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The Edgar Rice Burroughs Magic — What was it about his writing that was so special?

There have been recent comments here on JCF about how the adaptation of John Carter was handled by Andrew Stanton, Michael Chabon, and Mark Andrews and as I was writing some responses I realized that there is a good chapter in John Carter…

Roy Krenkel's Evocative Cover Art for Edgar Rice Burroughs

A disciple of J.Allen St. John, Franklin Booth, William Walcot and Norman Lindsay, Roy Krenkel was responsible for vividly evocative cover art for the ACE 1960’s Edgar Rice Burroughs paperbacks. For the gallery below I was able to get clean copies — no…

Edgar Rice Burroughs: "The Tarzan Theme"

In 1932 Edgar Rice Burroughs somewhat reluctantly undertook a writing assignment for Writer’s Digest in which he was asked to explain the “theme” of Tarzan. ¬†Anyone who knew ERB and his manner of talking about his work would immediately understand that this would…

Just how popular were Edgar Rice Burroughs "John Carter" Novels? Think Harry Potter and then some…..

In 1945 more than 30,000, 000 copies of his novels in 58 languages and dialects made him the most widely read author on earth. In the July 14 edition of Liberty Magazine, way back in 1945, Lloyd Shearer wrote an article about Edgar…

Edgar Rice Burroughs' hilarious bullet-point outline of his failures tells much about the author of A Princess of Mars

Edgar Rice Burroughs, who wrote “A Princess of Mars” which forms the basis for Disney’s “John Carter”, was famously “selling pencil sharpeners” at the time he wrote this, his first novel. He equally famously he was later quoted: “I write to escape. To…

Carl Sagan on the magical Mars of John Carter and Edgar Rice Burroughs

Here’s a wonderful 3 minutes from Carl Sagan on how as a young boy he was mesmerized by the Mars of John Carter, Tars Tarkas, and Dejah Thoris. The reverence with which he speaks of the imaginative transport that the stories achieved for…

This is why we "Erbophiles" are so damned excited at what's coming on March 9

When you’re spent your whole loving a secret liteary (or maybe not so) treasure that you’d like to share, but you don’t quite know how to — and then something happens so millions of new people suddenly “get it”….well, that’s what’s unfolding now…

Puhlease! Stop it with the "John Carter is ripping off Star Wars"

Never has a movie release created such a need to stamp out stupid brushfires as John Carter — precisely because this is a situation where the source material for half the sci-fi fantasy of the last 50 years is finally making it to…