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Edgar Rice Burroughs comic book collection


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American writer Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875-1950) is known for his science fiction and adventure novels, most especially those featuring Tarzan, a feral child raised by apes in the jungles of Africa. After his death in 1950, Burroughs's many creations have continued to offer inspiration to numerous other writers working in a variety of formats, including film, television, and comic books.

Edgar Rice Burroughs, born September 1, 1875, in Chicago, worked a number of unsuccessful jobs in such varied professions as cattle ranching, the Cavalry, gold dredging and sales, among others, before seeking a career in writing in 1911, while employed as an agent for a pencil sharpener company. His first novel was serialized as

Under the Moons of Mars in All-Story Magazine in 1911, and later published in novel form as A Princess of Mars in 1917. Burroughs is perhaps best known for creating Tarzan, a feral child raised by apes in the jungles of Africa, who first appeared in Burroughs's Tarzan of the Apes and went on to feature in twenty-six subsequent novels. In addition to the Tarzan series, Burroughs also wrote a twelve-volume series of science fiction novels set on Mars, as wells as others set on Venus, the Moon, and in Pellucidar, a fictional realm at the center of the earth, along with a number of contemporary dramas, westerns, and historical novels. Burroughs continued to publish extensively throughout his life, also serving as a war correspondent during World War II. He died, of a heart attack, in 1950.

Both during and after his life, Burroughs's creations have provided inspiration for a vast number of comic books, films, television, and other media. Burroughs created extensive imaginary worlds for his novels, populated by a vast array of peoples, species, and technologies, which would be further explored and elaborated through subsequent installments in his series, which in turn afforded ample opportunity for subsequent writers to expand upon his creations in the decades since his death.

A Golden Anniversary Bibliography of Edgar Rice Burroughs. Ed. Henry Hardy Heins. Revised ed. West Kingston, Rhode Island: Donald M. Grant, 1964.Hollow, John, "Edgar Rice Burroughs."Twentieth-Century American Science-Fiction Writers. Ed. David Cowart and Thomas L. Wymer. Detroit: Gale Research, 1981. Dictionary of Literary Biography Vol. 8. Reproduced in Literature Resource Center. Accessed 7 January 2011.Porges, Irwin.Edgar Rice Burroughs: The Man Who Created Tarzan. Provo, Utah: Brigham Young University Press, 1975. Standard catalog of comic books. 2nd ed. Iola, WI : Krause Publications, 2003.

The Edgar Rice Burroughs comic book collection is an artificial collection of 1.5 linear feet of comic books based on the writings of Edgar Rice Burroughs, as published by Dell Publishing Co., Marvel Comics Group, DC Comics, Western Publishing Company (Gold Key Comics), and others from 1953 to 1977. The majority of comic books in the collection depict the adventures Tarzan, a feral-child raised by apes in the jungles of Africa. A minority of the comic books present in this collection expand upon Burroughs's series of Mars novels. As examples of other Burroughs-inspired items, the collection also includes two records and a set of trading cards.

Some of the stories within these comic books are direct adaptations of individual novels written by Burroughs, or of particular episodes derived from his novels. Others present original stories featuring and inspired by the characters and environs which Burroughs wrote of during his long literary career.

The collection is arranged in six series, by publisher, with other Tarzan-related material in the final series. It should be noted, though, that some of these series were continued from one publisher to another, albeit under different editorial and artistic staff. Dell Publishing Company’s

Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan was acquired by Western Publishing for its Gold Key Comics line. The series was renamed Tarzan of the Apes with issue # 132 and was in turn purchased by DC Comics after the Gold Key Comics line folded; the series continued under the name of Tarzan with issue # 207. Similarly, the Gold Key Comics series Korak Son of Tarzan was also acquired by DC Comics with issue # 46 and was later re-titled to Tarzan Family with issue # 60.

Series I through IV consist of, respectively, comic books published by DC Comics, Dell Publishing Co., Marvel Comics Group, and Western Publishing Group (Gold Key Comics). Series V consists of issued printed by other, miscellaneous publishers. The Marvel Comics series includes a number of issues inspired by Burroughs’ Mars novels; the other series are focused solely on Tarzan and related characters. Series VI, which consists of other Burroughs-related popular culture, contains two records and a set of Tarzan trading cards.

  1. Box 1: Shelved in SPEC MSS record center cartons
  2. Box 2: Shelved in SPEC MSS manuscript boxes (upright manuscript boxes)
  3. F59 and F60: Shelved in SPEC Media audio records

Processed and encoded by Alexander Clark Johnston, January 2011.

University of Delaware Library Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
Finding Aid Date
2011 January 18
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Use of materials from this collection beyond the exceptions provided for in the Fair Use and Educational Use clauses of the U.S. Copyright Law may violate federal law. Permission to publish or reproduce isrequired from the copyright holder. Please contact Special Collections Department, University of Delaware Library,

Collection Inventory

Issues 46, 47, 50, 1972-1973.
Box 1 Folder F1
Issues 51, 52, 55, 57, May-June 1975, 1973-1975.
Box 1 Folder F2
Issues 207, 208, 1972.
Box 1 Folder F3
Scope and Contents

2 copies of Issue 207

Issues 209, 210, 1972.
Box 1 Folder F4
Scope and Contents

2 copies of Issue 210

Issues 214, 216, 217, 1972-1973.
Box 1 Folder F5
Issues 220, 224, 226, 1973.
Box 1 Folder F6
Issues 229, 233, 237, 1974-1975.
Box 1 Folder F7
Issues 238, 240, 1975.
Box 1 Folder F8
Scope and Contents

2 copies of Issue 240

Issues 241, 244, 1975.
Box 1 Folder F9
Scope and Contents

2 copies of Issue 244

Issues 245, 247, 248, 1976.
Box 1 Folder F10
Issues 250, 253, 1976.
Box 1 Folder F11
Issue 64, 1976.
Box 1 Folder F12
Issue DC-19, 1973.
Box 1 Folder F13
Issues 1, 5, 7, 1972-1973.
Box 1 Folder F14

Issues 40, 44, 45, 1953.
Box 1 Folder F15
Issues 57, 65, 71, 1954-1955.
Box 1 Folder F16
Issues 96, 98, 1957.
Box 1 Folder F17
Issues 99, 101, 103, 1957-1958.
Box 1 Folder F18
Issues 104 - 106, 1958.
Box 1 Folder F19
Issues 107 - 109, 1958.
Box 1 Folder F20
Issues 8 - 10, 12, 1957-1958.
Box 1 Folder F21

Issues 1 - 3, 1977.
Box 1 Folder F22
Issues 4 - 6, 1977.
Box 1 Folder F23
Issues 7 - 9, 1977-1978.
Box 1 Folder F24
Issues 11, 13, 14, 1978.
Box 1 Folder F25
Issues 15, 18, 1978.
Box 1 Folder F26
# 1, 1977; # 2, 1978, 1977-1978.
Box 1 Folder F27
Issues 1, 2, 1977.
Box 1 Folder F28
Scope and Contents

2 copies of Issue 2

Issue 3, 1977.
Box 1 Folder F29
Scope and Contents

3 copies of Issue 3

Issue 4, 1977.
Box 1 Folder F30
Scope and Contents

7 copies of Issue 4

Issues 5, 7, 1977.
Box 1 Folder F31
Scope and Contents

2 copies of Issue 5

Issues 12, 16, 17, 1978.
Box 1 Folder F32
Issues 18, 21, 23, 1978-1979.
Box 1 Folder F33
Issue 1, 1977.
Box 1 Folder F34
Scope and Contents

3 copies of Issue 1. Cover title reads "Jungle Tales of Tarzan," but this is from the same serial publication as "Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle Annual

Issue 2, 1978 (3 copies), 1978.
Box 1 Folder F35
Scope and Contents

3 copies of Issue 2

Issues 12 - 14, 1966.
Box 1 Folder F36
Scope and Contents

2 copies of Issue 14

Issues 15 - 16, 1966-1967.
Box 1 Folder F37
Issues 17 - 19, 1967.
Box 1 Folder F38
Issues 20, 22, 25, 1967-1968.
Box 1 Folder F39
Issues 26, 33, 36, 1968-1970.
Box 1 Folder F40
Issues 37, 40, 41, 43, 1970-1971.
Box 1 Folder F41
Issues 133, 137, 138, 1963.
Box 1 Folder F42
Issues 139, 140, 1963-1964.
Box 1 Folder F43
Scope and Contents

2 copies of Issue 140

Issues 141, 142, 143, 1964.
Box 2 Folder F44
Issues 144, 145, 1964.
Box 2 Folder F45
Scope and Contents

2 copies of Issue 145

Issues 146, 147, 1964.
Box 2 Folder F46
Scope and Contents

2 copies of Issue 146

Issues 148, 149, 150, 1965.
Box 2 Folder F47
Issues 151, 152, 153, 1965.
Box 2 Folder F48
Issues 160, 165, 170, 1966-1967.
Box 2 Folder F49
Issues 176, 183, 1968-1969.
Box 2 Folder F50
Scope and Contents

2 copies of Issue 183

Issues 187, 191, 194, 1969-1970.
Box 2 Folder F51
Issues 195, 199, 1970-1971.
Box 2 Folder F52

3rd Sept. 1977; 10th Sept. 1977; 17th Sept. 1977; 24th Sept. 1977, 1977.
Box 2 Folder F53
22nd Oct. 1977; 16 July 1977, 1977.
Box 2 Folder F54
Scope and Contents

2 copies of 22nd Oct. Issue

Issues 82, 85, 89, 1975-1976.
Box 2 Folder F55
Issue 1, 1964.
Box 2 Folder F56
Issue 162, 1974.
Box 2 Folder F57

Tarzan Trading Cards, 1966.
Box 2 Folder F58
Scope and Contents

Contains cards # 1 - 66. Published by Banner Productions, Inc.

Physical Description

Set of 8.8 x 6.3 cm cardboard trading cards

Tarzan in the Valley of the Talking Gorillas, [undated].
Box 2 Folder F59
Scope and Contents

Published by Tarzan Records; Album T1

Physical Description

3-EP record set, with case

Physical Location

Shelved in SPEC Media audio records

Theme From Tarzan, 1966.
Box 2 Folder F60
Scope and Contents

Published by Banner Productions, Inc. Tifton 78007

Physical Description

1-LP record, with case

Physical Location

Shelved in SPEC Media audio records

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