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Library JournalEdgar Rice Burroughs expert Griffin’s love for the pulp writer’s work is evident in this exhaustive, beautifully produced book on the pop culture phenomenon Tarzan. Nothing has been spared in its production; its large format and glossy stock allow the many illustrations to be shown off to their best advantage. In particular, the book highlights the considerable skill and diversity of Tarzan illustrators from the pulp eras to recent Disney artists and web designers. Griffin deals with each of Burroughs’s 26 Tarzan adventures with detailed publishing histories, synopses, and discussion of themes and sources, as well as the subsequent comic strips, serials, and comic books. Griffin reviews other authorized Tarzan tales, covers Burroughs’s life (including his work beyond Tarzan), and discusses Tarzan fan clubs, collectibles, radio series, and the succession of film and television Tarzans from the silent era to the present.
Verdict Clearly a labor of love and much more than a coffee-table book, this volume should be the definitive resource for anyone with any level of interest in Tarzan. It’s also a fine collection of work from some of the best mass-market illustrators of the past century. Highly recommended.—Mark Woodhouse, Elmira Coll. Lib., NY
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