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ECLECTICA v.2013.06

Eclectica Archive
1. Events
2. New Releases and Reviews
3. Meanwhile. . . Up in Okar - A Busy Month for the ERBzine Editors
4. The Press and Blogs
5. Funnies

Denny Miller as Superman
1974 Superman Air Force PSA Commercial
In the words of Denny:
"I did 10 of those spots at their Spring Training Camps. A different manager at each camp.
I liked Walter Alston best because I was a Dodger fan back when they were still in Brooklyn.
PS They didn't spend much on the costume."
"I also did a bunch of spots for the US Marines as the white king in a huge chess set. 
I had armor and X Caliber. We both morfed into a US .Marine.
My brother Kent got a kick out of it because he had been a Marine. 
I had been in the Army in Germany for 2 years."

Denny "Tarzan" Miller
in ERBzine
 TARZAN at Contra Costa Musical Theatre
Box 4446 Walnut Creek, California
October 11 - November 10, 2013
The Stage Musical Based on the Disney Film
Music and Lyrics by Phil Collins ~ Book by David Henry Hwang
The cast includes James Royce Edwards 
who gave a remarkable performance as Tarzan 
during the sold-out run at Tuacahn.
Rachelle Ann returns to Disney in Tarzan
The Philippine Star
Thanks to her excellent performance as Ariel, Rachelle Ann has earned the privilege of singing more Disney songs in Tarzan. Rachelle Ann plays Jane Porter in Tarzan. She is the daughter of Professor Porter, an explorer who is studying apes in Africa. It is there that she meets and falls for the tall, handsome and rather odd stranger named Tarzan. Jane is the typical Disney heroine. She is wholesome, pretty, spunky, adventurous and really a bit of a tomboy.  Most of all, she has a trilling, crystal clear singing voice. The latter is a main requisite for the role to better sing those beautiful soaring melodies composed by Collins. This is the Viva Atlantis Theatricals presentation that will run at the Meralco Theater from June 14 to July 7.
Tarzan 3D – Official German Trailer

From ERBzine Mosaics ~ Film Section

Tarzan: The Musical
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All the ERB Films
The Online Tarzan Strip is joined by
The all-new Carson of Venus and The Eternal Savage Comic Strips
Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. is expanding their existing Tarzan® online comic strip with Carson of Venus®, an all-new, full-color online weekly comic strip of interplanetary romantic adventure plus a graphic adaptation of ERB's Eternal Lover (Savage).

And coming soon to this blockbuster line-up:

Be thoroughly entertained with Love Forbidden, Adventure Unending and Terror Eternal!

Join the excitement. Start reading now at www.edgarriceburroughs.com/comics! For just $1.99 per month you will have access to all the Tarzan, Carson of Venus, and Eternal Savage strips, plus numerous Bonus Materials and sketches. This current line-up will soon be joined by ERB's Red Hawk vs. The Moon Men

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The latest online subscription series from ERB, Inc.
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Extended Online Preview:
Edgar Rice Burroughs "At the Earth's Core" a graphic novel by
Martin Powell and Jamie Chase

25 of 50 copies of a special LIMITED Limited Edition of 
"Tarzan: The Centennial Celebration" 
remain available for $100 plus postage.
These books are signed by 
author Scott Tracy Griffin, 
screen Tarzan Ron Ely, 
and Edgar Rice Burroughs' grandson John. 
The book features a slipcase and variant dust jacket 
from the regular mass market edition.

For more information or to place an order, 
contact Griffin at

The regular Limited Edition (John Burroughs signature only)
can be ordered from the 
Titan Books Website.

More about Scott Tracy Griffin
Tarzan: The Centennial Celebration
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Mahlon Blaine's SINDBAD [Large Print] [Paperback]
Roland Trenary (Author), Mahlon Blaine (Illustrator) 
List Price US$14.99

The Mahlon Blaine illustrations in this book first appeared in The Adventures of Sindbad the Sailor, published by Illustrated Editions Company in 1936. All thirty-three of those Mahlon Blaine drawings are included here. 

The tales in that book were Laurence Housman’s versions of the Sindbad voyages in Stories from the Arabian Nights, originally published by Hodder and Stoughton, London, 1907. Now, enjoy these all-new SINDBAD verses written by Roland Trenary, based upon the 1907 tales. Like a tuneful soundtrack, they act as companions to the drawings and do not intend to retell the full stories.

Visit Roland Trenary's 4-minute "animated" movie on YouTube. 
There are 100 drawings, each drawn in about 3 minutes,
done at a music festival in March. Here it is:

More on ERB Artist
in ERBzine 0880
ERB Artist Encyclopedia

Another unauthorized ERB comic
compilation from Dynamite
Cover art by Joe Jusko

Worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs
A forthcoming Burroughs tribute anthology
Editors: Mike Resnick and Robert Garcia
Movies of the Soul: Reviews
The Vampire Bat's take on what's in the theatres
The story goes an year back, when I felt the horrible lack of respect to one movie which was better than another movie which was released in 2009. This better movie was John Carter and the inferior movie was Avatar. Even as the box office results and the critics say the other way around, the truth is not to be hidden. John Carter is superior to Avatar in each and every aspect, and unfortunately, the brainwashed audience go for movies reading the biased reviews of the so called critics. Well, how many times do someone have to tell these movie fans who read the fake paid reviews and look forward to to the hype, to listen to themselves and the less-hyped movies? For the same reason, I shall give this movie a little more in its ratings, for what it lost in its box office collection and the critical reviews. Seriously, why Avatar? What has it done other than building on the Pocahontas story and even becoming incredibly similar in theme to the Malayalam movie Vietnam Colony? Didn’t Avatar also get enough from this movie’s original story, A Princess of Mars, the science fantasy novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs? Still, it is hailed as the epic and became the highest-grossing film of all time, as well as of the United States and Canada; it is such a shame that there are two ways of treating the same material, the inferior one getting all the applause.

John Carter is more original than Avatar, being the right adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ 1917 novel, A Princess of Mars. It works as a perfect interplanetary adventure rather than a predictable world where one of the attackers get a candle lit in their brains and decide to get on the side of the helpless defenders. It has a dry and rather dark environment compared to Avatar which works very positively. Even the story is set in a more admirable world, with teleportation being the method rather than those giant space ships which repeats themselves in each and every movie, as the number of science fiction movies featuring space ships and the end of the Earth has reached a new record, as if they are too much interested in ending the Earth with that Voluntary Retirement Scheme which features the world’s most interesting voids which keeps creating more of themselves and call it science fiction, when they are actually confused what kind of creation they have actually given to the viewers. One has to wonder how much satisfaction they get by creating the same thing again and again.

After the sudden and unexpected death of John Carter (Taylor Kitsch), his nephew Edgar Rice Burroughs (Daryl Sabara), attends the funeral. As per Carter’s instructions, the body is put in a tomb that can be unlocked only from the inside, and Burroughs is left with his journal to read and know more about what has happened. It tells his epic story when he is accidently transported to what seems to be a dying planet, Barsoom, a name which is used by inhabitants for what is known to Earthlings as Mars – with a harsh desert environment deprived of vegetation and even water on most of the areas. Because of his variable bone density and the planet’s low gravity, Carter is able to jump very high. But he is captured by a group of Green Martian creatures, called the Tharks and their leader Tars Tarkas (Willem Dafoe). Meanwhile, the princess of the city of Helium, Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins) escapes from a possible marriage to Sab Than (Dominic West), the leader of the city of Zodanga who is armed with a special weapon obtained from the Therns, the creatures who take the role of the gods of Mars and control the world through manipulation.

After Carter and Dejah unite in the Thark camp, they escape with the leader’s daughter, Sola (Samantha Morton) after being sentenced to death for entering their sacred temple. They decide to get to the end of a river sacred to the Martians in an attempt to find a way for Carter to get back to Earth. Instead they obtain information about the ninth ray, a source of poweful, infinite energy which only the Therns can use to their advantage in a variety of ways, the same thing which they used to strengthen Sab Than, so that Helium would be taken over and may be even destroyed, as Dejah herself was so close to unlocking its secrets; something which would have threatened their own existence as gods, knowing, controlling and manipulating everything on Mars. But before they realize anything else, But they are attacked by the Tharks who are manipulated by the Therns. After Helium troops arrive for help, Dejah agrees to marry Sab Than. So, it is upto the Earthling to save the day, but he is captured by the Thern who tells him how he has manipulated civilizations around the world for centuries in what he calls restoring balance in the world is theirs to control. This leaves Carter with more to deal with other than just a cruel, mindless ruler.

He was very good as Remy LeBeau a.k.a Gambit in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but this one is undoubtedly his best role ever. It is with amazing skill that he has changed from the former soldier to the defender of Mars; from John Carter of Earth to John Carter of Mars, from John Carter of Virginia to John Carter of Helium, from just a cavalryman on Earth to the saviour, redeemeer, hero and the prince on Mars. Adding Daryl Sabara as Edgar Rice Burroughs seemed like another brilliant idea which helped the movie to become a complete whole, both as a film and a literary adaptation. Lynn Collins looks incredible, outdoing the Kayla Silverfox of X-Men Origins: Wolverine; the two has united for good in this movie, it seems. If there is any doubt if she isn’t a princess of Mars, that would be a clear case of blasphemy in its purest form as long as all the concepts of a princess are concerned. She looked so immersed in that character, and if someone says there is no Helium nor Barsoom, she would be surprised. Strong in will and strong in combat, and surely not trailing in beauty to any other soul around her. It is good to see James Purefoy after watching two of his great movies, Solomon Kane and Ironclad, even as it is in a minor role.

John Carter has the advantage over Avatar in its pacing and characterization, and its environment, even if not too bright and heavy with so much unwanted elements of nature, gives a good effect on the screen – it looks real, unlike the all-time box office topper. Just like a university topper, college topper or class topper is not the best or not even near the best, Avatar can bow down to this movie in that alternate reality which would never come to existence in this world. Well, people are slowly coming to know about this one and how awesome it is, and thus John Carter will be hailed much later at least by a few sensible people. The lack of mechanized warfare, and the absence of blue people can be added as that advantage, but still there are the green ones who live a similar subaltern life as the human-like creatures fight each other and cause collateral damage. If we look closely, it is the species looking closer to humans that are always causing trouble – not really a thing to be proud about, I guess.

John Carter is actually a movie of a revolutionary in many ways – and that man is Carter himself who fights for the people to whom he doesn’t belong, the land to which he is not part of, and brings justice and equality not only to the human-like Martians, but also the oppressed subaltern in the form Tharks. The enslavement by the Therns will be also almost over with his success. He is that Earthling who changes a world for good, thus becoming a man of the cause. If there is any story that can inspire one, this is it. With that ending which the movie has got, there is no reason why one wouldn’t watch it on Star Movies, every time it makes an entrance. On a parallel Earth, this would have been a grand success, but in this world of prejudice and the love for nonsense movies, one has to ask an impaled dead body for truth and the right facts about a movie; for there is not much that one can gain by reading the reviews – never to believe what is written out there, as they misguide you and lead you to the wrong movie, which is why every movie missed is a grand tragedy!

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King Kong is not dead. He has been abducted and spirited back to his jungle island home. But he is not free. He is held captive and only John Clayton, Lord Greystoke-Tarzan can help win him free of his Nazi captors and throw of the yoke of German imperialism. 

Carl Denham guides the ape-man across vast seas to the jungle island and with the help of Tarzan’s son Korak and the village of native warriors the men set out to overthrow the Third Reich’s hold in the South Pacific.

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An Okar mini-event ~ June 2013 ~ Den Valdron and Bill Hillman
Regular ERBzine contributor and fellow-Manitoban, Den Valdron, visits the Hillmans' ERBzine Office.
Note: Thanks to an overhead video cable Den appears to have been "haloized" : )


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Judge orders ex-Tarzan actor’s animals to be moved
Palm Beach Post ~ June 12, 2013
Steve Sipek, the former “Tarzan” movie actor-turned-Loxahatchee 
exotic animal owner, talks about his cats and his case 
after accepting a plea deal Friday morning.
Missy the cougar cuddles up to her owner Steve Sipek 
before drinking the water that he brought to her in 2007.
WEST PALM BEACH — A pair of tigers and a black leopard taken from the Loxahatchee home of former “Tarzan” movie actor Steve Sipek will soon head to an Okeechobee facility for homeless wildlife, after a judge’s ruling Tuesday. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials removed the animals from Sipek’s home in February 2012 after they say he violated state wildlife laws by keeping them there.

Sipek, the 71-year-old Croatian-born actor who famously earned the nickname “Spanish Tarzan,” tearfully accepted a plea deal in May that allowed him to plead guilty to two misdemeanor charges that prosecutors will dismiss once he pays $4,800 restitution to the FWC. That money, the agency said, will go towards expenses to care for the big cats. Sipek’s attorney Rob Melchiorre said the plea deal hit a snag recently when FWC did not move the tigers, Bo and Lepa, and the leopard, Oko, to their proposed new home at Animal Adventures, an 1,100-acre family-owned Okeechobee ranch that takes in homeless wildlife.

Melchiorre said FWC officials initially told them that they were working with the shelter currently holding the cats near Lakeland to move them. But in court Tuesday, he said state officials said Sipek owed the facility nearly $50,000. “We had an agreement, and they tried to get more money on the back end,” Melchiorre said. “But the judge didn’t allow it.” Judge Paul D’Amico ordered state officials to have the animals moved.

FWC officials late Tuesday said the cats are still at the Dade City facility. But the agency is working with the new shelter to have them transferred, FWC spokeswoman Carli Segelson said. Melchiorre said Sipek has some personal connections to the Okeechobee facility, and will be able to visit his former pets there often. Sipek, his attorney said, hasn’t seen his former pets in 16 months. “We consider this a victory,” Melchiorre said. “We’re pleased that the judge saw things our way.”

Reader's Comment
Loxahatcee Groves is doomed. This man lived in peace with his animals for many years. His case should give everyone pause. Someone moves in and wants to change how his neighbor has lived for years. The parrot farm,the nurseries, the character which was Loxahatchee is being destroyed day by day. I hope karma comes soon to the Town of Loxahatchee which plans to pave paradise and put up a parking lot...

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Tarzan Aristocrat slot games win 12 times in readers’ poll
Casino City Times ~ June 2, 2013
TARZAN, LORD OF THE JUNGLE wins Award second year in a row for Best Penny Slot, second Best Progressive Slot, and third Best Video Slot.
TARZAN AND JANE FORBIDDEN TEMPLE voted Best Slot Graphics and second Best Video Slot Bonus Round.
LAS VEGAS — (PRESS RELEASE) — Aristocrat slot games are among the most popular with players everywhere, and now the readers of Southern California Gaming Guide(TM) have honored Aristocrat with 12 awards in the Best Slots 2013 Awards, including Best Video Slot, Best Penny Slot, Luckiest Slot and Best Slot Mobile App.

Aristocrat’s highly successful Tarzan(R) Lord of the Jungle(TM) video slot game was named the Best Penny Slot for the second year in a row in this poll. The game was also voted the #2 Best Progressive Slot and the #3 Best Video Slot. Tarzan(R) and Jane Forbidden Temple(TM) was voted Best Slot Graphics and #2 Best Video Slot Bonus Round. 

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August 28, 1916 – May 26, 2013
August 28, 1916 – May 26, 2013
John Holbrook Vance (August 28, 1916 – May 26, 2013) was an American mystery, fantasy and science fiction writer. Most of his work has been published under the name Jack Vance. He also wrote 11 mystery novels as John Holbrook Vance and three as Ellery Queen, and once each used pseudonyms Alan Wade, Peter Held, John van See, and Jay Kavanse.

Vance won the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement in 1984 and he was a Guest of Honor at the 1992 World Science Fiction Convention in Orlando, Florida. The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America made him its 14th Grand Master in 1997 and the Science Fiction Hall of Fame inducted him in 2001, its sixth class of two deceased and two living writers.

Among his awards for particular works were: Hugo Awards, in 1963 for The Dragon Masters, in 1967 for The Last Castle, and in 2010 for his memoir This is Me, Jack Vance!; a Nebula Award in 1966, also for The Last Castle; the Jupiter Award in 1975; the World Fantasy Award in 1990 for Lyonesse: Madouc. He also won an Edgar (the mystery equivalent of the Nebula) for the best first mystery novel in 1961 for The Man in the Cage.

A 2009 profile in The New York Times Magazine described Vance as "one of American literature’s most distinctive and undervalued voices." He died at his home in Oakland, California, May 26, 2013, aged 96.

More Tributes to Jack Vance
Jack Vance Official Website
Jack Vance: Science fiction’s master of magic, mischief and sex
He was arguably the first post-war writer to rival HG Wells, Jules Verne and Edgar Rice Burroughs in influence
Tributes Pour In After His Death
A Bibliography


Frazetta art for the back cover of Mad 106 ~ October 1956
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it's a favourite, though. . . so let's enjoy it again.
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