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Saturday Matinee: Disney’s Tarzan

Tarzan-disney-9065913-1024-768Every Saturday I find a movie or clip that I think will appeal to the fans of this blog. Since most of you enjoy action/adventure, I tend to focus on something that falls into that category. This week we’re looking at one of the more interesting takes on Edgar Rice Burroughs’ jungle hero, Tarzan — Walt Disney’s! Disney had a very successful theatrical film (with songs by Phil Collins), which then led into a series called The Legend of Tarzan. There was also a prequel film called Tarzan II that was released straight to dvd that showed more about our hero’s childhood with the apes.

While the Disney version deviated from the novels significantly, they retained a lot of the heart and were great at introducing kids to this wonderful and classic hero.

First up is a clip from the movie, as Tarzan and Jane get to know one another.

Next up is an episode of the tv series — this one adapting The Lost City of Opar story.

Finally up is another episode of the tv show, this one featuring Edgar Rice Burroughs himself!

Saturday Matinee: The Ron Ely Tarzan!

tarzanEvery Saturday I find a movie or clip that I think will appeal to the fans of this blog. Since most of you enjoy action/adventure, I tend to focus on something that falls into that category. This week we’re looking at the Tarzan series that starred Ron Ely. This was my first introduction to the Tarzan character and I often picture Ron Ely when I think of the jungle hero even now. What I loved about Ely’s portrayal of the character is that he was intelligent and well-spoken, just as Tarzan was in the original Burroughs novels. The whole “Me Tarzan, You Jane” thing always pissed me off.

Ron Ely, of course, went on to play Doc Savage in the ill-fated George Pal movie. Quite awesome to have played both Tarzan & Doc Savage!

First up, we have the full opening credits:

And a nice clip of season one action. Love the way it’s described that Tarzan prefers this jungle to “the other one.”

Great stuff!

Tales of The Rook, Pulp Comics & More!

img-thingRead the second of the submitted Tales of The Rook stories last night (this one was by James Palmer) and it really rocked. This volume should be quite interesting, in that we have a couple of classic Max Davies tales, one starring his daughter Emma and another set in the far future, where the legacy of The Rook is being reborn. The first book was focused almost entirely on the ‘classic’ Rook, with the exception being Percival Constantine’s Pulp Ark nominated short story, which starred the Ian Morris Rook. This one will really show the full range of The Rook’s little slice of my pulp universe and that’s a good thing, I think.

The section of New Pulp that’s based in the comic book world continues to grow. I’ve been doing reviews of Dynamite’s Shadow series, as well as the crossover title Masks, over on The Shadow Fan Podcast but there’s a lot more out there. Dynamite has seemingly replaced Moonstone as the New Pulp publisher of choice, with series devoted to The Shadow, The Spider, Tarzan, John Carter and (soon) The Black Bat. They’re also pushing Miss Fury as a pulp title, given her placement in Masks. Obviously, she was never published in pulp mags back in the day but they’re going with the broader definition of pulp. Most of these books have been very good and certainly better than the abomination that was First Wave. Now, they’re not *perfect* (as listeners of my podcast know, I’m not too keen on certain elements of Dynamite’s Shadow revival) but I’m enjoying them nonetheless. I would never encourage anyone to buy something “just to support it” — comics are way too expensive for that. But if you love pulp, I would say “try them.” If you like them, give them your hard earned dollars. If you don’t, you gave it a fair try.

I’ve been getting several sketches from George Sellas in recent days, which will be pieces designed for The Rook Special Edition Volume Three. As always, they are *gorgeous*. He sent me the cover sketch last night and I’m seriously in love with it. Give me a couple of days and I’ll provide you with a sneak peek.

People keep asking when Reese Unlimited next release will be out and my answer is still the same — I’ve been told that March, April & May are the three months where your budget’s going to be stretched thin. Either Lazarus Gray Volume Three: Eidolon or Gravedigger will be out in March, followed by the other in April. May will see The Rook Special Edition Volume Two. I realize that volumes 3-6 are not available in eBook format at present and unfortunately, you’ll have to wait for the Special Editions to be rolled out in order to get them. I’m hoping that by the end of 2013, you’ll have Volume 1-4 all back in print. Fingers crossed….