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Most of the Og stories first appeared in Boys' Life, the Boy Scout magazine Irving Crump was editor of for 25 years. Many of the illustrations for the magazine stories didn't appear in the books, and often the quality was higher than those later printed in the hardbound editions. And some stories which appeared in the magazines were never collected into a book... chapters of the Og story unique to Boys' Life.

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Og — Son of Fire (1922)

The first Og story - December 1921

1921. Og, Son of Fire: Chapters I-III. in: Boys' Life, v.11 #12, December 1921, pp 5-7, 41, 53. [6,274 words] 20¢. illustrated by Charles Livingston Bull. [chapters 1 - 3 of Og, Son of Fire] 64pp. Boy Scouts of America. (cover by Denman Fink [1880-1956])
Og, a cave boy of half a million years ago, is separated from his tribe by a volcanic eruption. Two wolf cubs huddle near him, but he doesn't kill them, for he smells cooked meat for the first time, a band of horses trapped and burned by the fire. Og and the cubs eat, and he is delighted by the new taste. He explores the valley and captures fire on a stick by touching it to lava. Thrilled with himself, he plays with his fire until interrupted by a giant mammoth, which chases the boy and wolf cubs into a cleft in the ground. They are safe! But suddenly the crack starts to close on them... full text

1922. Og, Son of Fire: Chapters IV-V. in: Boys' Life, v.12 #1, January 1922, pp 12-13, 25. [5,054 words] (20¢.) illustrated by Charles Livingston Bull. [chapters 4 and 5 of Og, Son of Fire]. 36pp. Boy Scouts of America. (cover by Remington Schuyler [1884-1955])
Og manages to escape the closing walls of the crevice, saving the wolf pups and his fire brand. He discovers that the fire eats wood, and during the night learns the rudiments of maintaining a campfire, for he is afraid of losing his precious fire. The next day he makes a stone hammer, and with his wolf cubs finds some rabbits. The cubs catch one, and he teaches them to hunt for him. Then he remembers cooked meat, and prepares one of the rabbits on the fire. The happy day is shattered by the sound of the giant wolf pack heading in their direction... full text

1922. Og, Son of Fire: Chapters VI-VII. in: Boys' Life, v.12 #2, February 1922, pp 12-13, 37. [4,200 words] (20¢). illustrated by Charles Livingston Bull. [chapters 6 and 7 of Og, Son of Fire]. 40 pp. Boy Scouts of America. (cover by Harold N. Anderson [1894-1973])
Surrounded in the forest by a giant wolf pack, Og wonders if his two wolf cubs will turn on him when they meet their own kind. He decides to wait and see, and prepares to meet the attack. He fells one with a stone, but then the grizzled leader leaps for the kill. Og rams his fire brand down the wolf's throat, and the cubs attack the downed wolf until Og can finish him off with his stone hammer. He celebrates, naming his allies "Ru" - the beast who repays loyalty with loyalty. The pack leaves them for the scent of easier meat, and Og, planning to carry his food with him, sets to cutting up the two dead wolves, day-dreaming of making stone tools, until he is harried by the ape-like "tree people". He disdains them as cowards, but lets his fire go out while he is asleep, and they capture him. full text

1922. Og, Son of Fire: Chapters VIII-IX. in: Boys' Life, v.12 #3, March 1922 (20¢). illustrated by Charles Livingston Bull. [chapters 8 and 9 of Og, Son of Fire]. 40pp. Boy Scouts of America. (cover by J. Rumsey Micks [1886-])
Captured by the tree people, Og is carried, half-conscious, through the giant sequoia forest, to a warmer land of giant palms, where he is tossed with his two wolf-cubs into a valley where they are kept prisoner. He only knows that there is a fearsome cave in the valley, and that the tree people are afraid to enter. Yet they feed him and give him the run of the valley. He makes a new stone hammer, discovers that somehow fire is hidden in a rock he finds, and then, one night, they discover that a sabre tooth has exited the mouth of the cave. They are intended to be its victims! full text

1922. Og, Son of Fire: Chapters X-XII in: Boys' Life, v.12 #4, April 1922, pp 17-19, 42. [5,944 words] (20¢). illustrated by Charles Livingston Bull. [chapters 10-12 of Og, Son of Fire]. 60pp. Boy Scouts of America. (cover by Howard L. Hastings [18__-1955])
Hiding behind a boulder from the sabre-tooth tiger searching for him, Og realizes that he can move the rock, and rolls it down onto the tiger at just the right moment, pinning it to the ground, where he kills it with his stone hammer. Exultantly he skins the tiger, winning the fear and admiration of Scar Face and the ape men. Og devotes himself to trying to make fire, and accidentally succeeds one day, when his sparks land on a pile of soft dry wood. From then he masters the technique, and he can make it whenever he needs. But Scar Face covets the fire which Og has refused him, and one day, when Og is off hunting, he comes to the camp and steals some of the flame... full text

1922. Og, Son of Fire: Chapters XIII-XV in: Boys' Life, v.12 #5, May 1922, pp 20-21, 41-42. [6,097 words] (20¢). illustrated by Charles Livingston Bull. [chapters 13-15 of Og, Son of Fire]. 60pp. Boy Scouts of America. (cover by Remington Schuyler [1884-1955])
Somehow Og senses that something is wrong, and he returns to his valley, where he soon realizes that Scar Face has taken away some fire. A look at the sky shows him that a forest fire has started, doubtless from Scar Face's lack of caution, and soon hundreds of frightened tree people huddle at the mouth of his valley. When conditions worsen, Og leads them to the sabre-tooth's cave, where they find shelter from the smoke. They go deeper, and the Great Snake attacks, killing some of the tree people. Og is separated from them, but finds an exit to the valley of his own people, where he is reunited with his father, who had been blinded by the sabre-tooth, and he promises to care for him. full text

(The Boys' Life story ends here, but in the book version,
there are four additional chapters.)

 

Og, Boy of Battle (1925)

In the August 1924 issue, a subscription ad seems to promise some upcoming OG titles which never appear... read about it here!

1924. Og, Son of Fire: Og, In the Valley of Fear (1) in: Boys' Life, v.14 #10, October 1924, pp 40-41, 63-64. [6,422 words] (20¢). illustrated by Charles Livingston Bull. [Chapters 1-4 of Og, Boy of Battle] 68pp. Boy Scouts of America. (Cover by Lynn Bogue Hunt [1878-1960])
The Great Snake from the swamp in the Valley of Fear invades the caves of the Hairy People, killing and carrying off Kug, one of their brave men. Og and Kug's brother Ru head into the swamp to kill the snake, but when they make camp near a tree, they are set upon by a great mammoth, who grabs Ru's foot. Og leaps onto his head from the tree, and smashes him with his ax till he lets go of Ru and dashes off into the swamp, blinded by Og's blows. Og is brushed off by a branch, but the blind Mammoth becomes mired in the swamp and dies. Later, as the boys are eating of their kill, they see the eyes of the Giant Snake on them... full text

1924. Og, Son of Fire: Og, In the Valley of Fear (2) in: Boys' Life, v.14 #11, November 1924, pp 34-35, 51-53. [5,980 words] (20¢). illustrated by Charles Livingston Bull. [Chapters 5-8 of Og, Boy of Battle] 64pp. Boy Scouts of America. (Cover by Lynn Bogue Hunt [1878-1960])
Og and Ru have climbed a tree to escape the Great Snake, but it sees them and climbs after them. When Og sees Ru cornered at the end of a branch, he puts a sharp goat horn on the end of a stick, inventing the spear, and attacks the snake before it can get to Ru, eventually driving it off. The boys track the serpent, but find a band of three-toed horses, which they stalk with their newly-made spears. The snake appears, and captures one first, then devours it whole and falls asleep. The boys attack and kill it with their spears while it is sleeping, and dance in celebration. full text

1924. Og, Son of Fire: Og, Captured by the Gorillas (1) in: Boys' Life, v.14 #12, December 1924, pp 14, 47, 60, 80. [3,671 words] (20¢). illustrated by Charles Livingston Bull. [Chapter 9 of Og, Boy of Battle] 84pp. Boy Scouts of America. (cover by Leslie Crump [1894-])
Ric, one of the Hairy men, has wounded a giant tapir by rolling a boulder down on it. Og, Ru and other men of the tribe go down to finish it off, many armed with spears — Og's newly invented snake-sticks. But Og and Ru are driven by the tapir onto a floating log, and its movements send them into the fearful river, where they are approached by a giant alligator. Og strikes at it with his hammer and it is driven it off. They eventually overcome some of their fear of water, and Og begins to realize the potentials of a "canoe" — taming water as he had tamed fire. They camp for the night, far from their home, unaware of the dangers awake in the unknown woods... full text

1925. Og, Son of Fire: Og, Captured by the Gorillas (2) in: Boys' Life, v.15 #1, January 1925, pp 36, 54. [2,212 words] (20¢). illustrated by Charles Livingston Bull. [Chapter 10 of Og, Boy of Battle] 64pp. Boy Scouts of America. (cover by Leslie Crump [1894-])
Og and Ru awoke to find themselves captured by a band of powerful gorillas, who choke them to unconsciousness and carry them through the trees to their lair. The nests of the gorillas are haphazard piles of sticks and bark, set on the ground. Og realizes with horror, from the sickening smell of the place, that these are flesh-eating gorillas who intend to make a meal of them. He hits upon a plan, and with Ru's help set fire to one of the nests, using it at the same time to fire harden the tips of two sticks. While the gorillas are transfixed by the flames, Og and Ru make a dash towards the river and their log "canoe". A gorilla who stops them falls to their spears, and they narrowly make their escape... full text

1925. Og, Son of Fire: The Mysterious Valley (1) in: Boys' Life, v.15 #2, February 1925, [3,831 words] (20¢). [Chapters 11 and 12 of Og, Boy of Battle] 68pp. Boy Scouts of America. (cover by Joseph Cummings Chase [1878-1965])
Out hunting, Og and Ru head for cover when they spy a wooly rhinoceros being chased and attacked by a pair of huge hyenas. Driven into the pocket-shaped valley at the foot of the mountain that the boys had planned to enter for water, the rhino had found a place to make a stand, and impaled one hyena on his horns, when he suddenly keeled over, dead. The remaining hyena, instead of attacking, also fell over. Og and Ru, investigating, found themselves trapped in poison air, and barely escaped with their lives. Meanwhile, the Hairy Men's camp was being attacked by the fierce gorilla band that had captured the boys earlier, driven into the area by a forest fire...full text

1925. Og, Son of Fire: The Mysterious Valley (2) in: Boys' Life, v.15 #3, March 1925, [3,553 words] (20¢). [Chapters 12 and 13 of Og, Boy of Battle] 60pp. Boy Scouts of America. (Cover by Lynn Bogue Hunt [1878-1960])
The Hairy Men are besieged by hordes of the Gorillas, who attack relentlessly, climbing the cliff-face and seeking shelter in the numerous caves to avoid rocks and spears from above. Slowly, by weight of numbers, the tide is turning in their favor, but Og and Ru awake to join the battle, and Og comes up with a plan. Amassing great piles of rocks along the cliff edge, they loose them in a single tremendous barrage, killing great numbers of the Gorillas. Then, placing his men strategically, Og leads the surviving Gorillas on a chase into the poisonous valley, running on to safety while they Gorillas perish in the poisoned air. The battle is won, but now the clan must search for a new home... full text

1925. Og, Son of Fire: Among the Great Turtles in: Boys' Life, v.15 #6, June 1925, [4,662 words] (20¢). [Chapters 14 and 15 of Og, Boy of Battle] 60pp. Boy Scouts of America. (cover by Charles Livingston Bull [1874-1932])
Og and Ru are drifting down the river on a log, searching for a new home for the Hairy People. But the river becomes wider and the ride rougher, and they find themselves tossed about in the sea, which they cannot drink, and without food. Og is dumped into the deep, and discovers that he can more or less swim, and so their fear diminishes, and the manage to beach the log, where they find coconuts to eat. But as they sleep on the beach they are surrounded by thousands of giant turtles, coming ashore to lay they eggs, and they must battle their way out to the safety of the palm trees beyond the beach. With daybreak, after fierce animals have feasted on the eggs, Og and Ru do likewise, and Og discovers that the shell of a giant turtle can make a fine shield. full text

1925. Og, Son of Fire: Og and the Winged Death in: Boys' Life, v.15 #8, August 1925, [4,270 words] (20¢). [Chapters 16-18 of Og, Boy of Battle] 60pp. Boy Scouts of America. (cover by Thomas Skinner)
Og and Ru stalk a mother goat and two kids on the mountainside, only to have their prey stolen at the last minute by a cave leopard. Furious, Og dreams of finding a weapon that would make him the master of the beasts. When he brushes against a goat-skin thong he is drying by their fire, and sends a piece of wood flying into Ru's leg – he conceives of the bow and arrow. The pair work up their skill with the new weapon and take off into the valley in search of the leopard, which spies them and stalks them in turn. But their new weapon prevails, and after a frightening attack, they return to their camp with a leopard-skin trophy. full text

[Chapters 19-20 are summarized at the beginning of "Og and the Fish People" in the September issue, below.]

1925. Og, Son of Fire: Og and the Fish People in: Boys' Life, v.15 #9, September 1925, [6,000 words] (20¢). [Chapters 21 and 22 of Og, Boy of Battle] 60pp. Boy Scouts of America. (cover by Douglas Duer [1887-1964])
Og and Ru, driven to the snow-covered top of a mountain by a pack of wolves, spot a giant bird with its prey. As it nears them, they realize it is carrying a boy, still alive, and they shoot at it and cause it to drop the boy into the snow near them. Revived, he tells them the Fish People, long-ago outcasts of the Hairy Men, gave him as sacrifice to the Thunder Bird to drive away their leader's sickness. But when the three camp later on, they are captured by the Fish People themselves, and sent to the mound to be sacrificed. But Og persuades their leader, Da, to let them try their weapons against the bird, and they kill it and become heroes. They spend some weeks there, and then leave with the boy, Dab, by raft. full text

1925. Og, Son of Fire: Og Traps the Wind. in: Boys' Life, v.15 #10, Oct. 1925, [6,027 words] (20¢). [Chapters 23, 25, and 26 of Og, Boy of Battle] 60pp. Boy Scouts of America. (cover by Sidney H. Riesenberg [1885-1962])
Og, Ru and Wab are driven by the wind out into frighteningly deep water, until Og realizes they can harness the wind power by stretching their bearskin between the pushing poles as a sail. They make shore and follow flocks of birds to discover vines of delicious bean pods, which they are busy gathering when they are set upon by a mastadon, angered by the yelping of the wolf-cub. Chased through the swamp, they climb a tree, but the mastadon pulls it down and they barely escape by leaping to another. They locate a cave-filled cliffside ideal for their tribe, and when their courage returns they go back to the scene of the mastadon chase, where Og discovers the bean pods have sprouted, and the beginnings of agriculture... full text

Sincere thanks to David Britton of Nebraska, for the many scans from his great collection of Boys' Life, and to Martin Abramowitz of New York, for photographs of the earliest Boys' Life material from the NYPL collection - Great work!

 

Og of the Cave People (1935)

1933. Medicine Sand. in: Boys' Life, v.23 #9, Sept. 1933, pp 5-7, 40-42 [7,128 words] (10¢). illustrated by Remington Schuyler. [Chapters 1 and 2 of Og of the Cave People]. 52 pp. Boy Scouts of America. (cover by David Hutchison)*
Og, Ru and Tao have gone in search of a new source of salt for their Cave People tribe. Tao, no hunter, keeps the fire and the camp, but he has fallen asleep and let the fire go out. Punished by his companions, he is left to restart the fire and find his own food, but he is surrounded and captured by members of the Flat Head tribe. He leaves a picture message in the sand, his own invention, telling who captured him and which way he went. He is set to be sacrificed to a huge monitor lizard, when he is saved by his friends. They discover salt in the lizard's cave, and plan to arrange for a trading relationship with the Flat Heads - salt for shell-fish... full text

1934. Og, Son of Fire: Monsters of the Mist. in: Boys' Life, v.24 #10, Oct. 1934, pp 6-8, 30 [5,702 words] (10¢). illustrated by Paul Dudley. [Chapters 3 and 4 of Og of the Cave People]. 52 pp. Boy Scouts of America. (cover by Sidney H. Riesenberg [1885-1962])*
For the first time, Flat Heads have come to the land of the Cave People. Big Tooth, Crooked Foot, and Long Thumbs have come bearing skins of salt, asking for help. Big Tooth's father, Split Ear, who had been chief when Og and his friends had gone to the Tree People's land, had died, and now there was turmoil. The evil Pong, the devil doctor, was telling them that the old people had to be sacrificed to the "Monsters in the Mist." Big Tooth wanted Og and his friends to come back and slay the "monster". With their tribe's approval, Og, Ru, and Tao accompanied the Flat Heads in the month-long trek back to their land, where, along with Big Tooth, they entered the mist shrouded valley, to kill the monster and discover the source of the mist and weird cry-like sounds... in fact, a hot spring and a prehistoric bull elk. full text

1934. Og, Son of Fire: The Mountain-That-Walks. in: Boys' Life, v.24 #11, Nov. 1934, pp 5-7, 38, 40 [5,863 words] (10¢). illustrated by Paul Dudley. [Chapters 5 and 6 of Og of the Cave People]. 60 pp. Boy Scouts of America. (cover by Sidney H. Riesenberg [1885-1962])*
Mala, the mammoth, the Mountain-That-Walks, is searching for the path to the Flat Heads' valley, for the scent of sugar cane is drawing him. Tao's idea to grow the cane within the valley had saved the Flat Heads from competing with Mala in the forest grove, but now the mammoth has eaten or trampled it all. Pong, the Devil Doctor wants the tribe to pay him for a charm, and when they don't, he lays a trail for Mala to get in. But Tao has thought up the first pit trap, and when Pong's plan backfires and he is chased by the mammoth, the mammoth falls into the trap and is killed. full text

The British Boy Scout weekly, The Scout ran this episode as their cover story for the January 26, 1935 issue. The story is the same, but the illustrations are by a different artist. This issue of The Scout was 24 pages, about 8½"×12"; No. 1396, Vol. XXX, pp. 521-540 plus covers, "The only weekly official organ of the Boy Scouts."

1934. Og, Son of Fire: Wrath of the River God. in: Boys' Life, v.24 #12, Dec. 1934, pp 16-17, 26, 28 [4,168 words] (10¢). illustrated by Jack Murray. [Chapters 7 and 8 of Og of the Cave People]. 64 pp. Boy Scouts of America. (cover by Arthur Smith)*
A giant crocodile threatens to keep the Flat Heads from their newly acquired fishing skills - and Pong the Devil Doctor claims that it's an unkillable god - the Black-One-Under-The-Water - that fishing offends it... and of course that he can supply the necessary charms to appease it - for a price. But Tao comes up with a plan for hollowing out the logs they've been riding on, and making bark nets to capture the crocodile, and for more effective fishing. The plan is carried out, and Pong himself is saved from the angry croc by Og and his friends. The monster is killed, and the Flat Head fishing industry prospers, while Pong seethes. full text

1935. Og, Son of Fire: The Red Beards from the North. in: Boys' Life, v.25 #1, Jan. 1935, pp 20-21, 30-31 [5,572 words] (10¢). illustrated by Jack Murray. [Chapters 9 and 10 of Og of the Cave People]. 52 pp. Boy Scouts of America. (cover by Jack Murray [1889-])*
The first smoke signals...
Og is stalking goats, intent on capturing kids to bring back to the Flat Head camp to raise. He is about to let loose his arrow on the mother goat when a Red Beard leaps from cover and kills the goat with a stone from his sling. Og ducks back down as two more Red Beards come after the kids, who scamper up to Og's hiding place. Angered that they plan to steal "his" goats, Og sends an arrow at the Red Beards, unfamiliar with bow and arrow, and they go for reinforcements. Og is trapped, but comes up with the idea of a smoke signal, and when he is about to be overcome, his friends from the Flat Head camp appear and save the day. full text

1935. Og, Son of Fire: The Saber-Toothed Slayer. in: Boys' Life, v.25 #2, Feb. 1935, pp 12-13, 43-44 [3,132 words] (10¢). illustrated by Jack Murray. [Chapter 11 of Og of the Cave People]. 52 pp. Boy Scouts of America. (cover by Norman (Perceval) Rockwell [1894-1978])*
Tao has fallen asleep while on watch, and the saber-toothed tiger he was guarding against has again raided the village and stolen one of the precious goats Og has been hoarding to raise for food. Og, Ru and Big Foot awake too late to stop the tiger, but promise Tao a flogging when the tribe council hears of his crime. The others return to sleep, but Tao heads for the forest with a plan. He needs to be able to move a great boulder to drop it onto the tiger, and comes up with the idea of a lever. Og, Ru and Big Foot come in search of the tiger, but Ru falls, injured, and the tiger comes out for the attack. Tao drops his boulder just in time, killing the saber-tooth and saving his three friends, becoming a hero in the process. full text

1935. Og, Son of Fire: The Charm That Worked. in: Boys' Life, v.25 #3, March 1935, pp 14-15, 44-45 [3,734 words] (10¢). illustrated by Jack Murray. [Chapter 13 of Og of the Cave People]. 52 pp. Boy Scouts of America. (cover by Jack Murray [1889-])*
It is a time of famine, but somehow Pong, the discredited Devil Doctor, always has enough mussels to eat, and new fur robes which appear mysteriously. But the mussel grounds are inaccessible, guarded by a ferocious wooly rhinoceros. Og, Ru, Tao and Big Tooth follow Pong one morning and discover his rendezvous with their enemies, the Red Beards. Pong makes a charm for them to keep away the rhinoceros while they gather mussels from the Flat Head river banks. Og and his friends move the charm, and the rhino attacks the Red Beards, killing many. Afterwards, they gather the mussels the Red Beards had collected and return to their camp, finding signs that the Red Beards have taken Pong prisoner. full text

1935. Og, Son of Fire: Death to the Red Beards!. in: Boys' Life, v.25 #4, April 1935, pp 10-11, 38-40 [4,241 words] (10¢). illustrated by Jack Murray. [Chapter 15 of Og of the Cave People] Crump returns as Managing Editor of Boys' Life. 52 pp. Boy Scouts of America. (cover by William F. Soare [1896-1940])*
Og has returned from a spying expedition in the camp of the enemy Red Beards with news of their planned attack. The traitorous Pong, the Devil Doctor, has revealed a back way into the Flat Head camp, and about their defenses. Og, Ru, Tao and Big Tooth finally come up with a plan. They will suspend rocks in netting over the edges of the cliffs which line the way the Red Beards will come for their surprise attack, while still appearing to defend the front entrance with force. When the Red Beards are in the pass below, they'll cut the vines holding the rocks, and the Red Beard force will be decimated. When the attack finally comes, all goes according to Og's plan, and the Flat Head camp is saved from the invaders. full text

1935. Og, Son of Fire: Terrors of the Tundra. in: Boys' Life, v.25 #5, May 1935, pp 14-15, 39-40 [2,976 words] (10¢). illustrated by Jack Murray. [Chapter 14 of Og of the Cave People]. 52 pp. Boy Scouts of America. (cover by Harold N. Anderson [1894-1973])*
Og, Ru and Big Tooth are tracking the Red Beards on the tundra, for they have seen signs that the Red Beards have captured their friend Tao. The tracking is suddenly too easy — the trail is so fresh that they have no time to recover from a Red Beard ambush, and after a fierce fight they are all captured. Reunited with Tao, Og is asked by the Red Beards to make fire for them, as Tao has told them he could, and so the four friends plan to escape under cover of a grass blaze. But suddenly a vast herd of mammoths appears, and the fire must be used to scare them off. The ruse succeeds, and the four take the opportunity to flee safely. full text

1935. Og, Son of Fire: Cubs of the Wolf. in: Boys' Life, v.25 #6, June 1935, pp 14, 44-46 [3,106 words] (10¢). illustrated by Jack Murray. [Chapter 12 of Og of the Cave People]. 52 pp. Boy Scouts of America. (cover by Orson (Byron) Lowell [1871-1956])*
Og has staked out the den of the she-wolf that has been attacking the Flat Head village, and is looking forward to training her cubs as dogs once he has killed her and ended the menace. He gets a clear shot when she emerges from her cave, and kills her with a single arrow. But his victory yell attracts the attention of a he-wolf that had been her mate, and when Og emerges with the cubs the immense wolf immediately attacks. Og's axe and knife are both lost in the terrifying battle, but the two fall off the cliff into the river, still locked together, and Og's greater security underwater allows him to prevail. Near unconscious, he is pulled from the water by Ru, Tao, and Big Tooth, who had been fishing, and they go to bring back the cubs which will become future dogs of the village. full text

 

Og stories not republished in a book

1935. Og, Son of Fire: The Place of Missing Men. in: Boys' Life, v.25 #7, July, 1935, pp 11, 48-49 [2,123 words] (10¢). illustrated by Jack Murray. [not in Og of the Cave People]. 52 pp. Boy Scouts of America. (cover by Norman (Perceval) Rockwell [1894-1978])*
Something has been happening to the Flat Head turtle hunters — those who have taken their canoes down to the turtle beach for turtles and eggs have not been returning... A superstitious fear begins to invade the hearts of tribe, and so despite everyone's misgivings, Og, Ru, Tao and Big Tooth head off to investigate. They are caught in a powerful current, carried past the turtle beach and tossed up on a strange shore, their canoe broken in two. There they find the bones of their clansmen and are soon attacked by a giant octopus. After a fierce battle they slay the terrible beast and begin their homeward trek. full text

1935. Og, Son of Fire: Canyon of the Moon Cats. in: Boys' Life, v.25 #10, Oct. 1935, pp 16-17, 48-49 [4,125 words] (10¢). illustrated by Jack Murray. [not in Og of the Cave People]. 52 pp. Boy Scouts of America. (cover by Charles H. Towne)*
Og and Big Foot have located the village where they believe their friends Ru and Tao are being held captive by the little brown "throw-stick" men. They had fought with them as they returned overland from their turtle beach adventure, and though they had escaped that time, Ru had been injured, and while he'd been left at camp with Tao, the two had apparently been captured. They see the medicine man, Watusi, lead the bound Ru and Tao to a place in the valley where they are to be sacrificed to the black panthers of the Moon God, and leave them there. Og and Big Foot drop a vine down to their ledge, fight off the panthers and save Ru and Tao, barely escaping with their lives... full text

1935. Og, Son of Fire: Arrows from the Sky. in: Boys' Life, v.25 #11, Nov. 1935, pp 14-15, 49-50 [3,219 words] (10¢). illustrated by Jack Murray. [not in Og of the Cave People]. 52 pp. Boy Scouts of America. (cover by William (John) Heaslip [1898-1970])*
Og, Ru, Tao and Big Tooth, from high up on a ledge, have killed the tapir they were stalking. But Big Tooth urges caution during their descent, as the animal appeared to be fleeing something. Sure enough, by the time they reach the bottom, they find their prey surrounded by enemy Boomerang Men, and Watusi, their medicine man. Though they are puzzled and frightened by the arrows from the sky, Watusi assures them it's a gift from the Sun god, and they carry the tapir back to their village, followed stealthily by the four friends. In the middle of the night they go to retake their booty from the tree it is hanging on, but find Watusi has the same idea. When they grab him and he sounds the alarm, he tells the others they are gods, for theirs were the magic arrows, and all bow to them in obeisance. full text

1935. Og, Son of Fire: The Howl of a Hyena. in: Boys' Life, v.25 #12, Dec. 1935, pp. 12, 54. [2,286 words] (10¢). illustrated by Jack Murray. [not in Og of the Cave People]. 64 pp. Boy Scouts of America. (cover by Arthur Smith)*
Og, Ru, Tao and Big Tooth have spent the night in a tree, hiding from pursuing Boomerang Men and their witch doctor, Watusi, and trying to avoid the great mammoth and her calf, who were in the meadow they want to cross. In the morning there is no sign of the mammoth, until they hear the distant call of a hyena, and she rises from the tall grass, upset by the cry. Soon the friends spy the Boomerang Men coming down the trail after them, but unaware of the mammoth. Big Tooth gives out a hyena yell, and the mammoth discovers the Boomerang Men, chasing and killing many while Og and his companions disappear across the now vacated meadow. full text

1936. Og, Son of Fire: The Ice Monster. in: Boys' Life, v.26 #1, Jan. 1936, pp 16-17, 50 [4,110 words] (10¢). illustrated by Jack Murray. [not in Og of the Cave People]. 52 pp. Boy Scouts of America. (cover by Harold N. Anderson [1894-1973])*
Trying to escape from hunger and the medicine man Watusi and his Boomerang Men, Og, Ru, Tao and Big Tooth have taken to crossing the high snow country in the mountains. Og, fearing an avalanche, has had them all link together by making a life line of their buckskin belts, but in fact when an avalanche does come, the belts break, and Og struggles to the surface of the snow alone, swept down into a glacier's valley. He spots movement, and shortly the four are reunited. They track a wolf for food, but it is a mother with three cubs and they all escape. Then the four cave men find a frozen dinosaur in the ice of the glacier, and signs that the wolves have been eating on it tell them their hunger is over. And certainly the avalanche has eliminated the Boomerang Men from their trail. full text

 

Og, Son of Og (1965)

As far as I know, only these four episodes of Og, Son of Og, were published in Boys' Life.
If you know of any others, please let me know.

1954. Son of Og. in: Boys' Life, v.44 #4, April 1954, pp 10-11, 26-27 [3,532 words] (25¢). illustrated by Albert D. Jousset. [Chapters 1-2 of Og, Son of Og]. 78 pp. Boy Scouts of America. (cover by Gene Klebe)*
Young Og escapes from the Ape People who'd kidnapped him years earlier, and floats down the river on a log. When he comes ashore, he discovers a fire-ravaged site, and the burned remains of an elk, whose taste brings back memories of his childhood. The apes discover him again, but he grabs a burning club and frightens them off, discovering the power of fire. full text

1955. Og, Son of Og: Thundermakers. in: Boys' Life, v.45 #10, October 1955, pp 14-15, 80-83 [3,891 words] (25¢). illustrated by Mort Künstler. [Chapter 4 of Og, Son of Og]. 98 pp. Boy Scouts of America. (cover by Carol Johnson)*
Having escaped from the tree people who had kidnapped and raised him, Og, Son of Og is trying to make his way back to his own people. He had followed the banks of a river, but when it veered off in the wrong direction, he was forced to head across the fields. Then he found the tracks of a herd of mammoths, and sought a way to avoid them. He looked for a trail along the swamp, but while searching he stumbled across the herd, and was spotted and chased. Climbing a cypress provides a temporary haven, but when the mammoths uproot it he barely escapes with his life, swinging away on a vine at the last minute. full text

1956. Og, Son of Og: Og's Dogs. in: Boys' Life, v.46 #4, April 1956, pp 18-19, 36-37 [2,530 words] (25¢). illustrated by Bernard Safran. [Chapter 6 of Og, Son of Og]. 88 pp. Boy Scouts of America. (cover by Taylor Oughton)*
Og has built a raft, as he vaguely remembered his father telling he had done, long ago. Spying movement on a floating log, he discovers two wolf cubs. First thinking of them as food, he recognizes their friendliness, and decides not to kill them. They scent meat on shore, and find the carcass of a tapir killed by a fallen boulder. The wolf cubs drive away the vultures, and the three eat, only to be interrupted by a pair of savage hyenas. Og and the wolf cubs fight them off, and a new friendship is formed. full text
1959. Og, Son of Og: Sabertooth Savage. in: Boys' Life, v.49 #5, May. 1959, pp 21, 68-71 [3,428 words] (25¢). illustrated by Vivian Holder, Dave Hall. [Chapter 7 of Og, Son of Og]. 78 pp. Boy Scouts of America. (cover: Photo Contest winners)*
Og and his two wolf cubs have had to abandon their raft and take to land, for the river headed off in the wrong direction from this people. But soon they regret the decision, for the scent of the saber-toothed tiger is strong. Og finds a stick that would be good for a bow, as he remembers his father had made, but there is no sinew for the string. He sees the cat kill a three-toed horse, and considers steeling a haunch while the tiger is sleeping. But a well-placed boulder pushed onto the sleeping sabertooth earns Og not only his bow-string, but a trophy few of his people could claim. full text


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