Tarzan and the Castaways

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Tarzan and the Castaways
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Dust-jacket illustration for Tarzan and the Castaways
Author Edgar Rice Burroughs
Illustrator Frank Frazetta
Country United States
Language English
Series Tarzan series
Genre Adventure short stories
Publisher Canaveral Press
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback)
Pages 229 pp
Preceded by Tarzan and the Madman
Followed by Tarzan and the Valley of Gold (1966)

Tarzan and the Castaways is a collection of stories written by Edgar Rice Burroughs, the twenty-fourth in his series of books about the title character Tarzan. In addition to the title novella, it includes two Tarzan short stories. Of the three pieces, "Tarzan and the Jungle Murders" was written first, in January 1939. It was first published in the magazine Thrilling Adventures in the issue for June 1940. "Tarzan and the Champion" was written in July 1939, and first published in Blue Book Magazine in the issue for April 1940. "The Quest of Tarzan" was begun in November 1940 and first published in the magazine Argosy Weekly as a three-part serial in the issues for August 23, August 30, and September 6, 1941. The three stories were gathered together and first published in book form in hardcover by Canaveral Press in 1965. At that time "The Quest of Tarzan" was retitled "Tarzan and the Castaways" to avoid confusion with the earlier Tarzan novel Tarzan's Quest. The first paperback edition was issued by Ballantine Books in July 1965.


Tarzan and the Castaways[edit]

This story was originally entitled "The Quest of Tarzan". Tarzan is stranded on a Pacific island inhabited by the remnant of a lost Mayan civilization.

Tarzan and the Champion[edit]

Tarzan, his monkey friend Nkima, and Chief Muviro and his faithful Waziri warriors confront an American prize fighter who has come to Africa to hunt the wildlife.

Tarzan and the Jungle Murders[edit]

Tarzan applies his jungle lore to solving a mystery.

Comic adaptations[edit]

The stories in the book have been adapted into comic form by DC Comics; the title story in Tarzan nos. 240-243, dated August–November 1975, "Tarzan and the Jungle Murders" in Tarzan nos. 245-246, dated January–February 1976, and "Tarzan and the Champion" in Tarzan nos. 248-249, dated April–May 1976.


  • Chalker, Jack L.; Mark Owings (1998). The Science-Fantasy Publishers: A Bibliographic History, 1923-1998. Westminster, MD and Baltimore: Mirage Press, Ltd. p. 133. 

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Preceded by
Tarzan and the Madman
Tarzan series
Tarzan and the Castaways
Succeeded by
Tarzan and the Valley of Gold