Scott Tracy Griffin is the author of Tarzan on Film (Titan Books, 2016), a lavishly illustrated history of the renowned franchise, which began in 1918 with Tarzan of the Apes and continues through 2016’s The Legend of Tarzan. Griffin’s previous book, Tarzan: The Centennial Celebration (Titan Books, 2012), was a 2013 Locus Award finalist for Best Art Book.
Griffin’s career as a writer, pop culture historian, and consultant began in 1993. Print publications for which Griffin has written include Cinefantastique, FilmFax, Femme Fatales, The Burroughs Bulletin, Mississippi Magazine, Prehistoric Times, and AlterEgo. His online editorial contributions have been featured in the Huffington Post, Amazon’s Hollywonk, Aintitcool.com, MTV Geek, Flavor Wire, Man of La Book, and List.co.uk. and he served as the Literary Consultant for Modiphius’s role-playing game John Carter of Mars.
Griffin scripted a 13-week arc for United Feature’s Tarzan Sunday comic strip in 1996, and the forewords to Tarzan in the City of Gold (Titan Books, 2014) and A Soldier of Poloda (Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., 2017). He’s been the moderator for the annual Edgar Rice Burroughs panel at Comic Con International in San Diego since 2012.
He has served as a consultant and on-camera interviewee for numerous documentaries, including Arts & Entertainment Biography’s Tarzan: The Legacy of Edgar Rice Burroughs (1996); Canadian InformAction’s Investigating Tarzan (1997); London Weekend Television’s In Search of Tarzan (1999); Tarzan: Silver Screen King of the Jungle (2004); and the award-winning films Tarzan, Lord of the Louisiana Jungle (2012) and Tarzan Revisited (2017).
Griffin participated in numerous interviews as the “Tarzan expert-on-call” promoting American Movie Classics’ first Tarzan Marathon; subsequent television appearances include CBS This Morning, Turner Network Television’s Rough Cuts, KTLA News (Los Angeles), WCBI TV’s Midday (Columbus, MS), WHAS News (Louisville, KY), and the syndicated Eye on L.A. Podcasts and radio interviews include BBC Channel 3, BBC Channel 4, The Bill Moller Show (WGN, Chicago), Bob Andelman’s Mr. Media, Electric Sheep Magazine‘s podcast Fear and Fantasy, and Journeys in Classic Film‘s podcast Ticklish Business.
The Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Daily News, Washington Post, San Diego Union-Tribune, Sacramento Bee, Memphis’ Commercial Appeal, New Orleans’ Times Picayune, Jackson (MS) Clarion-Ledger, Santa Monica Mirror, The Argonaut (Santa Monica), Starkville Daily News, and Town and Gown magazine are among the publications that have covered Griffin’s work.
A resident of Southern California, Griffin graduated from Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi with a Bachelor of Science degree in sociology and was awarded his MBA from California State University Los Angeles. He serves as a trustee of Care for Rangers, a philanthropy supporting African Rangers who protect endangered and threatened wildlife.