Tarzan of the Apes: The Original Dailies Review

The new york journal of books wrote a piece about the Dailies:

“moving and deeply beautiful art illustrating stories of risk, choices, loss and life.”
The strips collected in Tarzan of the Apes: The Original Dailies: LOAC Essentials Vol 7 portray the original Tarzan. The one that has quickly become one of the most recognizable characters in the history of fiction.

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Tarzan – In The City of Gold (Vol. 1) reviewed on PopMatters


PopMatters reviews the Tarzan – In The City of Gold (Vol. 1): The Complete Burne Hogarth Sundays and Dailies Library, providing and interesting retrospective on the genre. Jeremy Estes’s review reads more like an interesting and in-depth article about the world of Tarzan and pulp comics. It goes through the history of the franchise and covers the various of media which featured the king of the jungle. The main gripe of the author is that “Tarzan’s world never opens up” and despite its diversity and number of reincarnations, it never transcends its original premise. At the same time, however, the collection covers mostly the early days of Tarzan, and an age when many of the conventions and archetypes were the standard.

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John Carter featured in RogerEbert’s “The Unloved” series

When “John Carter” came out a couple of years ago, most critics hated it or were indifferent to it, and audiences stayed away; but it did have a few defenders, including me and Scout. We recently spent a half-hour on the phone talking about what a buoyant and sweet film it was to be so gigantic, and how the complaints that it was “derivative” of “Star Wars” and “Avatar” seemed ignorant of the fact that Burroughs wrote the original tales almost a century ago, when Mars was not just a nearby planet but a red blank slate upon which fantasies could be projected. Burroughs captured the imaginations of generations of future storytellers who cherry-picked his themes and images, and in so doing, unfortunately made them less remarkable. (Trivia note: the movie was originally called “John Carter of Mars,” but Disney dropped “..of Mars” when it became convinced that films about Mars never made money. Since “John Carter” was a box office failure anyway, I wonder what the studio executives told themselves—that if “..of Mars” had stayed in, it would’ve done even worse?)

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John Carter: Hero of Mars – Review from Sons of Corax


Far as I am concerned, there was only one major negative of John Carter: Disney screwed up the marketing big time and instead of a potential franchise, they ended up with a near-flop. And that is painful for me, since I enjoyed the movie. I’d seen the trailers before I went to watch it on the big screens, so I kind of had an idea of what it would be like, but since I’d never read any of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ novels before, I didn’t know who the character was or what Barsoom really was. After watching the movie, everything changed for me.

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Tarzan: The Centennial Celebration Review


In 1912, Edgar Rice Burroughs debuted his most famous creation in his second-ever novel, Tarzan of the Apes, and changed not only his life, but popular culture, forever after. For decades, the Lord of the Jungle dominated the fictional landscape, in every medium imaginable. A hundred years later, times might have changed and audiences become more cynical, yet Tarzan’s legacy, his hold on the public’s imagination, though somewhat dimmed from its once-majestic peak, still echoes on. Adaptations still keep coming, including an animated Disney TV series, a stage production and a theatrical animated film, all in the past 12 years.

A century is a long time for a fictional character to still hold currency, and dedicated Burroughs scholar Scott Tracy Griffin’s Tarzan: The Centennial Celebration commemorates this impressive span in style.

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