Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Gaylord DuBois

A Conceptual Artistic Installation Exhibition of Gaylord Dubois (Du Bois)

Life Scripted

from 10/1/05
It is this artists' conclusion that there is a propensity of material spanning the 93 years of Gaylord Dubois's life. Numerous photos ranging from birth to death have been obtained along with letters, journals, articles and account records.
Gaylord Dubois's history ranges from salesman, minister, school teacher, social worker, deputy sheriff to writer and scripter -- the career we all know him for. In his lifetime Dubois wrote over 3000 comic stories, more then 10 novels or adaptations (including the first Lone Ranger), at least 4 Little Blue Books, several volumes of poetry, 30+ Big Little Books and more.
Comic scripting began as early as 1938 and continued until 1977 with a few stories published as late as 1995 and some still being published. Titles include Tarzan, Lost in Space, Roy Rogers, Turok, The Lone Ranger, Uncle Wiggily, Red Ryder, Brother's of the Spear, Tom and Jerry and Raggedy Ann. A more complete list will appear on this site in the near future.
The location of the initial opening of this exhibition has yet to be determined. Tentatively we have been looking at Denver although it has been suggested Boston might be more fitting since Gaylord Dubois was a Boston 'home town boy'. He was born in Massachusetts in 1899 and died in Florida in 1993 at 94 years of age. During that time he traveled at great length throughout the US and Western Canada.
It is expected the exhibition will be traveling to many of Gaylord's haunts throughout New York, Texas, New Mexico, California, Wyoming, Alberta and other places. After graduating from Boston University, Dubois returned to the Adirondacks where he had spent much of his childhood. In 1946 he, along with his wife Mary Van Alen, purchased a trailer and set off across the country in search of material for his writing. He spent many of his summers in the Peace River District of Alberta staying with his daughter and his grandchildren.

Gaylord DuBois

Wednesday, June 10, 2009


Medium: Comic books

Published by: Dell Comics

First Appeared: 1951

Creators: Gaylord DuBois (writer) and Jesse Marsh (artist)

These days, stories in which black and white adventurers treat each other as equals are such a familiar sight, they're scarcely even noticed. But a half-century ago, they were quite rare. The first such series in American comic books, however, was as little commented-on at the time as it would be today. That's probably because it ran unobtrusively in the rear of another hero's comic. But it was a very well circulated comic, and the feature ran there for a long time.

The Dell comic book based on Edgar Rice Burroughs's Tarzan began in 1948. Postal regulations made it necessary that at least a few pages be devoted to features other than the one on the cover, so the back pages of Tarzan ran series such as "Mabu", "Two Against the Jungle" and "Boy" (the movie name of Tarzan's son, Korak). In the 25th issue (October, 1951), they hit on a winner with "Brothers of the Spear", which ran more than a quarter of a century, all told, and featured the first professional work of cartoonist Russ Manning.
The series was created by writer Gaylord DuBois, one of the most prolific scripters in the history of comic books, and artist Jesse Marsh, whose highly stylized work was seen throughout the Dell line. They'd been the creative team on the Tarzan title almost since it began. The first episode occupied a mere six pages, but it launched a serialized story that eventually grew to epic proportions.
Dan-El and Natongo, who took an oath of brotherhood at the very beginning, were both kings by right, whose thrones had been usurped. Restoring Dan-El in the kingdom of Aba-Zulu and Natongo in Tungelu occupied the first couple of years of the series. By the time it was done, both were married, Dan-El to the beautiful Tavane and Natongo to the equally beautiful Zulena. But neither affairs of state nor family duties had any effect on their love of adventure, and they had many more, one running smoothly into the next, over a period of years.

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Thursday, April 09, 2009

Graphic Books Best Seller Lists: March 14 - ArtsBeat Blog -

"7 TARZAN: THE JESSE MARSH YEARS, Vol. 1, by Gaylord DuBois and Jesse Marsh. (Dark Horse, $49.95.) Witness the Golden Age adventures of Tarzan."

Graphic Books Best Seller Lists: March 14 - ArtsBeat Blog -