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Grab your 3D glasses. Two weeks ago, NASA's Mars Reconnaisance Orbiter (MRO) targeted martian moon Phobos and took a pair of high-resolution pictures. Mission scientists have combined them to make a startling red-blue anaglyph. Glasses on?
Behold HERE
The 2D view is nearly as good:
Long ago, something struck Phobos and almost shattered the tiny moon. The scar of that impact, 9km-wide Stickney crater, is located at the top of the image. Color filters in MRO's camera reveal a blue splash of material around Stickney's rim. What is it? No one knows.

Equally striking are Phobos' many long grooves and crater chains. Although these seem to radiate from Stickney, recent studies show that most are not related to the crater. Instead they come from the planet below; when asteroids hit Mars, debris flies up and scores Phobos. The grooves seem to emerge from Stickney only because the crater faces Mars. Finally, note the bright features lining inner slopes of Stickney.

These are thought to be landslides--on a moon where the pull of gravity is only 0.001 g!

Visit the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter home page for more information

Irwin Porges
(09/05/1909 - 09/10/1998)

Irwin and Arthur Porges

Irwin Porges and his wife Cele
Edgar Rice Burroughs The Man Who Created Tarzan
Paperback reprint edition
Irwin Porges. Brigham Young University Press, 1975.

This is an in-depth look at Edgar Rice Burroughs. Born over a hundred years ago, Burroughs is not only the originator of Tarzan, but is also acknowledged as an innovator of American science fiction, and his works are still enjoyed by millions of readers from all parts of the world. The book also takes a look at Burroughs' other-world fantasy and jungle adventure stories, and includes the flavour of his work done in other genre: western stories, mystery puzzles, plays, poems, articles, newspaper columns, photographs and drawings. 820 pages in hard cover.

Word of the Day on the Braingle site

Vocabulary :: Word of the Day : Rostrum
noun :: A stage for public speaking.
"On the floor of this chamber, which was dotted with highly carved wooden desks and chairs, were assembled about forty or fifty male Martians around the steps of a rostrum." --Burroughs, Edgar Rice

The KTM Tarzan, named after the jungle hero who overcame all obstacles to reach his aim, 
was the first sports motorcycle to be produced in series at the Mattighofen plant in Upper Austria.
It was developed on the basis of the established Grand Tourist, and 
went into production in 1957 in the colours red, black and silver. 


by Patric Rowley ~ ~ April 6, 2009
The "Tarzan yell" of my youth began with a rolling yodel and reached a long, full-throated howl in the middle to the end. In the movies, the yell allowed Tarzan to summon help from an assortment of elephants, apes, lions and tigers; or to warn of impending danger; or in some cases, to send SOS messages to friendly natives.

To my generation, the Tarzan yell was an opportunity to exercise free speech without fear of impediment by parents, teachers, cops -- or any other authoritarian figures. In a culture where kids were expected to be seen but not heard, it gave us our own unique voice.

And since there were no lyrics to the Tarzan yell, we could make it say whatever we wanted it to say. If you discover the girl you like best likes someone else, you climb a tree, beat your chest and do a Tarzan yell, and you feel better.

Yelling Tarzan-style was a special way of communicating down the block and through the neighborhood. Just step outside and yell like Tarzan. Someone would respond in one way or another. They would saunter over to your backyard, or they might yell back, and you would both drift down the alley or up the street to a meeting place.

Tarzan yells were a positive remedy for boredom. More than once I have stood out of view, thrown back my head and howled into the sky as much like Tarzan as I could manage. Then I was treated to an inner vision of huge herds of elephants churning across a jungle clearing, trumpeting their response to me as I swung smartly through the trees in my miraculously muscular new body.

These kinds of fantasies were great stuff back in the '30s. We would step out of the nickel-movie matinees into the hot glare of midafternoon, blinking and stumbling, still in the grip of that last-minute rescue by "Tarzan of the Apes" as he came hurtling across the jungle sky, yodeling that wonderful yell that only boys could really understand. It was grand opera. In our minds, it transformed us from skinny 12-year-olds with Depression haircuts into heroic creatures with pure hearts and mythical powers. It was a yell to be imitated, practiced, perfected and deified.

In some way or another, practically everyone in our neighborhood temporarily escaped his true persona with some sort of voice characterization or sound effect. It was actually a device used in storytelling.

Out on the sidewalks, on front porches and up and down the streets, kids would point their fingers and make "Ka-pow!" sounds as they engaged in gunbattles with no guns. Others mimicked much heavier artillery as they played war.

The Great Depression was really a good, gentle, nurturing time for many of us. As deprived as we might have been, we had a superb opportunity to get in touch with our own creativity.

Now, in these days of kid violence, gang culture and closed-up neighborhoods, there might be a lesson in that great, wonderful, talent-laden era in which we used tongue and cheek and lips and larynx to add interesting new dimensions to our lives. At the very least, it may be a low-cost diversion to a bored-silly culture. For survivors of the '30s, it may just be the perfect gift for our great-grandkids.

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Johnny Weissmuller's Raisin Pie
From "Prudence Penny's Cookbook" 1947 
The home-economics editor of the long-defunct Los Angeles Examiner wrote the book, published by The World Publishing Company. Prudence Penny was actually a copyright name owned by William Randolph Hearst. During the '30s and '40s there were many Prudences working all over the U.S for Hearst papers.
For the filling, you need:
2 cups seeded raisins
1 1/2 cups boiling water
1/2 cup sugar
2 tbsp. cornstarch
2 tbsp. lemon juice
1 cup chopped walnuts
1. Cook raisins in the boiling water 5 minutes.
2. Mix cornstarch and sugar; add raisin mixture and cook until thick. Remove from heat and add other ingredients.
The ingredients for the pastry are:
2 cups flour
2/3 cup shortening (I used very cold butter)
1 tsp. salt
4-5 tbsp. ice water (I used 8 or 9)
1. Sift flour and salt together.
2. Cut in shortening with two knives or pastry blender. (I used my food processor for the entire process.) Leave shortening in pieces about the size of small peas.
3. Water is to be added a tablespoon at a time, mixing and pressing ingredients together with fork until dough is moist enough to hold together; handle as little as possible. Roll on a floured board.
4. Fit half into pie pan. Put filling in pan. Use balance of pastry as top crust. Bake for 15 minutes at 450 F and then 15 minutes longer at 350 F. Total baking time: 30 minutes.


Edgar Rice Burroughs
September 1, 1875 - March 19, 1950

Last month ERB fans worldwide commemorated the death of the Master of Fantasy Adventure.
Featured below such a gathering:
2008 ~ Edgar Rice Burroughs Wake Get-Together in Little Rock
Steve "Korak" Allsup and Sky "Ape Man" Brower


Bob Clampett's John Carter of Mars
Submitted by Ray Cuthbert from The Beat site
Edgar Rice Burroughs' John Carter books have had a long bumpy road to the screen. While Pixar is now on track to make a [partially] animated John Carter movie, this isn’t the first attempt. Back in the '30s, legendary animator Bob Clampett  and ERB teamed up on an animated version:

With such a hot property, one might expect it to have been adapted to film. Well, the Mars books weren’t quite as popular as the Tarzan books, but that didn’t stop Burroughs from trying when the opportunity arose. That opportunity came in the early 1930s from animation pioneer Bob Clampett, who had recently earned his animation stripes at Warner Bros. studios. Clampett approached Burroughs with an idea for an animated film about one of his favorite characters: John Carter.

The surviving footage of the fabled team-up is shown in the above YouTube clip, and one can only imagine what a swashbuckling mind bender this would have been, equalling the Fleischer Superman for fantasy rooted in heightened naturalism.

Ed Note: See our upcoming ERBzine featuring rare promotional art from the Tarzana Archives.
Volume 2175
The Danton Burroughs Tarzana Archives

John Carter Almost Went to Mars 70 Years Ago
Edgar Rice Burroughs was well known by the masses as the creator of Tarzan, but to science fiction fans, he will be remembered as the man who gave life to John Carter of Mars. Carter's literary exploits were by no mans Literature-with-a-capital-L, but they are lovingly remembered by many fans as the books that hooked them on science fiction.

With such a hot property, one might expect it to have been adapted to film. Well, the Mars books weren't quite as popular as the Tarzan books, but that didn't stop Burroughs from trying when the opportunity arose. That opportunity came in the early 1930's from animation pioneer Bob Clampett, who had recently earned his animation stripes at Warner Bros. studios. Clampett approached Burroughs with an idea for an animated film about one of his favorite characters: John Carter.

Sadly, problems with the studio prevented the animated film from ever seeing the light of a Terran day... Burroughs and Clampett wanted to make a serious since fiction adventure while the studios (in typical studio fashion that foreshadowed decades of missteps) wanted to make a sci-fi slapstick comedy. One is left wondering how Clampett's John Carter of Mars would have shaped the science fiction films to come. But take heart, Carter fans, for Pixar is picking up that torch!
Here's some footage from the 1930's showing Clampett's early work on the project...

Barsoom 101 ~ April 03, 2008
Since I mentioned Edgar Rice Burroughs' great Mars series in my last post, and since I know a few of my readers are interested in the planned John Carter of Mars movie project coming eventually from Pixar/Disney, I thought it might be appropriate to post this link to ERBzine's Barsoom reference site. This website was prepared for the Pixar and Disney people and is as thorough a compilation of materials related to ERB's series of novels as I've ever seen.

John Carter and Mars: A Tribute

Panthan Press Presents John Carter

Tantor's Self Portrait

Tarzan in Istanbul from 1952 starring Tamer Balci

Tarzan actor Steve Hawkes on Swedish TV.

From the 1986 B. Subhash (Disco Dancer) film Tarzan in which the Edgar Rice Burroughs story is reimagined taking place in India. The stilted acting and song and dance numbers are only topped by the awfully bad production values. The pot-bellied extras look like they were taken from the streets, promised some samosas and Thums Up in exchange for some”acting.”

Tarzan of the Apes with Elmo Lincoln

Download the 1918 film version at the Internet Archives
Original (PD) version of this classic, NOT the VHS version "copyrighted" in 1982.
At this early point in American film history, Tarzan of the Apes was an instant success. Elmo Lincoln was perhaps the best actor at the time for the role. It's a fairly straight forward telling of the novel, though Edgar Rice Burroughs was frequently on the set in an advisory role and his input was seldom utilized. In the books, Tarzan was quite the self-made scholar and this was barely touched upon in the film. For 1918, this turned out to be an excellent film, parts of which still hold up today.


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A wild-haired old man in rags stumbles out of the jungle near the estate of Lord Greystoke (known to the natives as Tarzan). The man raves madly about a lost city perched on a mountain containing a fabulous diamond mine, worked by slaves and ruled over by a ruthless cult of pagan murderers. Lord Greystoke, his wife Lady Jane, his sister Betty and her fiance, Jack, listen to this tale in disbelief. Their skepticism is quickly dispelled when the old man pulls a bag full of diamonds from his ragged robes. Unfortunately, the tale of the Diamond Temple was overheard by Esteban, a dangerous criminal warlord who has been inciting tribal revolt with the help of outcast warrior Owaza (played by a young, shirtless Boris Karloff, four years before his role in Frankenstein).

Desperate to conquer the lost city and claim its treasure, Esteban kidnaps the old man and Betty Greystoke and forces them to lead him there, with Tarzan in hot pursuit. At the edge of the cliffs surrounding the Diamond Temple, Betty is snatched away from Esteban by the besieged cultists who plan to feed her to a lion as a sacrifice to their angry god.

This long-lost silent adventure was the only Tarzan performance fully sanctioned by Edgar Rice Burroughs, the Ape Man's literary creator. James Pierce, who was married to the author's daughter, Joan Burroughs, at first deeply resented the type-casting he suffered following this movie. In order to do the vine-swinging film, he had to back out of another job that he'd already committed to, playing the aviator in Wings (1927), the very role that made Gary Cooper a star. The embittered Pierce later reconciled to his fate by joining wife Joan to play Tarzan and Jane in over 360 episodes of a popular 1930's radio serial of the Ape Man's thrilling adventures.

The film critics of the day were unimpressed with Tarzan and the Golden Lion, still smitten as they were with the earlier Elmo Lincoln masterpiece, Tarzan the Ape Man (1918). Audiences, however, eagerly embraced the more urbane Lord of the Jungle with his Lion companion, and thrilled to the spectacular sets, exotic locales, and savage native battles.

Product Description:
This silent adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs's classic stars Burroughs's son-in-law, James Pierce, as Tarzan. A lion cub that Tarzan and Jane raise from infancy helps to find a diamond city, and eventually to save Jane from becoming a religious sacrifice!

Cast and Crew:
Starring   James Pierce & Boris Karloff
Directed by   J.P. McGowan

On stage in Minneapolis, MN, May 2008

Next month in Minneapolis, MN, this one-person play will be performed at Bryant Lake Bowl at 810 W. Lake Street. Tim Uren portrays Edgar Rice Burroughs, who is miffed about the way that Hollywood is portraying his creation of Tarzan.  Last month at the Bryant-Lake Bowl Uren did a repeat of another one-person play that was based on H.P. Lovecraft's "The Rats in the Walls".

Edgar Rice Burroughs versus Hollywood. Welcome to the Jungle. The studio wants the rights to produce another in their profitable series of Tarzan movies. Drunk and furious over the portrayal of his noble creation, Burroughs is ready for savage contract negotiations.

In this script by Mark Steven Jensen (who, among many other credits, was one of the playwrights for Hardcover Theater's London After Midnight series), the audience joins Burroughs on a dangerous journey through his own past, fighting for the ultimate fate of one of literature's most iconic figures: Lord John Clayton of Greystoke, the mighty Tarzan. The show comes to the Bryant-Lake Bowl this May!

Show time is 10 PM on the following dates:
Thursday, May 22 ~ Saturday, May 24 ~ Thursday, May 29 ~ Saturday, May 31
Tickets are $12 or $10 with a Fringe Button
For reservations, call 612-825-8949

TARZAN AND JANE REGAINED . . . SORT OF by Andy Warhol (1963)

Ref: Andy Warhol Timeline
Dennis Hopper and Taylor Mead during the
filming of Tarzan and Jane Regained

In early October 1963, Warhol and his entourage (including Wynn Chamberlain, Taylor Mead and Gerard Malanga) drove to L.A. to see his second exhibition at the Ferus Gallery. As Andy and Gerard did not know how to drive, Taylor and Wynn shared the driving. Although Andy had been around the world once in the fifties, he’d never been west of Pennsylvania in the U.S. While in Los Angeles, they were joined by Warhol's first superstar Naomi Levine and shot scenes for TARZAN AND JANE REGAINED... SORT OF including around the bathtub of their suite at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

"The film stars Taylor Mead as Tarzan, who is clad in a homemade loin cloth which becomes ripped and worn by the end of the film to the point that it's only covering half his bum. The film is shot with a mostly handheld camera. Some footage is in color but most is in black and white - much of it is either or under exposed. We see Tarzan romping on the beach and in the bathtub with a naked Naomi Levine. The sound track consists of an assortment of rock/dance music (Locomotion, Watusi) as well as instrumental versions of The Sound of Music and More. Mead seems to be spinning records between making an occasional comment about what we are seeing.

The funniest bit features Andy Warhol himself. When we see him, Mead says 'The great director Andy Warhol.' Tarzan stands with a piece of paper in his hand and says 'Tarzan refuses to follow the story.' Warhol then whips him with a palm leaf. There is also an appearance by a young Dennis Hopper, who is also dressed in a loin cloth. Mead comically compares his muscles with him. The film is quite funny in parts, though it goes on for too long (prompting Mead to quip, 'This should be the end--right here F-I-N'), but it keeps going for 10 more minutes."

Architectural Digest ~ March 2008

Feature Story: Greystoke Mahale ~ Pages 122-128
In 1988, Irish adventurer and former auctioneer Roland Purcell came upon an expanse of soft sand on the shores of Lake Tanganyika in Tanzania. He proceeded to establish a resort consisting of a group of tents on the beach and named it Greystoke Mahale—Greystoke after the titled name Edgar Rice Burroughs bestowed on his fictional character Tarzan, and Mahale after the nearby mountain range, whose forested slopes tower above the lake.

Greystoke Mahale

For more photos and booking information see:

Mike "Tarzan" Henry's Battle Scars from location shooting

Rafael Kayanan recently posted some of his concept art
for the aborted Paramount version of John Carter.

Joe Jusko's "Tarzan And The Golden Lion":
British East Africa, 1923 – Tarzan and Jad-Bal-Ja the golden lion survey the landscape as they patrol Lord Greystoke’s vast African estate.
Artist Joe Jusko captures all the power, majesty and grace of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ classic Jungle Lord and his faithful companion.
Product ships June 2008 ~ $495.00
See full details at:

Thousand Oaks, CA – March 18, 2008 – Artist Joe Jusko and publisher The Forest Primeval have teamed up to produce a new series of fine art prints.

Up first, a fully authorized and licensed image featuring Edgar Rice Burroughs’ classic hero, Tarzan. Joe Jusko’s “Tarzan And The Golden Lion” shows a sweeping panorama of British East Africa, circa 1923, that capture all the power, majesty and grace of Burroughs’ Tarzan and his companion, Jad-Bal-Ja, the golden lion.

Brad Burch, who has launched The Forest Primeval to showcase Jusko’s work, has been collecting artwork for over 30 years. “I approached Joe at a fan convention about the possibility of re-creating some of the Burroughs trading card artwork he did back in 90s as a private commission. As our discussions progressed we discovered we had a mutual love of wildlife artwork. So I got the idea of marrying his fantastic figurative work with some traditional wildlife paintings like the work of Simon Combes or Guy Choheleach. Joe was all over that.”

The final ingredients: Scope and scale. “Joe did a series of pencil roughs to nail down the concept in both our minds. He was so on the mark, at the last moment, as he was about put down paint I asked him to increase the size of the piece to allow him to get as much detail in as he cared to.

Says Jusko, “At 26"x38", this is the largest and most complicated commission I’ve done so far. It was a pleasure to have both the time and the room to give this piece the attention I thought it deserved.”

Nothing could have prepared Burch for the final painting. “To say I was blown away is an understatement. For the first couple of months I couldn’t bear to leave the room where the painting was hanging for more than I few minutes. After the shock wore off, I got the idea that this artwork needed to be shared with others.”

After tracking down the finest state-of-the-art reproduction materials and techniques, it was just a matter of getting approval from Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., the company formed by the late author back in the 1920’s to license the authorized use of the Tarzan name, which he had the foresight to trademark.

Continues Burch, “Hey, art is subjective. I couldn’t predict if the Burroughs folks were going to be as enthusiastic about the project as I was. So I drafted a proposal and made an appointment and the short trek over to their Tarzana, CA offices in the next valley with a sample Canvas Print rolled up under my arm.”

Turns out he had nothing to worry about. Danton Burroughs, grandson of the Edgar Rice Burroughs was already a big fan of Jusko’s aforementioned 90’s Burroughs trading card artwork. Says Burroughs, “I love the way Joe Jusko portrays Tarzan and we are thrilled to see him producing this new work that continues to capture all the power of my grandfather’s creation.”

As a result of the signing of the license agreement, Joe Jusko’s “Tarzan and the Golden Lion” will be available this June through fine art sellers and comic specialty shops. Joe Jusko has already been authorized by the Forest Primeval to begin work on the next round of paintings to be published.

Joe Jusko’s “Tarzan And The Golden Lion” will be strictly limited to 495 pieces worldwide. Collectors will have the choice of a deluxe 24”x36” Giclée on canvas that sells for $995 or a 20”x30” Giclée on paper that sells for $495. There will even be a Super Deluxe 40”x60” Canvas that will be limited to 5 pieces available at $2,495. All versions are subject to availability and expected to sell out quickly.

For additional information about this new series of fine art pieces or to reserve a print, contact Brad Burch (888) 266-7577 or visit their website at

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