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Volume 0822
ERB C.H.A.S.E.R. Encyclopedia
Presents
An Illustrated Bibliography of
TIP TOP COMICS
Featuring
TARZAN
The first full-fledged comic book to feature Tarzan was Tip-Top Comics Vol. 1, No. 1, April 1936. It was published monthly by United Feature Syndicate, Inc. and consisted of reprints of its newspaper strips. They reprinted Tarzan Sunday pages through to Vol. 1, No. 62, June 1941 at which time the Tarzan reprints were taken over by Sparker Comics. These comics provided the only good source for Tarzan reprints until the ....... are highly prized by collectors. Beneath each cover we have included the issue number, number of pages devoted to Tarzan reprints, and the month these reprints first appeared as Sunday pages.

OUR FRIENDS WHO MAKE THE COMICS
Edgar Rice Burroughs ~ Creator of "Tarzan"
Reprinted from Tip-Top Comics, Nov. 1936, Vol. 1, No. 7. Copyrighted 1936 by United Feature Syndicate, Inc. 
TARZAN! The very name of the Jungle Lord sends a thrill through you when you think of his adventures in the shadowy forest, of his strange power over the apes and other animals. But who is the creator of Tarzan?

His name is Edgar Rice Burroughs. He writes on a great estate called Tarzana -- name, of course, for his jungle hero -- in the hills north of Los Angeles, California. His picture is shown in the opposite column. 

He was born in Chicago, the son of an army officer, and he was educated at the old Harvard School in Chicago, at Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass., and at Michigan Military Academy. Raised to be a soldier, he failed to pass entrance examinations for West Point  and so he enlisted in the 7th U. S. Cavalry at Fort Grand, Arizona. Following his army service, he was a cowboy, military school instructor, bill collector, storekeeper, storage battery workman, gold dredger, railroad policeman, book salesman, pencil sharpener agent, trade magazine writer and magazine department manager.

In fact, before he found that he could write the Tarzan stories, he had failed at eighteen jobs and was down to half-soling his own shoes and lunching on three cents' worth of ginger snaps a day. When he got married, in 1900, he was earning $15 a week. 

Despite hard going in a financial way Mr. Burroughs clung to his magazine job, and nights, Sundays and holidays wrote his first novel called "The Princess of Mars," which he sold for $400.

Still he continued to write and soon he had produced "Tarzan of the Apes," written with a pencil in longhand on the backs of old letterheads and pieces of scrap paper. Editors were not much interested in the story. They did not think it was very good. All the leading publishers rejected it and it was eventually sold as a magazine serial for $700.

There followed "The God of Mars" and "The Return of Tarzan," both of which suddenly found wide popularity and led to the publication of "Tarzan of the Apes" as a bound book.

Now the reading public, awakened, demanded more Tarzan stories. Mr. Burroughs and his jungle hero were gaining wider and wider notice. Mr. Burroughs continued to write.

Close to 10,000,000 of Mr. Burroughs's books have been sold and they have been translated into sixteen different languages. At one time an English newspaper reported that Edgar Rice Burroughs was far and away the most popular writer in England, his sales exceeding those of Bernard Shaw, John Galsworthy, H. G. Wells and Arnold Bennett combined.  His stories have been translated into French, Arabic, Polish, Spanish, Italian, German, Danish, Finnish, Czecho-Slovakian, Hungarian, Urdu, Russian, Norwegian, Swedish, Japanese and Rumanian. 

The business from his stories is so extensive that Mr. Burroughs has incorporated himself as Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., to handle his properties. 

Meanwhile he keeps on working. But for relaxation he rides horses, plays tennis or drives a high-powered automobile. To overcome an aversion for the air he made himself take flying lessons and now he is a competent solo flier. However, he never lets anything interfere with his daily routine of writing new and more fascinating stories. 

And the long list of his innumerable friends throughout the world continues to grow. 

Tarzan is featured in the following Tip Top Comics 
#1 April 1936 ~  #2 June 1936  ~ #3 in July 1936  ~ #9 January 1937 ~ #11 March 1937 ~ #13 May 1937 ~ #16 August 1937 ~  #18 October 1937 ~ #21 January 1938 ~ #24 April 1938 ~ #27 July 1938 ~ #30 October 1938 ~ #32 December 1938 ~ #33 January 1939 ~ #34 February 1939~ #36 April 1939 
#37 May 1939 ~ #39 July 1939 ~ #41 September 1939  ~ #43 November 1939 ~ #45 January 1940 ~ #47 March 1940 ~ #50 June 1940 ~ #52 August 1940
~ Dates courtesy of Michael Tierney



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1
2
3
4
1: 4 pages ~  April 1936
2: 4 pages ~ June 1936 
3: 4 pages ~ July 1936
4: 3 pages ~ Aug 1936

5
6
7
8
5: 3 pages ~ Sept 1936
6: 3 pages ~ Oct 1936
7: 3 pages ~ Nov 1936 - article
8: 3 pages ~ Dec 1936

9
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12
9: 6 pages ~ Jan 1937
10: 5 pages ~ Feb 1937
11: 5 pages ~ March 1937
12: 6 pages ~ April 1937

13
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13: 5 pages ~ May 1937 
14: 5 pages ~ June 1937
15: 5 pages ~ July 1937
16: 5 pages ~ Aug 1937 

17
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20
17: 6 pages ~ Sept 1937
18: 6 pages ~ Oct 1937 
19: 6 pages ~ Nov 1937
20: 4 pages ~ Dec 1937

21
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21: 6 pages ~ January 1938
22: 6 pages ~ Feb 1938
23: 5 pages ~ March 1938
24: 5 pages ~ April 1938 

25
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27
28
25: 5 pages ~ May 1938
26: 5 pages ~ June 1938
27: 6 pages ~ July 1938
28: 5 pages ~ Augut 1938

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29: 5 pages ~ Sept 1938
30: 5 pages ~ October 1938
31: 5 pages ~ Nov 1938
32: 5 pages ~ Dec 1938

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33: 5 pages ~ Jan 1939
34: 5 pages ~ Feb 1939
35: 5 pages ~ March 39
36: 5 pages ~ April 1939 

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