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The Greatest Gift celebrates over seventy years of Christmas with Coca-Cola. Replete with magical imagery and a truly resplendent Santa Claus, the 60-second spot visits and revisits an ever-changing village and a little girl growing into adulthood. The brainchild of ad agency Mother London, the spot was directed by Kerry Conran of production company Looking Glass and director of the feature film, "Sky Captain and The World of Tomorrow." More>>>

Artist Spotlight: Andy Nunez - Salisbury, MD ~ December 24, 2006
Describe your artwork or performance style:
I write books, but occasionally do interior illustrations for them. I have been writing articles for the past 25 years for military history and simulation magazines, and now have two books in print, "Treasures of the Eastern Shore" and "Mysteries of the Eastern Shore." My first novel "Crimson Need," is out as an e-book and will be in print sometime in 2007. I like adventure, so my books are full of adventure, either the action kind (looking for lost treasure), or the mysterious kind (ghosts, Bigfoot, UFO's, Chessie, etc.). "Mysteries of the Eastern Shore," my latest book, covers a wide variety of subjects, including historical mysteries, legends, ghost stories and other encounters with the paranormal and supernatural, all taking place on the Eastern Shore. Most of these experiences have been told to me by eyewitnesses and there are several first person reports in this book. The book is full of photographs of places mentioned in the text, and I drew several original pencil sketches to illustrate some of the stories. If you like your history flavored with a touch of the unknown, this book is for you.
What is your inspiration?
I was inspired by the great science fiction writers of the late 19th century and the pulp fiction of the 1930's. I always dreamed of being the next Edgar Rice Burroughs or Robert E. Howard. For non-fiction, I was an early fan of the late Frank Edwards and draw inspiration from local folklorists like Brice Stump, Hal Roth, Woodrow Wilson, and Kirk Mariner.
Who is your favorite artist and why?
That's the easiest question of all. I love the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs, the creator of Tarzan and other heroes of the early 20th century and have always dreamed of continuing some of his creations. More>>>
Tarzan Returns to the Silver Screen
December 15, 2006
LOS ANGELES -- Warner Bros. studio is teaming up with U.S. producer Jerry Weintraub to bring Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan back to the big screen. Director Guillermo del Toro is currently in negotiations for the new Tarzan flick, the Daily Variety reported Friday. Del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy) grew up reading Spanish-language translations of Burroughs' books and feels that the classic themes are still compelling, the trade paper reported. Del Toro believes that there is new ground to cover in the Tarzan mythology by turning back to the original Burroughs prose. 
Also, the writer of "Master and Commander: Far Side of the World" and "Happy Feet," John Collee, is negotiating to write the screenplay. Weintraub's Jerry Weintraub Productions banner will produce the film, Variety said. Tarzan has already starred in a number of live action and animated films, as well as radio and TV shows. Del Toro said he feels classic themes are still compelling, and that there is new ground to cover in the Tarzan mythology. "I'd love to create a new version that is still a family movie, but as edgy as I can make it," Del Toro said. "There are strong themes of survival of a defenseless child left behind in the most hostile environment." However, del Toro won't be able to get to work on his new Tarzan until after he's done making Hellboy: The Golden Army for Columbia Pictures. Filming on the sequel, which deals with the fairy world launching an invasion on the world of man, is scheduled to get underway next year for a 2008 release date.
The Dec. 2006 issue #151 of the British science fiction film magazine SFX issue has a full page retrospective on the novel A PRINCESS OF MARS written by Geoff Ryman. It's a very positive overview. The magazine has some U.S. distribution (such as at Borders Books) and can usually be found on Ebay. -- James Van Hise
Apocalypto' just a bloody B-movie
Review by Bruce Kirkland - Toronto Sun ~ December 2006
. . . What is shocking is that there seems to be no overriding intellectual purpose to this film. The grim truth is that Apocalypto, despite the supposed attention to archaeological and anthropological detail, is a big, fat B-movie -- a Tarzan potboiler for the new millennium. . . . More>>>
Tarzan Radio Trivia
Play It By Ear Productions ~ December 7, 2006
In the early 1930’s America’s youth had fallen under the spell of Buck Rogers, but it was John Clayton, the Lord of Greystoke, a.k.a. Tarzan that captured the imagination of every American from ages 5 to 65. By 1932, creator Edgar Rice Burroughs had taken a greater role in the exploitation of the Lord of Jungle (as well as his previous creation, John Carter of Mars) through his own business venture, ERB Inc. More>>>
Go with the flow ~ Re: Recent reports of water on Mars
Guardian ~ December 7, 2006
Mars has been teasing Earthlings for more than a century. Victorian astronomers thought they could see canals - to be fair, water channels rather than engineered canals - on the fourth rock from the sun. One of them even thought he could see seasonal changes in the colour of the Red Planet, in response to a spring greening. HG Wells peopled the planet with technologically superior predators and Edgar Rice Burroughs began his literary career (he chose the pseudonym Normal Bean but the printers changed it to Norman) with a story called Under the Moons of Mars. . . . So wait patiently for more announcements of not-water on Mars. These will arrive a drip or two at a time, cause a brief splash and then be forgotten until the next stream of muddy evidence. The Martian water torture will continue until somebody actually lands on Mars, drills a borehole, taps into an aquifer and then makes a cup of tea with the stuff. More>>>
Great green way ~ Holiday bright on B'way
Variety ~ November 27, 2006
Last week, Disney tuner, "Tarzan" ($919,950) logged its best sales ever, thanks to the holiday's plentiful family auds. "Tarzan" even beat out "The Color Purple" ($908,418), usually a regular in the top 10 but this week unexpectedly shut out of it.
The December 16, 2006 edition of
Dateline Jasoom Podcast from Jeff "Elmo" Long's
Episode 23: Part 1 of Hardcover Theater's Production of 
"A Princess of Mars".
Although produced for the stage, 
it works exceptionally well as an audio play.
See the archive of episodes 1-23 at:

For ERBzine features on 
ERB and the Golden Days of Radio Broadcasts see:
The ERB Connections Site:
which includes links to features such as:
Radio's Golden Age ~ Radio Promo Booklet ~ Diamond of Ashair serial ~ Fires of Tohr serial
ERB of the Air ~ Radio Show Casts ~ Signal Oil Ad Campaign

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The Chicago Muckers had dinner at Hackney's Restaurant in the Chicago suburb of Palos Park on Saturday, December 2, 2006.
   Present (on the left and going back): Ray LeBeau, Greg Phillips, Joan (J the V) Bledig.
(on the right and going back): Jeff (Elmo) Long, Dave Gorecki, Ken Manson, Shirley LeBeau, Candy (obscured) and Jerry Spannraft (at end).
Jim (The Red Hawk) Hadac was there but took the picture (the wait staff seemed to be very busy!).
   Great food and great conversation was enjoyed by all! The next official Muckers meeting is planned for Tuesday, February 6,
when multiverse-traveller Laurence Dunn will be guest of honour.  Mucker Magazine Issue #2 will also be assembled at that gathering.

Submitted by Jim (The Red Hawk) Hadac

The Gift of Knowledge: John Carter of Mars ~ December 22, 2006
. . . The Middle East adventures were taking a toll on me, so I went to Barsoom, Mars to battle four-armed green giants. It was kind of amazing, really. Because of the difference in gravity between Earth and Mars, I found I could jump 30 feet in the air. No one can tell a story like Edgar Rice Burroughs and even though he has been dead for over 50 years, his books are just as good today, as they were when they were published. My open admiration for the brave John Carter and his beautiful maiden, Thuvia, kept me on Mars through thirteen consecutive books. You’ve got to love science fiction. . . . More>>>
Drawing Dinosaurs with David Krentz ~ December 21, 2006
David Krentz is a founding member of Ninth Ray Studios, a concept and production art group that includes Iain McCaig, Ryan Church and other major concept artists. In addition to his work on Disney's Dinosaur, Krentz has worked on titles like Fantasia 2000, Treasure Planet, Spider-Man 2, The Ant Bully, John Carter of Mars and Eragon. Krentz is also a dinosaur sculptor, and has a site devoted to his small scale sculptures, of which he sells limited edition castings. His main web site has galleries of his concept art and illustrations for movies and games, as well as examples of his story boards from Dinosaur and John Carter of Mars. There is also a nice gallery of six images on the Gnomon Workshop page for the DVD, in addition to the stills from the video. More>>>

Illinois Hall of Fame: Edgar Rice Burroughs
Illinois State Society of Washington, DC ~ By Mark Rhoads ~ December 21, 2006
Famous American author Edgar Rice Burroughs was the creator of Tarzan and other popular literary characters in the early part of the 20th Century. Edgar was born in Chicago on Sept. 1, 1875. He was the youngest in the family after two of five brothers died as infants. His father was a former Union officer, Maj. George Tyler Burroughs and his mother was Mary Burroughs. The family lived in a three-story brick house at 646 Washington Boulevard on the West Side between Lincoln and Robey Streets. . . . Edgar and his son were actually living in Honolulu, Hawaii on the morning of Sunday, Dec. 7, 1941. They watched Japanese planes attack US ships in the harbor from a hotel tennis court. At age 66, he immediately volunteered for military service again as a sentry with Patrol 2, Company A, First Battalion to guard a warehouse on the wharf and worked at various jobs including as a war correspondent for The Honolulu Advertiser. In April 1942 Edgar again attained the rank of Major as a public relations officer for the Hawaii Businessman's Military Training Corps. He wrote about everything he saw on the day of the Pearl Harbor attack. After V-J Day, Edgar moved from Hawaii to a small house Encino, California in September 1945.  By this time another series of Tarzan adventure films were being made starring Johnny Weissmuller. Edgar Rice Burroughs died in Encino on March 19, 1950 at the age of 74. There are several good fan sites for Edgar Rice Burroughs including The ERBzine.  Another very good source of information is the Tarzan web site. More>>>
Dave Hardy's Fire and Sword Blog ~ December 21, 2006
REVIEW: The Treasure of the Sierra Madre by B. Traven
Though it is better known as one of John Huston’s many films, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre is B. Traven’s masterpiece adventure novel. B. Traven was a true mystery man, though scholars have linked him with the pseudonymous Ret Marut, a German anarchist who published a left-wing literary and political magazine during WWI. While Traven’s identification with Marut is questionable, they both shared far-left politics. Anarchist politics certainly infuse Sierra Madre. . . .  Though not an overly artful story, Sierra Madre is not a work of socialist realism. It is an idiosyncratic work of propaganda, but with a respect for the demands of art. The adventure novel genre tends not to spend too much time thinking about the world it exists in (hence reams of self-righteous post-modern literary criticism on Edgar Rice Burroughs and Rider Haggard). In fact some would say it is the fantasyland of imperialism. While Sierra Madre may not be as thrilling a yarn as Princess of Mars, anarchists can claim a very respectable adventure novelist in B. Traven. More>>>
Rocky II ERB Trivia
The book that Rocky reads to Adrian is Edgar Rice Burroughs' "The Deputy Sheriff of Comanche County." 
Tarzan and Jane Video at MySpace
Tarzan Riddle

Q: Tarzan and the animals went to the river to take a bath. Tarzan removed his clothes. All the animals laughed at Tarzan. Tarzan asked "Why"? A: The animals told him "Your tail is in front"
John Carter Factoid
Jeff's GameBlog ~ December 7, 2006
I've been doing some research on the Bronze Age of Comics, because that period is basically my personal Golden Age. So I was over at mega-resource when I came across the page for the John Carter Warlord of Mars series. It only ran 28 issues, which makes collecting it seem a lot less daunting than one hundred issues of Marvel Two-in-One. Anyway, I was blown away by this factoid about the John Carter comic: 
The entire series (with few exceptions) takes place between the third and fourth paragraphs of chapter 27 in Edgar Rice Burroughs' novel A Princess of Mars.
Was Tarzan his Cousin?
Genea-Musings Site ~ November 21, 2006 
Chris Dolley posted on his blog about his relationship with Lord Greystoke through Edith Sigurson in "Tarzan: My Long Lost Cousin." It's funny and informative at the same time.
Tarzan: My Long Lost Cousin
. . . I'd traced my family back to the tiny village of Betchworth, relatives were on every page of the parish register. . . I wasn't exactly related to the Royal Family. I was related to Tarzan. For those who find this hard to believe, here's the evidence: In 1105, in Hook Norton, Oxfordshire, Robert d'Oilli, constable of Oxford Castle married Edith Sigulfson, daughter of Lord Greystoke. And we all know who Lord Greystoke is. My only problem was proving the link between the Norman baron whose father fought with William at Hastings ... and the illiterate brickworkers living in 1760 Surrey. But I'd seen Alex Haley's Roots. Could I produce my own book Branches - one man's search to prove his link to the King of the Jungle?So began my hunt to find Kunte Cnut and Chicken Godgifu. Or failing those, Cheetah. 

It's pretty well documented that the origin of the Dolley name is via D'Oyley and d'Ouilly. And I've even visited the village in Calvados where the name comes from (It's called Pont D'Ouilly now and before that Ouilly le Basset) But that vital medieval link still eludes me. Maybe I should try Africa? A Royal Postscript: just to show how close I was to finding a royal ancestor (other than the King of the Jungle) Edith Sigulfson was Henry I's mistress and bore him a son, the Baron of Okehampton. So royal blood flows in a cousin, several bastards removed. More>>>

Jungle Fever
Blinkit Blog ~ November 24, 2006
A few weeks back my mind wandered to memories of watching the 1960s TV version of Tarzan with Ron Ely. Ely was famous for doing his own stunts in the show, despite numerous injuries. According to Wikipedia, there was no harm done: he's alive even today. In my part of the world, we watched it in reruns a few years after it first aired, but it was hugely popular at my elementary school. The famous Tarzan cry echoed across the schoolyard for months, and it made me want a chimpanzee as a pet. And I wanted to swing on vines, except that the Ponderosa pines and firs in the mountains around me had none. The show also led me to reading the original Edgar Rice Burroughs novels, which were far grittier and violent than the show or almost any of the movies. There are also far too many of them (two dozen by my count), as Burroughs swung on the vine of his original apeman/nature boy idea one too many times. The original Tarzan of the Apes novel is kind of interesting, and I liked the later novel about the lost outpost of the Roman Empire, but it goes downhill from there, with Tarzan meeting little people, lion people, leopard people, people from the centre of the earth, and more lost cities and empires than you'd think would fit even in the dark recesses of Edwardian Africa. It seemed the only person Tarzan didn't meet in the jungle was Jane Goodall. But give credit to Burroughs: he apparently was the first multi-media cross platform guy, spinning his fiction into a lucrative empire of comics, movies and merchandise. This decades before Harry Potter. What's more, Tarzan wasn't even his only fiction. He wrote tons more books about Mars, science fiction, Westerns and history. Me writer, you market.
Zipping Through Costa Rica
PersonaNonData ~ November 24, 2006
The zipline tour lasts about 60 mins. and I think I got to platform 10 thinking we were done. I was already impressed with the length of the tour but, as a parting gift, Selvatura offers something they call the “Tarzan Swing.” Tarzan has no redeeming or scientific value and is designed only to make you scream like an idiot as you step off a small platform and free-fall 30 feet over a ravine. It is really a mini bungee jump. Again, the fearless Mrs. PND went first. Not ever having bungee-jumped, the sensation of nothingness as you fall forward is exhilarating and terrifying at the same time. This wasn't even that high--and I would do it again. When we got back to the hotel, the desk clerk asked in reverent tones, “Did you do the Tarzan?” I think she was impressed, although she might have been worried about my age...More>>>
RGK: The Art of Roy G. Krenkel edited by J. David Spurlock and Barry Klugerman
Book-A-Day #134 Blog ~ November 27, 2006
Before this book, I knew of Krenkel just as "that guy who painted like Frazetta before Frazetta." Now, I think of him as "that guy who was completely unprofessional." Both are not entirely true, but what the hell... I should explain: Krenkel was older than Frazetta, and broke into book publishing (doing Edgar Rice Burroughs books that Ace's Don Wollheim thought were in the public domain) slightly before Frazetta. Also, they were friends, and part of the same circle. And they were both, initially, very influenced by the early 20th century illustrator J. Allen St. John.

Second: several of the essays in this book mention that Krenkel had no phone, was hard to reach, was very reluctant to part with his paintings, and had to be coaxed into accepting commissions at all. If that all doesn't add up to "unprofessional" for a cover illustrator, I don't know what does. There's a lot of good art in this book -- Krenkel's line work is particularly interesting -- but it's not organized in any way, and there's no way to trace his work over time. The various essays included are also very scattershot, and don't really explain Krenkel or his art well. I'm afraid that this book was created for people who already know everything about Krenkel, and just want a nice book collecting his best stuff. I hope all of them have already bought it; the rest of us would have liked a book that actually presented Krenkel and said something about why we should care about him. More>>>

The Sky People
The Old Coot Blogspot ~ November 2006
I was about ten years old when my sister brought home two utterly fascinating books. Thuvia, Maid of Mars featured wild adventures and weird beasts on the dried-out sea bottoms of Mars, which was called Barsoom by the natives. . . . I'd never read anything like these books before, and I was hooked immediately. They were written by someone named Edgar Rice Burroughs, and I started looking for everything I could find by him. . . . There were other books, too, by other authors. There were Tarzan clones, of course, some more, some less, close to the original: Bomba, Jongor, Kioga. And there were other planetary romances, set on an old, dry Mars and a young, wet Venus, like Barsoom and Amtor. More>>>
ECOF 2007
Elaine Casella has planned ECOF 2007 for May 24, 25 & 26 at Vestal, New York
Attendees may stay at the Howard Johnson Express Inn where 14 rooms are being held until May 1st. 
Room Rates:
$69.95 for king-size bed (1 or 2 people)
$79.95 for 2 double beds, (1-4 people)  Tax is 11%. 
When calling for reservations, mention the "ECOF group."
3601 Vestal Parkway East (also known as Route 434 W.), Vestal, NY, 13850.
Phone: (607) 729-6181  ~  Fax: (607) 797-0309
(Telephone is the recommended method for reservations.)
The dealers' room will probably be at Courtyard Marriott .2 mi. east of the Howard Johnson.
Also mark your calendar for Dum-Dum 2007 Louisville, Kentucky -- August 2 - 5, 2007

Home of the Edgar Rice Burroughs Memorial Collection
There will be a formal dedication of the Bob Hyde Collection, and an exhibition of his ERB highlights.
For past reports and up-to-date info on ERB conventions check the ECOF/Dum-Dum Dossier at:


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