Pulp Fiction Tarzan – “Blue Book” Magazine 1931


Tarzan Cover of Blue Book Magazine – December, 1931
Lawrence Herndon illustrated this Tarzan cover for Blue Book Magazine

Lawrence Herndon illustrated this Tarzan cover for Blue Book Magazine

Edgar Rice Burroughs created the fictional character Tarzan, a feral youth raised by apes, who returns to civilization, rejects it and returns to the wild as a vine-swinging heroic adventurer.

Tarzan first appeared in the novel, “Tarzan of the Apes” (magazine publication 1912 book publication 1914).

Here “The Triumph of Tarzan” is published in Blue Book Magazine, December 1931.The cover illustration depicts Tarzan swinging a native over his shoulders in what appears to be a fight to the death. A white hunter appears in the background, at the edge of the frame, carrying what looks to be a rifle. We thought this was a stunning metaphorical image of African colonialism.

The McCall Company published this pulp fiction magazine of adventure stories. Blue Book magazine offered $500 in cash prizes for “real experiences’ which they published monthly.

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