We saw six Burroughs paperbacks from Townsend Press, Inc. listed
on Amazon.com over the holidays. They include the first three Tarzan books
with cover art by Hal Taylor and "Afterword" by Jonathan Kelley, and the
first three Mars stories, also with Hal Taylor cover art and an "Afterword"
by Beth Johnson. These are attractive paperback editions, first published
2004-2006, so if you donít have a computer and need to contact the publisher,
the address is:
Townsend Press, Inc.,
439 Kelley Drive,
West Berlin, NJ, 08091.
Sinister Cinema is a specialty film dealer which has sold several rare
movies over the years which were filmed on ERB's Tarzana Ranch. A DVD featuring
four of these films is available, including Tarzan & the Green
Goddess, The Dragnet, Tundra, and The
Phantom of Santa Fe. For those without computer access, the phone
number for Sinister Cinema is (541) 773-6860.
We received phone calls from Burroughs fans who don't have computers,
asking if there was a phone number they could call to order the Two Tarzan
DVD sets from Warner Archives which we advertised in our last Gridley Wave.
It is (866) 373-4389.
These feature the Tarzan films of Lex Barker and Gordon Scott. In other
news, British writer Eric Brown, author of 30 books and two-time winner
of the British Science Fiction Award, has a new book on the market entitled
Gilbert and Edgar on Mars which recounts the adventures of G. K. Chesterton
on Mars and his meeting with Edgar Rice Burroughs. This is a limited edition
from British specialty publisher PS Publishing (pspublishing.co.uk).
Of more than passing interest is a new straight-to-DVD film of Princess
of Mars, produced and directed by Mark Atkins, and starring Antonio
Sabato, Jr. as John Carter, and Traci Lords as Dejah Thoris. A cover blurb
reads "The classic story that inspired John Cameronís Avatar," the
connection of which we donít get. This DVD contains the feature film, a
history of the making of the film, deleted scenes and trailers. Sabato
is a convincing John Carter, and "saks" over the Martian landscape with
agility and verve. The film is available from Asylum Home Entertainment
(www.theasylum.cc) or from any regular
Malcolm Henderson reports the death of one of our staunch Burroughs Bibliographers
on Christmas Day. He was 83-year old Eddie Winders who had been
a Burroughs fan from early childhood, and had helped many British fans
to build their collections by lending them ERB books, or donating them
or, as in the case of soldiers stationed at his home during WWII, giving
them all of his Burroughs books for the war effort. He was also a member
of the H. Rider Haggard Society. May he rest in peace.