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

Tarzan and the Golden Lion was first published by A.C. McClurg & Co on March 24, 1923. 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 the story. It doesn't seem to have run simultaneously in all the newspapers carrying the series. The Worcester Evening Post carried it during the period between April and August 1931. This newspaper series was illustrated by Rex Maxon.

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

When Ballantine Books republished this book in 1963, it summarized it on the back cover as follows: "Tarzan had been betrayed. Drugged and helpless, he was delivered into the hands of the dreadful priests of Opar, last bastion of ancient Atlantis. La, High Priestess of the Flaming God, had saved him once again, driven by her hopeless love for the ape-man. But now she was betrayed and threatened by her people. To save her, Tarzan fled with her into the legendary Valley of Diamonds, while Jad-bal-ja, his faithful golden lion, followed. Ahead lay a land where savage gorillas ruled over servile men. And behind, Estaban Miranda—who looked exactly like Tarzan — plotted further treachery."

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.

The first strip 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 Golden Lion 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.