Tarzan and the Ant Men Comic Strips
Dust jacket from A.C. McClurg & Co's version of Tarzan and the Ant Men

Tarzan and the Ant Men was first published by A.C. McClurg & Co on September 30, 1924. The image to the left shows the dust jacket from that book.

Metropolitan Newspaper Feature Service, Inc., a subdivision of Metropolitan Books, published an illustrated condensed newspaper comic-strip version of this story. It seems to have appeared in different newspapers at different times with a displacemnt of up to half a year or so. This series appeared in the Worcester Evening Post during the period from approximately August 1932 to January 1933. This newspaper version was illustrated by Rex Maxon.

These comic strips were collected by Roland N. Anderson (1916-1982) while working as a paperboy for the Worcester Evening Gazette and the Worcester Evening Post, newspapers in Worcester, Massachusetts. The strips appeared in the paper six days a week, from Monday to Saturday.

When Ballantine Books republished this book in paperback in 1978, it summarized it on the back cover as follows: "No man had ever penetrated the great Thorn Forest until Tarzan of the Apes crashed his plane behind it on his first solo flight. Within lay a beautiful country. But in it lived the Alali, strange stone-age giants whose women regarded all man as less than slaves. And beyond the Alali lay the country of the Ant-Men - little people only eighteen inches tall. There, in Trohanadalmakus, Tarzan was an honored guest - until he was captured by the warriors of Veltopismakus in one of the ant-men's wars. They had their plans for the ape-man. By the advanced science of the little men, Tarzan was shrunk to their size and set to work as a quarry slave. "

Inasmuch as the Tarzan series was more a series of illustrated short novels than a typical comic strip, the amount of text in each strip far exceeded the amount of text in other comic strips, and consequently of rather small size, about 10 points. In order to make the material more readable, the strips are presented here in halves at about 50% magnification. Strip number 47 is missing from this compilation.

One may think that this more or less equal mixture of image and text found in the Tarzan comic strips would be an highly effective way of telling stories. The text which constituted about one third of the area of the strips would allow the telling of detailed stories while the images would heighten the atmosphere. But evidently there was some problem with this format. Starting with strip 61 the amount of text was reduced by more than half so that the text area was a mere 20% of the strip's total area.

This exciting adventure begins right here. On the left side of each comic strip, next to the title, there is a number which indicates that particular strip's position in the series. Some browsers will display this number in the lower left hand corner of the window frame. If someone quits reading some segment of Tarzan and the Ant Men before having read it all and then at some later date wishes to return to where he left off, this can be done by entering the number of that particular comic strip here.


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