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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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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.
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alphanathan Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
nice. very different and unlike a lot of the other Tarzan work at this site.
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ThePrinceofSparkle Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012
You truly captured the beauty and manliness that was Mike Henry. Great work!
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TheTonyStark Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
This is awesome
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Atlas0 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Woah.
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girllover1 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011
jean claude
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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?
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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!
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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!
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Frohickey Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010
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
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