Tarzan Tuesday

There are, if anyone ever wondered, indeed a lot of Tarzan books. He can be considered Edgar Rice Burroughs’ most charismatic achievement, and a flagship character for pulp fiction in general. There are also a lot of Tarzan media besides the movies: radio, TV, stage plays and musicals. (good grief, that looks terrible.)

Tarzan of the Apes (1912) – Read it when I was eight years old. It’s still really good.
The Return of Tarzan (1913) – Read it when I was nine. (my birthday was about three days after I finished book 1).
The Beasts of Tarzan (1914) Read it. This is the one where Jane starts to take a level in badassery.
The Son of Tarzan (1914) – Korak the Killer! I think Meriem disappeared after this book, though.
Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar (1916) – My memory of the books starts to get hazy after this one, but yes: if it was available online, I read it.
Jungle Tales of Tarzan (1919) – I re-read this one recently: it’s still good, too, with some interesting worldbuilding details about the Mangani and Tarzan’s experiences among them.
“Tarzan’s First Love” (1916)
“The Capture of Tarzan” (1916)
“The Fight for the Balu” (1916)
“The God of Tarzan” (1916)
“Tarzan and the Black Boy” (1917)
“The Witch-Doctor Seeks Vengeance” (1917)
“The End of Bukawai” (1917)
“The Lion” (1917)
“The Nightmare” (1917)
“The Battle for Teeka” (1917)
“A Jungle Joke” (1917)
“Tarzan Rescues the Moon” (1917)
Tarzan the Untamed (1920) (Ebook) – This one kicks off a two (wiki tells me a multiple)-book subseries as Tarzan believes Jane has been murdered by Germans. Since an ERB novel must contain a damsel to be menaced, however, this post is supplied by Frauline Bertha Kircher–a German spy whom Tarzan is torn between a) killing, b) MUST PROTECT THE FEMALE. Bertha is a cool, classy, and completely nervy dame.
“Tarzan and the Huns” (1919)
“Tarzan and the Valley of Luna” (1920)
Tarzan the Terrible (1921) – This one was the last that was available online back in the old days of Project Gutenberg, and I never read any further in the series, except for a quick outing in Foreign Legion, below. What I principally remember about this one is how Jane takes a serious level in badass and is surviving on her own in the dinosaur-haunted jungle; and, without even re-reading the book, her and Tarzan’s reunion scene. It’s that good.

Tarzan and the Golden Lion (1922, 1923) (Ebook)
Tarzan and the Ant Men (1924) (Ebook)
Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle (1927, 1928) (Ebook)
Tarzan and the Lost Empire (1928) (Ebook)
Tarzan at the Earth’s Core (1929) (Ebook)
Tarzan the Invincible (1930, 1931) (Ebook)
Tarzan Triumphant (1931) (Ebook)
Tarzan and the City of Gold (1932) (Ebook)
Tarzan and the Lion Man (1933, 1934) (Ebook)
Tarzan and the Leopard Men (1935) (Ebook)
Tarzan’s Quest (1935, 1936) (Ebook)
Tarzan and the Forbidden City (1938) (Ebook)
Tarzan the Magnificent (1939) (Ebook)
“Tarzan and the Magic Men” (1936)
“Tarzan and the Elephant Men” (1937–1938)
Tarzan and the Foreign Legion (1947) (Ebook) – Tarzan ends up on the opposite side of the world, but still gets to duke it out with apes (orangutangs) in the jungle. I found it pretty amusing that at this point in his career, ERB just automatically had the heroine be an expert archer.

Tarzan and the Madman (1964)
Tarzan and the Castaways (1965)
“Tarzan and the Castaways” (1941) (Ebook)
“Tarzan and the Champion” (1940)
“Tarzan and the Jungle Murders” (1940)
Tarzan and the Tarzan Twins (1963, for younger readers)
“The Tarzan Twins” (1927) (Ebook)
“Tarzan and the Tarzan Twins and Jad-Bal-Ja the Golden Lion” (1936) (Ebook)
Tarzan: the Lost Adventure (with Joe R. Lansdale) (1995)

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Author: leighbrackettsland

Student. Reader. Watcher. Dabbler.

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