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Number 10 ~ January 1966
The Barsoomian #10 – January 1966
I guess we could call this the “Unofficial Dum-Dum” #2.  I visited David O. Kohr Jr. at his parents’ home in Philadelphia over the Christmas holidays in 1965.  We spent most of the visit typing up articles and pasting up layouts for this issue.  I was horrified to discover that Dave’s only typewriter was all caps, with no lower case.  I knew it would make the issue difficult to read, but there was nothing we could do about it.  Officially, this represented the merger of Dave’s “Amtorian” with my “Barsoomian” but that lasted only one issue.  I don’t think Dave published any more fanzines and he pretty much disappeared from fandom not long after.

As noted in the editorial, Ken Dixon stopped by to visit and came up with the cover logo design for the illustration by Harry Habblitz.  Harry also illustrated the fold-out centerfold for the issue, in addition to the editorial page cartoon and the Tarzan and James Bond illustrations for John Harwood’s article.  Ken Webber did a really nice back cover illustration along with a bunch of sketches and doodles we used in Fred Kwiecien’s article on the longevity theme in many of ERB’s novels.  Pat Mayo did the inside back cover.

I think the “hit” of the issue was Dale Broadhurst’s visit to ERB Inc. and all the photos we were able to use.  John Harwood’s article on the James Bond influence in the newest Tarzan film was a very timely piece for the release of “Tarzan and the Valley of Gold” the following December.  Both of these articles were originally submitted to Dave’s “Amtorian” which makes this issue truly a joint effort.

But, to me, the highlight of the issue was the reproduction of the “Tarzan of the Air” brochure created in 1934 to promote the Tarzan radio show.  I was very grateful to Hully Burroughs for the brochure and permission to reprint it.
 

~ Paul Allen
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