John Clayton, heir to the title of Lord Greystoke, was shipwrecked as an infant on the shores of West Africa and, after the deaths of his parents, raised by a tribe of apes. He grew up to become Tarzan of the apes, more at home in the jungle with his animal friends than in the world of supposedly civilized men, at least until he met and married Jane Porter and discovered his inheritance. Tarzan has since travelled widely and is a man of considerable means, but nothing is as important to him as his simple life with his family and friends in the jungle he still calls home.
Powers and abilities
AbilitiesExtraordinary natural agility and tracking skills.
Peak of human physical condition.
- Tarzan has had a long and varied history in comics worldwide. In Britain, he has been published at various times by Donald F. Peters (1950 to 1951), Westworld (Tarzan Adventures,1951 to 1959), World Distributors (1967), Top Sellers (1970 to 1975), Williams Publishing (various up to 1972) and Byblos (1977 to 1981, publishers of Tarzan Weekly, Tarzan Monthly and Tarzan Special). He also had a lengthy run in Polystyle's TV Comic, and featured in TV Tornado.
- Tarzan Annuals were published from 1960 to 1962, 1965 to 1966 and 1968 to 1978, then again in 1980, initially by World Distributors and later by Brown & Watson (the World Distributors annuals from 1965 to 1969 containing US reprints from the long-running Gold Key Comics series).
- There were also Tarzan TV Storybooks published from 1967 to 1970, Tarzan Comic Albums in 1964 and 1967, a Tarzan Bumper Album in 1970 and a one-off "annual" titled Tarzan — The Land that Time Forgot in 1974.
- The comics adaptations do not all follow the same continuity and frequently pick and choose which elements of the Tarzan mythos to keep or discard. The TV Comic run, for instance, was based on the 1966 Tarzan TV series starring Ron Ely, and therefore did not feature or make reference to Jane, while it is very rare for Tarzan and Jane's son Korak to appear or be mentioned in any British comics version (the main notable exception being the 1970s Byblos Publications).
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