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Editorial Reviews


"At the century mark, one of the world's most enduring literary franchises is honored with a gallery of art in Tarzan: The Centennial Celebration."Huffington Post

"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

About the Author

Scott Tracy Griffin is considered one of the foremost Edgar Rice Burroughs experts in the world, with 30 years of articles appearing in magazines, journals, academia and fanzines, Griffin lives within swinging distance of Tarzana.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books (November 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781161690
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781161692
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 1.2 x 13.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #333,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Frank Grainger on November 20, 2012
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Scott Tracy Griffin's centennial celebration of Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan of the Apes is a book Tarzan fans MUST buy (unless someone is nice enough to give it to them as a Christmas or birthday present). As the cover proclaims, this attractive, lavishly illustrated, sturdily constructed coffee-table edition covers the stories (original and pastiche), movies (television and radio, too), and art (including comics). Further, it covers toys, games, and other collectibles relating to Tarzan. Naturally, Griffin includes information and photos of Tarzan's creator, Edgar Rice Burroughs as well. This is the most comprehensive single volume on the subject of Tarzan of the Apes ever produced to my knowledge and absolutely worthy of the character's 100th birthday.
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.
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Tarzan The Cen­ten­nial Cel­e­bra­tion by Scott Tracy Grif­fin is a cof­fee table book (13" x 10 1/4") cel­e­brat­ing 100 years of the famous lord of the jun­gle. Mr. Grif­fin is the lead­ing author­ity on Edgar Rice Bur­roughs and on his 1912 cre­ation of which this book is about.

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.
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A fantastic resource - filled with gorgeous artwork from Tarzan's illustrated past, as well as rich and meticulously researched insights from the ape-man's vast and varied history. As fascinating for a die-hard Tarzan fan as it is an excellent introduction for newcomers to Burroughs' Africa, it's a great read and a beautifully put together tome.
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One thing that I really like (but which may dismay some others) is the art focus of this book-- primarily the sixties and seventies, and some newer stuff from the past 30 years. That makes this volume kind of an unofficial 4th volume of the ERB Library of Illustration, which left off with Frazetta and Krenkel.

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.
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