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Product Details

  • Series: Tarzan: The Joe Kubert Years (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse (November 29, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593074042
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593074043
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #681,199 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Joe Kubert's Tarzan was one of the rare collaborations between character and artist that now seem definitive regardless of how many other talented creators try their hand--think also Curt Swan's Superman, Jack Kirby's Fantastic Four, and Barry Windsor-Smith's Conan. Tarzan: The Joe Kubert Years, vol. 1 collects the first eight issues of Kubert's run as writer-illustrator-letterer in 1972, encompassing Tarzan 207-214. Most significant is the first four issues, which Kubert used for an engrossing adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs' first Tarzan novel. After this telling, the remaining four issues seem rather slight, but Kubert's dramatic art and stories are never less than interesting. Dark Horse's beautiful volume includes Tatjana Wood's original colors restored, and a new introduction by Kubert himself. --David Horiuchi

From Publishers Weekly

Edgar Rice Burroughs's Tarzan of the Apes first appeared in prose form in 1912, launching a publishing and film empire. Tarzan comics have been published since 1929, and while the jungle lord's adventures have been illustrated by several legendary artists, perhaps none resonates as powerfully with comics readers as Kubert (Yossel, Sgt. Rock). Long a Tarzan fan himself, Kubert leapt at the chance to delineate the series in 1972 while working at DC Comics, and the results are simply stunning. Based on Burroughs's first Tarzan novel and a subsequent collection of short stories, this vibrantly colorful edition thrusts readers headfirst into a lush jungle setting in which danger lurks behind each tree, and the only law is that of the wild. Tarzan's world is a violent and unforgiving one, a point savagely driven home on every page as the narrative retells the hero's origins and rise to power as the uncontested master of his domain. This is grandly entertaining stuff for both old and new readers alike; a cornucopia of excitement that has not aged a day, collected in an edition that can be reread and savored for years to come. (Nov.)
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Very highly recommended: a classic keepsake.
D. Donovan, Editor/Sr. Reviewer
In Balu of the Great Apes (Nov 1972) Tarzan is challenged by another ape for leadership, but later has to confront a pride of panthers.
Elvin Ortiz
Some truly beautiful illustrations within (especially the covers and battle sequences with wild animals).
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on July 31, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Way back in 1929 Edgar Rice Burroughs' "Tarzan of the Apes" was adapted in newspaper comic strip form by illustrator Hal Foster. A full-page Sunday strip began in 1931 drawn by Rex Mason, and since then Burne Hogarth, Russ Manning, and Mike Grell have been some of the big names that have drawn the Lord of the Jungle. The only problem is that I never lived anywhere that had Tarzan in the Sunday comics, so for me Joe Kubert is THE artist that I associate with Tarzan. By the time Kubert's took over the book with issue #207 of "Tarzan of the Apes" (April 1972), I had read all of Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan novels, so even though I was only buying Marvel comics at that time when I saw the 1st DC issue with its 52 BIG pages ("Don't take less! Only 25c), I picked it up and Kubert's faithful four-part adaptation of the first ERB novel sold me on the comic. After all, not only did you have the first 26-page part of the adaptation, but an introduction to ERB in "The Dum-Dum" (written by "Marvin Wolfman"), which would be the book's letters page, an adaptation of "Tarzan's First Christmas" from Hall Foster's December 27, 1931 Sunday strip, and the first chapter of an adaptation of ERB's "A Princess of Mars" starring John Carter by Murray Anderson. What more could an ERB fan possibly hope for in one comic book?

What we have in "Tarzan: The Joe Kubert Years, Volume 1" are the Kubert's first eight issues, #207-14. Prior to this time I had associated Kubert with his work on "Sgt. Rock," but his distinctive style was perfect for Tarzan. The story begins with a safari being attacked by a panther and Tarzan showing up out of nowhere to save a pretty young blond woman in a pith helmet.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Parker on January 22, 2006
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The four part adaptation of the first Tarzan novel was well written and well drawn and Kubert's love of the source material is evident.

The writing and art are so fluid and vibrant that these stories seem as though they were published last year and not more than thirty years ago. The adaptations are strong and detailed, and hold up much better than the more abreviated adaptations of Robert E. Howard's Conan story adaptations for Marvel, done around the same time.

I would point out that the four part adaptation is something rare for a comic book from the 1970's, which generally kept to a two part story at the longest, so Joe was allowed plenty of breathing space to do justice to the original book.

I don't understand the $50 price tag on DC's (and now Darkhore's) archive editions. THe price seems so exesssive for such a small offering of 200+ pages. One wishes Darkhorse could have added a few more issues into this volume, but worth the cover price regardless.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mace & Lacey Gannon on August 24, 2007
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This wonderful collection of legendary artist and storyteller, Joe Kubert is a must have for hardcore Tarzan fans. I cut my teeth on these comics way back in the early 70's as a young boy.(I still have all of the original editions!)

There are only a few number of artists that could truly capture the primitive and primordal great Tarzan. Only Neal Adams, Russ Manning and the late great Conan artist, John Buscema could actually draw the apeman.

But Joe Kubert had a style all of his own. With backgrounds and rough-like sketches that made Tarzan and the jungle around him actually permeate right through the comic pages, Kubert could totally transport you to Africa and high adventure of yesteryear. Classic in every sense of the word.

Thank God for Joe Kubert. And his sons have also become fantastic artists all their own.

Now, if only ONE Hollywood movie could finally capture the true essence of Tarzan the Apeman, then the Tarzan phenomenon would begin all over again. Perhaps someday...
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By TorgosPizza on March 20, 2006
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This is a book for which I've waited decades, having grown up on the Kubert DC books. Very well made and edited, this collection of DC Tarzan issues would go along quite well on the shelf with DC's Archive books. Whether you are a Tarzan fan or an afficianado of DC's Silver Age, you would do well to check out this book. Of course, if you are a fan of both, I'm sure I'm preaching to the choir, and you have already acquired this wonderful edition Dark Horse has offered us. Buying this was a no brainer, and my only question was why it took so long to get published, when the Manning stuff had already been reprinted years ago. If only those had been released in a volume as beautiful as this! Perhaps it's not too late to get the Horse to release the Hal Foster strips in a similar fashion to this Kubert collection. Are you listening, DH?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Donovan, Editor/Sr. Reviewer on March 17, 2006
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Tarzan like you've never seen him is expanded upon and portrayed in living color by dynamic graphic artist Joe Kubert, who produces a vivid set of tales and provides archived drawings with color restoration based off of Tatjana Wood's original colors. This collection reprints the first eight issues of Joe Kubert's classic Tarzan comic series: works done at the height of his career. Two audiences will relish this collection and must own it: Kubert fans, and Tarzan fans. Each will find the full-color presentation provides high-quality reproduction and an uninterrupted set of adventures. Very highly recommended: a classic keepsake.
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