Happy Birthday Tarzan!
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The legendary Ape-Man first saw print 100 years ago in the pulp magazine "The All-Story," and Titan Books is celebrating with a gorgeous hardback, "Tarzan: The Centennial Celebration" ($39.95). Written by Scott Tracy Griffin, one of the foremost Edgar Rice Burroughs experts, "Centennial" covers aspects of the fabled adventure hero from print to movies and everything in between.
Mr. Griffin gives a chapter to each of the novels, along with sidebars on various aspects of Burroughs and his Ape-Man, from how Burroughs pronounced his hero's name (TAR-zn) to "How to Speak Ape." Roughly the second half of the book is individual chapters on Tarzan in comic strips, comic books, radio, TV, movies, collectibles, conventions and the many other facets of the Ape-Man and his creator.
All of this info is lavishly illustrated with book covers, frontispieces, movies stills and other art, both familiar and scarce, that is simply arresting. The illustrations alone are worth the price of admission.
This book will remind those of us, like me, just how much we have always loved Tarzan. Here's to another 100 years, Lord Greystoke!
First Published December 31, 2012 12:00 am