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What is "Sulla Cordigliera"?
Italian for "on the mountain" or a phrase with a similar meaning, it's also the
title of a recently-discovered Jonny Quest
book published in Italian. The word "cordigliera" seems to refer to some particular
mountain or mountain range in the Andes, but I could not find a clear definition
of the word. However, both meanings fit with the story in the book, as you shall
see. If anyone can shed any light on a definite meaning for the word, I would appreciate
hearing from you.
When I asked Martin if he spoke Italian, and how he was able to translate this text,
he replied as follows: I speak Spanish fluently, so I was able to decipher a lot
of the language because Italian is so similar. However, I did use an online translator
to help with some phrases.
Following is Martin's synopsis of the book, and links to a number of scanned images
showing some of the important parts of the book, including its illustrations.
Special thanks to fellow JQ fan Martin Sentmanat for
sharing this material (the scanned images, the translated table of contents, and
the synopsis) with us!
© 2002 Lyle P. Blosser
The book is 122 pages long; published in Verona, Italy in 1971. It contains
the "Quest File O-37" license mark
, indicating it was an officially-sanctioned
Here is a translation of the
Table of Contents
- Two boys and a dog
- The "Prince of Darkness"
- The Plot
- The Abduction
- Bandit's Curiosity
- The Abandoned Warehouse
- The Rescue
- Tropical Hurricane
- Castle In The Andes
- A Triplane for Race
- The Duel
- Goodbye Mountains!
In South America, Doctor Quest and a colleague, Doctor Gregory, have been developing
a top secret jet aircraft that is being test piloted by Race Bannon. A mechanic,
Bruce Wayne (no relation to Batman), who works at the hangar hears the men talk
about the top secret project dubbed Prince of Darkness
and quickly reports this information to Lou Redfox who owns a nearby aircraft manufacturing
company. The two plot to sabotage the plane as Redfox sees the project as a threat
to his business. Wayne and some cronies return to the hangar to carry out the mission
when Race stumbles upon their activities. Race is then ambushed, kidnapped, and
held in an abandoned warehouse nearby. The next morning the Quests discover that
Race is missing and are concerned. Jonny, Hadji (misspelled as Haji throughout the
book, although consistent with the spelling seen in the official license mark),
and Bandit start to sniff around the hangar where Race was abducted, and Bandit
discovers a broken flashlight on the ground, the very flashlight Race had dropped
during the struggle. Bandit picks up the scent from the flashlight and the three
head off in the path of the abandoned warehouse. As they investigate the area, Hadji
falls through a soft spot in the structure and lands inside the thugs' lair. Jonny
runs back to call for help, while Hadji awaits his return. Having heard the loud
crash, the thugs begin to snoop around but don't discover the hiding Hadji. In the
meantime, Jonny arrives with reinforcements to save the day and Hadji gratefully
meets them while the police flush out the criminals with megaphones and arrest the
thugs. The Quests then depart on a flight when they run into a hurricane that forces
them to land on a mountaintop in the Andes, and what unfolds is a plot similar to
the episode "Shadow of the Condor". It is noteworthy that upon introducing himself
to Baron Francois-Marie de la Valliere (son of WWI German aviator Major Gustave
de la Valliere), Doctor Quest introduces himself as a professor at the University
of Chicago! It should also be noted that the baron and his servant, Julio, are depicted
differently than the illustrated characters in "Shadow of the Condor" television
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