Sunday, May 26, 2013

Paperback 645: Tarzan of the Apes / Edgar Rice Burroughs (Ballantine Books U2001)

Paperback 645: Ballantine U2001 (3rd ptg / 1st thus, 1966)

Title: Tarzan of the Apes
Author: Edgar Rice Burroughs
Cover artist: Uncredited

Yours for: $8

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Best things about this cover:
  • Ron Ely ponders the bright vista of his career. 
  • Ron Ely feels very good about Ron Ely's tree-climbing abilities. Ron Ely starting to believe this Tarzan thing may work out after all. Ron Ely is going to rub it in mom's face first chance he gets.
  • Seriously, something is not right up in Ron Ely's brain.
  • If this is Ron Ely's most Tarzanesque pose ... I mean, to whom are they selling this book? You could retitle this "Summer in the Woods" or "My First Time" or "Beefcake Palace" and you wouldn't have to change the picture one bit.
  • Ron Ely is quite satisfied with Ron Ely's body. Ron Ely's workouts really paid off.
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Best things about this back cover:
  • "Uncut"—Yes, that could also be the title of a book with this cover.
  • "Color television show"!? Wow. I think they prefer to be called "television shows of color." The '60s were so racist.

Page 123~

"Look at dem low down white trash out dere!" she shrilled, pointing toward the Arrow. "They-all's a desecratin' us, right yere on dis yere perverted islan'."

I think "Tarzan" actually came on right before "Dis Yere Perverted Islan'" ("... with Gilligan ... the Skipper too ...")

~RP

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5 comments:

BrittReid said...

""Color television show"!? Wow. I think they prefer to be called "television shows of color." The '60s were so racist."

Wise-ass! ;-)

For the record, the first American network schedule to run nothing but full-color shows was ABC in 1966-67!
Before that, some network programming (including NBC) was still b/w!
Remember, both Munsters and Addams Family were b/w series for their entire runs, while Lost in Space and Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea began as b/w series and changed to color in their second seasons!
That's why most shows of the era had a "bumper" at the beginning announcing they were "in color"!

Tulse said...

Please tell me that Page 123 quote isn't spoken by a local African...

Keir said...

I guess I have no excuse not to get that haircut this week if Tarzan can manage out in the jungle.

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NomadUK said...

Please tell me that Page 123 quote isn't spoken by a local African...

If I recall correctly (and I may not), it was spoken by one of the servants who had come along on the voyage. Quaint, isn't it?