Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Book Report: TARZAN OF THE APES by Edgar Rice Borroughs







TARZAN OF THE APES by Edgar Rice Borroughs; first published in ALL-STORY Magazine in 1912 and first published in book form in 1914.   It proved to be popular reading, and the first book was the first of a series.


click to enlarge, Tarzan in the comics by Hal Foster

As pointed out above, the story concept first appeared about 102 years ago.  I remember looking at the TARZAN comic panels in funny papers many years ago and also the Tarzan movies starring Johnny Weissumiller, back when movies were black and white.  Nobody has a Tarzan yell of trump as Johnny Weisumiller.  To me, Johnny was Tarzan, just as Sean Connery was James Bond.  But since Sean said it was OK to beat your wife, I am not sure he was good James Bond material after all, but that is another topic.


Johnny Weissumuller as TARZAN


The book did not have anything nice to say about people in the maritime trade.  Sailors, ship laborers, and the whole bunch of them are greedy, murders, dishonest, cruel, and all that according to Edgar Rice Borroughs.   Ship people come into the book twice, and each time they were up to no good.  If I was born a hundred years earlier, an run into Edgar Rice Borroughs as we were shaking hands and I tell him I was in the Navy I think he might quickly withdraw his hand.

Before Tarzan was born  his parents were stranded on the coast of Africa.  his father was Lord Graystoke, aka John Clayton.  Lord Graystoke built a cabin near the beach.  There his wife died by natural causes and he was killed in the hands of an ape, the leader of an ape tribe.

Lady Graystoke died earlier, but not before giving birth to little Lord Graystoke, who changed his name to Tarzan.

As an orphan baby lying in a crib while and band of wild apes rambled all over his parents' hut, a female ape or maybe a gorilla who just lost her child by accidentally dropping it high out a tree, adopted the little Caucasian human.

Tarzan was raised by apes and thought he was an ape too.  He saw nothing wrong with after you kill your enemy to eat him raw.

Finally wondering around he found the cabin his father had built and looked at the children books with pictures and taught himself how to read and  he used his human gift of reasoning to reason he was human, not an ape.  He could read and write but no one taught him how to speak words, so after he met other humans he preferred to pass a pen and pad back and forth. 

He also realized he was smarter than his so-so peers and could out smart them in battles.

The story unfolds and Jane comes into the book.... just like in the movies.

I thought it was very good and exciting, but I think it did have some racism in it.

It was very interesting to see things through Tarzan mind and how learned things and how on some things he was misguided; like when he was first in civilization he thought anytime he saw a black person he should kill that person.  The local black tribe in the wilderness was his enemy.   That is where the misguided racism came in.

I may read the next Tarzan book in the series, or maybe look at a Hal Foster TARZAN comic book.

MAD Comicbook had two stories poking fun at TARZAN, both illustrated by John Severin and written by editor Harvey Kurtzman.  MAD believed if TARZAN was raised my apes, then he would have more animistic traits, as they illustrated (below):  





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Monday, September 29, 2014

James Caudell in the Hospital





My old Marietta High School buddy  James Caudell called today from the hospital.  He fell and badly bruised his ankle.  He also has or had pneumonia, I don't know if he still has it or not.

James called to explain  that is why he wasn't at Bell Reunion last Saturday, he was laid up in a hospital bed.


We hope he gets well soon.

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Bell Center 25th Reunion, Sept 27, 2014, Still Pictures







Mark McGee, Rick Kendricks, & Terry Towsend


Monty Calhoun & John O'Dell


Unknown, Grady Smith, & Mickey Wilbur


Clarence Omar and Joyce Owens




Floyd and Sarah Freeze Polk




Gene Groover's '29 Chevy


Brothers Gene & Parks Groover



Larry Sparks


Grady Smith



George Wallace & Max King


Right Ann Thurmond





Vickie Crain


Henry Garmon


Marvlyln Bolding Long


Joyce Edwards  & Mark McGee

Joyce & Melvyn Denard and a piece of Sandy Ramsey


Horace Armfield



Robert Martin

John Martin, cousin to Robert Martin (above)




Faye Murner

Phyllis Murner








Calvin Wallace



Larry Miller & Melvyn Denard


Terry Townsend

Lee Moss

Diane Cooper Moss






Crumb and Tuba Skinny KEEP ON TRUCKING








Here is a link to an interview with with Robert Crumb, famous Underground Cartoonist, who lives in France now.  The interview is something like 63 minutes long.  My friend and fellow Tuba Skinny and comic-fan friend Joe Stewart passed it on to me and said he talks about old time blues and jazz and tells about  Tuba Skinny visiting him in France.

http://americanroutes.wwno.org/player/show/869/hour/1
http://americanroutes.wwno.org/player/show/869/hour/1


I am not that far along in it yet.  I have listened to 15 minutes, about a quarter of  it.  So for Robert Crumb has played a few old 78s of old blues  - very good!

But it is slightly over an hour long.  Who has time to sit in front of the computer for an hour to listen to it from stop to finish?  There is always something I need to be done, so I plan to do it in segments.  So, the whole purpose of this post is to provide me a quick convenient place to quickly jump back into it where I left off.

This is probably against FCC regulations.  

SUNDAY FUNNIES!! LI'L ABNER continued

LI'L ABNER by Al Capp continued from last Sunday's SUNDAY FUNNIES.  Be sure and click on each image to read the balloons so it will, more or less,  make sense.










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