Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan: The Lost Adventure

Overview

For nearly half a century, Edgar Rice Burroughs' final work, an unfinished Tarzan novel, was locked in a vault where it became the stuff of legend. In 1995, Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan: The Lost Adventure enjoyed its Dark Horse debut as a series of four pulp-magazine format books. Now, one year later, the story has been collected and reformatted into an illustrated prose novel, in the classic tradition of those prized Tarzan first editions. The tale ? completed by famed horror writer Joe R. Lansdale ? is wrapped...

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Overview

For nearly half a century, Edgar Rice Burroughs' final work, an unfinished Tarzan novel, was locked in a vault where it became the stuff of legend. In 1995, Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan: The Lost Adventure enjoyed its Dark Horse debut as a series of four pulp-magazine format books. Now, one year later, the story has been collected and reformatted into an illustrated prose novel, in the classic tradition of those prized Tarzan first editions. The tale — completed by famed horror writer Joe R. Lansdale — is wrapped in a dust jacket featuring painted art by Disney artist Dean Williams. The book is illustrated throughout by such legends as Thomas Yeates, Charles Vess, Gary Gianni, and Michael Kaluta, and includes a reproduction of Edgar Rice Burroughs' personal bookplate, designed by Burroughs' nephew, Studley O. Burroughs.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The Ape Man rampages through the African jungle once again in a brawny, brutal adventure that Burroughs (1875- 1950) left unfinished at his death. It was recently completed by Lansdale in a series of paperbacks (1995), which have now been combined into this hardcover. Johnny Weismuller and those familiar with Tarzan only through film and TV may blanch at this noble beast who drinks hot blood from his bare-handed kills and slays foes with abandon and near superhuman skill. But this Tarzan is in the dark spirit of the Burroughs novels, and he's revived with pulpish glee by Lansdale, a smart choice whose own fiction (The Two-Bear Mambo, 1995) acknowledges the ferocity of life. Here, Tarzan, aided by Jad-bal-ja the lion and Nkima the chimp, defends a party of American archeologists in search of the Lost City of Ur. He combats brigands who would plunder the party and the jungle, the savage inhabitants of Ur and, finally, a mantis-like monster from the earth's core-a reminder that Burroughs's Tarzan novels were as much science fiction as jungle adventure. It's a fierce tale, told in rough prose, but readers who pant, for instance, at the sight of Tarzan slashing through a band of apes who have kidnapped a young blonde as their "slave" will thrill to this yarn. (Apr.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781569710838
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
  • Publication date: 4/1/1996
  • Series: Tarzan Series
  • Edition description: Limited Edition
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 950,964
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.92 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2008

    Better left unfinished

    This was a very poorly written story. The style and words were unlike anything Burroughs ever wrote. The constant jumping from scene to scene did not flow nor develop like ERB's serial style. I have a complete collection of Burrough's works and have read them all many times. This book should be sent back into the vault!

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