Pop culture from Southern California and beyond.

Tarzana swings into celebrating 100 years of its namesake: Tarzan (slideshow)

The New Animated Movie Tarzan

Getty Images

From the 1999 animated movie "Tarzan."

Picture dated 1932 from one of the movie

OFF/AFP/Getty Images

Picture dated 1932 from one of the movie "Tarzan" shows Maureen O'Sullivan (L) in the role of Jane and Johnny Weissmuller playing Tarzan. Johnny Weissmuller was one of the world's best swimmers in the 1920s, winning five Olympic gold medals and one bronze medal. He won 52 U.S. National Championships and set sixty-seven world records. After his swimming career, he became the sixth actor to portray Tarzan in films, a role he played in 12 motion pictures.

DAVID GRAY - THE WB

Travis Fimmel, Tarzan in the 2003 CW show.

U.S. Postal Service

The new Edgar Rice Burroughs/Tarzan stamp from the U.S. Postal Service.

TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY DOMINIQUE CHABRO

Stephane de Sakutin/AFP/Getty Images

Figurines displayed during an exhibition on Tarzan at the Quai Branly museum in Paris, held from June 16 to September 27, 2009. The museum organizers said the show aimed to unpick the myth of the archetypal wild hero. At background, a screen displays the movie "Tarzan the Ape Man" (1932) with actors Johnny Weissmuller and Maureen O'Sullivan.

A photo taken on June 15, 2009 shows boo

Stephane de Sakutin/AFP/Getty Images

Books presented during the exhibition "Tarzan" at the Quai Branly museum in Paris, held from June 16 to September 27, 2009.

Tarzan Musical Premiere

Florian Seefried/Getty Images

The German premiere of the Tarzan musical at the New Flora on October 19, 2008 in Hamburg, Germany

TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY DOMINIQUE CHABRO

Stephane de Sakutin/AFP/Getty Images

A comic book displayed during an exhibition about Tarzan at the Quai Branly museum in Paris, held from June 16 to September 27, 2009.

Joe Kubert

A Tarzan comic book cover illustrated by comic book artist Joe Kubert.

Joe Kubert

An illustration of Tarzan by comic book artist Joe Kubert.

Disney DVD Release

Scott Gries/Getty Images

Tarzan helps celebrate the release of the first ever DVD Read-Along Series on Walt Disney Records at the Children's Museum of Manhattan in New York City, August 6, 2002.

TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY DOMINIQUE CHABRO

Stephane de Sakutin/AFP/Getty Images

Posters displayed during an exhibition about Tarzan at the Quai Branly museum in Paris held in 2009.

Flora London Marathon

Christopher Lee/Getty Images

A man dressed as Tarzan during the 2008 Flora London Marathon on April 13, 2008 in London, England.


Tarzana has a funny name, but it's no coincidence that it sounds like a certain king of the jungle — the town was named for Tarzan. Tarzana's celebrating 100 years of Edgar Rice Burroughs' first Tarzan novel, 1912's "Tarzan of the Apes."

After the success of the Tarzan novel, Burroughs bought a 550-acre piece of land in 1919 from General Harrison Gray Otis, publisher of the Los Angeles Times, and Burroughs set up a ranch that he named after Tarzan, according to Tarzana reference librarian David Hagopian. Local residents started calling the area around the ranch Tarzana, and when Burroughs sold off the ranch and developers moved in, the name stuck and became the official name of the community in 1928.

Tarzana is flying into their Tarzan reverie starting Friday with the U.S. Postal Service holding a ceremony with descendants of Burroughs to celebrate the first day of a brand new Burroughs stamp, based on a 1934 photo of Burroughs and an image of Tarzan clinging onto a signature vine.

Read More...