, Ann warned Jongor about the ambush. Jongor escaped but returned with three meat eating dinosaurs. This time the hunters used Ann as a hostage to have him call these dinosaurs away.
allowed himself to be captured and everyone goes to the mining facility. There
was a large excavation at the bottom of which is a strange machine. Rouse and Gnomer found their way to the bottom of the pit through a
tunnel and turned on the machine. The Murtos believed
the sound was their Great Lost God. The Murtos wanted
to sacrifice Ann and Jongor to the Lost God. They resisted. A fight ensued and
at the end the two hunters and several Murtos are
dead.. Alan also showed up and was reunited with his sister. As they were
departing Calazao reappeared to attack Jongor, Jongor
sidesteps him and lets him fall into the pit. Ann, Alan and Jongor once again
head out of the
This is where Williamsí account of Jongorís adventures ends.
mentioned earlier, Robert Moore Williams was working with partial information,
however we have the benefit of sixty years of additional data about the Jongor
to Williams the
stated that the
air planes could fly higher than the cloud cover, so the tornados would not
have been a deterrent, a plane could have easily taken photos of the valley.
Plus by 1939 the topography of
The Gordons also seemed to have been the only human beings that
dwelt in the
Moore Williams is inconsistent as to whether the Blackfellows
actually inhabited the
traffic into the
According to Williams, the Gordonsí plane crashed in the valley when it was knocked out of the air by the tornados that the Murians were able to generate. However this seems to have been the only plane ever to suffer that fate. When Hofer discovered the control tower for the tornadoes it seemed some distance from the Murtosí city and area where it was located was unoccupied. If the Murtos operated the tornado creator, as Williams seemed to indicate, how did they turn it on whenever a plane appeared? They would have had to hurry several miles in a moments to the reach the tower and turn on the machinery.
Williams never really explained the strange voice that sounded when Anne and
her party first entered the
Robert Moore Williams claims that the the
I hesitate to say this, I think that the
a theory that the
and Anne Hunter seem to have entered the
would seem that the
So far as
we know, there arenít any indigenous Australian plants or animals in the
seem then that the only real contact between the
the boos and catcalls that I will undoubtedly get for this assertion, I must
conclude that the
area of the
This vast area also seems to have a self-contained ecosystem that does not contain any indigenous Australian flora or fauna.
The entrance and exit seems to be from one point. (We will deal with the Gordonís plane in a bit)
The eclectic flora and fauna which includes dinosaurs, centaurs, monkey-men and such non-Australian species such as lions, deer and boar seems to have been artificially placed in proximity to one another.
The specific mention that the Aklans were created but not by the Murians.
statement that dinosaurs were put in the
hints that at one time there were humans in the
that Jadawin of the Thoan<![if !supportFootnotes]><![endif]>
created centaurs and placed them on his World of Tiers, although he placed them
on the level devoted to the Plains Indian.<![if !supportFootnotes]><![endif]>
We also know that Jadawin possessed weather
controlling machinery. The Atlantis level of the world of Tiers was wiped out
by hurricanes, flood and lightning storms. However I donít think that Jadawin created the pocket universe known as the
extinct hominid species that inhabited the
creators of the
The Murians left behind some of their number or else created some humans to be caretakers of this laboratory/preserve. Whether these caretakers had any connection with Lemuria as speculated by Williams, through Hofer, is unknown. It is possible since the Lemurian histories edited by Lin Carter also use crystals as power sources.<![if !supportFootnotes]><![endif]> If this is the case, then when Lemuria fell this group imposed self isolation, away from the barbarous earth.
caretakers controlled the weather machines and used crystals to control the
dinosaurs, pterodactyls and if necessary, the monkey men. The centaurs were to
be left alone to develop on their own. In time however the caretakers became
decadent and lost the knowledge of controlling the weather machines. This
device may have even been controlled by a single family that died out. The
humans used the crystals to enslave the monkey-men and domesticate the
dinosaurs. They also enslaved any humans unlucky enough to wander into the
Jadawin<![if !supportFootnotes]><![endif]> discovered this pocket universe when he was still a relatively young Lord and even though he thought it belonged to his Uncle Red Orc he left it relatively undisturbed. Having discovered the weather machines he established himself as a god over the leblabiy<![if !supportFootnotes]><![endif]> population, he found there. He was intrigued by the centaurs and stayed with them for a while. He discovered that he could not replicate their genetic code and so designed his own centaurs based on their biology.
decided to leave traps for any other Lord who entered the
changed the gate so that allowed anyone in but so that the exit gate would
operate on a random pattern, unless a code was entered. A lucky person might
get through, which I suspect was the case with Varsey. However despite
Williamsí claim, I do not believe that Robert Gordon ever found a way out of
also set up a program to activate the tornados if anyone entered the pocket
universe, if anyone ventured too near the control center or other certain areas
It probably did not occur to him that since the leblabiy were also genetically identical to the Lords that they would become targets for the teros. After Jadawin altered the terosí genetic code and brain structure the control crystals no longer had any effect against them.
After Jadawin left the
Perhaps this might be a good place to explain the anomaly
presented by the Gordonís plane crash. Although Williams stated that the plane
was knocked down the tornadoes that prevented any planes from flying over the
As depicted by Robert Moore Williams Jongor is a cipher. His physical description is black haired and gray eyed.† Often referred to as a giant, we know he is taller than average and muscular in build. Despite Jongor being the eponymous hero Williams spends relatively little time with him. His background is left fairly sketchy.
Williams filled in the gaps in the accounts by presenting Jongor as Tarzan-like. Williamsí depiction of Jongor as a Tarzan knock off is also a bit inconsistent. Jongor is articulate and yet, as if, to emphasis his feral upbringing he displays odd gaps in his knowledge such as not knowing what the word apologize meant or what kissing was. Williams seems to forget that Jongor was orphaned at twelve, not two. Even my three year old nephew knows what it means to apologize or what a kiss is.
the three books, Williams only give scant information about Jongor and his life
first book we are told that Jongorís parents crashed in the
However The Return of Jongor introduces the Arklans, an advanced race of centaurs with whom Jongor had had extensive interaction, yet there had been no mention of them in the previous book. In The Return of Jongor, it was revealed that Queen Nesca rescued Jongor from the teros that killed his parents and took him back to the Aklan city, where he was taught many things including water writing. However we do not learn from Williams how long Jongor stayed in the Aklan city or why he left and was living in the rainforest when he met the Hunters.
Jongor was a guest of the Aklans, he was seen as a
curiosity. He certainly could never be one of them. Although the Murtos were closer to him biologically, they were not human
and so regarded them as different from him. Had he been raised by a Murto woman this probably would not have been an issue
however, he had been raised by his parents until the age of twelve and then
went to live in the advanced city of the Aklans.
Neither the Murtos or Arklans
were his people; his people were outside of the
to being rather vague about Jongorís background or character, Williams seems
not to have researched
Although there may have been certain ďwildĒ tribes still in the outback, that is people who were overlooked from being forced into the benevolent reserve system, I believe that Williamsí depiction of the ďBlackfellowsĒ in the Jongor books is almost completely a fabrication, it was filler material using stock pulp conventions.
Varsey and Hofer as well as Schiller and Morton may have hired some aborigines to help them cross the desert but they probably refused to travel into the mountains beyond a certain point. Although Varsey, Hofer et al might have dismissed their refusal as ďnative superstitionĒ it is quite likely that this area may have been considered as a sacred site and so the aborigines refused to travel through it. They may even have attempted to physically prevent any outsiders from doing so.
to Williams as Ann and her party entered the
aborigines that followed Ann Hunterís party in the
The sequence in The Return of Jongor where Alan and Ann were captured by aborigines who also hold Schiller and Morton prisoner is also a fabrication on the part of Williams. In this instance it was action filler for his pulp story. What really seems to have transpired that Morton and Schiller<![if !supportFootnotes]><![endif]> were captured by Murtos looking for Jongor. This must have occurred when Jongor, Ann and Alan Hunter were answering the summons from Queen Nesca.
received his summons via water writing<![if !supportFootnotes]><![endif]>
from Queen Nesca and told the Hunters that they had
to turn back. However, he decided that if they wanted to go home he would tell
them how. Prior to returning to the Aklan city,
Jongor gave Alan and Ann instructions on how to get out of the
When Jongor and his companions entered the city of the Aklans they were unknowingly entering a city in turmoil. Williams glosses over the nature of the conflict among the Aklan. He does state that Queen Nesca had fallen out of favor with a faction of her people. Her opponents had enough support to call for her abdication, which, by custom, meant she should wait in her quarters for execution. Williams only hints at the nature of the faction opposing Queen Nesca. From what later transpired it appears that they were doomsday cultists, who felt that the Aklanís time was up and that for balance to restored to the universe they had to leave this plane.
One bit of reliable information that Williams related was the declining population of the centaurs. They had never been prolific<![if !supportFootnotes]><![endif]> but in the past few centuries their numbers had declined at a rapidly diminishing rate. Queen Nesca believed that this was a natural part of their evolution since they also aged much slower. They had a legend that when they had achieved a certain level of evolution they would transform into winged beings. She was among those who believed in this legend. She realized that if she abdicated, then the doomsday cultists would hold sway and the Aklan race would become extinct. This was one of the reasons that she defied tradition and did not, at first, acquiesce to being executed.
In Williamsí account the looming civil war was prevented when after seeing to Jongorís safety, Queen Nesca accepted her peopleís judgment. As Jongor and the others left the city it was rocked by a massive explosion that was like a combination of an earthquake and a volcanic eruption. This destroyed the Aklanís city.
The most likely explanation for the explosion is that there really was the cultists setting off powerful explosives that shook and finally tumbled the city as it spewed molten rock. I suspect that these explosions were the direct result of the diamonds that Mozdoc had received in payment from the Murtos. They had been used to power some very destructive devices.
Williams gives two different accounts as to what happens as Jongor and his friends view the burning city. In the original pulp story Jongor sees a shadow across the moon and is not certain if it is Queen Nesca flying away from the city.† In the novel version Jongor and Anne saw Queen Nesca and several of her followers flying out of the city, having grown wings. If this version is true either the trauma of losing their city had triggered a pre-programmed evolutionary leap that provided the Arklans with wings or else the flying wings were some form of flying harness. We do not have any further information on the Arklans and they do not appear in the third Jongor tale. I think it most likely that they perished in the destruction of their city.
Williamsí third story of the series Jongor Fights Back picked up immediately where The Return of Jongor left off. There was however a seven years publication gap between the two stories. After leaving the destroyed city of the Aklanís Jongor and his party once again ran afoul of the Murtos, who have hired a giant to take down Jongor.<![if !supportFootnotes]><![endif]>
In Williamsí version Jongor retreats from the combined forces of the giant and Murtos but suffers a blow to the head that gives him amnesia. He then leaves the area because he does not remember Alan or Ann any longer.
It seems more likely that despite Jongorís great strength and fighting prowess the giant got in a couple of good licks with his ax which gave Jongor severe wounds on his chest and back. It was after he realized he could not win that he retreated. Because of the apparent severity of his wounds the Murtos did not pursue him after they captured Ann and Alan Hunter. However the bit that Jongor suffered from amnesia is something Williams obviously borrowed from Burroughs. Williams was padding the story again.
It was quite bold that Williams chose to portray the fight almost exactly as it happened. Why he chose to do this when he changed so much else is unknown. Perhaps he thought this would demonstrate verisimilitude or provide a contrast to the Tarzan epics and so prove that his character was not a Tarzan knock off.
The Murtosí lack of contact with human beings, at least for a very long time, is obvious by their ineptitude at keeping prisoners. The Hunter siblings subsequently escaped from their captivity by the Murtos but became separated.
Meanwhile Jongor was found by another two men from the outside.<![if !supportFootnotes]><![endif]>
superior physiology in combination with the innate healing properties found in
the waters of the
Shortly after having escaped from the Murtos, Ann was recaptured by them. After Rouse and Gnomer were driven off by Jongor they joined the Murtos who forced Ann to translate for them. The two humans promised the Murtos that they would get Jongor for them, if they were taken to the abandoned mining colony.
In Williamsí account, Rouse and Gnomer lured Jongor into an ambush but Ann warned him. Jongor then calls some meat eating dinosaurs but the explorers threaten to kill Ann unless Jongor calls off the dinosaurs and allows himself to be captured.
This is only partially true, Jongor was captured because the explorers held Ann as hostage. The ambush and calling of the dinosaurs is another one of Williamsí inventions. What is interesting however is that Jongor was captured instead of killed outright. The Murtos have been trying to kill him all along, so why was he captured? It was not to be a sacrifice to the sun god, only perfect females achieved this honor.
The Murtos needed Jongor alive so that they could safely travel into the abandoned mining colony. The previous human occupants had retreated to when the teros had nearly wiped out their population. As they continued to die out they put traps and safeguards in place that would only respond to a human touch. This explains why both Hofer and Alan were able to use the machines without any previous training and why the mining colony remained abandoned and why, despite Williamsí indication to the contrary, the Murtos did not use the weather control devices. Since the believed that Jongor was the last living member of the race that lived there they forced him lead them.
According to Williams the Murtos became spooked when noises emanated from the mineshaft. The noise was the sound of a disintegration machine being turned on. The machine lay at the bottom of the shaft and pointed upwards. A control room was on a ledge near the bottom of the pit.
†The ďdisintegratorĒ was probably used to drill. The ray probably did not disintegrate since obliterating matter is not an efficient way to mine since you would be destroying valuable resources but rather probably converted matter into energy and then efficiently reconstituted it into its base elements.
The Murtos thought this was the voice of the Lost God calling for sacrifices had to be made. They wanted to sacrifice Ann and Jongor, however Gnomer and Rouse did not want Jongor sacrificed but went along with sacrificing Ann. Jongor fought back as Ann was tied to a hook that was to be lowered into the shaft. Unfamiliar with the controls Gnomer made the hook rise instead of lower. Jongor wrestled several Muros and tossed them into the pit. He then jumped onto the hook and tried to free Ann. As the Murtos threw spears at Jongor, Alan appeared shoved some of them off a ledge and then retreated. Enraged the Murtos blamed and attacked Rouse, from his vantage point near the bottom of the pit, Gnomer fired on the Murtos and killed several but they still overpowered Rouse and threw him into the mineshaft.††
Gnomer lowered the hook towards the bottom of the pit. Jongor swung the hook and cable in an arc and landed on a ledge near Gnomer. He fired his rifle at Jongor and missed. Jongor grappled with him. They wrestled and Jongor broke his neck. The Murtos decided to attack en masse and Jongor turned the disintegration ray on them. The survivors fled.
it is a relatively short epic the Jongor stories were published over the course
of eleven years. Jongor of the Lost Land appeared in 1940, The Return
of Jongor in 1944 and Jongor Fight Back in 1951. However the
internal chronology indicates that only weeks passed between when Ann Hunter
and the Hunters arrived in
Alan and Ann began an intensive campaign to acclimatize Jongor to the outside world. Since he was highly intelligent and was not a primitive<![if !supportFootnotes]><![endif]> in only a few months very few people could have guessed he was not a native born New Yorker.
spring of 1941, the Hunters were visited by an old family friend named William
J. Donovan. He had been friends with their father when they were both young
lawyers on Wall Street. Donovan was interested in getting their perspective on
the situation in
promised her father she would only marry a college graduate so Jongor took
entrance examinations for
Donovan was Coordinator of Information, the head of a new organization that was
supposed to coordinate intelligence gathered by various
agreed and were among the first recruits sent to the British built COI training
facility code named
and Alan Hunter became part of Detachment 101 which was assigned to the China
Burma India theatre in the summer of 1942. Not one to twiddle her thumbs Ann
also joined the
India Jongor and Alan Hunter worked with various indigenous resistance groups,
training them in modern weaponry. They also worked with British commandos under
the command of Group Captain John Clayton, Lord Greysoke.
One of their
and Alan were sent into
1944 Jongor and Hunter were, unbeknownst to General MacArthur<![if !supportFootnotes]><![endif]>,
air dropped into the
allied campaign to retake the
two months that they were in
the course of this investigation the
nearly a year in the jungle, they had found three Japanese soldiers that needed
to be repatriated. Additionally they discovered a colony of Neanderthals who
dwelt among the ruins a city. Many of the remaining buildings reminded Jongor
of those in the
Jongor learned that a criminal organization that rose from the ashes of
traveled back to
receiving his Bachelor of Science degree Jongor was contacted by a solicitor
from the firm of Dodson, Fogg, Greystock† and Quirk.†
He was told that he was the heir of of a
British peerage and to several estates in
waiting for the legal work to be done, Jongor enrolled in Virginia Polytechnic
for a Masters degree of science specializing in Zoology. He had just about
finished the degree when he received the letters of patent recreating the
extinct title in his name. Jongor and his family visited the
They had barely taken up residence when they were offered and incredible opportunity. During the war Jongor had worked on a couple of missions with some commandoís trained by RAF Group Captain John Clayton. At the time Alan Hunter had thought it a bit odd that an air force pilot was so conversant with jungle craft, but Jongor hadnít thought it all that odd considering his own background. Group Captain Clayton had a copy of the pulp magazine Fantastic Adventures, October 1940. The cover had a man sitting on the back of a tyrannosaurs rex shooting a bow and arrow at a pterodactyl. Captain Clayton asked if the man on the dinosaur was John Gordon.
Jongor told Captain Clayton the truth despite his initial misgivings about doing so. As before he recognized a kindred spirit.
Clayton listened intently and told Jongor that if Ann and he were interested in
pursuing their professions instead of living as country gentry. he had a
wonderful opportunity for them. They would be among the first to work among new
species and species considered extinct. If they agreed, they would have to
travel back and forth between
Jongor admitted he was intrigued but Anne was more cautious. She asked if he had any proof. Clayton showed her some photographs of Clayton riding a brightly colored triceratops, Clayton with a winged man, Clayton with a hairy tailed man, Clayton standing near a clutch of just hatched stegosaurus.
She asked where these were taken.
Captain Clayton asked if she had ever heard of Pal ul Don or Caspak.
laughed and said she had that they were in the Tarzan books, Having read them
was one of the reasons Alan had been so mad to find the
Captain Clayton told them he was actually Lord Greystoke, also known as Tarzan.
Ann started to laugh but stopped when she realized Clayton was serious. After all, was it so hard to believe considering her husbandís origins?
As the Gordonís looked at one another and began to smile, Tarzan said he would arrange for with John Paul for them to take up residence on the Mutia Escarpment.
The adventures of the Gordons and the Claytons in
<![if !supportFootnotes]><![endif]> Henry Burlingame, like Artemus West and Percy Blakeney was a master of disguise. Part of his life is depicted in the novel The Sot-Weed Factor by Jonathan Barth.
<![if !supportFootnotes]><![endif]> Sir Percy Blakeney was also known as The Scarlet Pimpernel, an Englishman who saved members of the French aristocracy from the Republicís Reign of Terror, as depicted in The Scarlet Pimpernel series by Baroness Orczy. Sir Percy was present at the Wold Newton event as one of the passengers in the two coaches.
<![if !supportFootnotes]><![endif]> Mick
<![if !supportFootnotes]><![endif]>† The Artemus Gordon
to whom we are referring was a member of the United States Secret Service and the
partner of James West. Their illustrious career against the domestic and
foreign enemies of the
<![if !supportFootnotes]><![endif]> As explained more extensively in Tarzan Alive by Philip Jose Farmer
<![if !supportFootnotes]><![endif]> This genealogy is discussed at greater length in The Lineage of† Lord Plender, John Kevin Gordon,
<![if !supportFootnotes]><![endif]> Although it may seem a bit
odd that an Australian nurse would be stationed in
<![if !supportFootnotes]><![endif]> Although
<![if !supportFootnotes]><![endif]> Transcripts of this interview can be found in the May and June 1940 issues of Look, Life and Colliers
<![if !supportFootnotes]><![endif]> In the first pulp story Williams called the monkey men Muros, this was also carried over into the paperback novel. In the second and third pulps stories Williams called them Murtos.† This was probably the true name for them. The editor may have changed the name from Murto to Muro to make the name seem more like Murian
<![if !supportFootnotes]><![endif]> The casual reader probably would not have thought anything about Mozdoc being paid in diamonds. However it does bring up some interesting questions about Arklan society. If Mozdoc wanted the diamonds because of their commercial value, then it seems that the Arklanís had a capitalistic based society similar to that of the outside world where gold and gems were precious commodities. If so, what was his motive for getting the gems? Was it personal gain or was he using the diamonds to pay off people who supported the faction to overthrow Queen Nesca? There is also the possibility that he was not interested in the diamonds for their monetary value. Various clues in the Jongor books point to the Murian technology using crystals for various purposes so it may be that Mozdoc wanted the diamonds to be utilized in Murian technology, possibly weapons.
<![if !supportFootnotes]><![endif]> For more information on Aborigine Reservations see http://epress.anu.edu.au/anzsog/immigration/mobile_devices/ch04s03.html
<![if !supportFootnotes]><![endif]> http://www.erbzine.com/mag19/1936.html
<![if !supportFootnotes]><![endif]> The Thoan or Vaernirn are an ancient race of nearly immortal humans who dwell in various interdimensional realities known as pocket universes. These are artificially created realities complete with artificially created solar systems and populated with artificially created flora and fauna. Many of the records of their culture have been lost from internal strife, a long protracted war with another interdimensional traveling race and a long war with an group of artificial sentients known as the Black Bellers so their histories may not be entirely accurate. According to one account they achieved the technological ability of interdimensional travel and the ability to create other dimensional realities also known as pocket universes. They achieved the latter after they discovered while in the course of attempting interstellar flight that their own universe was an artificial construct. Then, according to their legends they created a two universes that were exact duplicates of their own, one of these was supposedly the one in which Earth resides. However this belief was disproved by the interstellar races that have visited the Earth and the interstellar travel that Earth will achieve in the future. The character of Paul Janus Finnegan demonstrates this dichotomy in that he is part Thoan and also the descendent of a human being fostered by an interstellar traveler from one of the Eridani systems. Finnegan also discovered that the Thoan may not have achieved the ability to create artificial realities on their own but discovered this knowledge during a period of interdimensional travel.
<![if !supportFootnotes]><![endif]> Farmer, Philip Jose, Maker of Universes, Ballentine
<![if !supportFootnotes]><![endif]> Although Pal Ul Don appears only in one Tarzan novel, Tarzan the
Terrible, it makes several appearances in various comic strips and comic
book adventures about Tarzan and ďKorakĒ. It† contains tailed hominids and a triceratops
species. Although the Tarzan comics contain many fantastic inventions and
exaggerations, the many different exotic species inhabiting Pal Ul Don may have some truth. We will examine the exact
nature of Pal U Don in Savage Lords and
<![if !supportFootnotes]><![endif]> For instance in Thongor and the Wizard of Lemuria, Carter, Lin, Berkley Books, 1969
<![if !supportFootnotes]><![endif]> Jadawin was a member of a nearly immortal extradimensional race called the Thoan or Vaernirn.† Despite being virtually immortal due to life extension treatment, they were all too human. Having† acquired the technology to create pocket universes they used this ability to create and populate thousands of universes with worlds filled with life. After becoming bored with universe creation they embarked on a deadly game to steal the universes of other Lords or traps those who tried to steal theirs. Jadawin was the main character in Maker of Universes and The Gates of Creation by Philip Jose Farmer.
<![if !supportFootnotes]><![endif]> This is the Thoan term for an artificially created human being, which they view with contempt. This is hypocritical because before embarking on their own universe building the Thoan learned that they lived in an artificial universe.
<![if !supportFootnotes]><![endif]> Despite the Muroís claims and Robert Moore Williams assertions, the Murtos were not the decadent descendents of the creators of Lemuria. The Murtos made this claim to bolster their claim on the ancient city and also to erase from their historical record that they had ever been enslaved. After a few generations they believed this was the truth.
<![if !supportFootnotes]><![endif]> This information was derived from a statement that John Kevin Gordon gave to William Donovan prior to his joining the OSS and is part of the William J Donovan papers collection located at the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society Research Library
<![if !supportFootnotes]><![endif]> Who I suspect, despite their avaricious natures, were revolutionary comrades of Hofer.
<![if !supportFootnotes]><![endif]>† This sounds like an advanced form of nanotechnology that I suspect would not have worked outside of a closed ecosystem such as a pocket universe. The message nanites may have infiltrated water molecues and reacted to a specific body chemistry.
<![if !supportFootnotes]><![endif]> Their creators may have instilled this low fertility to keep them from overpopulating their city.
<![if !supportFootnotes]><![endif]> Williams never really explains why the Murtos have such a mad on for Jongor and we are left to assume it is because he thwarted their plans to sacrifice Ann. Actually it was the leaders who wanted him dead. They were the ones who still possessed the humiliating knowledge that they had been slaves not masters. The Mutro kings believed that Jongor was the last member of the humans who had enslaved their ancestors. Their motivation for wanting him dead is for revenge for what had happened to their ancestors. They also believed that killing him would forever eliminate this information.
<![if !supportFootnotes]><![endif]> Given the time frame in
which these men all appeared, it seems likely that Schiller, Morton, Rouse and Gnomer were all associates of Hofer, who followed Ann
Hunterís party from a distance. It is probable that Hofer intended to bring
them all into the
<![if !supportFootnotes]><![endif]> It was these same
properties that kept Alan Hunter alive when he was nearly starved to death by
the Murtos. Alan, Ann and Jongor discovered that
their short time in the
<![if !supportFootnotes]><![endif]> In fact in comparison to
the Aklan city he found
<![if !supportFootnotes]><![endif]> General MacArthur did not want any civilian interference in his
command structure so the
<![if !supportFootnotes]><![endif]> Although the name for the
foundation might suggest that it was named for the great genius of Ancient
Greece, it was only tangentially. The foundation was actually named for Dr.
Archimedes Q. Porter and was funded by the Clayton family. The foundation had a
threefold purpose, to provide medical assistance and education to the native