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"In a city of majesty and brutality, of warring races and fragile alliances, 
a sacred mermaid has been brutally murdered. 
An abomination, a soulless Arukh is summoned to hunt the killer. 

As the world around the Arukh drifts into war and madness, 
her search for justice leads her on a journey 
to discover redemption and even beauty in the midst of chaos."


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Rave Reviews and Interviews
 for Scott Tracy Giffin's 
Tarzan on Film
Michael Sellers at 5/15/16
Bob Leeper at Nerdvana 6/15/16
Brian Eggert at Deep Focus 8/2/16
Ryan Silberstein at Cinedelphia 8/9/16
Win Wiacek at Now Read This! 8/10/16
Barry Forshaw at DVD Choice 8/10/16
Brian Tallerico for Balder & Dash at 8/15/16
Stephen Jang at Retrenders, 8/24/16
Bob Leeper’s Nerdvana online interview with Scott Tracy Griffin 5/17/16
Kristen Lopez’s Ticklish Business podcast interview with Scott Tracy Griffin for Journeys in Classic Film 8/26/16
Robert Unsworth at Starburst

New Thomas Yeates graphic novel release.
Reprint from the original comics releases.
Enjoy more Yeates art in our Tribute:

Frank Frazetta Masterpiece Sold for a
World Record $1+ Million by Heritage Auctions
Frazetta At The Earth's Core world record auction price
DALLAS — At The Earth's Core, a 1974 masterpiece by Frank Frazetta, sold for $1,075,500 during day two of Heritage Auction's summer Comics & Comic Art Auction in Dallas — setting a world auction record for the hugely popular artist. The important illustration was used for the cover of the first Pellucidar paperback novel by the legendary writer, Edgar Rice Burroughs.

"Heritage has a strong reputation of getting top dollar for Frazetta artworks, and this painting surpassed our previous record by more than double its auction price," said Todd Hignite, Vice President of Heritage Auctions. "We expected strong interest, partly because At The Earth's Core is significantly larger than virtually every painting we've ever auctioned by the artist."

The 21-inch by 29-inch oil on canvas hung in the Frazetta Museum for many years. His powerful paintings appeared on book covers every year from 1963 through 1996, however At The Earth's Core stands out as an enduring classic image of Frazetta's work. The meticulous attention to detail in both the foreground and the background tell an entire story in one image – a talent the master of modern fantasy art did better than anyone else.

"If you are a collector of Mr. Frazetta's vision and talent, this is the painting to have," Hignite said. "It represents everything he did so well, from painting the female form to depicting realistic monsters and cliffhanger scenarios."

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Our Frank Frazetta ERB Art Gallery
Breaking News From John Martin
WB Announces Legend-Ary Toy Line
Some have complained that there are no toys to go with the new Legend of Tarzan movie.  The complaints are premature.

  Through some friends of mine who are Hollywood insiders, I have learned that the soon-to-be-famous toy manufacturer, Werper Bros., will be coming out with a line of toys in time for Christmas, hoping to catch the wave of renewed interest in The Legend of Tarzan from sales of DVDs and Blu-Rays. The toys are being designed to be authentic in looks and operation, while still maintaining a degree of safety standards. With these playthings, kids everywhere will be able to replicate the action scenes in Legend.

  Here's what the lineup looks like so far:

  • George Washington Williams Blow-'Em-Away Gun. An elephant gun-size barrel fitted onto a polished pistol handle. Shoots rubber bullets, like the ones the police use. Will cause some pain but no serious injury unless the bullet strikes target directly over the heart or in sensitive orifices on the face and other parts of the body. Kids will love them.
  • Rom Spider-Silk Rosary with built-in slide for choking GI Joes and pets which invade the sanctity of your property. Also may be used for prayers over bodies of said pets. Not recommended for children under five.
  • Jane makeup kit and training bra. Kit includes instruction manual for proper placement of silverware and techniques of accurate power-spitting.
  • Itching Powder. This stuff looks just like ape hair. Have your friends apply some, thinking it will make them look like one of Tarzan's hirsute jungle pals, and then watch the fun as they start wildly scratching themselves to death.
  • Tear-away Trousers. Deliberately manufactured with defects in knee area so that lower leg portion of trousers can easily be disposed of when necessary to step up the level of action.
  • Russian Roulette Vine Swing Kit. Hang these six realistic looking vines from a tree in your backyard and invite friends to take a swing, warning them they may suffer bodily injury if they pick the snapping vine, which looks no different than the others. Great for parties.
  • Congo Model Train. Comes with Tarzan, GWW, native action figures and soldiers, the latter with bodies capable of being bent into all manner of otherwise impossible positions which child can then place near Tarzan in train cars.
  •   It is also rumored that there has been a warehouse find of unsold Disney Davy Crockett powder horns which will be relabeled as makeshift knives for pretend ape-man to carry to intimidate opponents.

      Those are the toys I've heard about, but my sources say there may be others. Perhaps some of you have gotten wind of some of them...

    Who was the real Tarzan?
    The Daily Telegraph ~ June 14, 2016

    As The Legend of Tarzan arrives on UK cinema screens on 6 July, we investigate the possible inspirations behind the rope-swinging Lord of the Apes…

    In Edgar Rice Burroughs’ stupendously successful books (and they really were a huge deal in their day), Tarzan is an aristocratic child left to fend for himself in the African jungle after he and his parents are marooned. The orphaned John Clayton is raised by a family of semi-literate apes who name him Tarzan, meaning “white of skin”. So begins a series of wild adventures as Tarzan fights numerous jungle beasts and bloodthirsty hunters as the head of his adopted family. 

    There has long been debate as to the inspiration behind one of literature’s most enduring characters. Could it be that Tarzan was based on a real person? According to journalist Thomas Llewellan Jones in a 1959 article for Man’s Adventure magazine, the 14th Earl of Streatham, William Charles Mildin, spent 15 years living in the wilds of Africa between 1868 and 1883. The earl’s story came to light only when family documents were made public following the death of his son in 1937.

    According to Llewellan Jones, Lord Mildin left 1,500 pages of memoirs, which begin: “I was only 11 when, in a boyish fit of anger and pique, I ran away from home and obtained a berth as cabin boy aboard the four-masted sailing vessel, Antilla, bound for African ports-of-call and the Cape of Good Hope…” Mildin’s ship was wrecked after a three-day storm and the young lad survived by clinging to a piece of driftwood that eventually washed him ashore somewhere between Pointe Noire and Libreville in French Equatorial Africa. Official insurance documents, Llewellan says, verify the ship’s destruction in 1868.

    Mildin claimed to have been befriended by a group of benevolent apes who offered him food and shelter. The boy took pride of place within the ape family by fashioning weapons and creating fire. The teenage Mildin eventually left the apes and became accepted by a tribe of natives, marrying five of the local women – siring four children in the process – while he lived there. Mildin eventually left the village after his people’s renewed hostilities with a rival tribe and over a number of years made his way 250 miles further up the coast, eventually coming to a trading post. Within months Mildin was back in Britain.

    So why didn’t Burroughs acknowledge the real-life inspiration for Tarzan? According to Llewellan, Mildin’s death and the details of his adventures were largely kept secret due to complications with his will. Or it may be because Llewellan himself made the whole thing up. Man’s Adventure did run true stories, but there doesn’t seem to be much evidence outside of the article that Mildin existed at all.

    But there are other ways of being inspired. Burroughs was writing at a time when the fight against slavery, having been settled in the West, was broadening out into a movement against colonialism. Although attitudes to race were fairly unreformed, there was a growing feeling that, in the jungles of Africa, the heroes were not the guys with pith helmets and rifles.

    George Washington Williams was a Civil War veteran and the first African-American to be elected to the Ohio State Legislature. Played by Samuel L Jackson in The Legend of Tarzan, Williams was a human-rights campaigner who in 1889 fought to end the suffering of the Congolese in the Congo Free State at the hands of Belgian colonists, who were busy producing rubber in the region. Williams was successful in highlighting the abuses heaped upon the Congolese people and his trips to Africa were widely reported at the time and would certainly have been known to Burroughs, who first put Tarzan into print in 1912.

    Whether or not Williams’ mission to help the natives of the Congo struck a chord with Burroughs is not known, but there are interesting parallels with his fictional exile, who stands up against the violence and greed of the colonial hunters. “It is a characteristic of the weak and criminal to attribute to others the misfortunes that are the result of their own wickedness,” Burroughs said.

    Then again, did Burroughs even need to look elsewhere for inspiration? Having been discharged from the US Army in 1897, the young Burroughs undertook a number of jobs, including that of a pencil- sharpener salesman, before trying his hand at writing adventure and science fiction. He proved to be perhaps the most successful such author ever, going on to write 80 books, many from his own publishing house, and founding a town – Tarzana – which still exists as a suburb of Los Angeles. There were 25 Tarzan books in total, which proved to be the most successful and enduring of his works.

    Burroughs may not have been raised by apes in Africa’s darkest regions, but he did possess a sense of moral obligation when it came to the treatment of his fellow man and animals. “As the body rolled to the ground Tarzan of the Apes placed his foot upon the neck of his lifelong enemy and, raising his eyes to the full moon, threw back his fierce young head and voiced the wild and terrible cry of his people.”

    So was Burroughs himself the inspiration for Tarzan? Was Tarzan the man Burroughs wished he could have been? Burroughs was certainly in possession of an adventurous spirit. Science-fiction writer Ray Bradbury said of Burroughs: “By giving romance and adventure to a whole generation of boys, Burroughs caused them to go out and decide to become special.”

    ~ Article submitted to ERBzine by Laurence Dunn REFERENCES

    by Thomas Llewellan Jones ~ Illustrated by Richard Budelis
    Man's Adventure Magazine ~ March 1959
    The incredible, but true saga of William Mildin who lived for 15 years as ape-man and jungle king!
    Truth or Fiction? 
    From the Ken Fuchs Collection
    Clippings Version
    All Text Version
    Another interesting related ERBzine article by Georges Dodds 
    in his Ape-Man Kith and Kin Project in 2005 that Michael Sellers has pointed out:
    Burroughs' Sailor Among Apes (excerpt)
    . . . "So avid was the pursuit of the account of Burroughs' sailor among the apes that at least one was manufactured: 'The Man Who Really Was...Tarzan,' by Thomas Llewellan Jones, first published in the March 1959 issue of Man's Adventure Magazine. Here William Charles Mildin, 14th Earl of Streatham, is alleged to have lived 15 years among the apes in French Equatorial Africa after surviving the October 1868 wreck of the Antilla. A search on The Times Digital Archive 1785-1985 does not reveal any of the stories about Mildin alledged to have appeared in The Times. While José Philip Farmer also debunks the story in his Afterword to Jones' article, he himself proposes an alledged privately printed (London: Rackham, 1887) book titled Survivors by one Whitworth Russell, which contains a chapter, 'The Wreck of the Antilla' outlining the similar adventures of a Lord of Streatham. A search of the British and other library catalogues does not reveal any such work." . . .
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    See info on the coming 2017 conventions

    The ERB, Inc. booth at Stan Lee's Los Angeles Comic Con
    (formerly Comicaze Expo), 2015. ERB, Inc.
    President Jim Sullos, Archivist Cathy Mann Wilbanks,
    and Tarzan on Film author Scott Tracy Griffin
     returns to this year's event,
    October 28-30 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

    A Ken Manson photo from Louisville Dum-Dum 2013
    L-R: Llana Jane Burroughs, Bill Hillman, Linda Burroughs
    Sue-On Hillman, Jim Thompson, Dejah Burroughs


    The Moon Maid ~ Tom Stacey edition, 1972
    Update in C.H.A.S.E.R. #07567

    Some options for the fans of ERB's short story
    That was included in the Canaveral Press edition of JOHN CARTER OF MARS.
    Thanks for John Martin for suggesting these options

    An unauthorized POD version of
    ERB's Skeleton Men of Jupiter has surfaced.

    A far better cover choice would be the one created by Charles Madison

    A variant designed for Canaveral editions of John Carter of Mars  $10.99
    Charles Madison notes on his Website:
    "Variant created for Canaveral editions of John Carter of Mars -  I have always loathed the book the editor of Canaveral Press called the "eleventh book" in the Martian Series, John Carter of Mars, because it includes the novelette written by John Coleman Burroughs for a children's edition published by Whitman Books, John Carter and the Giant of Mars. A longer version was submitted to AMAZING STORIES under Burroughs' name by the manager of ERB Inc, Ralph Rothman. ERB himself was living in Hawaii at the time and probably did not know of the novelette's submission. When published the novelette had been so poorly researched and developed that readers of the time complained loudly about it appearing in the magazine at all. I complained just a loudly the first time I tried to read it when I was fifteen. The novelette really is terrible.

    "In 1964, wanting new Burroughs material to publish, Canaveral Press published JCB's mish-mash along with another novelete, Skeleton Men of Jupiter. Ever since that publication some readers, like myself, have been left to wonder how anyone could consider this book a part of the Martian series. Personally, I have never considered it anything more than a curiosity; much less an actual eleventh book. Any new reader trying out ERB's Martian novels for the first time would have no reason to go on with another Martian book if this volume was his only guide to how good the rest of the series might be.

    "The second novelette in the Canaveral edition, Skeleton Men of Jupiter, was received enthusiastically by readers of the time and admired by all readers ever since. It was intended to be the first novelette in a series of possibly four that would have made up a new book in the Martian series  And personally, I and many others have always lamented that ERB never got to write the sequels that would have turned this terrific story into the authentic eleventh book in the Martian Series.

    "When a friend in the ERB community of fans suggested to me that a new jacket could be developed placing the primary emphasis on the only true ERB-written novelette in the Canaveral volume, I took his suggestion to heart and immediately began the development of this variant using the St. John illustration from the original AMAZING STORIES publication of 1943. I've enjoyed doing this variant and am happy with the final result, and I hope you are too."

    ~ Charles Madison

    Another alternate by Phil Normand's RECOVERINGS

    J. Allen St. John/John Coleman Burroughs Edition
    — Limited to 100 copies: $40.00 (68 copies available)
    "When Biblo and Tannen decided to start reprinting the novels of Edgar Rice Burroughs in 1964 there was no budget for 4-color dust jackets. This alternate jacket for the Canaveral Press first edition compilation pays a special tribute to two great names connected to the Master of Adventure. First, to J. Allan St. John by using his cover for JOHN CARTER AND THE GIANT OF MARS from the Amazing Stories January, 1941 issue. And secondly, to John Coleman Burroughs, the actual author of that particular tale by using the logo lettering from his John Carter comic strip, a spine illustration from the strip and by emulating his signature in the author byline. The back cover shows reproductions of both the original pulp magazine covers for GIANT and for SKELETON MEN OF JUPITER, the second story in the book."
    ~ Phil Normand

    More about these short stories and additions at our ERB C.H.A.S.E.R. entries for


    Around the time that Tarzan and His Mate was released, Jimmy Durante played Schnarzan,
    a spoof of the Tarzan character, in MGM's Hollywood Party.
    Coincidentally the female star of the movie was Lupe Velez, future wife of Johnny Weissmuller.

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