Tarzan 1930-1935

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Tarzan by Harold Foster and Burne Hogarth  (1400-) 1st Appearance January 7, 1929, 1st Sunday March 15, 1931, 1st Hal Foster Sunday September 27, 1931, 1st Burne Hogarth Sunday May 9th, 1937 - The presentation of Tarzan in the daily and sunday comics page was as much about the art as it was about the stories.   The origins of the strip go back to the novels and classic stories by the prolific Edgar Rice Burroughs, one of the most famous of early popular-culture writers.   The popularity of those offerings became the impetus to bring Tarzan to the daily comic page.    A young Harold Foster supported by Rex Maxon created picture and text dailies which were direct adaptations of Burrough's novels.  Those were received well with the public, which made the call for a sunday color version.  The originating artists reversed order with Maxon starting the effort, soon to be taken over by Foster.  Foster developed his superior style on Tarzan, although he kept the presentation conservative and constrained to standard frames for the most part.    He would leave the strip in 1937 to create his true masterpiece, Prince Valiant.   The choice for his replacement was a young Burne Hogarth.  Again Tarzan would be the vehicle for another grand master of cartooning to develop his style.    Under Hogarth, Tarzan became a study in physique presentation in motion.   The quality of movement that Hogarth added through his highly detailed drawing of sinew gave Tarzan a dynamic quality that was truly unique in comics.  Burne Hogarth gave us two long stints of his mastery, which only got better with time.  The third grandmaster of cartooning to work on Tarzan came in the late 1960's when Russ Manning agreed to take over the duties.   In many respects Manning's stint was the highest quality,  combining the motion qualities of Hogarth with superior mood presentation through wonderful shadowing.  Sadly, carraige of the strip waned with the popular trend away from adventure comics, but it still runs today and is very popular overseas.  The market for Tarzan is very good.  Sunday fulls, especially those with logos are very good sellers at modest premium.  High premium pages are any from the brief early Maxon stint on the sundays and the earliest 1931 Hogarth sundays.   Firsts for Hogarth and Manning also command high premium.   Early dailies including the first set created by Foster demand a high premium as well.  Common dailies and sundays also sell quite well. 
Newspaper Comics Links ---> Tarzan - 1930-1935 Tarzan 1935-1937 Tarzan 1937-1941
Tarzan 1942-Up Tarzan Dailies

Sunday Comics

Item # Date-#-size* Condition* Price Notes
Note: All of the Fulls and Tabs I have listed contain the Tarzan Header Logo unless noted otherwise
S1400-0001 1930/11/02 - F BW FR-G/FR/FR-G $5.00 Text-page "Tarzan's Prank", no reverse
S1400-0002 1931/03/15 - F G/FR-G/G $375.00 #1(by Rex Maxon), This page is supple and strong with good color and registration.   Mild centercrease.   Left column contains two punch-guide holes that do no touch panels.  Single "invisible tear" in bottom margin barely touchs bottom middle panel.   Overall a very collectable page.   On reverse Out Our Way by JR Williams
S1400-0003 1931/03/15 - F G/FR-G/G $375.00 #1(by Rex Maxon), This page is lightly tanned yet still supple with good color and registration.  Some chipping out of the top middle margin,  nowhere near panels.  Also 2 "invisible tears" in the top margin barely touchs 1st panel.   Overall a very collectable page.   On reverse Editorials page.
S1400-0004 1931/03/22 - F G/G/G $50.00 #2(by Rex Maxon), On reverse Mutt & Jeff by Bud Fisher
S1400-0005 1931/03/22 - F G/G/G $50.00 #2(by Rex Maxon), No reverse
S1400-0006 1931/03/29 - F G/G/G $35.00 #3(by Rex Maxon), On reverse Man the the Brown Derby by HT Webstermer 
S1400-0007 1931/03/29 - F FR/FR/G $15.00 #3(by Rex Maxon), On reverse Felix the Cat by Sullivan & Mesmer 
S1400-0008 1931/04/05 - F G/G/VG $10.00 #4(by Rex Maxon) TT on Full w/When Mother was a Girl(Q),  On reverse Tillie the Toiler(H), Dumb Dora(H)
S1400-0009 1931/04/19 - F FR/FR/FR $8.00 #6(by Rex Maxon),  On reverse Winnie Winkle(H), Mr & Mrs(H)
S1400-0010 1931/04/19 - F BWP FR-G/FR-G/G $6.00 #6(by Rex Maxon),  On reverse BWP Barney Google
S1400-0011 1931/04/26 - F G/G/G $20.00 #7(by Rex Maxon),  On reverse Mutt & Jeff by Bud Fisher
S1400-0012 1931/05/03 - F G/G/G $20.00 #8(by Rex Maxon),  On reverse Ella Cinders by Plumb & Conselman
S1400-0013 1931/05/03 - F G/FR-G/G $20.00 #8(by Rex Maxon),  On reverse Winnie Winkle(H), Mr & Mrs(H)
S1400-0014 1931/05/10 - F G-VG/G/VG $20.00 #9(by Rex Maxon), On reverse Mr. & Mrs. by Clare Briggs
S1400-0015 1931/05/10 - F G/G/FR-G $16.00 #9(by Rex Maxon), On reverse Ella Cinders by Plumb & Conselman
S1400-0016 1931/05/17 - F G-VG/G/VG $20.00 #10(by Rex Maxon), On reverse Mr. & Mrs. by Clare Briggs
S1400-0017 1931/05/17 - F BWPY VG/VG/VG $8.00 #10(by Rex Maxon), On reverse Editorials Page
S1400-0018 1931/05/24 - F G-VG/G/VG $20.00 (by Rex Maxon), On reverse Mr. & Mrs. by Clare Briggs
S1400-0019 1931/05/24 - F G/FR-G/G $18.00 (by Rex Maxon), On reverse Moon Mullins by Frank Willard
S1400-0020 1931/05/24 - F FR/G/FR-P $5.00 (by Rex Maxon), On reverse Ella Cinders by Plumb & Conselman
S1400-0021 1931/05/31 - F FR/FR-P/G $5.00 (by Rex Maxon), On reverse Moon Mullins by Frank Willard
S1400-0022 1931/06/07 - F G-VG/G-VG/VG $20.00 (by Rex Maxon), On reverse Grape-Nuts ad
S1400-0023 1931/06/07 - F G/FR-G/G $18.00 (by Rex Maxon), On reverse Dolly Dimples by Grace Drayton
S1400-0024 1931/06/14 - F G-VG/G-VG/VG $20.00 (by Rex Maxon), On reverse Elmer(H), Felix the Cat(H)
S1400-0025 1931/06/21 - F G-VG/G-VG/VG $20.00 (by Rex Maxon), On reverse Grape-Nuts ad
S1400-0026 1931/06/28 - F G-VG/G-VG/VG $20.00 (by Rex Maxon), On reverse Elmer(H), Felix the Cat(H)
S1400-0027 1931/07/12 - F G/FR-G/G $18.00 (by Rex Maxon), On reverse Dolly Dimples by Grace Drayton
S1400-0028 1931/07/19 - F FR-P/P/G $3.00 (by Rex Maxon), On reverse Timid Soul by HT Webster
S1400-0029 1931/07/26 - F FR-P/P/G $3.00 (by Rex Maxon), On reverse Timid Soul by HT Webster
S1400-0030 1931/08/02 - F FR/FR/G $8.00 (by Rex Maxon), On reverse Mutt & Jeff by Bud Fisher
S1400-0031 1931/08/23 - F FR-P/P/G $3.00 (by Rex Maxon), On reverse Winnie Winkle(H), Mr. & Mrs(H)
Harold Foster Begins
S1400-0032 1932/04/10 - F G/G/VG $10.00 on reverse Mr. & Mrs. Beans by Robert Dickey
S1400-0033 1932/11/06 - F G/FR-G/VG $8.00 on reverse Gasoline Alley(T), Gumps(T)
S1400-0034 1932/11/20 - F P/P/FR $1.00 on reverse Out Our Way by JR Williams
S1400-0035 1932/11/27 - F FR-G/VG/FR-G $4.00 on reverse Elmer by Doc Winner
S1400-0036 1933/01/29 - F FR/FR/G $3.00 on reverse Out Our Way by JR Williams
S1400-0037 1933/02/12 - F FR/FR/G $3.00 on reverse Out Our Way by JR Williams
S1400-0038 1933/08/20 - T BWR G/G/G $2.00 No reverse
S1400-0039 1933/09/24 - T G/FR-G/G $4.00 No reverse
S1400-0040 1933/10/29 - T G-VG/G/VG $5.00 On reverse How it Began/Of All Things by Paul Bernadier
S1400-0041 1933/11/12 - T FR-G/FR-G/G $3.00 On reverse How it Began/Of All Things by Paul Bernadier
S1400-0042 1933/12/10 - F G/G/G $8.00 On reverse Little Orphan Annie by Harold Gray
S1400-0043 1934/01/07 - T G/FR-G/G $4.00 On reverse How it Began by Paul Berdanier
S1400-0044 1934/01/21 - T G/G/VG $4.00 On reverse How it Began by Paul Berdanier
S1400-0045 1934/02/04 - T G/G/G $4.00 No reverse
S1400-0046 1934/02/11 - T G/G/G $4.00 No reverse
S1400-0047 1934/03/04 - T G/G/VG $4.00 On reverse How it Began by Paul Berdanier
S1400-0048 1934/03/11 - T G/G/VG $4.00 On reverse How it Began by Paul Berdanier
S1400-0049 1934/03/18 - T G/G/G $4.00 No reverse
S1400-0050 1934/04/01 - F G/G/VG $8.00 On reverse Little Orphan Annie by Harold Gray
S1400-0051 1934/04/22 - F G/G/VG $8.00 On reverse Little Orphan Annie by Harold Gray
S1400-0052 1934/04/22 - F FR/FR/VG $3.00 On reverse Hairbreadth Harry by FO Alexander
S1400-0053 1934/04/22 - F FR/FR/FR $2.00 On reverse Joe Jinks by Vic Forsythe
S1400-0054 1934/05/20 - F FR/FR/FR $2.00 On reverse Joe Jinks by Vic Forsythe
S1400-0055 1934/05/20 - T G/G/VG $4.00 On reverse How it Began by Paul Berdanier
S1400-0056 1934/06/03 - T G/G/VG $4.00 On reverse How it Began by Paul Berdanier
S1400-0057 1934/06/17 - T VG/VG/VG $4.00 On reverse How it Began by Paul Berdanier
S1400-0058 1934/06/24 - T VG/VG/VG $4.00 On reverse How it Began by Paul Berdanier
S1400-0059 1934/07/01 - T FR-G/FR/G $2.00 On reverse How it Began by Paul Berdanier
S1400-0060 1934/07/08 - T VG/VG/VG $4.00 On reverse How it Began by Paul Berdanier
S1400-0061 1934/07/08 - T FR-G/FR-G/G $3.00 On reverse How it Began by Paul Berdanier
S1400-0062 1934/07/15 - T FR-G/FR-G/G $3.00 No reverse
S1400-0063 1934/07/22 - T G/G/G $4.00 No reverse
S1400-0064 1934/08/05 - T G/G/VG $4.00 On reverse Gumps by Sidney Smith
S1400-0065 1934/08/12 - T G/G/VG $4.00 On reverse Gumps by Sidney Smith
S1400-0066 1934/08/19 - T VG/VG/VG $4.00 On reverse Broncho Bill(HT), Bumps(HT)
S1400-0067 1934/08/26 - T VG/VG/VG $4.00 On reverse How it Began by Paul Berdanier
S1400-0068 1934/09/02 - T G/FR-G/G $4.00 On reverse The Gumps by Sidney Smith
S1400-0069 1934/09/09 - T G-VG/G/VG $4.00 On reverse How it Began by Paul Berdanier
S1400-0070 1934/09/16 - T FR-G/FR-G/VG $3.00 On reverse How it Began by Paul Berdanier
S1400-0071 1934/09/23 - T G-VG/VG/G $4.00 On reverse How it Began by Paul Berdanier
S1400-0072 1934/10/07 - T FR-G/FR-G/G $3.00 On reverse How it Began by Paul Berdanier
S1400-0073 1934/10/14 - T G-VG/G/VG $4.00 On reverse How it Began by Paul Berdanier
S1400-0074 1934/10/21 - T VG/VG/VG $4.00 On reverse How it Began by Paul Berdanier
S1400-0075 1934/10/28 - T G-VG/VG/G $4.00 On reverse How it Began by Paul Berdanier
S1400-0076 1934/11/04 - T FR-G/FR-G/G $3.00 On reverse The Gumps by Sidney Smith
S1400-0077 1934/11/11 - T G-VG/VG/G $4.00 On reverse How it Began by Paul Berdanier
S1400-0078 1934/12/09 - F FR/FR-P/FR $1.00 On reverse BW Mutt & Jeff by Bud Fisher
S1400-0079 1934/12/16 - T G-VG/VG/G $4.00 On reverse How it Began by Paul Berdanier
S1400-0080 1934/12/23 - T G-VG/VG/G $4.00 On reverse How it Began by Paul Berdanier
S1400-0081 1934/12/30 - T VG/VG/VG $4.00 On reverse How it Began by Paul Berdanier
S1400-0082 1935/01/06 - T G/G/VG $4.00 On reverse How it began by Paul Berdanier
S1400-0083 1935/01/13 - F G/G/G $8.00 On reverse Out Our Way by JR Williams
S1400-0084 1935/01/13 - F G/G/VG $8.00 On reverse Little Orphan Annie by Harold Gray
S1400-0085 1935/01/20 - T G/G/VG $4.00 On reverse Moon Mullins by Frank Willard(T)
S1400-0086 1935/02/10 - T G/G/G $4.00 On reverse How it began by Paul Berdanier
S1400-0087 1935/02/24 - F FR-G/FR/G $4.00 On reverse Little Orphan Annie by Harold Gray
S1400-0088 1935/02/24 - T G/G/VG $4.00 On reverse Little Joe by Joe Leffingwell(T)
S1400-0089 1935/02/24 - T FR/FR/G $2.00 On reverse Boots by Edgar Martin w/Paper Doll
S1400-0090 1935/03/03 - F FR/G/FR $3.00 On reverse Bungle Family by HJ Tuthill
S1400-0091 1935/03/03 - T G/FR-G/VG $4.00 On reverse Little Joe by Joe Leffingwell(T)
S1400-0092 1935/03/03 - T G/FR-G/G $4.00 On reverse Little Mary Mixup by RM Brinkerhoff
S1400-0093 1935/03/10 - T G/G/VG $4.00 On reverse Little Joe by Joe Leffingwell(T)
S1400-0094 1935/03/10 - T G/G/VG $4.00 On reverse How it began by Paul Berdanier
S1400-0095 1935/03/17 - F G/G/FR-G $6.00 On reverse Little Orphan Annie by Harold Gray
S1400-0096 1935/03/17 - T G/FR-G/VG $4.00 On reverse Little Joe by Joe Leffingwell(T)
S1400-0097 1935/03/17 - T G/G/VG $4.00 On reverse How it began by Paul Berdanier
S1400-0098 1935/03/17 - T G/FR-G/G $4.00 On reverse Little Mary Mixup by RM Brinkerhoff
S1400-0099 1935/03/24 - F G/G/G $8.00 On reverse Bungle Family by HJ Tuthill
S1400-0100 1935/03/24 - T FR-G/FR-G/G $3.00 On reverse Little Mary Mixup by RM Brinkerhoff
S1400-0101 1935/03/31 - F G/FR-G/G $8.00 On reverse Little Orphan Annie by Harold Gray
S1400-0102 1935/03/31 - T FR-G/FR/VG $2.00 On reverse Little Joe by Joe Leffingwell(T)
S1400-0103 1935/04/07 - F G/G/G $8.00 On reverse Little Orphan Annie by Harold Gray
S1400-0104 1935/04/07 - T G/G/VG $4.00 On reverse How it began by Paul Berdanier
S1400-0105 1935/04/14 - F G/G/G $8.00 On reverse Little Orphan Annie by Harold Gray
S1400-0106 1935/04/14 - T FR-G/FR-G/VG $3.00 On reverse Little Joe by Joe Leffingwell(T)
S1400-0107 1935/04/21 - F FR-G/G/FR $4.00 On reverse Little Orphan Annie by Harold Gray
S1400-0108 1935/04/21 - F G/FR-G/G $8.00 On reverse Tailspin Tommy by Hal Forrest
S1400-0109 1935/04/28 - F FR/FR-G/FR $3.00 On reverse Bungle Family by HJ Tuthill
S1400-0110 1935/04/28 - T G/FR-G/VG $4.00 On reverse Sweeney & Son(T)
S1400-0111 1935/05/05 - F G/G/G $6.00 No Logo, On reverse The Katzenjammer Kids by Harold Knerr
S1400-0112 1935/05/05 - T FR-G/FR-G/G $3.00 On reverse How it began by Paul Berdanier
S1400-0113 1935/05/12 - F G/G/G $6.00 No Logo, On reverse The Katzenjammer Kids by Harold Knerr
S1400-0114 1935/05/19 - F G/G/G $6.00 No Logo, On reverse The Katzenjammer Kids by Harold Knerr
S1400-0115 1935/05/26 - F G/G/VG $8.00 On reverse Little Orphan Annie by Harold Gray
S1400-0116 1935/05/26 - F G/G/G $6.00 No Logo, On reverse The Katzenjammer Kids by Harold Knerr
S1400-0117 1935/05/26 - TT G/G/G $2.00 No Logo, On reverse Ella Cinders
S1400-0118 1935/06/02 - F G/G/VG $8.00 On reverse Little Orphan Annie by Harold Gray
S1400-0119 1935/06/02 - F G/G/G $6.00 No Logo, On reverse The Katzenjammer Kids by Harold Knerr
S1400-0120 1935/06/09 - F G/FR-G/VG $6.00 On reverse Little Orphan Annie by Harold Gray
S1400-0121 1935/06/09 - F G/G/G $6.00 No Logo, On reverse The Katzenjammer Kids by Harold Knerr
S1400-0122 1935/06/09 - T G/G/G $5.00 On reverse How it began by Paul Berdanier
S1400-0123 1935/06/09 - T BWBY G/FR-G/G $1.00 On reverse Toonerville Folks by Fontaine Fox
S1400-0124 1935/06/16 - F G/G/G $6.00 No Logo, On reverse The Katzenjammer Kids by Harold Knerr
S1400-0125 1935/06/16 - T G/G/G $4.00 On reverse How it began by Paul Berdanier
S1400-0126 1935/06/23 - F G/G/G $6.00 No Logo, On reverse The Katzenjammer Kids by Harold Knerr
S1400-0127 1935/06/23 - T FR-G/FR-G/G $2.00 On reverse A Strain on the Family Tie by Gaar Williams
S1400-0128 1935/06/30 - F G/G/G $6.00 No Logo, On reverse The Katzenjammer Kids by Harold Knerr
S1400-0129 1935/06/30 - T G/FR-G/G $3.00 On reverse Little Mary Mixup by RM Brinkerhoff
Newspaper Comics Links ---> Tarzan - 1930-1935 Tarzan 1935-1937 Tarzan 1937-1941
Tarzan 1942-Up Tarzan Dailies

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