Tarzan turns 100

Lord of the Jungle celebrated in books, comic reprints, more.
by Matthew Price Published: November 16, 2012
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Tarzan continues his ongoing battle in comics: Dark Horse has the official license and has released archival reprints of artist Jesse Marsh's comics and a new one-shot, “The Once and Future Tarzan.” A collection of artist Russ Manning's Tarzan comics is slated for December.

Tarzan has appeared in motion pictures dating back to the silent era.

Tarzan was perhaps most successfully portrayed by Olympic swimmer Johnny Weissmuller in a film series that began in 1932.

And there's a chance Tarzan will again return to movie screens as a live-action motion picture.

Vulture reports that David Yates, who directed the final four films in the “Harry Potter” series, has signed with Warner Bros. for a new film adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan.

Ron Ely, who played Tarzan on television in the 1960s, writes in the foreword to the “Centennial Celebration” book about Tarzan's origins and influence.

“Edgar Rice Burroughs withdrew to the confines of his own imagination and envisaged a world that was the antithesis of all he saw around him,” Ely wrote. “Perhaps influenced by the eminent English writer Rudyard Kipling, he created a place so filled with wonder that it exposed, by comparison, the flaws of the real world.”

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by Matthew Price
Features Editor
Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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