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Volume 0856

ERB Newsmagazine 2004.04.16

Tarzan and "The Foreign Legion" Rejection
4 MGM Tarzans on TCM: June 4, 2004
THE FERAL FOLK WEBSITE: List of Tarzanesque Exploits
Ray Bradbury & Cronies at NY WorldCon #1: July 4, 1939
The Story of Argosy
Two OAK Novels: Man From the Moon & The Man Who Stopped the Earth
3 ERB Articles by Philip José Farmer
A PRINCESS OF MARS Article by Georges Dodds
Sources for and Imitators of the Edgar Rice Burroughs Classic
Robert E. Howard Fiction and Verse Timeline
Spielberg & Cruise to do bring "War of the Worlds"
The Latest On The Paramount A Princess of Mars Project
Apple logo found on Mars
Film Collectibles
Weissmuller Colour Gallery
Tarzans Jane and Boy
Tarzan Finds a Son!
ERBville Maneater
ECOF and Dum=Dum News
Dian the Beautiful print by Shaun Hoadley
Latest Tarzan Cartoons
The Ogdens Celebrate 50 Years
Ameron ERB Editions


Tarzan and "The Foreign Legion" Rejection
The original typewritten letter to the Managing Editor of Argosy Magazine from ERB, Inc. secretary, Ralph Rothmund, dated Sept. 1, 1945.  Burroughs is offering the novel "Tarzan and the Foreign Legion," written in Hawaii during the war from June to September 1944. 

On the bottom of the letter is note "Read by Norton - Rejected". On the back of this letter is a note from Popular Publications, which had bought Munsey and Argosy explaining the rejection and returning the manuscript.

The novel never saw magazine release but was published by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. in hardcover on August 22, 1947

John Coleman Burroughs: Tarzan and The Foreign Legion - 5 b/w interiors

Watch For It!
TCM: Turner Classic Movies ~ June 4, 2004
"Tarzan the Ape Man" followed by a documentary called 
"Tarzan: King of the Silver Screen" 
"Tazan and His Mate
"Tarzan Escapes!
"Tarzan Finds a Son"



A list of the literary exploits of Tarzan and others like him.
This does not include the many excellent tales that appear only in comic book/graphic novel form.
           1.) Tarzan of the Apes  -by Edgar Rice Burroughs
               2.) The Return of Tarzan     -by Edgar Rice Burroughs
               3.) The Beasts of Tarzan     -by Edgar Rice Burroughs
               4.) The Son of Tarzan    -by Edgar Rice Burroughs
               5.) Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar     -by Edgar Rice Burroughs
               6.) Jungle Tales of Tarzan    -by Edgar Rice Burroughs 
               7.) Tarzan the Untamed   -by Edgar Rice Burroughs 
               8.) Tarzan the Terrible     -by Edgar Rice Burroughs
               9.) Tarzan and the Golden Lion    -by Edgar Rice Burroughs 
               10.) Tarzan and the Ant Men     -by Edgar Rice Burroughs
               11.) Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle    -by Edgar Rice Burroughs 
               12.) Tarzan and the Lost Empire   -by Edgar Rice Burroughs 
               13.) Tarzan at the Earth's Core     -by Edgar Rice Burroughs 
               14.) Tarzan the Invincible     -by Edgar Rice Burroughs
               15.) Tarzan Triumphant    -by Edgar Rice Burroughs 
               16.) Tarzan and the City of Gold     -by Edgar Rice Burroughs
               17.) Tarzan and the Lion Man     -by Edgar Rice Burroughs
               18.) Tarzan and the Leopard Men    -by Edgar Rice Burroughs 
               19.) Tarzan's Quest    -by Edgar Rice Burroughs
               20.) Tarzan and the Forbidden City    -by Edgar Rice Burroughs 
               21.) Tarzan the Magnificent     -by Edgar Rice Burroughs
               22.) Tarzan and the Foreign Legion    -by Edgar Rice Burroughs 
               23.) Tarzan and the Madman    -by Edgar Rice Burroughs 
               24.) Tarzan and the Castaways    -by Edgar Rice Burroughs 
               Tarzan and the Tarzan Twins    -by Edgar Rice Burroughs
               Tarzan the Mighty    -by Arthur B. Reeve
               Tarzan on Mars  -by Stuart J. Byrne under the pseudonym of John Bloodstone    (Tarzan-Barsoom crossover)
               Tarzan at Mars' Core    -by Edward Hirschman    (Tarzan-Barsoom crossover)
               Tarzan and the Pirates of Mars    -by David Myers    (Tarzan-Barsoom crossover)
               Thuvia's Treasure    -by David Bruce Bozarth         (Tarzan-Barsoom crossover)
               1.) Tarzan and the Silver Globe    -by Peter and Peggy Scott under the pseudonym of Barton Werper 
               2.) Tarzan and the Cave City    -by Peter and Peggy Scott under the pseudonym of Barton Werper 
               3.) Tarzan and the Snake People    -by Peter and Peggy Scott under the pseudonym of Barton Werper 
               4.) Tarzan and the Abominable Snowmen    -by Peter and Peggy Scott under the pseudonym of Barton Werper 
               5.) Tarzan and the Winged Invaders    -by Peter and Peggy Scott under the pseudonym of Barton Werper 
               Tarzan and the Valley of Gold    -by Fritz Leiber
               Tarzan: the Lost Adventure     -by Edgar Rice Burroughs & Joe R. Lansdale
               Tarzan: the Epic Adventures     -by Robert A. Salvatore
               The Dark Heart of Time: a Tarzan Novel   -by Philip Jose Farmer
               The Adventure of the Peerless Peer   -by Philip Jose Farmer     (Tarzan-Sherlock Holmes crossover)
               A Feast Unknown     -by Philip Jose Farmer      (Tarzan-Doc Savage crossover)
               Lord of the Trees and The Mad Goblin    -by Philip Jose Farmer    (Tarzan-Doc Savage crossover)
               Jungle of Bronze    -by Andy Nunez     (Tarzan-Doc Savage crossover)
               Time's Last Gift     -by Philip Jose Farmer
               Jungle in the Sky    -by Thomas Johnston
               T'zan and the Invisible Men   -by David A. Adams
               Survivor    -by Andy Nunez
               The Law of the Jungle     -by Andy Nunez      (Tarzan-Dark Shadows crossover)
               A Fight In The Forest    -by David Bruce Bozarth     (Tarzan-Conan crossover)
               The Well of Time     -by Andy Nunez      (Tarzan-Conan crossover)
               When Bulls Meet    -Rod Hunsicker    (Tarzan-Conan crossover)
               Against the Sorcerer     -Rod Hunsicker      (Tarzan-Conan crossover)
               The Face In The Trees    -by James D. Bozarth      (Tarzan-Phantom crossover)
               Ships in the Night    -by Barry E. Stubbersfield    (Tarzan-Phantom crossover)
               Mobutu's Ghost     -by Andy Nunez
               Tarzan and the Amazons    -by Paul Stein
               Tarzan and the City of Diamonds     -by Paul Stein
               Tarzan and the Dagomba Treasure     -by Paul Stein
               Tarzan and the Desert Rescue    -by Paul Stein
               Tarzan and the Fire Gods     -by Paul Stein
               Tarzan and the Jewel of Kah     -by Paul Stein
               Tarzan: The Mark of The Red Hyena    -by George S. Elrick
               Tarzan and The Lost Safari    -by Frank Castle
               Tarzan and the Tiger      -by Rod Hunsicker
               Tarzan and the Plague     -by Rod Hunsicker
               Tarzan and the Lightning Man    -by William Gilmour
               The Revelations of a Certain Lord    -by David A. Adams
               The Death of Tarzan    -by David A. Adams
               Tarzan's Tribute    -by Frank P. Shonfeld
               Tarzan and Jane in The Collector    -by Dennis Wilcutt
               Albert Schweitzer and the Treasures of Atlantis    -by George Alec Effinger
               Tarzan and the Beasts of Kerchak    -by Barry E. Stubbersfield
               Tarzan and the Jungle Invaders    -by Barry E. Stubbersfield
               Tarzan Downunder    -by Barry E. Stubbersfield
               Tarzan the Fearless      -by Barry E. Stubbersfield
               Tarzan the Furious     -by Barry E. Stubbersfield
               Tarzan the Valiant     -by Barry E. Stubbersfield
               Tarzan's Timeless Journey      -by Barry E. Stubbersfield
               Tarzan and the Phantom Zebra    -by Free, Ken, and Boone, India
               Tarzan, Jane, and Jungle Lust    -by Edward Hirschman
               Tarzan and the Warring Tribes    -by J. G. Huckenpohler
               Tarzan: Pellucidar Once More    -by Steve Nottingham
               Tarzan Alive    -by Philip Jose Farmer    (biography/study of Tarzan)
               The Sound of Our Heartbeat        Disney's Tarzan
               Birds in a Box        Disney's Tarzan
               Spider Line Pictures        Disney's Tarzan
               A Second in the Motionless Darkness        Disney's Tarzan
               The Sound of the Wind        Disney's Tarzan
               Letters from England...Letters from Africa         Disney's Tarzan
               Nuts Leaves and Banana Peels        Disney's Tarzan
               Forgotten Memories    -British Child       Disney's Tarzan
               Reincarnation: The Consequences    -by Ashren Deviticus     Disney's Tarzan
               Take Strength From Those That Need You    -by Ashren Deviticus    Disney's Tarzan
               If I Ever Lost You    -by Ashren Deviticus    Disney's Tarzan
               Dangers No Stranger Here    -by Ashren Deviticus     Disney's Tarzan
               Mama    -by Ashren Deviticus    Disney's Tarzan
               Without Thinking    -by Ashren Deviticus    Disney's Tarzan
               Ellie-Nor    -by Ashren Deviticus   Disney's Tarzan
               Secrets    -by Ashren Deviticus   Disney's Tarzan
               Marching Faithful     -by Ashren Deviticus     Disney's Tarzan
               Daydreamer    -by Amy   Disney's Tarzan
               Never Had A Dream Come True    -by PallaPlease    Disney's Tarzan
               Run To You    -by PallaPlease    Disney's Tarzan
               Night Fear    -by PallaPlease    Disney's Tarzan
               Expectations    -by PallaPlease    Disney's Tarzan
               Visitors From the Outside World   -by Jungle Spirit     Disney's Tarzan
               You're Not Alone    -by Jungle Spirit     Disney's Tarzan
               Can You Feel the Things I Feel?    -by Jungle Spirit    Disney's Tarzan
               CAPTIVE OF THE GORILLA GOD     -by 1HELD ?
               IN THE KINGDOM OF THE WHITE APES     -by 1HELD ?
               THE BEAST ARMY OF TARZAN     -by 1HELD ?
               TARZAN AND THE WEAPONS SELLERS     -by 1HELD ?
               TARZAN AND THE ELEPHANT KING    -by 1HELD ? 
               KIDNAPPERS IN THE NIGHT     -by 1HELD ?
               KING OF JUNGLE AND REVENGE     -by 1HELD ?
               TARZAN AT THE DEATH HOLE    -by 1HELD ? 
               BOY AT KIDNAPPERS HAND     -by 1HELD ?
               TARZAN AND THE WHITE APES    -by 1HELD ? 
               TARZAN AND THE NIGHT PEOPLE    -by 1HELD ? 
               TARZAN AND THE CIRCUS THIEVES    -by 1HELD ? 
               TARZAN AND THE WORLD CONQUERORS    -by 1HELD ? 
               TARZAN AND THE SECRET BASE     -by 1HELD ?
               TARZAN AND THE RED LION    -by 1HELD ? 
               TARZAN AND CHIEF ZOLLEMO     -by 1HELD ?
               Tarzan the Undefeated     -by Roy Scott, Pen Name of Miron Uriel
               Tarzan VS. Frankenstein     -by Roy Scott, Pen Name of Miron Uriel      (Tarzan-Frankenstein crossover)
               Tarzan Meets Flash Gordon     -by Roy Scott, Pen Name of Miron Uriel      (Tarzan-Flash Gordon crossover)
               Tarzan and Flash Gordon VS. the Robots     -by Miron Uriel       (Tarzan-Flash Gordon crossover) 
               Tarzan and the War of the Robots         (Tarzan-Flash Gordon crossover)
               Tarzan on the Trail of the Big Treasure     -by Miron Uriel     (Tarzan-Captian Marvel crossover)
               Tarzan the Brave    -by ?
               The Young Detectives and Tarzan Come to Solomon Bay    -by Avner Carmeli, Pen Name of Shraga Gafni 
               The Revenge of Tarzan    -by David Karsik, Pen Name of Sulamit Efrony
               Tarzan and the Atom Mystery    -by Yariv Amazya, Pen Name of Phinchas Sade
               Tarzan, The Crocodile King    -by?
               Tarzan Fights Against Himself    by?
               Tarzan and the City of Crystal    -by?
               Tarzan and the Diamond Snakes    -by?
               Tarzan and the Capured Animals    -by?
               Tarzan and the Burners of the Huts    -by?
               Tarzan and Chage Mustafa El Zaim    -by?
               Tarzan and the Blindness Diamnod    -by?
               The African Queen   -by  Roger E. Moore      (Daria/Tarzan crossover)
               Comfort Food    -by Necia J. Borba     WB Tarzan
               Sweat Dreams    -by Necia J. Borba    WB Tarzan 
               Circle's End    -by Necia J. Borba    WB Tarzan
               Never Too Late    -by Necia J. Borba   WB Tarzan
               Shadows Past    -by Necia J. Borba    WB Tarzan
               Teach Me    -by Necia J. Borba    WB Tarzan
               Untimely Flutter    -by Necia J. Borba   (Tarzan/Pretender crossover)    WB Tarzan
               Before the Storm     -by Necia J. Borba     WB Tarzan
               Big Brothers     -by Necia J. Borba    WB Tarzan
               Cold Shoulder     -by Necia J. Borba    WB Tarzan
               Imaginary     -by Necia J. Borba    WB Tarzan
               Misunderstood     -by Necia J. Borba    WB Tarzan
               Nightwatch     -by Necia J. Borba    WB Tarzan
               Tempting Offer     -by Necia J. Borba    WB Tarzan
               There's Always Room     -by Necia J. Borba     WB Tarzan
               Time's Gone By     -by Necia J. Borba    WB Tarzan
               To Safety     -by Necia J. Borba    WB Tarzan
               Tangled     -by Sep    WB Tarzan
               A New Day Together    -by Sep     WB Tarzan
               Trapped    -by Poisoned Ideas    WB Tarzan
               Covert Seduction    -by Jadepanther    WB Tarzan
               A New York Mardi Gras    -by Deczarina
               An Old Wolf     -by Deczarina
               Rough Day At the Office    -by Poisoned Ideas   WB Tarzan
               The Experience    -by flowerjade
               I'm With You (Part One in the Reflections Series)    -by Sapphira   WB Tarzan
               Lies (Part Two in the Reflections Series)    -by Sapphira     WB Tarzan 
               Fallen (Part Three in the Reflections Series)    -by Sapphira     WB Tarzan 
               Forever (Part Four in the Reflections Series)    -by Sapphira     WB Tarzan
               Hollow (Part Five in the Reflections Series)    -by Sapphira    WB Tarzan
               Nothing Thicker Than Blood (Part Six in the Reflections Series)     -by Sapphira   WB Tarzan
               Dangerous Parallels (Part Seven in the Reflections Series)    -by Sapphira    WB Tarzan
               Breathe In (Part Eight in the Reflections Series)     -by Sapphira    WB Tarzan
               So Are You To Me (Part Nine in the Reflections Series)     -by Sapphira    WB Tarzan
               Choices (Part Ten in the Reflections Series)     -by Sapphira    WB Tarzan
               A Similar Song (Part Eleven in the Reflections Series)     -by Sapphira    WB Tarzan
               It's You (Part Twelve in the Reflections Series)     -by Sapphira    WB Tarzan
               Trust (Part Thirteen in the Reflections Series)     -by Sapphira    WB Tarzan
               Checkmate (Part Fourteen in the Reflections Series)     -by Sapphira    WB Tarzan
               Show Me The River (Part Fifteen in the Reflections Series)     -by Sapphira    WB Tarzan
               Go Get Your Man    -by Jada Blade
               Her Unconscious Desires    -by Sophi86
               The Diary of Miss Jane Porter   -by Lew Kaye-Skinner
               How Many Apes?    -by Lew Kaye-Skinner
               Healing Hands    -by vividmemory     WB Tarzan
               Auntie G    -by thehush     (Tarzan/Xena crossover)    WB Tarzan
               When Destiny Calls    -by sarajane     WB Tarzan
               Destiny Unfolds    -by sarajane     WB Tarzan
               Home and Habitats   -by BeElleGee     WB Tarzan
               Visions of Delight    -by DocBevCulver     WB Tarzan
               My Immortal     -by DocBevCulver     WB Tarzan
               For Whom     -by DocBevCulver     (Tarzan/Pretender crossover)     WB Tarzan
               Fighting The Cold    -by DocBevCulver     WB Tarzan
               Alone    -by DocBevCulver     WB Tarzan
               Initial Consultation    -by insidemove19     WB Tarzan
               True Calling    -by ForeverGolden04     WB Tarzan
               TARZAN    -by Jules-foil    WB Tarzan
               Getting Closer    -by Stargazer831     WB Tarzan
               All's Fair In Love And Death    -by sugar-junkie     WB Tarzan
               Growing Fonder    -by BeElleGee     WB Tarzan
               Chance    -by Stigmatized-chick     WB Tarzan
               Investigation    -by Impulse5     (Tarzan/Mutant X crossover)    WB Tarzan
               Friend In Need, Friend Indeed    -by starry-blue22     WB Tarzan
               Pros and Cons    -by BeElleGee     WB Tarzan
               Why Me?    -by Frek    WB Tarzan
               Trouble    -by roswellwbfan     WB Tarzan
               Pillow Talk     -by BeElleGee     WB Tarzan
               Back to the Cabin   -by romantic@heart     WB Tarzan
               Moves and Counter Moves    -by romantic@heart     WB Tarzan
               Just This Moment    -by mrs. travis     WB Tarzan
               Worth It    -by Deb Duncan   WB Tarzan
               Progress?    -by Tarzan's     WB Tarzan
               Clayton's Revenge    -by gabbyfan3     WB Tarzan
               A Foolish Arrangement    -by charlotte sometimes     WB Tarzan
               Dreams    -by DayLate    WB Tarzan
               Charity    -by DayLate    WB Tarzan
               Firsts    -by DayLate    WB Tarzan
               Hope    -by DayLate    WB Tarzan
               Faith    -by DayLate    WB Tarzan
               Grace    -by DayLate    WB Tarzan
              Fantasy FullFillment Needed Challenge    -by UNIVERSAL SEEKER & DayLate    WB Tarzan
               Revenge    -by prettyinpink     WB Tarzan
               Exposure     -by kythera     WB Tarzan
               Exposure To Civilization    -by kythera     WB Tarzan
               The Rest of the Day    -by Hopelessly Devoted     WB Tarzan
               MY NAME IS...    -by various authors     WB Tarzan
               Tarzan and the Ripples of Eternity    -by Tarzangirl     WB Tarzan
               Tarzan and the Echoes of Eternity    -by Tarzangirl     WB Tarzan
               Tarzan Triumphs   -by Jean Kassab     WB Tarzan
               Learning to Live...    -by Tarzan n Jane     WB Tarzan
               Uncertainty    -by Tarzan's     WB Tarzan
               Mind and Heart; Body and Soul    -by kazroo     WB Tarzan
               Peaches N' Cream    -by KinkyCrablet     WB Tarzan
               Partners    -by prettyinpink  WB Tarzan
               Love is in the Air    -by gabbyfan3     WB Tarzan
               A Fresh Start    -by savetarzanwb     WB Tarzan
               Alternative to Charity    -by sportygal85     WB Tarzan
               Can Love Conquer All Obstacles?     -by sportygal85     WB Tarzan
               Deception of an Innocent    -by Jean Kassab     WB Tarzan
               Survival in the Back Country     -by Jean Kassab     WB Tarzan
               Doing What's Right    -by theotherjane     WB Tarzan
               Reflections    -by Saturniia     WB Tarzan
               The Beginning    -by Rainla     WB Tarzan
               Dreams    -by gabbyfan3    WB Tarzan
               You Want to Be Trapped    -by Tygress     WB Tarzan
               The Name Is Nothing But a Faceless Tag    -by Poisoned Ideas     WB Tarzan
               Revenge from Beyond the Grave    -by Jean Kassab     WB Tarzan
               His Jungle Home     -by Jean Kassab     WB Tarzan
               One Cold Night    -by shyshell21     WB Tarzan
               Moonlight    -by theotherjane     WB Tarzan
               Voyage to Love    -by theotherjane     WB Tarzan
               Bedside Manner     -by theotherjane     WB Tarzan
               Deadly Games     -by theotherjane     WB Tarzan
               To Serve and Protect     -by theotherjane     WB Tarzan
               Christmas Angel     -by theotherjane     WB Tarzan
               Chaos Beckons     -by theotherjane     WB Tarzan
               Thankful     -by theotherjane     WB Tarzan
               When No One is Around     -by theotherjane     WB Tarzan
               Totally Trusting     -by theotherjane     WB Tarzan
               Sacrifice     -by theotherjane     WB Tarzan
               Prelude to a Kiss    -by Chelsie     WB Tarzan
               Unanswered Questions    -by Katie     WB Tarzan
               Rooftop Feelings    -by Katie     WB Tarzan
               The Fight     -by Katie     WB Tarzan
               The Greatest Discovery    -by Felicity     WB Tarzan
               Wishes    -by EarthShine    WB Tarzan

               Stories that Tarzan makes an appearance in (or is mentioned)
               See also Tarzan = Hercules 

               The Eternal Savage   -by Edgar Rice Burroughs
               Heroes Return    -by John Yik    (Harry Potter crossover with numerous sources)
               La of Opar    -by David Bruce Bozarth
               Korak and the Killer Leopard    -by Ken St. Andre
               Memoirs of an Ape's Child   -by David Arthur Adams
               Tales of Nkima     -by David A. Adams
               Hadon of Ancient Opar    -by Philip Jose Farmer
               Flight to Opar    -by Philip Jose Farmer
               Bunduki    -by J.T. Edson
               Bunduki and Dawn   -by J.T. Edson
               Sacrifice for the Quagga God    -by J.T. Edson
               Fearless Master of the Jungle  -by J.T. Edson
               A Lord and His Lady    -by British Child
               Masks of the Illuminati    -by Robert Anton Wilson
               Lord Tyger    -by Philip Jose Farmer
               Dan Tarzan, The Israeli Tarzan    -by Amnon Shepak and  Zeev Galili     (actually a series of stories)
               The Irregulars    -by Steve ?   (a reality where Wolverine is Lord Greystoke)

During the first Worldcon in New York City, fans took the opportunity to
visit Coney Island where this foto-op took place:
Front: Mark Reinsberg, Jack Agnew, Ross Rocklynne 
Top: V. Kidwell, Robert A. Madle, Erle Korshak, Ray Bradbury 
Coney Island, July 4, 1939 (Photo by Robert Madle
The Story of the Argosy in The Pulp Rack
(Reprinted from the October 2, 1932 issue of Argosy All-Story Weekly)

"Throughout the changes of half a century the ARGOSY has held steadfast to the policy of printing 'decent fiction, good red-blooded fiction for the millions.' Clean wholesome entertainment has been ARGOSY'S purpose, and is its reason for existence."

Read PDA versions of two Otis Adelbert Kline novels:
Man From the Moon
The Man Who Stopped the Earth
Download ERB Books
Philip José Farmer : ERB Articles
THE ARMS OF TARZAN, Burroughs Bulletin No. 22, Summer 1971
THE GREAT KORAK-TIME DISCREPANCY, ERB-dom No. 57, April 1972 (re-worked into Tarzan Alive) 

Sources for and Imitators of the
Edgar Rice Burroughs Classic
by Georges Dodds
Reprinted from The Official Newsletter of the Montreal Science Fiction and Fantasy Association
Fall 2001 (Volume 15, Number 2)

In July 1911, at age 36, Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875-1950) had been married for over 10 years, had four children, and was trying to make a living at yet another get-rich scheme, selling pencil sharpeners in his native Chicago. He began writing Under the Moons of Mars while working for his brother Coleman’s stationery business. ERB submitted the first half of the manuscript to the Munsey magazines in New York City, August 11, 1911, under the pseudonym Norman Bean. The story ran from February to July, 1912, in All-Story under the byline Norman Bean and was a rousing success. However, Burroughs had a great deal of difficulty finding a book publisher for the story and it was only in 1917 that A.C. McClurg & Company of Chicago published it as A Princess of Mars, by Edgar Rice Burroughs. This firm also published such early science fiction classics as Ray Cummings’ Tarrano the Conqueror, The Man Who Mastered Time, and Brigands of the Moon, George Allan England’s The Flying Legion, and Otis Adelbert Kline’s Maza of the Moon. For a more detailed biography/bibliography of Burroughs, I refer you to Irwin Porges’ 820-page Edgar Rice Burroughs: The Man Who Created Tarzan (Brigham Young University Press, 1976; reprinted by Ballantine). 

Burroughs’ Mars series ended up running to 11 titles (all available from Ballantine; a few were reprinted by Ace in the early 1960s): 
1. Under the Moons of Mars, magazine,1912; book, A Princess of Mars, 1917
2. The Gods of Mars, magazine, 1913; book, 1918
3. The Warlord of Mars, magazine, 1913-14; book, 1919
4. Thuvia, Maid of Mars, magazine, 1916; book, 1920
5. The Chessmen of Mars, magazine, 1922; book, 1922
6. The Master Mind of Mars, magazine, 1927; book, 1928
7. A Fighting Man of Mars, magazine, 1930; book, 1931
8. Swords of Mars, magazine, 1934-35; book, 1936
9. Synthetic Men of Mars, magazine, 1939; book, 1940
10.Yellow Men of Mars, magazine, 1941; book, Llana of Gathol, 1948
11. Skeleton Men of Jupiter, magazine, 1943, combined with John Carter and the Giants of Mars, magazine, 1941; book, John Carter of Mars, 1964

The first book in the series tells of ex-Union soldier John Carter, who takes refuge from Apaches in a cave in Arizona. He falls into a trance while staring at the planet Mars and is magically transported there. Captured by green men, he quickly becomes their leader and saves the beautiful human girl, Dejah Thoris, princess of Mars. There are numerous other swashbuckling adventures with a great diversity of reptilian and saurian creatures. As the atmosphere generating system of the planet breaks down, Carter rushes to save Mars but is suddenly pulled back to Earth, only to return in the subsequent books. 

When it comes to what works influenced Burroughs in the writing of A Princess of Mars , he himself said that, except in childhood, he had read very little fiction. Assumptions that the saurians were suggested by Arthur Conan Doyle’s (1859-1930) The Lost World do not hold up since Doyle’s story only appeared one year later (magazine, The Strand, 1912; book, Doran, 1912). Certainly there are a number of older works that place dinosaurs and other strange beasts on other planets. In Percy Greg’s (1836-1889) Across the Zodiac: The Story of a Wrecked Record (Trübner, 1880, Hyperion Press, 1974), various saurians and bizarre monsters are found in remote areas of Mars. The 19th century tycoon John Jacob Astor’s (1864-1912) A Journey in Other Worlds (Longmans, Green & Company, 1894) tells of dinosaurs and mammoths on Jupiter. George Griffith’s (1857-1906) Stories of Other Worlds (Pearson’s Magazine, January-May, 1900; book, A Honeymoon in Space, C. Arthur Pearson, 1901; duplicated in Science Fiction by the Rivals of H.G. Wells, Castle Books, 1979) has saurian creatures attacking the spaceship Astronef during its stay on Saturn. 

There was some suggestion that Burroughs’ work had been influenced by H.G. Wells’ The War of The Worlds (Harper’s, 1898). Admittedly both deal with Martians, but as Jacques Sadoul put it in his Histoire de la science-fiction moderne—1. Domaine anglo-saxon (J’ai Lu, 1975): 

No Jules Verne-like scientific explanation is given, and no H.G. Wells-like philosophical ideology is developed. It is adventure in pure form. 
Similar to Wells’ work, an early utopian novel of Mars by Kurd Lasswitz (1848-1910), Auf zwei Planeten (Verlag B. Elischer Nachfolger, 1897; English  translation as Two Planets, Popular Library, 1978), deals very much with the interactions between the peoples of Earth and Mars but is not interested in rapid-fire adventure, resembling to a certain extent some of the later works of Olaf Stapledon (Star Maker, Last and First Men). The French “pulp” author Gustave LeRouge’s (1867-1938) Le prisonnier de la planète Mars (Méricant, 1908) and it’s sequel, La guerre des vampires (Méricant, 1909; reprinted Union générale d’éditions, 1976, Robert Laffont, 1986), tell of an engineer, Robert Darvel, being transported to Mars by the combined psychic energy of several fakirs assembled in an Indian monastery. There he finds vampire creatures trying to take over Mars from the humans. The novel includes a mysterious giant brain, master of Mars, an entire civilization of sleepers in caves under the surface of the planet, and the inhabitants of an underwater city who remain completely indifferent to the action on the planet surface. These works by Lasswitz and LeRouge, while inaccessible to Burroughs, show that there was certainly a wide variety of literature set on Mars prior to Burroughs’ Under the Moons of Mars.

Two earlier books most closely resemble Burroughs’ work: Journey to Mars, by Gustavus W. Pope, M.D. (G.W. Dillingham, 1894, Hyperion Press, 1974) and Lieut. Gullivar Jones: His Vacation, by Edwin Lester Arnold (1905; Ace, circa 1965 as Gulliver of Mars, Arno Press, 1975 as Lieut. Gulliver Jones: His Vacation). There is no evidence that ERB ever read either of these titles, but given the similarities it is interesting to speculate on Burroughs’ influences. 

Science fiction historian Sam Moskowitz, in his introduction to  the Hyperion Press edition of Journey to Mars, points to several
elements that recur in Burroughs’ work. Both heroes are officers, John Carter, a captain in the U.S. Army, and Lieutenant Frederick Hamilton of the U.S. Navy. On both versions of Mars there are ancient, declining civilizations with super-technology, however the  weapon of choice remains the sword. Both heroes have greater strength than the native Martians, given the lower gravitation (Burroughs) or the higher oxygen content of the air (Pope). Both men fall for their respective beautiful princess, Dejah Thoris (Burroughs) and Suhlamia (Pope). Both young women are courageous and come from a race of people who live for an indefinite time. The Martians in Pope’s book ride around on gigantic birds instead of the Thoths encountered on Burroughs’ Barsoom. Finally, both books have a cliffhanger ending, Burroughs’ world about to succumb to asphyxiation, Pope’s royal city to be destroyed by a meteorite storm. While there are differences in that Carter is mysteriously transported to Mars while Hamilton reaches it aboard a Martian spacecraft visiting a Martian base at the Earth’s North Pole, and that Pope’s story is much more slowly paced than Burroughs’, the similarities exist. Pope published another SF novel, A Journey to Venus (F. Tennyson Neely, 1895), but this has never been reprinted and is not a sequel to A Journey to Mars. Very little is known of Pope except that he was a medical doctor practicing in Washington, D.C., who also wrote half a dozen juvenile adventure novels, some non-fiction, and some religious pamphlets.

Lieut. Gullivar of Mars is held by most accounts to be the most likely influence on ERB’s Under the Moons of Mars , except that while widely available in England, it was not published in the United States until the 1965 Ace (F-296) edition, with cover art by Frank Frazetta. Edwin Lester Arnold was the son of the famous Sir Edwin Arnold, Orientalist, journalist (chief editor of the London Daily Telegraph), and author of the long narrative poem “The Light of Asia” (1879). E.L. Arnold (1857-1935) was born in Swanscombe, Kent, England, spent his childhood in India, and returned to England to study agriculture and ornithology. After much world travelling with his father he settled down to a job as a journalist in 1883. In 1890 his first novel, Phra the Phoenician, appeared in the prestigious Illustrated London News, in 26 parts each with a full-page illustration (it pays to have a daddy in high places). The first edition (Harper's 1890) had no illustrations since it was likely a pirated edition, but the first British edition (Chatto and Windus, 1891) did include about half the illustrations. The latter edition was reprinted in the Newcastle Forgotten Fantasy Library, Volume XI (1977). 

Phra is a novel of reincarnation in which the title character, a Phoenician merchant, sails to Britain. There he meets a beautiful barbarian druid princess, Blodwen. When Julius Caesar invades Britain, he dies after having been betrayed by a jealous druid. He wakes up 400 years later, not having aged, and, courtesy of Blodwen, with his entire past history tattooed on his body. After more swashbuckling adventures, he dies again to reawake another 400 years later, and so on. Finally, in Elizabethan times, hoping he will truly die and rejoin Blodwen in Eternity, he writes his memoirs.

The story was very popular and even reprinted by popular demand as late as 1945 (Famous Fantastic Mysteries, September 1945). Phra also spawned a number of imitations, the best known of which is George Griffith’s Valdar the Oft-Born: A Saga of Seven Ages (Pearson’s Weekly, 1910; FAX Collector’s Editions, 1972). Another excellent variation on the theme is Arthur D. Howden-Smith’s Grey Maiden (magazine, Adventure, 1926; book, Longmans, 1929, abridged version, Centaur, 1974), about an imperishable sword which is discovered and used at intervals through history. Arnold himself  reused the theme in the novelette Rutherford the Twice-Born (The Idler, 1892; in book form, The Story of Ulla, 1895), and in the somewhat tongue-in-cheek Lepidus the Centurion: A Roman of Today (1901; reprinted Arno Press). Unfortunately the latter novel’s comedic style didn’t go over well with the reading public and Lepidus was a bomb. 

It was not until 1905 that Arnold published his great Martian novel. When it received only a lukewarm welcome, he stopped writing altogether. He died 30 years later, largely forgotten. The resemblances with Burroughs’ Under the Moons of Mars are remarkable. Both Carter and Jones reach Mars by unscientific means, the former by astral projection, the latter on a magic carpet!  Both versions of Mars have very similar civilizations, down to the absence of old people and small children. Jones’ princess is Heru, and he meets the Hither People, a group remarkably similar to Burroughs’ Heliumites. John Carter’s rescue of Dejah is duplicated, as is his journey down the river Iss (in The Gods of Mars ). The return to Earth under dire circumstances at the end of the story is also common to both books. Richard A. Lupoff, in his introduction to the first American edition of the novel (Gulliver of Mars), having outlined these similarities, points out that while John Carter is a great, fearless, swashbuckling hero, Gullivar Jones is pretty much a wimp in comparison. Lupoff suggests that Carter was perhaps patterned on Phra, as these two characters are very much alike.

Who best to imitate Burroughs than Burroughs himself. In 1932 he began his Carson Napier on Venus series (reprinted by Ace): 
1. Pirates of Venus, magazine, 1932; book, 1934
2. Lost on Venus, magazine, 1933; book, 1934 
3. Carson of Venus, magazine, 1938; book, 1939 
4. Captured on Venus, The Fire Goddess, The Living Dead, War on Venus, magazine, 1941-42; book, Escape on Venus, 1946 
5. Wizard of Venus, book, 1964

In this series, astronaut Carson Napier misses Mars and ends up crash-landing on Venus. From there on “only the names are changed” from the Mars series (the beautiful Dejah Thoris is replaced by the equally gorgeous Duare, princess of Vepaja).

Finally, in his last years, Burroughs began another series with Tangor on Poloda, this being a planet 450,000 light years from Earth, and including Princess Yamoda. The first installment, Beyond the Farthest Star, appeared in Blue Book, January, 1942. The second, Tangor Returns, remained unpublished at Burroughs’ death. They were reprinted together by Ace as Beyond the Farthest Star, and along with other short stories and novellas in Tales of Three Planets (Canaveral Press, 1964).

One of the first imitations of Burroughs’ Under the Moons of Mars was James Ullrich Giesy’s trilogy Palos of the Dog Star Pack (All-Story, July 1918), Mouthpiece of Zitu (All-Story, July1919), and Jason, Son of Jason (All-Story, 1921). The hero, Dr. Jason Croft, is able to send forth his astral body to the planet Palos, in the Dog Star Pack, where he eventually enters the body of a man literally dying of love for the beautiful Princess Naia. After numerous adventures he returns to Earth. In the second novel he returns to Palos as the mouthpiece of the god Zitu, interpreting the god’s pronouncements for the people. In the last novel he has become dictator over Palos, and has introduced railways and electricity. He marries Naia and has a son, Jason, Jr. To my knowledge these have never been reprinted.

The author closest to the spirit of Burroughs’ Mars novels is  Otis Adelbert Kline (1891-1946). Camille Cazedessus, Jr., editor of ERB-dom Magazine, called him “one who came so close (to Burroughs) that many consider him to have equalled the old master himself.” Vernell Coriell, founder of the Burroughs Bibliophiles, called him “the only author to be compared with Edgar Rice Burroughs, but whose work is as original as Burroughs’ own!” 

In The Outlaws of Mars (1933), Jerry Morgan is transported to Mars through a time-space transporter and saves the world, and Princess Junia. In The Swordsmen of Mars (1933), Harry Thorne is transported to Mars by the Martian scientist Lal Vak so that Thorne can sort out the rather dicey political situation there. As Borgen Takkor, he falls for the princess, Neva, and after numerous adventures, marries her. But his job is not done and he ends up on Venus in Prince of Peril (1930). Kline, in his foreword to Prince of Peril, explains that Borgen Takkor was born on Mars, transferred to Earth for a decade, and finally found his career and place on Venus with Princess Loralie. In a parallel series, Planet of Peril (1930) and Port of Peril (1932), Robert Grandon, an ex-military man, transfers bodies with a Venusian, fights off numerous nasty beasts, and, naturally, saves a princess, Vernia. Finally, in Maza of the Moon (1930), Ted Dustin is swept off to the moon in an experimental plane. There he fights alongside the beautiful Maza, queen of the moon people. While this novel tends a little more towards space opera, it follows pretty much in the same vein as the others. 

All these titles were reprinted by Ace between 1960 and 1962. A short story, “A Vision of Venus” (1933), is reprinted in Swordsmen in the Sky (Ace, 1964). Kline’s novels, though not as well known as Burroughs’, certainly match Burroughs in pace and action. 

Another interesting series is Ralph Milne Farley’s Radio Man series. Born in Massachusetts, Roger Sherman Hoar (1887-1963) was the son of a senator, and later state senator. He was also the inventor of a system for aiming big guns by the stars, which in 1918 was revolutionary. The series began in 1924 with The Radio Man (Fantasy Company, 1948), followed by The Radio Beasts (magazine, 1925; Ace, 1960s), The Radio Planet (magazine 1926; Ace, 1960s), The Radio Man Returns (magazine, 1939), and a posthumously published work, The Radio Minds of Mars (magazine, 1955). 

These books include the ubiquitous princess (Lilla) and swordplay. The main character is Myles S. Cabot, a radio engineer, who gets mysteriously teleported to Venus when tinkering with an experimental radio set. The inhabitants of Venus are ant-men, and winged and antennaed humans. With materials on hand, Cabot produces a radio headset which can capture and amplify both ant and humanoid language. Through succeeding novels he is embroiled in wars between monsters, dinosaurs, and the intelligent ant-men.

Farley also wrote a center-of-the-Earth lost race novel, The Radio Flyers (Argosy, 1929; reprinted in Famous Fantastic Classics #2 , Fax Collector’s Editions, 1975) which is somewhat reminiscent of Burroughs’ Pellucidar series. 

Of course there were also some absolutely horrible John Carter-like characters, leading to the Flash Gordon school of interplanetary heroes. For a sample of this fare I suggest Zenith Rand, Planet Vigilante (complete with sex-crazed Camian goat-women!) in Sensuous Science Fiction from the Weird and Spicy Pulps (Bowling Green University Popular Press). 

A slight variant on Burroughs’ Mars stories is William Gray Beyer’s Minions of the Moon (magazine, 1939; Gnome Press, 1950), where the hero is put into a state of suspended animation and wakes up in the far future. Unlike Burroughs’ story, he is transported in time not space, however his adventures as the eventual leader of neo-Vikings, the beautiful princess, Nona, and his destruction of the evil “dangerous brains” are all clearly in the Burroughs tradition.

Another excellent novel in the style is Festus Pragnell’s (1905-?) The Green Man of Graypec (magazine,1935; book, Greenberg, 1950), of which H.G. Wells said: “I think it’s a very good story, indeed, of the fantastic scientific type and I was much amused and pleased to find myself…in it.”

Learoy Spofford, American tennis champion, is suddenly transported to Graypec on the planet Kilsona. There, in another man’s body, he saves a beautiful blonde woman, Issa, and helps her caveman tribe fight off strange crustacean life forms, reminiscent of Burroughs’ insectoid Martians. Just when all the fighting is over and he is about to marry Issa, the former owner of his body shows up and he returns to Earth. 

A very similar body-switch story is Edmond Hamilton’s (1904-1977) The Star Kings (magazine, 1949; Paperback Library, 1967), in which John Gordon becomes Zarth Arn (where do they get these names?), prince of the Mid-Galactic Empire, two million years in the future. While smooching it up with the beautiful Lianna, he manages to save the democratic Empire World from the fascist dictatorship of the Black Cloud Regime (gee, I wonder who they represent?). In the end of course, he gets the heave-ho back to Earth at the most inopportune moment, romantically speaking.

Hamilton’s wife, Leigh Brackett  1915-1978), also wrote a series of John Carter-like stories set on Mars. As a matter of fact she readily admitted that her novels of Eric John Stark on Mars were directly inspired by Burroughs, but she did add her own touches, such as Celtic mythology and legend. A series of three John Stark novels were published by Ballantine in the 1970s, and some novellas were published by Ace, circa 1970 (The People of the Talisman, The Secret of Sinharat). Besides writing science fiction, Brackett did a lot screenplay work in Hollywood, including with William Faulkner on the Bogart movie The Big Sleep, and the John Wayne movies Rio Bravo and Hatari.

Even Robert E. Howard (1906-1936), the creator of Conan, tried his hand at the genre in his Almuric (Weird Tales, 1939; book, Berkley, 1975). Unfortunately it has been 15 years since I read it, so, besides telling you that the hero, Esau Cairn, ends up on the planet Almuric and helps it’s human population fight off the evil Winged Ones from Yugga, city of the Yagas (oh, those names!), I cannot give you too many details.

In the 1960s and ’70s, when most of Burroughs’ and Howard’s novels were reprinted in cheap paperback editions, there was a boom of imitators. One amusing example is Andrew J. Offutt’s (1934- ) Ardor on Aros (Dell, 1973), an avowed satire on Burroughs’ Mars, with chapter titles like “The Girl Who Was Not Dejah Thoris” and “The Man Who Was Not Tordos Mors.”

It follows the basic arrival to the alien planet routine, but then the hero turns out to be a relative wimp who watches while a princess is raped (and enjoys it) by a bunch of barbarians. He has the usual adventures, but isn’t yanked back to Earth. Rather, he figures out that the world of Ardor is actually his old girlfriend’s dream. It is a very humourous novel if you have read the endless platonic relationships in Burroughs’ stories and those of his contemporaries. 

Offutt also has written a trilogy of Cormac MacArt (a Robert E. Howard character) novels (The Sword of the Gael, The Undying Wizard, The Sign of the Moonbow; Zebra, 1975-77), and some historical adult novels under the pen name John Cleve (the Crusader series; Grove Press, 1980). 

Perhaps the best modern books in the Burroughs tradition are Lin Carter’s series set on the Jovian moon Callisto, and dedicated to Burroughs. Jonathan Andrew Dark is a Vietnam vet who is transported to Callisto, where begin his adventures under the name  Jandar. The princess’ name is Darloona and there is the usual cast of strange creatures and evil aliens. The series includes Jandar of Callisto, Black Legion of Callisto, Sky Pirates of Callisto, Mad Empress of Callisto, Mind Wizards of Callisto, Lankar of Callisto, Ylana of Callisto, and Renegade of Callisto (Dell, 1972-1976). Interestingly, the title characters of the penultimate book in each series are Llana and Ylana. Altogether these novels are entertaining in their genre, if you aren’t already saturated with the same old plot. 

Linwood Vrooman Carter (1930-198?) is perhaps best remembered as the editor of the Ballantine Adult Fantasy series, which reprinted many fantasy classics between 1969 and 1974. He also wrote numerous other science fiction and sword and sorcery novels, as well the non-fiction works Imaginary Worlds: The Art of Fantasy (Ballantine, 1973), and Lovecraft: A Look Behind the Cthulhu Mythos (Ballantine, 1972).

Finally, no less than Michael Moorcock wrote a trilogy of Barsoomian pastiches under the pen name Edward P. Bradbury. Originally titled Warriors of Mars (1964; reprinted as City of the Beast, New English Library), Blades of Mars (1968, reprinted as Lord of the Spiders, New English Library), and Masters of the Pit (1969, reprinted New English Library). Michael Kane, a physicist, creates a matter transmitter and ends up on Mars. Princess Shizala is saved from a fate worse than death and adventures pile on adventures.It just goes to show how Burroughs’ influence has been extended to even modern writers.

Robert E. Howard Fiction and Verse Timeline 
by Rusty Burke

Steven Spielberg, Tom Cruise to 
bring "War of the Worlds" to big screen
March 18, 2004 Yahoo! News

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Movie mogul Steven Spielberg is to make a film version of Orson Welles' "The War of the Worlds," the sci-fi drama that seamed panic across America in the 1930s. Hollywood icon Tom Cruise will produce and star in the film based on H.G. Wells' classic book that will be directed by Spielberg, the creator of such mega-hits as "E.T: The Extra Terrestrial", "Jaws," and "Raiders of the Lost Ark." Daily Variety said production on the movie, the story of a Martian invasion of planet earth, could start in late 2005 after a first draft of the script has been re-written and after Spielberg completes his current film, "The Terminal," starring Tom Hanks and Catherine Zeta-Jones, the industry bible said. Cruise and his production company persuaded Hollywood studio Paramount Pictures to take on the movie in May last year and now Spielberg's DreamWorks SKG is also expected to get in on the act, Variety said. Hollywood has been considering making a new film version of "War" for two decades but various projects that were proposed to studios never made it to the big screen. 

"War of the Worlds" left an indelible mark on US culture when moviemaker Orson Welles adapted H.G. Wells' 1898 book into a radio play in 1938, presenting the alien invasion as a live radio report that terrified Americans. Listeners did not realise it was a science fiction radio play, and many people fled cities for the hills to escape the attackers from outer-space. A film version of the book was made in 1953 but did not leave a major lasting impression on audiences. 

The Latest On The Paramount A Princess of Mars Project

 Mars Imperiled?
Robert Rodriguez's resignation from the Directors Guild of America has jeopardized Paramount's development of its adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs' classic SF book A Princess of Mars, Variety reported. The director of Spy Kids quit the union so he could co-direct Sin City with Frank Miller, who created, wrote and illustrated the three-book graphic novel series on which that movie is based, the trade paper reported. (Guild rules do not permit such "co-directing" credits.) But that imperils Mars, because as a DGA signatory, Paramount is required to employ only guild directors, the trade paper reported. Insiders close to Rodriguez tell the trade paper that, at least for now, the director is unwilling to rejoin the guild just to direct Princess of Mars. Insiders close to Rodriguez insist he is unwilling to rejoin the DGA just to direct the $100+ million CG-extensive "Princess of Mars" which Paramount hopes will become its equivalent of the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. Paramount's COO Rob Friedman told the trade "We are in discussions with Mr. Rodriguez and are trying to come up with a solution". 
Posted: Wed., Apr. 7, 2004, 10:00pm PT

Rodriguez's wife and producing partner Elizabeth Avellan is quoted as saying "As of today, we are not dropping out. We are still very much making that movie".

'Mars' out of Par's orbit? Rodriguez's move imperils pic
Robert Rodriguez's resignation from the DGA has jeopardized Paramount's development of its tentpole pic "A Princess of Mars." The problem: As a DGA signatory, Par is required to employ only guild directors. Rodriguez's recent move to leave the DGA was triggered by his desire to co-direct "Sin City" for Dimension Films with Frank Miller, who created, wrote and illustrated the three-book graphic novel series on which the "Sin City" pic is based.

"We are in discussions with Mr. Rodriguez and are trying to come up with a solution," said Rob Friedman, vice chair and chief operating officer of Paramount's motion picture group. Insiders close to Rodriguez insist that -- at least for now -- he is unwilling to rejoin the  Directors Guild just to direct "Princess of Mars." DGA rules dictate that there be only one director assigned to direct a motion picture at any given time, although the guild occasionally grants a waiver, such as with the Coen  brothers.

The DGA issued the following statement: "When it comes to creative judgment, vision, leadership and decisionmaking ... co-directing generally does not work. Having said that, there are exceptional circumstances where two individuals have demonstrated an ability to reflect a singular vision through previous directing experience, which the DGA has always supported through the granting of waivers to bona fide co-directing teams."

Rodriguez, who is in production in Austin, Texas, on "Sin City," was not available for comment Thursday. When Rodriguez resigned last month, he portrayed his departure as reflecting his unorthodox plans for "Sin City" -- such as having Quentin Tarantino helm part of the film, possibly using a "special guest director" title that would not be available under DGA guidelines.

Rodriguez also quit the DGA a decade ago so he could take part in the Tarantino-orchestrated film "Four Rooms." He told Daily Variety last month that the co-directing credit for Miller would more accurately reflect how the film will be made.

"I didn't want Frank (Miller) to be treated as just a writer, because he is the only one who has actually been to 'Sin City,' " Rodriguez said. "I am making such a literal interpretation of his book that I'd have felt weird taking directing credit without him."   Par-based Alphaville Prods., partnered with Rodriguez's Troublemaker Studios, plans to begin shooting early next year. Pic is based on the first book in Edgar Rice Burroughs' 11-volume "John Carter of Mars" series. Producers will be Alphaville toppers Sean Daniel and Jim Jacks with Rodriguez and producing partner Elizabeth Avellan, as well as online movie industry pundit Harry Knowles.

Mark Protosevich is scripting; cast has not yet been set. Budget is said to top $100 million due to extensive CGI. Goal is to match the scale and scope of the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy.

     Read the full article at:

Rodriguez Talks Mars: Director addresses DGA snafu.

April 20, 2004 - Entertainment Weekly has asked filmmaker Robert Rodriguez about his status as the director of Paramount/Alphaville's A Princess of Mars (a.k.a. John Carter of Mars). Rodriguez's recent decision to resign from the Directors Guild of America placed his ability to helm the big-screen adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs' classic sci-fi novel in doubt. As a DGA signatory, Paramount is not allowed to hire a non-union director. Rodriguez advised EW, however, that the situation is under control.

"I can still do that movie," claims Rodriguez, "because I was assigned to it before I left the DGA. I'll occupy that island of misfit directors like Quentin Tarantino and George Lucas. (Laughs) It's actually quite nice here."

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Apple logo found on Mars
By Macworld staff
Mac World Daily News

Stunned space scientists were reeling last night after stumbling across a startling new formation on the surface of Mars – a crater resembling the Apple logo. Top European Space Agency (ESA) boffin P. Antzensochs said everyone was "flabbergasted”. He added: “We knew we were going to make some startling discoveries on this mission but none of us were prepared for anything like this." Speculation is rife as to how the logo formed, with some rock pundits suggesting the cause is ongoing volcanic activity, while others pointed to freak meteor impacts. Antzensochs said that "one thing everyone's agreed on is that its appearance is recent". He added: “This is the first image of the phenomenon Mars Express has sent back from all its orbits around the planet. If the extrusion had been there all along we would have known about it long before now." However, Antzensochs says many at the agency are unconvinced that the logo-crater's origins are natural. “The chances of such a thing being fashioned by meteors and sandstorms are literally huge. I’m a Mac user, and I know that because of the iPod the company is flush at the moment. Is it possible [Apple CEO Steve] Jobs has been able to fund a secret space-advertising program?” 

Apple does not comment on unconfirmed interplanetary matters.


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 For Disney, a spoonful of sugar helps the musical go down
. . . Crowley will design and direct another musical still in the development stages: "Tarzan," another cartoon adaptation. This one features music by Phil Collins, who has augmented his original, Academy Award-winning score. Playwright David Henry Hwang ("M. Butterfly") is writing the book and rooting it strongly in the Edgar Rice Burroughs novels. . . . 
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Early bibliography by Bradford M. DayGil Kane: Beyond Thirty and the Man-Eater - no interior art
Bradford M. Day, author of one of the first ERB bibliographies, died on February 25, 2004. He was 87.
Mr. Day's "Science Fiction and Fantasy Publications"published BEYOND THIRTY and THE MAN-EATER in 1967.

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