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Tarzan Lord of The Jungle
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.
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 :)
Tarzan on Amazon - Buy Tarzan movies (including cartoons), DVD's and more
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!
Tarzan and Jane costumes - Men, women and kids love Tarzan and Jane style costumes
These Tarzan and Jane (jungle man and woman) costumes are great for Halloween and other fun occasions. Don't see what you're looking for? Click on any of the items to find more stuff.
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