Monday, July 27, 2009

Book Review: Lost on Venus

Coming a good 17 years after going to Barsoom, Edgar Rice Burroughs decided to head to Venus with his fourth series. Centered around the adventures of flying ace Carson Napier the series began with Pirates of Venus in 1929. Burroughs then followed that up with this sequel.

Opening like any good cliffhanger does, Lost on Venus finds Carson having been captured by Moosko the Ongyan and a Thorist spy. His love Duare having escaped with help from the last of the Klangan, birdmen native to the planet. After being taken to Kapdor and escaping from the dreaded Seven Doors of Death, Carson discovers Duare has also been recaptured. Rescuing her, the two flee into the forests. But instead of finding safety they find hungry cannibal beast men, wild native animals and the City of the Dead, a society led by Skor of Morov, whose mad scheme is to raise the dead and create his own kingdom. Duare escapes, leaving Carson to get aid from Nalte, a native of Andoo. Again more narrow escapes until the two are brought to the city of Havatoo, a city that has eliminated undesirable elements like war. Eventually Carson and Duate are brought back together but not before more living dead stalk them...

I admit to having a soft spot for Wrongway Carson as he is known. Part of that maybe the fact that the stories have more in common with such pulp sci-fi characters like Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers. Indeed rocket ships, ray guns and the Klangan (Birdmen) all show up and must have been influences on Alex Raymond when he created Flash. Also refreshing is Carson's sense of humor. At one point he tells Duare about the game of golf, summing it simply as a "mental disorder." Also this story in particular is a cliffhanger, with one narrow escape after another. Definetly a fun read.

Some quick thoughts:

--The shuffling zombies of the City of the Dead. I wonder how many would think if a film is ever made that the filmmakers were ripping off George Romero.

--At one point, Carson and Nalte take in a Havatoo sporting event, where the players wear according to Carson "g strings." Imagine all the 300 homoerotic comments that would get.

--Duare's constant "stop telling me you love me" routine gets kind of annoying. Then again most 19 year olds are that way.

--Seven Doors of Death. Wasn't that some kung fu movie?

--At one point Carson and Duare are captured by kloonobargan, hairy manlike creatures, I guess Wookies. Later Carson and Duate are to be dinner, tied up ready for the cooking. All I could think of was C-3pO's line from Return of the Jedi-"You're to be the main course in a banquet in my honor." Then again no yubnub song, thankfully. Rating: ***1/2 out of 4

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Review-The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane

I'm still on vacation from Barsoom so I decided instead to visit with pulp fiction's most famous Puritan swordsman and his adventures. Created by Robert E. Howard and first appearing in 1928, a good four years before his most famous creation Conan, Kane spent most of his adventures fighting against those he deemed evil, even if he spent months or in some cases years tracking them down and pronouncing his own brand of justice. Several of the stories included in the collection from Del Rey pits Kane against foes both human-pirates, cannibal tribes-and nonhuman (one of my favorites of the series, Wings in the Night has Kane seek retribution against giant bat creatures.)

In fact one of the most notable aspects is Howard's combination of a typical swashbuckler with horror, possibly inspired by his admiration for HP Lovecraft (the book even opens with Lovecraft's written tribute to Howard, who he communicated with through letters). Other stories that stick out includes the first one in the set, Skulls in the Stars (with its Washington Irving-Legend of Sleepy Hollow like setting), The Moon of Skulls (in which Kane tries to rescue a friend's daughter from sacrifice at the hands of an African cult) and The Hills of the Dead (which actually reads as a precurser to Richard Matheson's I Am Legend, with Kane going up against vampiric zombies.)

I go could on but just get the book, that way you will be ready for the film that is hopefully going to be released this year. Directed by Michael J. Bassett and starring actor James Purefoy and a strong supporting cast (including Max Von Sydow and Pete Posthelwaite) the film is going to be previewed this week at the San Diego Comic Con. Next to John Carter of Mars, this maybe the film I have the best hopes for.

Rating: **** out of 4.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Riding John Carter's Coattails (or harness)?

Well it appears John Carter of Mars isn't the only Edgar Rice Burroughs character soon to be hitting the screen. In an interview promoting the upcoming GI Joe film, writer Stuart Beattie revealed he has been hired by Warner Bros. to pen a new Tarzan film with his Joe director Stephen Summers attached to direct. Beattie is even saying it will be a Pirates of the Carribean like take on the character (maybe not surprising since Beattie co-wrote the first Pirates.) While I don't know how long Warners has been toying with a new Tarzan film, it does seem interesting that it is now popping up right as production is gearing up for Andrew Stanton's take on Barsoom. (The production recently announced the addition of Willem Dafoe as Tars Tarkas, a definite step in the right direction).

This isn't the first or probable last time that Hollywood has decided to cash in on an author. Anybody growing up in the 1980s couldn't escape the seemingly endless Stephen King movies that plagued theaters while the 90s brought us Jane Austin films by the truckloads (and we're still getting them.) And Warners is not alone in suddenly jumping into the ERB bandwagon. Also in production (and possibly done as I write this) is a new take on The Land That Time Forgot. Unlike JCOM or Tarzan however this is a straight to dvd effort from the fine folks at The Asylum, an outfit that has turned out such "winners" as Transmorphers and I Am Omega. Yep their main goal seems to be cash in on what's hot, even though the description of their LTTF sounds more like Indiana Jones meets Jurassic Park. We'll have to wait and see what actor-director C. Thomas Howell can cough up.

Also in the wings, but possibly dead in the water is Carson Napier, an "adaptation" of Burroughs' Venus series. The outifit producing it, Angelic Pictures reportedly secured the rights from ERB Inc and did release a press release that a script has been written and copyrighted with the Writers Guild. That was 2007 when the movie was still being called Pirates of Venus. At it currently stands, no actors are credited, even though the film's IMDB page lists a November 2011 release date. The company (whose other ouput seems mostly to be sports related comedies) could still make the film and have it out by then, but why do I feel it will be retitled again to Carson Napier of Venus before it's over.

What ERB novels could next will be announced. Stay tuned...

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Retro View: At The Earth's Core

Yesterday I posted my thoughts on the upcoming John Carter of Mars movie and comparing it past films derived from ERB novels. Well today I thought I would post my opinions about one of those.

Dr. Abner Perry (Peter Cushing) a British scientiest has invented the Iron Mole, a drilling device with plans of burrowing through the earth. Assisting him and footing the bill is David Innes (Doug McClure) a former student. After a brief photo op David and Perry descend into the earth only to discover Pellucider, a civilization consisting of humans, dinosaur like creatures and
the Mahars, ginat pterodactyl like creatures with mind control abilites and their henchmen, the Sagoths. Along the way our heroic pair fight to liberate the humans, engage in conflict with giants and David finds Dia (Caroline Munro) a hottie princess.

I have to admit it's been a long time since I've read the novel so my memories of it are a bit hazy. But I don't remember it being this goofy. Directed by Kevin Conner, this was the second of three films that Amicus Productions would make from Burroughs' novels. Amicus was originally formed as competition for Hammer Films, the company behind the Christopher Lee Dracula films but by the mid-70s with the change towards more modern horror films, Amicus decided instead to go sci-fi. What we get is a late arriving entry in the caveman genre that One Million Years BC with Raquel Welch started a few years earlier.

But sadly Ray Harryhausen wasn't called on do the effects, so we get men in dino costumes that would make Godzilla hang his head in shame, the Mahars who look like escapees from the old Land of the Lost TV series and the Planet of the Apes lookalike Sagoths. In addition the acting ranges from McClure's leading man schtick, which I admit he does well even though he looks like he days away from a midlife crisis to Munro, who is stunning to look at but has little do to until the end. In fact probably the best performance comes from old pro Cushing who seems to be parodying his old Frankenstein role as the doddering old scientiest. Maybe if the Sleestacks had shown up it would have been better. Still for its type its miles away better than the recent Will Ferrell disaster. Rating: **1/2 out of 4.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Edgar Rice Burroughs on screen (and why there should be concern about JCOM)

For an author who has been an enormous influence on science fiction, fantasy and adventure fiction, Edgar Rice Burroughs' batting record when it comes to big screen adaptations of his work has been spotty at best. That might be a surprise to those who would think that with Tarzan being the subject of countless films and TV shows that Burroughs' record would be if not spotless at least good compared to most authors.

But looking at the novels and comparing them to most of the movies derived from them shows a vast divide between the printed page and the moving image. Tarzan first swung onto film screens in the silent era in various films and serials, most of which are probably lost to the ages. By the time the sound era started Tarzan would make his biggest splash with MGM's series of films starring Johnny Weissmuller and Maureen O'Sullivan. But just a glimpse at the first film Tarzan the Ape Man reveals vast differences. The biggest is of course its lead character. In Burroughs' first novel, Tarzan is an illiterate creature who teaches himself to read and write but does not possess the ability to talk. By the novel's end the French officer D'Arnot has taught him to speak and the character becomes a learned, intelligent man who chooses after having his heart broken to return to the wilds. Weissmuller for better or worse never gets past the infamous "Me Tarzan, You Jane" dialogue that more or less now defines the character in most people's eyes. Another change came later around the time that Boy, Tarzan's adopted son showed up. Instead of allowing Tarzan and Jane to marry as in the novels, the studio, maybe fearing censorship problems had Boy discovered the same way Tarzan was. I guess suggesting any kind of sexual relationship was a big no-no at the time.

After MGM the character swung through various series, with differing actors like Rex Barker and Gordon Scott. The last few years have seen various movies that range from the literary-minded Greystoke, The Legend of Tarzan Lord of the Apes with Christopher Lambert, to the soft core porn romp Tarzan The Ape Man with Bo Derek, Tarzan and the Lost City which did keep the Greystoke lineage but attempted to turn the character into Indiana Jones and Disney's animated version, with talking monkeys and Phil Collins songs. Except for the Disney version, none of them caught on with viewers or critics and even the Disney version wasn't the big blockbuster that the studio hoped would keep their traditional animation studio going.

Outside of Tarzan though, Burroughs' has had very few films made. The first non-Tarzan film I could find was the 1941 Republic Pictures serial Jungle Girl. A quick comparison though to the plot described on Amazon for the novel makes it clear the studio bought the book for the title and kept nothing else. Beyond that Burroughs wouldn't make it to the big screen again until the 1970s when the British film company Amicus acquired the rights to three of Burroughs's novels and turned out The Land That Time Forgot, At the Earth's Core and The People That Time Forgot, all starring former TV heartthrob Doug McClure (who you might remember from such films as Humanoids from the Deep and Warlords of Atlantis). All three films were made as mid-level B-movies, usually shown on double bills with other B flicks of the period. They do have their fans, mostly because of the campiness of them but as serious attempts at Burroughs, they fall short.

In some cases it might seem silly or foolish to compare the Amicus films or even the Weissmuller films, despite their lavish (for the 1930s) production values to the upcoming John Carter of Mars film. Its director Andrew Stanton is a respected director of films like Finding Nemo and Wall-E, not a director like John Derek or Kevin Conner (who helmed the Amicus trilogy). Disney is footing the bill to the tune of 150 million, providing the resources for top notch visual effects. But the history of ERB on film is a daunting one to overcome. And in some cases Stanton is following in the same footsteps that led to films like At the Earth's Core or Tarzan and the Lost City. First is the already published statement that the film will follow the formula of the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy. What they means hasn't been made clear. Does it mean that John Carter will be like Captain Jack Sparrow, a comedic fop or more along the lines of Will Turner, a bland straight man to the more outrageous characters. Or does it mean that the film will imitate the comic tone of the Pirates trilogy? At this point it is unclear but the attempts to turn Tarzan into Indiana Jones didn't work.

Another issue is the casting of the film. Cast as John Carter, the 19th century Confederate soldier turned future Warlord of Mars is Taylor Kitsch, best known for his role on the TV series Friday Night Lights and a slew of less than perfect films like Snakes on a Plane and the recent Wolverine. While Mr. Kitsch does have his fanbase, the major question is can he carry the lead in a movie? Or does he even have the talent to carry off the role? After all Weissmuller wasn't hired because he was a talented actor-it was because he could swim and looked good in a loincloth. Also Mr. Kitsch may have wanted to consider the career of Doug McClure. Mr. McClure also gained attention for a popular TV show (The Virginian) and spent most of his career after the Amicus films in other b-films and guest spots on television. Or even Tarzan Casper Van Dien, whose own shot at big screen stardom, Starship Troopers, failed at the box office. Since then he's been appearing in shoddy direct to DVD films and low budget TV movies.

The third and probably most important issue is whether or not the film will remain faithful to its source. Again the film has already been announced as PG-13. While I don't mind the rating, some have seen it as a sign the movie is already screwed up, cutting the perceived gore and sex out of the story. It is true the movie does have graphic (for the 1910s) action scenes and both John Carter and Dejah Thoris spend much of the novel wearing next to nothing but the major issue is whether or not Stanton and his two co-writers, Mark Andrews (best known for co-writing the excellent The Iron Giant and The Incredibles) and Michael Chabon (the novelist behind the brilliant The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay and the dreadful The Yiddish Policemen's Union) will stick if not to the letter than at least the tone and spirit of Burroughs' novel. It's hard to tell in this day and age of multiple rewrites, studio notes, actors' input (even though I doubt Mr. Kitsch or his co-star Lynn Collins have that clout), marketing concerns about appealing to the widest audience possible and test audience reactions and reshoots how much will survive. Obviously the attempt to make it resemble another popular hit like Pirates or Star Wars is something most studios would gladly attempt and my fear is that Disney won't care how it turns out as long as it makes money. The same approach MGM had towards their Tarzan films, Amicus had towards their movies and the Mouse House had towards the animated Tarzan.

In the end will Burroughs' vision ever make onscreen intact? Hopefully if Stanton can remain faithful and prove he is the right person for the job, not just doing it avoid Wall-E 2. Then again history shows don't get your hopes up too much.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Some off mini reviews-Armageddon 2419 and The Beasts of Tarzan

Since I'm taking a quick break from Barsoom I'll go ahead and post my thoughts on two other novels I've since read.

As some may know, this year marks the 80 anniverary of Buck Rogers, the sci-fi comic strip hero who in some respects was a successor to John Carter in making science fiction popular and introducing many familiar concepts. But before Buck made it to the comics page, he was first featured in Philip Nowlan's pulp novel Armageddon 2149 A.D. Published in 1928 in Amazing Stories magazine, the novel first introduced us to Anthony Rogers, a 20th Century man who goes to work and wakes up 500 years later. Working as part of a geographical survey team in Pennsylvania, Rogers heads into a cave filled with radioactive gas. When the roof falls, he's trapped and rendered unconscious until 2419 when he wakes up and discovers the world has been taken over by the Hans. Working with the resistance and his girl friday Wilma Deering he saves the world of course.

The one thing that struck me as I read this was how completely different it was compared to the latter comics, the Buster Crabbe serial or the campy TV series with Gil Gerard and Erin Gray. No space travel is present, Rogers and Wilma actually marry as the story progresses and the villians smack of 1920s stereotypes, evil Chinese who have clearly patterned themselves after Fu Manchu. Still some interesting devices are introduced, including antigravity belts that allow the user to jump high into the trees and and the use of rockets to bring down craft. I would recommend it but leave your PC sensibilites at the door. (If you can find it. The book is currently out of print but copies can be found cheaply on Ebay and Amazon.)

Next up is The Beasts of Tarzan. Yep Mr. Burroughs' other creation. In this third adventure for Lord Greystoke he is pitted up against Nikolas Rokoff, the Russian villian Tarzan fought in his previous adventure. But Rokoff plans his revenge smoothly. He kidnaps Tarzan's son and strands the ape man on an island. In a feet Lee Marvin would find impressive he gathers a small group of apes, Sheeta the panther and a tribal giant named Mugambi. Complicating matters are several cannibal tribes, Rokoff and his second in command Paulvitch and poor Jane who gets captured.

While I enjoyed the first novel of the series, this one felt repetitve, almost as if ERB was grinding it out for no other reason than Tarzan was still selling. (I guess I always enjoyed JCOM and some of his more sci-fi novels than Tarzan.) Here the plot gets predictable with one cannibal tribe after another all fearful of the white devil as Tarzan becomes known. Also I just didn't think Rokoff came off well as a villian. In certain sections he comes off like Snidely Whiplash, in others as a weakling. And for those who complain that Burroughs engaged in sexist beliefs in his work, this one will probably cement that since Jane spends most of her time fainting and being leered at by Rokoff who vows to do unspeakable things to her (in a Cinemax at 3 in the morning sense). If you are going for the ape man start with the first book.

Ratings-Armageddon 2419-*** out of 4; Beasts of Tarzan ** out of 4.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Book Review: The Chessmen of Mars

Reviewer's Note: This review has been changed a little from the previous one.

A brief prologue shows John Carter now returning to Earth to visit his newphew, whose just had a bad turn at playing chess. John quickly informs him and us that Barsoom also has its version of chess called Jetan. And he has another child named Tara of Helium.

Following that we meet our heroine, who is just having one of those days. She's expected to attend one of her parents' parties, her bethrothed is busy flirting with another woman and if that isn't enough she's soon gets another admirer, Gahan of Gathol, who Tara dismisses. After slipping away for a night flight she returns to discover her parents unhappy with her leaving the party and the revelation that Gahan has asked for permission to woo her. Again unhappy Tara once again takes to the skies only for the worst storm on Barsoomian record to knock her off course. Then she makes the most horrifying discovery. A tribe of creatures called the Kaldanes, who are living in an isolated area called Bantoom. The Kaldanes are spider-like creatures who can separate their heads from their bodies and replace the bodies when the become weak. Tara tries to escape but is captured and the debate rages whether to eat her or use for other uses (use your imagination). While this is going on Gahan joins the search for Tara and after being blasted of his flier lands smack dab in the middle of Kaldane country. Posing as a passing warrior (called a panthan) named Turan, he rescues Tara's dignity and the two flee, along with a friendly Kaldane named Ghek. Still unsure of their location the trio wander before finding the city of Manotor. And again we get captures, escapes, a bunch of guys who lust after our heroine and some creepy uses for taxidermy.

When I first read the series 20 years ago, I guess I always favored the first three books. They felt complete with John Carter and Dejah Thoris as the leads. Over time I began to like some of the later books more, especially Chessmen of Mars, mostly because I went through my literary horror phase and discovered the likes of Lovecraft and Poe. In many respects Burroughs seemed to be attempting to blend Lovecraftian horror with the Kaldanes and I-Gos, the town taxidermist whose hobby mirrors Norman Bates'. Indeed the first part set on Bantoom is the strongest, with Tara's attempts to escape adding to the feeling of horror. The second part, with Manotor's leader O-Tar first ordering our heroes destroyed and then deciding to have Tara to himself gets repetitive of the first books in the series. But the live action Jetan match is another section that would make a great movie, as it does build suspense as to whether or not Gahan can win.

All in all one of my favorites of the series: **** out of 4

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Comic Review: John Carter, Warlord of Mars #1-7

In 1977 Marvel Comics got the rights to publish a John Carter comic. The Jarsoomian's previous comic outings were offbeat to say the least. His first appearance was in 1952 as part of Dell's Four Color Comics series. The covers for that one pictured an older John Carter in a Prince Valiant outfit doing battle with other humans. In the 1960s, Gold Key Comics reprinted them in a three issue series called John Carter of Mars. John's last comic appearance before Marvel was at DC where they used him as a feature for a series called Weird Worlds and in some of the Tarzan series. Then it was Marvel's turn...The series starting out boasting some great talent, including writer Marv Wolfman and artists Gil Kane and Dave Cockrum.

So here we go

The first arc, "The Air-Pirates of Mars" (also the title of issue 1) opens with John running off to find his kidnapped princess, Dejah Thoris and his friend Tars Tarkas who have been kidnapped by Warhoons who are working for a being called Stara Kan. Most of the issue includes flashbacks to John's arrival on Barsoom and his first meeting with Dejah before he rescues them. But the discovery that they were asking about the Atmosphere Factory worries John.

Issue 2:"From the Shadows...Stara-Kan" finds John and company about to leave when they notice an unfamiliar figure. John captures him and discovers it is the mysterious Stara-Kan. Refusing to talk, John takes him back to Helium to stand trial. But before that happens, Kan escapes, revealing his first secret, he's got a robotic arm. (We can rebuild him, Barsoom style.) Suddenly worried, John and Tars take flight for the Factory only to discover it overrun with White Apes. Tars is seemingly killed and Dejah, arriving to help is taken by the apes. John fights but falls and is captured.

We kick off issue 3"Requiem for a Warlord" with John in bondage. Literally, he's chained to a wall. Up above we discover Stara-Kan's real reason for hating the Warlord (he was a soldier in Zodongan Army when John and the Tharks raided it to rescue Dejah.) During the struggle, John cut off his arm and then he was sentenced for war crimes but escaped and has now founded the Council of Five. John attempts to escape but is suddenly racked by pain. He soon discovers that Kan has stuck an "obediance collar" on his neck and can cause pain. That and his beloved held prisoner suddenly makes John his slave.

Issue 4 "Raiding Party" finds John reluctantly helping Kan on his raids throughtout Barsoom. Soon word spreads that John is responsible for Dejah's disappearance and is leading raids on other towns. At the end he must save his enemy from a green monster devouring the townsfolk.

Finally having enough of the slave life, John has it out with Kan in issue 5 "And One Shall Die!" Along the way we meet other characters from the novels, including Kantos Kan and Dejah's father. Of course John finds out Kan's master plan, has his final bout with him and gets his revenge. But the princess is still missing..

Issue 6, "Hell in Helium" finds John public enemy number 1. Now stirred up by other members of the council, the locals of Helium are looking for blood. While John fights to save his life and the life of those yet born, Kantos and company find Tars. It's not looking good for our heroes.

Finally ending this series, issue 7 "Dejah Thoris Lives!" reveals what's happened to her during the whole story. Mainly she's been catfighting with a pissy maid, getting ogled by a former guard of her father's that was let go and eventually fights her way out. John, meanwhile still recovering from his wounds, snaps too and leads the fight to save the Atmosphere Factory and reunites with his love.

Sorry for the long-winded plot snyposes, but that's the way the wind blows. My first reaction was that it seemed the writers and artists were trying to stay faithful to Burroughs' vision. Several characters from the novels appear and the stories, set in the 10 year gap mentioned in Chapter 27 of A Princess of Mars does leave a lot open. On the other hand, the series also seemed to suffer from Conan-itis. John working with his enemy and fighting a green monster eating people seem like something from the Conan book Marvel published at the time. There is also the issue of the Comics Code Authority. The series is aimed at older readers that the usual Spider-Man readers of the time, but for all the descriptions of blood running down John's arms, there is none. It tries to retain the swordplay and action of the novels and even throws in some limited sex but its still hamstrung by the Code. Now adays blood would flow freely and Dejah's bath in issue 7 (after getting food tossed on her) would be more suggestive.

Other things I noticed (for your comic enjoyment)
--John and Dejah at one point are admonished by Tars "there is no time for love making." Yeesh it wasn't like they were going at right then and there.
--John sports Barsoomian briefs in a bedroom scene in issue 2 while Dejah stays under the covers. Like I said, limited sex.
--An obediance collar? Kan's constant "you will call me master" dialog in issue 3 and even his statement that he plans for the "humilation of John Carter." I guess John Carter, BDSM Slave of Mars would have been a little too obvious.
--Dejah gets slapped around. A lot.
--A full page ad in issue 4 announces "The People That Time Forgot," coming soon from American International Pictures. It might not have done ERB any favors but Dana Gillespie was still the sexiest cavegirl this side of Raquel Welch.
--Issue 2 also contains Marvel's announcement of their adapation of the "Greatest Space Fantasy Film of All." Cue John Williams and C-3P0.
--There has been some concern that Dejah will become Xena Warrior Princess in the upcoming movie. Marvel's already beaten to the punch, with Dejah kicking butt in issue 7.
--Not that doesn't spare her some indignities. At one point she has to bathe and her guard just stands there. Privacy issues weren't much on Barsoom.
--Barsoomians look pink not red. And at one point a Warhoonian yells "here comes a red man" as John approaches. Are they color blind?
--The White Apes sport Mr. T mohawks and one carries Dejah around like Fay Wray.
--In typical comic book fashion, the covers don't match the stories. Issue 3 has John standing over a dead ape while issue 7 has him standing protecting Dejah from gunfire.
--Dejah is still the hottest Martian ever. Even if her skin color changes constantly.

Han Solo, P.I.

This has been around for a bit, but its still funny.

Dejah Thoris Sideshow Statue Revealed

Some Barsoom news from San Diego Comic-Con for you guys. Sideshow Collectibles has released first images of a Dejah Thoris statue for fan...