Writer: Don Freeman & Stephen Dowling
Artist: Stephen Dowling & John Allard
Published: 24th July January 1943 - 11th March 1944 (B175 - C61)
Number of Episodes: 197
The opening adventure was set in a mythical “Lost Horizon” type of world. Creator Steve Dowling was an admirer of Milton Caniff’s Terry and the Pirates, and its mysterious Far Eastern setting. “
Lashed to a raft, after days adrift, delirious and suffering from partial amnesia, Garth is washed up on a strange shore. Here he is found by an attractive native girl, Gala, who administer the kiss of life.
Gala is a member of an underground opposed to the tyrannical rule of a High Priest, who plans to invade a neighbour country. Garth agrees to help her cause by pretending to act as a figurehead ruler under the High Priest.
Using his great strength and cunning, Garth defeats the tyrant and his murderous High Priestess Ola, and helps Gala’s father find his long-lost daughter. Garth then travels on by balloon, hoping to reach western civilization and restore his memory.
Synopsis by Philip Harbottle