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Volume 0036




OTIS ADELBERT KLINE
1891-1946

CONTENTS
1. Short Bios
2. An OAK Bibliography
Navigation Chart For Our Otis Adelbert Kline Sites
ERBzine 0036: 
Bios & Biblio
ERBzine 0037
Articles & Story
 ERBzine 0054:
Illustrated Biblio
ERBzine 0442: 
Bio-Film
ERBzine 1139:
Weird Gallery/OAK Speaks

1. OAK Mini-Bios
The creator of Tarzan and John Carter of Mars, Edgar Rice Burroughs, was, without a doubt, the most famous author of fantasy-adventure. Though his imitators were legion, only one man was able to compete successfully with Burroughs. He was Otis Adelbert Kline.

Though they wrote for the same publishers and filmed by the same movie studios, Kline never meant to compete with Burroughs. He admired the author, and it was his enthusiasm for that type of story that inspired him to create his own universe of planets of peril, peopled by swashbuckling planeteers and stimulating sirens.

En garde!  You have in hand The Swordsman of Mars. This is not the science-fiction of computers and analogs. There will be no roar of rockets. This is for the reader who wants a free-fall flight in fantastic adventure with star-flung heroes fighting furiously for honor on worlds without it, and beautiful maidens who know there is a fate worse than death! This is for the reader who likes his thrills unique, and his fiction spellbinding from first page to last.

Touche?  Then Otis Adelbert Kline is your meat! The only author to be compared with Edgar Rice Burroughs, but whose work is as original as Burroughs' own!

                -- Vernell Coriell - Founder, The Burroughs Bibliophiles
                   from the introduction to ACE edition Swordsman of Mars 


Edgar Rice Burroughs, creator of Tarzan of the Apes and John Carter of Barsoom, has never had a peer. He stands unsurpassed as a master of fantasy-adventure, and so it shall always be.

Yet there was one who came so close that many consider him to have equaled the old master himself. He was Otis Adelbert Kline, a superb fantasy author, and creator of Jan of the Jungle and Grandon of Terra, the Prince of Peril.

Surely Kline and Burroughs had much in common. They both wrote because they loved to write, they wrote the same type of stories for more or less the same magazines, and they probably influenced each other greatly.

In 1933, Kline introduced the readers of Argosy to Jerry Morgan, the swashbuckling hero of The Outlaws of Mars and it was an instant success. "Excitement, vivid imagination, and strong human conflicts make up this full-length fantastic novel of an Earthman's adventures on the Red Planet." So said the editors then and now, nearly thirty years later, their description is still valid.
                             -- Camille Cazedessus, Jr.
                                                -- Editor, ERB-dom Magazine
    In the introduction for the ACE edition of the Outlaws of Mars



2. A PARTIAL BIBLIOGRAPHY of the works of OTIS ADELBERT KLINE 
First short story:
THE THING OF A THOUSAND SHAPES in the first Weird Tales Magazine, 1923
    OAK was a member of the original Weird Tales editorial staff and appeared frequently in the magazine's early issues
THE PHANTOM WOLFHOUND ~ Weird Tales, June 1923
CORPSE ON THE THIRD SLAB ~ Weird Tales, July-August 1923


THE CUP OF BLOOD ~ Weird Tales, Sept 1923 and June 1935
THE DEAD ROBIN ~ Detective Tales, Sep 1923
WOORALI DEATH (The Ferret) ~ Detective Tales, October 1923
THE THUMB VERDICT ~ Detective Tales, 1923 or 1924
BILLY HOLLOWAY'S LUCK ~ People's Popular Monthly, 1924
MALIGNANT ENTITY ~ Weird Tales, May-June-July 1924

WHY WEIRD TALES? (article) ~ Weird Tales, May-June-July 1924 and Weird Tales, March 1934
THE YELLOW KILLER (with Harold Ward) ~ The Detective Magazine Aug 29, 1924


THE SEVENTH COFFIN ~ Real Detective Tales, Sept 1924
THE PHANTOM RIDER ~ Weird Tales, Nov 1924
DEATH IN THE AIR ~ Flynn's Detective Weekly, Dec 20, 1924
CRYSTAL CLEWS ~ Flynn's Detective Weekly, Mar 21 or Sept 21 or  November 21, 1925
MAN IN THE SCARLET MASK ~ Real Detective Tales, Dec '24
THE GILA MEN ~ Real Detective Tales, July-Sept-Nov 1925
CONVICT RANCH ~ Real Detective Tales, Feb-March 1926
THE MALIGNANT ENTITY in Amazing Stories, (June 1926) - Amazing Stories  Quarterly, Fall 1934  - Amazing Stories, Feb 1966 ~ Dr. Dorp Series


JAWS OF DEATH ~  Real Detective Tales, February 1927
THE RADIO GHOST, Amazing Stories, September 1927
First novel:

THE BRIDE OF OSIRIS in Weird Tales Magazine, 1927 (3-part serial) -- Weinberg 1974
See the cover illustration in the OAK Gallery

TREASURE ACCURSED --and Mescal,  Argosy All-Story Weekly Aug 18 28  REPRINT: Fantasy Fiction, May 1950
THE DEMON OF TLAXPAN in Weird Tales, January 1929 ~ Cover Art: C.C. Senf
See the cover illustration in the OAK Gallery
THE SECRET KINGDOM in Amazing Stories,  with Alice S. Kilne
(3-part serial, Oct, Nov, Dec. 1929)
See the cover illustration in the OAK Gallery

PLANET OF PERIL (#1 in the Venus series) in Argosy All Story in 6 parts: July 20-Aug 24, 1929 ~  Cover Art: Robert A. Graef
                 Copyright 1930 Frank A. Munsey Co, 1961 Ellen Kline
        McClurg (358pp- 38 chapters)1929, G&D 1930; Avalon (abridged 224pp - 19 ch) 1961
         ACE edition F-211, 1963, 40 cents, 160 pages, Krenkel art
BUT WAS IT? (poem) ~ Weird Tales, September 1929

MAZA OF THE MOON serial in Argosy, Dec. 21, Dec. 28, 1929 Cover Art: Robert A. Graef (ca.1878-1951)
        Copyright 1930 McClurg, G&D 1931 ~ REPRINT: Avon Periodicals, June 1951
        ACE F-321, 40 cents, 144 pages, Frazetta art
THE SECRET KINGDOM (with Allen S. Kline) ~ Amazing Oct-Nov-Dec '29

THE BIRD-PEOPLE ~ Weird Tales, January 1930
WRITING THE FANTASTIC STORY (article) ~ The Writer, January 1930
THIRSTY BLADES with EH Price ~ Weird Tales, Feb 1930
THE MAN FROM THE MOON, short story, copyright 1930 Experimenter Pub. Inc. ~ Amazing Stories, Oct 1930

                    REPRINTS: Avon Fantasy Reader, Feb 1949 and Science Fiction Classics, Fall 1967 
PRINCE OF PERIL(#2 in the Venus series) serial in Argosy, Aug. 9, 16, 23, 30, Sept. 6, 1930

        Copyright 1930 Frank A. Munsey Co., ACE by arr. with Ellen S. Kline
        McClurg (322pp - 24 ch) 1930 and G&D reprint 1930 ~ Avalon (224pp - 16 ch) 1962
        ACE F-259, 40 cents, 174 pages, Krenkel art
SPAWN OF THE COMET novella in Argosy, Sept 27, 1930 ~ REPRINT: Fantastic Novels, June 1951
See the cover illustration in the OAK Gallery
THE MAN IN ROOM 18, Amazing Detective Tales, Oct 1930
THE MAN WHO LIMPED in Oriental Stories October 1930

         The Man Who Limped and Other Stories, Saint Enterprises, 1946 ~ Digest-sized pulp containing Dragoman stories
See the cover illustration in the OAK Gallery

THE VENGEANCE OF SALIK ~ Oriental Stories, Dec - Jan 1931
THE DRAGOMAN'S REVENGE ~ Oriental Stories, Feb-Mar, 1931
THE THING THAT WALKED IN THE RAIN ~ Amazing Stories ~ V5 #12 March 1931 
DRAGOMAN'S SECRET ~ Oriental Stories, April-May 1931

            REPRINT: The Man Who Limped and Other Stories, Saint Enterprises, 1946
JAN OF THE JUNGLE

         copyright 1931 Mrs. Ellen S. Kline - Argosy serial: April 25 & May 2, 1931 ~ Cover: R.A.Graef
         ACE F-400, 1966, 40 cents, 172 pages, Stephen Holland art
        Film Adaptation: Call of the Savage (1935) ... aka Savage Fury (1935) (USA: recut version)
        (Another recut, reissued version was released as Savage Fury in 1956)
TAM, SON OF THE TIGER

             (A long 6-part serial novel of a land beneath Asia) in Weird Tales, June-July-Dec 1931 ~ REPRINT: Avalon 1962
See the cover illustration in the OAK Gallery
THE METAL MONSTER ~ Amazing Stories, July 1931 
THE DRAGOMAN'S SLAVE GIRL in Oriental Stories Summer 1931

         Oriental Stories Anthology ed. William H. Desmond,
                    Diane & John Howard & Robert
          K.. Weiner (Melrose Highlands, MA: Odyssey Publications,
                    Nov 1975, $4.50, 128pp)
         The Man Who Limped and Other Stories, Saint Enterprises, 1946
THE DRAGOMAN'S JEST in Oriental Stories Winter 1932

            The Man Who Limped and Other Stories, Saint Enterprises, 1946
THE GALLOWS TREE (poem) ~ Weird Tales, Feb 1932
MIDNIGHT MADNESS ~ Weird Tales, April 1932


THE DRAGOMAN'S CONFESSION in Oriental Stories Summer 1932
            REPRINT: The Man Who Limped and Other Stories, Saint Enterprises, 1946 
BUCCANEERS OF VENUS (#3 in the Venus series - Long 6-part serial) Weird Tales, Nov 1932-April 1933 copyright Popular Fiction

        Released by Grandon Co. in HC in 1949 as:
        THE PORT OF PERIL with St. John cover and 4 interiors ~ (218pp - 20 Ch)
         PORT OF PERIL in ACE F-294, 40 cents, 192 pages, Krenkel art
See the cover illustration in the OAK Gallery

THE DRAGOMAN'S PILGRIMAGE ~  The Magic Carpet ~ January  1933 
SWORDSMAN OF MARS in serial in Argosy, Jan 7, 21 -  Feb 11, 1933

        Avalon 1960 - (218pp - 24ch)
         ACE D-516, 35 cents and G-692, 1967, 50 cents ~ Copyright 1960 by Ellen Kline
See the cover illustration in the OAK Gallery

OUTLAWS OF MARS serial in Argosy ~ Nov. 25, Dec. 2, 9, 16, 30, 1933
        Avalon 1961 (224pp - 28 ch)
         ACE D-531, 35 cents, Copyright 1961 by Ellen Kline and G-693, 1967 (158pp and 28 ch)
See the cover illustration in the OAK Gallery

A VISION OF VENUS - in Amazing Stories, Dec. 1933, Copyright 1933 by Teck Publications, Inc.
            REPRINTS: Astounding Stories Yearbook, 1970 and Unknown Worlds of SF, July 1975
ABU KASIM'S SLIPPERS ~ The Magic Carpet, 1933 (unpublished?)

VOLUNTEERS FROM VENUS with EH Price ~ Cosmos 1933 round robin ~ Fantasy Magazine, Jan 1934 ~ Oak Leaves, Summer 1972
COSMOS: CHAPTER 8: VOLUNTEERS FROM VENUS (with E. Hoffmann Price) ~ Fantasy Magazine January 1934 
RANGE BRED with Richard S. Hart ~ Young Peoples Weekly, started in April 21, 1934
JAN IN INDIA serial in Argosy, Jan.12, Jan.19, Jan. 26, 1935

            REPRINT: Fictioneer 1, 1974

THE FANG OF AMM JEMEL, A novelette of Oriental treachery and torture, Argosy March 9, 1935
See the cover illustration in the OAK Gallery

LORD OF THE LAMIA in Weird Tales, (Serial March-May 1935)
See the cover illustration in the OAK Gallery

THE MURDER ROOM (with E. Hoffman Price) ~ New Detective Monthly, May 1935
See the cover illustration in the OAK Gallery
REVENGE OF THE ROBOT ~ Thrillilng Wonder Stories, August 1936
See the cover illustration in the OAK Gallery

CYCLOPS OF XOAT with E. Hoffmann Price ~ Weird Tales, December 1936

CALL OF THE SAVAGE ~ Argosy, 1937?, Clode book release 1937, also filmed. 
THE MOON MASTER ~  Thrilling Wonder Quarterly, November 1937
THE IRON WORLD ~ Thrilling Wonder Stories August 1938
See the cover illustration in the OAK Gallery

I HAVE A RADIO MIND (article) True Mystic Science, December 1938
PROPHETS OF SCIENCE (article) Startling Stories, January 1939


SERVANT OF SATAN ~ Strange Stories, February-October 1939 Vol. 1, No. 1

FANGED VENGEANCE ~ Thrilling Adventures, April 1939
STOLEN CENTURIES

        short story in Thrilling Wonder Stories, June 1939 --
        reprinted in Fantastic Story Magazine, 1953 ~ REPRINT: Popular Science Fiction, Nov 1953
        reprinted in Editor's Choice in Science Fiction,  ed. Sam Moskowitz, 1954
See the cover illustration in the OAK Gallery

RACE AROUND THE MOON - A Novel of Lunar Conquest,
        Thrilling Wonder Stories, Aug 1939  and REPRINT: Oak Leaves fanzine, Spring 1971
See the cover illustration in the OAK Gallery

BLOOD WILL TELL with Herny J. Kostkos ~ South Sea Stories Dec 1939
MURDER IS A PIPE ~ 1939 and REPRINT: Oak Leaves fanzine
SPOTTED SATAN with E. Hoffman Price ~ Cover: Virgil Finlay ~ Weird Tales, Jan 1940

E. Hoffman Price
See the cover illustration in the OAK Gallery

SOUTH SEA BUCKAROO with Herny J. Kostkos ~ Thrilling Adventures, July 1940
SATANS ON SATURN - co-written with E. Hoffmann Price ~ 5-part serial in Argosy November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 1940
See the cover illustration in the OAK Gallery

THE ROBOT BEASTS ~ Thrilling Wonder Stories ~ Jan 1941
See the cover illustration in the OAK Gallery

STRANGER FROM SMALLNESS ~ Super Science Novels, Aug 1941 
METEOR MEN OF MARS with Harry Cord ~ Planet Stories, Winter 1942
See the cover illustration in the OAK Gallery

RETURN OF THE UNDEAD with Frank Belknap Long ~ Weird Tales, July 1943

REHABILITATION ~ 1943
THE MAN WHO LIMPED & OTHER STORIES ~  (5 Stories) Saint Ent. PB 1946, 128pp 
SHOOOTING AT THE MOON ~  Canadian Writer and Editor, July 1946
TREASURE ACCURSED ~ Fantasy Fiction, May 1950

RUMOURED TITLES YET TO BE CONFIRMED:
THE BLUE-EYED BANDIT
BILLY HOLLOWAY'S LUCK
THE HUNTERS OF MARS - a third Martian book
DEVIL'S REVENGE ~ Bizarre '40s?
CARIBBEAN NIGHTS


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Where Cover Art For Many Of The Titles Is On Display

Navigation Chart For Our Otis Adelbert Kline Sites

ERBzine 0036: 
Bios & Biblio
ERBzine 0037
Articles & Story
 ERBzine 0054:
Illustrated Biblio
ERBzine 0442: 
Bio-Film
ERBzine 1139:
Weird Gallery/OAK Speaks
ERBzine 0594: Serials
Call of the Savage
Otis Adelbert Kline Features by Den Valdron
ERBzine 1407
Mighty OAK of Barsoom Part 1
ERBzine 1408
Mighty OAK of Barsoom Part 2
ERBzine 1511
Otis Adelbert Kline's Venus
ERBzxine 1512
The Other Moon Maid - Maza
ERBzine 1780
Lost Worlds & Jungle Tales I
ERBzine 1781
Lost Worlds & Jungle Tales II


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