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In the summer of 1929 Grosset and Dunlap published the first TARZAN story-strip in book form. It contained all 300 of the illustrations by Harold Foster which had appeared in the strip plus an additional illustration which Foster prepared especially for the book. It appears on both the cover and the dust jacket. This book was intended to be the first of a series of illustrated Tarzan books. G&D published it in the same format that Cupples and Leon was using to publish their popular series of LITTLE ORPHAN ANNIE cartoon strips in book form, but THE ILLUSTRATED TARZAN BOOK NO. 1 had no sequels. The reason for this, according to a letter from G&D in the 1940s, was because TARZAN #1 was not successful. The additional illustration, used on the cover and dust jacket, visualizes the tales from one of the strips, "Terkoz turned to fight for his prize."
Courtesy of Michael Tierney
Jeep Comics (R. B. Leffingwell & Company)
# 1-29 mid-1940s. U.S. Armed Forces giveaways.
Tarzan strip reprints through the whole series.
See the Tip Top Covers at ERBzine 0822 and ERBzine 0823
A United Features 1936
- 1941 series reprinting strips. (68 pp - 10 cents)
Most issues featured Tarzan (Hal Foster colour Sunday page reprints)
(A "T" indicates a featured Tarzan cover)
1T, 2T, 3T, 4-8, 9T, 10, 11T, 12, 13T, 14, 15, 16T, 17, 18T, 19, 20,
21T, 22, 23, 24T, 25, 26, 27T, 28, 29, 30T, 31, 32T, 33T, 34T, 35,
36T, 37T, 38, 39T, 40, 41T, 42, 43T, 44, 45T, 46, 47T, 48, 49, 50T
51, 52T, 53-62
Sparkler Comics (Daily
strips with colour added)
Sunday pages in colour ~ Army magazine
Nos. (-17?) 18-29, (after 29???)
Larger 1 || Larger 2
Daily strips of Tarzan
of the Apes, Return of Tarzan, Beasts of Tarzan, and
Son of Tarzan with colour added. 1T, 2, 3T, 4-29.
The TARZAN OF THE APES story-strip illustrated by Foster was reprinted in COMICS ON PARADE, Vol. 1, No. 1, April 1938 through Vol. 1, No. 7, October 1938. The magazine was published by United Features Syndicate, Inc., who had taken over the TARZAN story-strip distribution rights in 1930. The magazine sold for 10 cents per copy and reprinted the strip in color. None of the covers featured TARZAN but he appeared with groups of the other characters featured in the magazine on several covers. One of the better of these, by Paul F. Berdanier, appears above. A collection of COMICS ON PARADE, NO. 1 through 12, containing the Foster story-strip, were bound in illustrated boards and reissued at the New York World's Fair in 1939-40 and sold through the mail in 1940 at $2.00 per volume.
TARZAN OF THE APES by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Large Feature Comic No. 5. Dell Publishing Co. New York. 1938. Illustrated by Harold Foster and Henry E. Vallely.
This Dell series ran from issue 1 (June 1938)
through 43 (January 1942)
Tarzan was featured in many of the issues.
Nos. 15-25, 27-36.
Larger 1 || Larger 2
Hi-Spot Comics #2 - November 1940 -
featured an adaptation of
the opening chapters of At The Earth's Core:
David Innes of Pellucidar
Adapted and drawn by John Coleman Burroughs.
From the Michael Tierney Collection
35 ~ 36 ~ 37 ~ 40 ~ 42
This Dell series ran from issue 1 (October 1936) thru 64 (May 1942)
John Carter's first appearance in comic format was in The Funnies
Issue #30, May 1939 -- Issue #56, June, 1941.
Most of the art was by John Coleman Burroughs
Issues 35, 36, 37, 40 and 42 had John Carter of Mars covers.
See all the Funnies Covers at ERBzine 0825
Read THE FUNNIES starting at:
Tarzan and the Devil Ogre #134
1947 Dell comic
Tarzan and the Fires of Tohr #161
1947 Dell Comic
Presents The Dell and Gold Key Tarzan Comics
Read 'em All
Edgar Rice Burroughs Comic Book Chronology
Ref: Tarzan of the Comics
|1929||The Illustrated Tarzan Book (Grosset & Dunlap), 80 pages, 7"x9", hardcover, dust-jacket, 50. Reprints Harold Foster's first daily comic strips.|
|1934||Tarzan of the Apes (Metropolitan Newspaper Service), # 1, hardcover, 68 pages, 4"x12", strip reprints.|
|1934||The Illustrated Tarzan Book (Grosset & Dunlap), hardcover, second printing, 76 pages, 7"x9", 25.|
|April 1936||Tip Top Comics (United Features Syndicate #1-187; St. John # 188), #1 April 1936- #188 September 1954. Tarzan strip reprints appear in #1-64, 66, 71, 75, 76, 79-131, 133-188. Tarzan covers appear on # 1-3, 9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 21, 24, 27, 30, 32-34, 36, 37, 39, 41, 43, 45, 47, 50, 52. #7 features a biography of Edgar Rice Burroughs.|
|April 1938||Comics on Parade (United Features Syndicate), #1 April 1938- #29 August 1940. Strip reprints.|
|1938||Famous Feature Stories (Dell Comics), #1 1938. 68 pages, 7"x11". Six page Tarzan text story with illustrations by Juanita Bennett.|
|April 1939||Funnies (Dell Comics), #30 April 1938- #56 1941. John Carter of Mars begins by an anonymous artist. Art on feature taken over by John Coleman Burroughs in #34. This adaptation predates the John Carter newspaper strip and is the first Burroughs story to be adapted as an original comic book series.|
|April 1939||Popular Comics (Dell Comics), #38 April 1939- # 43 September 1939. Three page Tarzan text stories with spot illustrations only. These adapt Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle. This feature moves to Crackajack Funnies.|
|September 1939||Crackajack Funnies (Dell Comics), #15 September 1939- #46 June 1941. Three page Tarzan text stories with spot illustrations only. These adapt Tarzan and the City of Gold in #15-25, 27-29. Issues #30-34, and 36 also have this feature.|
|1939||Large Feature Comic, Series I (Dell Comics), #5 1939. Bound in color card covers, 8"x11 3/8", 76 pages, black and white. Harold Foster Tarzan reprints from 1929, with additional art including splash pages by Juanita Bennett. First full comic devoted to Tarzan in the comic book format.|
|November 1940||Hi-Spot Comics, (Hawley Publications), #2 November 1940. Features David Innes of Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs and art by John Coleman Burroughs. Second Burroughs story to be adapted as original comic book series.|
|1940||Single Series (United Features Syndicate), #20 1940. 68 pages, 64 are Harold Foster Sunday Tarzan reprints from 1932-1933.|
|July 1941||Sparkler Comics, second series (United Features Syndicate), #1 July 1941- #92 March 1950. Issues # 1-86, 90-92 reportedly all have Burne Hogarth Tarzan strip reprints. Issues # 14, 21, 25, 28, 31, 34, 37, 39, 47, 50, 53 all have Tarzan covers by Hogarth. Issues # 44 and 83 have Tarzan covers by other artists.|
|circa 1944||Jeep Comics (R. B. Leffingwell & Company), # 1-29 mid-1940s. U.S. Armed Forces giveaways. Tarzan strip reprints.|
|February 1946||Sport Stars (Parent's Magazine Institute), # 1 February-March 1946, "How Tarzan Got That Way," Johnny Weissmuller biography.|
|February 1947||Tarzan and the Devil Ogre (Dell Comics), 4-Color # 134 February 1947. First original comic book Tarzan story with cover and interior art by Jesse Mace Marsh.|
|August 1947||Tarzan and the Fires of Tohr (Dell Comics), 4-Color # 161 August 1947. Second original comic book Tarzan story with cover and interior art by Jesse Mace Marsh.|
|January 1948||Tarzan (Dell Comics), #1 January-February 1948- #131 July-August 1962. First original comic book Tarzan series. #1-7 have covers by Marsh, # 8-12 have covers by Gollub. Photo covers, primarily featuring Lex Barker, begin with # 13. Marsh drew most issues with Gaylord Dubois providing scripts. However, in the 1960s, replacement artists drawing in Marsh's style become more frequent. #63 features Russ Manning art on one of the Tarzan stories, perhaps his first on the character. This title continues under the Gold Key imprint.|
|1950||Tarzan Comic (Donald F. Peters), Vol. 1, # 1 1950- Vol. 2, # 15 October 1951. Volume 1 are all 68 pages, volume 2 are all 36 pages. Tarzan strip reprints, first British Tarzan title.|
|September 1951||Tarzan: the Grand Adventure Comic (Westworld), Vol. 1, # 1 September 15, 1951- Vol. 2, # 36 April 3, 1953. Issues in volume 1 were every other week, volume 2 was weekly. Most issues have strip reprints with a very few original stories mixed in making this the first British title to feature original stories. Continues as Tarzan Adventures.|
|February 1952||John Carter of Mars (Dell Comics), 4-Color, #375 February 1952, #437 November 1952, #488 August 1953. All have Marsh art and are the first three original comic book treatments of John Carter.|
|1952||March of Comics (Dell Comics), #82 1952- #366 1972. Beginning
with issue #82 in 1952, March of Comics presented one Tarzan issue
each year until Western Publishing lost the rights to the character in
1972. Issues with Tarzan are:
82 (1952) Lex Barker photo cover.
98 (1953) Lex Barker photo cover.
114 (1954) 1st Russ Manning art on Tarzan?
125 (1955) Lex Barker photo cover.
144 (1956) Russ Manning art.
155 (1957) Photo cover.
185 (1959) Photo cover.
204 (1960), 223 (1961), 240 (1962), 252 (1963), 262 (1964), 272 (1965), 286 (1966), 300 (1967), 318 (1968), 332 (1969), 342 (1970), 354 (1971), 366 (1972)
|August 1952||Tarzan's Jungle Annual (Dell Comics), #1 August 1952- #7 September 1958. Each yearly issue was a 100 page Dell Giant. Reportedly there were two different number fives issued in about 1956.|
|April 8, 1953||Tarzan Adventures (Westworld), a continuation of Westworld's Tarzan: the Grand Adventure Comic. Vol. 3, # 1 April 8, 1953- Vol. 9, # 32 December 26, 1959. Strip reprints with a few original British stories.|
|1953||John Carter of Mars (World Distributors), # 1-2 1953. 28 pages, British reprints from Dell's 4-Color issues.|
|November 1959||Tarzan's Jungle World (Dell Comics), Dell Giant #25 November 1959. Jesse Marsh art.|
|November 1960||Tarzan, King of the Jungle (Dell Comics), Dell Giant #37 November 1960 and Dell Giant #51 November 1961. Both have Jesse Marsh art.|
|November 1962||Tarzan (Gold Key), continuation of the Dell Comics series. #132 November 1962- #137 October 1963. Jesse Marsh or Marsh style art in all issues. Title continues as Tarzan of the Apes.|
|November 1963||Tarzan of the Apes (Gold Key), continuation of Gold Key's Tarzan. #138 November 1963- #206 February 1972. Jesse Marsh or Marsh style art #138-153. First Russ Manning art on Tarzan series #154. Manning art #154-161, 163, 164, 166, 167, 172-177, reprints #178, 202. Doug Wildey art #162, 179-187. Other artists include Mal Keefer, Paul Norris, and Mike Royer. #162, 165, 168, 171 have Ron Ely photo covers. First Korak, Son of Tarzan #139 December 1963. #155 origin of Tarzan.|
|January 1964||Korak, Son of Tarzan (Gold Key), #1 January 1964- #45 January 1972. Russ Manning art #1-11, 21. Warren Tufts art # 12-13.|
|April 1964||John Carter of Mars (Gold Key), #1 April 1964- #3 October 1964. Reprints of the Dell 4-Color issues.|
|December 1964||Jungle Tales of Tarzan (Charlton Comics), #1 December 1964- #4 July 1965. #1-3 have Glanzman art, #4 is by Montes/Bache.|
|September 1965||Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle (Gold Key), #1 September, 1965. Giant issue with newsprint cover, Jesse Marsh reprints.|
|Jan. 14, 1967||TV Tornado (City), #1 January 14, 1967- #88 September 14, 1968. #1 begins Tarzan by Harry Bishop, perhaps the first original British continuing Tarzan series. Stories continue as part of City's TV Century 21.|
|May 1, 1967||Tarzan World Adventure Library (World Distributors), #1 May 1, 1967- #4 August 4, 1967. All 68 page issues. British reprints of Gold Key issues.|
|July 1967||Tarzan of the Apes (Top Comics/Gold Key). #1 July 1967. Reprints Gold Key's Tarzan of the Apes #169.|
|1967||The Illustrated Tarzan Book (Burroughs Bibliophile # 2), 7"x9", $5. Reprints the 1929 edition.|
|1967||TV Tornado Annual (City), annual issues unnumbered. Each hardcover issues has at least one original British Tarzan story.|
|Sept. 21, 1968||TV Century 21 (City), #190 September 21, 1968- #242 September 20, 1969. Tarzan begins in 190. Stories continue in TV 21 & Joe 90.|
|Sept. 27, 1969||TV 21 & Joe 90 (City/IPC), #1 September 27, 1969- #68 September 25, 1971. Original British Tarzan stories by Don Lawrence begin in #1.|
|1969||Golden Comics Digest (Gold Key), #4 1969 and #9 1970. Both are 168 page digest sized issues of Manning and Marsh Tarzan reprints.|
|1970||Tarzan Story Digest (Gold Key), #1 June 1970. Gold Key Tarzan reprints.|
|1971||Tarzan of the Apes (Top Sellers), #1 1971- #100 1975. 36 page British reprints of Gold Key issues.|
|April 1972||Tarzan (DC), #207 April 1972- #258 February 1977. First Joe Kubert art on Tarzan. Continuation of Gold Key's Tarzan of the Apes.|
|June 1972||Korak, Son of Tarzan (DC), #46 June 1972- #56 March 1974, #57 June 1975- #59 October 1975. Continuation of Gold Key's Korak, Son of Tarzan. Continues as D.C.'s Tarzan Family.|
|Fall 1972||Tarzan Comic Digest (DC), #1 Fall 1972. Kubert cover art, Manning interior art.|
|August 1972||Weird Worlds (DC), #1 August-September 1972- #7 August-September 1973. All issues feature original John Carter, Warlord of Mars and original Pellucidar stories.|
|1972||Tarzan of the Apes Pocketbook (Top Sellers), no number, 1972. 260 pages of Dell/Gold Key British reprints.|
|1972||Tarzan of the Apes Super Special Adventure (Williams), #1-2 1972. British 52 page Dell reprints.|
|August 1973||DC 100 Page Super Spectacular (DC), #DC-19 August 1973. All reprints of Manning's Tarzan strips.|
|1973||Limited Collector's Edition (DC), #C-22 1973, #C-29 1974. C-22 reprints the origin of Tarzan from #207-210 of the DC series. C-29 reprints "Return of Tarzan" from the DC series.|
|1974||Aurora Comic Scenes Instruction Booklet- Tarzan (Aurora Plastics Co.), #181-140 1974. Printed on high quality stock, 8 pages, 6" x 9 3/4". Neal Adams art. Comic was provided with the Tarzan model kit from Aurora and also has instructions for assembly of the model.|
|Sept. 1975||Marvel Movie Premiere (Marvel Comics), #1 September 1975. Black and white magazine adapts the motion picture based on Burrough's Land that Time Forgot.|
|Dec. 1975||Tarzan Family (DC), #60 December 1975- #66 December 1976. Title continued from D.C.'s Korak, Son of Tarzan. Other Burroughs characters featured include Carson of Venus and John Carter of Mars as well as adaptations of some Pellucidar stories.|
|June 11, 1977||Tarzan Weekly (Byblos), #1 June 11, 1977- present? This british title presents Tarzan reprints from various U.S. sources.|
|June 1977||John Carter, Warlord of Mars (Marvel Comics), #1 June 1977- #28 October 1979, Annual #1 1977- #3 1979. Issues 1-10 and Annual 1 feature art by Gil Kane who also provided covers. Issue 15 also sports Kane art. Walter Simonson drew issue 15 and Frank Miller issue 18. Issues 16-27 feature the epic "Master Assassin of Mars" stories written by Marv Wolfman and drawn, mostly, by Chris Claremont.|
|June 1977||Tarzan (Marvel Comics), #1 June 1977- #28 October 1979, Annual #1 1977- #3 1979. Issues 1-18 have art by John Buscema.|
|Summer 1978||Tarzan Special (Byblos), Not numbered, Summer 1978- Winter 1981. Summer 1978 was 68 pages, Summer 1979 was 52 pages. All issues of this British comic have U.S. reprints from various sources.|
|1983||Marvel Super Special (Marvel Comics), #29 1983. Magazine size, color. The origin of Tarzan retold again as adapted by Sharman DiVono and Mark Evanier with art by Dan Spiegle.|
|July 1984||Tarzan of the Apes (Marvel Comics), #1 July 1984- #2 August 1984. Reprints Marvel Super Special #29.|
|March 1992||Tarzan the Warrior (Malibu Comics), #1 March 1992- #5. Tarzan returns after being absent from comics for almost eight years.|
|Aug. 1992||Tarzan: Love, Lies and the Lost City (Malibu Comics), #1 August 1992- #3 September 1992. Issue 1 was 68 pages. The series featured Simonson and Wagner scripts.|
|Nov. 1992||Tarzan: The Beckoning (Malibu Comics), #1 November 1992- #6 April 1993. Tom Yeates provides art for this series.|
|January 1995||Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan the Lost Adventure (Dark Horse Comics), #1 January 1995- #4 April 1995. This square-bound black and white title attempts to recapture the atmosphere of the original Tarzan stories as they were published in pulp magazines. Issues one and two, at least, have covers by Arthur Suydam and interior illustrations by Tom Yeates. Writer Joe R. Lansdale completed an unpublished Burroughs draft for this series. This title is, perhaps, the most worthy Tarzan series since the D.C. title of the early-1970s.|
|June 1995||Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan: A Tale of Mugambi (Dark Horse Comics), #1. Single issue written by Darko Macan and illustrated by Igor Korde. Originally intended for Malibu.|
|July 1995||Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan vs. Predator at the Earth's Core (Dark Horse Comics), #1 July 1995- #4 October 1995. Walter Simonson scripts and Lee Weeks art.|
|January 1996||Tarzan / John Carter: Warlords of Mars (Dark Horse Comics), #1 January 1996-#4 April 1996. Mini-series written by Bruce Jones and illustrated by Bret Blevins.|
|July 1996||Tarzan (Dark Horse Comics), #1 July 1996-#20 March 1998. Dark Horse initiated the first ongoing Tarzan series since Marvel's efforts in the late-1970s.|
|1996||Tarzan In the Land That Time Forgot and The Pool of Time (Dark Horse Comics), squarebound issue with cardboard cover. 1970s Russ Manning newspaper strips as packaged for European album sales.|
|April 1997||Edgar Rice Burroughs' The Return of Tarzan (Dark Horse Comics), #1 April 1997-#3 June 1997. Nicely from the 1916 Burroughs novel by Tom Yeates.|
|May 1998||Tarzan / Carson of Venus (Dark Horse Comics), #1 May 1998-#4 August 1998.|
|September 1998||Dark Horse Presents (Dark Horse Comics), #135 September 1998, #143 May 1999. Holding the rights to the Burroughs properties, Dark Horse proceeded to use them in their ongoing anthology title in at least two issues. #143 features Tom Yeates on Tarzan: Tales Of Pellucidar.|
|1999||Disney's Tarzan (Dark Horse Comics), #1-#2, Two issue adaptation of the Disney animated film.|
|April 1999||Tarzan The Savage Heart (Dark Horse Comics), #1 April 1999-#4 July 1999. Written and drawn by Mike Grell, Tarzan newspaper strip artist.|
|May 1999||Tarzan Comics Library (Dark Horse Comics), #1 May 1999-#3 November 1999. Squarebound issues with cardboard covers. Reprints 1960s-70s Russ Manning Tarzan. #1 Tarzan of the Apes (primarily reprints from the Dell and Gold Key series, most importantly #155-#157). #2 Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar (primarily reprints from the Dell and Gold Key series, most importantly #159-#161). #3 Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan the Untamed (primarily reprints from the Dell and Gold Key series, most importantly #163-#164, #166-#167).|
|September 1999||Batman / Tarzan: Claws Of The Cat-Woman (Dark Horse Comics), #1 September 1999-#4 December 1999.|
|November 1999||Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan- The Rivers of Blood (Dark Horse Comics), #1 November 1999-#4 February 2000. Igor Kordey was the primary creative energy behind this series. Intended to be eight issues, it was cancelled after four.|
|2001||Superman / Tarzan, Sons of the Jungle (Dark Horse Comics), #1-#3.|
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