May 27

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Riki Comments: I won’t let go til you say “Monkey’s Uncle”.

Published 1967

Actually, that cover IS a classical work of art!I would touch it without protective gloves.I've seen worse. Far, far, worse.Interesting, but I would still read it in public.Middlng: Neither awful nor awfully goodWould not like to be seen reading that!Awful... just awful...That belongs in a gold-lame picture frame!Gah... my eyes are burning! Feels so good!Good Show Sir! (Average: 8.00 out of 10)

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28 Responses to “Tarzan and the Madman”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    “I wish I knew how to quit you!”

  2. fred Says:

    Madman goes apeshit. Nipples on Apesuit. Film at 11.

  3. Tat Wood Says:

    “Are you a registered chiropractor?’

  4. Bruce A Munro Says:

    The madman is the one in the ape suit.

  5. THX 1139 Says:

    Unusual tag spelling of “square”, very futuristic.

  6. Hammy Says:

    @THX (prev.)

    “Sqa Ure”? Sounds like Midge Ure experimenting with a new-to-him genre of music, no?

    Oh, and by the bye – are you a clone of 1138? 😉

  7. Bibliomancer Says:

    Art Direction: “You idiot! I told you over the phone it’s called ‘Tarzan and the Madam’. At this point it’s just easier to change the title.”

  8. Anna T. Says:

    I’m not sure whether this is supposed to be a fight scene or… something else.

  9. Tor Mented Says:

    The sad part about this cover is that I don’t think the artist was working from a photo of a gorilla — I think he was working from a photo of a gorilla costume. This could be a snapshot of a stagehand helping the famous Ray “Crash” Corrigan remove the head of his gorilla suit.

  10. Ray P Says:

    Followed by Tarzan vs. Dian Fossey. As a former occupational therapist, she could advise that he should give up the Lord of the Jungle role and switch careers to American wrestling.

  11. JuanPaul Says:

    “Listen, friend, I’m just gonna tell you this once. I am at least 9 times stronger than you. Now back off before I turn you into Stretch Armstrong ©*.”

    *Please note, the gorilla did not say “copyright” during this exchange. Neither did he say “asterisk”.

  12. THX 1139 Says:

    @Hammy: 1139 is an upgrade of 1138, and in no way because I typed my screen name wrong last year.

  13. Tat Wood Says:

    What Naboo the Enigma and Bollo did to get expelled from the Shaman’s Council.

  14. B. Chiclitz Says:

    “. . . Social grooming is the glue of primate life . . .”

    ~Dario Maestripieri, Primate Psychology

  15. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @Tor Mented – yeah, I thought that gorilla is sort of off model myself. Not quite as bad as Jack Kirby’s apes, to be sure.

    “Tarzan: now in films and on TV, which you’ll probably watch instead of reading this book, you illiterate. Buy our merch!”

  16. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Tor M—As is well known, a decent silverback gorilla model commands, like 400-500 bucks an hour. The miserly Board of Trustees at UAI refuses to fund the real thing, so they make a T.A. get in an old gorilla suit and grunt once a week.

  17. GSS ex-noob Says:

    I think we need the gorilla version of the head of CS Lewis here. Is the madman in a gorilla costume, or does this tale come from the years before Jane when Tarzan, well, you know…

    The blurb makes me wonder. Tarzan was in films long before 1967, so why say “now in films and on TV” rather than just noting he’s “now on TV”?

  18. THX 1139 Says:

    @GSS xn: Every bit of publicity helps the brand, I suppose.

    The Tarzan film in 1967 was Tarzan and the Great River, where Mike Henry played the apeman and managed to nearly get his face ripped off by Cheeta when he attempted to kiss the chimp. So I call bullshit on this cover.

  19. Francis Boyle Says:

    And on/in radio, comic books, the stage, video games, View-Master, colouring books, children’s books, follow-the-dots books, activity books. At least the tagline isn’t actually incorrect because, at least according to Wikipedia, Tarzan surprisingly didn’t make it to the small screen until 1966.

    @THX 1139
    Are you sure you don’t need permission from George Lucas to upgrade your name?

  20. THX 1139 Says:

    @Francis Boyle: George is fine with my added CGI and re-editing, we’re very close.

  21. Outis Says:

    @Anna T: it does indeed look like something else. That gorilla looks like he’s enjoying it a little too much? Anyway, gorillas are our genetic cousins, so it’s all right. Sort of.

  22. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    @GSS xn: It clearly says it in the title who the madman is. It is read as such:

    Tarzan and the Madman Edgar Rice Burroughs

  23. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @A-S: Of course! So ERB’s the one in the gorilla costume.

  24. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @GSS ex-noob: that was how ERB was able to so accurately capture scenes of jungle life.

  25. Tor Mented Says:

    @Bruce in No. 15. Thanks for the Jack Kirby links. I guess ol’ Jack was better at drawing things that existed in his imagination rather than real life. But that second link is great. I would drop everything and read that gorilla man story for the artwork alone.

  26. Verylatetotheparty Says:

    @Bruce: Just looked at the Jack Kirby links. I know grooming is quite important to primates but the Gorilla Man’s neat haircut is still very impressive. Well done, Gorilla Man.

    I don’t think the gorilla in the first link is too bad really, at least you can tell it’s a gorilla, the rest well… not too good. Also it’s as if Jack didn’t have enough faces to go round. The possiblyanoranguthingy in the foreground has a face a lot like the scientist and the whateveritis at the back doesn’t seem to have a face at all.

  27. GSS ex-noob Says:

    I’d totally read the first of the Kirby links, FF #13. It looks to be the height of WTFery in both art and story. I met Kirby for about 90 seconds a few months before he died, quite a thrill. I didn’t know he was going to be there, so had nothing for autographing.

  28. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “A little more to the right… yeah, that’s the spot. Damn muscle is killing me. Thanks, Tarzan.”

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