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OTIS ADELBERT KLINE
1891-1946


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CONTENTS
1. Short Bios
2. An Incomplete Bibliography
1. OAK BIOS

The creator of Tarzan and John Carter of Mars, Edgar Rice Burroughs, was, without a doubt, the most famous author of fantasy-adventure. Though his imitators were legion, only one man was able to compete successfully with Burroughs. He was Otis Adelbert Kline.

Though they wrote for the same publishers and filmed by the same movie studios, Kline never meant to compete with Burroughs. He admired the author, and it was his enthusiasm for that type of story that inspired him to create his own universe of planets of peril, peopled by swashbuckling planeteers and stimulating sirens.

En garde!  You have in hand The Swordsman of Mars. This is not the science-fiction of computers and analogs. There will be no roar of rockets. This is for the reader who wants a free-fall flight in fantastic adventure with star-flung heroes fighting furiously for honor on worlds without it, and beautiful maidens who know there is a fate worse than death! This is for the reader who likes his thrills unique, and his fiction spellbinding from first page to last.

Touche?  Then Otis Adelbert Kline is your meat! The only author to be compared with Edgar Rice Burroughs, but whose work is as original as Burroughs' own!

                -- Vernell Coriell - Founder, The Burroughs Bibliophiles
                   from the introduction to ACE edition Swordsman of Mars 


Edgar Rice Burroughs, creator of Tarzan of the Apes and John Carter of Barsoom, has never had a peer. He stands unsurpassed as a master of fantasy-adventure, and so it shall always be.

Yet there was one who came so close that many consider him to have equaled the old master himself. He was Otis Adelbert Kline, a superb fantasy author, and creator of Jan of the Jungle and Grandon of Terra, the Prince of Peril.

Surely Kline and Burroughs had much in common. They both wrote because they loved to write, they wrote the same type of stories for more or less the same magazines, and they probably influenced each other greatly.

In 1933, Kline introduced the readers of Argosy to Jerry Morgan, the swashbuckling hero of The Outlaws of Mars and it was an instant success. "Excitement, vivid imagination, and strong human conflicts make up this full-length fantastic novel of an Earthman's adventures on the Red Planet." So said the editors then and now, nearly thirty years later, their description is still valid.
                                    -- Camille Cazedessus, Jr.
                                                -- Editor, ERB-dom Magazine
    In the introduction for the ACE edition of the Outlaws of Mars




2. A PARTIAL BIBLIOGRAPHY of the works of OTIS ADELBERT KLINE 
First short story:
THE THING OF A THOUSAND SHAPES in the first Weird Tales Magazine, 1923
    OAK was a member of the original Weird Tales editorial staff and appeared frequently in the magazine's early issues

THE CUP OF BLOOD - Weird Tales ~ date unknown

THE YELLOW KILLER (with Harold Ward),  The Detective Magazine Aug 29, 1924

WHY WEIRD TALES? in Weird Tales May-July 1924; Weird Tales March 1934 
THE MALIGNANT ENTITY in Amazing Stories, (1924 or June 1926) - Amazing Stories
            Quarterly, Fall 1934  --  Amazing Stories, February 1966 ~ Dr. Dorp Series

THE RADIO GHOST, Amazing Stories, September 1927

First novel:
THE BRIDE OF OSIRIS in Weird Tales Magazine, 1927 (3-part serial) -- Weinberg 1974
See the cover illustration in the OAK Gallery

TREASURE ACCURSED --and Mescal,  Argosy All-Story Weekly Aug 18 28

THE SECRET KINGDOM in Amazing Stories,  with Alice S. Kilne
(3-part serial, Oct, Nov, Dec. 1929)
See the cover illustration in the OAK Gallery


PLANET OF PERIL (#1 in the Venus series) in Argosy, 1929 Cover Art: Robert A. Graef
         ACE edition F-211, 40 cents, 160 pages, Krenkel art,
                 Copyright 1930 Frank A. Munsey Co, 1961 Ellen Kline
        McClurg 1929, G&D 1930; Avalon 1961


MAZA OF THE MOON serial in Argosy, Dec. 21, Dec. 28, 1929 Cover Art: Robert A. Graef (ca.1878-1951)
        Copyright 1930 McClurg, G&D 1931
        ACE F-321, 40 cents, 144 pages, Frazetta art


THE DEMON OF TLAXPAN in Weird Tales, January 1929
        Cover Art: C.C. Senf
See the cover illustration in the OAK Gallery


THE MAN FROM THE MOON, short story, copyright 1930 Experimenter Pub. Inc. 

THE MAN IN ROOM 18, 1930 

SPAWN OF THE COMET novella in Argosy, (July 12 or Sep 27?, 1930
See the cover illustration in the OAK Gallery


PRINCE OF PERIL(#2 in the Venus series) serial in Argosy, Aug. 9, 16, 23, 30, Sept. 6, 1930
        ACE F-259, 40 cents, 174 pages, Krenkel art
        Copyright 1930 Frank A. Munsey Co., ACE by arr. with Ellen S. Kline
        McClurg 1930; Avalon 1962 
THE METAL MONSTER, 1931 

THE THING THAT WALKED IN THE RAIN, 1931  in Amazing Stories ~ V5 #12 March 1931 
THIRSTY BLADES,
1930 with E Hoffmann Price)

THE MAN WHO LIMPED in Oriental Stories October 1930
         The Man Who Limped and Other Stories, Saint Enterprises, 1946 ~ Digest-sized pulp containing Dragoman stories
See the cover illustration in the OAK Gallery

THE DRAGOMAN'S SLAVE GIRL in Oriental Stories Summer 1931
         Oriental Stories Anthology ed. William H. Desmond,
                    Diane & John Howard & Robert
          K.. Weiner (Melrose Highlands, MA: Odyssey Publications,
                    Nov 1975, $4.50, 128pp)
         The Man Who Limped and Other Stories, Saint Enterprises, 1946


TAM, SON OF THE TIGER
             (A long 6-part serial novel of a land beneath Asia) in Weird Tales, 1931 Avalon 1962
See the cover illustration in the OAK Gallery


JAN OF THE JUNGLE
         copyright 1931 Mrs. Ellen S. Kline - Argosy serial: April 25 & May 2, 1931 ~ Cover: R.A.Graef
         ACE F-400, 1966, 40 cents, 172 pages, Stephen Holland art
        Film Adaptation: Call of the Savage (1935) ... aka Savage Fury (1935) (USA: recut version)
        (Another recut, reissued version was released as Savage Fury in 1956)


JAN IN INDIA, Fictioneer 1, 1974

THE DRAGOMAN'S SECRET in Oriental Stories April-June 1931
            The Man Who Limped and Other Stories, Saint Enterprises, 1946

THE DRAGOMAN'S CONFESSION in Oriental Stories Sum '32
            The Man Who Limped and Other Stories, Saint Enterprises, 1946 
THE DRAGOMAN'S PILGRIMAGE in  The Magic Carpet Jan '33 

BUCCANEERS OF VENUS (#3 in the Venus series - Long 6-part serial)
         in Weird Tales, 1932-33 copyright Popular Fiction
         released by Grandon Co. in HC in 1949 as:
        THE PORT OF PERIL with St. John cover and 4 interiors
         PORT OF PERIL in ACE F-294, 40 cents, 192 pages, Krenkel art
See the cover illustration in the OAK Gallery

SWORDSMAN OF MARS in serial in Argosy, Jan 14, 21,  Feb 11, 1933
         ACE D-516, 35 cents, Copyright 1960 by Ellen Kline
        Avalon 1960
See the cover illustration in the OAK Gallery


OUTLAWS OF MARS serial in Argosy Nov. 25, Dec. 2, 9, 16, 30, 1933
         ACE D-531, 35 cents, Copyright 1961 by Ellen Kline
        Avalon 1961
See the cover illustration in the OAK Gallery

A VISION OF VENUS - in Amazing, Dec. 1933, Copyright 1933 by Teck Publications, Inc.


JAN IN INDIA serial in Argosy, Jan.12, Jan.19, Jan. 26, 1935


THE FANG OF AMM JEMEL, A novelette of Oriental treachery and torture, Argosy March 9, 1935
See the cover illustration in the OAK Gallery

LORD OF THE LAMIA in Weird Tales, (Serial March-May 1935)
See the cover illustration in the OAK Gallery

REVENGE OF THE ROBOT, 1936
See the cover illustration in the OAK Gallery

CYCLOPS OF XOATL, 1936 with E. Hoffmann Price

CALL OF THE SAVAGE in Argosy, 1937?, Clode book release 1937, also filmed. 

THE IRON WORLD in Thrilling Wonder Stories August 1938
See the cover illustration in the OAK Gallery


I HAVE A RADIO MIND article in True Mystic Science, December 1938

PROPHETS OF SCIENCE article in Startling Stories, January 1939

SERVANT OF SATAN in Strange Stories, February 1939 Vol. 1, No. 1


STOLEN CENTURIES
        short story in Thrilling Wonder Stories, June 1939 --
        reprinted in Fantastic Story Magazine, 1953 COVER AVAILABLE
        reprinted in Editor's Choice in Science Fiction,  ed. Sam Moskowitz, 1954
See the cover illustration in the OAK Gallery


RACE AROUND THE MOON - A Novel of Lunar Conquest,
        Thrilling Wonder Stories, 1939
See the cover illustration in the OAK Gallery

BLOOD WILL TELL (with Herny J. Kostkos)
        South Sea Stories Dec 39
SPOTTED SATAN in Weird Tales, January 1940 (with E. Hoffman Price) Cover: Virgil Finlay

E. Hoffman Price
See the cover illustration in the OAK Gallery

SATANS ON SATURN - co-written with E. Hoffmann Price
        5 part serial in Argosy November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 1940
See the cover illustration in the OAK Gallery

THE ROBOT BEASTS, 1941
See the cover illustration in the OAK Gallery

STRANGER FROM SMALLNESS, 1941 
METEOR MEN OF MARS, in Planet Stories, Winter 1942
        (with Harry Cord)
See the cover illustration in the OAK Gallery

RETURN OF THE UNDEAD, in Weird Tales, July 1943,
        (with Frank Belknap Long) 
THE MAN WHO LIMPED & OTHER STORIES,
        (5 Stories) Saint Ent. PB 1946, 128pp 

RUMOURED TITLES YET TO BE CONFIRMED:

THE HUNTERS OF MARS - a third Martian book
A VISION OF VENUS, 1933
WHY WEIRD TALES?, 1934 (ATTRIBUTED)



 
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