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Tarzan co-star Cheetah dies at Palm Harbor sanctuary
Tampa Tribune ~ December 27, 2011

Cheetah, the most famous of the sanctuary's 15 chimpanzees, liked to see people laugh

Cheetah the chimpanzee, who acted in classic Tarzan movies in the early 1930s, died of kidney failure Saturday at Suncoast Primate Sanctuary in Palm Harbor, a sanctuary spokeswoman said. Cheetah was roughly 80 years old, loved fingerpainting and football and was soothed by nondenominational Christian music, said Debbie Cobb, the sanctuary's outreach director. He was an outgoing chimp who was exposed to the public his whole life, Cobb said today. "He wasn't a chimp that caused a lot of problems," . . . "In the wild, the average chimp survives 25 to 35 years and at zoos chimps typically live 35 to 45 years," she said.

Cheetah acted in the 1932-34 Tarzan movies, Cobb said. Movies filmed during that timeframe starred Johnny Weissmuller and include "Tarzan and His Mate" and "Tarzan the Ape Man," according to the Internet Movie Database. Sometime around 1960, Cheetah came to the sanctuary from Weissmuller's estate in Ocala, Cobb said.

Cheetah, the most famous of the sanctuary's 15 chimpanzees, liked to see people laugh. "He was very compassionate," Cobb said. "He could tell if I was having a good day or a bad day. He was always trying to get me to laugh if he thought I was having a bad day. He was very in tune to human feelings."

Ron Priest, a sanctuary volunteer for seven years, said Cheetah stood out because of his ability to stand up Ė shoulders tall, back straight Ė and walk like a person. Cheetah also stood out for another reason, Priest said: "When he didn't like somebody or something that was going on, he would pick up some poop and throw it at them. He could get you at 30 feet with bars in between." It doesn't appear Cheetah had any children, Cobb said.

Cheetah put a lot of thought into his art, though if he was tired he would give up easily and not play with it much. He wasn't into watching animal shows on television, but he enjoyed watching all the color and movement when football appeared on screen. Cobb wasn't aware of whether Cheetah had any favorite teams. "I couldn't ask him that," she said. "I'm not a chimp psychic."

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Chimp's purported age, film claim prompts questions

CNN ~ December 29, 2011
Cheetah: Not-so-true Hollywood stories

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See Our Cheetah/Jiggs/Nkima Tribute Feature

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Faced with the task of donning the Tarzan mantle after Johnny Weissmuller stepped down, Lex Barker bore it well. No longer overshadowed by Weissmuller, Barker's Tarzan films are ready to swing their way to a much deserved rediscovery. 
TARZANíS MAGIC FOUNTAIN (1949) In the first of his Tarzan films, Barker must keep greedy outsiders from discovering a magical Fountain of Youth. 
TARZAN AND THE SLAVE GIRL (1950) A vanishing tribe seeks to repopulate its numbers by kidnapping women- among those kidnapped: Tarzanís Jane! 
TARZANíS PERIL (1951) The arrival of gunrunners in the jungle can mean only one thing for Tarzan: trouble, and plenty of it! 
TARZANíS SAVAGE FURY (1952) English jewel thieves dupe Tarzan into being their guide. 
TARZAN AND THE SHE-DEVIL (1953) In his final Tarzan film, Barker must rely on his elephant friends to battle ivory hunters that enslave tribesmen.

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Gordon Scottís literate, intelligent Tarzan (much as Edgar Rice Burroughs intended) is regarded as one of the best. Complete collection. 
TARZANíS HIDDEN JUNGLE (1955) Gordon Scott makes his debut as Tarzan takes on a team of hunters posing as a film crew. 
TARZAN AND THE LOST SAFARI (1957) Tarzanís first color film sees him helping stranded high-society travelers. 
TARZAN AND THE TRAPPERS (1958) Tarzan takes on poachers and plunderers in this film culled together from three episodes of an intended TV series. 
TARZANíS FIGHT FOR LIFE (1957) Tarzan is captured by a witch doctor looking for the heart of a lion Ė or a jungle lord - for a tribal ceremony. 
TARZANíS GREATEST ADVENTURE (1959) Considered one of the best of all of Tarzanís film exploits, Greatest Adventure also features Sean Connery as the villain! 
TARZAN THE MAGNIFICENT (1960) Scottís final swing as Tarzan includes a climactic brawl with Jock Mahoney, the next actor to play Tarzan.
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Tarzan Returns in issues 8 - 10 of Dark Horse Presents, 
available in Jan. 2012. 
"The Once and Future Tarzan" is a three episode serial 
appearing in issues 8, 9 and 10 of 
the anthology comic book Dark Horse Presents. 
Written by Alan Gordon illustrated by Thomas Yeates, 
from a  concept by Thomas Yeates.
Comic Review: John Carter-World of Mars #2
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New Treasures: Strange Worlds
An anthology of sword and planet stories from Space Puppet Press
collected, edited and illlustrated by Jeff Doten.
Strange Worlds collects nine pieces of original fiction from Ken St. Andre, Charles A. Gramlich, Paul R. McNamee, Lisa V. Tomecek, Charles R. Rutledge, and others.  Each story is also illustrated by Jeff Doten with a full color plate, done in loving homage to the Ace Doubles of the '50s and '60s, where much of the most-loved sword and planet in the genre first appeared.

Doten provides illustrations for each story as well as adding 13-page full-color ďStrange WorldsĒ comic,  which he has written and illustrated. There's also a three-page Suggested Reading list, an invaluable reference for modern fans covering virtually every major practitioner of the genre ó from Edgar Rice Burroughs, Otis Adelbert Kline, Gardner Fox, Leigh Brackett, and Lin Carter, all the way up to more modern writers experimenting in the same playground, such as S.M. Stirling.

Strange Worlds is 189 pages printed on quality stock in oversize format. It is available from Space Puppet Press for $27 plus $3.75 U.S. shipping.

JANE:  The Woman Who Loved Tarzan
Interview Excerpt with Author Robin Maxell
"My next novel Ė it wonít be published till September 2012, is JANE:  The Woman Who Loved Tarzan.  Itís set in 1912 and itís fiction, so I suppose it could be considered historical fiction.  But it was written (with the full authorization and support of the Edgar Rice Burroughs Estate) as a Tarzan classic.  It's the first novel in the ERB Tarzan franchise to be penned by a woman, and the first of the series written from Janeís point of view.  It crosses several genres (adventure, sci-fi/fantasy, romance, and womenís literature), but at its heart it is, like all my other books, the story of a strong, fabulous woman who stands tall under extraordinary circumstances." ~ Robin Maxwell
Wold Newton series
Time's Last Gift
U.K publisher Titan Books has entered into an agreement with the Estate of Philip Jose Farmer to bring a large selection of Mr. Farmer's backlist titles back into print.  Significantly, many of the books which are a part of the arrangement initially were published as standalone novels, but came to be considered part of Mr. Farmer's ongoing Wold Newton Family cycle.

Now, for the very first time, these novels will be published and packaged as a formal part of a Wold Newton series.

Second in Titan's lineup is Mr. Farmer's Time's Last Gift, a time travel novel featuring a well known Lord of the Jungle, whose initials, TLG, happen to match the abbreviation of the book's title. First published in 1972, and revised in 1977, Time's Last Gift is one of Mr. Farmer's finest novels, and serves as a prequel to his series of books featuring the land of Khokarsa in Ancient Africa (Hadon of Ancient Opar, Flight to Opar, and the forthcoming The Song of Kwasin.)

Time's Last Gift is currently scheduled for release in June 2012, and will be available at major outlets such as Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Editions will include trade paperback and digital (Kindle & Nook). Stay tuned to this space, Mr. Farmer's official website, and Facebook (Philip Jose Farmer | Win Scott Eckert) for information on other forthcoming titles.

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The LOS ANGELES COMIC BOOK AND SCIENCE FICTION CONVENTION celebrates it's milestone 35th Anniversary during 2012.  Started as a monthly show in 1977, the LOS ANGELES COMIC BOOK AND SCIENCE FICTION CONVENTION has held over 350 shows with Special Guests from Comic Books, Film, Television, Animation, as well as spotlighting a large Dealers Room full of Comic Books and Collectibles.  Starting in 2005 the Convention has been staged 4-8 times a year.
The LOS ANGELES COMIC BOOK AND SCIENCE FICTION CONVENTION spotlights these Special Guests at the JANUARY 15, 2012 show:

RON ELY starred as three iconic characters from the Comic Books and the Pulps: as Tarzan in the 1966 NBC-TV Tarzan series, as Doc Savage in the 1975 Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze,and as an alternate universe Superman in the 1988 The Adventures of Superboy TV Series.  RON ELY will be signing autographs from 11:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M., and while there is a charge for each autograph it includes a choice of photo.

YANCY BUTLER has credits that include starring as Sara Pezzini/Witchblade in the Witchblade Television series based on the Image Comic Book; as crimefighting robot Sgt. Eve Edison in the Mann and Machine Television series; and Movies such as John Woo's Hard Target, and Kick-Ass.

The cast of The Adventures of Superboy (1988-1992) Television series appears together for the First Time at a Convention, JOHN HAYMES NEWTON (1st season Clark Kent/Superboy), JAMES CALVERT (TJ White), TRACY ROBERTS (Darla), and ILYA SALKIND (Series Producer).

REX SMITH starred as the first screen Daredevil based on the Marvel Comic Book in the Television Movie The Trial of the Incredible Hulk with Bill Bixby and Lou Ferrigno.  Rex also starred as crimefighter Jesse Mach in the Street Hawk Television series.

ROBERT DIX starred as Crewman Grey in the 1956 Science Fiction Classic Forbidden Planet, and Robert also starred in many cult horror movies such as Frankenstein's Daughter.

REGULAR ADMISSION is only $8.00, five years and under are free.  Show Hours: 10:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M.  The Convention is located at the Shrine Auditorium Expo Center, 700 West 32nd Street, in Los Angeles, CA (across from USC College).  The Dealers Room features over one hundred tables of Comic Books, Toys, Trading Cards, DVDs, and many other Collectibles. PREMIUM ADMISSION is $12.00 and attendees receive a UNDERWORLD AWAKENING MOVIE T-SHIRT AND FULL SIZE POSTER, and EARLY ADMISSION to the Convention starting at 9:10 A.M.  Check for more information.
CONTACT: Bruce Schwartz | | Phone: 818.954.8432

This is our flier for our upcoming Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention next April. 
Weíll be celebrating the 100th anniversary of Tarzan and John Carter,
and hope to have a number of interesting ERB programming features, 
including an ERB focus in our film programming (with a showing of the new Tarzan documentary 
that Al Bohl is working on, and his reworking of the original film) 
and in our art room. 
Weíre also open to ideas that the ERB community may have.
Best, Doug Ellis
16th Annual Fantastic Pulps Show and Sale 

Saturday, May 5, 2012, 10am to 5pm!
Canada's premier pulp event! 
The show is a small but pulp specific event, with lots of great stuff for the collector and the curious alike. 
From 10am to 5pm, located at the Lillian H. Smith branch of 
the Toronto Public Library, 239 College Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. 

For more information, contact us at:
Girasol Collectables Inc.
3501 Glen Erin Drive, Suite 1409
Mississauga, ON, Canada L5L 2E9

There are numerous hotels in the Toronto downtown, in various price ranges, 
and if you are an autoclub member, pick up one of their tourbooks for Toronto, Ontario, 
and you will find many additional options and attractions.
Louisiana film history gets centre stage
Free 'Hollywood on the Bayou' presentation
The Times-Picayune ~ December 13, 2011
Almost every year since the state passed its filmmaking tax incentives in 2002, new records have been set as more and more major feature films shoot in-state and more and more A-listers show up to star in them. But local film historian Ed Poole is afraid something is getting overlooked amid all the glitz and glamour.

"People are all worked up about the new production," Poole said, "but people aren't aware of what has gone on here. History is being forgotten. ... There's been almost no information available about what's been done here through the years. No one is keeping track." Or no one was keeping track, until Poole and his wife, Susan Poole -- hobbyists turned experts on original film posters -- decided to do something about it. The result is their 270-page book "Hollywood on the Bayou," which includes information on more than 1,000 films shot in Louisiana since 1892. Partly to promote the book and partly out of their love for old movies, they've also developed a multimedia presentation on the state's film industry, which they will present for free tonight (Dec. 13) at the Chalmette Movies.

The Pooles' hourlong presentation includes clips from the 1918 silent movie "Tarzan of the Apes," the first film to be based on Edgar Rice Burroughs' famous character in which the swamps of Morgan City stood in for the jungles of Africa. "This 'Tarzan' was 1918 and that was the first blockbuster shot here," Poole said. "During the presentation, we have a 2-minute clip from the 1918 'Tarzan' while we're talking, because there are some real unusual circumstances with that film. For instance they brought over a lion and a gorilla. The lion was killed on film -- which was OK at the time -- and they didn't want the expense of returning the gorilla, so rumor is it was released into the 'jungles' of Morgan City," Poole said.

Although "Tarzan of the Apes," starring Elmo Lincoln in the title role, is probably the most legendary clip in the Pooles' presentation, it's not the earliest example of Louisiana on film. "The first films done here were in 1898," Poole said. "We cover all through those -- we do a lot of silents, we do the first film studios, locally owned film studios, that were here. We then go through the decades showing a variety of films and clips."It'll be between 50 minutes and an hour. It depends if I get on a tangent or not," he said. "I have a habit of rambling when it gets on to these oddities -- and there are so many oddities that have gone on that have been forgotten."

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There's a reason December 7, 1941, and September 11, 2001, are often mentioned in the same breath. The suddenness and the scale of both sets of attacks (2,400 killed at Pearl Harbor; close to 3,000 killed on 9/11) was at once utterly shocking, and eerily similar: death descending, without warning, from a clear morning sky. The picture above, of the USS Shaw destroyer's forward magazine exploding, became one of the most reproduced images from that "date which will live in infamy," graphically attesting to the violence unleashed by the Japanese. (The Shaw, incredibly, was repaired and served in the Pacific throughout World War II.)
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Edgar Rice Burroughs: The War Years


From the John Martin Postal History Collection

Postal Service Celebrates with 2012 Forever Stamps

Louisiana Bicentennial
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Edgar Rice Burroughs Commemorative Stamp 
From the US Postal Service
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Rare Frank Frazetta

Birthday card that Frank drew for Ellie's father's birthday.

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New at the ERBzine John Carter Film News Site:
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More trailers and dozens more screen captures spread across nine Galleries.


Artist's Interpretation by Paul Privitera

Michael Giacchino ~ John Carter Film Score: 
A Live Conversation with Music
Go to the 42:30 Minute Mark for 
John Carter Interview and Score ~ December 17, 2011
See Michael in the Tarzana Hall of Fame

What we did is we made the White Apes a formidable creature that you kind of hear about throughout the movie, but you never really witness. Thereís a subtle sense of anticipation for what these things might be like. Then Michael Kutsche ó who did a lot of the designs on Alice in Wonderland Ė came up with this design on his own, for just their scale. He made them nocturnal, almost like moles ó they stopped using their eyes, and just had a heightened sense of smell. We just love that. We needed a scene where Carter was going have to get out of his execution sentence in order to move the story forward, and we thought what better than having to go up against this formidable creature?

You know, I planned reshoots for after I got an assembly, so I had real objectivity about what it needed. Thatís all we do at Pixar. The truth is, we rip down and put up our movies a minimum of four times over four years. How I learned to make a movie by shooting it four times. Thatís how me make them.

People wonder what the magic elixir of Pixar is. Itís this: we shoot the movie four times! Thereís no rocket science to it. Itís like saying, youíre a musician. You get to go and write a song, but you only get to touch the strings once on your guitar. Once. And then we take it away from you. As opposed to just going into your office and just strum until you get a great tune. To me, thatís just how art is formed. So, again, no huge epiphany.

Itís definitely more cumbersome with live action, so I couldnít set up four reshoots, but damn, Iíll always ask for as many as I can get, because I donít find any embarrassment in that. Itís like me saying to you, you can all go and write a piece about what we talked about today, but you only get to write it once. You donít get to change a word once itís set down. And thatís how movies are made, and itís fucked up. It should be that you should somehow be able to balance economics and let the artist be an artist, and not be afraid of failure or trial and error. You do it with takes, right? Everybody gets 30 takes, 10 takes, five takes until we get it right. Why should I suddenly be omniscient and know that something will work, no matter how itís written on the paper? Itís a different beast when itís on the screen. Believe me, we know that at Pixar.

    Thereís a knowledge that doesnít come any sooner until you watch it. So why not plan for that? If historyís shown that, for 70 fricking years, why arenít you planning a process?  Why, if itís so proven that way, donít you set up a process that acknowledges it? Itís been so forever. Thatís what Pixar did. We didnít know how other people made films, we just used logic, which it turns out, nobody uses. I couldnít correct the whole screwed up process of live-action movie making, but thatís certainly on my agenda someday. But by hook or by crook, I managed to get on screen what I wanted to see. So I looked and I learned a tonne on the way.

Hereís the real truth of it. Iíd already changed it from A Princess Of Mars to John Carter Of Mars. I donít like to get fixated on it, but I changed Princess Of MarsÖ because not a single boy would go.  And then the other truth is, no girl would go to see John Carter Of Mars. So I said, ďI donít wonít to do anything out of fear, I hate doing things out of fear, but I canít ignore that truth.Ē

All the time we were making this big character story which just so happens to be in this big, spectacular new environment. But itís not about the spectacle, itís about the investment. I thought, Iíve really worked hard to make all of this an origin story. Itís about a guy becoming John Carter. So Iím not misrepresenting what this movie is, itís John Carter. Mars is going to stick on any other film in the series. But by then, it wonít have a stigma to it.

There was no main villain in Princess of Mars, and the villain would change every few chapters. Thereís that axiom ďYouĒre only as good as your villainĒ and I donít know if thatís true but I didnít want to find out the hard way. I went to later books and found a villain (Matai Shang played by Mark Strong) that did scope over multiple stories, and I brought him in earlier. He had an agenda that was equal to the scope of Carter, and thatís how Iíd want to balance it out anyway with any antagonistic situation even if I was making an original film. We were just using good old school storytelling techniques.

We bought the rights to the first three books when we first started. I thought, letís set it off right because you never get time back. The worse case scenario is that youíll plan for more but only make one. But what Iíd hate is that youíd plan for one with no preparation for the others, because itíll show. Itíll really bite you in the back end. I never expected anyone to say weíd definitely do more than one. Itís a huge risk for themÖ and Itís a huge chunk of change to make any of these movies, something this big. So it made complete sense to me, from their side of the fence, to wait until the movieís out. So if the worst is that it was just a writing exercise for me to plan the others and then I never get to do them, I donít think Iíll have any regrets. So weíve been planning out all three all along, just on the chance that they do go ahead. My fan wish is that weíll go to all eleven stories and make more.

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From: Tricia Petitt
Cc: George T McWhorter
November 17, 2011
Subject: Photo of George McWhorter's father

I am George McWhorterís niece and I love your new website for him, however, you made an error in photos on this page:

That is a photo of his mother, Nell Dismukes McWhorter, but the man you placed there is a photo of Pinckney Lee McWhorter and he was Georgeís grandfather Ė not father.

I am attaching a photo of George Turberville McWhorter, Sr. - George's father.

Tricia Petitt

From: Tricia Petitt
To: Edgar Rice Burroughs Tribute Sites 
November 18, 2011
Subject: George McWhorter's ERB Books

I loved your tributes to Uncle George.  I just felt it necessary to let you know something very important.
I want you to know that the ERB books my uncle George said were destroyed by his ďsisterís childrenĒ isnít exactly true! I never touched them Ė nor have I ever read one. I have watched every Tarzan movie and loved them, however,  I was a Nancy Drew reader when I was young.

My older brother, Bill, was given the ERB books by my grandmother Ė Nell, Georgeís mother. I am not sure what happened to the books but I believe Bill still has them. Otherwise they may have been lost during his many moves since he was in the USAF for 28 years overseas and now the State Department. I checked with my brother Bill and he says he still has the books and they are in excellent condition. He also told me that he offered them back to you since you were getting together the collection a long time ago and that you told him you had already replaced them and didnít need them any longer.

To Uncle George:
I just wanted you to know that they were still being taken great care of and if you want them to be part of the collection there at the library Ė I know Bill would be more than happy to box them up and send to you. Just let me know and I will make it happen.

You know I love and adore you with all of my heart but I didnít want you to think for another moment that Bill would do such a thing as to destroy these great books! 

I am so proud of all of your accomplishments. I think you know that I have always idolized you and would do anything for you. So if this means a lot to you, then your boyhood books should be a part of the collection!

Love and hugs

From: Chip Clements
November 18, 2011
Subject: Walter White, Jr.

I just stumbled across your website while trying to track down information about my old neighbor Walter White, Jr., producer of the Tarzan radio series.  Although I didn't know him other than exchanging an occasional nod, I used to be a neighbor of his in Hollywood (Franklin and Kenmore).  After he died, I went out to empty a wastebasket one evening and found that a relative of his was dumping the remains of his life into the building's trash bin.  And then I discovered that the guy I'd seen as a courtly old man was not only an actor and producer, but a white supremacist of the first order.  In addition to a bunch of circus stills and stills of Hopalong Cassidy, I recovered boxes of hate literature and multiple copies of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion and a bunch of other hateful stuff (all of which I donated to a library of social movements in South Central LA.)  He'd had a mimeograph machine in his apartment and apparently he wrote and distributed a monthly screed of the most vile stuff imaginable.

Not that you're likely to care, but I thought it was an interesting wrinkle in the history of Tarzan...that the portrayal of those African native characters would have been produced by white supremacist.

Chip Clements

Tublat's favorite limerick:
In days of yore the God of War
Rode bareback on his filly.
"I'm Thor" he cried;
The mare replied:
"Then use a thaddle, thilly."

From the depths of Marsí realm you came to ease my saddened heart.
O Red Planet Queen, speak your name.  As one, weíll never part.

A stranger to you I may seem, yet my motiveís so true.
In you lifeís such a surreal dream; no more will I feel blue.

For loveís honor I will defend with my very last breath.
Your sweet kiss soothes now me no end; thus Iíll fear no death!

Queen of Mars, pure of heart and form, with you here Iím alive.
Through sunshine and many a storm, together we will thrive!

 --Thomas R. Skidmore, with due thanks to the works of the legendary

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