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on November 20, 2012
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As I said earlier, the volume is lavishly illustrated (some previously unpublished) and meticulously researched.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. In fact, I think I'll buy a second copy lest I wear this one out from looking at it daily for the next 30 years. A note to already-confirmed fans of Tarzan: This book would make a splendid present to any middle school/high school/college relatives or friends you might have or know. I can't think of a better way to plant the seeds for Tarzan fandom as we move into his second 100 years. BUY THIS BOOK!
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