Korak Son of Tarzan No. 53


Comic book featuring Korak, the son of pulp action hero “Tarzan”. DC’s Korak, Son of Tarzan series ran from 1972-1975. It began with issue no. 46, following the sequencing of the Title’s former publisher, Gold Key Comics, whose version ran from 1964-1972. DC’s Comic was renamed The Tarzan Family with issue no. 60 in 1975, ending with issue no. 66.

Korak was introduced as a supporting character in the writings of Edgar Rice Burrough’s (1875-1950) “Tarzan” series. The vine-swinging jungle hero “Tarzan” was introduced in the story Tarzan of the Apes first published in the magazine The All-Story in 1912. The story was later reprinted as a standalone novel in 1914.

An Englishman from a noble family, Tarzan’s family dies while on an African Expedition. As an infant he us taken in and raised by Apes in Africa, learning to communicate with animals and developing exceptions strength and dexterity. Although he later discovers his human origins, Tarzan decides to remain in the jungle, developing a romantic relationship with marooned Englishwoman Jane Porter.

One of the 20th centuries first action-adventure heroes, Tarzan became a global phenomenon, inspiring the prolific Burroughs, also known for works such as his John Carter of Mars series, to pen 23 sequels featuring his “ape-man.” Inspiring scores of other pulp adventure heroes, Tarzan has become of the world’s most recognized literary characters. He remains a vital part of our shared popular culture, featured in novelizations, comic books, television, and feature films.

Reflecting many outdated cultural beliefs, the story of Tarzan expressed many elitist and racist notions accepted at the time of Burrough’s writing.

Date Made: 1973-08

Associated Name: Burroughs, Edgar RiceMaker: National Periodical Publications, Inc.

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: New York, New York CityAssociated Place: United States: Virginia

Subject: Comics


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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2018.3010.094Nonaccession Number: 2018.3010Catalog Number: 2018.3010.094

Object Name: comic book

Physical Description: paper (overall material)ink (overall material)Measurements: overall: 10 3/16 in x 9 7/8 in; 25.87625 cm x 25.0825 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b3-ab8e-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1867485

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