Sunday, July 24, 2016

TARZAN AND THE IMPOSTERS


One of the big movie releases this summer has been The Legend of Tarzan. Reviews are mixed but it is another addition to the long history of one of the most famous adventure, literature characters of all time. The first Tarzan story, by Edgar Rice Burroughs, was published in a magazine in 1912. The first comic adaptation was in 1929 in a newspaper strip drawn by Hal Foster. Reprints began appearing in a new form of reading material called comic books. Later, original stories and adaptations of Burroughs stories began appearing in comic book form in 1947. From 1939 to 1972, Tarzan comics were published by Western Publishing, first under the Dell imprint, then Gold Key Comics imprint. Starting in 1972, Tarzan was published by DC Comics. Then in 1978 to 1979, the character went to Marvel.

There were also many Tarzan imposters, that sprang up with the popularity of comic books. In the mid 30s, Marvel launched a character in their pulp magazines known as Ka-Zar of the Hidden Jungle. They brought the character back in the 60s. Here are some Tarzan covers as well as some imitation jungle men and women. Incidentally, the Tarzan comic strip still appears in newspapers, thought Universal Features.



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