New Music For Films, Vol. 2
by Christopher Franke
On Sonic Images
This second album in the series of original film music by Christopher Franke includes orchestral and electronic suites from his scores for the films
~ Morning Ride
~ Attack on the Village
~ Damaged Goods
~ The Dam Breaks
~ Broken Dreams
~ A New Friendship
~ The Chase
~ Deadly Flight
~ Near Death
~ Dance Lesson
~ The Race
~ Fight for Opar
Composed by Christopher Franke
Performed by Christopher Franke
and the Berlin Symphonic Film Orchestra
Conducted by Alan Wagner
Recorded and Produced by Edgar Rothermich
Mastered by Edgar Rothermich
Music Supervisor: Rudy Panke
Design: Doerte Lau and Andreas Adamec
Catalog No: 828-274-906-2
Label: Sonic Images Records
Release Date: Feb 29, 2000
"The selections from “Tarzan And The Lost City” are some tongue-in-cheek action music. "Jane's Arrival" is one of my favorite tracks. It starts off with a soft and lyrical melody (which also appears in other tracks). Then a jungle rhythm kicks in and the great melody keeps playing. Most of the tracks carry a great and intense rhythm."
“Tarzan and the Lost City” opens the album with the epic side of Franke’s writing. It starts with textural patterns and sampled vocals, but soon takes off in a more traditional, thematic vein. Unfortunately, the synth sweetening takes over where it doesn’t have to (unlike with much of Hans Zimmer’s work), making for some wet and heavy music. The inclusion of real instruments does make this much more listenable than something like his own “Babylon 5.” Plus, of all the scores represented here, “Tarzan” has some of the most interesting samples. The music itself is incredibly basic on every level. This leads to some pure and majestic thematic materials, but also to some clichéd action passages (not Franke’s strong suit).
Synth wizard Christopher Franke may be best known among Sci-Fi fans for his atmospheric accompaniment to “Babylon 5,” but his talents certainly aren't limited to generating supplementary music solely for that series. His CD's 16 tracks spotlight selections from five other relatively recent projects, including six energetic cues from “Tarzan and the Lost City”
EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS BOOK JACKETS
Tarzan ~ Mars ~ Pellucidar ~ Non-Series ~ Alternate Jackets
In 1999, Normand Design began the Edgar Rice Burroughs Dust Jacket Reconstruction Project. My intention was to produce high quality reproductions of some of the most exciting and sought-after dust jackets in book collecting.
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EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS
UNIFORM EDITION HARDCOVER COLLECTION
Jerry Schneider's ERBville Press
Read ERB Stories in PDF Format at ERBville
Rare 1964 Offset Print Fanzine ~ 10 pages, 8 1/2" by 11"
Art by 23-year-old Wehrle who has gone on to do book covers, magazine illustrations and comics.
This early work is less finished, but shows the time put into it and some fledgling design ability.
Edgar Rice Burroughs'
This is Robert Nailor's interpretation of
Nailor is also known as Lore or Lorewriter.
|JOHN CARTER QUIZ 3:
Based on The Warlord of Mars
|JOHN CARTER QUIZ 4:
Based on Thuvia, Maid of Mars
Where did John Carter travel to after leaving Matai Shang's secret tower?
Who arranged for Thuvia to be kidnapped?
|1941 Christmas Release
|God Rest ye, merry gentlemen,
let nothing you dismay ~ especially the current offering at the Capitol,
which is just another Tarzan film, that's all, and not an anthropologist's
nightmare, as a serious person might suspect. Metro calls it "Tarzan's
Secret Treasure," and that's as good a title as any, for it tells in truly
comic-strip hyperbole of a shockingly outrageous attempt by a couple of
greedy scientists to ravish the ape-man's paradise of its gold. And it
concludes in the customary fashion with Tarzan conscripting his faithful
friends, the beasts, to put the outsiders in their places and to save his
African solitude for himself, his mate and his youngster, who has grown
to be quite a lad.
Don't let it throw you, Christmas revelers. It is all in the spirit of fun. And although there is nothing about it which would distinguish it from other Tarzan films save the introduction of Barry Fitzgerald as a kindred soul in the wilds and the fact that Johnny Weissmuller has added a few words to his vocabulary in the animal scenes, especially those which star a chimpanzee, and the fanciful concept of the whole thing is, as usual, pleasantly lacking in guile. Obviously, the Capitol is playing to juveniles this week.
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Tarzan gets the 'Smallville' treatment in new show
It worked for Superman, so why not for another comic book orphan? The WB is set to follow up "Smallville," its hit series about the Man of Steel's angsty teen years, with a similar look at young Tarzan. Taking a page from Crocodile Dundee," the pilot follows Tarzan as he's taken from the jungle to New York City, where his uncle runs Greystoke Enterprises. Action will focus on Tarzan’s efforts to reintegrate into society alongside characters such as the uncle, a NYPD detective and, of course, Jane. Warner Bros. will produce the show, tentatively called “Tarzan,” and David Nutter, whose credits include "Smallville" and "The West Wing," will direct. This will be the 15th television incarnation of Tarzan.
New from from McFarland:
Human Prehistory in Fiction Charles De Paolo
ISBN: 0-7864-1417-0 ~ 172pp. references, bibliography, index $32 softcover 2003
It has a chapter devoted to ERB's THE LAND THAT TIME FORGOT as well as chapters on other early writers (e.g., Wells, Verne) and their view on early man.
The current issue of "Comic Book Artist" magazine, issue #22, October 2002,
features a big, honkin' tribute to the Gold Key artists of the 1960s. This chunky publication is worth all six dollars and ninety-five cents! It features articles on the history of Dell and Gold Key, and the split between the two; a previously unpublished Russ Manning interview by Shel Dorf from 1969; article on Giolitti, the Turok artist (with a cover gallery of 84 Turoks reprinted); interview with Manning assistant Mike Royer; interview with Tarzan/Jungle Twins artist Paul Norris; interview with Korak artist Dan Speigle; interview with cover artist extraordinaire George Wilson; interview with writer Mark Evanier (who got his start at Gold Key before moving on to write & edit the ERB, Inc. comics that were published exclusively in Europe in the late 1970s); writer and dino expert Don Glut (another contributor the the Manning/ERB, Inc. studios); and a list of "Top Ten" Gold Key artists, including Manning, Marsh, Spiegle, and Frank Thorne (later the Korak artist for D.C.) -- all lavishly illustrated with Tarzan & ERB art, some unpublished, some from Europe, etc. Cover is a stylized modern interpretation of Magnus, Robot Fighter.
Recently picked up an ERB-knockoff titled "Valley of No Return" by Richard A. Booth, Northwest publishing, Inc., Salt Lake City, UT, 1995. It's an oversized (but thin) green paperback lost race story about a geologist stranded in the Arctic who discovers a lost valley populated with dinosaurs, prehistoric cats & wolves, and an Indian-like tribe. Story is amateurish but not unreadable -- I believe this is a vanity publication. Of interest to ERBites is the back cover blurb, "In the traditon of Edgar Rice Burroughs, whose grand adventures have for years been passed from parents to their older children, Richard A. Booth has concocted a fantastic adventure of heroism and love which will delight adventure fans of all ages. The adventure continues in 'Return to the Valley', a Northwest Publishing book soon to be released." However, the tale seems to owe more to Kioga than ERB. Cover art by D. Cude looks like a Frazetta knockoff, with a T-Rex & naked babe. No sign of the sequel, so I don't know if it was ever published. My copy is signed. $7.95 cover price (I paid $3.50 used).~ Lord Passmore
TARZAN GOES WEST
Burroughs went along with cowboy star, Ken Maynard, calling his wonder horse, Tarzan,
until the name "Tarzan" started to appear in the titles of Maynard's films
with the Cole Bros. Circus in Texas, 1940.
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