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TARZAN, Jungle King of Popular Culture

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TARZAN, Jungle King of Popular Culture

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By David Lemmo. Long before Comic-Cons and even Sci-Fi fandom, the first Tarzan fan club was formed in America in 1916. It began an Edgar Rice Burroughs fandom that continues today, with annual gatherings and an excellent monthly periodical, Burroughs Bibliophiles, published by  the ERB Memorial Library. This book examines Tarzan in his various media representations in popular culture over the decades. Tarzan as hunter, warrior, secret agent, fighter of communists and Nazis--and in his numerous story arcs, including crossover adventures featuring historical characters like Arthur Conan Doyle and Nikola Tesla.

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Long before Comic-Cons and even Sci-Fi fandom, the first Tarzan fan club was formed in America in 1916. It began an Edgar Rice Burroughs fandom that continues today, with annual gatherings and an excellent monthly periodical, Burroughs Bibliophiles, published by  the ERB Memorial Library. This book examines Tarzan in his various media representations in popular culture over the decades. Tarzan as hunter, warrior, secret agent, fighter of communists and Nazis--and in his numerous story arcs, including crossover adventures featuring historical characters like Arthur Conan Doyle and Nikola Tesla.

Books, comic books, newspaper strips, film and movie stars--all are examined in this comprehensive look at the continuing popularity of our Jungle Lord. Lemmo is a long time enthusiast and brings his years of collecting and information gathering to this new, well illustrated book. It brings things up to the present day and even the future, examing the latest films and publications. An entire chapter is devoted to the above-mentioned Burroughs Bibliophiles, a publication first begun back in the 1960s by the legendary fan and publisher, Vern Coriell. He established the House of Greystoke and was first to collect many long unavailable Tarzan materials, including the newspaper strips by Foster and Hogarth, lost ERB stolries with illustrations by Frazetta, and more.

There is also coverage of the many ERB fanzines over the decades, such as ERB-dom, Barsoomian, Jasoomian, Oparian, Erbania, Tarzine, Burroughs Newsbeat, and Erbivore. Some, such as the Barsoomian Blade and ERBzine, have appeared on the Internet.

From his first appearance in 1912, Tarzan became a multimedia franchise whose cultural influence extended well beyond mere entertainment. The original 20th century superhero, the Lord of the Apes was the inspiration behind such early archetypes as The Shadow and Doc Savage, themselves the basis for heroes like Batman and Superman.

Includes photos of the various film Tarzans, film posters, fan publications, rare early books, modern Tarzan illustrators and products, etc. Black & white.

 

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Item Code TARJK
Publisher McFarland
Publish Date 2017
ISBN 9781476666952
Binding Soft Cover
Dimensions 6x9
# Pages 228pg
Color Text/b&w
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