Saturday, September 29, 2012

Tarzan 3D German Trailer


While there has been no word when it will hit the US or other countries, a German trailer for Constantin Films' upcoming motion capture take on the Lord of the Jungle starring Kellan Lutz has arrived online. Take a peek and let us know what you think.


Friday, September 28, 2012

Back to Barsoom's John Carter Screening


Some news for you fans of the film. The Facebook Back To Barsoom Group has announced a special screening of John Carter, set for December 1 at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica, California. Tickets are on sale and can be purchased here http://www.indiegogo.com/backtobarsoom1. The screening will have displays and special guests as reported at http://thejohncarterfiles.com/2012/09/john-carter-sequel-group-announces-back-to-barsoom-screening-of-john-carter-in-los-angeles-december-1/. Just FYI.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Flash Gordon On Planet Mongo Preview


I'm currently reading Robin Maxwell's Jane, so I'll have a review up as soon as possible. But here's something for you Flash fans: Titan Books this week starts a new series of harcover reprints of the classic Alex Raymond comic strip and Aint It Cool News has posted up a preview with samples from the book. So take a look at http://www.aintitcool.com/node/58634.


Monday, September 24, 2012

Cool Star Wars Anime Video!


I'm sure most of you have seen this but just in case you haven't here it is. Youtube user Otaking77077 has done an awesome Manga inspired Star Wars animation so here it is, complete with added effects and music. Enjoy!


Sunday, September 23, 2012

Comic Review: Dejah Thoris #15


Well this was fast.

Still filled with regrets over her actions after being possessed by the Boora Witch, Dejah has left her family and Helium. This issue opens with her making a crucial decision-to head down the River Iss and ask the goddess for forgiveness. But before she makes it too far, she rescues a child, Ko, from a giant insect and promises to return her home. Once there in the city of Kaol, Dejah discovers they are under attack by the insects known as Sith and agrees to help the Jeddak Kar Tith. This action leads to danger and a possible redemption for the princess.

Pretty much a stand alone story, writer Robert Napton does a good job portraying Dejah's guilt and her desire to repent for her actions in the previous storyline. Most of the issue though is silent, filled with action sequences as Dejah risks her life to save the people of Kaol from the Sith. Still there is some touching moments between Dejah and Ko.

For the artwork in this issue we get a new artist, Marcio Fiorito. He does a good job capturing Dejah and the characters. He also makes the Sith a creepy looking insect and manages the action packed issue well. Some cases his work does resemble previous artist Carlos Rafael which can fool you into thinking Rafael's work on the series. That said at least it isn't as jarring as the various artists changes on the Warlord of Mars series. And a quick note-there is some NSFW shots for those squeamish about such things.

All in all it's a pretty good stand alone issue for fans of this series and Dejah Thoris. So take a chance and enjoy it.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey New Trailer


Is it OK to say this looks really good? Great in fact! Take a peek and let us know what you think.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Comic Review: Warlord of Mars #21


Let's just jump in shall we?

As John Carter is still working to find a way into the Temple of the Sun to rescue his beloved princess, he receives word that the sneaky First Born Thurid has been slipping away at night from the Walled City of his people. Carter follows him with the ever faithful Woola and discovers that Thurid knows a way into the Temple-and has struck a deal with the vengeance seeking Thern ruler Matai Shang. Carter gets in and has to fend for himself from the Therns and man eating Banths as his enemies escape with Dejah Thoris and Thuvia of Ptarth. At the end he vows to continue his search...

Kicking off their adaptation of The Warlord of Mars, Arvid Nelson and artist Vincent Cifuentes does a great job following the novel. From the River Iss to the Banths, it sticks close to the novel with its cliffhanger setups while keeping the characters pretty close. Woola remains loyal, Matai Shang evil-and non shape shifting, Phaidor still remains in love with Carter. For fans of the books that's a good thing, even though it looks like this storyline will only run five issues (maybe not surprising considering how short the novel is).

The artwork here by Cifuentes (who did the last issue) is pretty good, capturing most of the characters well, even if there is some bizarre design choices. Thurid has Wolverine's hair; Carter runs around in a loin cloth, looking like Tarzan's well groomed cousin; and Woola has gotten redesigned and now resembles the movie version. Oh well. On the plus side Cifuentes draws an attractive Dejah, so I can't complain.

So once again, another excellent start and a big A plus for keeping true to the books and characters. John Carter of Mars fans should be pleased.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

John Carter Vinylmation Figures Online


As a few of you might remember, prior to the release of the movie there was word that Disney would produce a series of Vinylmation figures to be sold at their theme parks. Well it looks like the figures have been released for sale on the Vinylmation website as a Facebook exclusive. You can go to http://vinylmation.shopigniter.com/series/facebook-first-and-online-exclusives and get John Carter, Tars Tarkas and a White Ape (there was also supposed to be a Dejah Thoris figure so I'll check back later to see when it goes on sale).

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Tarzan Never Dies by Robin Maxwell


Thanks to the John Carter Files for this link. With the release of her novel Jane: The Woman Who Loved Tarzan next week, author Robin Maxwell has posted two essays on the web site of the book's publisher Tor talking about the history of Tarzan on both page and screen. The first one offers up a brief history of the character through his first printed and film appearances http://www.tor.com/blogs/2012/09/tarzan-never-dies-part-i-100-years-of-books-and-movies while the second one asks "Will There Ever Be A Great Tarzan Movie?" http://www.tor.com/blogs/2012/09/tarzan-never-dies-part-ii-will-there-ever-be-a-great-tarzan-movie.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

At The Earth's Core Graphic Novel Trailer


I admit that this slipped through my radar. Sequential Pulp Comics will be publishing an upcoming graphic novel adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs' first Pellucidar novel through Dark Horse Comics and a trailer has been posted on Youtube by artist Jamie Chase for it. Take a peek and visit http://www.sequentialpulpcomics.com/ to see some of the artwork for the book as well as a cover for another ERB adaptation (I'll let you find out for yourself).


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Book Review: The Adventure of the Peerless Peer


When is a Tarzan book not a Tarzan book? When he meets the world's greatest detective!

It's 1916 and Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are drafted-despite their ages-by Holmes' brother Mycroft to track down the elusive Von Bork, a scoundrel from a previous Holmes adventure. Von Bork has stolen a formula to create a fungus that could destroy a country's food supply and is Mycroft is concerned that it could be sold to Britian's enemies. Holmes and Watson take off, surviving a terrible flight with a mad pilot; a collision with a zeppelin carrying Von Bork; a gun toting shadow and a crash landing in the African wilderness where they meet the one and only...Greystoke, a British lord who was raised by apes after his parents died and whose adventures are known thanks to a pulp writer. With mad savages and Von Bork to contend with, Holmes, Watson and Greystoke have to work together to survive and save the world.

The Adventure of the Peerless Peer has an interesting publishing history. Written by author Philip Jose Farmer (who had by now written his two "biographies" Tarzan Alive and Doc Savage: His Apocalyptic Life), the book was first published in 1976 but removed following legal action from ERB Inc over it. Farmer later rewrote it as The Three Madmen, substituting an adult Mowgli in place of Greystoke. With all of that the book should have been interesting. In some ways it is but it's not perfect.

The area I felt Farmer was uneven with was interesting enough with Holmes and Watson. Portrayed as older gentlemen, Holmes spends most of the book cursing, vomiting from air sickness and lamenting his lost pipe. He does do some detective work, mostly in trying to prove Greystoke's real identity as Farmer attempts to tie in a subplot concerning a previous case involving a Lord Saltire. Watson meanwhile mainly stands around reacting and taking Holmes' insults which are even more pointed than usual. That said the cranky pair do manage to retain the reader's attention until the end where Holmes' bee-keeping skills come in handy (if embarrassingly) to the rescue.

As for Greystoke himself Farmer does a pretty good job capturing the character while trying to maintain some distance from the "real" Tarzan (I guess he figured the Burroughs estate would come after the book at some point). Greystoke doesn't enter the story until half way in and his still reeling from the death of his wife at the hands of the Germans, working in the time period of Tarzan the Untamed and Tarzan the Terrible, adding some depth to the proceedings. There is also a good scene of him bargaining with Holmes while fingering his knife that shows the balance between civilized and savage that the character always had.

The book's pretty short-the copy I read only ran a 127 pages-which is good since not much really happens story wise. Von Bork appears really early and isn't much of a threat to either Holmes or Greystoke. In fact Farmer spends more time indulging in a geek parade of references to everything from The Shadow to Allan Quartermain than really establishing a driving story. In that respect that is the book's major flaw, something that both Burroughs and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was really good at: Keep the story moving with action and suspense.

Even with its flaws though The Adventure of the Peerless Peer is an interesting, quick read for fans of either author and their respective characters. Just don't expect the "real" Tarzan or Sherlock Holmes. Rating: *** out of 4.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Andrew Stanton On John Carter's Fallout


With the 3D rerelease of his Pixar hit Finding Nemo coming soon, the Los Angeles Times sat down with Andrew Stanton to talk about the reaction and fallout of John Carter http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/moviesnow/la-et-mn-john-carter-director-20120908,0,1996908.story?page=1&track=rss and how the director now feels about it. He admits he was surprised Disney didn't pull the plug after original chairman Dick Cook-who greenlighted the project-was let go and replaced by Rich Ross:

"I thought, 'Are we gonna lose the green light?' In the very beginning I assumed it would be like that, cause who's gonna give me the keys to a Ferrari if I've never driven before? But studios are not set up like that. They're like, 'Go and drive the car and don't drive it off a bridge.'"

He also discusses the negative response the film began to receive prior to its release, the differences between reshooting at Pixar and in Hollywood and confirms that his next film will be the Nemo sequel:

"What was immediately on the list was writing a second 'Carter' movie. When that went away, everything slid up. I know I'll be accused by more sarcastic people that it's a reaction to 'Carter' not doing well, but only in its timing, but not in its conceit."

Thursday, September 6, 2012

John Carter MPC VFX Breakdown


Some video for your Thursday evening. In this case the FX company MPC has posted a breakdown reel for their work on John Carter, primarily Carter and Woola's fight with the Warhoons as well as Dejah's 9th ray demonstration in Helium. Take a peek and see what you think.


Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Edgar Rice Burroughs Fall Book List


As usual I cannot come up with a good opening so I'll just start: With this year celebrating the 100th anniversaries of both A Princess of Mars and Tarzan of the Apes (and to an equal degree The Outlaw of Torn) publishers will be releasing a few new books that will either celebrate or expand the creations of Edgar Rice Burroughs. So with this list I thought I would try to present a complete list to let you, the faithful reader, know what is coming. I will probably miss something I'm sure so if you see or know of a book that is not listed here please let me know. The books are listed in order of release date and they are:

Jane: The Woman Who Loved Tarzan.

Robin Maxwell's novel retells the original story from the point of view of Jane Porter as an aspiring paleoanthropologist whose trip to the jungle brings her face to face with a possible missing link and the Ape Man she falls for.

Pub Date: September 18, 2012


Lord of the Jungle Volume 1.

A trade paperback collecting writer Arvid Nelson and artist Roberto Castro's adaptation of Tarzan of the Apes.

Pub Date: October 2, 2012


John Carter: The Gods of Mars.

Trade paperback collecting the second of Marvel's adaptations of the classic trilogy by writer Sam Humphries and artist Ramon Perez.

Pub Date: October 3, 2012


Tarzan: The Greystoke Legacy and Tarzan: The Jungle Warrior.

Writer Andy Briggs' young adult rebooting of Tarzan and Jane finally sees American publication as both deal try to protect the jungles from those who would destroy it.

Pub Date: October 16, 2012


Tarzan: The Centennial Celebration-The Books, The Movies, The Art.

ERB expert Scott Tracy Griffin's new book takes a look at the history of Tarzan, from his debut a 100 years ago to recent versions of the character.

Pub Date: October 30, 2012


Dejah Thoris and the White Apes of Mars

Trade paperback collection of the four issue Dynamite limited series by writer Mark Rahner and artist Lui Antonio.

Pub Date: December 4, 2012


Tarzan: The Russ Manning Years Volume 1.

I'll quote from the information on Amazon: Experience seven of Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan novels as drawn by Russ Manning, the most beloved comic-book interpreter of the lord of the jungle! Manning's adaptations appeared in the Gold Key comics Tarzan #155-161, #163, #164, #166, and #167. This collection of comics originally published in the 1960s is an essential addition to any comics fan's library!

Pub Date: January 8, 2013


John Carter and The Gods of Hollywood.

Michael Sellers' look at basically what went wrong with Disney's movie and how the character is still alive.

Pub Date: To Be Determined (Check The John Carter Files site for updates).



(A quick personal note-I'll be moving in the next two weeks so that might cause some interruptions on here. Just FYI. )

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Comic Review: Lord of the Jungle #7


This week's other comic book review finds the Lord of the Jungle fighting for his life...on the streets of Baltimore!

While Jane comes to terms with her decision to stay and marry Cecil Clayton, Tarzan has taken a job as a construction worker to raise funds to return to the jungle. But it isn't too long before he comes face to face again with Robert Canler, the man who Jane's father owed money to, as he attempts to extort Tarzan's boss. Eventually the ape man's sense of right and wrong puts him the line of fire as Canler decides that this city isn't big enough for the both of them.

Following the setup used in their Warlord of Mars series, Dynamite and writer Arvid Nelson are providing original bridging stories leading up their adaptation of the next novel. While I can understand that, this one is a mixed bag story wise. Probably the most interesting concept is returning Canler to the story since Edgar Rice Burroughs never brought the character back but his portrayal here as a local crime lord is a little hard to accept for this reader. Also a running plot establishing a mysterious character with a Russian accent is a little on the nose for fans of the books even though I like this build up. On the other hand having Clayton act like a jerk in a scene makes it harder to understand why Jane would stay with him and undermines his character. Finally seeing Tarzan scaling high rise structures is cool. Ultimately the story is OK but I'll be glad to get to see how Nelson and company handle The Return of Tarzan.

The artwork for this issue is by Sergio Fernandez Davila and he does a pretty good job capturing the characters, even though they seem a little drab with the color choices for this issue compared to the previous issues. Also backgrounds tend not to pop well but that is nothing new here. I wish more work would be done in that area but for now Davila's work gets a solid A for effort.

So consider this issue a solid if not remarkable breather until Tarzan's return and we'll leave it at that.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Comic Review: Dejah Thoris #14


So we'll celebrate Edgar Rice Burroughs' birthday with reviews of two comics based on his classic work. First up the finale of the worst case of possession since Linda Blair's head spun around.

While the Boora Witch continues with her plans of world conquest by sending Tardors Mors and Mors Kojak to trial and eventual death, Kantos Kan explores the Toonolian Marshes and eventually makes a shocking discovery-a bunch of well preserved female bodies! He also finds an orb where he discovers the witch's true identity-an outcast Orovar who fell into the dark arts-as well as her still living body. Carrying that back to Helium, Kantos has to stop the execution and restore Dejah's spirit before it's too late.

I admitted in my review of the last issue that I wasn't a big fan of this storyline and I'll stand by that. Part of it is the attempt to meld Burroughs' Barsoom with elements of sword and sorcery and they just don't go together as well as you would think. Maybe it's that Burroughs usually provided a scientific explanation for almost everything in his world-no supernatural hocus pocus or magical cause was ever mentioned. Still writer Robert Place Napton does an OK job keeping the story moving and the final page is an interesting setup for the next story arc as Dejah (SPOILERS) decides to turn her back on those she loves to make up for her betrayal.

The usual comments apply to Carlos Rafael's artwork-nice and bright. There are two things though-first we get some lizard creatures that attack Kantos that resemble Michael Whalen's Woola from his cover art for The Warlord of Mars and if you take off the goatee Kantos looks like Taylor Kitsch. How's that for a weird twist?

So the good news is this storyline is finished and hopefully the next one will be better. I'll be back tomorrow with the weekend's other ERB inspired comic book. Until next time then.