Book Title: Groo Meets Tarzan #1
Book Description: This one kicks off at the 2021 Comic-Con that never happened. The crew that gave us Groo the Wanderer is in attendance to do a panel about a crossover with Groo and Tarzan. As Sergio and Mark make their way to the panel we see a lot of the things that happen at a con… with a Mad spin on it. That evening Sergio Aragones falls asleep thinking about how Thomas Yeates would do illustrations. We then shift gears to the jungle, where Tarzan has just awoken from a nap. He hears cries of animals in the distance and knows he’s needed. Tarzan goes to the constabulary and learns that there is a problem with slave traders. A villager gives Tarzan a bracelet that he found. The bracelet could show the lineage to the tribe of the person it was taken from. We then shift to the village of Kaya, where Groo is coming on the scene. You can tell Groo has never been here before because all of the buildings are standing and everyone’s alive. The council of Kaya wants Groo to be as far away as possible as quickly as possible. To make this happen they tell Groo of a distant village that has the best cheese dip ever. Groo is very eager to find this cheese dip they speak of. He moves along to the next village, which has been warned of his coming. The next village has also been told how to get Groo to move along. They also tell Groo about this incredible cheese dip and send him towards the next village. Things should get interesting in the next issue. This village is the same one all of Tarzan’s detective work has led him to.
Book Author: Sergio Aragones and Mark Evanier
Book Format: Paperback
Publisher - Orgnization: Dark Horse Comics
Illustrator: Sergio Aragones and Thomas Yeates
Dad always liked Groo the Wanderer. I think part of it was because it was a title that didn’t take itself too seriously. You can still see that in this installment of Groo Meets Tarzan.
More importantly Groo is a character that may not be the sharpest knife in the drawer; but he always tries to do what he believes is the right thing. Groo isn’t conniving. All he wants is some good food (even if he has a questionable palate).
This issue maintains both of these qualities. Groo still maintains his blissful ignorance of how unwanted he truly is. And he wants to take some rancid pelt with dung water for a snack.
Seeing a Groo story like this is a treat. I loved everything about 2021 Comic-Con. Some of the comments by attendees were spot on. The artwork for Tarzan is nothing short of spectacular. Groo continues to be everything that Dad helped me learn to love as a kid. I’m very curious to see what happens when our two heroes actually meet one another.
As a geek on a budget I would highly recommend Groo Meets Tarzan. It may not be quite what everyone else’s jam though. If you liked Mad Magazine this one is right up your alley. If Mad wasn’t your thing, you may not appreciate Groo as much as others. All I know is Dad would have loved this book.
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