October 2012 The Edgar Rice Burroughs Page - next month read about the British ERB Society!



Just released is SWORD AND PLANET's inaugural book, A Princess of Mars – The Annotated Edition – and New Tales of the Red Planet by Edgar Rice Burroughs (novel), with stories by Matthew Woodring Stover, Daniel Keys Moran, Aaron Parrett, Chuck Rosenthal, Mark D’Anna, and Michael Kogge. Burroughs scholar Robert B. Zeuschner wrote the introduction, while Aaron Parret of the University of Great Falls compiled the annotations. A Princess of Mars – The Annotated Edition – and New Tales of the Red Planet. For a hundred years, the Mars novels of Edgar Rice Burroughs offered readers their first glimpse of life on the red planet. Now join Captain Carter on his maiden voyage to Mars in what is a fully annotated edition of the classic A Princess of Mars, with extensive notes prepared by noted Burroughs scholar Aaron Parrett. And thrill to all-new adventures written in tribute to the novel by Matthew Stover (Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, Caine’s Law),Daniel Keys Moran (The A.I. War), Chuck Rosenthal (The Heart of Mars) and more! • “A Friend in Thark” by Matthew Stover: A “lost chapter” of A Princess of Mars about a friendship that will become legendary throughout Mars.
• “Uncle Jack” by Daniel Keys Moran: A dying man on Mars receives a guest of the most unlikely sort.
• “The Whites Apes of Iss” by Mark D’Anna: The untold story of the keeper of the atmosphere factory, and his fateful encounter with a mysterious visitor.
• “Gentleman of Virginia” by Michael Kogge: A young Southerner’s obsession with Mars leads him to volunteer for the Confederate Army.
• “Zero Mars” by Aaron Parrett: Daring young Maizy Theta risks her freedom on Mars to save the life of Hypatia, a promising mathematician on Earth.
• “An Island in the Moon” by Chuck Rosenthal: The greatest warlord of Mars returns home and discovers it has changed dramatically from the red planet he knew.

With a specially-prepared bibliography of Burroughs resources and all-new illustrations by Dan Parsons (Star Wars comics)!


Dynamite's LORD OF THE JUNGLE #4 plumbs new depths...


The rough-and-ready sailors who set out to rescue Jane Porter from hairy man-apes find themselves in need of salvation. Lucky for them, they have the greatest action hero of all time on their side! Tarzan has already rescued Jane, but can he win the confidence of the men he is trying to help? Jane, meanwhile, is torn between her feelings for Tarzan and her desire to return to civilization. She'll have to make a difficult choice in Lord of the Jungle #5: Lost Treasure.


Such a pity. Some of the artwork is really good, but the depiction of Jane Porter is starting to look a little Disney-fied and cartoony, rather than fantasy-art. And furthermore, the writer(s) have taken such enormous liberties with the story that it's all starting to look a little like a comic-book version of a terrible Hollywood version of TARZAN OF THE APES rather than how Burroughs actually wrote the story. The graphic scenes of dead people with their entrails spread all over the page are totally unnecessary and I can now fully understand why ERB Inc., demanded that Dynamite ceased publication of this dire piece of rubbish. It really is terrible. The cover art suggests something better than this...



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