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Tarzan The Centennial Celebration Hardcover – November 20, 2012
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"Topped off with a look at collectibles, conventions, authorised sequels and more (not to mention a brilliant foreword from big screen Tarzan Ron Ely), there's no doubting the fact that this is a must-have for any fan of Tarzan." – Comic Book Movie
"An enormous, glossy volume filled with rare art, movie stills, and insights on every corner of the Tarzan universe." – Flavorwire
"Tarzan: The Centennial Celebration is a must buy if you ever loved Tarzan. The book is a perfect way to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the jungle man’s first appearance." – Wired.com
"An awe-inspiring collection that any Tarzan fan would cherish." – Strange Kids Club
"The quality of this book as a collector’s item is unmatched. It’s a brilliant hard cover." – Comic Hype
"this magnificent Tarzan tribute volume makes a compelling case that the Ape Man has as strong a grip on our collective imaginations as he always did." – Open Letters Monthly
"lovingly detailed artwork and insight." – MTV Geek
"Regular AICN readers know that Titan usually knocks books of this ilk out of the park. Even taking into account Titan’s lofty pedigree, TARZAN: THE CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION emerges as magnificently presented, stunningly laid out, and beautifully guided by author Griffin & Co. This may be the company’s best work yet" – aintitcool
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I will admit to being somewhat perplexed at a few of the unauthorised items that didn't make it into the book such as Charlton Comics' adaptation of Jungle Tales of Tarzan and the thoroughly plagiarised series of Barton Werper's (pseudonym) Tarzan novels published by Gold Star (1964). I can only assume that their shady legal status kept them from mention. Similarly, the Tarzan the Ape Man film (1981) receives little attention due, I must again presume, to the legal wrangling between ERB, Inc. and the Dereks over its salacious content. However, I don't wish to dwell so much on what isn't in the book that I detract from the treasures that ARE in it. It doesn't say it's a history, but a celebration of Tarzan's centennial. And what a magnificent celebration it is!
As I said earlier, the volume is lavishly illustrated (some previously unpublished) and meticulously researched. Scott Tracy Griffin has outdone himself in creating a beautiful book that I honestly cannot imagine NOT owning.Read more ›
The book is, in one word, amazing. The book is a feast to the eyes, I spent hours sitting down looking at it explain to my son (5) whose who and looking at the great visuals and animals (he just did the letter "E" in kindergarten so we were looking for elephants).
The book is full of great art, pictures, illustrations and even sketches by Edgar Rice Burroughs. The text associated with the pictures is very interesting and enlightening about every subject Tarzan fans would like to delve into, from his animals to synopsis of each of the stories by Burroughs and others.
A fascinating introduction by actor Ron Ely starts the journey into Tarzan and other writings by Burroughs. Followed by a short biography of Burroughs and a short synopsis of every Tarzan book he published with high quality images of gorgeous covers. A short chapter about Tarzan for children, followed by a "How to Speak Ape" section and maps of Africa drawn by Mr. Burroughs himself.
A fantastic section about the comics followed by those who played Tarzan on radio, stage, the silver screen and television -- even Disney's Tarzan gets a mention. The book closes out telling the fans about Tarzana, Ca, collectibles, authorized sequels, foreign editions, the web and more.
This is a wonderful book with a "WOW' factor for the inner geek in all of us. The book will grace the coffee table in our house and is a great present for the geek who has everything.
This volume has a very spartan, lightweight coverage of artists previous to Krenkel and Frazetta, but heavily emphasizes some really great artists who have remained largely uncollected-- namely virtually every single Robert Abbett Tarzan (and then some), all the Neal Adams and the Boris paintings (for those who don't have his calendar, here they all are!), and mostly in large, often full page, full color presentations. These guys, especially Abbett, who is the great unsung hero of ERB art, are as essential to me personally as anybody. Now that we are moving into a new day when the old paperbacks are being phased out on the shelves and relegated to storage, it is very handy to have all this immortal art.
In addition to that, a huge selection of Gold Key Wilson comic book covers (especially most of the adaptations) are gloriously presented, along with innumerable other comic book covers. And too many cool features to name them all, like the Ballantine Africa map and the Ape language dictionary. In addition to all that, a gorgeous massive selection of movie photos to top it all off. And if that's not enough, plenty of ERB biographical photos!
This volume is going permanently along side my ERB Library of Illustration, and my Frazetta, Krenkel and Hogarth volumes. Absolutely essential. Thank you Mr. Griffin.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was attracted to buy the book by the wonderful cover and the information that the Neal Adams covers would be found inside,but it was a great surprise to receive a book that is... Read morePublished 3 months ago by André Araújo
Back in the day when physical books were valued more, this is a treasure. It's a massive book, not easy to store in your standard bookcase or fit reasonably on your coffee table. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Manny
This is an excellent over-all history of the 20th century's most popular and beloved figure, Tarzan of the Apes! Read morePublished 10 months ago by James D. Charles
If you are a fan of Tarzan then this is a great comprehensive coffee table book for you. This book covers all aspects of the Tarzan genre.Published 14 months ago by Martha Jones
This is a book that I've been hoping for decades that someone would write, mainly so I wouldn't have to (kidding). Read morePublished 16 months ago by Scott R. Brooks
if you are a Tarzan fan this is loaded with history about him a little pricey, but it is a hell of a book thanksPublished 16 months ago by huey