Thursday, April 02, 2009
Tarzan Through The Years
As I've said before, I've always been a huge fan of DC's Tarzan. I felt that Joe Kubert was the ultimate Tarzan artist but there have been many great interpretations of the Lord Of The Jungle. Marvel got the license after DC and did a pretty good job. John Buscema did several issues and he was perfect for the series. The first issue I remember getting though, was issue #20, from January, 1979. It featured a great Dave Cockrum cover.
Cockrum would have been a fantastic Tarzan artist. However, he didn't do the interior art in this particular issue. That job went to Sal Buscema, who did a great job as well. Marvel's Tarzan didn't last as long as the long running Dell version. The Dell issues featured amazing art from the likes of Russ Manning and Jesse Marsh. It lasted 131 issues from 1948 to 1962. I really dig the cover of the final issue of the series. It's by George Wilson, who did several painted covers for the run.
You can't really go wrong with any of these series if you dig Edgar Rice Burroughs' signature character.