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Tarzan Lord of The Jungle

Updated on October 3, 2014

Tarzan and Jane

Tarzan is a legendary fictional character depicting a jungle man with superhuman strength and capabilities, living among the apes and other animals.

Jane is a beautiful woman whom he deeply loves and spends some time in the jungle with him. Tarzan later marries her and lives with her in England for a time.

Tarzan, created by Edgar Rice Burroughs has appeared in different media such as books, comic books, comic strips, films (from silents to modern animator features), television, and radio.

I have known Tarzan since I was little. Check out the rest of the page to read my story and the reasons why I love him.

Image credit: all images of Tarzan on this page (other than those from Amazon) are from Wikipedia.

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Tarzan and me

Tarzan goes way back to my childhood days

I first came to know Tarzan when I was a little boy about 5 years old. My mom bought me a series of children's playing cards with pictures telling the story of Tarzan.

I was fascinated by Tarzan because he was depicted as an extremely strong man who fought and conquered wild animals such as lions, tigers, and crocodiles using only his muscles and a knife! I still remember the last picture in the series being of Tarzan with his mate Jane, and some apes titled "Tarzan and Family."

A few years later I again encountered Tarzan in the Sunday paper comic strip. My parents and I were living in Asia at the time and I couldn't read English very well yet, so my dad would read the Tarzan comic to me. It was so thrilling and I always looked forward to Sundays so that I could find out what went on next with Tarzan.

I'm not really sure of the title of the Tarzan story in that comic series but I remember there was Queen La and the beastmen. Jane was not present. So most likely it was The Return of Tarzan.

Oh, I hated those beastmen. They were evil and abhorring. I wished Tarzan would kill them but most of the time he didn't; he would just knock them unconscious or tie them up.

Yet a few years later I saw a few Tarzan movies. I only remember one of the titles, Tarzan's Three Challenges with Jock Mahoney as Tarzan. Another one I saw was with Ron Ely which most likely was Tarzan's Deadly Silence.

I recently bought the DVD of Tarzan and the Lost City starring Casper Van Dien as Tarzan and Jane March as Jane. It's not bad but I still like the older Tarzan movies better. I don't like the fact that he wears a knee-length pair of cutoff pants instead of the animal-hide loincloth the real Tarzan wears. But at least he is barefoot in the jungle :)

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Tarzan movies are always fun to watch. I like to watch them over and over. Wouldn't it be easier if you owned them instead of waiting for reruns on TV?

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Tarzan my hero

The reasons I love Tarzan

The biggest reason I love Tarzan is that he's strong, brave, and looks cool. I mean he has a great body, handsome, and above all he doesn't wear shirt and is always barefoot just like me, ha ha! Unfortunately, there have been a few movies where Tarzan wears shoes. That just spoils it for me and all I can say is, boo! :p

Quoting Wikipedia: In contrast to all these urbane and sophisticated capabilities and characteristics, Tarzan's philosophy embraces an extreme form of "return to nature". His preferred dress is a knife and a loincloth made from uncured animal hide. Well, let's keep him that way, shall we? I love nature and sometimes I wish I was Tarzan :)

Another reason I like Tarzan is that he is simply a good guy who defends the weak and helps those in need. He loves animals and never hurts or kills them except to defend himself and his family.

Another great thing about Tarzan is that he never dies. Unlike another one of my favorite fictional character, Hercule Poirot who was killed by the author, Edgar Rice Burroughs never killed Tarzan. According to the story Tarzan became immortal due to a witch doctor's potion. Cool! I just don't like my heroes to die so, way to go Tarzan!

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Whether or not you like Tarzan, I invite you to write something in the comment section below.

Shout out for Tarzan!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Yeah, Tarzan is my hero. Loved the movies, the comics, and THE BOOKS.

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      JeremiahStanghini 6 years ago

      TAR-ZAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN!

      With Love and Gratitude,

      Jeremiah

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Tarzan Kill

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      Deborah Swain 6 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Johnny Weissmuller Tarzan movies were always repeated on TV when I was a child - and I still love them today!

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      religions7 7 years ago

      Great lens, blessed by a squidangel :)

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      oztoo lm 7 years ago

      Oh gosh I'm showng my age here cause I remember Johnny Weismuller as Tarzan. Among several others whose names I don't remember. I loved Tarzan both in the book and movies. Great lens. Thanks for the memories.

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      harlank 8 years ago

      For all those interested, there are several great Tarzan books by Burne Hogarth and

      Russ Manning, that reprint the fantastic Tarzan Sunday comics strips.

      Those can probably be gotten from ebay or Amazon or many other used book stores.

      Also, did you people know that there are about 20 Tarzan Novels taking him around the world and even to the world at the Earths Core (the Land that Time Forgot-also by Burroughs).

      There have been Tarzan Comics from Dell/Gold Key from the 1930s to the 60's, DC in the 70's, Marvel in the 80's, a Cartoon series in the 70's and a very bad live show in the 90's.

      Also check out ComicsRevue magazine that reprints Sunday strips. Available at fine comic book shops. If not in stock, they can order for you.

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      Treasures By Brenda 8 years ago from Canada

      I'm not a big Tarzan fan but those who are will find lots of information here!

      Brenda

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      Tony Payne 8 years ago from Southampton, UK

      I grew up with a lot of the older Tarzan movies, including those with Johnny Weissmuller. There was also a tv series in the 70's which was good. 5***** for a nice lens.

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      Achim Thiemermann 8 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Blessed by a Booster Angel!

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      MargoPArrowsmith 8 years ago

      I love all things Tarzan. I have to confess, I even loved Bo Derick as Jane!

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      Mark-Nehs 9 years ago

      What a fun lens. It took me back a few years. Great stuff.

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      GypsyPirate LM 9 years ago

      What a great lens! Now I know a lot more about Tarzan - thanks!