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 inheritence. 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 AbilitiesEdit
Extraordinary natural agility and tracking skills.
Peak of human physical condition.
Appearances, Images, and QuotesEdit
Tarzan has had a long and varied history in comics worldwide. In Britain, he has been published at various times by Donald F. Peters (1950-1951), Westworld (Tarzan Adventures,1951-1959), World Distributors (1967), Top Sellers (1970-1975), Williams Publishing (Various up to 1972) and Byblos (1977-1981, publishers of Tarzan Weekly, Tarzan Monthly and Tarzan Special) as well as appearing in a lengthy run in Polystyle's TV Comic. Tarzan Annual's were published from 1960-1962, 1965-1966 and 1968 to 1978, then again in 1980, initially by World Distributors and later by Brown & Watson (the World Distributors annuals from 1965-1969 containing US reprints from the long running Gold Key Comics series). There were also Tarzan TV Storybooks's published from 1967-1970, Tarzan Comic Album's 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).