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"The Tarzan Collection Volume 2:
Debuts October 31 from Warner Home Video
Johnny Weissmuller swings back into action with Warner Home Video's "The Tarzan Collection Volume 2" debuting on October 31. Following the huge success of WHV's first Weissmuller Tarzan set in 2004, this new DVD collection includes the home video debut of Weissmuller's last six Tarzan films, presented on three double-feature discs. Originally made at RKO, these films feature actress Brenda Joyce. Weissmuller starred in 12 Tarzan features for both MGM and RKO. This collection features "Tarzan Triumphs" ~ "Tarzan's Desert Mystery" ~ "Tarzan and the Amazons" ~ "Tarzan and the Leopard Woman" ~ "Tarzan and the Huntress" ~ "Tarzan and the Mermaids." These six films, which were never available on videocassette, are all new to DVD, and will sell as a collection only, for $39.92 SRP. 
For descriptions of the films see ERBzine Silver Screen: ERBzine 0502

Comics Should Be Good: Friday in the Embassy
CBR ~ August 18, 2006
We were at an evening class at church, and our pastor asked what was new. I explained that I’d had a little field trip for my cartooning students to a local comics show that was a bit of a bust as a field trip, hardly any turnout at all, but I’d done a little shopping so it wasn’t a total loss.
“What did you get?”
“Tarzan, mostly.” I shrugged and grinned.
“Really!” The reverend perked up. “Tarzan comics? I have a mental picture… I know this from when I was young, it’s on the tip of my tongue… Johnny Weissmuller? Was he the first Tarzan?”
I couldn’t help myself. It’s a reflex. Maybe a disease. “No, in movies that was a man named Elmo Lincoln… we have it on DVD at the house, actually, Julie gave it to me for Christmas.”
My bride, who was sitting a couple of feet away, giggled and drew an imaginary score mark in the air. I flushed. “But yes, Weissmuller probably was the most famous guy to play him. These comics, though, I wanted because Joe Kubert drew them. Kubert’s probably one of the cartoonists I admire the most in comics. He’s had an amazing career.”
“What makes you say that?” One of the things I like about our pastor is that Sharon is endlessly curious about everything and everyone; she has a busy, restless intellect. My admiration of Joe Kubert’s career had caught her interest and by now a couple of the others at the table were listening too.
“Well, for one thing, he made his rep in comics largely without doing too many superheroes. Kubert specialized in macho, two-fisted adventure stuff. Sgt. Rock, Tarzan, characters like that. And he founded a school, the only accredited school for comics and cartooning in fact, and he’s continuing to produce work today that’s widely regarded as top-of-the-line. Won a bunch of awards not too long ago for a book about the conflict in Sarajevo… a true story, a documentary, done in comics form.” More>>>

Just released at www.panthanpress.com
and as a Podcast: Elmo's Dateline Jasoom for this week:
Episode 14 is a full report from the 2006 ECOF convention. 
Speakers include DJ "Usha" Howell, Laurence Dunn, Jim Thompson and Mike Conran. 
Elmo interviews fans. Hadron sings about his hat. 
And a song by Mark Wheatley from Insight Studios, whose interview appears on the next show.
Paramount is back in the black
Variety ~ August 9, 2006
Viacom came out swinging Wednesday as Paramount was back in the black and CEO Tom Freston declared that it's "re-emerging as a top-tier studio in Hollywood." The slimmed-down new Viacom reported robust quarterly numbers that reinforced just how critical the DreamWorks deal was -- bringing in hefty theatrical distribution fees and international TV license fees and keeping the studio's homevideo biz on an even keel. More>>>
Disney biz gets dizzy
Variety ~ August 9, 2006
"Cars" is driving Disney to high-octane profits. While "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" came out in July and won't show up in the results until the fourth quarter, company still saw massive gains in its fiscal third quarter, growing net income to $1.13 billion -- an increase of 39% over the April-June frame last year. Announcement of the sharply improved earnings came less than a month after Disney declared a belt-tightening, which resulted in the dismissal of some 550 employees. More>>>
Weissmuller was a star in water and on screen
Washington Times ~ August 7, 2006
Of all the stars who glittered in the Roaring Twenties' so-called Golden Age of Sports only one became more famous after his competitive career was over. At 24, Weissmuller was the best male swimmer in history. And then ...  "UMGAW-A-A-A-A!"  Unexpectedly, Hollywood beckoned, and the handsome, 6-foot-3 swimmer turned into "Tarzan the Ape Man" in the movie of that name, emitting this blood-curdling cry -- actually, an electronic blend of a hyena's howl played backward, a camel's bleat, a violin and a soprano's high C -- whenever the script demanded. (Though, for the record, he never uttered the infamous "Me Tarzan, you Jane" line to co-star Maureen O'Sullivan.) 
    Throughout the 1930s and 1940s, Weissmuller acted -- if that's the word -- in 12 Tarzan pictures, six for MGM and six for RKO, before yielding the franchise to Lex Barker. So effective was he in the role than Barker and all the other Tarzans who followed seemed mere carbon copies. Even Edgar Rice Burroughs, who created the character in a 1919 book, was said to be a fan.  Such admiration was not quite universal. Elmo Lincoln, the original Tarzan in silent films, told Burroughs, "The studio seemed to think ['Tarzan the Ape Man´] was a comedy. Why do they portray Tarzan without dignity?"  Well, for one thing, Elmo baby, it's hard to take seriously a character who consorts with chimps and swings on vines. 
    After that, Weissmuller covered up his loincloth to play Jungle Jim for years in movies and on television. When he died at age 79 in 1984, following a series of strokes, very few people remembered he once had been a swimmer of unparalleled accomplishments.  Tarzan's constant companion in the early movies was a chimpanzee named Cheetah, who spent much of his time between takes trying to bite and scratch actress O'Sullivan. Presumably, the lovely Maureen took it like a trooper. Years later, during the brief first marriage of her daughter, Mia Farrow, she became the only person ever related, so to speak, to both Tarzan and Frank Sinatra. . . .  "I was in Los Angeles, and [MGM] asked if I would like to take a screen test," Weissmuller recalled years later. "I told them no, but they said I could go to the lot and meet Greta Garbo and have lunch with Clark Gable. Any kid would want to do that, so I said OK. ... 
There were 100 actors trying for the part. ... Then someone called me and said, 'You got it.' I said, 'Got what?' They said, 'You're Tarzan.' "  "UMGAW-A-A-A-A!" More>>>
Evolution reversed in mice 
BBC News ~ August 7, 2006
US researchers have taken a mouse back in time some 500 million years by reversing the process of evolution. By engineering its genetic blueprint, they have rebuilt a gene that was present in primitive animals. The ancient gene later mutated and split, giving rise to a pair of genes that play a key role in brain development in modern mammals. The scientists say the experiments shed light on how evolution works and could lead to new gene therapy techniques. "We are first to reconstruct an ancient gene," said co-researcher Petr Tvrdik of the University of Utah. "We have proven that from two specialised modern genes, we can reconstruct the ancient gene they split off from. "It illuminates the mechanisms and processes that evolution uses, and tells us more about how Mother Nature engineers life." ...
"It gives a real example of how evolution works because we can reverse it." More>>>
Comic Book Bin ~ Phil's Bubble ~ By Philip Schweier ~ Aug 6, 2006
Heroes come in various forms. . . . One of the most popular of these was Tarzan, who debuted in All-Story Magazine in October, 1912. Originally billed as “A Romance of the Jungle” on the cover, the Tarzan of the Apes story has been interpreted both as a Victorian drama as well as pure action and adventure. The ape man has conquered virtually all forms of media and has been featured in over 50 feature films. A prolific writer in the fields of fantasy and adventure, Tarzan’s creator, Edgar Rice Burroughs' (ERB) first foray into fantasy fiction was A Princess of Mars, in 1912. His tales of Mars were later adapted to comics form, first from Dell in 1941. His comic book adventures were few and far between, perhaps overshadowed by his more successful literary sibling, Tarzan. The King of the Jungle went on to star in 24 novels written between 1912 and 1950. First drawn by Hal Foster in 1929, he became one of the most popular stars of the funny pages, later illustrated by Burne Hogarth, and then Russ Manning. In comic books, he has starred in several ongoing series from all the major publishers. He made his comic debut in Dell’s Four Color Comics in 1947, leading to his own title a year later. Dell later relinquished the character to Gold Key. In 1971, when DC Comics aquired the license to many of ERB’s creations, John Carter, along with other Burroughs creations such as the Pellucidar and Venus stories, were featured as back-up stories published in Korak, Son of Tarzan. Six years later, when the Burroughs properties moved to Marvel Comics, John Carter graduated to his own title which lasted for two years, as did their Tarzan title. Since then, the ape man’s comic appearances have been sporadic, most notably from Dark Horse Comics in the late 1990s. With such broad appeal, the success of Tarzan inevitably spawned numerous imitators. Ka-Zar ... Conan ... The Shadow ... The Avenger ... Doc Savage ... Superman ... Batman ... The Spider .... More>>>
When Tarzan meets Cleopatra...
IOL ~ Sofia News Agency  ~ August 5, 2006
Sofia - Bulgarian parents are increasingly giving their children unconventional names taken from films, plays and books as the country prepares to join the European Union, according to civil registry data published on Friday. A Tarzan, a Zorro, a Hamlet and an Ophelia, as well as two Cleopatras (but only one Caesar), were born in 2006 in Bulgaria, a place that until now has been on the conservative side when it came to names. More>>>
GYPSY OF THE MONTH: Andy Pellick of 'Tarzan'
Broadway World ~ August 4, 2006
Tarzan Swings Into 100th Bway Performance, Aug. 5

Broadway World ~ August 2, 2006
Tarzan, the Broadway Musical, will mark its 100th performance on Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on Saturday, August 5th.  Tarzan opened on May 10, 2006 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre (226 West 46th Street) and is presented by Disney Theatrical Productions.
The show has broken the box office record at the Richard Rodgers Theatre for three consecutive weeks, most recently by grossing $857,425 during the week of July 24 – July 30. 
The original cast recording of Tarzan was released by Walt Disney Records and is available now at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, in music stores nationwide and at online retailers including Amazon, iTunes and Disney Shopping. More>>>

Tarzan has been nominated for three Henry Hewes Design Awards:
Scenic Design ~ Costume Design ~ Lighting Design

This week's Dateline Barsoom Podcast #13 from www.PanthanPress.com features
fan fiction by Steve "Ghak" Wadding and an essay by Elmo about ERB and racism. 

Weissmuller, son of Olympic swimmer and Tarzan star, dies at 65
Associated Press ~ July 31, 2006
Johnny Weissmuller Jr., the son of Tarzan film star and five-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer Johnny Weissmuller, died Thursday of liver cancer. He was 65. His last few months were filled with excitement, including driving part of the California leg of the multicontinent Gumball Rally 3000 auto race, his wife said. Weissmuller Jr. was an underwater demolition specialist in the Navy who went on to work as a stage actor and longshoreman in San Francisco in the 1970s. He also penned a memoir about life with his father, who died in 1984 of pulmonary edema. "Tarzan, My Father" was published in 2002. In July, Weissmuller Jr. petitioned the International Swimming Hall of Fame Museum to return his father's medals and other memorabilia, which were stolen two years ago from the museum and returned in September. Weissmuller Jr. is survived by a daughter, two stepsons and four grandchildren. More>>>

John Carter of Mars Movie Update:
AIN'T IT COOL NEWS ~ July 29, 2006
Interview with John Favreau:
QUINT: What's going on with JOHN CARTER OF MARS?
JON FAVREAU: I want it to be next. I just visited (Edgar Rice Burroughs') grandson and showed all the art work to him and they loved what we were doing. The fact that (IRON MAN) is a Paramount project and (JOHN CARTER) is a Paramount project, I'm really hoping I can sort of segue right from one into the other. 

QUINT: IRON MAN might make a good step between ZATHURA and JOHN CARTER.
JON FAVREAU: I think it is. We'll see how much they want to do IRON MAN 2! Let's see how excited they get about Carter because I would do more of these, you know, but I really... You know, Carter has really turned into a labor of love. I really have grown to love that character and that franchise and I think we really broke the story and the visuals, so I'm ready to make that one. More>>>

Tarzan Presley Author Dies
Novelist leaves his final book 
Dominion Post, NZ ~ July 29, 2006
The final work by acclaimed Wellington novelist Nigel Cox will be published in November after he worked tirelessly to complete it before his death. Cox, 55, died of cancer yesterday morning, four days after his fifth book, Responsibility, was runner-up in the Montana New Zealand Book Awards. Cox insisted on travelling to the Montana awards in Auckland last Monday. He took a doctor with him. His fourth novel, Tarzan Presley, was a runner-up at the Montana awards last year. But a threat of legal action from the estate of Tarzan author Edgar Rice Burroughs over the use of the name means the novel cannot be published overseas or reprinted in New Zealand. In an interview with The Dominion Post last month, Cox admitted the episode had upset him. "I did feel bitter, and then I got over it. There's just no point." More>>>
Tarzan Presley Review at ERBzine Swag

Thipdar Sex Secrets Revealed
Flying reptile mystery 'solved' 
BBC News ~ July 27, 2006
UK scientists say they have solved the mystery of why prehistoric flying reptiles grew crests on their heads. A rare skull specimen found in Brazil shows the crest appeared at puberty, suggesting it was used to attract attention from the opposite sex. University of Portsmouth experts say pterosaurs, which ruled the air during the time of the dinosaurs, flaunted their headgear in sexual displays. "This is a significant find as it links the growth of the crest to physical maturity and therefore presumably to sex," said Dr Naish. More>>

"Jane's Daughter" Returns to Africa
World must not turn away from Darfur's desperation
By Mia Farrow
Mia Farrow is an actor and UNICEF goodwill ambassador. She just returned from her second trip to the Darfur region of Sudan. 
Chicago Tribune ~ July 25, 2006
. . . Since 2003, almost 90 percent of the villages of Darfur have been bombed and burned by the Sudanese government and its proxy Arab militia, the janjaweed. More than 200,000 people have been killed. Terrified survivors of unimaginable atrocities walk across the parched terrain in search of safety, food and water. Today, 2 million human beings live amid deplorable conditions in swollen refugee camps across Darfur. Overwhelmingly, they are women and children. A majority of men and boys have been killed. Those who survive have taken up arms with rebel groups. . . . The refugees shelter under plastic sheets supplied by aid workers. Food rations have been cut to less than what is required to sustain human life. Clean water is insufficient. Meanwhile, a cholera outbreak is spreading, with the potential to claim tens of thousands of lives. Worst of all, there is no safety: The janjaweed are always nearby, and the camps are attacked relentlessly. . . . UN Secretary General Kofi Annan's attempts to gain consent for such a mission from the government of Sudan, the perpetrators of this genocide, have been predictably refused. Appallingly, the UN and the world community have simply acquiesced, seemingly content to let genocide take its course. More>>>

History of a Hollow Earth Fantasy
NY Sun ~ July 20, 2006
"There have been many books recently about important ideas or commodities that have changed the world," David Standish writes, astutely, in the introduction to his very casual but well-researched "Hollow Earth" (Da Capo, 304 pages, $24.95). His book, he boasts, "traces the cultural history of an idea that was wrong and changed nothing — but which nevertheless had an ongoing appeal."
Sir Edmond Halley was the first to suggest seriously that our world was merely a crust. Driven by developments in navigation, Halley wanted to understand why the magnetic North Pole moved. Not long after he discovered his comet, Halley suggested to the Royal Society that magnetic drift was caused by the oscillations of smaller globes within our own. This was in 1692. Halley was not ridiculed; the enlightenment was barely afoot, and notions such as his could of course appear enlightened. The theory of a hollow earth entered the working scientific canon.
Some hollow earth enthusiasts believed that another civilization was prospering beneath our feet, on the concavity of the earth's crust. Other hollow earthers imagined inner spheres like Halley's. Both camps imagined holes at the North and South Pole that let in sunlight and allowed chance communication with us surface-dwellers. . . .  For decades a polar expedition became Symmes's chief mission, and the supposed hole up top is still called Symmes's Hole. [Others followed:] Nathaniel Hawthorne ~ J.N. Reynolds ~  Edgar Allan Poe ~ JulesVerne. Between 1880 and 1915, Mr. Standish can list at least 33 hollow earth novels. 
Note the progress of the notion from Sir Edmond Halley to Edgar Rice Burroughs. As Mr. Standish notes, the hollow earth theory has always been a vessel for contemporary issues. Mr. Standish notes that the same thing that happened to the hollow earth in 1910 happened to Venus in 1960, when that planet was proved inhospitable. . . . Science opens frontiers, but it also closes them. Fantasy lives in the interval. More>>>

Hollow Earth The Long and Curious History of Imagining Strange Lands, Fantastical Creatures, Advanced Civilizations, and Marvelous Machines Below the Earth's Surface by David Standish Da Capo: 304 pp.
LA Times Review ~ July 30, 2006
. . . Standish produces plenty more of these hollow worlds, including those of Tarzan's creator, Edgar Rice Burroughs, and L. Frank Baum, who takes Dorothy out of Oz into hollow Earth in "Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz" (1908). Standish's list of hollow-Earth novels published between 1880 and 1915 (a non-exhaustive roster) is a couple of pages long. Even Adolf Hitler is said to have been seduced by hollow-Earth theories, subscribing to Koresh's cosmic-egg idea and considering the Symmes Hole at the South Pole as an escape route. . . .More>>>

DC superhero stamps issued in US 
BBC News ~ July 20, 2006
A set of US postage stamps celebrating 10 of DC Comics' superhero characters are being issued this week. 
The set of 39-cent-stamps, featuring Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Aquaman, Supergirl, the Flash, the Green Arrow and Hawkman, are being launched at the Comic-Con Festival in San Diego

Half of the 20 stamps feature portraits of the characters, while the rest show covers from their comic books. A set of stamps celebrating characters from the Marvel Comics stable will reportedly follow in 2007. More>>

Moon Men IV: Wide Awake on the Sea of Tranquillity
NASA Science News ~ July 19, 2006 
The fourth installment of Science@NASA's Apollo Chronicles explains why Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin couldn't fall asleep 37 years ago in the Sea of Tranquillity. More>>>
This week's DATELINE JASOOM Podcast
has been broadcast by Jeff Long's Panthan Press
Podcast #12 is an exciting, terrifying journey by Elmo up the Wazoo River into the Heart of Darkness in search of Jane, Lady Greystoke.
Listeners will also hear the latest news about the Aug. 3-6 ~ ECOF/Dum-Dum convention in Rockville, MD
and the showing of the new John Carter of Mars stage play DVD
Tiny wireless memory chip debuts 
BBC ~ July 17, 2006
A chip the size of a grain of rice that can store 100 pages of text and swaps data via wireless has been developed by Hewlett-Packard. The tiny chip was small enough to embed in almost any object, said HP. The chip could be used to ensure drugs have not been counterfeited, on patient wristbands in hospitals or to add sounds or video to postcards, said HP. . . . Because the chips were so small and easy to make they could be embedded in documents as they were printed, stuck to any surface or made into a book of self-adhesive dots.  HP speculated that once in production the devices could cost as little as one dollar each. No battery is needed because devices reading data from the chip will provide power by induction. More>>>

July 15, 2006
Jon Favreau visits Tarzana
Director Jon Favreau, who was assigned pre-production duties on Paramount's John Carter of Mars film project last year, met with Danton Burroughs in the ERB, Inc. Tarzana offices this week. 
Among the many topics discussed was a brainstorming session on revitalizing the project which was put on hold when Favreau signed on as director for the new Iron Man film. 
Favreau also gave Danton a preview of the very impressive production art that has been created for John Carter of Mars.
Proposed Princess comics series stalled
IDW's proposed comics series based on A Princess of Mars, to be written by Dan Taylor, with art by Ted McKeever and covers by Frank Cho and Mark Wheatley has apparently been scrapped. Apparently appropriate licensing arrangements could not be worked out with ERB, Inc. who own trademarks on many of the characters and place names in the Mars series, as well as copyrights on most of the titles in the series.
Comic Bin ~ July 15, 2006
In the age before mass market paperbacks, there were such things as dime novels, so called because that’s about how much they cost. Cowboys were the usual fare, the aim of the magazine to entertain young boys. On magazine racks across America, real life Western heroes such as Wyatt Earp stood side-by-side with manufactured ones such as Hopalong Cassidy. New genres such as detective mysteries and science fiction followed. The variety of material tapped into wider audiences, and gave birth to stories to suit every taste. . . . Competition was stiff, with newsstands filled with magazines dedicated to mystery, adventure and science fiction. Classic characters such as Dashiell Hammett’s Sam Spade and Zorro by Johnston McCulley have become part of the pop culture landscape. . . . For some authors, the pulps were a stepping stone to greatness, allowing them to hone their craft before a book publisher came looking for a novel. Edgar Rice Burroughs, Ray Bradbury, and Zane Grey all got their starts in the pages of monthly magazines such as All-Story and Black Mask. More>>>
Goodall's captive audience better off than wild chimps
The Australian ~ July 15, 2006
HAVING seen what she's seen, world-renowned primatologist Jane Goodall could be forgiven for being wary about animals in captivity, but yesterday she decided the chimpanzee enclosure at Sydney's Taronga Zoo was one of the world's best. . . . Dr Goodall, who as a child dreamed of living like Tarzan and Dr Dolitte, last saw the group in August 1997. . . . During her 45 years working with and observing chimpanzees, Dr Goodall, 72, has made several important discoveries. More>>>
Tarzan's Chester Gregory Performs 7/31 Concert
Broadway World ~ July 14, 2006 
Singer/songwriter Chester Gregory--currently on Broadway in Tarzan--will perform R&B/soul hits from his upcoming album "High Love" at the Triad Theatre. . .  "Chester Gregory is carving his own niche in the R&B male vocalist category. For his new CD titled 'High Love,' he has teamed with some of the newest and hottest producer's in the industry. . . . Gregory--who plays Terk on Broadway in Disney's Tarzan--had the opportunity of working first hand with Phil Collins, who wrote all the music for the show, including "Who Better Than Me", which Collins wrote especially for Chester just 2 weeks before Tarzan's world premiere. Other credits include the 8 Tony Award-winning Broadway hit musical, Hairspray (where he was "Seaweed") and The Jackie Wilson Story, which ran in Chicago for three years and for which he received critical praise. . . . His "High Love" single from the upcoming album will soon be release. It is currently available on iTunes.  Visit www.theatermania.com to order tickets for his concert. More>>>
Why teens were tough for Tyrannosaurus
CBC News ~ July 13, 2006
Dr. Phil CurrieYoung dinosaurs lived in packs with nurturing parents like modern mammals, paleontologists who studied a group of fossils in Alberta's Badlands say. Paleontologist Phillip Currie of the University of Alberta and his colleagues concluded predation led to high death rates among newborns until they reached a threshold size about age two. The dinosaurs then survived relatively well until about age 13, the team reports in Friday's issue of the journal Science. That would help explain the mysterious rarity of young adult bones. The fossils aren't found simply because the mortality rates for that age group were extremely low, the growth curves suggest. At about age 14, when the dinosaurs reached sexual maturity, the death rate rose significantly, possibly because they were competing with each other for mates and food. The survivorship pattern paints a picture of parents who shield their offspring until their young are old enough to breed. The behaviour is seen in large modern mammals, such as male elephants that usually stay with their birth herd until puberty. The results reinforce the notion that dinosaurs were much more closely related to modern birds and mammals than they were to reptiles. "If dinosaurs hadn't died out, I'm not sure that mammals would have got an edge to outcompete them." More>>>
Edmonton lives up to dino bone billing
CBC News ~ June 29, 2006
A huge dinosaur bone yard has been uncovered in Edmonton, where housing construction is booming.  One of the largest duck-billed dinosaurs, known as Edmontosaurus. A man walking his dog in a city park found the first fossils some years ago, but now paleontologists are discovering the site's full potential. The bones belong to one of the largest duck-billed dinosaurs, known as Edmontosaurus. "Because Edmontosaurus has such a huge distribution north and south, all the way up to the north slope of Alaska, we may also learn something about the migratory patterns of dinosaurs," said Phil Currie, a paleontologist at the University of Alberta. More>>>
Fanged killer kangaroo roamed Outback "Valley Dor"
July 12, 2006
SYDNEY, Australia (Reuters) -- A team of Australian palaeontologists say they have found the fossilized remains of a fanged killer kangaroo and what they describe as a "demon duck of doom". . .  the remains of a meat-eating kangaroo with wolf-like fangs were found as well as a galloping kangaroo with long forearms that could not hop like a modern kangaroo. "Because they didn't hop, these were galloping kangaroos, with big, powerful forelimbs. Some of them had long canines (fangs) like wolves." . . . "These things had slicing crests that could have crunched through bone and sliced off flesh" More>>>
Wild Oak Park Tarzan Exhibit
Oak Park Wednesday Journal ~ July 11, 2006
The Historical Society’s Tarzan exhibit was recently featured on "Wild Chicago’s Illinois Road Trip," broadcast June 16, 18 and 20 on WTTW-Channel 11. Research Center Director Diane Hansen was interviewed for the segment. 
Tarzan exhibit? Sure, complete with the ape-man’s famous yell. Not your standard fare at your standard historical society, to be sure, but this is Oak Park, and Edgar Rice Burroughs published his first Tarzan novels while living here in the early part of the last century. If you’re curious about the exhibit, the Historical Society is located on the second and third floors of Pleasant Home, located at the corners, not coincidentally, of Pleasant and Home. 
Prominent Oak Park Residents
Oak Park Wednesday Journal ~ July 11, 2006
"As one of the growing towns of the times, the Fair Oaks development did attract many prominent businessmen," says Lipo, such as the owners of Jewel Foods. Frank Vernon Skiff and Frank P. Ross were the owners in 1899 of Jewel Tea Company, today’s grocery giant. Skiff started the company as a door-to-door coffee delivery service. He later partnered with his brother-in-law in 1902. The two lived in neighboring estates designed by architect-to-the-wealthy Howard Van Doren Shaw in the Fair Oaks district on the 500 block of North East Avenue. Frank Lloyd Wright was a 22-year-old architect in 1889 when he began what is now the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio on Chicago Avenue. Several of his prairie style homes were built between 1900 and 1920 in the Fair Oaks district. Other notables of that era include Tarzan author Edgar Rice Burroughs, dance impresario Doris Batscheller Humphrey; Ernest Hemingway who lived in several residences, two located in the original Fair Oaks district; and fast food entrepreneur Ray Kroc.
ERB Artist Suydam unveils Batman at San Diego 
Arthur Suydam, whose highly acclaimed oil paintings have been catapulting the “Marvel Zombie” series, is now using that same “fine art to comics” technique on the Dark Knight. And, Clampett Studios has tapped the San Diego Comic Con as the venue to unveil its new giclee, “Domain of the Bat,” from this renowned artist. Suydam will be appearing at the Heroic Fine Art Booth at San Diego from 1-3 on Thursday, July 20th.  He can also be found in Artist’s Alley throughout the show.

Recommended: Astronomy Picture of the Day Archives

Mars from the Valley of Fire 2003: Brightest appearance in 60,000 years
Weissmuller's son fights museum for swimmer's mementos
McClatchy Newspapers ~ July 11, 2006 
Although he was most famously known as the big-screen Tarzan, to the people at the International Swimming Hall of Fame, Johnny Weissmuller embodied the history of his sport. But now the athlete's son, 65-year-old Johnny Weissmuller Jr. wants to take back his father's every memento and medal from the Hall. "They are mine," said Weissmuller Jr. in a voice weakened by terminal cancer during a phone interview from his home in San Francisco. Diane Weissmuller, his wife, said the couple is due the Olympian's collection because Weissmuller Sr. said so in his will.  . . . "There have been just too many shenanigans at the Hall of Fame," Diane Weissmuller said. "We don't feel the items are secure." More>>>
Times Online UK
A Voluble Visit with Two Talking Apes 
NPR ~ July 8, 2006
Two bonobo chimpanzees in Iowa are changing how scientists think about the nature of human language. Kanzi and Panbanisha understand thousands of words. They use sentences, talk on the phone, and they like to gossip. In short, they use language in many of the same ways humans do. . . . Sue Savage-Rumbaugh, head scientist at the Great Ape Trust near Des Moines says apes can acquire a lot of language if they learn it the same way human babies do. More>>>
Bigger dinosaurs had warmer blood 
BBC News ~ July 11, 2006
The bigger a dinosaur was, the warmer its blood, a study of the big beasts' fossil remains shows. Dinosaurs were long considered to be cold-blooded reptiles. More recently, some researchers have proposed that the extinct creatures actively regulated their body temperature like mammals. A study in the journal Plos Biology now suggests this is not the case, but that bigger dinosaurs may have lost heat so slowly that they stayed warm anyway. Reptiles tend to be cold-blooded ectotherms, whose internal body temperature is dependent on the outside environment. For example, lizards and snakes will sun themselves on rocks in order to heat themselves up. More>>> 
Microsoft shuts down Windows 98 
July 11, 2006
Microsoft is urging an estimated 70 million users of Windows 98 to upgrade as it ends support for the software. From 11 July, Microsoft will no longer help users over the phone with any problems they have with the ageing operating system. The firm will also stop providing security updates for Windows 98 from the same date. 

Gene reveals mammoth coat colour 
BBC News ~ July 6, 2006
The coat colour of mammoths that roamed the Earth thousands of years ago has been determined by scientists. Some of the curly tusked animals would have sported dark brown coats, while others had pale ginger or blond hair. The information was extracted from a 43,000-year-old woolly mammoth bone from Siberia using the latest genetic techniques. In humans, reduced activity of the Mc1r gene causes red hair, while in dogs, mice and horses it results in yellow hair. Woolly mammoths ( Mammuthus primigenius ) were common about 50,000 years ago, during the late Pleistocene epoch. They were about the size of an Indian elephant, but with shaggy woolly coats and tusks measuring over 4m long. They are thought to have died out about 4,500 years ago. More>>>
ERBzine Swag Site Updates
The latest from Jerry Schneider's ERBville Press ~ George McWhorter's new book ~ J. Allen St. John art: High Adventure ~ Kubert's Tarzan in Dark Horse ~ Disney's Tarzan Cast Album
Update: The Enid Markey Biography Project

Brian Bohnett has been researching the life of Enid Markey, the first Jane of the cinema Tarzan of the Apes 1918,  for the past 2-3 years, and he is close to finishing the project. He is putting out a final appeal to members of ERB world to see if anyone has any last-minute information or memorabilia which they would be willing to share. Brian has over 100 images of Enid already, but he is always on the look out for unique "stuff."
Tarzan Roars Into Billboard Cast Album Chart
July 6, 2006
Walt Disney Records' original Broadway cast recording of the Phil Collins musical Tarzan enters the Billboard Cast Album chart at No. 3 this week right behind the Tony Award-winning Best Musical Jersey Boys and Wicked. With a score from pop singer-songwriter Collins, the new album featuring Josh Strickland in the title role and Jenn Gambatese as his Jane was released June 27 by the company behind the 1999 animated film which serves as source material. 
Tarzan Alive: A Definitive Biography of Lord Greystoke 
By Philip Jose Farmer (Bison Books/University of Nebraska Press, $19.95). 
June 30, 2006 ~ Brief Reviews: Grade: A by Mark Graham 
Like me, many fans of science fiction and fantasy cut their teeth on the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs. Most of us envisioned Mars through the eyes of John Carter and imagined swinging through the trees in the African rain forest like John Clayton, better known as Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle.  In 1972, Popular Library published Philip Jose Farmer's Tarzan Alive, a biography of this fictional character written as if he were a real person. Later, Esquire magazine published Farmer's "Tarzan Lives: An Exclusive Interview with the Eighth Duke of Greystoke," and his "Extracts from the Memoirs of 'Lord Greystoke' " was published in a collection of his works.  Now for the first time, these three amazing narratives are published together, along with a new foreword by Win Scott Eckert, an introduction by Mike Resnick, five lengthy addenda and a selected bibliography of more than 200 resources. 
Farmer starts off by claiming that Burroughs knew Lord Greystoke and wrote his life story as fiction to protect his privacy. Farmer has painstakingly chronicled the plots of the 24 Tarzan books written by Burroughs and analyzed what he considers to be "true" and what he claims Burroughs added to make the stories more exciting and to convince readers that Tarzan did not actually exist.  Using a plethora of sources, Farmer not only makes the case for the existence of the King of Beasts, but for several other fictional heroes as well. All of these exceptional characters, he claims, can be traced to common ancestries. They include: Sherlock Holmes, James Bond, Bulldog Drummond and Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett (from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice).  This easily readable scholarly tome filled me with nostalgia for the first time I visited Africa with Tarzan many years ago and reminded me that, in the books, at least, Tarzan still lives.
Tarzan the Broadway Musical Cast Album:
An update from Disney Webmaster Eric Kratzer in NYC:
We've just launched another Tarzan update that includes links to buy the cast album (from disney direct and the itunes music store). 
There is also a player that plays 30 second clips from every song on the cast album continuously.  I think its very cool! Also, check out: this special for NewsDay subscribers.
Rosie O'Donnell Swings By Tarzan
Broadway.com ~ June 26, 2006 
She played the voice of Tarzan's pal Terk in the 1999 Disney animated film—and got to sing Phil Collins' catchy song "Trashin' the Camp"—so it made sense that Rosie O'Donnell would check out the live-action version of her fun-loving character. O'Donnell took in a matinee performance of Tarzan on June 25 at Broadway's Richard Rodgers Theatre, then went backstage to congratulate the cast. Broadway.com joined the hugfest. 
Fresh Daily: Moving Forward
BallerStatus.net ~ June 28, 2006
The name Tarzan probably conjures images of a damn near naked white man swinging on vines through the jungle. But flip that image, throw in a dope emcee and hip-hop in the mix and you'll get ill Tarzan; the self-proclaimed epitome of Brooklyn boom-bap who's been rocking on the underground circuit for 7 years . . .  may have been getting too much notoriety. So much so, that the family of Edgar Rice Burroughs -- the original writer of the Tarzan book series -- is presenting him with legal drama, forcing him to 
change his name from ill Tarzan to Fresh Daily. . . .  The family of Edgar Rice Burroughs gets millions of dollars every year for that name in plays, books, amusement parks, soundtracks, movies, and the television series. They realized that I was doing something under that name and they weren't seeing any money from it, so they had to shut me down. More>>>
Feature interview about Edgar Rice Burroughs
on the University of Nebraska Press (Bison Books) blog:
Setting the Record Straight: An Interview of a Burroughs Expert
Blog host, Maureen Moynihan interviews Bill Hillman
The Webmaster/Editor of the Official ERB Websites & Webzines
Read it at the UNP Blog
Tarzan the Broadway Musical Cast Album:
An update from Disney Webmaster Eric Kratzer in NYC:
We just launched another Tarzan update that includes links to buy the cast album (from disney direct and the itunes music store). 
There is also a player that plays 30 second clips from every song on the cast album continuously.  I think its very cool!
Also, check out: this special for NewsDay subscribers.

Rosie O'Donnell Swings By Tarzan
Broadway.com ~ June 26, 2006 
She played the voice of Tarzan's pal Terk in the 1999 Disney animated film—and got to sing Phil Collins' catchy song "Trashin' the Camp"—so it made sense that Rosie O'Donnell would check out the live-action version of her fun-loving character. O'Donnell took in a matinee performance of Tarzan on June 25 at Broadway's Richard Rodgers Theatre, then went backstage to congratulate the cast. Broadway.com joined the hugfest. 
Fresh Daily: Moving Forward
BallerStatus.net ~ June 28, 2006
The name Tarzan probably conjures images of a damn near naked white man swinging on vines through the jungle. But flip that image, throw in a dope emcee and hip-hop in the mix and you'll get ill Tarzan; the self-proclaimed epitome of Brooklyn boom-bap who's been rocking on the underground circuit for 7 years . . .  may have been getting too much notoriety. So much so, that the family of Edgar Rice Burroughs -- the original writer of the Tarzan book series -- is presenting him with legal drama, forcing him to change his name from ill Tarzan to Fresh Daily. . . .  The family of Edgar Rice Burroughs gets millions of dollars every year for that name in plays, books, amusement parks, soundtracks, movies, and the television series. They realized that I was doing something under that name and they weren't seeing any money from it, so they had to shut me down. More>>>
Sarkis Atamian Passes On

Sarkis Atamian died on December 27, 2005 of pancreatic cancer.
At the time of his death he was working on a new Tarzan book... 
which will remain unfinished.

Mr. Atamian's Origin of Tarzan is a highly respected ERB reference book
The Origin of Tarzan: The Mystery of Tarzan's Creation Solved
by Sarkis Atamian with Foreword by George T. McWhorter

Tim Hildebrandt  (1939.01.23 - 2006.06.11)
Illustrator drew iconic poster art for Star Wars
National Post (Knight Ridder) ~ June 22, 2006
Tim Hildebrandt, half of the famed Hildebrandt Brothers illustration studio, whose images fired popular imagination in the late 20th century, died from complications of diabetes on June 11, 2006. He was 67. He and his twin, Greg Hildebrandt, are probably best known for their illustrations and posters for Lord of the Rings and Star Wars. They were also famed among illustrators for their work on children's books, comics and fantasy illustrations, all characterized by unusual realism, depth and richness of colour.

The [Lord of the Rings] calendar project was their studio's second best-known, after their poster for the 1977 movie Star Wars. "It's almost become iconic," said Mike Chen, the director of the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art in Dover, N.J., where Tim Hildebrandt taught for three years.  In 1993, they . . .  began doing art for comic-book publishers Marvel (Spider-Man, X-Men) and DC (Superman) and, in 1995, a daily comic strip, an updated version of Milt Caniff's Terry and the Pirates, which ran for only a year. Greg Hildebrandt said of his brother: "He's in my hand, eyes, mind, art, soul. He always has been from birth, and he still is."

Apache Devil prep art
See the Hildebrandt entry in the ERB Artists Encyclopedia
Who is Superman?
STLToday - St. Louis Post-Dispatch ~ June 25, 2006
Most comic-book superheroes have what's called an "origin story" that describes their upbringing and the acquisition of their powers. Because Superman has been around for more than 70 years, his "official" history actually has been rewritten a few times, to accommodate the changing values of the readership or to assimilate plot twists . . . 

The Superman character was created by Canadian artist Joe Shuster and American writer Jerry Siegel in 1932. Siegel later said that Superman was influenced by Tarzan and John Carter, two characters from the adventure novels of Edgar Rice Burroughs, as well as the muscle-bound cartoon sailor Popeye. More>>>

Look! Up in the sky ...
The Man of Steel is bigger than ever, especially in our memories
Chicago Tribune ~ June 25, 2006
If you listen to the buzz in the next couple of weeks, you're likely to hear plenty about the Messiah imagery in the new film. Superman as Christ? Sure, why not? Just keep in mind, he was the brainchild of two geeky Jewish Clevelanders, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. They weren't thinking about Jesus; their imaginations swirled from pulp and early sci-fi, from Zorro and Edgar Rice Burroughs' Mars yarns. And, perhaps, from one other hero template: The story of Superman's infancy, Timm notes, "is kind of like Moses in outer space. It's the best origin story of any superhero.". . . More>>>
Tarzan stunt ends in death of 14-year-old
New Straits Times: Malaysia ~ June 26, 2006
KOTA BARU: For years, Mohd Syafizul Yasri Mat Yazid’s home reverberated with his yells as he swung like Tarzan from a rope in his room. But on Saturday, a silence descended on the house in Kampung Kijang here, when the 14-year-old’s family found him slumped on the floor with the rope coiled around his neck. . . . Neighbours called for an ambulance but he died five minutes before an ambulance from the Raja Perempuan Zainab II hospital arrived at 8.30pm.  More>>>
Tarzan Topples Drive-In
The Advocate: Louisiana ~ Jun 25, 2006 ~ by Pat Shingleton
Our drive-in theater was called Spotlight 88. It was on Route 88 between New Brighton and Ellwood City, Pa. Drive-in theaters today have a transmitting device that enables one to tune into a specific radio station or frequency to get the audio. Back then, it was a speaker attached to a post you hung on the window. . . . we arrived at the theater in light rain and by the middle of the movie a severe thunderstorm erupted. We watched and listened with wipers swishing and static audio. Suddenly, Tarzan swung through the jungle and off the screen. The movie was over ... the storm toppled the screen! My father peeled out of the parking lot, homeward bound.  The next morning, my brother Denis, discovered the audio speaker still attached to the window of the station wagon. More>>>
'Century of Science Fiction' exhibition slated for library gallery
UDaily - University of Delaware ~ June 23, 2006
“From Verne to Vonnegut: A Century of Science Fiction,” an exhibit that runs from Aug. 22-Dec. 15 in the Special Collections Exhibition Gallery in the Morris Library at UD, will showcase literary works and related materials by such notable sci-fi authors as Samuel Delany, Kurt Vonnegut and Edgar Rice Burroughs.

Inspired by the popularity of the genre, the exhibit will highlight authors who have crossed generational boundaries and who have explored such universal themes as man's place in the world, the possibility of other worlds, relationships between men and women and the importance of religion, ecology and politics in society. The exhibit also will touch on censorship, an issue that is no stranger to science fiction.

Exhibit curator Iris Snyder, associate librarian in the Special Collections Department, included works from the 1880s to the 1980s, with several works from the 1920s and '30s--the so-called “golden age” of science fiction. To give viewers a framework and sense of history, Snyder arranged the exhibit thematically by topics such as utopias/dystopias, feminist science fiction, gender issues and alternative histories. Artwork from book jackets and magazine covers will add a colorful and sometimes amusing element to the exhibition. Bug-eyed monsters, damsels in distress and homemade rocket ships were commonly found on covers from the 1930s and 1940s. Movie posters and ephemeral fantasy art also will brighten the gallery walls.

The University of Delaware Library has more than 25,000 items in its science fiction collection. . . Special Collections also holds comprehensive collections of the works of Delany, Vonnegut and Burroughs. More>>>

Wildlife agencies stop tiger show
South Florida Sun-Sentinel ~ June 24, 2006
LOXAHATCHEE -- The former B-movie actor who once played Tarzan but is better known here as the owner of Bobo the tiger is under investigation by federal authorities in connection with the exhibition of his beloved exotic cats. Steve Sipek -- who has two young tigers, a black panther and a lioness on his compound -- appears to be caught in a Catch-22 situation concerning his two newest tigers. Federal authorities say he failed to meet the standards of the Animal Welfare Act during a recent inspection and was denied the federal license to legally exhibit the exotic cats. Sipek was granted a new state license last year when he got his tiger cubs. In order to keep it, he must show that he is conducting a commercial activity, officials say. The laws have proved to be confusing for Sipek, who said he hasn't gotten a definitive response from authorities about how he can maintain the commercial enterprise without the federal permit. More>>>
Swing That Vine, White Boy!
The Tarzan Collection on DVD
Slate.com ~  June 23, 2006 ~ By Stanley Crouch
Tarzan was invented by Edgar Rice Burroughs in 1912, and the first Tarzan film was made in 1914. As an American, Burroughs was geographically and philosophically at a distance from Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Mary Shelley, and Jules Verne, but he inhaled both their love of the primitive and their suspicion of science. Growing with unabated power, that wariness of the mechanical continued to expand and take on an ever more intoxicating force with the dread following the unprecedented carnage of World War I and the smokestack lightning of industrialization. In the rocket's red glare of America, a particularized love of the "natural" revealed itself in the romance of the woodsman, the Indian, and the cowboy or Western outlaw, all of whom were in conflict with the shackles that came with settling anything, whether in the Mohawk East or the Wild West. Burroughs was essential to the popularization of the idea that technology could be terrible and that man was the inevitable target of increasingly restrictive and ominous inventions . . . .
One cannot hope to comprehend the curving path of American popular culture unless the visions of paradise lost and paradise regained are assessed. The ways in which these visions were communicated in the Tarzan series were influenced by the morality of the time, the ways Hollywood made pictures, and the attitudes toward the shortcomings of modern life. Those viewpoints were usually far less cruel than they were simple-minded. But how many ideas about what constitutes salvation in a labyrinthine world such as ours are ever truly complicated? More>>>
Lore of The Coop
Weissmuller Baseball Victory Yell
Our Sports Central ~ June 22, 2006 
When teams are struggling, managers have been known to do anything to jump start the club. They give pep talks, argue with umpires and even start donnybrooks on the field to get his troops fired up.  One of the most unusual sparks occurred at The Coop way back in 1934. May 4th was Ladies Day at Red Bird Stadium (Columbus, Ohio). As part of the promotion, the front office had invited moviestar Johnny Wiessmuller (sic) to be part of the pre-game festivities. Wiessmuller's movie, Tarzan the Ape Man, was a big hit at the time. 

Wiessmuller was quite an athlete. He won five gold medals in the 1924 & 1928 Olympics and set 67 world records as a swimmer. As fellow athletes, Johnny hit it off right away with the Red Bird players. Wiessmuller was sitting in the front row, behind the Red Birds dugout, when it looked like yet another Columbus rally was going to fizzle out. 
Suddenly, the Olympic champion jumped to his feet and ran to the top of the stadium. He turned, pounded on his chest and gave his famous Tarzan call. It echoed throughout the stadium. The crowd roared. The team perked up and rallied to win the game. Wiessmuller was named the mascot of the team and his Tarzan call became the Red Bird's battle cry the rest of the season. . .
Inspired, the 1934 Red Birds charged to win the pennant, the playoffs and the Junior World Series. Wouldn't it be great if Johnny was still with us and could do his Tarzan call from the top of The Coop? I wonder if Carol Burnett is busy next week? More>>>

Collins Finds Love With Newsreader
PR Inside ~ June 22, 2006
Rocker PHIL COLLINS has found love with US TV newsreader DANA TYLER, after splitting with his third wire ORIANNE in March. Tyler introduced the former GENESIS star to her co-workers at Channel 2's WCBS-TV New York City studios on Tuesday, June 20, 2006 in between news bulletins. The two fell for each other when Tyler, 47, interviewed 55-year-old Collins at the opening of the TARZAN musical on Broadway, New York, in May. More>>>
Pulp fiction returns in juicy 'Death Cloud' 
USA Today ~ June 19, 2006
Pulp fiction. . . a literary genre as popular in the 1930s, '40s and '50s as comic books and graphic novels are today. Named for the cheap wood-pulp paper on which they were printed, the novels were the ultimate adventure stories spiced with fantasy, science fiction and plenty of superheroes. Now, debut novelist Paul Malmont, an admirer of this lost genre, has written The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril as a tribute to pulp fiction, but not all of it is made up. He incorporates into his story, set in the 1930s, some of the greatest pulp fiction writers of the time: Lester Dent (Doc Savage) and Walter Gibson (The Shadow). And he name-drops other burgeoning or established celebs of the era, including Ron Hubbard (he later gained notoriety as L. Ron Hubbard), Edgar Rice Burroughs, Orson Welles, Harry Blackstone and Harry Houdini. . . . It's a novel filled with rich characters, high adventure and fantasy — just like classic pulp fiction. More>>>
Science is true, but it's not fun
by T.R. Fehrenbach ~ Express-News ~ June 18, 2006
I have had a lifelong quarrel with science. . . . As a boy, Buck Rogers was brand-new (fighting Asiatic hordes, the perceived menace in 1925), and I read the first Flash Gordon comic strip when it came out. I also bought (one dime) the first issue of Astounding Science Fiction and was into Edgar Rice Burroughs by age 10. Doc Smith's "Skylark of Space" was the rage when I was 15; we called our water pistols "Wauxums" and BB guns "DeLammeters" and argued over who spoke for Boskone. I grew up wanting to write in and of such worlds, and, in fact, I did.
In those good old days, we lived in a fresh and wonderfully unknowledgeable universe. It was feasible to put people (much like us, except the females were all beautiful and wore less clothing) on Mars and Venus and even the moon. Why not? We had no way of measuring atmospheres, and telescopic images of the fourth planet made it look like Venice — those “canals.” We knew clouds enclosed Venus, but that probably turned it into a tropical paradise. And, of course, Jupiter grew huge men. 
Also, it was then possible to postulate a hollow Earth, with a livable core. Jules Verne had explorers climbing down a volcano in Iceland; Burroughs ripped off the concept for a series that ran in the 1930s. (sic)
And there were still unexplored regions of the Earth in places such as darkest Africa and densest New Guinea. Tibet was mysterious. Writers could invent lost islands and continents, discover ancient pockets or hidden valleys where prehistoric creatures or descendents of a Roman legion, which took a wrong turn in Egypt, still lived. 
. . . You see, real science did a job on us. We know there's no current life on Mars, Venus is a boiling hell and there's no carbon-based life elsewhere in the solar system. The Earth's core is molten rock (5,000 degrees centigrade), and long ago every inch of the world's surface was photographed. No place an anachronism can hide. Time travel, another science fiction staple, has been proved impossible, and the discoverer of black holes has now repudiated them. . . . Nuts to science. I'll take romance. More>>>

Dateline Jasoom Podcast 10 has been launched by Panthan Press
It includes George McWhorter’s comments at the Oak Park panel and a song recorded in 1911,
The Jingle of Jungle Joe, courtesy the Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project
See a Promo Clip of the Minneapolis Princess of Mars Stage Play
We need more Tarzans in the classroom
By Mary-Ellen Lang  ~ CBC News Viewpoint ~ June 16, 2006 
Sometimes it's as interesting to watch an audience as it is a performance. I'll never forget the time I was in a movie theatre to watch Tarzan with my son the artist. Before the movie started, a row of rowdy young teenage boys three rows in front of us was annoying everyone with their coltish antics. Why they were there, no one could imagine, but there they were. The movie started; the story quickly drew us in. It drew me in because it was pressing hard on all my mother buttons. A mother gorilla's baby was killed. She rescued the infant Tarzan, who quickly grew into a spunky and brave little person despite rejection by the alpha male gorilla. Also, the art was fantastic and the dialogue was clever. It was not hard getting me to buy into Tarzan. 

What fascinated me was the reaction of the kids three rows up. They got quieter and quieter. Slumped in their seats, they were spellbound. When the show was over, they stayed where they were, silent and still. I'm sure they responded to the movie's very powerful male situation and message. The struggle between the alpha male to do his job — to protect this family — and Tarzan, whose most basic need was to find out who he was and fit in somewhere, drove the plot, as conflicts always do, and engaged the boys. For one thing, Disney's Tarzan is decidedly masculine in its situations, action and themes. Finally, after years of little mermaids and princesses, the boys have a protagonist they can relate to. He beats his chest, roars and plunges off cliffs. 
Starved for father figures 
But I suspect that at a deeper level, the movie Tarzan speaks to boys about a gnawing problem so many of them face in today's world, perhaps more than ever before. I suspect that legions of boys (and girls) are starved for male involvement and approval in their lives. A story centred around a powerful male's stubborn refusal (or inability) to accept or acknowledge the young boy and the youngster's desperate attempts to win his approval hits lots of kids where they live. 
There are lots of reasons so many children lack a father figure in their lives. I'm sure you've heard them all many times. Apart from death, divorce, disappearance or disinterest, political correctness inhibits us now from even mentioning that a lack of men in the lives of children is serious and sad. We're all supposed to hold hands and skip off to the wonderland of genderless equality. -- Well, humbug.

I would like to suggest for one thing that most of the bad-boy behaviour we see in schools would be alleviated by positive connections to committed men. When a troubled boy is taken under the wing of a caring man who pays attention to and values him, the chances of that boy developing more healthy attitudes and behaviours increase dramatically. 
In schools, boys and girls are in desperate need of men. There are lots of caring, nurturing, effective women teachers and they are worth their weight in gold. Schools would collapse overnight without them. Still, for lots of kids, a dose of masculine energy, style, outlook and inclination would be a more than welcome relief.
A life-changing influence 
So many kids arrive at school poverty-stricken when it comes to parents. For those who lack a mother figure, there are lots of women who can meet this need on some level or another. Even a pat on the head and an inquiry into last night’s sleep may be appreciated by a young person. For those who do not get enough fathering in their lives (maybe dad isn’t there or maybe he’s too busy), the men they encounter in school can be a life-changing influence.  More>>>

Tarzan Dance Concert
Yuma Ballet Theatre School of Dance will present a special concert, "Tarzan" at 5 p.m. June 17 at the Kofa High School auditorium, Avenue A (Yuma, Arizona). Dancers from age three to adult will be performing for the end of dance season.
It worked for Tarzan
Orange County Register ~ June 16, 2006
Wrestlers in the World Sumo League are eager to show they're more than "big guys in diapers." More>>>
Alter Ego Magazine Manning Tribute
The May and June issues feature rare Russ Manning art and bio material -- much of it from the ERBzine Manning Tribute:

Jon Favreau:
The possible director of Paramount's John Carter of Mars film keeps a running dialogue with his fans in which he discusses his latest projects at the MySpace Iron Man Movie Group.


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