Tarzan is a fictitious character developed by a writer with an unlikely name; Edgar Rice Burroughs. To him needs to go the credit for creating a legend that has captivated young and old for a century. A century is a very long time, and Tarzan is a character whose value has not decreased, even when the brand-new generation of characters like Batman, Superman, and the Phantom have emerged.
The Emergence of Tarzan
Tarzan initially saw the light of the day in 1912. He was part of a story that appeared in magazines understood as pulp fiction. These were publications printed on bad quality paper with garish illustrations that narrated. The very first story to appear was Tarzan of the Apes and individuals were pleased. Consequently, more stories of Tarzan appeared. The name of that first story? It was ‘Tarzan of the Apes- a love of the Jungle.’ It was an exotic tale, and the legend of Tarzan began to build up.
Getting this name was a little a problem. Edgar Rice Burroughs first thought of Jantar and some other name, however, some how it didn’t sound right and then he struck on TARZAN!
Burroughs also produced a romantic angle of a white lady conveniently shipwrecked on the west coast of Africa, a lady from Baltimore named Jane and love between the two blossomed and more crucial Jane taught him to speak English and rules as she got to love his animal, good friends. They listened to Tarzan, and when he called, the animals of the jungle responded.
Tarzan was also one of the great, early advocates for an active lifestyle
His very first book was released in 1914 when AC McClure & Co a little but significant publisher brought out the book ‘Tarzan of the Apes’. The book was priced at $2 a copy. But let me tell you in case you can get hold of that original edition you can make a cool $ 60,000. That’s what Tarzan means in America.
Tarzan of the Apes offered lots of copies and also won great reviews from the critics. The people shouted for more Tarzan, and Edgar Rice developed the legend further. Burroughs released The Return of Tarzan, Tarzan and the Ant Men, Tarzan and the gems of Opar and a host of books which are all offered on the web.
Hollywood and the Stage
Now Hollywood kept in mind of the character Tarzan and manufacturers prepared films on the ape-man. Before that, a tremendous show of Tarzan appeared on Broadway in a stage discussion in 1918. In this program, the producers brought 4 lions onto the stage and a host of apes. It was a hit and the general public delighted in Tarzan.
At that time Edgar Burroughs was not delighted with the choice of Lincoln as Tarzan as he felt he was too muscle-bound and not as stylish as he wanted. However, the public loved Lincoln. The very first Tarzan film with sound was Tarzan the Tiger.
In 1932 Metro Goldwyn Mayor the famous Hollywood production company got into the act and produced among the best Tarzan movies ever made’ Tarzan of the Apes. There was likewise a look for an appropriate Tarzan, and he was available in the shape of Johnny Weissmuller, who was an Olympic swimming champ. Johnny Weissmuller is even now considered the very best Tarzan ever. He had a perfect body and best of all he was not affected before the video camera. I have seen Johnny as Tarzan in’ Tarzan’s Hidden Jungle and Tarzan and the she-devil in re-runs and DVDs. I am convinced Johnny was a natural Tarzan.
Around this period Tarzan also appeared in comic type, and Dell, DC and others took to publishing Tarzan comics, that were tremendously popular. Completion of the Second World War led to some lessening of interest in Tarzan as individuals tired after a war were looking for something else. Burroughs died in 1952, however, within a decade of his death Tarzan once again burst on the scene and a wave of movies and comics, as well as TV programs, hit the general public. Tarzan was once again in style. Hollywood likewise produced some exceptional movies. The finest being ‘Tarzan of the Apes’ starring Bo Derek as Jane and Miles O’Keefe as Tarzan. What a body he had, simply stupendous!
Now, when we are in the 21st century, it’s great to know that all the books of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan novels are readily available in existing editions and are selling in fantastic numbers. Comics the staple fare of Americans in the type of Dark Horse Comics is churning out Tarzan tales by the dozen and an author called Del Rey has published a brand-new book on Tarzan.