Monday, January 13, 2014
The Civilized Savage!
This lush and exquisite rendering of the Edgar Rice Burrough's iconic Ape Man shows John Buscema's skills at their maximum. We are presented here with the idealistic romanticism of Tarzan, the refined image of the civilized man stripped literally of his modern amenities and reduced to the essence of nobility and raw power. Buscema, better than any comic artist was able to show the human form in a quiet repose, a repose from which a split second later might emerge a terrific and terrible violence. Russ Manning's Tarzan is the apogee of style and grace and modernity, Joe Kubet's Tarzan is the most dark and prehistorically ferocious, but it is Buscema's Tarzan which is able combine these characteristics into a complete whole, a civilized savage. It's shame he didn't get to do more.
Here's the image in full color, which in my estimation doesn't necessarily help it. Here is a most groovy link to where I found it along with the complete first story of the Ape Man by Roy Thomas and "Big" John.