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Exhibition Comic Art: 120 Years of Panels and Pages

Burne Hogarth (1911–1996). Tarzan. “‘You’re a fool, Tarzan,’ Marlow chuckled,” February 29, 1948. India and red inks over pencil, with printed and drawn overlays, and scraping out drawing. Bequest of Caroline and Erwin Swann, 1974. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (014.00.00) All Rights Reserved. Tarzan ® owned by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. and used by permission. LC-DIG-ppmsca-59753

Tarzan: From Big Screen to Comic Strip

Tarzan first appeared without pictures in a serialized story by Edgar Rice Burroughs for All-Story Magazine in 1912. In an unlikely path for an adventure comic strip character, Tarzan made his movie debut before he entered the newspaper comic strip pages. Set in both an exotic and imagined Africa, Burne Hogarth, who succeeded cartoonist Hal Foster, drew the Sunday stories from 1937 to 1950 (except for 1946). After leaving the feature in 1950, Hogarth taught art at the Cartoonists and Illustrators School and wrote several books on drawing and anatomy.