Tarzan is one of the most widely known and frequently iterated characters in modern media history, having been the subject of more than 30 books, 50 films, and various other entertainments since his creation, by writer Edgar Rice Burroughs, over a century ago. Elmo Lincoln was the first actor to portray Tarzan, in three silent films, as a kind of eroticized white native in a headband; later Johnny Weissmuller, who donned Tarzan’s loincloth in 12 films throughout the 1930s and 1940s, made chiseled abs, white-god status over African tribes, and the undulating “Tarzan yell” part of the character’s cinematic signature. Continue reading >>