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The Complete Burne Hogarth Library. Our Highest Recommendation. Art by Burne Hogarth. The final entry in this series, and one of the most interesting! This volume collects his rare daily comic strips in one volume for the first time as well as two exceptional complete adventures from the Sunday pages. And working under Hogarth, we also have gorgeous daily strips by Dan Barry, with assists from these all-stars: Nick Cardy, Bob Lubbers, Sy Barry and John Lehti. Plus the fascinating story of how Burroughs himself hired Hogarth back for a second run on the strip and all the complexity that entailed. Includes a wonderful sequence where Tarzan goes to the Earth’s Core and meets David Innes and Abner Perry, a true highlight of the series. Titan, 2017.

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The final entry in this series, and one of the most interesting! This volume collects his rare daily comic strips in one volume for the first time as well as two exceptional complete adventures from the Sunday pages. And working under Hogarth, we also have gorgeous daily strips by Dan Barry, with assists from these all-stars: Nick Cardy, Bob Lubbers, Sy Barry and John Lehti. Plus the fascinating story of how Burroughs himself hired Hogarth back for a second run on the strip and all the complexity that entailed. Includes a wonderful sequence where Tarzan goes to the Earth’s Core and meets David Innes and Abner Perry, a true highlight of the series.

Each strip has been carefully restored from the highest quality source material available, lavishly presented to emphasize the exceptional quality of one of the most influential illustrators to ever take on the Lord of the Jungle.

As explained here, during this time the Sunday page was converted to a half page. While Hogarth worked beautifully in this new format, many papers kept running this as a full page…made possible only by dropping either one or two panels out of each page. Thus, this is the first time ever that we are able to see these complete pages, as drawn by Hogarth, the way they were meant to be. Thus this is done in a handsome new oblong format. While it’s not the same as the previous volumes, this is truly the best presentation of the strips. It also allows for a well-designed presentation of the daily strips, three per page, nice and large.

Dan Barry is an often neglected artist, but when he was at his peak, which he was here and in the early days of Flash Gordon, the strip he left this to take over, he is unparalleled. He started by actually drawing in Hogarth’s style…several of the stories were still being written by Hogarth…and the work is just superb. He certainly knew what assistants to take on board…on Flash Gordon, he had Frank Frazetta and Harvey Kurtzman helping him. Here, as you can see, he again brought on board brilliant artists such as Nick Cardy and Bob Lubbers, the latter of whom would take over the Tarzan strip later on. Cardy of course became a huge fan favorite at DC comics just a few years after this.

Includes very informative introductions, two of them, by Burroughs Bibliophileseditor Henry G. Franke III, who carefully spells out how ERB, after the war, descided the strip was languishing and swept out the old writer and illustrator, and brought back Hogarth to bring the strip back to the work of art…and storytelling power…that it had previously enjoyed.

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