Tarzan Comic Strip Collection

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TxAM-CRS C000160

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Tarzan Comic Strip Collection


  • 1929-1965 (Creation)


2.00 boxes, 13 oversized folders

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This collection contains a number of strips from the long-running Tarzan comic strip, based on the famous books by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Most of the strips were simply clipped from newspapers, including the Detroit News,  and then put in folders. Others have been encapsulated onto stiff boards.

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Part of these materials is stored offsite and requires additional time for retrieval.

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Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

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  • English

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The famous character Tarzan was first adapted into newspaper comic strip form in October 1928, in a strip distributed by United Feature Syndicate and illustrated by Prince Valiant creator Hal Foster, first published January 7, 1929, with illustrations by Hal Foster. A full-page Sunday strip started on March 15, 1931, with artwork by Rex Maxon, who was succeeded by Burne Hogarth (1937-1945, 1947-1950). From 1945-1947 the strip was illustrated by Ruben Moreira. John Celardo was the illustrator from 1954-1968.

The last original Tarzan strip ran in July 1972, after which time the strip has been reprinted in a few newspapers.

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Processed and finding aid created by Jeremy Brett.

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