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Review: Tarzan #208

Tarzan (DC) #208 cover
Cover by Joe Kubert

Tarzan #208
Published by DC and © Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., May 1972

Title: “Origin of the Ape-Man Book Two: A Son’s Vengeance”
Synopsis: Tarzan – the only hairless ape of the Kerchak tribe – comes of age while learning the ways of the jungle.

Writer: Joe Kubert
Penciler: Kubert
Inker: Kubert

Review: Think your teenage years were hard? Try growing up in the jungle, raised by apes! Joe Kubert’s excellent adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ “Tarzan of the Apes” continues, with more superb art and an engaging story. Kubert’s pacing is spot on, as is his fight choreography. This is masterful work.

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Title: “Prisoner of the Tharks”
Synopsis: Mysteriously marooned on Mars, John Carter finds himself fighting Tharks and other strange, Martian creatures.

Writer: Marv Wolfman
Penciler: Gray Morrow
Inker: Morrow

Review: Gray Marrow delivers some very nice art (though there appears to be a strong Kubert influence on this feature, too).

Grade (for the entire issue): A

Second opinion: “4 out of 4 stars.” – Michael Tierney, Comics Buyer’s Guide #1609, October 2005 … Recommended by The Slings & Arrows Comic Guide (second edition), 2003.

Cool factor: A tour de force by Joe Kubert.

Notable: Includes a three-page text story titled “The Baby of the Apes,” with reprint art from Hal Foster. … “The Dum-Dum” letters page includes LoCs from Hulbert Burroughs (ERB’s son), comic historian Dick Lupoff, and sci-fi writer Philip José Farmer.

Character quotable:Tarzan is mighty! Tarzan is no ape … Tarzan is –” – Tarzan, unsure of what, exactly, Tarzan is

Editor’s note: This review was originally published by Comics Bronze Age on March 9, 2010.

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