It's the mid sixties and the Beatles craze is full on with British
pop music creating a look back culture that exists to this day.
But what am I and my friends doing at this time? We're into American
Comic books Batman, Superman, etc. -- all conveniently available at a local
news agent around the corner from where we lived in Reading, England
-- comics used as ballast for ships coming from to US to the UK. This was
to be my first introduction to Fantasy and Scf-Fi that lasts to this day.
I really got into the comic book art work, so many different styles
and the overall excitement of the stores and characters provided every
month were totally compelling to me as a young boy.
Dragon books publish a young readers version of a number of Edgar Rice
Burroughs novels of Tarzan -- the ape man that grows up with apes, but
who eventually falls for a girl called Jane. He has many adventures in
strange lands with cliff hanger dangers, but it seems Burroughs also had
another colorful creation: John Carter, a character transported to Mars.
This was all high adventure with no limits to the imagination.
After this I started getting all the Burroughs books I could get my
hands on: At the Earths Core, Land that Time Forgot, Carson of Venus
to name but a few.
I starting sending my art efforts to ERB-dom in the early '70s and was
delighted to see them in print.
At the age of 19 I spent a magical two-week holiday in Hollywood, which
gave me the opportunity to visit Danton Burroughs at Edgar Rice Burroughs,
After a Greyhound bus ride to Tarzana a local pointed out the property.
It was just a few yards from the bus stop and coming up to the house I
noticed the tree that marks the spot that Edgar Rice Burroughs was laid
Danton showed me around the archives of Burroughs Inc and let
me take pictures and displayed artwork of several artists that contributed
to bringing the stories to life over the decades. He also gave me a chance
to have a telephone conversation with artist Russ Manning. Overall, an
amazing experience never to be forgotten.
I contributed to a Bristol base Star Trek fanzine at this time. I did
not have an outlet for my Burroughs work.
But with the advent of the Internet I came across ERBzine in 2005 and
was impressed by the content of the web site as it gives insight to all
things Burroughs, time to get my Burroughs fix enabled again so I have
been contributing to the web site since I first came across it.