Readers of a pulpish disposition might have noticed the imminent return of one John Clayton, otherwise known as Viscount Greystoke. He was first seen on these shores 104 years ago and has been a regular visitor since – most recently appearing in 2013.
No? Perhaps you know him better by his other name: Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle.
The Legend of Tarzan, starring Alexander Skarsgård and Margot Robbie, premiers on Wednesday 6th July. It’s true that early reviews have not been anything to *ahem* beat one’s chest about – in fact, most recent attempts to bring the Lord of the Jungle to the big screen have been critical failures. Perhaps it’s just too difficult to bring such a seminal pulp character up-to-date and, rather than try to put a modern spin on Tarzan, we should just go back to the source material . . .
Or, you could get all six of those first novels in one big handy volume, all decked out in black and gold. Something like this . . .
Tarzan of the Apes and Other Tales contains the first six Tarzan stories collected in a lovely centenary hardback edition.