Classic Comic Cover Corner – Tarzan #11

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Every Sunday morning we showcase a classic comic cover, complete with compelling commentary, for your cordial contemplation. It’s the Classic Comic Cover Corner!

Tarzan #11 – April, 1978

Cover art by John Buscema

Tarzan #11 - April, 1978
Tarzan #11 – April, 1978

This week it was revealed by The Wrap that actress Margot Robbie (The Wolf Of Wall Street) is in negotiations to play Jane in the upcoming Tarzan film. This is somewhat of a surprise as last March it was rumored that Jessica Chastain (who was the hot actress of the time, coming off her role in Zero Dark Thirty) was being looked at for this part. The good news in all of this is that, yes, the David Yates directed Ape-Man flick is still in the works.

Margot Robbie
Margot Robbie
Photo © 2013 Paramount Pictures

I was a lot more excited about Chastain in the Jane role than I am about Robbie. Robbie is too pretty and girly, whereas the character of Jane (for me) is a more rugged woman who could fend for herself – at least until Tarzan showed up to save the day (which sometimes takes a while.) Chastain strikes me as that type of character, where Margot Robbie just seems ditzy and flirty. Again, the good news here is the movie is going forward, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that Robbie can be more than a damsel in distress.

So in honor of the Ape-Man and his mate, this week’s Classic Cover is from Marvel’s seventies series of comics which were based on the original books by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Tarzan #11 closes the adaptation of the novel, Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar, with a Roy Thomas penned story titled, “Tarzan Triumphs!” (Like we ever doubted it.)

This amazing ape-infested cover is by the legendary John Buscema, who, together with his brother, Sal Buscema, penciled most of the books in this classic series. I love that the King of the Jungle takes the time to explain to his lady love that he’s going to hide her up in the trees before he and his simian brethren whoop up on the bad guys. Always the gentleman.

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Bob Leeper is the co-owner and manager of "Arizona’s Pop Culture and Alternative Art Network," Evermore Nevermore. He is the co-creator of the pop culture events Steampunk Street and ENCREDICON, and is a member of the Phoenix Film Critics Society. He also curates the Facebook fan site The Arizona Cave – AZ Fans of Edgar Rice Burroughs, and is one of the few brave and bold fans of Jar Jar Binks.

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