I’m not sure if that’s how it’s spelled but that’s how it’s heard!
A piecing and haunting bellow, loud and strong from across the tree-top canopy of the deep and unexplored African jungles! When heard, exotic birds frantically fly from their perch and animals leap into hiding or roar their apprehension.
Tarzan, the hero, Tarzan the brave, Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle, is near!
I can distinctly recall lying on my parent’s late 1970’s living room carpet, a wide-eyed kid forever-staring at my father’s 1960’s pulp paperback collection of the Edgar Rice Burroughs Tarzan classics. They all featured brilliantly painted covers by famed artist Neal Adams: Tarzan of the Apes, Tarzan and the Leopard Men, Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar, The Beasts of Tarzan, The Son of Tarzan and so many others!
Those covers barred the kind of imagery, those pages bore the kind of story that fuels a childhood imagination and makes for an all-time great hero!
Created in the early part of the twentieth century by Burroughs (who also gave us John Carter of Mars, among other literary creations) and first published in 1912, Tarzan, of course, has lived on, agelessly, through novels as well as awe-inspiring Saturday morning cartoons, wonderfully immersive films and, of course, comic books. Oh, you could find his loin-clothed muscled figure in specialty comic book stops as well as daily newspaper strips. Tarzan may have been bred in the hot jungle but he was – and remains – absolutely everywhere, a global pop culture icon.
Today, he returns for new adventures in everyone’s favourite four-colour medium with the highly anticipated Lord of the Jungle #1.
Published by Dynamite Entertainment and written by industry legend, Dan Jurgens (Superman, Booster Gold, Justice League) and evocatively illustrated by fan-favourite artist of the Tarzan newspaper strips, Benito Gallego, Lord of the Jungle is a perfect jumping- on point for new, burgeoning fans of pulp-flavoured adventures as well as the older admirers of the character who fondly remember Tarzan in all sorts of different iterations.
Here, new history is forged in a tale that begins before Tarzan’s birth, through a time of wild and dangerous upbringing in the jungles of Africa, to a day later in life, where past wrongs must be made right!
Villains, savages and beasts, beware! For Tarzan will make right and nothing will stand in his way!
Swing free from the branches of your own tree-top home and make your way to the wilds of your local comic book store and pick up the inspired, adventurous and pulp-greatness of Lord of the Jungle #1 today!
You can check out a sneak preview in the Lord of the Jungle trailer directly below.