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The Brute!

A Speculative Study of Tarzan in Film

by Atom Mudman Bezecny


Since 1918, Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan has appeared in dozens of films and TV shows, portrayed by a small legion of actors, including Elmo Lincoln, Johnny Weissmuller, Lex Barker, and Mike Henry. Until 1968, Tarzan media shared a rough if confusing continuity between films, which this book seeks to unravel for the first time. Along the way the author also draws connections to the Jungle Jim series, which starred Johnny Weissmuller, and the Bomba the Jungle Boy films, which seemingly continued the adventures of Tarzan’s son Boy. Bezecny dives deep into nearly 60 films as she weaves together over fifty years of history to reveal the life of the Brute...immortal King of the Apes, invincible Lord of the Jungle!

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