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{{cl|0|bg=#DFD}} '''''Tarzan and the Valley of Gold''''' • 1966, 2019 • ERB, Inc. • {{isbn|978-1-945462-20-7}} • by {{wp|Fritz Leiber}}
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Tarzan of the Apes (CR 11)

Male human ranger (jungle lord) 12
NG Medium humanoid (human)
Perception +19


26, touch 17, flat-footed 20 (+4 armor, +2 Dex, +4 dodge, +5 natural, +1 Wis)
112 (12d10+36)
Defensive Abilities


30 ft.
+3 dagger +20/+15/+10 (1d4+8/19–20)
or unarmed strike +17/+12/+7 (1d3+5)
+3 composite shortbow +17/+12/+7 (1d6+7/×3)
Special Attacks
combat style (archery)


Base Atk
Alertness, Animal Affinity, Combat Expertise, Deadly Aim, Dodge, Endurance, Improved Initiative, Improved Unarmed Strike, Point-Blank Shot, Precise Shot, Rapid Shot
Acrobatics +18, Bluff + 2, Climb +19, Diplomacy +2, Escape Artist +6, Handle Animal +20, Heal +6, Intimidate +16, Linguistics +10, Perception +20, Profession (driver) +5, Ride +14, Sense Motive +5, Stealth +16, Survival +16, Swim +13
Arabic, Bantu, Berber, English, French, German, Latin, Mangani, Pal-ul-donian, Sylvan
animal focus (12 minutes), brachiation, camouflage, favored terrains (forest +2, jungle +2), hardened by nature, hunter’s bond (lion named Jad-bal-ja, the Golden Lion and monkey named Nkima [treat as baboonB2]), inspired moment, strong bond, swift tracker, track +6, wild empathy +13, woodland stride
Other Gear
+3 composite shortbow (+4 Str), +3 dagger, amulet of natural armor +5, belt of giant strength +2, bracers of armor +4, hemp rope (50 ft.), 1,367 gp


In 1888, John Clayton, Lord Greystoke, and his pregnant wife Alice were marooned on the west coast of Central Africa after a mutiny at sea. Over the next several weeks, John built a jungle home for the family, determined to survive in the unforgiving wilderness. Shortly after the its completion, a mad ape attacked the homestead, nearly grabbing Lord Greystoke in its mighty clutches before being slain by a rifle shot from Alice. Immediately thereafter, Alice fell ill, the pressures of their difficult life overtaking her mind and constitution. She gave birth the next day.

After Alice’s death shortly thereafter, a troop of semi-intelligent apes, known as mangani, curiously investigated the Greystoke cabin. The apes’ savage chieftain, a brute called Kerchak, forced his way into the homestead and murdered Lord Greystoke. A female ape called Kala abducted the Clayton infant from his crib, replacing the baby with her own dead child.

Never knowing his human parents or the circumstances of his birth, the young John Clayton came of age among the mangani, learning their simple language and doing his best to assimilate into the troop. He adopted the name Tarzan, meaning “white skin” in the mangani tongue. Even as he grew fluent in the language of apes, the young boy’s curiosity drew him back to his parents’ cabin. He little understood the skeletal remains therein, instead focusing his attention on his father’s books, which included primers in English brought on the Claytons’ voyage in anticipation of his birth. Over the years, Tarzan began to understand written English, but he could not speak it.

As his language skills developed, Tarzan experienced many thrilling adventures among the apes, gaining incredible acrobatic and survival skills and treating the wild jungle as his natural home. Beyond the pictures and stories in his father’s books, Tarzan remained ignorant of civilization or his true origin. He knew nothing of the Claytons or the Greystoke holdings and fortune, his father’s personal diary having been kept in French. As he grew into a strapping young man, Kala was the only parent he had ever known.

Having been raised among animals, Tarzan had little sentimentality, and knew nothing of the brotherhood of man. Those not of his tribe were his enemies. To hunt and kill was the law of his wild world, often for self-defense or on the hunt, but occasionally for pleasure as well, an impulse that separated him from his animal kin. His fellow apes taught him brutishness and violence, but from them he also learned a playful sense of humor.

But life among the mangani often grew deadly serious. After continual conflict with the troop’s bull ape leader, Kerchak, led to a battle that left the ape dead, Tarzan earned rulership of the tribe, becoming a literal “King of the Apes.” His human intelligence and superlative hunting ability provided the troop with greater bounty than ever before, and most of Tarzan’s subjects were content with his rule, even as they never truly accepted the young man as one of their own. Meanwhile, Tarzan felt most at home exploring the old Clayton cabin and his father’s old books. As he grew older he became more and more alienated from his mangani kin, who lacked his human ambition, intelligence, and curiosity. Their limited vocabularies were incapable of comprehending the ideas inspired by his secluded reading, furthering the growing distance between human and ape.

Finally, a rival ape named Terkoz, took the opportunity to strike against the human king. Tarzan managed to survive Terkoz’s attack, killing the ape in the process, but not before the mighty beast nearly tore Tarzan’s scalp from his head. The resulting scar started above his left eye and ran across the top of his head, ending at his right ear. To this day, when Tarzan’s rage grows great and threatens to overtake his senses, the scar grows a livid red, a stark symbol of the jungle lord’s savagery. Following the battle, Tarzan lost his taste for leadership, and abandoned the mangani troop in favor of a solitary life in the jungle near his family cabin.

In 1909, a band of fair-skinned visitors on an archaeological expedition came ashore in the region, bringing a woman who was to change Tarzan’s fate forever—Jane Porter, daughter of the expedition’s leader, the eccentric Professor Archimedes Q. Porter. The group had come to ill luck at sea, when the crew of their ship mutinied and stole the treasure the Porter expedition had originally set out to find. The villains rowed from their ship to the shore to bury the ancient chest for later recovery, bringing the Porters as captives along with their servant, Esmerelda, and the expedition’s financier, William Cecil Clayton, nephew of the missing Lord Greystoke. Clayton sponsored the expedition to explore this very jungle in search of clues to his uncle’s fate, but over the journey he began to have romantic feelings toward Jane, an attraction that would soon bring him into conflict with Tarzan, who coveted her for himself after rescuing her and Esmerelda from a panther attack. Jane was the first white woman Tarzan had ever seen, and he swiftly became smitten by her. Their treasure secure, the mutinous crew abandoned their prisoners to a jungle fate, returning to their ship and leaving the Porter expedition to a certain death.

Shortly thereafter, a contingent of French naval officers led by lieutenant Paul D’arnot, landed on the coast near the Clayton cabin, drawn to the site of the treasure burial after encountering the mutinous ship adrift at sea. The Frenchmen encountered Cecil Clayton and Professor Porter just as they came under attack by a band of cannibal man-apes. The creatures abducted D’Arnot and returned with him to their settlement to prepare him for a ritual sacrifice. Tarzan rescued D’Arnot from the grip of the cannibal creatures, making a friend for life.

The French navy spent a week looking for Professor Porter’s buried treasure to no avail, for Tarzan himself had seen the scoundrels bury the chest and later removed it. Finding nothing, the French naval officers abandoned the site, sailing away and leaving their leader, D’Arnot, for dead.

On the long journey from the cannibal ape settlement to the Clayton cabin, the very much alive D’ Arnot taught Tarzan to speak French, another example of the young jungle lord’s preternatural intuition regarding languages. By the time the duo finally reached the cabin they found it deserted. The Porter party had already returned to America, but Jane had left a letter for Tarzan, inviting him to their home in Baltimore.

Tarzan and D’Arnot traveled together on the trail of the Porters. In America, Tarzan proved himself to be far more intelligent and cunning than a simple jungle savage raised by animals, taking swiftly to modern life, even mastering the mysterious automobile. Eventually, Tarzan followed Jane from Maryland to Wisconsin, where he saved her from a wildfire and a villainous suitor called Canler, who along with Cecil Clayton funded the Porter expedition to Africa and who expected Jane’s hand in marriage in exchange for his largesse. Tarzan used proceeds from Porter’s lost treasure—which he had reclaimed from where it was buried by the mutinous crew—to pay off the Porters’ debts to their investors. Tarzan’s daring rescue and exposure and defeat of the criminal Canler brought him to the attention of the local (and eventually national) press. Stories of the heroic “Ape Man’’ from Africa spread from one coast to the other.

Tarzan cared little for fame, desiring only Jane Porter. In the aftermath of the Canler ordeal, however, Jane finally acquiesced to Cecil Clayton’s romantic overtures, accepting him as a genuine suitor and potential husband. Confused and frustrated, Tarzan abandoned Wisconsin to begin the long trek back home to the Congo. Upon their reunion D’Arnot, who had been studying Tarzan’s father’s French journal, told Tarzan of his true parents and his role as the true heir of the House ofGreystoke. If Jane truly loved Cecil Clayton, Tarzan reasoned, the trappings of nobility meant nothing to him. He did not wish to upset what he assumed was her happiness, and booked passage across the Atlantic.

On the voyage, Tarzan became embroiled in intrigue with the Countess Olga de Coude, protecting her from Russian agents seeking a rare book owned by her husband. This manuscript contained the location of the lost African city of Opar, said to house an endless supply of gold treasure and ancient artifacts. Stories of Tarzan’s rescue of the countess hit the French press, making Tarzan a celebrity in Europe and America. Tarzan remained humble and did not claim his birthright.

In Paris, Tarzan once again made the acquaintance of Paul D’Arnot, now a lieutenant commander working in French counterintelligence. D’Arnot was on the trail of the Russians, and he and Tarzan reached French Equatorial Africa on October 11, 1909.

On his journey to the lost city of Opar, Tarzan befriended the native Waziri tribe, in particular the brave warrior Busuli. Tarzan helped the Waziri combat the brutal agents of the Belgian King Leopold, who pillaged the jungle for rubber, treating the natives like slaves and maliciously cutting off their hands if they did not work fast enough. Tarzan learned to resent colonialism and fully identified with the jungle and its natives over the “civilized” whites. Busuli became king of the tribe, taking the ceremonial name Waziri. The tribe formally adopted Tarzan as a member, serving as his extended family for the following decades. In that time, Tarzan established a homestead on the Waziri lands, ventured to the lost city of Opar on numerous occasions, married his long-time love Jane Porter, and discovered a mystical means of extending his life. He and Jane (similarly gifted with longevity) eventually bore a son, Korak, with whom they shared many thrilling adventures. Finally, in 1946, Tarzan found himself drawn into the mysterious Worldscape, where another lifetime of adventures awaited him…

Valley of Gold

Fritz Leiber Says—


I saw it at a private showing when I was half through writing the novel (from a script). Mike Henry struck me as a fine Tarzan; Hulbert Burroughs, sitting beside me, thought him the best of all film Tarzans. The film is quite handsomely mounted and moves along at a good clip. It was shot in Mexico and uses for its lost city, the Toltec ruins of Teotihuacan near Mexico City. Otherwise, there’s no particular clue as to where in the Americas the adventure is supposed to take place—except that the top man in the lost city of Tucumai is called Manco Capoc—close enough to Manco Capac to suggest that this is a lost city of the Incas. Few fantasy-adventure films provide any more detail than this; they are plausible only at a visual and fairy-tale level… but that’s quite enough for most of the audience!


I wrote this from what turned out to be an earlier script, which set the story in the Mato Grosso state of Brazil and which had several major incidents not used in the film (the film also has a couple of incidents, notably the opening scene in the empty bullring, which were not in the script I worked from). Also, I did not hesitate to add scenes and characters of my own invention to liven the story and make it more plausible. Usually it’s the film which departs from the book; in this case it’s the other way ’round. Of course, most novelizations of films simply set down the dialogue and describe the actual scenes of the film—the writer sees the film a couple of times and works from that—a highly derivative and banal job which I wouldn’t care to do. Contrarywise, I wouldn’t have tackled the job except that I was given a completely free hand by Ballantine Books and E.R.B., Inc.

  1. While the whole novelization deal was hanging fire last August, I wrote a short called “Tarzan in the Bullring”—on my own initiative—to demonstrate my style to Hulbert Burroughs and Ian Ballantine. They were both enthusiastic about the job and I decided to use it for the opening hook of the novel—much as, say, the movie GOLDFINGER begins with a short James Bond adventure having nothing to do with the rest of the film. This device has the virtue of getting a book started with fast action, permitting a lengthier and more convincing introduction to the main story.
  2. I did a lot of research on Brazil, considering the short time in which I had to write the book (roughly: Sept, Oct., Nov., 1965): I made use of 30 or so books, everything from Prescott’s CONQUEST OF PERU to the latest U.S. Army handbook on the country (where I got my info. on Brazil’s secret services). In the script which I worked from, Tarzan met no specifically S. American animals (except a jaguar) and no actual S. American Indians; this had to be remedied, and convincing in matters of flora, foods, coinage, language, airlines, names of cities and rivers and states. I felt the Mato Grosso would be a lot more convincing if Tarzan made a long trip getting there, seeing something of Rio and Brasilia on the way. Also historical background, some real, some invented, was necessary to make the reader believe temporarily in a lost city of the Incas, in the villains Vinaro and Train, in Tarzan’s friends, etc. A movie, you know, can make things real simply by showing them, without one jot of explanation, exposition, or history and without even using names—if it looks interesting and halfway plausible, the audience will accept it. There are no short-cuts in a book—it has to be much more solidly based. Everything about Brazil in my book is fact, got by research—such as, for example, the amazing Indian Protective Service and its background and history. Of course stuff like the history of Vinaro’s “Castle” I invented, but even there I made it consonant with actual history.
  3. I devoted considerable space in the first quarter of the book to Tarzan’s background, history (esp. 1945–1965), and character. I thought this desirable for the sake of new readers and also to set Tarzan firmly in the present-day world, which has changed so very much from the world of Colonial Africa which Burroughs knew. With Tarzan now chronologically older than 75, his prolonged youthfulness had to be accepted and explained; here I depended mostly on hints ERB gave on his topic. Incidentally, I don’t think I’d be interested in writing Tarzan “pastiches” set in the early Twentieth Century and Colonial Africa; for me, the challenge was putting Tarzan in the real world of today. How fascinating to think of Tarzan in the current world of Gomangani republics, apartheid, the Mau Mau, Rhodesia, white mercenaries in the Congo, Chinese and Russian communists, the Peace Corps & CIA, Nassar and the Arab republics, etc! Yet I was very glad I had to deal with Brazil, which Tarzan had never visited—it gave me a freer hand and set me a comparatively easier problem. I drew the maps at the beginning of the book—I had to have them in any case to make Tucumai real to me.

Some of the (perhaps) most striking incidents in the book were in the script in embryo form, but are not the movie (too technically difficult to film, etc.)—specifically, the fight in the car-wash and the tank’s destruction inside the temple. Also, the fight between Tarzan and Train is very fast and short in my novel—because that’s the way a real karate fight goes, as opposed to the endless silly judo chops and throws in movie fights (any of which blows would kill even a superman in a real fight)! Most movie battles are even less real than TV wrestling; they’ve built up a weird format of their own which is amusing and even at times exciting to watch on screen, but bears almost no relation to actual hand-to-hand combat of men trained in the arts of death-dealing.

Hulbert Burroughs and Ian and Betty Ballantine were all very helpful to me, providing information and materials. The book runs over 100,000 words. I think Ballantine’s big type and sharp yet dignified cover makes it very attractive. I hope it pleases both Burroughs enthusiasts and new readers.

Partly because of the time limitations, it was the most grueling job of writing I’ve ever done, but it certainly was fun! I lived at a really high pitch last autumn.

Before writing TVG, Fritz, twice a Hugo winner, was described in Seekers of Tommorrow by Sam Moskowitz as having used “techniques and stylistic flow (that) are clearly taken from E. R. Burroughs.”—Caz

Fritz Leiber Says II—

Perhaps I should make a few more remarks in clarification of my writing of Tarzan and the Valley of Gold.

The footnotes were mine, though done at Ballantine’s suggestion. It seemed a good way to lead the new reader into the Tarzan books by ERB. Also, it gave me a chance to star the ones I like best: Tarzan the Terrible, Jewels of Opar, Ant Men, etc.

The title was, of course, quite a problem. I suggested twenty or so: Tarzan and the Treasure of the Incas, Tarzan’s Brazillian Adventure, Tarzan Flies South, Tarzan and the Lost Boy, etc. My favorite was Tarzan and the Diamonds of Death. The working titles of the script were Tarzan and the Treasure of Tucumai and Tarzan ’66. The final selection was made so that the film and book would have the same title. ERB himself rather sharply limited the contents of a Tarzan title: 1. Must have “Tarzan,” naturally; 2. No real geographical names; 3. Strength and generally an upbeat; 4. No gloom or menace words strongest is “Madman” or maybe “Lion Man”).

I diverged completely from Burroughs in having Tarzan able to talk with many and maybe all mammals. I got caught up by the notion of a “Golden Age” or “Eden” language of men and animals, which civilized men cannot recapture, possibly because great taboos have been set up against its emergence from the subconscious of modern humans; a similar idea appears in R. E. Howard’s Beyond the Black River. This seems as plausible to me as a single tribe or nation of Great Apes having developed a language. My only way of rationalizing it with ERB’s novels is that this is a discovery Tarzan made in later life. Mebbe I shouldn’t have done it! Yet it was very compelling when I wrote it. Same applies to my making Tarzan a kind of split personality with a beast-mind and a man-mind and to his having developed a stronger humanitarian streak over the years. I think ERB may have been starting to take something of this turn himself, judging from “The Foreign Legion”—but that’s at best my guess or speculation.

Naturally, I tried to stick always to the “facts” of Tarzan’s previous history (and to the movie script), but I also tried to give my own creativity free rein, which did lead to some changes ultimately in Tarzan’s mood and character and the fantasy-facts of jungle existence.

I was somewhat influenced by the Fleming books, it’s true. Despite their different sexual morality, which reflects changing folkways, Tarzan and 007 have quite a few similarities. But I mostly wanted to get the feel of 1966.

Claire Huffaker deserves credit for plotting out several incidents in the script which do not show up in the film: the fight in the car-wash, the downing of the ’copter with a bolo weighted with “dead” sub-machine guns rather than grenades, the enforced mountain climb, the electric stockade and the land mines, and the trapping and “suicide” of the tank. All other incidents and characters and locals which don’t appear in the movie are my own invention—happy or otherwise! This includes all the Brazilian background, history and local color except for the name Mato Grosso; I was particularly stirred by the SPI and its motto, which became a sort of counter-theme throughout my book, beginning as early as the bullfight chapter.

Editor’s Note: This book, although dated April, 1966, was released in early March. It is labeled “Tarzan 25,” inferring that it is part of the Tarzan series by ERB. Meanwhile, they have not numbered The Tarzan Twins, very definitely, a part of the Tarzan series (since ERB wrote it!). They have, therefore, further compounded an already confusing situation. (PS: I suggest that you first see the movie and then read the book.)—Caz

A Review by John F. Roy

The dyed-in-the-wool Edgar Rice Burroughs fans who have been hoping, these many years, for someone to carry on with the adventures of Tarzan of the Apes will enjoy this new tale by Fritz Leiber.

The story opens with John Clayton, Lord Greystoke, clad in the tight-fitting, gold-sequined, pink-stockinged suit of a matador, preparing to enter the bullring at Meseta, Mexico. His battle with the modern “gorgos” takes only one chapter but is both exciting and unique.

Following this brief exhibition the real story unfolds. Augustus Vinaro, “one of the most deadly international criminals on the face of the earth” and an ardent advocate of the Religion of Death, has equipped an expedition to locate and plunder a hitherto undiscovered Incan city deep in the Brazilian Andes as it is said to contain millions in gold and jewels. He is accompanied by a beautiful Italian actress, a gigantic one-eyed karate expert, and a band of hired killers.

Vinaro’s trip through the Amazon jungle, his many attempts to kill Tarzan who is following him in an effort to save the Incas from destruction, Tarzan’s fight with the giant “karataka”, and how Vinaro meets his death, makes exciting reading for any Burroughs fan.

Enjoyment, however, will be tinged with a bit of disappointment. Leiber is an excellent writer—this has been proven on many occasions—but while he may have an “affectionate understanding for the character of Tarzan as created by Edgar Rice Burroughs” (Preface, TVG) he has not succeeded in re-creating the real Lord of the Jungle that we all know and love.

Leiber does come close on several occasions. For example, see Chapter 13 where the following appears.

“The big, silent, swift-stepping tarmangani was like a hundred delicate yet vastly durable scientific instruments mounted on a pair of lean-muscled legs.” This is GOOD Tarzan and GOOD Burroughs.

In Chapter 14 we read: “Life chatters endlessly and most irritatingly, but Death speaks with a soothing simplicity and a majestic finality. “This too is GOOD Burroughs.

Like ERB, Leiber gives the reader a breath of mystery. In the closing chapter he says: “There was a marked facial resemblance between the two (Indians). He (Tarzan) decided there were many more mysteries to Tucumai than those he had solved.” And notice the Burroughs-sounding alliterative phrases in all three of these quotations.

“Edgar Rice Burroughs set the pattern for this book when he wrote Tarzan and “The Foreign Legion”. Had he lived twenty years longer and continued the evolution of his character as he began that evolution in TFL, he would probably have given us a character just like the one Frizt Leiber has—a lonely and introspective wanderer, all savageness gone, and only hatred for the wrongs of civilization remaining, a man seeking in his own way to bring about a better world.”—Patrick H. Adkins, New Orleans

Still, somehow I feel that Leiber could have done even better than he did, although doubtless he was restricted in his efforts by having to adhere to the motion-picture script.

The title of the book is an unfortunate choice. Tarzan readers already have some small confusion between “Forbidden City” and “City of Gold”. Added to this we now have “Valley of Gold”. Why couldn’t it have been “Tarzan and the Valley of Incas”?

My greatest disappointment was Chapter 1, which incidentally, had little bearing on the main plot. The Tarzan of Edgar Rice Burroughs would not stoop to such sensationalism as dressing in full matador regalia and then disrobing in front of the watching crowd, The exhibition of knife and lasso throwing was not something the ape man would do, nor were his acrobatics with the bulls.

As for speaking “long and seriously with Solitaro and Tran”, this is nonsense. The same applies to El Rey Negro promising to kill his matador, “but to fight fearlessly and fairly.” The only animals Tarzan conversed WITH were the primates—the great apes, the monkeys, and the baboons. The others—Sheeta, Tantor, Numa, for example—he talked TO. See Beasts of Tarzan Chap. 4, where he encounters Sheeta; Jungle Tales of Tarzan, Chap. 2, where he talks to Tantor “as though the great beast understood.” In Tarzan the Untamed he did not talk with the lion, nor in Tarzan and the Golden Lion did he ever converse with Jad-bal-ja.

If our newer readers are of the erroneous opinion that Tarzan talked with various quadrupeds, it is something they learned, not from the books, but more likely from the current comic magazines.

From an overall viewpoint, this story deserves a place on the shelf near your other Tarzan books. The locale is excellent; South America is the only continent untouched by ERB, and so it is good to have a Tarzan story take place in the vast Amazon jungle.


The lion “Major” made a good companion for the ape man, but as far as “Dinky” the chimpanzee is concerned, his presence is entirely unnecessary, although Hollywood no doubt thinks otherwise. Tarzan’s reminiscing while on the plane to South America is a good touch… The battle in the car-wash is excellent… the many trade-names: Morris, Lincoln, Rolex, Messerschmett, Ronson, Garand, etc., etc., is a feature not (or seldom) used by Burroughs. At times Leiber’s use of statistic reminds me of the old G. A. Henty books. AND, are the many footnotes his—or Ballantine’s?

American International, presents the Sy Weintraub Production of Tarzan and the Valley of Gold in Panavision and Eastman Color

Movie Review & Commentary by Caz

TARZAN AND THE VALLEY OF GOLD is a good Tarzan movie. To my mind it’s actually one of the best since TARZAN’S GREATEST ADVENTURE. Mike Henry looks like Tarzan and acts like Tarzan. Several of his spoken lines and facial expressions are quite like I “envision” the Tarzan of Burroughs’ books.

The movie credits swing by with real modern layout and rock’n’roll style music. The color photography is not anything to cheer about, but perhaps I saw a poor print. Most of the sets are authentic looking, and the special effects are passable.

The plot is basically that Tarzan must rescue a young boy, Ramel (Manuel Padilla, Jr.) who is being used by an international criminal, Vinaro (David Opatashu) and his super-tough body guard, Train (Don Megowan) to find a lost city of gold. Vinaro’s girl friend, Sophia (Nancy Kovak) is rescued from Vinaro, and Ramel has escaped to Tarzan, who has been following Vinaro’s tank and armored car trek through the jungle, all the time harassed by mines and helicopter gunners. Finally arriving in the lost city thru a cave, the city’s elderly chief refuses to fight and turns over a stack of gold to Vinaro. But he wants more, and this greed leads to his demise. Tarzan has a final battle with Train. Then, “Tarzan and Sophia depart hand in hand from the Valley of Gold to return to modern civilization” says the press book.

In my opinion, the best scene in the whole movie is when Tarzan, just doning his loin cloth, releases the lion and leopard, and with the monkey, strikes out on the trail of Vinaro. That’s really Tarzan!!!

The much talked about battle in the car-wash is not here, while the battle in the bull ring seems to be the substitute. Most of the press release art shows the leopard leaping on Sophia, and that never happened. Tarzan’s use of the handgranade bolo to down the helicopter is a highpoint in the movie.

It is sad to note that TARZAN AND THE VALLEY OF GOLD is a “combo” double-bill with Frankenstein Conquers the World. It makes it look like Tarzan can’t even stand on his own two feet.


I Title Date Type Tarzan Jane Supporting Producer/Director Notes
Tarzan of the Apes 1918 Jan. silent Elmo Lincoln Enid Markey Scott Sidney based on Tarzan of the Apes (1st half)
The Romance of Tarzan 1918 Sep. silent Elmo Lincoln Enid Markey William Parsons based on Tarzan of the Apes (2nd half)
The Son of Tarzan 1920 May silent Serial P.D. Tabler Karla Schramm Harry Revier based on The Son of Tarzan
The Revenge of Tarzan 1920 Jun. silent Gene Pollar Karla Schramm Harry Revier based on The Return of Tarzan (1st half)
The Adventures of Tarzan 1921 silent Serial Elmo Lincoln Louise Lorraine Scott Sidney based on The Return of Tarzan (2nd half)
Tarzan and the Golden Lion 1927 silent James Pierce Dorothy Dunbar J. P. McGowan based on the novel
Tarzan the Mighty 1928 silent Serial Frank Merrill Natalie Kingston Universal not based on Jungle Tales of Tarzan
Tarzan the Tiger 1929 silent Serial Frank Merrill Natalie Kingston Universal based on Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar; dubbed
Tarzan the Fearless 1933 serial Buster Crabbe Cheeta, Jacqueline Wells Sol Lesser feature film edit of the serial
The New Adventures of Tarzan 1935 May serial Herman Brix Nkima ERB Inc. feature film edit of The New Adventures of Tarzan (1st half)
Tarzan and the Green Goddess 1935 Jun. serial Herman Brix Nkima ERB Inc. feature film edit of The New Adventures of Tarzan (2nd half)
Tarzan’s Revenge 1938 20th C. Fox Glenn Morris Eleanor Holm Sol Lesser
Tarzan the Ape Man 1932 MGM J. Weissmuller Maureen O’Sullivan Cheeta W. S. Van Dyke pre-code
Tarzan and His Mate 1934 MGM J. Weissmuller Maureen O’Sullivan Cheeta Cedric Gibbons pre-code
Tarzan Escapes 1936 MGM J. Weissmuller Maureen O’Sullivan Cheeta Richard Thorpe
Tarzan Finds a Son! 1939 MGM J. Weissmuller Maureen O’Sullivan Cheeta, Boy Richard Thorpe
Tarzan’s Secret Treasure 1941 MGM J. Weissmuller Maureen O’Sullivan Cheeta, Boy Richard Thorpe
Tarzan’s New York Adventure 1942 MGM J. Weissmuller Maureen O’Sullivan Cheeta, Boy Richard Thorpe
Tarzan Triumphs 1943 Feb. RKO J. Weissmuller Cheeta, Boy Sol Lesser
Tarzan’s Desert Mystery 1943 Dec. RKO J. Weissmuller mentioned only Cheeta, Boy Sol Lesser
Tarzan and the Amazons 1945 RKO J. Weissmuller Brenda Joyce Cheeta, Boy Sol Lesser
Tarzan and the Leopard Woman 1946 RKO J. Weissmuller Brenda Joyce Cheeta, Boy Sol Lesser
Tarzan and the Huntress 1947 RKO J. Weissmuller Brenda Joyce Cheeta, Boy Sol Lesser
Tarzan and the Mermaids 1948 RKO J. Weissmuller Brenda Joyce Cheeta Sol Lesser partially filmed in Mexico
Tarzan’s Magic Fountain 1949 RKO Lex Barker Brenda Joyce Cheeta Sol Lesser
Tarzan and the Slave Girl 1950 RKO Lex Barker Vanessa Brown Cheeta Sol Lesser
Tarzan’s Peril 1951 RKO Lex Barker Virginia Huston Cheeta Sol Lesser partially filmed in Kenya
Tarzan’s Savage Fury 1952 RKO Lex Barker Dorothy Hart Cheeta Sol Lesser
Tarzan and the She-Devil 1953 RKO Lex Barker Joyce MacKenzie Cheeta Sol Lesser
Tarzan’s Hidden Jungle 1955 RKO Gordon Scott Cheeta, Vera Miles Sol Lesser
Tarzan and the Lost Safari 1957 MGM color Gordon Scott Cheeta Sol Lesser
Tarzan’s Fight for Life 1958 July MGM color Gordon Scott Eve Brent Cheeta Sol Lesser last pidgin-speaking Tarzan
Tarzan and the Trappers 1958/1966 Sol Lesser Gordon Scott Cheeta Sol Lesser filmed as a three episode pilot
Tarzan’s Greatest Adventure 1959 July Paramount Gordon Scott Cheeta, Sean Connery Sy Weintraub
Tarzan the Magnificent 1960 Paramount Gordon Scott Cheeta, Jock Mahoney Sy Weintraub not based on the novel
Tarzan the Ape Man 1959 Oct. MGM Denny Miller Joanna Barnes Cheeta Joseph M. Newman
Tarzan Goes to India 1962 MGM Jock Mahoney Cheeta Sy Weintraub
Tarzan’s Three Challenges 1963 MGM Jock Mahoney Cheeta Sy Weintraub
Tarzan and the Valley of Gold 1966 American Int. Mike Henry Cheeta Sy Weintraub
Tarzan and the Great River 1967 Paramount Mike Henry Cheeta Sy Weintraub
Tarzan and the Jungle Boy 1968 Paramount Mike Henry Cheeta Sy Weintraub
Tarzan 1966–’68 TV: NBC Ron Ely Cheeta, Jai Sy Weintraub Episodes: 57
Tarzan’s Deadly Silence 1967, ’70 TV: NBC Ron Ely Cheeta, Jai Sy Weintraub Episodes: 2 released as a film
Tarzan’s Jungle Rebellion 1967, ’70 TV: NBC Ron Ely Cheeta, Jai Sy Weintraub Episodes: 2 released as a film
Tarzan en la gruta del oro 1969 Foreign Steve Hawkes Kitty Swan foreign, aka King of the Jungle
Tarzan y el arco iris 1972 Foreign Steve Hawkes Kitty Swan foreign
Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle 1976–’80 TV: CBS Robert Ridgely Linda Gary Nʼkima Filmation Episodes: 36
Tarzan the Ape Man 1981 MGM Miles O’Keeffe Bo Derek Richard Harris John Derek
Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan 1984 Warner Bros. Christopher Lambert Andie MacDowell Glenn Close Hugh Hudson
Adventures of Tarzan 1985 Bollywood Hemant Birje foreign, Hindi
Lady Tarzan 1990 Bollywood Silk Smitha foreign, Hindi
Tarzan in Manhattan 1989 TV: CBS Joe Lara Kim Crosby Michael Schultz Episodes: 1 (two-hour)
Tarzán 1991–’94 syndicated Wolf Larson Lydie Denier French-Canadian Episodes: 75
Tarzan: The Epic Adventures 1996–’97 syndicated Joe Lara Lydie Denier Episodes: 22
Tarzan Movies, 1: J. Weissmuller 1996 Documentary
Tarzan Movies, 2: Many Faces 1996 Documentary
Tarzan: The Legacy of ERB 1996 Documentary Biography episode
I, Tarzan 1969 Documentary Documen.tv foreign, French
Investigating Tarzan 1997 Documentary Canadian
Tarzan and the Lost City 1998 Warner Bros. Casper Van Dien Jane March Carl Schenkel
Tarzan of the Apes 1999 Animated uncredited uncredited Diane Eskenazi mockbuster (of Disney by Golden Entertainment)
Tarzan 1999 Disney Tony Goldwyn Minnie Driver Disney
The Legend of Tarzan 2001–’03 Disney M.T. Weiss Olivia d’Abo Disney Episodes: 39
Tarzan & Jane 2002 Disney M.T. Weiss Olivia d’Abo Disney sequel
Tarzan II: The Legend Begins 2005 Disney Harrison Chad Glenn Close Disney prequel
Tarzan Ki Beti 2002 Bollywood Hemant Birje foreign, Hindi
Tarzan 2003 TV: the WB Travis Fimmel Sarah Wayne Callies Episodes: 8
Silver Screen King of the Jungle 2004 Documentary
The One, Only, Real Tarzan 2004 Documentary
Tarzan 3D 2013 CGI Kellan Lutz Spencer Locke
The Legend of Tarzan 2016 Warner Bros. Alexander Skarsgård Margot Robbie David Yates
Tarzan and Jane 2017 syndicated Giles Panton Rebecca Shoichet Netflix Episodes: 8


1: Tarzan of the Apes • 1912
2: The Return of Tarzan • 1913
  • The Adventures of Tarzan • 1921 • by Maude Robinson Toombs
ᴘ1: At the Earth’s Core • 1914
3: The Beasts of Tarzan • 1914
ᴘ2: Pellucidar • 1915
4: The Son of Tarzan • 1915
  • “The Mad King” • 1914 March
  • “The Eternal Lover” • 1914 March
  • “Sweetheart Primeval” • 1915 Feb.
  • “Barney Custer of Beatrice” • 1915 Aug.
5: Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar • 1916
6: Jungle Tales of Tarzan • 1917
7: Tarzan the Untamed • 1920
27: [Tarzan and] the Dark Heart of Time • 1999 • by Philip José Farmer
8: Tarzan the Terrible • 1921
9: Tarzan and the Golden Lion • 1923
10: Tarzan and the Ant Men • 1924
ᴛᴛ: Tarzan and the Tarzan Twins • 1927, ’36
11: Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle • 1928 Sept. (1927 Dec. – 1928 May)
12: Tarzan and the Lost Empire • 1929 Sept. (1928 Oct. – 1929 Feb.)
ᴘ3: Tanar of Pellucidar • 1930 May (1929 Mar.–Aug.)
13: ᴘ4 Tarzan at the Earth’s Core • 1930 Nov. (1929 Sept. – 1930 Mar.)
14: Tarzan the Invincible • 1931
15: Tarzan Triumphant • 1932
16: Tarzan and the City of Gold • 1932
17: Tarzan and the Lion Man • 1934
18: Tarzan and the Leopard Men • 1935
19: Tarzan’s Quest • 1936
ᴘ5: Back to the Stone Age • 1937
20: Tarzan and the Forbidden City • 1938
21: Tarzan the Magnificent • 1938
23: Tarzan and the Madman • (1940)
24: Tarzan and the Castaways • 1941
ᴘ7: Savage Pellucidar • 1942, ’36
ᴘ6: Land of Terror • 1944
22: Tarzan and the Foreign Legion • 1947
  • Tarzan and the Lost Safari • 1957 • by Whitman Books
25: Tarzan and the Valley of Gold • 1966 • by Fritz Leiber
26: Tarzan: The Lost Adventure • 1995 • by ERB and Joe R. Lansdale
ᴘ8: Mahars of Pellucidar • 1976 • by John Eric Holmes
26: Tarzan and the Well of Slaves • 1985 Apr. • CYOA 0-88038-206-6
31: Tarzan and the Tower of Diamonds • 1986 • CYOA 0-394-74188-9

Wild Adventures

ʀᴍ: Jane: The Woman Who Loved Tarzan • 2012 Sept. • Tor Books • 978-0-7653-3358-2 • by Robin Maxwell
s1: The Martian Legion: In Quest of Xonthron • 2014 • Russ Cochran, Ltd. • by Jake Saunders, illustrated by Grindberg, Hoffman & Mullins (BUY)
𝟭: Tarzan: Return to Pal-ul-don • 2015 June • Altus Press • 978-1-61827-209-6 • by Will Murray, illustrated by Joe DeVito
𝟮: Tarzan on the Precipice • 2016 June • ERB, Inc. • 978-1-945462-02-3 • by Michael A. Sanford, illustrated by Will Meugniot
ᴋᴋ: King Kong vs. Tarzan • 2016 Nov. • Altus Press • 978-1-61827-281-2 • by Will Murray, illustrated by Joe DeVito
𝟯: Tarzan Trilogy • 2016 • ERB, Inc. • 978-1-945462-04-7 • by Thomas Zachek, illustrated by Douglas Klauba
𝟰: Tarzan: The Greystoke Legacy Under Siege • 2017 Aug. • ERB, Inc. • 978-1-945462-08-5 • by Ralph N. Laughlin & Ann E. Johnson
𝟱: A Soldier of Poloda [Further Adventures Beyond the Farthest Star] • 2017 Aug. • ERB, Inc. • 978-1-945462-09-2 • by Lee Strong
s2: Tarzan and the Cannibal King • 2017 Sept. • 978-0-9987322-0-6 • by Jake Saunders, illustrated by Alex Niño (D, S)
𝟲: Swords Against the Moon Men • 2018 Jan. • ERB, Inc. • 978-1-945462-12-2 • by Christopher Paul Carey
7: Untamed Pellucidar • 2018 April • ERB, Inc. • 978-1-945462-14-6 • by Lee Strong
𝟴: Tarzan and the Revolution • 2018 July • ERB, Inc. • 978-1-945462-17-7 • by Thomas Zachek
𝟵: Tarzan, Conqueror of Mars! • 2020 Jan. • Altus Press • (order #8571) • by Will Murray
ERB Universe
0: Tarzan and the Valley of Gold • 1966, 2019 • ERB, Inc. • 978-1-945462-20-7 • by Fritz Leiber
1: Carson of Venus: The Edge of All Worlds • 2020 April • ERB, Inc. • (order #4803) • by Matt Betts
? Carson of Venus: The Eye of Amtor • 2020 Feb. 12 • comic book prequel
2: Tarzan: Battle for Pellucidar • 2020 Summer • ᴩᴜʙ • ɪsʙɴ • by Win Scott Eckert
? Korak at the Earth’s CoreAnnouncedMeteor House • ɪsʙɴ • by Win Scott Eckert
3: John Carter of Mars: Gods of the Forgotten • 2020 Fall • ᴩᴜʙ • ɪsʙɴ • by Geary Gravel
4: Victory Harben: Fires of Halos • 2021 • ᴩᴜʙ • ɪsʙɴ • by Christopher Paul Carey


  • Edgar Rice Burroughs®
    • Edgar Rice Burroughs Universe™
    • Enter the Edgar Rice Burroughs Universe™
    • ERB Universe™
    • The Wild Adventures of Edgar Rice Burroughs™
    • the Doodad symbol
    • the Edgar Rice Burroughs Universe™ logo
    • the Enter the Edgar Rice Burroughs Universe™ logo
    • the ERB Universe™ logo
    • the ERB, Inc. solar system colophon
  • Tarzan®
    • Tarzan of the Apes®
    • Lord of the Jungle®
    • Tarzan and Jane®
    • The Tarzan Twins™
    • Jane®
    • Tarzan Yell®
    • Tarzan’s Treehouse®
    • Urban Tarzan®
    • the Since 1912 Tarzan® logo
    • the Tarzan® logo
    • the Jane® logo
    • the Tarzan Yell® soundmark
  • Barsoom®
    • John Carter®
    • John Carter of Mars®
    • John Carter
    • Warlord of Mars®
    • Dejah Thoris®
    • Tars Tarkas®
    • A Princess of Mars®
    • The Gods of Mars®
    • The Warlord of Mars®
    • the JCM® design
    • JCM® stylized
  • Pellucidar®
    • David Innes™
  • Amtor
    • Carson of Venus®
  • Caspak
    • The Land That Time Forgot™
    • Va-nah™
  • Other books:
    • The Moon Maid™
    • The Moon Men™
    • The Mucker™
    • The Custers™
    • The Eternal Savage™
    • The Mad King™
    • The War Chief™
    • The Apache Devil™
    • The Cave Girl™
    • The Girl from Farris’s™
    • The Girl from Hollywood™
    • I Am a Barbarian™
    • The Lad and the Lion™
    • The Man-Eater™
    • The Monster Men™
    • The Outlaw of Torn™
    • Pirate Blood™


w0: Martian Sexpot • 1963 • A Jade Book No. 211 • Scott O’Neill
w1: Tarzan and the Silver Globe • 1964 • Gold Star Books IL7-42 • Barton Werper9001038859
w2: Tarzan and the Cave City • 1964 • Gold Star Books IL7-49 • Barton Werper9012005787
w3: Tarzan and the Snake People • 1964 • Gold Star Books IL7-54 • Barton Werper
w4: Tarzan and the Abominable Snowmen • 1965 • Gold Star Books IL7-60 • Barton Werper
w5: Tarzan and the Winged Invaders • 1965 • Gold Star Books IL7-65 • Barton Werper9001011233

Books 2

Sk.	Date	Pub.	No.	format	Title
Yes	2017	Dynamite		HC	Pathfinder Worldscape (Red Sonja/John Carter/Tarzan)
Yes	2017	Hyborean Press	novel	HC	Tarzan and the Cannibal King (Deluxe)
Yes	2017	Dark Horse	omni	TPB	Tarzan on The Planet of the Apes 
No	2017	ERB, Inc.	novel	HC	Tarzan on the Precipice (Wild Adv.)
Yes	2017	ERB, Inc.	novel	SC	Tarzan on the Precipice (Wild Adv.)
No	2017	Dark Horse		TPB	Tarzan The Jesse Marsh Years Omnibus 
No	2017	ERB, Inc.	novel	HC	Tarzan Trilogy
No	2017	ERB, Inc.	novel	SC	Tarzan Trilogy
Yes	2017	Altus Press	novel	TPB	Wild Adventures of King Kong vs. Tarzan
Yes	2016–’17	Dark Horse	#1–5	comic	Tarzan on The Planet of the Apes 
Yes	2016	Dynamite		TPB	Lords of the Jungle (Tarzan and Sheena)
Yes	2016	Dark Horse/DC	#1–3	TPB	Superman/Tarzan: Sons of the Jungle 
Yes	2016	Titan Books	book	HC	Tarzan on Film 
Yes	2016	Dark Horse	omni	TPB	Tarzan The Beckoning 
No	2016	Dark Horse	omni	TPB	Tarzan The Complete Joe Kubert Years Omnibus 
Yes	2015	Dark Horse	GN	HC	Edgar Rice Burroughs's Jungle Tales of Tarzan 
Yes	2015	Russ Cochran	novel	HC	Tarzan and The Martian Legion (Leatherbound Green Thoat Edition)
Yes	2015	Russ Cochran	novel	HC	Tarzan and The Martian Legion (Limited Leatherbound Edition)
No	2015	Dark Horse	omni	TPB	Tarzan Omnibus 
Yes	2015	Altus Press	novel	TPB	Tarzan Return to Pal-ul-Don
Part.	2014–’17	Titan Books	#1–4	HC	Tarzan by Burne Hogarth
Yes	2014	Dark Horse		HC	Tarzan Burne Hogarth's Lord of the Jungle 
Part.	2013–’15	IDW Publishing	#1–4	HC	Tarzan The Complete Russ Manning Newspaper Strips 
Part.	2013–’15	Dark Horse	#1–3	HC	Tarzan The Sunday Comics 1931–1933
Yes	2013	Dark Horse	#1–2	HC	Korak Son of Tarzan Archives 
Yes	2013	Dark Horse	omni	HC	Unauthorized Tarzan 
No	2012	Telos	book	SC	Ape-Man: The Unofficial and Unauthorized Guide to 100 Years of Tarzan 
No	2012	Tor	novel	HC	Jane: The Woman Who Loved Tarzan
Yes	2012	IDW Publishing		HC	Joe Kubert's Tarzan of the Apes (Artist's Edition)
Yes	2012	McFarland	book	SC	Kings of the Jungle Illustrated (Tarzan on Screen and Television)
No	2012	Homeworld Press	novel	HC	Tarzan of the Apes/Return of Tarzan (illustrated)
Yes	2012	Dark Horse	GN	TPB	Tarzan Once and Future Tarzan 
Yes	2012	Titan Books	book	HC	Tarzan The Centennial Celebration 
No	2012	Dark Horse	omni	HC	Tarzan The Russ Manning Years 
Part.	2009–’12	Dark Horse	#1–11	HC	Tarzan The Jesse Marsh Years
Yes	2007	lulu.com		SC	Tarzan of the Apes (lulu.com)
Yes	2006	Bison Books	novel	SC	Tarzan Alive: A Definitive Biography of Lord Greystoke
Yes	2005–’06	Dark Horse	#1–3	HC	Tarzan The Joe Kubert Years
Yes	2005	ERB, Inc.	—	—	Tarzan Action Figure with Tarzan Yell 
No	2005	Wildside	—	SC	Tarzan Twins 
Yes	2002	Dark Horse/DC	#1–3	TPB	Superman/Tarzan: Sons of the Jungle 
No	2002	House of Greystoke		SC	Tarzan of the Funnies 
Yes	2001–’02	Dark Horse/DC	#1–3	comic	Superman/Tarzan: Sons of the Jungle 
No	2001	Munsey Press	SC	SC	Tarzan of the Apes (All-Story)
No	2000	Dark Horse/DC	#1–4	TPB	Batman/Tarzan: Claws of the Catwoman 
Yes	1999–’00	Dark Horse	#1–4	comic	Tarzan Rivers of Blood 
Yes	1999	Dark Horse/DC	#1–4	comic	Batman/Tarzan: Claws of the Catwoman 
Yes	1999	Dark Horse	#1–2	comic	Disney's Tarzan 
Yes	1999	Dark Horse	GN	TPB	Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar
No	1999	Dark Horse	#1–4	TPB	Tarzan Carson of Venus
Yes	1999	Dark Horse		TPB	Tarzan of the Apes 
No	1999	Radio Spirits	—		Tarzan On Radio (Audio Cassette Set)
Yes	1999	Dark Horse	#1–4	comic	Tarzan The Savage Heart 
Yes	1999	Dark Horse		TPB	Tarzan The Untamed 
Yes	1998	Dark Horse	#1–4	comic	Tarzan Carson of Venus
Yes	1998	Dark Horse		TPB	Tarzan Le Monstre
Yes	1997	Kappa Books		SC	Tarzan The Jungle Prince Coloring and Activity Book 
Yes	1997	Dark Horse	#1–3	comic	Tarzan The Return of Tarzan 
Yes	1997	Dark Horse	#1–4	TPB	Tarzan vs. Predator At the Earth's Core 
Yes	1996–’98	Dark Horse	#1–20	comic	Tarzan 
Yes	1996	Dark Horse	#1–4	comic	Tarzan John Carter Warlords of Mars 
Yes	1996	Del Rey Books	novel	SC	Tarzan The Epic Adventures
No	1996	Dark Horse	GN	TPB	Tarzan The Land That Time Forgot 
Yes	1996	Dark Horse	#1–4	comic	Tarzan vs. Predator at the Earth's Core 
Yes	1995	Dark Horse	—		Tarzan A Tale of Mugambi 
No	1995	Dark Horse	novel	HC	Tarzan The Lost Adventure
Yes	1995	Dark Horse	#1–4	comic	Tarzan The Lost Adventure 
Part.	1993–’97	Flying Buttress	#1–18	HC	Tarzan in Color (NBM)
No	1993	NBM	#1–2	TPB	Tarzan in Color (–1997)
Yes	1992–’93	Malibu	#1–7		Tarzan The Beckoning 
Yes	1992	Malibu	#1–3	comic	Tarzan Love, Lies, and the Lost City 
Yes	1992	Malibu	#1–5		Tarzan the Warrior 
Yes	1986	Blackthorne	#1–4		Tarzan Series 
Yes	1984	Marvel	#1–2		Tarzan of the Apes 
No	1984	—	—		Tarzan Record Album (Kid Stuff)
No	1984	Atlantic Forlag	#3		Tarzan Sommerspesial (Norwegian)
No	1981	Winthers Forlag aps	#81		Tarzan [1977] (Danish)
No	1980	Atlantic Forlag	—		Tarzan [1977] (Icelandic)
Yes	1980	Atlantic Forlag	—		Tarzan [1977] (Norwegian)
Part.	1980	Atlantic Forlag	—		Tarzan [1977] (Swedish)
Part.	1980	Junior Press	#34–40		Tarzan [1979] (Dutch)
No	1979–’80	Byblos Prod.		mag.	Tarzan Autumn Special (UK)
Part.	1978–’79	Marvel	#11–24		Tarzan (Whitman Variants [1977 Marvel])
Part.	1978–’79	Marvel	#8–29		Tarzan [1977] (Mark Jewelers)
No	1978–’79	Byblos Prod.	mag (UK)	mag.	Tarzan Summer Special (UK)
No	1978	Rand McNally	6528		Tarzan Activity Book 
No	1978	Ballantine	—		Tarzan Calendar, 1978
Part.	1977-10-22	Byblos Prod.	#1–	mag.	Tarzan Weekly (UK)
Part.	1977–’79	Marvel	#1–29	comic	Tarzan 
Yes	1977–’79	Marvel	#1–3	comic	Tarzan Annual
Part.	1977–’78	Byblos Prod.	#1–5	TPB	Tarzan Monthly (UK)
No	1977	Editorial Novaro	#3		Korak Son of Tarzan (Mexican Series [El Hijo de Tarzan])
No	1977	Superscope Inc.	—	HC	Tarzan 
Part.	1977	Marvel	#1–5	comic	Tarzan (35 Cent Variant)
No	1977	Rand McNally	1516		Tarzan Coloring Book 
No	1977	—	#4		Tarzan Drum Beat
No	1976	Watson-Guptill	—	TPB	Jungle Tales of Tarzan 
No	1976	Saalfield Pub. Co.	2411		Tarzan Activity Book 
Yes	1975–’76	DC	#60–66		Tarzan Family 
Yes	1975	New English Library	—		Tarzan (UK)
Yes	1975	Saalfield Pub. Co.	1864		Tarzan Coloring Book 
No	1975	ERB, Inc.	—		Tarzan Presskit 
Yes	1974	DC	#181		Aurora Comic Scenes Tarzan 
Yes	1974	Williams	—		Funny Fronts: Tarzan T-Shirt Transfer (Swedish Edition)
Yes	1974	DC Treasury	—		Return of Tarzan 
No	1974	ERB, Inc.		TPB	Tarzan and the Pioneers of the Veldt
Yes	1974	—	—		Tarzan Original Radio Broadcasts Record Album
No	1974	Treasure Hour	—	HC	Tarzan the Land that Time Forgot 
Part.	1973	Gold Key/DC	#50–54		Korak Son of Tarzan [1964] (Mark Jewelers)
Yes	1973	DC Treasury	—		Tarzan of the Apes 
Yes	1972–’77	DC	#207–258	comic	Tarzan 
Part.	1972–’77	DC	#212–258		Tarzan [1972] (Mark Jewelers)
No	1972–’73	Williams	#8		Tarzan of the Apes Special Super Adventure (UK)
Yes	1972	ERB, Inc.	#12	TPB	Giant Tarzan Lord of the Jungle (French Edition)
No	1972	Top Sellers Ltd.	#20		Korak Son of Tarzan (UK)
Yes	1972	DC	—		Tarzan Digest 
Yes	1972	Watson-Guptill	—	HC	Tarzan of the Apes 
No	1972	Western	#289		Tarzan of the Apes (Spanish Edition)
No	1972	Williams	#60		Tarzan of the Apes (UK)
Yes	1971	Williams	—	TPB	Tarzan Giant Book 
No	1971	ERB, Inc.		TPB	Tarzan of the Apes 
No	1970	Gold Key	—		Tarzan of the Apes (Story Digest Magazine)
No	1969–’75	BSV-Williams	#72–196		Tarzan [1965] (German)
Part.	1969–’74	House of Greystoke	#1–7		Tarzan Folio 
Yes	1968–’73	Citadel	book	SC	Tarzan of the Movies 
Part.	1967–’71	House of Greystoke	#1–3	SC	Illustrated Tarzan Books 
No	1967	ERB, Inc.	—		New Adventures of Tarzan 
Yes	1967	Topps	—	—	Tarsam (parody)
Yes	1967	Whitman	#5	BLB	Tarzan the Mark of the Red Hyena
Yes	1967	Gold Key	—		Top Comics Tarzan of The Apes
No	1965	—	—		Donald Duck Tarzan Double Mini Flip Book (Japan)
Yes	1965	Charlton Comics	#1–4		Jungle Tales of Tarzan (1964)
No	1965	Gold Star Books	—	PB	Tarzan and the Abominable Snowmen 
Yes	1965	Gold Star Books	novel	PB	Tarzan and the Winged Invaders
Yes	1965	Gold Key	—		Tarzan Lord of the Jungle
Part.	1964–’75	Gold Key/DC	#1–59		Korak Son of Tarzan 
No	1964	Golden Press	#549	HC	Tarzan 
Yes	1964	Gold Star Books	novel	PB	Tarzan and the Cave City
Yes	1964	Gold Star Books	novel	PB	Tarzan and the Silver Globe
Yes	1964	Gold Star Books	novel	PB	Tarzan and the Snake People
Part.	1963–’87	Ballantine	novel	PB	Tarzan (#1–#24)
Yes	1963	Ace Books	novel	PB	Tarzan at the Earth's Core
No	1963	Whitman	novel	HC	Tarzan The Return of Tarzan
Yes	1962	Ace Books	novel	PB	Beasts of Tarzan
Yes	1959–’79	Western	—	HC	Tarzan Annual (UK)
No	1959	Dell	#25	SC	Tarzand's Jungle World 
No	1958	Gordon & Gotch	#18		Tarzan (Australia)
Yes	1957–’66	Whitman	novel	HC	Tarzan and the Lost Safari
Yes	1953–’59	Westworld	#3–9		Tarzan Adventures [1953] (UK)
No	1952–’72	Western	#9–289		Tarzan [1951] (Mexican)
Part.	1952–’58	Dell	#1–7		Dell Giant Tarzan's Jungle Annual 
No	1952	Westworld	#2	comic	Tarzan the Grand Adventure [1951] (UK)
Part.	1950–’54	Dell/Gold Key	#13–56	comic	Tarzan (Canadian)
No	1950	Hakarnaf Pub.	#4–16		Tarzan (Hebrew)
No	1950	Tarzan	—	—	Tarzan Japanese Tattoo Sheet 
Part.	1948–’72	Dell/Gold Key	#1–206	comic	Tarzan 
Yes	1947	ERB, Inc.	novel	HC	Tarzan and the Foreign Legion
Yes	1939	Dell	#5		Tarzan Large Feature Comic 
No	1939	Dell	—	BLB	Tarzan The Avenger
Yes	1938–’54	ERB, Inc.	novel	HC	Tarzan and the Forbidden City 
No	1938	Whitman	—	BLB	Tarzan and a Daring Rescue
No	1938	Whitman		BLB	Tarzan in the Golden City
No	1938	Dell	—	BLB	Tarzan with the Tarzan Twins in the Jungle
No	1936	Whitman	—	BLB	Tarzan and his Jungle Friends
No	1936	Whitman	novel		Tarzan and the Tarzan Twins with Jad-Bal-Ja 
No	1936	Jr. Sports Aviation Adv.	novel		Tarzan Escapes (French Edition)
No	1935	Blue Ribbon	Pop-up	HC	New Adventures of Tarzan 
Yes	1935	Blue Ribbon	#209	BLB	Pop-Up New Adventures of Tarzan
Part.	1934–’67	Whitman	#4056	BLB	Tarzan
Part.	1934–’35	Whitman	#770	BLB	Tarzan Twins
No	1934	Metropolitan	novel		Tarzan of the Apes 
No	1933–’35	Whitman	#744	BLB	Tarzan of the Apes
No	1933	Saalfield Pub. Co.	#988		Tarzan of the Apes to Color 
No	1929–’34	Grosset & Dunlap	—		Tarzan Book 
Yes	1929	Grosset & Dunlap	novel		Illustrated Tarzan Book 
No	1929	Grosset & Dunlap	novel	HC	Tarzan and the Lost Empire
No	1929	Metropolitan	novel	HC	Tarzan and the Lost Empire
Yes	1929	Grosset & Dunlap	—		Tarzan Book Mark Promotional (1928)
No	1928	AC McClurg	novel	HC	Tarzan Lord of the Jungle
Yes	1928	Grosset & Dunlap	novel	HC	Tarzan Lord of the Jungle
No	1923	AC McClurg	novel	HC	Tarzan and the Golden Lion
No	1923	Grosset & Dunlap	novel	HC	Tarzan and the Golden Lion
No	1920	AC McClurg	novel	HC	Tarzan the Untamed
Yes	1920	Grosset & Dunlap	novel	HC	Tarzan the Untamed
No	1919	AC McClurg	novel	HC	Jungle Tales of Tarzan
No	1919	Grosset & Dunlap	novel	HC	Jungle Tales of Tarzan
No	1918	Grosset & Dunlap	novel	HC	Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar
No	1916	Grosset & Dunlap	novel	HC	Beasts of Tarzan
No	1916	AC McClurg	novel	HC	Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar
No	1914	AC McClurg	novel	HC	Beasts of Tarzan
No	—	Comic World	—		Hal Foster's Tarzan
No	—	—	—		Tarzan of the Apes Bumper Album (New Zealand)


1948–1979 (pre Bo Derek)
  • Tarzan (1948.01 [1–131] Dell) (CBDb)
  • Tarzan KotJ (1961.11 [DG#51] Dell) (CBDb)
  • Tarzan (1962.11 [132–137] Gold Key) (CBDb)
  • Tarzan (1963.11 [138–206] Gold Key) (CBDb)
  • Korak, SoT (1964.01 [1–45] Gold Key) (CBDb)
  • John Carter of Mars (1964.04 [1–3] Gold Key) (CBDb)
  • Tarzan LotJ (1965 [1] Gold Key) (CBDb)
  • Tarzan (1972.04 [207–258] DC) (CBDb)
  • Korak, SoT (1972.06 [46–59] DC) (CBDb)
  • Weird Worlds (1972.09 [1–10] DC) (CBDb)
  • Tarzan (1972 [Digest] DC) (CBDb)
  • Tarzan (1973.08 [100pss#19] DC) (CBDb)
  • Tarzan Family (1975.11 [60–66] DC) (CBDb)
  • Tarzan, LotJ (1977.06 [1–29+3A] Marvel) (CBDb)
  • John Carter, WoM (1977.06 [1–28] Marvel) (CBDb)
1981 (Bo Derek’s Tarzan of the Apes)
1992–1993 (Malibu comics)
  • Tarzan: The Warrior (1992.03 [1–5] Malibu) (CBDb)
  • Tarzan: Love, Lies, Lost City (1992.08 [1–3] Malibu) (CBDb)
  • Tarzan: The Beckoning (1992.11 [7] Malibu) (CBDb)
1995–2001 (Dark Horse & DC)
  • Tarzan: The Lost Adventure ⁽²⁶⁾ (1995.01 [1–4] Dark Horse) (CBDb)
  • Tarzan: A Tale of Mugambi (1995.06 [1] Dark Horse) (CBDb)
  • Tarzan vs. Predator at the Earth’s Core (1996.01 [1–4] Dark Horse) (CBDb)
  • Tarzan/John Carter: Warlords of Mars (1996.01 [1–4] Dark Horse) (CBDb)
  • Tarzan: Land that Time Forgot & Pool of Time (1996.06 [1] Dark Horse) (CBDb)
  • Tarzan (1996.07 [1–20] Dark Horse) (CBDb)
  • Tarzan, The Return of ⁽²⁾ (1997.04 [1–3] Dark Horse) (CBDb)
  • Tarzan/Carson of Venus (1998.05 [1–4] Dark Horse) (CBDb)
  • Tarzan/Batman: Claws of the Cat-Woman (1999.01 [1–4] Dark Horse/DC) (CBDb)
  • Tarzan: The Savage Heart (1999.04 [1–4] Dark Horse) (CBDb)
  • Tarzan of the Apes ⁽¹⁾ (1999.05 [{155–158}] Dark Horse) (CBDb)
  • Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar ⁽⁵⁾ (1999.06 [{159–161}] Dark Horse) (CBDb)
  • Tarzan the Untamed ⁽⁷⁾ (1999.11 [{163–167}] Dark Horse) (CBDb)
  • Tarzan: The Rivers of Blood (1999.11 [1–4] Dark Horse) (CBDb)
  • Tarzan/Superman: Sons of the Jungle (2001.10 [1–3] Dark Horse/DC) (CBDb)
1999–2006 (Disney’s Tarzan)
  • Disney’s Tarzan (1999.06 [1–2] Dark Horse) (CBDb)
2010–2013 (Dynamite, unauthorized)
  • Warlord of Mars (2010.10 [35(4)+A1+100+0] Dynamite) (CBDb)
  • Warlord of Mars: Dejah Thoris (2011.03 [37(7)] Dynamite) (CBDb)
  • Lord of the Jungle (2012.01 [15(2)+A1] Dynamite) (CBDb)
  • Warriors of Mars (2012.02 [5(1)] Dynamite) (CBDb)
  • Dejah Thoris and the White Apes of Mars (2012.04 [4(1)] Dynamite) (CBDb)
  • Dejah Thoris and the Green Men of Mars (2013.02 [12(3)] Dynamite) (CBDb)
  • Lords of Mars (2013.08 [6(1)] Dynamite) (CBDb)
2011–2012 (Disney’s John Carter)
  • John Carter: A Princess of Mars (2011.11 [1–5] Marvel) (CBDb)
  • John Carter: The World of Mars (2011.12 [1–4] Marvel) (CBDb)
  • John Carter: The Gods of Mars (2012.05 [1–5] Marvel) (CBDb)
  • A Princess of Mars (2012 [1] Sterling) (CBDb)
2012— (Dark Horse, post-Disney)
  • “The Once & Future Tarzan” (§1–3, 2012, DHP vol.2 8, 9B, 10A Dark Horse)
    The Once & Future Tarzan (§1–3, 2012.11 one-shot Dark Horse) (CBDb)
  • “The Once & Future Tarzan” (§4–9, 2016, DHP vol.3 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27 Dark Horse)
  • “Tarzan and the Gods of Opar” (§1–3, 2015.03, DHP vol.3 8B, 9, 10 Dark Horse)
  • Tarzan: Burne Hogarth’s LotJ ⁽¹⁾ (2014.06 [1] Dark Horse) (CBDb)
  • Tarzan, Jungle Tales of ⁽⁶⁾ (2015.06 [1] Dark Horse) (CBDb)
  • Tarzan: the Beckoning (2016.09 [TPB] Dark Horse) (CBDb)
  • Tarzan on the Planet of the Apes (2016.09 [1–5] Dark Horse) (CBDb)
2014— (Dynamite, authorized by ERB)
  • Dejah of Mars (2014.05 [4(1)] Dynamite) (CBDb)
  • John Carter, Warlord of Mars (2014.11 [14(2)+OS] Dynamite) (CBDb)
  • Swords of Sorrow (2015.05 [21(1)] Dynamite) (CBDb)
  • Dejah Thoris (2016.02 [6(1)] Dynamite) (CBDb)
  • Lords of the Jungle (2016.03 [6(1)] Dynamite) (CBDb)
  • John Carter: The End (2017.02 [5+(')] Dynamite) (CBDb)
  • the Greatest Adventure (2017.04 [4+(')] Dynamite) (CBDb)
  • Amazing Heroes (1987–1993, Fantagraphics) (AH) (SS)
  • #115 (1987.04, Fantagraphics) (CBDb)
  • #138: Sheena, Tarzan (1988.04, Fantagraphics) (CBDb)
  • #164: Bg, B&V, SH, Sg (1989.05, Fantagraphics) (CBDb)
  • SS (1990–’92) #1: Jane, Sheena; #2: Shanna, Tarzan; #3: Shanna
  • Best of Swimsuit Special (1993) She-Hulk


H Series Issue Date Pub.
_ Magazineland USA N/A “World Color Press Day” 1977-06-10 World Color
_ Tarzan: Lord of the Jungle 1 “Fury-Filled First Issue!” 1977-06 Marvel
_ Tarzan: Lord of the Jungle 2 “Ape battles Ape-Man” 1977-07 Marvel
_ Tarzan: Lord of the Jungle 3 “The Altar of the Flaming God” 1977-08 Marvel
_ Tarzan: Lord of the Jungle 4 “A Beast Again!” 1977-09 Marvel
_ Tarzan: Lord of the Jungle 5 “Vengeance!, Cries the Priestess!” 1977-10 Marvel
_ Tarzan: Lord of the Jungle 6 “Rage of Tantor!” 1977-11 Marvel
_ Tarzan: Lord of the Jungle 7 “Tarzan Rescues the Moon!” 1977-12 Marvel
_ Tarzan: Lord of the Jungle A1 “Two … Mightiest Adventures” 1977 Marvel
_ Tarzan: Lord of the Jungle 8 “Battle for the Jewels of Opar” 1978-01 Marvel
_ Tarzan: Lord of the Jungle 9 “Histah, the Serpent!” 1978-02 Marvel
_ Tarzan: Lord of the Jungle 10 “The Deadly Peril of Jane Clayton!” 1978-03 Marvel
_ Tarzan: Lord of the Jungle 11 “Tarzan Triumphs!” 1978-04 Marvel
_ Tarzan: Lord of the Jungle 12 “Fangs of Death!” 1978-05 Marvel
_ Tarzan: Lord of the Jungle 13 “when the Lion-God strikes!” 1978-06 Marvel
_ Tarzan: Lord of the Jungle 14 “the Fury of Fang and Claw!” 1978-07 Marvel
_ Tarzan: Lord of the Jungle 15 “Sword of the Slaver!” 1978-08 Marvel
_ Tarzan: Lord of the Jungle 16 “Death rides the Jungle Winds!” 1978-09 Marvel
_ Tarzan: Lord of the Jungle A2 “Drums of the Death Dancers” 1978 Marvel
_ Tarzan: Lord of the Jungle 17 “Entrance to the Earth’s Core!” 1978-10 Marvel
_ Tarzan: Lord of the Jungle 18 “Corsairs of the Earth’s Core!” 1978-11 Marvel
_ Tarzan: Lord of the Jungle 19 “Pursuit!” 1978-12 Marvel
_ Tarzan: Lord of the Jungle 20 “Blood Bond!” 1979-01 Marvel
_ Tarzan: Lord of the Jungle 21 “Dark and Bloody Sky!” 1979-02 Marvel
_ Tarzan: Lord of the Jungle 22 “War in Pellucidar!” 1979-03 Marvel
_ Tarzan: Lord of the Jungle 23 “…To The Death!” 1979-04 Marvel
_ Tarzan: Lord of the Jungle 24 “The Jungle Lord Returns … Too Late?” 1979-05 Marvel
_ Tarzan: Lord of the Jungle 25 “The wages of fear!” 1979-06 Marvel
_ Tarzan: Lord of the Jungle A3 “Ant-Men and She-Devils!” 1979 Marvel
_ Tarzan: Lord of the Jungle 26 “Caged!” 1979-07 Marvel
_ Tarzan: Lord of the Jungle 27 “Chaos in the Cabaret!” 1979-08 Marvel
_ Tarzan: Lord of the Jungle 28 “A Savage Against the City!” 1979-09 Marvel
_ Tarzan: Lord of the Jungle 29 “Adrift!” 1979-10 Marvel
_ The Neal Adams Treasury 2 “Chip McNeal” 1979 Pure Imagination
_ Marvel Super Special 29 “Tarzan of the Apes” 1983 Marvel
_ Tarzan of the Apes 1 #1 of Two 1984-07 Marvel
_ Tarzan of the Apes 2 #2 of Two 1984-08 Marvel
_ Hellblazer 23 “Larger Than Life” 1989-10 DC Comics
_ Hellblazer TPB v4 “The Family Man” [23,’4,’8–33] [23–33&sf1] 2008,’12 DC Comics
_ Amazing Heroes 138 “2nd Annual Swimsuit Issue!!” 1988-04 Fantagraphics
_ Amazing Heroes ss1 “1990 Swimsuit Special” 1990-06 Fantagraphics
_ Amazing Heroes ss2 “’91 Swimsuit Special” 1991-04 Fantagraphics
_ Tarzan: the Warrior 1 Part 1 of 5 1992-03 Malibu
_ Tarzan: the Warrior 2 Part 2 of 5 1992-04 Malibu
_ Tarzan: the Warrior 3 Part 3 of 5 1992-05 Malibu
_ Tarzan: the Warrior 4 Part 4 of 5 1992-06 Malibu
_ Tarzan: the Warrior 5 Part 5 of 5 1992-07 Malibu
_ Tarzan: Love, Lies … and the Lost City 1 Part 1 of 3 1992-08 Malibu
_ Tarzan: Love, Lies … and the Lost City 2 Part 2 of 3 1992-09 Malibu
_ Tarzan: Love, Lies … and the Lost City 3 Part 3 of 3 1992-10 Malibu
_ Tarzan: The Beckoning 1 “Love and Rage” 1992-11 Malibu
_ Tarzan: The Beckoning 2 “The Terrorist” 1992-12 Malibu
_ Tarzan: The Beckoning 3 “The Return” 1993-01 Malibu
_ Tarzan: The Beckoning 4 “The Birds of Death” 1993-02 Malibu
_ Tarzan: The Beckoning 5 “Into The Web” 1993-03 Malibu
_ Tarzan: The Beckoning 6 “Survival Instincts” 1993-04 Malibu
_ Tarzan: The Beckoning 7 “The Ancestors” 1993-06 Malibu
_ Tarzan: The Beckoning Tp Trade Paperback 2016-09 Dark Horse

Chronology (PJF)

Adapted from Farmer’s “Addendum 5.”

Out to Sea

(Tarzan of the Apes ch.1)

1888 May 11/23
John Clayton and his pregnant wife, Alice, sail from Dover for Freetown.

The Savage Home

(Tarzan of the Apes ch.2)

1888 June
The Claytons sail on the Fuwalda for an Oil Rivers port.
1888 June
The Claytons are stranded in the jungle of French Equatorial Africa (Gabon) by the mutineers.
(This would be ∼ 2°59′S 10°17′E.)
(ERB’s 10°S suggests 10°S, 13°20′E, in Angola’s Quiçama National Park.)
Camp Maurer is a ∼34′×22′ cabin (ᴄ14′,ᴅ10′) with two ∼26′×14′ garages (ᴏ15′,ɴ20′).

Life and Death

(Tarzan of the Apes ᴄh.3)

1888 Nov. 21
A “great ape” attacks the Claytons.
1888 Nov. 22
John Clayton III, the future “Lord Greystoke,” is born a few minutes after midnight.
1889 May 22
The infant John accidentally puts his inky fingers on a page of his father’s diary.
1889 Nov. 22
Alice Clayton dies. Kerchak kills John Clayton II. Kala adopts the human infant and names him Tarzan (White Skin).

The Apes

(Tarzan of the Apes ᴄh.4–5)

1890 Jan. 1
Jane Porter born in Baltimore, Maryland.
1898 Nov.
Nine-year-old Tarzan escapes from Sabor by learning to swim.
1898 Nov.
Ten-year-old Tarzan first enters his parents’ cabin; he kills a mad gorilla with his father’s hunting knife.

The Difference

(Tarzan of the Apes ᴄh.6–7)

1898 Dec.
Tarzan begins to teach himself to read and write English.
1901 Nov.
13-year-old Tarzan kills his foster father, Tublat, with his father’s knife during a Dum-Dum.
He begins his lifelong friendship with Tantor.

Loss and Revenge

(Tarzan of the Apes ᴄh.8–10)

1906 Nov.
18-year-old Tarzan can read and understand almost all the books in his father’s library.
Mbonga’s people establish a village near the territory of Kerchak’s tribe.
1906 Dec.
Kulonga, Mbonga’s son, kills Kala. Tarzan kills Kulonga.

Growing Up

1907 Jan.
Tarzan of the Apes (ch.11) Tarzan finds the diary, photograph, and locket.
1907 Feb.
JToT: “Tarzan’s First Love” Tarzan falls in love with Teeka, a female great ape, and loses her to Taug.
1907 Mar.
JToT: “The Capture of Tarzan” Tarzan is captured by Mbonga’s warriors but is rescued by Tantor.
1907 Nov.
JToT: “The Fight for the Balu” Teeka bears a son. Tarzan kills a nameless bull managani.
1907 Dec.
JToT: “The God of Tarzan” Tarzan puzzles out the meaning of the word God in his father’s books. He invents an ingenious method for pronouncing the letters of the alphabet.

The Outsider, Dreamer and Joker

1908 Mar.
JToT: “Tarzan and the Black Boy” Tarzan kidnaps a little black boy, Tibo, to raise as his own but compassionately returns him to this mother.
1908 April
JToT: “The Witch-Doctor Seeks Vengeance”
JToT: “The End of Bukawai” The horrible, but poetically just, end of Bukawai, the witch doctor.
1908 June
JToT: “The Lion” One of Tarzan’s many trickster jokes backfires. He finds out that Manu, his monkey friend, has courage and is mangani friends have learned the value of cooperation.
1908 July
JToT: “The Nightmare” Tarzan eats rotten elephant meat and has a terrible nightmare. He kills his second gorilla, unsure that he is not still dreaming.
JToT: “The Battle for Teeka” Teeka throws Tarzan’s father’s cartridges against a rock, and the explosions save Tarzan’s life.
1908 Aug.
JToT: “A Jungle Joke” Babba Kega, witch doctor, is hoisted by his own petard (with Tarzan’s help).
JToT: “Tarzan Rescues the Moon” (fictional, no local eclipse c.1908).

Kingship and Love

(Tarzan of the Apes ᴄh.11–20)

1908 Aug.
Tarzan kills Kerchak and becomes “king of the Apes”.
1909 Jan.
Tarzan abdicates the “kingship” and invents the full-Nelson.
1909 Feb. 2
Tarzan sees his first whites. He saves William Clayton from the mutineer Snipes, Sheeta, and Sabor. Using a full-Nelson, he breaks the neck of Sabor as she tries to get into the cabin after Jane.
1909 Feb. 3
Tarzan digs up the treasure buried by the mutineers and reburies it. He steals Jane’s letter to Hazel Strong.
1909 Mar. 5
Terkoz abducts Jane, and Tarzan kills him. The “jungle idyll” episode.


(Tarzan of the Apes ch.21–28)

1909 Mar. 6
A French cruiser appears. Tarzan returns Jane to the cabin. Lieutenant d’Arnot is rescued by Tarzan.
1909 Mar. 7
The French sailors, thinking d’Arnot has been eaten by Mbonga’s people, give no quarter to the adult males. Tarzan and d’Arnot communicate in written English.
1909 Mar. 14
The Porter party leaves on the cruiser. Tarzan and d’Arnot arrive too late.
1909 Apr. 16 – May 15
Tarzan and d’Arnot, traveling north, reach the village and the mission (Lambaréné).
1909 June 26
The two arrive at the mouth of the Ogowe (Ogooué) River.
1909 July 26
The two embark for Lyons, France.
1909 Aug.
Tarzan’s fingerprints are taken in Paris, and he leaves for America.
1909 Aug.
The forest fire. Telegram from d’Arnot: “Fingerprints prove you Greystoke.” Tarzan’s self-sacrifice.
1909 Aug.
Tarzan travels from Wisconsin to New York City, sightsees.
1909 Nov. 7
Tarzan sails on La Provence for France.

From Ape to Savage

(The Return of Tarzan ᴄh.1–15)

1910 Jan.
Rokoff’s frameup and the duel with Count de Coude.
1910 Feb. – Apr.
The Gernois case.
1910 April
Tarzan ordered to Cape town, meets Hazel Strong on the steamer. They pass the Tennington party, going the other way.
1910 May
Rokoff and Paulvitch throw Tarzan overboard. He discovers the Waziri.
1910 May
The yacht, the Lady Alice, sinks. Jane is in a boat with Rokoff, the seventh duke, and three sailors.

The Chief, the She, the City of Gold

(The Return of Tarzan ch.16–23)

1910 June
Tarzan and the Waziri defeat the Arab slavers. Jane is dying in a lifeboat.
1910 June – July
The lifeboat lands five miles south of the old cabin. Tarzan and the Waziri travel to the lost city of Opar.

Journey’s End

(The Return of Tarzan ch.23–26)

1910 JulyAug.
La of Opar falls in love with Tarzan. He escapes, returns to the coast, saves Jane and his cousin from a big cat but leaves without revealing himself.
1910 Aug. – Sep.
Jane abducted by the fifty frightful men. The seventh duke sickens; Rokoff deserts him. Tarzan goes after Jane.
1910 Sept.
Tarzan rescues Jane, finds that she is not married and that she loves him. The seventh duke dies after confessing that he told no one about the telegram.
1910 Sept.
D’Arnot’s ship finds the lost Tennington party at the cabin. Tarzan and Jane appear. Tennington saves Tarzan’s life. Rokoff is arrested.
1910 Sep. 22
Tarzan and Jane and Tennington and Hazel are married in a double ceremony.
1910 Sep. 23
Tarzan and Jane sail away. He has the Oparian gold, his woman, and the title of eighth duke of Greystoke.

The Great Trek and The Elixir

(between Return of Tarzan and Beasts of Tarzan)

1910 Oct. – 1911 Oct.
Tarzan and Jane live in London.
1911 Oct. – Dec.
The Great Trek to Kenya.
1912 January
Tarzan receives the immortality treatment from the ancient witch doctor.
1912 Mar. – April
Tarzan and Jane at the Kenyan plantation.
1912 April
They return to London.

The Beasts

1912 May 20
Tarzan’s son, John Paul Clayton, born in Greystoke House, London.
1912 JuneSept.
The Beasts of Tarzan.
1912 Sept. – Oct.
Tarzan and Jane in London.


1913 May – Nov.
The Son of Tarzan (ch.1–12).
Tarzan searches for Korak.
1913 June – July
Tarzan and the Forbidden City: If any of this novel’s events did occur, it was during this time.
Tarzan fails to find his son and returns to the plantation, meeting Jane there.

The Waters of Lethe, The Jewels of Opar

1913 Nov. – 1914 Jan. 12
Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar.
1914 Feb. – May
The Son of Tarzan (ch.13–27) Tarzan saves Meriem from rape and the rest of the events follow.
1914 June – July
Tarzan and Jane in Kenya; Korak and Meriem in Europe with Meriem’s parents.

War and Freedom

1914 Aug. – 1918 Oct.
Tarzan the Untamed.
A “lost adventure,” during which Tarzan traced the route on the map of the dead giant Spanish soldier.


1918 Nov. – 1919 Mar.
Tarzan the Terrible.

The Lion and the Ants

1919 April – 1921 Nov.
Tarzan and the Golden Lion begins.
1921 May 7
John Armand, Korak’s and Meriem’s son and Tarzan’s grandson, born at Cadrenet Château, Normandy.
1921 Nov.
Tarzan and the Golden Lion concludes.
1921 Dec. – 1922 Oct.
Tarzan and Jane in Kenya except for one trip to London to see the newborn Jackie (John Paul).
1922 Nov. – Dec.
Tarzan and the Ant Men (excluding the fictional parts).

Lord of Many Places

1923 Jan. – 1926 May
Tarzan and Jane in Kenya and then on visits to England, Rome, Berlin, and other parts of Europe.
1926 June – 1927 Mar.
Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle.
Professor Porter and Mr. Philander die in March in London within a few days of each other.
1927 April – July
Tarzan and the Lost Empire.
Tarzan at the Earth’s Core would have occurred here if not fictional.
1927 July 1
Meriem’s father, the retired General Jacot, dies at Cadrenet Château, Normandy.
1927 Aug. – 1928 Dec.
Tarzan divides his time between English and African estates.

Hail and Farewell

1929 Jan. – May
Tarzan the Invincible. Ave atque vale to La of Opar.
1929 June – Dec.
Tarzan and Jane stay at the Kenya plantation.
1930 Jan. – April
Tarzan Triumphant.
1930 May – Sept.
The Greystokes in England, France, and Kenya. Tarzan takes a jungle vacation.
1930 Sept.Nov.
Tarzan and the City of Gold.
1930 Nov. – 1931 Jan.
Tarzan is at the Kenyan plantation.
1931 Jan. – April
Tarzan and the Lion Man (most of the non-fictional parts).
1931 June 1 – 11
Tarzan and the Leopard Men.
1931 June – 1932 Mar.
Tarzan and Jane are at Greystoke plantation or in England.
1932 April – July
Tarzan and the Lion Man Tarzan visits the United States and “Hollywood” (the screen test is fiction).
1932 Aug. – 1933 Apr.
Jane in England and France; Tarzan in Africa.
1933 May 1June 23
Tarzan’s Quest.
1933 June – 1934 May
Tarzan and Jane in England and Kenya.
1934 June 1Sep. 7
Tarzan the Magnificent.
1934 Sep. – late 1935
Tarzan, Jane, and grandson on a round-the-world trip.
1937 – 1938 Sep.
Tarzan is in Africa with several jungle vacations between his plantation duties.
1938 Sept. 729
T&C: “Tarzan and the Jungle Murders”.
1938 Oct. – 1939 May
Tarzan and Jane in East Africa.
T&C: “Tarzan and the Champion” (entirely fictional).
1939 June 125
Tarzan and the Madman.
1939 July
Tarzan loses his memory in an accident while returning home from Abyssinia. He wanders around in the jungles of Mt. Elgon.
1939 Aug. – Oct.
T&C: “Tarzan and the Castaways” (The non-Mayan events).

WWII and afterward

1939 Nov.
Tarzan returns to Kenya, says good-bye to Jane (who follows him to England later), and joins the R.A.F. in London.
1939 Dec. – 1942 Oct.
Tarzan, as John Clayton, flies bombers. He submerges his apeman persona deep within himself. Esmeralda is killed by a bomb in London. Tarzan is promoted to group captain. Lord Tennington is killed in the North Sea.
1942 Nov.
Tarzan is transferred to the Far East theatre.
1942 Nov. 3
Tarzan’s son, John Paul, marries.
1943 Nov. 24
John Paul’s son, John, born.
1944 Jan. – Feb.
Attached to the U.S.A.A.F. as an observer for the British.
1944 Mar. 13Dec. 7
Tarzan and the Foreign Legion.
1945 May 1
John Armand, Korak’s son, marries.
1944 Dec. – 1946 Feb.
Flies over Burma, China, and with the U.S.A.A.F. over Japan as an observer. Discharged in London.
1946 Mar. – April
Tarzan and Jane in Kenya.
1946 May – Aug.
He makes his final visit to Opar.

Tarzan and His Mate

Hearts beat like native drums

Henderson, Clara (2001 Dec.) “When Hearts Beat Like Native Drums: music and the sexual dimensions of the notions of ‘savage’ and ‘civilized’ in Tarzan and His Mate, 1934.” Africa Today, vol.48, no.4, pp.91–124, DOI 10.1353/at.2001.0072.


Since the advent of sound in film, music has provided a vital counterpoint to the stunning visuals and electrifying action of Hollywood productions. Offering more than a tangential backdrop of auditory color, music plays a significant role in creating and defining the images portrayed in film. Though the part music plays in shaping these images is often overlooked, its powerful influence on the North American general public’s understanding of peoples, places, and ideas as they are constructed by Hollywood cannot be underestimated. Of the many Hollywood films made about Africa, perhaps the Tarzan films are some of the most pervasive in creating stereotyped notions of African peoples, geography, and social organization. An examination of the portrayal of Africa and Africans in one of the Tarzan films provides a window into how music has been used to generate these stereotypes and calls into question the degree to which these (mis)conceptions, under the same or different guises, have survived into the twenty-first century.


The 1934 film Tarzan and His Mate was made during the film production period immediately following the era of silent films. With the innovation of sound, film producers concentrated on either making musicals or films that focused on action and dialogue. Musical underscoring was still in its early stages of development. Tarzan and His Mate belongs to that genre of film that highlights action and dialogue and uses music sparingly and only at strategic moments. By virtue of its absence for the majority of the film, when music does appear its contrast to the action and dialogue is compelling and its potency to convey images and communicate through multiple layers of meaning is all the more striking. The 1991 MGM/UA home video release of Tarzan and His Mate is described as the “restored uncut version” of an “epic story of jungle romance” in which “Tarzan, the handsome, strong King of the Apes and Jane, the beautiful sophisticated English girl, prove that social barriers disappear when hearts beat like native drums.” The promise presented here of viewing additional controversial footage censored from the original picture highlights a more explicit sexual dimension to the film than the 1934 release was allowed to display. Similarly, the linkage of “jungle romance” with “native drums” associates the African environment and African instruments with the flirtatious interaction between a man and a woman. The suggestion that the jungle provides a setting in which love overcomes the social barriers between Tarzan and Jane not only articulates the class consciousness and social stratifications inherent in the film, but also insinuates that the jungle is a context in which love is given free reign to conquer all obstacles in its path. Against this backdrop of sexual innuendo the film’s characters use the terms “civilized” and “savage” to differentiate between themselves and all things African with which they come into contact. At certain points in the film they discuss the merits of civilization and describe…

Controversial movie costumes

Sapir, Moran (2018 Oct. 3) “Most controversial and talked-about movie costumes, explained” Kiwi Report

Maureen O’Sullivan – Tarzan and His Mate p15

Tarzan has always been one to prance around the jungle wearing basically nothing. But in 1934, when the film Tarzan and His Mate came out, crowds were stunned to see Jane (played by Maureen O’Sullivan) wearing an incredibly skimpy top and skirt ensemble. But apparently, O’Sullivan was originally supposed to be completely nude for the film—only covered by strategically placed props and camera angles. So although this outfit made viewers gasp—it was actually the less provocative option.

Theda Bara – Cleopatra p20

You can imagine in 1917, movie outfits weren’t generally daring. After all, too much ankle was considered outrageous at the time. But when Cleopatra was released, viewers were appalled to see some of the outfits Theda Bara wore for the part, which were more than a little revealing for 1917. But the costumes were intentionally meant to be “in attune with the period.” Much research was put in to make sure everything—the costumes, the jewelry, and every small detail—were authentic for the time of Cleopatra. [see also Marilyn Monroe as Theda Bara as Cleopatra (1958) by Richard Avedon]

Carrie Fisher – Return of the Jedi p35

It was pretty much every teenager’s dream. When Princess Leia was in captivity in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, she wore a golden bikini that was seared into the nation’s memory and became iconic. But not everyone was a fan—many people thought it was demeaning to the only substantial female character the franchise had at the time. It was actually based on artwork by Frank Frazetta for the cover of The Princess of Mars. George Lucas loved it, and decided to use the bikini as “something special” for that scene.


Tarzan’s knife is described by ERB as a hilted, long, thin, keen hunting knife that can rust and came from England.

Hunting dagger
20–30″ double-edged straight stabbing blade.
Arkansas toothpick
12–20″ double-edged straight cutting/stabbing blade.
Hunting knife
10–20″ single-edged slightly-curved cutting blade.
Bowie knife
8–12″ single-edged clip-point cutting/stabbing blade.
Windlass 1880 Sheffield Bowie
high carbon steel, 10″×1½″×⁵⁄₃₂″, 15.8oz, $69.95
Windlass Hunter’s Companion Bowie
high carbon steel, 13½″×2″׳⁄₁₆″, 1℔2℥, $79.95