Signed & numbered by both creators, from 350! By Gary A. Buckingham. Art by Daniel Parsons. An entirely new Tarzan novella, which takes place just before Tarzan the Untamed, in which German militarists are coming to Africa, about to drag Tarzan into the Great War. Plus a second new short story, introduction by Will Murray, and more. Provided as the bonus publication for the 2020 ECOF/Burroughs Convention. ECOF, 2020.
An entirely new Tarzan novella, which takes place just before Tarzan the Untamed, in which German militarists are coming to Africa, about to drag Tarzan into the Great War. Plus a second new short story, introduction by Will Murray, and more. Provided as the bonus publication for the 2020 ECOF/Burroughs Convention.
The second story is “Tarzan and the Secret of Katanga.” It was the author’s first story, but only previously appeared in the deluxe hardcover version of Will Murray’s Return to Pal-Ul-Don.
Dan Parsons provides an epic wrap-around cover and several b&w interior illustrations. There’s also b&w illustrations by Neal Adams, Peggy Adler, Chris Adams and Joe DeVito.
About author Gary Buckingham, Will Murray writes “What impresses me most is his willingness to dig deep and do historic research into Africa in the era in which Tarzan thrived. Both of these stories are based upon the realistic world of 20th-century Africa. This attention to detail is Gary’s main strength and he uses it well, grounding his tales in a reality ERB only occasionally did.”
Tarzan and Jane travel back from life in English society to establish a new homeland in Africa, for themselves and their beloved Waziri tribe. But with Germany having intentions on controlling the same territory, things are about to get complicated…
The ECOF is the Edgar Rice Burroughs Chain of Friendship Convention. It’s a national show put on by ERB fans each year in different parts of the U.S., along with smaller regional shows.
Review by Sal Graci
I just finished Gary Buckingham’s new entry to the Tarzan canon, which I enjoyed very much. I’ve been hooked on the Tarzan novels since I was 15 years old (I’m currently 53) and I really appreciate what he’s done with Untamed Frontiers in the same way that the Philip Jose Farmer books have posited the Tarzan mythos as actual events in history. I like to imagine that Tarzan and his extraordinary adventures did actually happen and love the meticulous care that Gary took in fashioning a story that describes the missing piece in the novels of why and how the Waziri moved to Kenya. (I think they should have future reprints of Beasts of Tarzan include Gray’s story in the beginning!) Overall, Untamed Frontiers is a really effective mixture of typical ERB action with interesting insight of Tarzan as the critical/practical thinking, compassionate leader of his beloved tribe. The specific execution of the human migration of the Waziri people was exceptionally detailed and well-thought-out. In my mind, it really solidifies the event as real, canonically. Thanks to Gary for being part of keeping Tarzan alive in the 21st century. Obviously, he really cares about the character and I’m very grateful for that as a fan.
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