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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