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From Angelic Pictures

Edgar Rice Burroughs'
Pirates of Venus (2008)
Love Forbidden. Life Unending. Danger Eternal. 

After the carnage of World War I, flying Ace Carson Napier had given up on life and the "civilized" world. At the lowest point in his life, Carson's fortune changes as he inherits the expansive estate of his lost Grandfather. Fate leads him to decide if he should risk his life and follow his Grandfather to a distant world aboard an aged craft built by the old Man. A beautiful alien princess in need of his help gives him a new purpose in life within the dense jungles of Venus. 

Pirates of Venus is book one of the five-book "Venus" series written by Edgar Rice Burroughs and is presented with the same flair for adventure, excitement and imagination as of his best seller "Tarzan."

Production Companies: Angelic Pictures Inc. , POV, LLC 
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Distributors: Angelic Pictures (2010) (worldwide) (theatrical) Production Companies: Angelic Pictures Inc. 
Producer: Bruce A. Pobjoy
Edgar Rice Burroughs
Country of Origin: USA Color Genre: Action

See the ERBzine Guide to the Amtor/Venus Novels of ERB


Note: This movie news item first appeared in ERBzine News
and within hours was reported by hundreds of Websites and news services around the world

Pixar's "John Carter" Team Visits Tarzana
Pre-production for the Disney/Pixar "John Carter of Mars" film is gathering steam

Mars Art Gallery by Frank FrazettaTarzana, CA: October 2, 2007
The Pixar creative team spent Tuesday morning exploring the massive Edgar Rice Burroughs archives in the ERB, Inc. offices on Ventura Blvd.  Pixar's Jim Morris (vp), Andrew Stanton (director), Mark Andrews (script) discussed the "John Carter of Mars" film project with Burroughs representatives, Danton Burroughs, Sandra Galfas and Jim Sullos. 

All six members at the meeting expressed a deep commitment to the project, acknowledging that they had been inspired by Burroughs' creations from a very early age. This is evidenced in the excitement held for the John Carter property and the plans for a film trilogy faithful to the Burroughs books. Projected release date is sometime before 2012.

Danton Burroughs presented the creative team with a wealth of resources, including art samples and books by ERB scholars such as Irwin Porges and John F. Roy. They noted that their major resource to date had been the thousands of official ERB, Inc. Webpages and Webzines.

~ Bill Hillman
For more on ERB Mars series see ERBzine Guide to Barsoom at:
Danton Burroughs with John Carter's Sword created by John Coleman Burroughs
Danton Burroughs in the ERB, Inc. Offices, Tarzana, California
with John Carter's Sword and Thoat model created by John Coleman Burroughs

From Warner Brothers
A new big budget Tarzan live action film
Salman Khan the New Tarzan in India!
India Times | India Abroad ~ October 23, 2007

Salman Khan seems to have taken his bare-chested image to the next level. Now, we may have an entire film with the Khan sans his shirt. And maybe trousers as well! Salman has just signed on a film called Tarzan, set in the jungles. Salman will sport a new look for the film, which will go on the floors next year.  "I was always fascinated by Tarzan stories and I am glad that I have got a chance to do the film," Salman told mediapersons in Mumbai. The film will be directed by Anees Bazme who directed No Entry [Images], one of Salman's biggest hits. "I want to do the film for children," the actor continued. "I have found out that I have a huge fan following among kids, and I want to dedicate this film to them." said Salman. It sure seems that Salman has been inspired by Aamir Khan and his new children's film, Taare Zameen Par. "I will get a new hairstyle for this film. It will be as popular as my hairstyle in Tere Naam. I want a different kind of look that will become a style statement," Salman added.  Asked was he prepared to stay in a jungle, Salman exclaimed, "Of course! Tarzan lived in a jungle with wild animals. You will see that element in my film too. I only hope animal activists don't come after my life before the film begins!" he laughed. Does he see a market for such kinds of movies? "If (actor) Hemant Birje could make Tarzan a hit film 20 years ago, then I am sure I too can make it."

"Prehistoric Humans in Film and Television: 581 Dramas, Comedies and Documentaries, 1905-2004,"
by Michael Klossner, McFarland, 2006, 322 pp

From the early days of the movies, “cavemen” have been a popular subject for filmmakers—not surprisingly, since the birth of cinema occurred only a few decades after the earliest scientific studies of prehistoric man. Filmmakers, however, were not constrained by the emerging science; instead they most often took a comedic look at prehistory, a trend that continued throughout the 20th century. Prehistoric humans also populated adventure-fantasy films, with the original One Million B.C. (1940) leading the charge. Documentaries were also made, but it was not until the 1970s that accurate film accounts of prehistoric humans finally emerged.

This exhaustive work provides detailed accounts of 581 film and television productions that feature depictions of human prehistory. Included are dramas and comedies set in human prehistory; documentaries; and films and television shows in which prehistoric people somehow exist in historical periods—from the advent of civilization up to the present—or in extraterrestrial settings. Each entry includes full filmographic data, including year of release, running time, production personnel, cast information, and format. A description of each film provides background on the prehistoric elements. Contemporary critical commentary is included for many of the works.
ERB Refs: At the Earth's Core, Land That Time Forgot, People That Time Forgot, Tarzan: Epic Adventures and photos of Caroline Munro and Dana Gillespie.


From the Ron de Laat Collection

Read more on the Burroughs-Tarzan Pictures production: Tundra in ERBzine 0287
The Lion Man features are at: ERBzine 0450

A news item from

Donation makes fantastic story
Huge sci-fi collection goes to Alberta
Winnipeg Sun ~ October 6, 2007

Science fiction enthusiast Chester Cuthbert (right), with son Raymond, is donating 60,000 books to the University of Alberta. Even the size of a Winnipeg man's science fiction collection pushes the boundaries of reality. Now Chester Cuthbert wants his collection to enrich young people's minds as it has done with his imagination for decades. He's donating his entire treasure trove of science fiction -- an estimated 60,000 books and magazines compiled since the 1920s -- to the University of Alberta. "They've provided me with instruction and entertainment," said Cuthbert, who turns 95 in a couple of weeks. "It's important to stimulate the imagination. Reading fantastic literature has been a joy to me, and I hope that other people enjoy it too."

The senior's astonishing accumulation includes periodicals, some of his own published fiction and piles of letters to and from other sci-fi buffs. And virtually all of it had been in boxes stacked in his Mulvey Avenue house. "You name it, my dad has it," Raymond Cuthbert, the aficionado's son, said of the collection that started when his father read a story by Edgar Rice Burroughs as a youth. "From that point on, he became interested in fantastic literature and began seeking it out. There was no such term as science fiction when he began collecting. That came later."

Chester Cuthbert said one of the reasons he's parting with his books is that his eyesight is "deteriorating quite badly," making reading difficult. During a decades-long career in Winnipeg's insurance industry and while raising five children, Cuthbert collected a wealth of reading material.

Following his wife's death last January, Cuthbert decided to part with his treasure and selected Edmonton's University of Alberta to take the materials -- valued at up to $1 million -- because of the institution's literary reputation and capacity to care for it. "There is no equivalent institution here that can handle this volume of collection," explained Raymond Cuthbert, 52. "The public library, University of Manitoba or University of Winnipeg would be incapacitated with a donation of this size. They just don't have the people or the space to deal with it."

Randy Reichardt, a former Winnipeg resident, is one of two U of A library officials charged with organizing the books and magazines -- including westerns and other genres of fiction -- for shipment west. The work for him brings back memories of his youth in the '70s, when he came to know Cuthbert and relished his stuff with other teens. "He opened his house to us, and his wife always had cookies and drinks. It was just an amazing place," said Reichardt. "He would pull gems out, and we'd sit there with our jaws on the floor."

Editor's Note: Ray Cuthbert is current OE of ERBapa -- he's also our neighbour just down the road apiece in Winnipeg.


A 1938 Aviation ad from 
Security National Aircraft 
featuring their Airster.
This is the aircraft flown by Edgar Rice Burroughs.

A Curiosity Piece: The Burroughs Bulletin from 1924.
This one predates Vern Coriell's first series issues by many years.
Unfortunately there is no real ERB connection here. 

ReelArt Studios' TARZAN AND THE GOLDEN LION porcelain statue
based on the artwork of J. Allen St. John.
The statue is sculpted by Shawn Nagle with the painting mastered by Joy Snyder.
The run was limited to 1000 pieces.
See the promos in ERBzine Swag


(See more in our Illustrated Pulp Bibliography)
Startling Stories ~ July 1941

Belarski Cover Art
"The Ether Vibrates" section promotes the next issue's novel, 
"written by John Coleman and Hulbert Burroughs, sons of the creator of Tarzan."

See the John Coleman Burroughs Pulp Gallery in ERBzine 0341
The Bottom of the World with cover and interior art

Startling Stories

November 1940

A short contribution by renowned ERB fan and scholar, 
Sam Moskowitz.
Startling Stories ~ March 1941

Sojarr of Titan by Manly Wade Wellman. 
"When the First Flight to Saturn Crashes on an Alien Moon,
the Robinson Crusoe of Space Clothes Himself in the 
Laws of a Strange Science to Win a New World."

Read Den Valdron's excellent article on Wellman
Featured in ERBzine 1935 


Clinton Pettee Art
Oil on canvas ~ 22" x 28" ~ circa  1900-1920
From the John and Stephanie Cook Collection
The Cooks are looking for more information 
on this painting and the artist.

Rex Maxon Art
Original pen and ink sketch
From the Rob Donkers Collection


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