by Juan Pineda
Tarzan has been around for 100 years and in that time, the Lord of the Jungle has been depicted in over 26 novels, 89 films, countless radio, television and stage productions and of course, in comic book form.
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The creation of Edgar Rice Burroughs has been illustrated by masters such as Hal Foster, Burne Hogarth and the recently late-ed and great-ed Joe Kubert. However, one of the most enduring images of the character is the one created by Russ Manning for Gold Key Comics between 1965 and 1967.
Comic Book Hall of Famer Russ Manning (January 5, 1929 – December 1, 1981) launched his career drawing the backup feature Brothers of the Spear, which leads to Russ illustrating the ambitious adaptations by writer Gaylord DuBois of 11 Tarzan novels. As if that were not enough, Russ also managed to create Magnus, Robot Fighter for Gold Key in 1963, drawing the first 21 issues through 1968.
Manning illustrates each panel of Tarzan flawlessly, depicting Tarzan as ideally handsome, with long flowing black hair and smooth tanned skin. Each character is beautiful, in an almost Disney-esque style that really is stunning eye-candy. And all the legendary characters are here, Jane Foster, Korak, Kala, Tantor and Cheetah! Ok, kidding…Cheetah does not appear in the novels so feel free to win a bet with that bit of information.
Celebrating 100 years of the archetypical Ape Man, Tarzan: The Russ Manning Years Vol. 1 HC has crossover appeal to delight any fan of all ages of classic comics, brilliant illustrators, pop culture, Tarzan or feral beasts.
Here’s an 8 page preview from Dark Horse!
The 288 page Dark Horse Collection, coming out December 12th for $49.99 (ISBN 1-59582-937-7), features the following issues, including the striking George Wilson covers:
Tarzan of the Apes (#155)
The Return of Tarzan (#156)
The Beasts of Tarzan (#157)
The Son of Tarzan (#158)
The Jewels of Opar (#159)
Flight from Terror (#160)
Fight for the Treasure (#161)
Tarzan the Untamed (#163)
The Lions of Xuja (#164)
Tarzan the Terrible (#166)
Incredible Pal-ul-don (#167)
Tarzan: The Russ Manning Years Volume 1 HC
Collecting Tarzan #155–#161,#163, #164, #166, and #167.
* Collecting Russ Manning’s adaptations of Tarzan of the Apes, Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar, and Tarzan the Untamed!
Writer: Gaylord DuBois
Artist: Russ Manning
Genre: Fantasy, Classic, Action/Adventure
Publication Date: December 12, 2012
Format: FC, 288 pages; HC, 7″ x 10″
Age range: 12
Juan Pineda is a Freelancer, Illustrator, Graphic Novelist, Bon Vivant, Artrepreneur, Artist, Writer, Raconteur, Geek, Fanboy, and Scoundrel. His interests tend towards whatever holds his attention for more than 23 seconds. Keep up with his musings through twitter @JuanCPineda.