Tarzan's first appearance in the All-Story Magazine of 1912 - Credit: Clinton Pettee
is a fictional character first created by Edgar Rice Burroughs
in 1912, as the title character of the novel Tarzan of the Apes
. Tarzan is a wild child, raised in Africa by a tribe of apes – as a grown man, he continues to live in the jungle, swinging through the trees and communicating like a monkey. When he is discovered and taken to civilization he struggles to adapt and eventually returns to the habitat of his youth.
Tarzan was wildly popular and Burroughs produced twenty-five sequels to his original novel. There have also been other authorised books by different authors and many unauthorised versions in book and film. 'Tarzan' is often used in popular culture to describe a slightly wild, very masculine figure.