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Presents
The Story of the Tarzan Newspaper Strips

. . . as they were rendered by
Rex Maxon

Rex Hayden Maxon
Mar. 24, 1892 - Nov. 25, 1973
Lincoln ~ Lancaster County ~ Nebraska, USA

SERIES ONE

Edgar Rice Burroughs' 
Tarzan® of the Apes 
A 1929 Pictorial History
Picturized by Harold Foster 
60 strips with 300 illustrations
spread over 10 ERBzine pages
http://www.erbzine.com/mag16/1602.html

SERIES TWO
Edgar Rice Burroughs' Return of Tarzan®  ~ 60 Daily Strips by Rex Maxon ~ 1929
CONTENTS AND GUIDE TO THE SERIES: ERBzine 2010

1-6
7-12
13-18
19-24
25-30
31-36
37-42
43-48
49-54
55-60

SERIES THREE
Edgar Rice Burroughs' Beasts of Tarzan®  ~ 84 Daily Strips by Rex Maxon ~ 1929

1-6
7-12
13-18
19-24
25-30
31-36
37-42
43-48
49-54
55-60
61-66
67-72
73-78
79-84

SERIES FOUR

ERBzine 2040 Intro to ERBs' Son of Tarzan®  ~ 96 Daily Strips by Rex Maxon ~ 1929/1930

1-6
7-12
13-18
19-24
25-30
31-36
37-42
43-48
49-54
55-60
61-66
67-72
73-78
79-84
85-90
91-96

SERIES FIVE
Six new strips will be released each week in ERBzine

ERBzine 2060: Intro to ERB's Tarzan® and the Jewels of Opar  ~ 100 Daily Strips by Rex Maxon ~ 1930

2060 Jewels of Opar Intro
2061: 1 - 6
2062: 7 - 12
2063: 13 - 18
2064: 19 - 24
2065: 25 - 30
2066: 31 - 36
2067: 37 - 42
2068: 43 - 48
2069: 49 - 54
2070: 55 - 60
2071: 61 - 66
2072: 67 - 72
2073: 73 - 78
2074: 79 - 84
2075: 85 - 90
2076: 91 - 96
2076a: 97 - 102


SERIES SIX: Tarzan and the Lost Empire
SERIES SEVEN: Tarzan and the Golden Lion
SERIES EIGHT: Tarzan Lord of the Jungle
SERIES NINE: Tarzan at the Earth's Core
3050 Maxon:  Lost Empire Intro 3051 Tarzan Lost Empire 1-9 3052 Tarzan Lost Empire 10-18 3053 Tarzan Lost Empire 19-27
3054 Tarzan Lost Empire 28-36 3055 Tarzan Lost Empire 37-45 3056 Tarzan Lost Empire 46-54 3057 Tarzan Lost Empire 55-63
3058 Tarzan Lost Empire 64-72 3059 Tarzan Lost Empire 73-84 3060 Maxon: Golden Lion Intro 3061 Tarzan Golden Lion 1-9
3062  Tarzan Golden Lion 10-18 3063 Tarzan Golden Lion 19-27 3064 Tarzan Golden Lion 28-36 3065 Tarzan Golden Lion 37-45
3066 Tarzan Golden Lion 46-54 3067 Tarzan Golden Lion 55-63 3068 Tarzan Golden Lion 64-72 3069 Tarzan Golden Lion 73-81
3070 Tarzan Golden Lion 82-90 3071 Tarzan Golden Lion 91-96 3072 Maxon Lord of Jungle Intro 3073 Tarzan Lord Jungle 1-9
3074 Tarzan Lord Jungle 10-18 3075 Tarzan Lord Jungle 19-27 3076 Tarzan Lord Jungle 28-36 3077 Tarzan Lord Jungle 37-45
3078 Tarzan Lord Jungle 46-54 3079 Tarzan Lord Jungle 55-63 3080 Tarzan Lord Jungle 64-72 3081 Tarzan Lord Jungle 73-81
3082 Tarzan Lord Jungle 82-90 3083 Tarzan Lord Jungle 91-96 3084 Tarzan at Earth's Core Intro 3085 Earth's Core 1-9
3086 Earth's Core 10-18 3087 Earth's Core 19-27 3088 Earth's Core 28-36 3089 Earth's Core 37-45
3090 Earth's Core 46-54 3091 Earth's Core 55-63 3092 Earth's Core 64-72 3093 Earth's Core 73-81
3094 Earth's Core 82-90 3095 Earth's Core 91-96 . .
.

SERIES TEN: Tarzan the Terrible
SERIES ELEVEN: Tarzan and the Ant Men
SERIES TWELVE: Tarzan the Untamed
SERIES THIRTEEN: Tarzan the Invincible
3200 Contents 3200-3299 3201 Maxon: Tarzan/Terrible Intro 3202 Tarzan the Terrible 1-9 3203 Tarzan the Terrible 10-18
3204 Tarzan the Terrible 19-27 3205 Tarzan the Terrible 28-36 3206 Tarzan the Terrible 37-45 3207 Tarzan the Terrible 46-54
3208 Tarzan the Terrible 55-63 3209 Tarzan the Terrible 64-72 3210 Tarzan the Terrible 73-81 3211 Tarzan the Terrible 82-90
3212  Tarzan the Terrible 91-99 3213 Tarzan the Terrible 100-108 3214 Maxon: Tarzan/Ant Men 3215 Ant Men: 1-9
3216 Ant Men: 10-18 3217 Ant Men: 19-27 3218 Ant Men: 28-36  3219 Ant Men: 37-45
3220 Ant Men: 46-54 3221 Ant Men: 55-63 3222 Ant Men: 64-72 3223 Ant Men: 73-81
3224 Ant Men: 82-90 3225 Ant Men: 91-99 3226 Ant Men: 100-108 3227 Ant Men: 109-117
3228 Ant Men: 118-126 conc 3229 Maxon: Tarzan/Untamed Intro 3230 Untamed 1-9 3231 Untamed 10-18
3232 Untamed 19-27 3233 Untamed 28-36 3234 Untamed 37-45 3235 Untamed 46-54
3236 Untamed 55-63 3237 Untamed 64-72 3238 Untamed 73-81 3239 Untamed 82-90
3240 Untamed 91-99 3241 Untamed 100-108 3242 Untamed 109-117 3243 Untamed 118-126
3244 Untamed 127-135 3245 Untamed 136-144 3246 Untamed 145-153 3247 Untamed 154-162
3248 Untamed 163-171 3249 Untamed 172-180 3250 Untamed 181-189 3251 Untamed 190-198
3252 Untamed 199-207 3253 Untamed 208-216 3254 Untamed 217-225 3255 Untamed 226-234
3256 Untamed 235-250 3257 Tarzan the Ape Man Intro 3258 Ape Man 1-9 3259 Ape Man 10-18
3260 Ape Man 19-27 3261 Ape Man 28-36 3262 Ape Man 37-45 3263 Ape Man 46-54
3264 Ape Man 55-63 3265 Ape Man 64-72 3266 Ape Man 73-81 3267 Ape Man 82-90
3268 Ape Man 91-99 3269 Ape Man 100-108 3270 Ape Man 109-117 3271 Ape Man 118-126
3272 Ape Man 127-138 3273  Tarzan the Invincible Intro 3274 Invincible 1-9 3275 Invincible 10-18
3276  Invincible 19-27 3277 Invincible 28-36 3278 Invincible 37-45 3279 Invincible 46-54
3280 Invincible 55-63 3281 Invincible 64-72 3282 Invincible 73-81 3283 Invincible 82-90
3284 Invincible 91-99 3285 Invincible 100-108 3286 Invincible 109-117 3287 Invincible 118-126
3288 Invincible 127-135 3289 Invincible 136-144 3290 Invincible 145-153 3291 Invincible 154-162
3292 Invincible 163-171 3293 Invincible 172-174 conc . .


Series 14: Tarzan and the City of Gold
Series 15:Tarzan and the Lion Man
Series 16: Tarzan and the Fire Gods
3750 Maxon: City of Gold Intro 3751 City of Gold 1-9 3752 City of Gold 10-18 3753 City of Gold 19-27
3754 City of Gold 28-36 3755 City of Gold 37-45 3756 City of Gold 46-54 3757 City of Gold 55-63
3758 City of Gold 64-72 3759 City of Gold 73-81 3760 City of Gold 82-90 3761 City of Gold 91-99
3762 City of Gold 100-108 3763 City of Gold 109-117 3764 City of Gold 118-126 3765 City of Gold 127-135
3766 City of Gold 136-144 3767 City of Gold 145-150 3768 Maxon: Lion Man Intro 3769 Tarzan/Lion Man 1-9
3770 Tarzan/Lion Man 10-18 3771 Tarzan/Lion Man 19-27 3772 Tarzan/Lion Man 28-36 3773 Tarzan/Lion Man 37-45
3774 Tarzan/Lion Man 46-54 3775 Tarzan/Lion Man 55-63 3776 Tarzan/Lion Man 64-72 3777 Tarzan/Lion Man 73-81
3778 Tarzan/Lion Man 82-90 3779 Tarzan/Lion Man 91-99 3780 Tarzan/Lion Man 100-108 3781 Tarzan/Lion Man 109-117
3782 Tarzan/Lion Man 118-126 3783 Tarzan/Lion Man 127-138 conc 3784 Maxon Fire Gods Intro 3785 Maxon Fire Gods 1-12
3786 Maxon: Fire Gods 13-24 3787 Maxon: Fire Gods 25-36 3788 Maxon: Fire Gods 37-48 3789 Fire Gods 49-60
3790 Fire Gods 61-72 3791 Fire Gods 73-84 3792 Fire Gods 85-96 3793 Fire Gods 97-108
3794 Fire Gods 109-120 3795 Fire Gods 121-132 3796 Fire Gods 133-144 3797 Fire Gods 145-154
3798 Fire Gods 155-162 3799
.
The Tarzan Twins

ERBzine 6102
Rex Maxon/Don Garden Q1-Q102  (2 Sept. 1935-28 Dec. 1935) (102 days)
6001: Intro 6102: Strips 1-12 6103: Strips 13-24 6104: Strips 25-36 6105: Strips 37-48
6106: Strips 49-60 6107: Strips 61-72 6108: Strips 73-84 6109: Strips 85-96 6110: Strips 97-102

Tarzan and the Leopard Men
Rex Maxon/Don Garden
R1-R150 (30 Dec. 1935-20 June 1936) (150 days)
ERBzine 6111: 1-12
ERBzine 6112: 13-24
ERBzine 6113: 25-36
ERBzine 6114: 37-48
ERBzine 6115: 49-60
ERBzine 6116: 61-72
ERBzine 6117: 73-84
ERBzine 6118: 85-96
ERBzine 6119: 97-108
ERBzine 6120: 109-120
.
ERBzine 6121: 121-132
ERBzine 6122: 133-144
ERBzine 6123: 145-150
.

TARZAN THE FEARLESS CONTENTS
17 Jan. 1938-7 May 1938
Fearless Maxon Intro Strips 1-12 Strips 13-24 Strips 25-36 Strips 37-48 Strips 49-60 Strips 61-72 Strips 73-84 Strips 85-96


TARZAN AND THE FORBIDDEN CITY CONTENTS
132 Strips by Rex Maxon and Don Garden ~ 1938
INTRO
1-12
13-24
25-36
37-48
49-60
61-72
73-84
85-96
97-108
109-120
121-132


TARZAN AND THE ELEPHANT MEN CONTENTS
Rex Maxon/Don Garden :: Oct. 10, 1938 - Feb. 18, 1939
4085
Intro
4086
1-12
4087
13-24
4088
25-36
4089
37-48
4090
49-60
4091
61-72
4092
73-84
4093
85-96
4094
97-114

TARZAN AND THE FIRES OF TOHR
Rex Maxon/Don Garden
Z1-Z162 ~ Feb. 20, 1939-Aug. 26, 1939 (162 days)
TARZAN AND THE FIRES OF TOHR CONTENTS: ERBzine 4701
4701: Fires Tohr Intro 4702: 1-12 4703: 13-24 4704: 25-36 4705: 37-48 4706: 49-60 4707: 61-72
4708: 73-84 4709: 85-96 4710: 97-108 4711: 109-120 4712: 121-132 4713: 133-144 4714: 145-156
4715: 157-162 . . . . . .


THE PIRATES OF THE JUNGLE
Rex Maxon/Don Garden
28. 1-173 (28 Aug. 1939-15 Mar. 1940)  (173 days)
Pirates/Jungle 4716 1-12 4717 13-24 4718 25-36 4719 37-48 4720 49-60 4721 61-72 4722 73-84
4623 85-96 4624 97-108 4625 109-120 4626 121-132 4627 133-144 4628 145-156 4629 157-168 4630 169-173

TARZEELA THE WILD GIRL
Rex Maxon/Don Garden
29. 174-431 (16 Mar. 1940-10 Jan. 1941) (258 days)

 ERBzine 4731: 174-185
4732: 186-197 4733: 198-209 4734: 210-221 4735: 222-233
4736: 234-245 4737: 246-257 4738: 258-269 4739: 270-281
4740 282-293 4741 294-305 4742: 306-317 4743 318-329
4744: 330-341 4745: 342-353 4746: 354-365 4747 366-377
4748: 378-389 4749: 390-401 4750: 402-413 4751 414-425
4752: 426-431 . . .
.
.THE PALADINS
Rex Maxon/Don Garden
.30. 432-508 (77 days)
(11 Jan. 1941-10 Apr. 1941)
.
4753: Paladins 432-443 4754: 444-455 4755: 456-467 4756: 468-479
4757: 480-491 4758: 492-501 4759: 502-508 .
.
.THE JUNGLE IDOL
Rex Maxon/Don Garden
.31. 509-603  (95 days)
(11 Apr. 1940-30 July 1941)
.
4760: 509-520 4761: 521-532 4762: 533-544 4763 545-456
4764 557-568 4765 569-580 4766 581-592 4767 593-603

LOST ON AN ISLAND
Rex Maxon/Don Garden
32. 604-713 (31 July. 1941-5 Dec. 1941) 110 days)
4768: 604-615
4769: 616-627 4770: 628-639 4771: 640-651 4772: 652-663
4773: 664-675 4774: 676-687 4775: 688-699 4776: 700-713

THE PATH OF THE LIONS
Rex Maxon/Don Garden
33. 714-828 (6 Dec. 1941-18 Apr. 1942) (72 days)
4777: 714-725 4778 726-737 4779: 738-749 4780: 750-761
4781: 762-773 4782 774-785 4783: 786-797 4784: 798-809
. 4785: 810-821 4786: 822-828 .

The Return of Zeela
Rex Maxon/Don Garden
34. 829-918 (20 Apr. 1942-1 Aug. 1942) (90 days)
4787: 829-840 4788: 841-852 4789: 853-864 4790: 865-876
4791: 877-888 4792: 889-900 4793: 901-912 4794: 913-918

War in the Jungle
Rex Maxon/Don Garden
35. 919-1056 (3 Aug. 1942-9 Jan. 1943) (138 days)
Volumes 5400-5499: Rex Maxon Daily Tarzan Strips -- 1940s
Tarzan and Revolt of the Beasts
Rex Maxon/Don Garden
36. 1057-1114 (10 Jan. 1943) (588 days)
Tarzan Against Hitler
Rex Maxon/Don Garden
37. 1115-1228 (19 Mar. 1943-29 July 1943) (114 days)
5400 5401: Tarzan/War In Jungle 919-930 5402: 931-942 5403: 943-954
5404: 955-966 5405: 967-978 5406: 979-990 5407: 991-1002
5408: 1003-1014 5409: 1015-1026 5410: 1027-1038 5411: 1039-1050
5412: 1051-1056 5413: Revolt/Beasts 1057-1068 5414: 1069-1080 5415: 1081-1092
5416: 1093-1104 5417: 1105-1116 5418: 1117-1128 Tarzan Against Hitler 5419: 1129-1140
5420: 1141-1152 5421: 1153-1164 5422: 1165-1176 5423: 1177-1188
5424: 1189-1200 5425: 1201-1212 5426: 1213-1228 5427: Swamp/Death 1229-1240

The Swamp of Death
Rex Maxon/Don Garden
38. 1229-1280 (30 July 1943-28 Sept. 1943) (52 days)

5427: Swamp/Death 1229-1240 5428: 1241-1252 5429: 1253-1264 5430: 1265-1280

The Infernal Castle
Rex Maxon/Don Garden
39. 1281-1332 (29 Sept. 1943-27 Nov. 1943)(52 days)

5431: Infernal Castle 1281-1292 5432: 1293-1304 5433: 1305-1316 5434: 1317-1332

Little Peter
Rex Maxon/Rex Maxon
40. 1333-1392 (29 Nov. 1943-5 Feb. 1944)(60 days)

5435: 1333-1344 5436: 1345-1356 5437: 1357-1368 5438: 1369-1380 5439: 1381-1392

The Fury of the Volcano
Rex Maxon/Rex Maxon
41. 1393-1416 (7 Feb. 1944-4 Mar. 1944)(24 days)

5440: 1393-1404 5441: 1405-1416

The Yellow Triangle
Rex Maxon/Rex Maxon
42. 1417-1440 (6 Mar 1944-1 Apr. 1944) (24 days)

5442: 1417-1428
5443: 1429-1440

The Diabolical Hypnotist
Rex Maxon/Rex Maxon
43. 1441-1476 (3 Apr. 1944-13 May 1944)(36 days)

5444: 1441-1452
5445: 1453-1464
5446: 1465-1476

The Prisoner of the Cadi
Rex Maxon/Rex Maxon
44. 1477-1494 (15 May 1944-3 June 1944)(18 days)

5447: 1477-1488
5448: 1489- 1494

A Dance in the Jungle
Rex Maxon/Rex Maxon
45. 1495-1512 (5 June 1944-24 June 1944)(18 days)

5449: 1495-1506
5450: 1507-1512

The End of the Sorcerer
Rex Maxon/Rex Maxon
46. 1513-1536 (26 June 1944-22 July 1944) (24 days)

5451: 1513-1524
5452: 1525-1536

The Ape in Danger
Rex Maxon/Rex Maxon
47. 1537-1560 (24 July 1944-19 Aug. 1944)(24 days)

5453: 1537-1548
5454: 1549-1560

The Ivory Hunter
Rex Maxon/Rex Maxon
48. 1561-1604 (21 Aug. 1944-10 Oct. 1944)(44 days)

5455: 1561-1572 5456: 1573-1584 5457: 1585-1596 5458: 1597-1604

The Savage Woman
Rex Maxon/Rex Maxon
49. 1605-1662 (11 Oct. 1944-16 Dec. 1944)(58 days

5459: 1605-1616 5460: 1617-1628 5461: 1629-1640 5462: 1641-1652 5463: 1653-1662

The Mystery of Zorg
Rex Maxon/Rex Maxon
50. 1663-1708 (18 Dec. 1944-8 Feb. 1945)(46 days)

5464: 1663-1674 5465: 1675-1686 5466: 1687-1698 5467: 1699-1708

Bogdu the Ape
Rex Maxon/Rex Maxon
51. 1709-1764 (9 Feb. 1945-14 Apr. 1945) (56 days)

5468: 1709-1720 5469: 1721-1732 5470: 1733-1744 5471: 1745-1756 5472: 1757-1764

The Ivory Band
Rex Maxon/Rex Maxon
52. 1765-1822 (16 Apr. 1945-21 June 1945) (58 days)

5473: 1765-1776 5474: 1777-1788 5475: 1789-1800 5476: 1801-1812 5477: 1813-1822

The Sad Gorilla
Rex Maxon/Rex Maxon
53. 1823-1878 (22 June 1945-25 Aug, 1945) (56 days)

5478: 1823-1834 5479: 1835-1846 5480: 1847-1858 5481: 1859-1870 5482: 1871-1878

Prisoners of the Past
Rex Maxon/Rex Maxon
54. 1879-1944 (27 Aug. 1945-10 Nov. 1945)

5483: 1879-1890 5484: 1891-1902 5485: 1903-1914 5486: 1915-1926 5487: 1927-1938 5488: 1939-1944

The Revenge of Tarzan
Rex Maxon/Rex Maxon
55. 1945-1976 (12 Nov. 1945-18 Dec. 1945) (32 days)

5489: 1945-1956 5490: 1957-1968 5491: 1969-1976

The Mystery of Tarzan
Rex Maxon/Rex Maxon
56. 1977-2027 (19 Dec. 1945-15 Feb. 1946) (51 days)

5492: 1977-1988 5493: 1989-2000 5494: 2001-2012 5495: 2013-2027

Tarzan and the Lion Cub
Rex Maxon/Rex Maxon
57. 2028-2063 (16 Feb. 1946-29 Mar. 1946)(36 days)

5496: 2028-2039 5497: 2040-2051 5498: 2052-2063

The Law of the Jungle
Rex Maxon/Rex Maxon
58. 2064-2114 (30 Mar. 1946-28 May 1946)(51 days)

6124: 2064-2075 6125: 2076-2087 6126: 2088-2099 6127: 2100-2114

Tarzan and Norma
Rex Maxon/Rex Maxon
59. 2115-2154 (29 May 1946-13 July 1946)(40 days)

6128: 2115-2126 6129: 2127-2138 6130: 2139-2154

Tikar the Lion
Rex Maxon/Rex Maxon
60. 2155-2218 (15 July 1946-26 Sept. 1946)(64 days)

6131: 2155-2166 6132: 2167-2178 6133: 2179-2190 6134: 2191-2202 6135: 2203-2218

Dr. Zee
Rex Maxon/Rex Maxon
61. 2219-2332 (27 Sept. 1946-6 Feb. 1947)

6136: 2219-2230 6137: 2231-2242 6138: 2243-2254 6139: 2255-2266 6140: 2267-2278
6141: 2279-2290 6142: 2291-2302 6143: 2303-2314 6144: 2315-2326 6145: 2327-2338

The Rage of Tantor
Rex Maxon/Rex Maxon
62. 2333-2378 (7 Feb. 1947-1 Apr. 1947) (56 days)

6146: 6147 6148 6149 6150

NEXT
63. 2379-2474 (2 Apr. 1947-22 July 1947):  Rex Maxon/Rex Maxon, The Impostor (96 days)
64. 2475-2508 (23 July 1947-30 Aug. 1947):  Rex Maxon/Rex Maxon, Prisoner of the Great Apes (34 days)

READ ALL THE 
REX MAXON
TARZAN SUNDAY PAGES :: 1931
ERBzine 0819

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BACKGROUND
Tarzan was one of the first newspaper adventure serial strips. Although Edgar Rice Burroughs would have preferred J. Allen St. John as an illustrator for these newspaper strips he was relatively happy with Metropolitan Service's choice of young Canadian, Harold Foster to work on the daily serial. Most readers agreed that Foster had done an excellent job on the debut strip -- an adaptation of the first Tarzan novel, Tarzan of the Apes. Ed was very unhappy with Foster's replacement for the adaptation of The Return of Tarzan -- Rex Maxon (actually the first week was drawn by Hugh Hutton). He conveyed his disapproval of the work on the Return strip and even included the criticisms of his 16-year-old son, Jack, who himself was a budding artist. They both felt that Maxon "could put more character into Tarzan's face . . ."

As the years went on Ed regularly sent in criticisms of Maxon's adaptations. In January 1930 he wrote, ". . . I have never been wildly enthusiastic about Maxon's work. To me the strips have no character whatsoever and are being carried solely on the strength of the story, which should not be wholly true." He went on to mention that Maxon was an extremely slow worker and to point out his poor figure technique.

In 1931 when Maxon took over the Sunday colour pages for United Feature Syndicate he relented somewhat, suggesting that he thought the work was "very much better." Maxon, somewhat relieved, sent a letter of thanks, to which Ed responded, "I didn't know that anyone ever gave a damn what an author thought about anything." He sympathized with the problems facing Maxon in creating a black and white daily strip that would please everyone, but admitted that he felt that in his work on the colour pages he had "entered more than ever into the spirit of the story."

Before long, however, Ed resumed his criticisms of Maxon and urged the syndicate to bring back Foster. Why not get Foster to do the strips? We believe you will admit that the best art work on the strips to date was that done by Foster. . . ." He was elated when Foster agreed to draw the colour pages but continued to suggest that J. Allen St. John be hired to do the dailies. ". . . I may be hypercritical as to Maxon's work. . . I felt that if you have the same opinion . . . that I have, my criticisms might fortify any intentions that you may have been harboring to make a change. . . ." He did feel, however, that "with a little care and research" Maxon could correct some of his faults -- the main weakness being in his depict ions of animals. Ed suggested that Maxon should obtain and study animal pictures.

Throughout his writing career Ed was always smarted under the suggestion that he was a children's writer and that the Tarzan stories were designed for juveniles. He often stated that he felt that the success of the books was the result of their appeal to adults. This carried over to his attitude toward the Tarzan strips. In a 1931 letter to George Carlin of United Features he cautioned about the use of children in the Maxon's Sunday color page and commented, ". . . the only Tarzan story that I ever wrote which is a flop is a juvenile called The Tarzan Twins, written around two boys. My readers, adults as well as children, simply did not seem to want this type of story. . . when we are through with these children in their youth I believe it would be wise to confine ourselves to adults in the future as principal characters." He was worried about the effect the "juvenile" element in the color pages might have on his book sales. He wrote, "I am constantly endeavoring to impress on the public that the stories are primarily . . . for adults...." It took a flurry of protests from Ed and his secretary Rothmund before Carlin relented. "We will . . . bring to an end the sequences regarding Bob and Mary. Thereafter, we will try to make Tarzan a more adult product."

Obviously Ed Burroughs was very demanding in his expectations for the Tarzan strips. His high standards and his insistence upon realistic, vibrant drawings, especially where Tarzan and the jungle animals were concerned, resulted partly from his own interest in art, his adeptness at cartooning, and his artist's eye or perception.

Finally, in February 1935, partially in response to ERB's continued dissatisfaction with Maxon's work, his contract was terminated and a new artist, William Juhre, was hired to take over the Tarzan strip. Juhre did the strip for a year and a half, at which time Maxon was rehired.

Ref: Porges and Danton Burroughs' ERB Tarzana archive.
Quotes from ERB correspondence 
expressing his concerns about Maxon's work on the Tarzan strips. 
Most of this correspondence was to the syndicate.
"[My son, Jack] is very much disappointed in the illustrations of The Return of Tarzan and called my particular attention to the drawing of Tarzan's face in the second picture of Strip No. 1 of The Return of Tarzan. From some of the other faces in the strips it occurs to both of us that Mr. Maxon could put more character into Tarzan's face than appears in these two drawings." (June 6, 1929)

". . . no definite restriction should be placed upon the artist or whoever it is that plans the strips, but that an attempt should be made to draw them out as far as it is possible to do so and maintain the interest and suspense. I see no reason why a strip from one of my books might not easily run a year or more when I look at some of the other strips and see the advantage that is taken of extremely minor incidents in the story."

Ed reported that the manager of J.W. Robinson's in Los Angeles: ". . . noticed that his clerks had noted a considerable increase in the demand for my books since the beginning of the strips in the Times. He also told me that he personally was very much interested in these strips and followed them every day; also that he likes Maxon's illustrations tremendously." (September 1929)

Ed reported the critique of Maxon's work that had been done by one of his artist friends: "In the present strips the artist runs too much to drawing his figures, etc. in outline (as could be done O.K. in a comic) and then throwing in a few blacks to balance up. This is of course considerably easier, especially when faking things without the use of a model, photographs or other assistance. Also his sense of composition is weak."

"I do think (my friend's) criticism of Maxon's work is correct. [I agree] that it would be foolish to make a change as long as every one is satisfied with Maxon's drawings and that I did not wish to suggest, but my principle criticism of Maxon's work is that his Tarzan is so damned homely, but he certainly has an eye for feminine beauty. I noticed that particularly his drawing of Meriem in The Son of Tarzan. I am glad that Maxon's work is considered so highly by the newspapers. This, of course, counts for a great deal."

". . . the skins worn by Korak, Tarzan and other Burroughs throwbacks are not supposed to be tailored. They should not me confused with step-ins, but are built more on the order of a primitive brassiere, with one shoulder strap missing. They should be worn in a careless sketchy sort of manner." (February 18, 1930)

"We have just received the daily Tarzan At the Earth's Core strip release for the week beginning August third numbered fifty-five to sixty inclusive, and we wish to call your attention particularly to the third and fourth pictures of Strip 57. The dinosaur (Stegosaurus) is a prehistoric reptile that hs been reconstructed and there are pictures of it with the reconstructions available for any artist who is sufficiently interested in looking them up in order to portray it correctly. These two pictures are absolutely wrong in every respect and tend to spoil the story, especially for one who is acquainted with the facts. The second picture in strip 58 is a mighty poor picture of a bear, and in the next picture it appears as f the bear is leaping instead of rolling on its back, as it should have been shown. We feel that Mr. Maxon is not depicting these stories as they should be and we are wondering how the newspapers and the readers feel about it. If a better artist can be employed and the strips made more interesting, it should be done immediately, for we feel that the strips might lose their popularity if Maxon is permitted to continue as the artist."  (mid-1931)

"Looking over the Tarzan the Terrible strips, numbered 70 to 84 inclusive, as well as some of the previous strips, it seems to us that Maxon's work is slipping a little again." (December 1931)

In early 1932 ERB passed along St. John's request to take over the strip. The syndicate rejected the application.
"[I have been] so anxious to see the continued success of these strips that I may be hypercritical as to Maxon's work. It is not my desire to embarrass him by what I consider shortcomings, but, rather, I wish to be helpful, which was my reason for writing you regarding St. John. I realize that there are certain difficulties to be overcome in changing artists, but I felt that if you have the same opinion of Maxon's work that I have my criticisms might fortify any intentions that you may have been harboring to make a change. I believe that with a little care and research work Maxon could correct some of the faults I have found with his work, especially in his drawing of animals. His antelopes, for instance, are not as graceful and beautiful as they should be, and if he would get pictures of them, as well as of the other animals, I am sure he could improve upon them." (Early 1932)


 
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