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TARZAN continues his march through the "conversations" on 
The Jungle Deep podcast!
Half of the over-20 episodes recorded in the last 5 months for Jungle Deep have some mention of Tarzan. Past shows have featured Tarzan documentary filmmaker Al Bohl, Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc. president, Jim Sullos, Tarzan fans: Mick Mittermeier and Conservation International president, Dr. Russ Mittermeier and Tarzan webmaster, 

Bill Hillman (

Just released is Part 2 of the conversation with 
Tarzan actor, Denny Miller. 
YouTube Location ~ MP3 Version

Denny Miller

The movie star-bound "African Tarzan", DeWet Du Toit, just completed a recorded visit for Jungle Deep and it will appear on an episode soon. "Jane" author, Robin Maxwell has committed to an interview in coming weeks. Authors Scott Tracy Griffin, Thomas Yeates, and Andy Briggs have each been reached with an invitation to appear on the show. A show about the jungle - about jungle wildlife and the preservation of endangered species, about jungle movies, books, and music, and teaching young people about conservation of the tropical rain forests is a good place for Tarzan to hang out. A topic explored with each Tarzan-related guest on the show, a consensus has formed that Tarzan definitely does have a role to play in the next 100 years as a conservation mentor. After all, what is left of the world's jungles really do need his help. They ARE disappearing.

Visit to see what is "Coming Up!" Subscribe to the free Jungle Deep podcast. 
And tell your friends! ~ "Dr. Jones" Ken Jones, New Media Producer.

From our ERB, Inc. WHAT'S NEW Section:
TARZAN: The Greystoke Legacy
By Andy Briggs
Open Road Media ~ 177 pages
Pulp Fiction Reviews ~ January 27, 2013
We’d vaguely heard mention someone was going to be re-launching a new, modern version of Tarzan a while back then promptly forgot all about it.  These kind of re-imaginings have been tried before with various pulp heroes; most of them have failed miserably and are better left forgotten.  Thus when one of the marketing agents for Open Road Media contacted us about reviewing Andy Briggs new Tarzan books we were curious enough to accept their gracious invitation.  The books arrived two weeks ago (they are also available as Ebooks) and we were anxious to dig into them.

It is important that we make it resoundingly clear that Tarzan of the Apes as created and written by Edgar Rice Burroughs is one of our favorite fictional characters.  Having discovered Burroughs books in paperback format during our teen years, we devoured most of them and particularly cherish the first two; “Tarzan of the Apes” and “The Return of Tarzan.”  Together they tell one of the most amazing yarns ever put to paper and from which an entire cottage industry was born.  Tarzan is easily one of the most recognizable figures of all times and has been portrayed in movies (starting with the silent era), TV series, comic books, radio and who knows what else.  His venerable tale is of man’s daily struggles with survival, the preservation of his natural environment and the steadily encroaching beast that is modern civilization.

After having read, “Tarzan : The Greystoke Legacy,” we confess to having been wonderfully surprised at just how well it was both conceived and executed.  Briggs is a truly talented writer who is obviously a true fan of Burroughs’ original stories and he reshapes the origin of the Ape Man with both a logical presentation and a great deal of reverence for the classic source material.  Unlike Burroughs, who lived in a time when his background setting for Tarzan was a still largely unexplored “Dark” Continent, Briggs is challenged to offer us a hero whose jungle home is a rapidly dwindling landscape endangered daily by multiple factions.

Burroughs never once, in his many books, ever offered us scientific details of the wildlife and flora of the savage jungle he wrote about.  Not so in this retelling.  Yet, despite his handicap of portraying an authentic wilderness, Briggs never loses sight of the intrinsic nature of his hero; Tarzan is a savage being nurtured by the law of the jungle.  He kills his enemies and protects his friend, be they beast or human.

Jane Porter is a troubled, lonely young woman, who has followed her father into Congo where he and his partner are operating an illegal tree-cutting operation.  When mysterious acts of vandalism begin plaguing the camp and slowing down the work, those in charge believe the sabotage to be the work of militant rebels hiding deeper in the jungle.  One night someone sets fires to the machinery and Jane, disorientated by an explosion, awakens to find herself lost in the jungle.  When he is found and rescued by a half naked white man calling himself Tarzan, she is propelled into an adventure that will both alter her world view and awaken an inner strength and courage she didn’t know she possessed.  All because of this strange, mysterious man who dwells amongst the giant apes of the forest.

The last thing this reviewer desires is to spoil the exuberant, grand adventure this book presents by giving away scenes that are both fresh while echoing the iconic trappings of this legendary figure.  “Tarzan : The Greystorke Legacy,” is a rousing, hugely entertaining read that respects it heritage while offering us a truly exciting “new” Tarzan for our times.  We can’t wait to dig into book two.  Stay tuned, Tarzan fans.

Tarzan Rebooted!
Wired ~ January 31, 2013
After I reviewed Tarzan: The Centennial Celebration, a coffee table book full of all things about Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan, I was contacted by the publisher of a new young adult series that effectively reboots Tarzan for the next generation.

The novels, Tarzan: The Greystoke Legacy and Tarzan: The Jungle Warrior, casts a modern-day Tarzan in his traditional role as protector of the African jungle at at the center of the war going on over resources on the continent. I was skeptical. Burroughs’ Tarzan is a product of the pulp heroes of his time and there are some problematic racial elements involved with a white savior in Africa. After the first chapter of the first book, my skepticism vanished. We see Tarzan stalking his human prey in a scene that could have come directly from Burroughs, and I was hooked.

Andy Briggs has retained Tarzan’s savagery and strikes a good balance between adventure and the young-adult oriented coming of age story of the heroine, Jane. In these books, Jane isn’t a romantic interest for Tarzan so much as his first human friend. Jane is in the jungle with her father, who is trying to make a big payday with an illegal logging operation after a bankruptcy triggered by Jane’s estranged mother. The leader of the expedition, Clark, is well aware his crew is breaking the law but needs the money, like Jane’s father. Initially, Jane hates being in the camp for all the wrong reasons. She misses Baltimore and her pampered life, rather than being worried her father is doing something wrong.

Naturally, her camp becomes a target of Tarzan’s wrath, as he sees it as a threat to his tribe and the other jungle animals he protects. Jane is injured inadvertently during one of Tarzan’s night raids on the camp and she ends up with his gorilla tribe, being nursed back to health by him. I love how Briggs doesn’t stint on the details of Tarzan’s savage nature, such as eating his meat raw and dripping blood. (This doesn’t endear him to Jane, who’ll only eat fruit.) The descriptions of the jungle and Tarzan’s way of traveling through the tops of the trees are excellent.

The action scenes, particularly a lion attack on the gorillas of Tarzan’s tribe, are also well done. I also like how all the characters at the camp are three-dimensional. The exception to this are the rebels who blame the loggers for Tarzan’s attacks on their camp and who force Tarzan to work with the loggers.

Overall, this is a very good continuation of Tarzan’s story and updates him nicely. I’d recommend them for ages 10 and up because of the violence.

The latest in the Andy Briggs Tarzan series is now available at AMAZON UK:
Read More About Andy Briggs and His Tarzan Projects in
Part I
Part II
American Cinematheque/Retroformat presents
the original Tarzan of the Apes (1918), 
plus The Adventures of Tarzan (1921),
both starring the role's originator, mighty Elmo Lincoln! 
With Cliff Retallic at the Keyboard!
Special guest, author Scott Tracy Griffin, will be on hand at 6:30 p.m., signing copies of his commemorative visual history, Tarzan: The Centennial History, and 
will do a presentation on Tarzan history.
Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 7:30 pm
Spielberg Screening Room at the historic 
Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, California
He was broke at thirty-five. He had been a soldier, cowboy, gold-miner, railroad cop, pencil-sharpener salesman -- eighteen failures in such conflicting occupations were chaulked up against him wehn he went broke. And then, after the birth of his third child, his desperation sent his imagination back to the beginning of things; and lo, a superman was created to slay the voractious wolf at the door! Tarzan, the son of grim necessity, was born; and he made a fortune for his creator. Tarzan's thrilling adventures have been translated into sixteen languages. Eight million volumes have been sold in England and America along. Mr. Burroughs was discharged from the army because of a weak heart; his amazing hero Tarzan now speeds up the heart-action of men and women, booys and girls everywhere, every day. Mr. Burroughs' picture appears at the left.
The first film inspired by ERB's novel, "Tarzan of the Apes," premiered on 27 January 1918. CBS "Sunday Morning" TV news magazine interweaves full-length features with short segments, normally linked to an event on or close to the date of the broadcast. Their first short piece on the morning of January 27th was on the cinematic Tarzan, opening with the fact that the first Tarzan movie premiered on today's date, and then ran a couple of more minutes.
See the clip in our 
See their Webpage HERE
Robbyn McFadden of CBS contacted me through my a few days before the piece ran and I supplied the images they used . . . they also took the ERB bio and film info off the Website.
Tarzan of the Apes film entry
Tarzan of the Apes from our online Bibliography
Edgar Rice Burroughs info
I've supplied info for so many TV and print media people over the last year I can't keep track of them.
Both sets of Tarzan Ice Cream premium booklets. 
The top row of 6 booklets were the First Series, and the remaining 12 booklets 
(which are just a bit smaller, and are numbered 1-12) were the Second Series.
A New Deluxe Edition from Easton Press
Edgar Rice Burroughs'

A signed and numbered Deluxe Illustrated Edition of the immortal jungle masterpiece...
Tarzan of the Apes is a landmark in the history of adventure fiction. Brought to life in numerous Hollywood films, the character of Tarzan ranks among the most iconic in all literature. The book is offered here in a stunning Deluxe Limited Edition, featuring eight new full-color works of art and several ornamentation illustrations by nine-time Hugo Award-winning artist Bob Eggleton, commissioned exclusively for this volume. Each book is personally signed by the artist. The Deluxe Limited Edition of Tarzan of the Apes comes in a stamped, fabric-covered slipcase, features intricate 2-color stamping on the cover, and includes a hand-numbered certificate of authenticity. Available December 7, 2012.
9" x 11", 400pp ~ Item Number: 2335
1 volume. 3 monthly payments of just $89.00

Bob Eggleton art for the Easton Press Edition

Trading Cards

Latest Unauthorized Comic from Dynamite

Another excellent video documentary by Dick Spargur
The Tarzana Centennial 2012 Dum-Dum

We've been hard at work : )
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"On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, he wore it on the left. On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, on the right. On Sundays, he let Jane do the fighting." ~ Anonymous (in regards to which side of the loin cloth Weissmuller hung his knife)
John Carter style novels
by Hitoshi Yoshioka
Born in Kasaoka, Okayama, Japan: 16 July 1960

Disney’s John Carter film isn’t the only modern spin to be found on the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs. 

There’s a whole world of as-yet untranslated Japanese novels that delve into the worlds of Victorian science fiction and adventure, from the prolific author Hitoshi Yoshioka, best known in English as the creator of Irresponsible Captain Tylor and Idol Defence Band Hummingbirds.


The Jungle by Wilfredo Lam

New at the ERBzine Bob Hyde Tribute Site
Burroughs Bibliophiles president Bob Hyde presenting
artist Michael Friedlander with Golden Lion Award in 1998.

Tarzan 1930s Christmas Window Display
Mandel Brothers Department Store ~ State Street ~ Chicago

From Roger Edwards' Collection
"I’m a long-time fan and I thought you might like to see 
a bit of Burroughs memorabilia that I have. 
This was in a stamp collection that I bought many years ago. 
It is “Hully’s”  greeting notice from Uncle Sam from 1941.
I’ll probably put it up on EBay some time."
Roger Edwards

WWII Experiences of Hully and his dad, ERB, are featured at:

Hulbert Burroughs

I Should Be A Film ~ December 10, 2012
The Continuous Substantiation of One Man's Thought Process 
Throughout His Journey Through Cinema

Some movies just don’t hit the mark they’re supposed to. This year’s horribly named yet excellently executed sci-fi/adventure epic John Carter is, unfortunately, one of those movies. It’s a movie that pretty much does everything right – methodical pacing, fun action scenes, interesting story ideas, epic and engulfing music, decent performances, and solid characters are all features of this unique flick. Sadly, some movies are destined to not find a solid audience, no matter how well-made they are. Who woulda thunk that a Disney-funded sci-fi/adventure flick that’s actually pretty well made would end up being a box office bomb?

   Personally, I blame the title. John Carter is an absolutely terrible name for this film. Anything, literally anything would have been better than simply naming the flick after the main character of the movie. It could have been called Mars Battle Adventures or something generic like that and that still would have been a better name for it, because then it at least describes what you’re getting. But John Carter? That sounds like a damn inspirational sports movie or something, or some kind of character-based story about some boring schmuck. It’s just NOT evocative of what kind of movie this is. I don’t know why they didn’t just call it A Princess of Mars, the name of the sci-fi/fantasy pulp novel written in 1917 by Edgar Rice Burroughs which this film is adapted from. I guess having “Princess” in the title is just WAY too gay, so they opted to take both that word and “Mars” out of the equation – even though those are by far the most exciting and descriptive words in the whole sentence – and just lazily name it after the main character. The fact that the word “Mars” does NOT appear in the title of this film is baffling to me. Why would you pass that opportunity up?! And then you consider how the sequel – I mean, the hypothetical sequel at this point – was going to be named John Carter of Mars, which by all logic and reasoning should have been the name of THIS film, if we’re changing names and shit….aggh it just really pisses me off, because this movie totally deserved to find a wider audience and its stupid ass name probably made people think it was about some real-life asshole they never heard of. SUCH a wasted opportunity.

   Because, my friends, despite its tepid reaction upon its release, John Carter is actually a pretty damn fine film – it’s exciting, it’s humorous, it’s got all kinds of crazy alien shit going on in it, and it keeps your interest all the way through. And SOMEHOW, it actually gets you to care about and sympathize with weird events and strange aliens (respectively) that don’t even correlate to our planet in the slightest. If that isn’t some good filmmaking, I don’t know what is. And hey, I’m not too surprised about that aspect either – this movie is the live-action debut of Andrew Stanton, a two-time Academy-Award winning computer-animated film director of Pixar fame, specifically Finding Nemo and WALL-E. That pretty much means that this dude is an accomplished filmmaker (even if his previous movies technically don’t take place in reality) and can definitely be trusted with material such as this.

   So why did this film flop? Well, apart from the title problem I’ve already addressed, I’d have to say that it’s also because this film is pretty esoteric for the most part. It’s based on an almost 100-year old series of sci-fi books, cost a good $275,000,000(!), and featured no massively major stars of any real sort. It was pretty much a gamble from the get-go. In fact, I’m not entirely sure how or why Disney even let this film get made, and why they gave it the budget they did. I mean, they must have believed in the subject matter if they were willing to drop THAT many millions of dollars on it, right? A film this epic and large-scale surely would have been a sure bet, right? Well……no. Quite simply, the lack of any kind of public interest is the main reason this movie flopped. But the movie itself does not suck, despite what some critics out there have said.

   Speaking of the movie, well, it’s about a guy named John Carter (played with Indiana Jones-esque fervor by Taylor Kitsch), a Civil War Confederate Army Captain who is accidentally transported to Mars (known as Barsoom to the locals) via a magic medallion belonging to a mysterious figure John ends up murdering in a cave. Due to the planet’s lower gravity and his different bone density, John Carter is something of a Superman on Barsoom, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound and knock the shit out of enemies with extra strength. He’s instantly picked up by some aliens known as Tharks, whose leader Tars Tarkas (motion-captured by Willem Dafoe) recognizes the power within this stranger. Before long, John Carter is wrapped up in an interplanetary conspiracy and war, and must fight to protect the residents of Barsoom from an otherwise unstoppable force.

   It’s a wild setup, but then again, it’s a wild movie. John Carter simply looks fantastic, executed with a visual style that shouldn’t be too surprising once you realize an animated film director made the flick. The colors are vibrant, the locations are rich, and the special effects looks extremely realistic – you can see where that $275,000,000 of Walt’s money went. Elaborate set pieces and costume design really drive home the “epicness” of the project, as well as the somewhat overblown acting. If there’s one negative thing I should say about John Carter, it’s that the acting is just a liiiiittle bit subpar. Not so bad that it’s groan inducing, but you can definitely tell that working with real, live actors is something this animation guy Stanton will have to learn over time. As lavish and elaborate as the sets and special effects are, it tends to shine a bigger light on the somewhat mundane acting. The actors do their part, and it doesn’t necessarily bog the movie down, but you can feel the somewhat forced feel coming out of the performances on occasion. It’s a shame because the rest of the movie that surrounds them is really quite vivid and wonderful. Another slight complaint I have is that the ending feels a bit rushed and forced…I don’t want to give too much away, but the film’s ending suffers from the Super Mario Bros. Ending Syndrome…a setup for a sequel that just might never be.

    John Carter isn’t the game changer Disney was most likely hoping it to be. It won’t be making any huge appearances at Disneyland anytime soon. But, despite the fact the film probably came about 40 years too late, it really does a good job of being solidly entertaining, and for that I give it some credit. I’m actually pretty glad that it just exists and is now out on home video, where perhaps it will find a new life from people who missed it the first time around. It certainly deserves some kind of accolades, if only just for its production design and nothing more. But, I was very entertained while watching it, and even though I didn’t go very in depth with this review, I highly recommend it to anyone kind of on the fence about it. It’s worth your time, and maybe – just maybe – there will be another one with a better title coming out soon.

    Although I highly doubt it.

National Enquirer ~ March 16, 2012 ~ by Dick Siegel - Web Editor
Not content to be spoon fed nay-say pablum from the lame-stream media JOHN CARTER fans have taken matters into their own hands!

Since day one corporate lackeys of the entertainment industry predicted doom and gloom for the Edgar Rice Burroughs' John Carter space epic helmed by “Wall-E” guru Andrew Stanton but those who have actually seen the mind-blowing heroic fantasy are saying WTF?!

In what and others are calling a media conspiracy and an outrageous expert stock market manipulation helmed by the Nielsen Corporation (the TV ratings corp.) who own The Hollywood Reporter and Rupert Murdoch’s vast media empire which includes 20th Century Fox which owns both “Star Wars” and “Avatar” a vast tapestry of falsehoods are now merging.

While they claim “John Carter” is a box office disappointment in the United States it has grossed over 100 million overseas and it's the top grossing film in Russia – no less.

MTV reported that fans demanding a sequel are now flexing their viral muscles as a fan driven petition called "Take me back to Barsoom! I want John Carter to have a sequel!," is climbing up the Facebook “LIKE” charts.

The Barsoomian Facebook petition is encouraging people to go out and watch "John Carter" and judge for themselves as “Friends of Woola” share their own memories of the 101 year-old franchise first dreamt of by Tarzan creator Edgar Rice Burroughs when he was a starving pencil salesman back in 1911.

In fact, Burroughs was so insecure of writing a then hitherto unknown tale of science fiction he signed his manuscript as “Normal Bean” ("Normal being” – the publisher thought it a typo and credited the space romance to Norman Bean).

Since its publication, the Martian books have never been out of print, inspiring generation after generation of dreamers including Ray Bradbury, George Lucas and James Cameron – to say the least.

Without John Carter there would be no Flash Gordon, Superman or Luke Skywalker – to say nothing of the men and women of NASA who first saw Mars through the eyes of Burroughs' "gentleman from Virginia".

According to Box Office Mojo, "John Carter" has raked in $106 million worldwide, and its only been out a mere week. And that’s not counting the potential millions to be reaped from ancillary sales to cable, network TV and home video blu-ray and dvds.

Mark Hughes at wrote, “(John Carter) most reminds me of are those great classic matinee adventures like Jason and the Argonauts — big, bright adventures with wild monsters and brave armies, heroes and heroines who run and jump and kiss while we grin like kids at the sheer fun of it all. There was a time when not every movie tried to be some cliched “dark and gritty” version of itself, and when critics and audiences went to movies to laugh and cheer and have grand ol’ fun getting entertained by movies that worked hard to give you your buck’s worth for two hours.

“And that’s what John Carter is — an old fashioned matinee adventure. It’s Tarzan and Flash Gordon, it’s The 7th Voyage of Sinbad and Star Wars.

“It’s a mixture of barbarian-like ancient technology and weird heavy machinery, it’s swords and flying ships, it’s cowboys and space travel. And it’s a good time at a good movie that is far better than the eye-rolling, ironically-smirking cynics would have you believe. “

See for yourself – in Imax 3D and Real 3D—everywhere on Jasoom (Earth).
Tell Tars Tarkus when you see him, The ENQUIRER sent you --you’ll be glad you went.



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