Sunday, January 12, 2014
Tarzan And The Ads Of Gold!
Here's yet one more look at the dynamic cover by Morris "Mo" Gollub for Gold Key's handsome retelling of Tarzan's origin by Gaylord Dubois and Russ Manning. Gollub's image of Tarzan battling a ferocious great ape is classic, but in this case is almost certainly inspired by Russ Manning's own artwork.
Here's the ad which appeared in the previous issue of Tarzan from Gold Key hyping the upcoming classic turn in the series. Manning's sleek Apeman is perhaps even more entwined with his simian enemy.
This Gollub cover is reinterpretation of more artwork by Manning.
This ad depicts the same scene for sure despite some few changes in perspective and distance. Gollub was correct in bringing La closer for the cover as she would've been hard to detect in this original layout.
The connection between this Gollub cover and ad art is extremely close.
Manning's apes seem a bit more human somehow than Gollub's. One interesting detail is how the stone knife in Manning's image becomes a somewhat more mundane but more readable steel blade in Gollub's cover. Gollub's covers were designed for maximum impact in a split second, and fine details can detract.
Great stuff by two fantastic artists.