Tuesday, September 1, 2009

ERB's birthday

Today is Edgar Rice Burroughs' 134th birthday, born September 1, 1875. Happy birthday, Ed!

Burroughs published the novel that put him on the road to fame and riches, Tarzan Of the Apes, in 1912. He died in 1950.

Dell Publishing got the rights for a Tarzan comic book in the late '40s, and Gold Key continued it on through the early 1970s. Russ Manning, who did the daily and Sunday comic strips, did some fantastic work in the comic books, also. This is from 1965's Tarzan #155, which re-tells the origin of the ape man. My posting is from copies of the photostats taken from the original art. Gold Key reprinted the issue three years later, in 1968, in Tarzan #178, which is why the first page has that issue number. The cover above is from my copy of Tarzan #155.

Copyright © 1965, 1968 Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.


  1. GREAT POST!!!! I ironically discovered when I was working on the Burroughs project for FPG that ERB and I share the same birthday! Not the same year, of course! :-)Happy birthday, Edgar, and THANKS for all the great work!

  2. I read the Manning version of TARZAN's origin in one of those 1970s Gold Key Digests that I spent 50 cents for at a Rexall. I remember reading it in the back of the family Chevy during a very long summer road trip. It was my first intro to the character. Manning's art is, of course, fantastic. He remains my personal favorite Tarzan artist. Thanks for the memories!

  3. Joe, thanks for writing and I hope you had a great birthday.

    Mike, even when I was (much) younger in the '70s the digests were too small for my weak eyes, so I didn't know this had been reprinted in that format. Thanks for that information.

    There was also a Manning Tarzan digest from DC, which I have, and some issues of DC's Tarzan reprinted Manning Tarzan from the newspaper strip.


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