I’ll be the first to say that I am not the biggest Tarzan fan in any incarnation, but as a comic fan I am one to respect the heritage of where the medium has come from. Although I love my comic books, I have a strong respect for that dying medium of the newspaper page strips that brought many a character to life back in its heyday. I instinctively think back to the old Dick Tracy strips that I used to read that my grandfather had collected from somewhere and thoroughly enjoyed those. It’s a challenge to put just a single strip into play for a day and keep people entertained and wanting to come back the next day, and I have immense respect for those who can do it.
Although I’ve never read them, I have heard of them. Russ Manning’s Tarzan strips brought life to the king of the jungle and, after seeing the kind of quality and care that IDW puts into these bad boys, I have no doubt that if I can find a copy I’ll be getting my hands on these and giving them a read, even if only to have as a great item on my bookshelf.
TARZAN Swings Back Into Action in THE COMPLETE RUSS MANNING NEWSPAPER STRIPS!
San Diego, CA (February 8, 2013) – IDW Publishing is proud to announce that the Library of American Comics will be collecting comics legend Russ Manning’s classic run with Edgar Rice Burroughs’ King of the Jungle in 2013! TARZAN: THE COMPLETE RUSS MANNING NEWSPAPER STRIPS is a four-volume series. The first three volumes will chronologically collect all of Manning’s daily black & white and full-color Sunday strips from 1967 to 1974, while the fourth volume will collect the remaining Sunday strips, which Manning continued to do until 1979.
“The addition of Tarzan to the Library of American Comics amplifies even further that the imprint is the premier archival home for comic strip reprints and collections,” says IDW’s President and Chief Operating Officer Greg Goldstein. “Russ Manning’s Tarzan run is one of the real highlights of the modern age of adventure strips and we are extremely excited to be the home of its long-anticipated return to print.”
The series of hardcover volumes will commence May 29th with Tarzan: The Complete Russ Manning Newspaper Strips, Vol. 1: 1967 – 1969. Fans will be treated to the first-ever collection of a historic turning point in Tarzan history: when Russ Manning was handpicked by the Burroughs estate to return the strip to its creator’s original vision. Manning put together a dream team of assistants in this historic endeavor, including future comics greats Dave Stevens, William Stout, and Mike Royer, creating one of the most loaded rosters in comics history, and a perfect opportunity for new fans to discover the adventures of Viscount Greystoke.
In his introduction to Volume One, William Stout writes, “Russ Manning was a natural storyteller. He may also be one of the most underrated writers in comics. His beautiful art is so captivating that it’s easy to understand how it might overshadow his scripts. He was as adept with telling Tarzan tales in contemporary Africa as he was setting Ape Man stories in dinosaur-infested Pal-ul-don.”
Reproduced from the Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. file copies, fans can expect TARZAN: THE COMPLETE RUSS MANNING NEWSPAPER STRIPS to receive the same critically acclaimed, award-winning treatment that Dean Mullaney, The Library of American Comics, and IDW Publishing have become renowned for.
Tarzan: The Complete Russ Manning Newspaper Strips, Vol. 1: 1967 – 1969
(HC, B&W, $49.99, 288 pages.)
So we can get a little piece of history on our bookshelves and enjoy some classic stories that many of us never got to see the first time round! Who’s with me?