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    All-Story October 1912 - The First Appearance of Tarzan (Munsey, 1912) Apparent GD/VG. A milestone in American literature, the importance of this issue of All-Story cannot be overstated, as it represents the first ever appearance of Tarzan in any medium. The story was prolific writer Edgar Rice Burroughs' second published work (the first under his own name). This issue is currently the single most valuable pulp magazine, and is considered very rare with probably fewer than 20 copies in existence. The story was printed in its entirety in this issue (unlike most other Burroughs stories), preceding the McClurg book edition by a year-and-a-half (the two vary textually in a number of respects). The classic cover by Clinton Pettee, which features Tarzan wrestling a lion in the jungle, is the first published image of Tarzan. This particular copy is in very nice condition, albeit with some wear and tear to the front cover and chipping to the top and bottom edges of the pages, and has a complete spine with some mild to moderate discoloration, and off-white pages. The front cover has some glue at the spine; the back cover is almost completely detached. An apparent FN copy of this issue sold at auction for $59,000 in 2006 -- the highest price ever paid for a pulp! Bookery's Guide to Pulps GD value = $10,000; VG value = $20,000. From the Jerry Weist Collection.

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