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2014 ECOF CONVENTION
Fargo, North Dakota
Host Rudy Sigmund has confirmed the dates: JUNE 19-22
It promises to be a gala event since the gathering will be combined with
the huge Fargo Comic Con which draws hundreds of fans.
Tentative guests include Martin Powell and Diana Leto,
who work on many of the new ERB, Inc. Sunday pages.
Fargo actress, Kirsten Rudrud, who was featured in the film FARGO.
Rudy is also planning a showing of TARZAN AND THE GOLDEN LION
in the historic Fargo Theatre with live music from the mighty Wurlitzer pipe organ.
More guests and events will be announced as shortly.
Rudy previously hosted the very successful
2011 ECOF in Minneapolis
Edgar Rice Burroughs Centennial Celebration ~ Two Discs
James A. Sullos (Director)
Order from AMAZON
On a recent episode of HBO's "Boardwalk Empire," a WWI veteran with the left side of his face blown off (he wears a mirror image of the good side of his face as a mask), gets weary of being a hit man and returns to his sister's house. They are both avid readers, and she gives him a book she wasn't able to get past the first ten pages, because she doesn't care that much for sword fighting. We see the cover for a brief instant -- Chessmen of Mars. Referred to it as "a Sword & Planet" story.
Submitted by Woodrow Nichols
Brings Ron Ely's Final Episodes to DVD
Available from the Warner Archive
Ron Ely finishes his legendary run as Edgar Rice Burroughs' immortal creation Tarzan in this action and star-packed second season. This 6-Disc, 26-Episode Collection finds Tarzan, Cheetah and Jai (Manuel Padilla) facing some fearsome foes while coming to the aid of some famous faces. First off, Tarzan takes on a tiger in one of the series' most acclaimed episodes, guest starring James Whitmore.
This is followed by a panoply of stars, including George Kennedy, Helen Hayes and James MacArthur (playing mother and son!), James Earl Jones, Woody Strode, Clarence Williams III, Robert Loggia, Geoffrey Holder, Fernando Lamas, Ethel Merman, Ted Cassidy, and Diana Ross and The Supremes. A highlight is the the titanic two-parter "The Four O'Clock Army," which teams recurring guests Julie Harris and Maurice Evans in defense of a village under siege by slavers.
See the titles and synopses of all the Ron Ely Tarzan TV series.
VIEW MISTRESS OF THE APES ON YOUTUBE:
Tarzan and the Treasure ~ Taiwan 1965
Kitty Swan as Gungala
Maureen O'Sullivan talks about Tarzan
See the full coverage and poster displays for all the
Weissmuller / O'Sullivan Tarzan Films at:
1910 A Trip To Mars - Thomas Edison
This film was produced by Thomas Edison for his Home Kinetoscope in 1910,
It is one of the first American Science fiction movies.
10,000 frames were scanned from the original print and reconstructed.
A period soundtrack was added to this rare piece of early cinema.
ERB scholar, Dr. Georges T. DoddsHardy, Phil. 1984. The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction Movies (Minneapolis, MN: Woodbury Press)
shares a list of other early ground-breaking early SF films:
gives these pre-1910 US science-fiction movies.
1897 - The Sausage Machine (American Mutoscope and Biograph Co.) A complex machine converts dogs into sausages -- similar French (Lumière) and British films. Edison's 1901 "Fun in a butcher shop" and "Dog Factory" (1904) have a similar theme
1899 - The X-ray Mirror (American Mutoscope and Biograph Co.) A girl looks in a mirror and sees herself as a ballerina, then faints.
1899 - A Jersey Skeeter (American Mutoscope and Biograph Co.) A farmer is attacked by a giant mosquito
1902 - George Méliès' "Le Voyage Dand la Lune"http://youtu.be/vZV-t3KzTpw
1902 - The Twentieth Century Tramp (a.k.a. Happy Hooligan and His Airship (a remake of Pathé's 1901 "A la conquète de l'Air" (Edison) - Man on bicycle flies over New York city
1905 - Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (a.k.a. Among the Wonders of the Deep) (Biograph) - Possibly the production of a European subsidiary of Biograph, it tells the story of the Verne novel
1906 - Dr. Skinum (American Mutoscope and Biograph Co.) Mad scientist changes short women into tall ones, miniaturizes one woman.
1906 - Liquid Electricity (a.k.a. The Inventor's Galvanic Fluid) and the sequel (1908) Galvanic Fluid (a.k.a. More Fun with Liquid Electricity (Vitagraph) - Mad electrical scientist creates liquid electricity which gives the people he treats super-powers.
1906 - Love Microbe (American Mutoscope and Biograph Co.) Scientist isolates the love 'bug' from a couple 'making out' and tests its effects on various people.
1906 - The Mechanic Statue and the Ingenious Servant (Vitagraph) First robot in America cinema
1907 - The Airship (a.k.a. 100 Years Hence) Travel in a dirigible, with cops on flying aerocycles.
1907 - Energizer (American Mutoscope and Biograph Co.) A breakfast cereal gives its consumers super energy and strength.
1907- The Invisible Fluid (American Mutoscope and Biograph Co.) First US film inspired by Wells' Invisible Man
Dolly Parton/Ray Benson
"Swingin' Like Tarzan and Jane"
from the 1991 movie Wild Texas Wind
Heights (in feet and inches)
Elmo Lincoln 5 11
Gene Pollar 6 2
P Dempsey Tabler 5 10 ?
James H Pierce 6 4
Frank Merrill 6 0 ?
Johnny Weismuller 6 3
Buster Crabbe 6 1
Herman Brix 6 1
Glenn Morris 6 2
Lex Barker 6 3
Gordon Scott 6 3
Denny Miller 6 4
Jock Mahoney 6 4
Mike Henry 6 4
Ron Ely 6 4
Miles O'Keeffe 6 4
Christopher Lambert 5 10
Joe Lara 6 2
Wolf Larson 6 2
Casper van Dien 5 10
Travis Fimmell 6 0
From Martin Smiddy
James Pierce with Buster Crabbe
The newest German trailer for the Tarzan 3D animated movie.
Very different compared to the earlier ones.
See ERBzine's Evolution of the Tarzan Yell
and hear the MGM, RKO and Elmo Versions:
Tarzana Tarzan Yell Contest
From the Ron de Laat site:
Holland Meets ERB
Set of three die-cut stiff paper masks, each about 7"x 9".
Premiums Issued by Northern Paper Mills. ©1933. Masks are Tarzan, Akut the Ape, Numa the Lion.
Made to coincide with the Herman Brix Tarzan Film: New Adventures of Tarzan.
The rare Tarzan comics from World Adventure Library UK.
Four of these were published between May 1967 and August 1967.
The first Tarzan comic published by World Adventure Library
seems to be a reprint of Dell Tarzan of the Apes issue 109
with a Gordon Scott cover and a Jesse Marsh interior art.
If it existed, the ocean could have covered nearly a third of
the red planet and may have harbored life, researchers said.
in the bottom-righthand part of the image, which was
captured by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
on June 27 and released July 24, 2013
Severe Flooding in Pocatello
Idaho State Journal ~ Sat Aug 24, 2013.
Flooding made streets in Pocatello and Chubbuck hazardous or impassable Friday afternoon and evening as storm clouds dropped 2.5 inches of rain on Chubbuck and up to four inches on west Pocatello, according to the National Weather Service. Before the afternoon storm, Pocatello had received only 3.86 inches of precipitation since Jan. 1. “Motorists need to stay away from standing water,” Pocatello Mayor Brian Blad said Friday evening. “We have some sink holes and we want to make sure no one gets hurt.”
There were several reports of homes and businesses flooded in Pocatello and Chubbuck, but no injuries were reported. Blad was at the incident command center for Pocatello's flooding which was at Fire Station 1 on East Whitman Street. A block away bumper-to-bumper traffic was streaming over the Benton Street overpass as rush hour found the Center Street Underpass closed due to the flooding. For a time Benton was the only route open to West Pocatello. More>>>
Tarzan of the Apes"I had this story from one who had no business to tell it to me, or to any other." With that opening line, Edgar Rice Burroughs' story of an orphaned baby raised by apes in equatorial Africa created a cultural phenomenon over 100 years ago. Today, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. launches a new online comic strip to commemorate this classic story.
A Classic Adaptation
Another New Comic Strip Launch from
All the strips for only $1.99 per month
True to the book, the new TARZAN OF THE APES comic strip will be a classic adaptation of this universally known story of survival, self-reliance, romance and freedom from societal norms. Written by Roy Thomas, drawn by Pablo Marcos with coloring by Oscar Gonzalez, this strip will intrigue you.
In the novel, John Clayton was born in the western coastal jungles of equatorial Africa to a marooned couple from England, John Clayton Sr. [Lord Greystoke] and Alice Rutherford Clayton [Lady Greystoke]. After his parent's death (Lord Greystoke is killed by the savage king-ape Kerchak) baby John is adopted by Kala, the fierce she-ape, who names him "TARZAN" meaning "white skin" in ape language. Raised to manhood by Kala who loved him dearly, baby TARZAN remains ignorant of his human heritage.
Deep in the wild African jungle, TARZAN learns survival secrets: how to talk with animals, swing through the trees, and fight against the powerful predators surrounding him. TARZAN grows to the strength and courage of his fellow apes. In time, his human intelligence promised TARZAN the kingship of the tribe. And, after a fight to the death with the king-ape Kerchak, TARZAN truly became Lord of the Jungle and King of the Apes.
Eventually, outsiders finally penetrate the jungle, bringing with them the wantonness of "civilized" greed and lust – but also the first white woman Tarzan had ever seen. Suddenly, Tarzan must choose between two worlds. Later, when asked how he came to be in this savage jungle, Tarzan replied, "I was born there. My mother was an ape, and of course she couldn't tell me much about it. I never knew who my father was."
Adventure and discovery await! View and read free samples at www.edgarriceburroughs.com/comics and then subscribe for just $1.99 per month to have access to all these fabulous new weekly comic strips of adventure and romance – all in vivid color by some of the grandmasters of comic strip production.
TARZAN OF THE APES (TM) by Roy Thomas, Pablo Marcos and Oscar Gonzalez
THE NEW ADVENTURES OF TARZAN (TM) by Roy Thomas and Tom Grindberg
CARSON OF VENUS (TM) by Martin Powell, Thomas Floyd, and Diana Leto
THE ETERNAL SAVAGE (TM) by Martin Powell and Steven E. Gordon
THE WAR CHIEF (TM)by Martin Powell and Nik Poliwko
THE CAVE GIRL (TM) by Martin Powell and Diana Leto (A Bi-Weekly)
PELLUCIDAR (TM) by Chuck Dixion and Tom Lyle
AND THERE ARE MORE TO COME!
WRITER: Roy Thomas
Roy Thomas has been an Edgar Rice Burroughs fan since, as a child, he discovered that his local Jackson, Missouri, public library had a virtually complete collection of the works of ERB--except for Tarzan of the Apes,which he had to read several years later. The first movie he recalls seeing as a child was the then-new Tarzan's Desert Mystery), and in the late 1970s he wrote and edited Marvel's Tarzan comic. The Tarzan books instilled in him a desire to see African animals in what's left of the "wild," so in 1994 he spent two weeks on a photo safari in Kenya, one of his most treasured experiences.
In 1961 Roy helped Dr. Jerry G. Bails found Alter Ego, the first real comic book fanzine, becoming its editor & publisher in 1964. From 1965-80 he wrote and edited for Stan Lee at Marvel (The X-Men, The Avengers, The Incredible Hulk, Fantastic Four, The Invaders, Conan the Barbarian, The Savage Sword of Conan, Red Sonja, et al.), serving as the company's editor-in-chief from 1972-74. From 1977-79 he wrote and edited the Conan the Barbarian newspaper comic strip, distributed by the Register & Tribune Syndicate.
In 1976 he moved to Los Angeles, where in 1981 he married Danette Couto, now Dann Thomas. From 1980-86 he wrote and edited under contact for DC, primarily titles he co-created such as All-Star Squadron, Arak - Son of Thunder, and Infinity, Inc. Since 1986 he has been a freelance writer; he and Dann currently live in rural South Carolina, amid a menagerie consisting of African hornbills, South American capybaras, etc. For the past dozen years he has worked with Stan Lee on the Spider-Man newspaper strip.
In 1999 the Comics Buyer's Guide poll of comics professionals and fans voted Roy No.5 among 20th-century favorite comic book writers, and No.4 among the century's editors. Alter Ego won the 2006 Eisner award for "best comics-related periodical"; it has also been nominated for a Harvey award in the same category. Roy has won numerous writing and editing awards, including the Alley (fan award), Eagle (British, for writing), and Alfred (from the Angouleme, France, convention, as "best comics writer in a foreign language"). In 2011 he was elected to the Will Eisner Hall of Fame.
ARTIST: DRAWING: Pablo Marcos
Pablo Marcos was born on March 31st, in Chincha Alta, in the village of Ica, Peru.
In 1970 he began working with Warren publishing, where he illustrated for Creepy Magazine. After 2 years, he began working with DC Comics and worked on The Witching Hour and Ghosts. This was followed with his work for Marvel Comics where he inked for titles such as Captain Marvel,Vampire Tales, Legion of Monsters, Dracula Lives, and Savage Tales. And in 1974 he inked for Sal Buscema on The Savage Sword of Conan, and his protagonist Red Sonja. He also illustrated for Morbious from Vampire Tales, and Simon Garth's, Tale of the Zombies. While at Marvel he also inked for titles such as: Spider Man, The Hands of Shang-Chi Master of Kung-Fu, Skull the Slayer, Captain Britain, the Avengers, Ghost Rider, Marvel Team-Up, Fantastic Four, Defenders, Marvel's Two-in-One; Thor and Captain America. In the 1990's he did work again with D.C Comic's Star Trek the Next Generation. While also working for Heavy Metal on a character he created called Norka.
Pablo recently signed a 5-year contract with Edgar Rice Borroughs Inc.; the creators of Tarzan, where he will do a weekly magazine series of Red Hawk vs. The Moon Men in collaboration along the renowned writer Roy Thomas. This series will be on Virtual circulation soon. He will also be working on Martin Powell’s series The Land that Time Forgot.
ARTIST: COLORING: Oscar Humberto Gonzalez Montoya
Oscar Humberto González Montoya was born on September 17, 1977, in Rionegro, Antioquia, Colombia, South America. After graduating from a technical industrial high school he became very interested in the comic book field thanks to a few comic books from Image Comics, D.C and Marvel that he found in a small magazine store. In Oscar’s country there are no comic book stores. You may find a couple of comics here and there but they are pricey.
Oscar discovered the fantastic art and the narrative possibilities in the comic world and began to study art closely and how it was done and identifying the different artists, so he started teaching himself how to color. Oscar graduated from the technical school, Pascual Bravo, majoring in Graphic Design and has been working in publicity and commercial design with his girlfriend, Gladys.
He has illustrated some Fables books and The Quijote New Version of Cesar Augusto Quintero, exhibiting 26 illustrations in the 2005 International Book Fair in Bogota, Colombia. In 2008, he did cover pages for the books Creación Artística and Aprendamos Con Proyectos De Arte for Ediarte S.A in Medellín, Colombia. In the summer /fall of 2010, he illustrated The Oarsman, a short story by Jeremy Robert Johnson, for Dark Discoveries Magazine. In 2011, he illustrated the book, Myth Girls by Kij Johnson. In 2012, one of his illustrations was selected and published in Expose #10 Ten Years of the Finest Digital Art, the International Book of Ballistic Publishing. In 2013, he met Pablo Marcos, a renowned comic book artist, who has been a role model, a teacher and tutor in drawing and comics illustrations. Mr. Marcos has been sharing his knowledge with Oscar and Oscar in turn shows him digital coloring at Pablo’s studio.
Oscar considers the encounter with Pablo Marcos the opportunity of a lifetime. He feels honored with his support. Pablo first asked Oscar to color some of his personal art then introduced him to the company Edgar Rice Burroughs to color the series Pablo is working on today. The highest aspiration for Oscar is to become a great illustrator in the art of comic books and graphic novels.Copyright © 2013 Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc, All rights reserved.
Mark Wheatley Self Portrait
A Mike Hoffman sketch
Visit our many J. Allen St. John features
Starting at: ERBzine 2314
Much more Japanese cover art spread across our
ERB Illustrated Bibliography
Left-handed art by Frank Frazetta after suffering from a stroke.
For more see our Collage Archive
TARZAN THE MUSICAL IS BURSTING OUTThe rumours have been circulating for the last few months about which new musical will be coming to town- but now it is official: Disney’s musical TARZAN will open in the autumn of 2013 in Stuttgart, a true musical highlight to thrill the entire family.
ALL OVER AMERICA AND EUROPE
STAGE APOLLO THEATER STUTTGART – STAGE ENTERTAINMENT
Disney’s musical TARZAN opens in autumn 2013 in Stuttgart
Breath-taking aerial acrobatics and a touching love story -
Music by Phil Collins
The boundaries between auditorium and stage are well and truly broken. A fabulous aerial show takes place high above the heads of the theatergoers, spectacular lighting effects, fantastical costumes and captivating music all enthrall in Disney’s musical TARZAN in Stuttgart to bring the wonderful jungle world to life. The Disney musical tells the world famous story of a young man searching to discover his roots and who also finds the love of his life.
Phil Collins composed the music for Disney’s musical TARZAN. The pop legend was responsible for the music for the Disney film of the same name, which earned him a Grammy® and an Oscar® for the song “You’ll Be in my Heart”.
“Disney’s musical TARZAN is an incredible show about friendship, a search for identity and one man’s willpower. The music by Phil Collins is simply wonderful and the acrobatic show is sensational” said Johannes Mock-O’Hara, CEO of Stage Entertainment Germany when announcing the new production. Thomas Schumacher, president of Disney Theatrical Productions, added: “We have been thrilled by the record-breaking success of TARZAN in Hamburg - and are very excited that now audiences in Stuttgart will have the opportunity to experience this touching story through Bob Crowley's sensational production. We are so grateful to our partners at Stage Entertainment for being extraordinary guardians of this breathtaking show."
Disney´s musical TARZAN opened in Germany on 19th October 2008 in the Stage Neue Flora Theatre in Hamburg. It ran for 5 years making it the second most successful Stage Entertainment musical in Hamburg after “Disney’s Lion King”.
The premiere of the Stuttgart production will be in the autumn of 2013 in the Stage Apollo Theatre and tickets will go on sale at the beginning of January 2013.
Around 100 years ago the fictional jungle character was conceived. His creator was Edgar Rice Burroughs, an American with white hair and a little pot-belly- quite the opposite of the man that went on to become an inspiration for generations. In 1912 Burroughs published the adventure story as a magazine, and two years later the book emerged. It has since been the subject of film and theatre, not forgetting the comics and books that combined romance and adventure to make Tarzan the legend he has become today. The story has been engrossing us all for one hundred years- generations both young and old know Tarzan and will forever be entranced by his story.
Gian Marco studied acting and singing in Parma until 2005; he then trained with various renowned tutors until 2010. Between 2007 and 2010 he took on the role of Mercutio in the play ROMEO AND JULIET in Italy, which was staged at several venues including the famous Verona Arena. He assumed the role of the prince in the musical SNOW WHITE. Then he toured with COCCIANTE SINGS COCCIANTE through Italy, as well as to Geneva and the Shanghai Opera House. In this production he sang THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME and ROMEO AND JULIET. In addition, Gian Marco worked as a photo model and was involved in the film production “Dreaming Alaska” (2012).
Gian Marco Schiaretti (Tarzan)
Born in Hannover, she gained her degree at the Folkwang Universität Essen. She completed her PGDip at the Royal Academy of Music in London. During her studies she played Maureen in the musical RENT at the Pina Bausch Theater in Essen and the role of the witch Hilary in the same play at the German Opera on the Rhine in Düsseldorf. Then she assumed various roles at the Theater für Niedersachsen, including Ariel Moore in FOOTLOOSE and Ivy Smith in ON THE TOWN. For the Vereinigten Bühnen Bozen in Italy she played Chrissy in the musical HAIR, and the nurse in the play ABBEY ROAD at the Nationaltheater in Mannheim. In London, she recently performed as Nora in A DOLL’S LIFE in the Royal Academy of Music and as Fran Kubelik in PROMISES PROMISES at the Sir Jack Lion’s Theatre. Merle features as a soloist on various CD recordings of musicals.
Merle Hoch (Jane)
The Pacific Northwest has the Disney Tarzan Musical in Eugene, Oregon
in April with Isaac Frank as Tarzan and Christina Brown as Jane.
There is a short commercial video on youtube:
Contra Costa Musical Theatre
Hale Centre Theatre Utah
See the ERBzine coverage of the Hamburg Premiere at:
A comprehensive catalogue of great ape genetic diversity
is published in Nature magazine.
These data offer insights into great ape genetic variation,
and will be a useful resource for
evolutionary and conservation studies
See the full article at : http://bit.ly/17U1KSb
THE PULPSTER #22
Life and Films of
a Hollywood Stuntman
by Gene Freese
This is the first biography of a Hollywood legend. Iowa-born Jock Mahoney was an elite athlete and U.S. Marines fighter pilot prior to falling into a film career. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest stuntmen in movie history, having taken leaps and bounds for Errol Flynn, John Wayne, Randolph Scott, and Gregory Peck.
Mahoney was one of the first stuntmen to successfully move into acting as the popular star of the 1950s television westerns Range Rider and Yancy Derringer and twice played Tarzan on the big screen, presenting a memorable portrayal of an educated, articulate, and mature jungle lord that was true to author Edgar Rice Burroughs’ original vision. Filming in real jungles around the world took a physical toll on Mahoney that transformed him from leading man to burly character actor. He also had to overcome the effects of a major stroke but true to his tough guy nature rose above adversity to resume his life’s many adventures. Mahoney was beloved by fans at conventions and appearances until his untimely demise in 1989 from a stroke-caused motor vehicle accident.
About the Author: Gene Freese is a graduate of Purdue University and a former collegiate baseball player. He lives in Chandler, Arizona.
The Salt Lake County Library System is pleased to announce that the book, Jane : The Woman Who Loved Tarzan, has been selected as a nominee for our semi-annual Reader’s Choice Award.
Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan:
The Complete Russ Manning Newspaper Strips Volume One: 1967-1969