Last night my wife decided she wanted to watch…the latest Tarzan movie. (Might have something to do with this guy running around 3/4s naked?) Which we did. It somehow runs under two titles, Greystroke, the Legend of Tarzan, or just the Legend of Tarzan. The movie plot involved jewels and the location of Opar. I remember as a kid collecting a series of Tarzan books and one was Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar, all with a certain cover artist (unknown), making a series a collectable set. I had the whole set at the time, somehow as a child ($$$), but now it’s lost in time. I decided to try and find that particular series to see those covers again. Couldn’t find THAT set.
In a search, I found it interesting that there were so many different covers through time for the same book, which also usually involved, is indicative of-to a whole attached series-sets of covers.
The quickest book review says: “Bankrupt Tarzan returns to Opar with Waziri guards. Tarzan injures his head in a fight and loses his memory. La, high priestess for the Flaming God, follows guarded by degenerate bestial priests and sacrificial knives. She has wanted the forest god since their first meeting, lust/love conflicts with anger. Meanwhile Arabs attack, massacre Waziri, kidnap Jane.”
Anyway the newer movie hardly followed the book plot, just a dabble of “Opar-ian” name droppings here and there.
When you think about it, TARZAN! What a creative, original character and how long-lasting, books, cartoons, TV and movies.
I think the most unusual cover is that…that…”Venus On A Half Shell” one. Did that ever sell any copies? Click on the photos for a closer look at this sampling if you wish.
You must also have a look at this series collection from Rober Abbett Click here
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