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.
Griffin scripted a 13-week arc for United Feature’s Tarzan Sunday comic strip in 1996, and served as the Literary Consultant for Modiphius’s role-playing game John Carter of Mars. He founded the annual Edgar Rice Burroughs panel at Comic Con International in San Diego in 2012, serving as moderator until 2019.
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); the award-winning films Tarzan, Lord of the Louisiana Jungle (2012) and Tarzan Revisited (2017); and the South African docu-series Tarzan van George (2023).
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, Journeys in Classic Film‘s podcast Ticklish Business, J-Man and the Amazing Fans, Comic Book Central, Roy’s Tie-Dye Sci-Fi Corner, Steve Jay Rubin’s Saturday Night at the Movies, Days of High Adventure, ProNerd Report’s Notable Nerds, and Movie Nights & Matinees.
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 has been recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus of his high school alma mater, Starkville Academy, and is a recipient of the Burroughs Bibliophiles Lifetime Achievement Award.