JOHN COLEMAN BURROUGHS
DANTON DORING PROJECT
"The paintings of Danton Doring
were done as tentative ideas for a moving picture script that Bob Clampett
and I sold to a producer who had developed a unique and startling method
of photographing insects with great clarity and of a quality far surpassing
any previously done in that field up to that time."
"At the time Bob and I were working
together on the John Carter of Mars animation project, Bob had seen
the drawings that I had previously made for a Sunday page adventure strip,
based on an idea that had long fascinated me - the concept that at our
feet lies a world as wild, as bizarre, as vicious and as beautiful as any
heretofore conceived in the wildest dreams of the science fiction writers
-- an inconceivably vast world teeming with life and relatively unexplored."
"I had submitted these drawings
to five of the largest newspaper syndicates in the country. As I recall,
I received answers from all of them asking to see more of my work. Seven
more pages were completed in record time, if not in quality. Anyway, one
of the largest syndicates almost bought it. I realize now that my
artwork at the time was not good enough. I was without the experience to
compete with the older, more talented and established artists."
"The idea and the writing still
hold up. Someday I may take another shot at it. As for the motion picture
script, it just quietly passed away like so many "good ideas" here in Hollywood,
no doubt devoured by some of the insects that the script sought to portray."
"At the time the idea was novel
in motion pictures and in comics. When I was younger I would naively worry
that my idea would be "stolen". But as I grew older I realized that no
story is novel."
"As Tarzan traces his lineage
back to the fables of Romulus & Remus, and John Carter was predated
by Jules Verne, there will never be another Tarzan of the Apes or John
Carter of Mars, so likewise there will never be another Danton Doring.
I know him too well, have listened to him too long, and researched
him too much, so I no longer worry about losing my priority in this field."
"Someday I'll write my novel
or I shall take Danton Doring's incredible story to the grave with me."
Burroughs in a letter to Russ Cochran
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