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Mike Henry as Tarzan by Tarzman Mike Henry as Tarzan by Tarzman
Here's a sketch of Mike Henry who played Tarzan in the movies back in the mid 60's. I'm a big Tarzan fan from way back, so every once in a while I'll do a Tarzan sketch or two; I've got to somehow balance out all the women I draw.

The sketch was done with a brown prisma-color pencil.
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DTG57 Featured By Owner May 7, 2016
I thought mike henry was a good tarzan, also gordon scott :)
ga-ren Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
That takes me back - to seeing one of his Tarzan films at the local cinema in the 60's. Really excellent drawing.
alphanathan Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
nice. very different and unlike a lot of the other Tarzan work at this site.
ThePrinceofSparkle Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012
You truly captured the beauty and manliness that was Mike Henry. Great work!
TheTonyStark Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
This is awesome
Atlas0 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
girllover1 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011
jean claude
RayMax90 Featured By Owner May 8, 2011
Very cool. just out of curiosity, out of them all, which actor's tarzan is your favourite and what did you think of the disney version?
Tarzman Featured By Owner May 9, 2011
I am and have been a Tarzan fan since I was a small boy. When I was about 7 or 8 years old they started showing the Tarzan movies on TV big time, there were comic books, paperback books, and of course the Ron Ely TV series. It was a virtual brainwashing, so I was hooked. Not sure just how familiar kids are with Tarzan these days, all they would have to go by is the Disney version. I liked the Disney version. There were moments when the Tarzan character that I'm familiar with from the books was actually on screen. The only aspect of the film I didn't like was the Rosie O'Donnel ape character; remove that character and the film would have been real enjoyable for me.

My favorite Tarzan movies are the two last films that starred Gordon Scott, Tarzan's Greatest Adventure and Tarzan the Magnificent. Hence, my favorite Tarzan is Gordon Scott and the way he portrayed the Tarzan character in those films. My next favorite would be Ron Ely and the way he portrayed the Tarzan character in the TV series. During the two year run of the show there were some bad episodes, but overall that is some of my favorite Tarzan stuff to watch (remove the Jai character and that show is actually pretty good).

The drawing here is of Mike Henry, aand his movies are some of the weakest, I think due to his limited acting ability and some bad direction. They could have been really great, Henry certainly looked the part more than any other Tarzan, but his portrayal is so weak and some of the stories so bad they just come across as a dissappointment. There are times during those films where Henry is just standing there and he manages to look awkward, and even some action scenes are stiff.

If you've never seen the Scott films just let me know, I can send you copies of his last two films for you to watch.

See there, you got me started talking about Tarzan and I couldn't stop myself. Glad you asked!
RayMax90 Featured By Owner May 9, 2011
Sweet. Thanks man. I have seen Tarzan's greatest Adventure, effing epic! That would be so cool of you, thanks so much. I too didn't really like Rosie O'Donnell's character in the disney version.
I'm ashamed to say I only discovered the books late last year, but loved every word.
Thanks for answering in such depth, one of the things i hate most is one word answers. You're a legend, keep up the amazing work!
Frohickey Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Great piece of work!

I just bought "Tarzan and the Valley of Gold" on DVD. I hadn't seen it since I was a kid and it was still as good as I remember it (except for some low-budget prop work).
It was very amusing seeing Tarzan step off an airliner wearing a suit and carrying a briefcase. :D
Tarzman Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010
Hey, thanks for your comment. Yeah, they were really going for a James Bond kind of feel for the beginning of the film, with Tarzan looking like a real jet-setter. The movie had great potential, I dislike the fight scene at the end between Tarzan and "Mr. Train, it could have been so much better. The movie sort of lacks action once they get to the ancient city of Tucemi. I still love seeing Henry in action though, so I still like the film, it just could have been one of the best Tarzans ever if they had really tried.

I met Mike Henry quite by accident when I lived in California. Little did I know that one of my favorite restaurants was also one of Mike Henry's favorite resteraunts, so I bumped into him there and couldn't help saying something to him. He was very patient and nice to me, and I later went to meet him where he worked as a producer of game shows. I didn't realize at the time that he is somewhat reclusive and doesn't necessarily like talking about his Tarzan expereinces, but you wouldn't have known that by the way he acted toward me. It was a great experience.
QorraQ Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2010
Great one! First one I've come across featuring one of the actors. The MH movies were some of the bests T movies ever made.
westernman Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010
Very well done! I remember that he was in Tarzan and the Jungle Boy, The Green Berets, and he played Jackie Gleason's son in the "Smokey and the Bandit" movies. Great work!
MistyTang Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2009
I've only seen one live action Tarzan film--one of the ones starring Johnny Weissmuller. I've only seen snippets of others.
This bloke this very cool, too. :eyes: Makes me want to see more of the classic Tarzan films. <:^)

Nice work with the prisma pencil. I wish I could afford those things--I've heard such nice things about them.
And it goes without saying that your art here is very, very good. I especially like how you've done his face.
Tarzman Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2009
Hey Jaclyn, thanks so much for your comments. The Prisma-color pencils cost about $1.00 each, and the one I used was a Dark Umber.

And, your talking to a big Tarzan fan here, and I can tell you that several of the movies from the early sixties (yeah, I know, I'm aging myself terribly here) are spectacular. One in particular, Tarzan's Greatest Adventure, is the best Tarzan movie of all time. If you thought you'd want to see it I'd try to get you a copy. See, I told you, you're talking to a radical Tarzan fan when you get me started, so I'll stop.

Thanks again for your comments.
MistyTang Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2009
I'll have to save up and buy some of those Prisma-color pencils. People achieve such nice things with them. <:^)

Ooh, you'd do that for me?? I'd love to see Tarzan's Greatest Adventure--it sounds like a delightful romp! If you could, that would be wonderful! ^,^

And you're very welcome--you deserve them. :nod:
Tarzman Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009
Hey, I'm happy you want to see the flick. Just email me or send a note to get me a mailing address and I'll send you off a copy. I'm just a big fanboy at heart, and I'm always happy when I can show someone the film for the first time. Thanks!
MistyTang Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009
No, thank you! <:^D I love classic movies like this. I'll send you my address right away.
Tireen Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2009
I would like to see your version of Tarzan someday. Not based on any actors, but how you imagine him!
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Daddyo4 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Very very cool...your technique is superb.
mysticm0nkey Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2009   Traditional Artist
Great work !
Tarzman Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2009
Thanks, much appreciated!
cattleworks Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2009
Terrific piece! The choice of doing it in brown pencil really gives it a nice nostalgic and classical dynamic. Suh-weet!
DaSpyda Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2008
Wow! That's great! I always liked Mike Henry's Tarzan. My interest in Mike Henry grew when I learned that apparently he was considered to play a "serious" Batman back in the 1960s. Those plans fell through and a short time later came the Batman tv show with Adam West and Burt Ward. Keep up the great work!
Tarzman Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2008
Hey that's great. Henry was always one of my favorite movie Tarzans, and if they would have allowed him to have longer hair he would certainly have made the perfect looking Tarzan. I was flabergasted when I learned of his almost playing Batman, he would have made a great looking Bruce Wayne as well with the type of physic necessary to make a convincing Batman.
shadowyzman Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
I love the shading
signman7194 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2008
I remember him. I was always a little partial to the older Johnny Wiesmueler Tarzan though. Lol. I think it was the whole Jane and Cheetah thing. Great Sketch though.
Jukkart Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
I always got a kick out of those old Tarzan-movies, where they had the actor with short hair, that was greased up to look good in any jungle-condition...
Akhilla Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Great work, congratulations!
dynakor Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2008  Professional General Artist
Excellent work!
Featherstroke Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2008
Incredible! Always enjoyed Mike Henry's Tarzan, thought he was closer to the character than most(given the times) I think you really capture both here, Henry and Tarzan.

And I like RogueDerek's sugestion.
RogueDerek Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2008
This is fantastic! Any chance of a Ron Ely Doc Savage or a Buster Crabbe Flash Gordon?
Dolphinryder Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2008  Student Digital Artist
Love the pose on this one. I believe the brown pen lends a sepia kind of quality you expect from the older photos. Perfect for the nostalgic value!
Creedysgirl Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2008   Traditional Artist
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