In the 1960s, believing Edgar Rice Burroughs' creation to have fallen into the public domain, Charlton Comics enlisted writer Joe Gill (Flash Gordon, House of Mystery) and artist Sam Glanzman (Hercules, A Sailor's Story) to develop a new vision of the Lord of the Jungle, one that would compete directly with the Dell Comics series already being published.
Though Charlton's Tarzan outsold Dell's Jesse Marsh issues, only four issues were produced before Charlton was forced to end the series. Much of the original print runs were destroyed. These have always remained some of the hardest-to-find Tarzan comics, as well as the most unique. Without the tight editorial control of Dell Comics, Gill and Glanzman could create their own particular take on the iconic hero, often a tougher and more savage ape-man.
Now, this entire series is given Dark Horse's archival treatment, along with a selection of Glanzman's Tarzan comic-strip art and a historical essay on the Charlton/Dell conflict over the unauthorized Tarzan by Roger Broughton, who dedicates his inside story "...to Glanzman, the hardest-working and most underrated artist in the history of comics!"