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Volume 1701

ERB-Date: 2010.03

Tarzan of the Apes edition in Arabic inscribed by ERB

My Dear Dr. Rice -
I thought you might like this Arabic copy of Tarzan of the Apes for your library.
Sincerely, Edgar Rice Burroughs
Los Angeles ~ April 22, 1925

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ERB Book Dedications to Daughter Joan

Pulp Classics Return at the Polasek
Long before Tarantino's classic crime flick, pulp fiction magazines were a staple of reader's diets.
The Sandspur (Florida) ~ March 5, 2010

Richard Powers, Alex Schomburg, and Kelly Freas are just a few of the artists being featured at the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens here in Winter Park. The small exhibit features some of the top names in the pulp fiction genre, the forerunner of comic books, and the escape for thousands of people during the Great Depression.

These books are called "pulp" fiction because of the type of paper they were printed on: cheap, wood pulp paper. For 25 cents, or sometimes less, a reader could enjoy stories by such now famous writers as Ray Bradbury, Arthur C. Clarke, and H.P. Lovecraft. However, it was the art that caused a stir with covers by artists like James Allen St. John, who worked with writer Edgar Rice Burroughs on the covers of some of the latter's John Carter books. Now, one of the books that St. John worked on with Burroughs, "A Princess of Mars," is on its way to becoming a full-length feature film (called "John Carter of Mars"), produced by Disney and directed by Andrew Stanton. St. John himself had a 45-year long career during which he continued to do covers for Burroughs but also did work for magazines such as Weird Tales, Amazing Stories, and FATE. In addition to all of this, he taught at the Art Institute of Chicago for 20 years as well as at the American Academy of Art.

The further you venture into the showroom the more surprises you come across, such as work by Frank Frazetta. Frazetta is widely known for his ability to capture action in his work as well as for working with author Robert E. Howard to create the cover art for the now famous hero, "Conan the Barbarian." On display is his cover art work for the Burroughs story, "Swords of Mars." Produced in 1966, Frazetta's exquisite oil painting on canvas board. The collection will stay on display until April 18 of this year. More>>>
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PopSci offers 137-year archive of Popular Science Magazines for free browsing. Each issue appears just as it did at its original time of publication, complete with period advertisements. It's an amazing resource that beautifully encapsulates the magazine's ongoing fascination with the future, and science and technology's incredible potential to improve our lives.
The ERB Illustrated Pulp Magazine Bibliography
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The J. David Spurlock / Edgar Rice Burroughs Connection

J. David Spurlock has contributed significantly to ERB history through numerous publications. Through his Vanguard Productions he has released a long string of acclaimed books featuring ERB-related artists: Carmine Infantino, Neal Adams, Frank Frazetta, Joe Kubert, Wally Wood, Hal Foster, Roy G. Krenkel, Al Williamson, Jeffrey Jones, John Buscema, J. Allen St. John, and others.

Joe Kubert, Neal Adams, J. David Spurlock, Basil Gogos, Jim Steranko

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Frazetta Inks a New Deal With Vanguard Productions
Vanguard Facebook ~ March 5, 2010
Legendary fantasy artist Frank Frazetta and acclaimed publisher Vanguard Productions announce a new publishing relationship. Frank Frazetta said, “We’ve known Vanguard publisher J. David Spurlock for many years. Vanguard publishes the very best! I’ve enjoyed their books on Hal Foster, Al Williamson, Jeffrey Jones, Neal Adams, Jim Steranko, Basil Gogos, Carmine Infantino and more. David helped on our Painting with Fire documentary and we helped him on Vanguard's Roy G. Krenkel, Wally Wood, and J. Allen St. John books. It’s a natural that we should work together. I’m looking forward to seeing the quality job they do on the new books.”

Frank Frazetta is considered by many to be THE greatest heroic-fantasy artist of all time. His work has influenced generations of artists, fans, designers, and movie directors. From his 1950s comics; to his breathtaking book covers featuring Tarzan, King Kong, and John Carter of Mars; to his 1960s monster magazines Creepy, Eerie, and Vampirella; to his major movie posters, including After the Fox, The Night They Raided Minsky’s and Whats New Pussycat?; and, of course, his revolutionary Conan paintings.

Active since October 1990, Vanguard is a publisher of pop culture books, graphic novels, mystery, science fiction, and more. Vanguard is best known as the world’s leading producer of art book biographies on illustrators and cartoonists and has garnered acclaim from The New York Times, The Village Voice, Time Out New York, The IPPY Awards, Starlog, National Public Radio, Video Watchdog, The Eisner Awards, Entertainment Weekly, Fangoria, Publishers Weekly, The Society of Illustrators, Variety, The Hugo Awards, Library Journal, The Rondo Awards, Locus Science Fiction Awards, and more.

Vanguard founder J. David Spurlock said, "We are very excited about launching a line of Frazetta books under the new Vanguard Frazetta Classics brand. The line will include a series of volumes collecting Frazetta’s comics work in top quality book format. Other Vanguard Frazetta Classics will include a new edition of the 1998 hit, Frazetta – The Definitive Reference, a richly illustrated index of every Frazetta work ever published; a Frank Frazetta Sketchbook; and more—all in library-quality collections fully authorized by Frank Frazetta."

These days Frank is enjoying the Florida weather with his daughter Heidi and her children, as well as spending time at the barbecue.  He is more active now than he was in PA. He enjoys dinner dates and recently went to the local zoo. These recent photos were shot by Rob Pistella.
Despite being severely hampered by the results of his stroke, Frank Frazetta is painting once again, but with his left hand.
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A field of sheep in Tarzana - 1937
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There's no apeman in Kampung Tarzan
NST Online (Malaysia) ~ March 7, 2010
MENTION Tarzan and what immediately comes to mind is a brawny apeman in loin cloth swinging from tree to tree, defending the meek and weak in the jungle against unscrupulous parties. But Tarzan can be found not just in the wilds of Africa. There's a village near Port Dickson called Kampung Tarzan. The name has raised eyebrows because people think the village has something to do with the famous comic-book hero created by Edgar Rice Burroughs, but it has nothing to do with that, nor is it located in dense jungle inhabited by ferocious animals. Kampung Tarzan is located just two kilometres from the Pengkalan Kempas jetty, about 40km from Port Dickson town and is a favourite destination for anglers and tiger prawn hunters at Sungai Linggi.

According to Permatang Pasir village headman Hussein Mohd Nor, Kampung Tarzan was initially part of his village which was formerly a rubber estate owned by Chinese businessmen. He said almost the entire village was planted with rubber trees which was the sole source of income for the villagers. Kampung Tarzan got its name from one of the village's founders, Goh Tha San. Estate workers at that time used to call him "Tha Sen" which over time became Tarzan. Tha San's grandson, Goh Teck Fai, 53, said he was not sure when the name was changed to Kampung Tarzan but knew that it originated from his grandfather's name, who died more than 20 years ago. He added that many people used to wonder why the village had a strange name and some people used to make fun by saying one needs to make Tarzan's trademark call when entering the village.

The real Tarzan was urbane
Kenvin Hancer with Tarzan posters and books from his collection
Minneapolis Star ~ June 17, 1976
If the real Tarzan could see what movimakers have done to him, he would cup his hands to his mouth, rear back his head and shriek, "Aaaaahhhhhhghhhhh." Tarzan's complaint would be about his popular image as a grunting "semi-literate oaf" who seems intellectually dwarfed by his pet chimpanzee, says Kevin Hancer, 25, an expert on the jungle man.

Screen portrayals of Tarzan as a man of action are accurate enouigh, Hancer says, but most of the 40 Tarzan films failed to recognize that the ape-man was also a world traveler who spoke several languages fluently. . .
. . . even set in Africa. Instead he first spoke to her in northern Wisconsin while saving her from a forest fire. "Yes, your man, Jane Porter; your savage, primeval man come out of the jungle to claim his mate," Tarzan said to her. . . .
. . . the shelves of school libraries across the nation. Tarzan might have enjoyed the furor. After all, he was 74 years old in 1962. Burroughs' creation was the son of John Clayton (Lord Greystoke) and his wife, Lady Alice, who were marooned in West Africa in 1888. Their son was born the same year. Lady Alice died a year after suffering trauma when she was attacked by great apes, and the luckless lord also died at the hands of powerful apes. But the boy was saved and nursed by the great ape Kala, who named him Tarzan. In the ape language invented by Burroughs, Tarzan meant "white skin."

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Leland, Mississippi in 1937

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An excerpt from a Total Film interview with James Purefoy, star of the upcoming Solomon Kane. In it he discusses Kane as well as John Carter Of Mars

. . .
T: How is John Carter Of Mars going?

P: It’s a great project. Huge. There aren’t many bona fide geniuses working in our industry but Andrew Stanton is one of them… Wall-E and Finding Nemo are extraordinary. If you only look at him in terms of his storytelling skills, that’s enough – and on top of that, look at the beauty, the soul, the heart he puts into those films. It’s staggering what he achieves. Funnily enough, I don’t have much to do in the first film. I’ve taken this basically because they’ve said, “Your part gets bigger and bigger as the films go on.”

T: You’re playing a Red Martian named Kantos Kan, right?

P: Yes, he’s a fighter pilot. He’s the captain of a massive naval airship so in the first film, I do a little bit of steering, a little bit of rescuing, shit like that. He’s quite flash, he has a few jokes – he’s like a naughty, sexy uncle. That’s the way I’ve been told to play it.

T: Are you wearing a costume or a mocap suit?

P: It’s not mocap with us [the Red Martians]. We’re humanoid, we’re in costumes, but there are other actors who are playing pure mocap characters. It's hard to talk about it because I don't really know what it's going to look like. So much of it is in Andrew's head and with his designers. We're on a real set but it’s surrounded by green screen so there’s going to be stuff out there that I have no idea what it is but I know it will be extraordinary.

T: How would you describe your costume?

P: Armour. [Laughs] It looks cool. It’s very Dan Dare.

The ERB Art of Robert Abbett & Jeff Jones

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Cover art for Thuvia, Maid of Mars.
This painting was deemed too risque for publication in 1963.
Another was used but this version eventually saw print in 1969.

Cover art for John Carter of Mars, 1965

Cover art for Synthetic Men of Mars, 1963

Lord Greystoke
by Jeffrey Catherine Jones

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