Review: Tarzan #219

Tarzan #219 cover
Cover by Joe Kubert

Tarzan #219
Published and © by DC, April 1973

Title: “Trial by Treachery”
Synopsis: Pining over Jane, Tarzan heads to Paris – where he learns the human animal may be the most dangerous of all!

Writer: Joe Kubert
Artist: Kubert

Review: Following his masterful adaptation of “Tarzan of the Apes” (see reviews of Tarzan #207, #208, #209 and #210), Joe Kubert turns his attention to “The Return of Tarzan,” the second book in Edgar Rice Burroughs’ classic series. Story wise, this outing is a bit more hurried, and the source material doesn’t feel quite as vital as the first book’s origin tale. Still, this issue is plenty enjoyable, thanks to Kubert’s commanding skill as a storyteller. From panel composition to page design, Kubert is every bit as good as his reputation suggests. And his love for this material is almost palpable.

Grade: B+

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 striking Kubert cover …
Not-so-cool factor: … that has nothing to do with this issue’s story.

Notable: Part one of the five-part “The Return of Tarzan” adaptation. … Also includes two “Tarzan’s Animal Encyclopedia: A Series of Nature Studies” pages and a three-page “Tarzan Comes Alive” essay.
Collector’s note: According to MyComicShop.com, there is a Mark Jewelers variant of this issue.

Character quotable: “Cowards are unworthy enemies …” – Tarzan, King of the Jungle

Editor’s note: This review was originally published by Comics Bronze Age on March 11, 2010.

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