Classic Comic Cover Corner – Tarzan #28

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

Tarzan #28 (Marvel) – September, 1979

Cover art by John Buscema

Tarzan #28 (Marvel) – September, 1979
Tarzan #28 (Marvel) – September, 1979

With all the hoopla over the latest Star Wars: The Force Awakens and X-Men: Apocalypse trailers in the news this past week, you might have missed the debut of coolest teaser trailer of them all, featuring one of pop culture’s oldest and most beloved heroes, Tarzan.

The highly anticipated first look of the movie we now know will be called The Legend of Tarzan made its way into the Internet realm last Wednesday and I think eased the qualms of many long time fans, like myself, who have dreamed of the day we would finally enjoy a Tarzan film with realistic apes and adventures that stay true to the Edgar Rice Burroughs’ books we love.

The Legend of Tarzan (2016)
The Legend of Tarzan (2016)

I have to admit, that when we first hear Tarzan’s famous bull ape battle cry in the trailer and Jane (Margot Robbie) gives the film’s villain (Christoph Waltz) that half-smile look, knowing her heroic husband is on his way, it made the hair on the back of my neck stand up – in such a good way. (See the full teaser trailer below.)

Oh my Grodd, I cannot wait for this film! Director David Yates (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) looks to have done an incredible job. So to share my excitement for the upcoming movie (opening July 1, 2016) I had to showcase one of my favorite old-school Tarzan covers.

In homage to the original 1933 King Kong film, Marvel Comics’ Tarzan #28 (September, 1979) has the Ape-man in the concrete jungle holding Jane atop of the Empire State Building while being attacked by a biplane – you can’t get much cooler than that.

Reportedly, The Legend of Tarzan film will also have Tarzan (Alexander Skarsgard) beginning the story as the civilized Lord Greystoke, who is called back to the jungle as an ambassador, where he slowly reverts to his savage state in order to save the day and his woman. I’m also thrilled to see that they will at touching on the hero’s incredible origin (I’m assuming in flashbacks) as well.

My one concern over this trailer is that, like happened with the falsely maligned John Carter movie, the marketing is not mentioning Edgar Rice Burroughs or the significant part the hero has played in the molding of modern pop culture. Maybe that’ll get a mention in the next trailer, but in the meantime, hoo boy, this preview is a swingin’ piece of awesome action!

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Bob Leeper

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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