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ECLECTICA v.2011.01


Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle

The latest addition to the Paul Privitera Art Galleries
ERBzine 1678 and ERBzine 1651 and ERBzine 2775


Disney Moves John Carter of Mars Feature to March 9, 2012
Tim Burton's Frankenweenie in 3D, an expansion of his original 1984 short, has been shifted from the originally announced March 9, 2012, to the more appropriate October 5th, 2012.  Along with pushing back Frankenweenie, the studio is moving up John Carter of Mars from June 8th, 2012 to the March 9th date vacated by Frankenweenie. Ridley Scott's Prometheus has in turn left the March 9th slot to move to June 8, 2012 -- John Carter's old slot. 
The Latest Addition to our
Denny Miller Tribute 
Movie Mag Review ~ May 2, 1932

By Sam Woolford
Not since “Trader Horn” has there been such a picture as “Tarzan, the Ape Man,” now packing them in. This is another African picture by Van Dyke, the director who knows how to put thrills into pictures and leave hokum out. The favorite old story comes to life with Johnny Weissmuller, the swimming champ, in the title role, and he is just new enough to the screen to act like an ape man. Maureen O’Sullivan, C. Aubrey Smith and Neil Hamilton assist admirably.

Scenes which you will like (the ladies hiding their faces meanwhile) are:
Tarzan’s race across a lake with crocodiles.
The elephant stampede
Tarzan swinging through the trees.
The hippopotamus battle.
Tarzan rassling lions and stabbing them to death.
The entire picture is good with only the discordant note of the pygmies, who turn out to be midgets. However, these little fellows do a fine job of subbing.
And then there is Charley Chase cavorting with a crazy man in a bathtub.
Whatever you do, don’t fail to see this picture. It is one of the best of the year.

And lest you forget, “Grand Hotel” is coming Friday, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s bid for best picture of 1932.


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Atchafalaya voices: The First Tarzan Movie
January 23, 2011 ~ The Advertiser
In May of 1975, Morgan City dedicated a 24-acre swamp garden in the heart of the city; Tarzan was chosen as the theme because back in 1918, during the silent film era, "Tarzan of the Apes" was filmed in Morgan City, and it was the first Tarzan ever made. The movie was created from the novel written by Edgar Rice Burroughs, which was first released in All Story Magazine in October of 1912, and later the first book edition was published in 1914.

The Tarzan character was played by Elmo Lincoln and Jane was played by Enid Markey; the movie was filmed in 1918 just north of Morgan City now called Lake End Park on Lake Palourde. This was eons before the arrival of color television, and according to William "Bill" Lamar, a retired railroader and long time resident of Morgan City, the city's new swamp garden located behind the Municipal Auditorium was the property of two brothers who willed all of their holdings to Morgan City.

Mayor C.R. Brownell Jr. presided over the ceremony which was attended by many well-known celebrities including Danton Burroughs, Edgar's grandson, who at the time lived in Tarzana, California and treated everyone to an "authentic" Tarzan yell. Buster Crabbe, 67-year-old Tarzan number six, was accompanied by a fake gorilla and a host of local youngsters clad in leopard skin costumes for the occasion.

According to the article, Buster Crabbe said the greatest Tarzan ever was Johnny Weissmuller, the creator of the famous Tarzan yell. Buster Crabbe did only one Tarzan film, Tarzan The Fearless in 1933; however, people think he starred in a lot more Tarzan movies because they were in successive order. And who could forget the famous "Me Tarzan, you Jane" line. According to Wikipedia, the line wasn't from Edgar Rice Burroughs, but from Johnny Weissmuller after seeing Maureen O'Sullivan (Jane) in the movie studio parking lot struggling to lift her heavy suitcase into the truck of her car. Weissmuller laughingly uttered the words as he effortlessly swooped up the case and tossed it into the car. Enough cast and crewmembers were around to hear his comments and it stuck, even to this day. More>>>

For more on this see the ERBzine Features on
Al Bohl's Documentary
Tarzan: Lord of the Louisiana Jungle
See the Official Trailer at our YouTube Site
Actor taps his quiet side
January 22, 2011 ~ Minneapolis Star Tribune
Casting Reed Sigmund in "Babe" is like asking a Vikings running back to play "Swan Lake." The Jim Carrey-style actor has heaved himself with abandon into a battery of manic, larger-than-life roles over the past 11 seasons at the Children's Theatre. Now he has been tapped to play the serene Farmer Hoggett in "Babe," which opens this weekend in Minneapolis. The character communicates more with silence than with big movements or blustery words. "Normally, I dive into a role with total physicality," Sigmund said during a rehearsal break last week. "But Farmer Hoggett is a pretty still individual. I have to restrain my urge to leap into something. I'm going to work hard to be quiet."

Adapted from Englishman Dick King-Smith's 1983 novel "The Sheep-Pig" -- which also launched the 1995 motion picture that was nominated for seven Oscars -- "Babe" is a porky adventure. . . . In an only-in-acting coincidence, Sigmund has a connection to the movie version of "Babe." The actor is just wrapping up the shoot for his first feature film, "Souvenirs," a war-themed movie connecting World War II to Iraq. The film stars James Cromwell, who was nominated for an Oscar for playing Farmer Hoggett in the 1995 film version of "Babe."

Sigmund has impressed "Souvenirs" director Sam Fischer. "Reed's a fantastic actor," he said. "He plays a tough guy who's caring and funny but doesn't take any flak from anyone. He's got this incredible look, a great voice and can do anything he puts his mind to." That Sigmund and Cromwell share a history with "Babe" is surprising. The two men have very different body types. Sigmund is 5 feet 7, Cromwell a foot taller. "Opposites, we are," said Sigmund. "He has a tall, sleek figure and I'm short and lumpy. But watching him onscreen and working in proximity to him on this film has taught me so much. Mr. Cromwell communicates with a twinkle in his eye. It's magical to watch him. I just hope to capture a sliver of his magic." More>>>

Actor, Reed Sigmund as, Farmer Hoggett 
with his dog, Fly, played by Mo Perry

Actor, Reed Sigmund as, Farmer Hoggett 
and Dean Holt as the pig, Babe
Reed Sigmund is son of Rudy Sigmund
Rudy is hosting this year's ECOF Convention in Minneapolis
Le Mans Tarzan! Exhibition
Tarzan as we know him
15/12/2010 to 17/04/2011
Le Mans - Loire Valley
Tarzan is one of the most well-known figures of popular culture; more than a character, he is an icon. Given that the tale of the "jungle child" is incessantly revived by the entertainment industries, this exhibition is sure to interest people of all ages.

Though Edgar Rice Burroughs fathered the original character, we all know Tarzan as the sum of many different elements: a faceless war-cry from black and white flicks, Christopher Lambert attempting to say "Razor", the animated hunk in Disney video games, etc…

Together, these form one of the most popular and widespread "mythologies" of the 20th century.

This fascinating exhibition covers the Tarzan's origins, as a character as much as a "myth". In particular, the expo will deal with his representation in the world of cinema.

~ Submitted by Denny Miller


Tarzan Audition for Paris Disneyland: Tarzan La Rencontre 2011
Audition page with video for the casting of the return of Tarzan to Paris Disneyland

Tarzan on Broadway: 1921


Tarzan: The Greystoke Legacy - Coming in June 2011!
2012 sees the centennial anniversary of the publication of Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs. As part of the run-up to this milestone, Andy Briggs has been writing a new series of Tarzan books, the first of which, Tarzan: the Legacy of Greystoke, is due to be published in June 2011 by Faber & Faber.

Set in modern Africa, Tarzan: The Greystoke Legacy follows a re-imagined Tarzan who is edgier, untamed and feral while remaining the iconic hero, raised by apes and protector of the wild. Among the 21st-century difficulties the new Tarzan will face: warring guerrillas, poaching of endangered animals, illegal logging and the decline of the environment. The story's original characters will appear in slightly different form: Jane is a 14-year-old girl accustomed to technology, Robert Canler is a runaway with a mysterious past, and cannibal tribes are replaced by rebel guerrillas.

Synopsis: What lies in the depths of the jungle? Escaping a dark secret, Robbie Canler joins an illegal logging team in the Congo jungle. Now they"re under siege from a sinister force. When the daughter of the camp's boss, Jane Porter, goes missing they assume bloodthirsty rebel soldiers have kidnapped her. Robbie sets out on a rescue mission - unaware he is being watched... Are the rumours of a feral man raised by wild apes true? If so, can the mysterious untamed savage be trusted to help them?

As we reported in ERBzine News last April 2010:
A Newly Illustrated Edition of Beware! by Mike Hoffman

Mike Hoffman has published an illustrated edition of ERB's story Beware!
It may be purchased at:
See the Beware!/Scientists Revolt Entry in the
ERBzine Illustrated Bibliography

Dynamite Comics announce 'Warlord' prequel for March 2011 release
ComicsDynamite Entertainment has announced a prequel to its Edgar Rice Burroughs reimagining Warlord Of Mars. The book focuses on the Dejah Thoris character and is set 400 years before John Carter's arrival on the Red Planet.  Arvid Nelson - who penned the previous Warlord - will shoulder writing duties on the prequel. Artwork is provided by Dynamite regular Carlos Rafael. "The series will be part-political thriller, a genre I enjoy very much," said Nelson. "Some of the best parts of Dune, in my opinion, are the scenes in the court of the Padishah. This story is about the rise of Helium, Dejah's kingdom, to pre-eminence. When it opens, Lesser and Greater Helium are divided. They're warring city states. Dejah's family is in control of Lesser Helium. Both Heliums are under the 'protection' of the Jeddak of Yorn, a very powerful and underhanded warlord. Yorn is more dangerous than either Helium realises."

Dynamite's Warlord of Mars ~ No. 6
See covers 1-5 in ERBzine
Dejah Thoris and John Carter travel to the dreaded city of Thark, where the green Martian warlord awaits. Unfortunately for them, the big, slobbery green monster has a "thing" for red Martian girls. Fortunately, John Carter has super-human strength, and a super-human will to go along with it! Carter realizes he and Dejah cannot remain captives of the green Martians any longer. But the green Martians aren't giving up without a fight. And if they do escape, what terrors await them in the harsh and desolate wilderness of Mars? Find out in Warlord of Mars #6: A Desperate Flight!

Joe Jusko Art

Lucio Parrillo

Stephen Sadowski

Stephen Sadowski
See more Warlord and Dejah cover art in the
December 2010 issue of ERB Eclectica


New to our General Charles King (1844-1933) Tribute Site:
Indian Fighter, Author, and stated the only soldier in U.S. history to serve in five American Wars.
A letter is to a young admirer of one of his novels, with good content about the characters in the novel.

Milwaukee, July 1, 1891

"Certainly you shall know about "Grace and Kitty" and the others whom you name, my little friend, and rest assured I am always glad to receive such pleasant letters.

"Kitty" never had an original that I know of. "Marion" and "Grace" both married in the Army but neither of them married Truscott or Ray, who with Blake, were all in our uniform long years ago but never wear it now.

"Ray" and "Blake" met their soldiers fate while you probably were a wee baby and Jack Truscott is so big and stout (and bald) that you would never recognize him as the Arizona Trooper of the story.

Sincerely yours -
Charles King Capt. USA.
[ps] "Colonel Pelham" was a composite character so to speak. I forgot your query about him."

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A 1930 vintage flour sack issued by the Hutchinson Bag Co. of Kansas.
Size 19"x34" - 98 Lbs. ~ Only 4 are known to exist.

Visit the ERBZine Comics and Memorabilia Section

Harlan Ellison
Harlan Ellison is selling his first typewriter to raise funds for medical expenses.
He is asking $40,000.

Ellison photo by William Wagner taken at Stoneybrook University

Cancer Claims the Lives of
Two Friends of Danton Burroughs and ERB Fandom

Jerry Weist (1949-2011)

January 07, 2011
Jerry Weist, noted author, collector, dealer and longtime friend and business associate of Danton Burroughs, has passed away from complications of battling multiple myeloma cancer. Weist has authored numerous books, including Bradbury: An Illustrated Life, the first two editions of The Comic Art Price Guide, 100 Greatest Comic Books, and a book on Frank R. Paul, which he was updated at the time of his death. He was also a retailer. He opened The Million Year Picnic, one of the first specialty comics stores in the US) in Boston in 1974. And he was a consultant to Sotheby's auction house from 1990 to 2001.

John Westervelt

The JCB Treasure Vaults
At work and play with Danton Burroughs

With the Classic Car Collection

With Ralph Herman and Steve Ramada at Danton's Memorial
Visit our John Westervelt Feature at
ERBzine 1074

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