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TARZAN MONTHLY - UK VOLUMES 1 and 2
TARZAN: THE GRAND ADVENTURE - UK VOLUME 1
(More Cover Illustrations To Be Added)
Publisher Donald F. Peters, Ltd. published the first English Tarzan comic in 1950. Throughout the '50s this and following series of UK comics consisted of black and white reprints of American newspaper comic strips.
The series started off with the title: TARZAN MONTHLY, which ran for 19 issues. This was a noteworthy series as they reprinted a full American Sunday strip on each page.
The comic was then taken over by Westworld Publications, Ltd. of London, who changed the title to TARZAN: THE GRAND ADVENTURE COMIC for Volumes 1 and 2.
With Volume 3 the title changed again -- to TARZAN ADVENTURES -- title which it bore until its demise with at the end of Volume 9.
In the following series of Webpages the ERBzine C.H.A.S.E.R. Comics Encyclopedia will attempt to identify the American comic reprints contained in each of these UK comics. Where possible we will also add cover art.
We presented the following information in: ERBzine 0092
Volumes 1 ? 2 Published by Donald F. Peters, 70 High Holborn, London
Volumes 3 - 9: Published by Westword Publications, 33 Brooke St., London Price per issue: 6.d (sixpence)
- The series consists of B?W reprints of American daily and Sunday Tarzan strips: Maxon, Foster, Hogarth, Cardy, Lubbers, Reinman, Barry, Rubimore, Celardo, et al.
- Some of the early covers featured colour-touched-up photos of Lex Barker with painted in backgrounds.
- Each issue featured a secondary illustrated adventure story (usually westerns or SF) as well as 1-3 short text stories by authors such as
- Mike Moorcock, Eric Hawkesworth, etc.
- The occasional fumetti was also featured.
- Ongoing illustrated adventure titles featured:
- Chris Welkin - Planeteer by Winterbotham and Sansom (a curious Terry and the Pirates clone)
- Dave Logan and the Lone Vaquero
- Arizona Bill
- Tobias Blunt - R.N. - Detective of the Seas
- Buffalo Bill's - Saga of the West
- Sydney Pook cartoons
- Amphibus - MKI
- Sid Carrow, Sheriff
- Heroes Underground (WWII)
- The series promoted a readers' Tarzan Club (membership one shilling) and usually devoted the inside front cover to letters and editorials concerning the club.
- Members were issued a Tarzan badge, membership card and a special message decoder. A great many feature pages came and went: activities, tricks, magic, hobbies, cartoons, tit-bits, pictorial, Editor's and Uncle Bill's pages were all featured at some time.
- A full-page "Novelty Bargains from Ellisdons" ad appeared on the back pages of many of the issues.
- Many issues feature photos of film Tarzans - mainly Barker and Scott - often a two-page centrespread.
In the 1950s, England featured a Westworld Tarzan Club. The main items offered were a 1 3/8” tall plastic badge which featured a silhouette of Tarzan and a membership card. The front of the folded membership card featured an artist's rendition of the club badge. Each card was stamped with a membership number and also gave printed spaces for the member to fill in their name, address, birthday, and club rank. The back of the card featured a secret message decoder for the club members to decode secret messages.
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Lubbers 50.8.27 - 51.4.22
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