The surface of Mars is weird and beautiful.
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The surface of Mars is weird and beautiful.
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Maggie is a 21-year-old from Asunción-Paraguay. She is a Graphic Design student as well as a rising artist with a big interest in the comic and animation industry. See her work on Carson of Venus beginning at #121 – out today.
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Eric Benton, an idealistic young Midwestern Peace Corps volunteer, could hardly have known that his mission to help an African village would embroil him and his colleagues in the political struggles of an emerging African nation.
The people of central Africa likewise had no idea how quickly their expectations for freedom could be taken away when a ruthless dictator seizes power.
And Tarzan of the Apes had no idea that before long, he would be compelled, once again, to undertake a long and perilous journey with the Waziri to save their families.
Set against a backdrop of political unrest in modern Africa, Thomas Zachek’s latest page-turner takes the reader from the dank treasure troves of the lost city of Opar to turmoil in the city streets as Tarzan battles one of his most ruthless foes!
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Thomas Zachek grew up on Tarzan movies and, to a lesser extent, the comics. He became hooked on the real Tarzan in high school after picking up a new Ace paperback edition of Tarzan and the Lost Empire for fifty cents–the one with the Frank Frazetta cover with Tarzan hanging from a limb on a cliff overlooking the Roman city. Thomas went on to collect the entire series of Ace and Ballantine paperback reissues of Burroughs’ Tarzan tales (he still has them).
Thomas discovered that Burroughs’ stories were quite unlike the family-friendly Tarzan of the movies, with Johnny Weismuller as the hulking hero living for some reason in the jungle with a classy, aristocratic Jane. No, Burroughs’ hero was actually a British lord who spoke educated English and had a fascinating backstory. Thomas was impressed with the superior level of development and action in these tales.
Nearly forty years passed, wherein most of the writing Thomas did was lesson plans, plus the occasional letter to the editor and a series of columns for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He attempted writing his first Tarzan tale in 2005 as something of a lark, and then followed it, to date, with six more Tarzan tales. Friends encouraged Thomas to try to get the stories published. Thomas tells us he is grateful to Jim Sullos of ERB, Inc., for giving him the chance. The first three were published in 2016 in a volume entitled Tarzan Trilogy. Thomas notes, “This is my fourth tale. I have tried to craft realistic, page-turning adventure tales featuring classic Tarzan elements while at the same time taking the character in directions that have not been done in Tarzan stories before.”
We invite you to share your thoughts and comments with Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Mike Grell is a legendary, award-winning artist who has worked on many titles including Legion of Super-heroes, Green Arrow and Green Lantern. Plus, he has created numerous titles of his own, including Starslayer, Shaman’s Tears, Bar Sinister, Maggie The Cat, Warlord and Jon Sable, Freelance. Mike wrote and drew the Tarzan comic strip from July 1981 to February 1983.
with a New Artist and Continuing with the Same Story and Writer
Martin Powell will continue to write Jungle Girl, and an exciting new artist, Arianna Farricella, will be drawing and coloring the strip beginning with No. 62.
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THE JUNGLE GIRL TEAM
WRITER Martin Powell
Martin Powell has written hundreds of stories in numerous genres for Disney, Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, and Capstone Books, among others. Nominated for the prestigious Eisner Award for his work with Sherlock Holmes, Powell is the author of many of the most popular characters in the industry, including Superman, Batman, Popeye the Sailor, Dracula, Frankenstein, and Tarzan of the Apes.
Currently, as the author of almost a dozen different ERB online comic strips, and the critically acclaimed Jungle Tales of Tarzan graphic novel from Dark Horse, it is probable that Powell has written more Burroughs characters than any other contemporary writer. Powell received the coveted Golden Lion Award from the Burroughs Bibliophiles in 2017 for his on-going contributions to the legacy of Edgar Rice Burroughs.
ARTIST Arianna Farricella
Arianna Farricella is an Italian comic artist who was born in Modena, and lives and works in Bologna. Arianna graduated from the Fine Art Academy of Bologna and works in Studio Inventario. Recently, she worked as colorist for the French publishers Dargaud and Rackham Editions.
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Edgar Rice Burroughs launched the Pellucidar cycle of seven novels with At the Earth’s Core. Penned in January 1913, it was his sixth story written for magazine publication, following his sequels Gods of Mars and The Return of Tarzan. In the novel, Connecticut mining heir David Innes invests in eccentric inventor Abner Perry’s “iron mole,” a mechanical drilling vehicle with which they hope to prospect subterranean ore. The device malfunctions, marooning the two of them in a mysterious land inside the hollow earth, populated by cavemen, dinosaurs, and other prehistoric fauna. It was Burroughs’s first Stone Age story.
The notion of the earth as a hollow sphere dates back at least to a 1692 paper by Edmond Halley, discoverer of the famed comet that bears his name, who postulated a series of concentric spheres with polar openings. In 1818, John Cleve Symmes expanded this theory, even petitioning the U.S. Congress for funds to launch an expedition to locate the polar opening.
Lands inside the earth are a recurrent theme in genre fiction; Jules Verne’s Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864), with prehistoric beasts and giant primitive men, is perhaps the best known of the genre.
In Pellucidar, there is no night and no time – due to a tiny central sun, it is permanently high noon. The horizon curves upward into the haze of the distance. Land and water areas are transposed from the outer earth, resulting in a greater land mass than the surface world. There is a small pendant moon, which rotates with the earth, thus remaining permanently over the mysterious Land of the Awful Shadow. The Pellucidarian moon is another of Burroughs’s undeveloped ideas, tossed into the series, perhaps in view of a sequel that remained unwritten.
The first two novels of the series, At the Earth’s Core and its sequel Pellucidar, concern the protagonists’ efforts to lead a revolt against the Mahars, a malevolent race of rhamphorhynchus-like reptiles that have enslaved the humans, whom they consider a delicacy. The Mahars, an all-female race, communicate by exchanging thoughts in the “fourth dimension” and have no hearing or spoken language. They are the most intellectual race in Pellucidar, scientists who perform vivisection on humans, whom they consider dumb animals. Mahars are aided by their minions, the Sagoths, hairy missing-link apemen, who enslave the races of cavemen of the Earth’s core.
In Tanar of Pellucidar, Jason Gridley discovers a previously undiscovered radio frequency, and soon stumbles across Abner Perry’s broadcasts from Pellucidar. Ever the incompetent inventor, Perry invents a radio in Pellucidar, but can only broadcast in a frequency not receivable by the outer world – until Tarzana tinkerer Gridley discovers the frequency and names it the Gridley Wave.
This third inner-earth tale introduces Tanar, a cave warrior who journeys across the land and faces the Korsars, seagoing brigands descended from buccaneers who sailed into the inner world through a polar opening. Innes’s imprisonment by these Korsars spurs Jason Gridley and Tarzan’s rescue mission in Tarzan At the Earth’s Core.
Lieutenant Wilhelm von Horst, a mate on the O-220, is separated from the mission and left behind in Pellucidar. Back to the Stone Age, a sequel to Tarzan at the Earth’s Core, details his struggle for survival among the savage tribes and animals, including the Ganaks, minotaur-like creatures and Gorbuses, a hellish cannibalistic race of albinos.
Land of Terror, the sixth tale, is another book of Odyssean wanderings, as David Innes and a rescue party locate von Horst, and seek their way home. David and his mate Dian face more strange creatures and cultures, including the warrior women of Oog, the mad Jukans, and man-eating giants of Azar.
In Savage Pellucidar David and Dian encounter the men of the Bronze Age cities Lolo-Lolo and Tanga-Tanga, as their ally Hodon the Fleet One pursues his love O-aa across the inner world. The tale is further enlivened by the comic relief of Ah-gilak, “the little old man whose name was not Dolly Dorcas,” a nineteenth-century sailor stranded in Pellucidar.
One authorized sequel to the Pellucidar series has been published. Mahars of Pellucidar (1976) by John Eric Holmes relates the tale of Christopher West (named for Holmes’s son), a scientist whose heroics and mighty weapon win him the sobriquet Red Axe. At the Earth’s Core was filmed by Amicus productions in 1976, and the Pellucidar tales have been adapted to the comics by John Colman Burroughs in Hi-Spot Comics #2, 1940, and later in DC’s Weird Worlds and Tarzan Family in the 1970s.
An all-new Pellucidar adventure novel by Lee Strong (author of A Soldier of Poloda) with cover and interior art by Douglas Klauba
Northern Russia, 1924: The Red Army is eliminating those who resist the fledgling Soviet government. At The Battle of the Plutonian Plain, the White Russian forces, aided by wily American Edgar Rice Burroughs, do not fall, instead retreating into the dangers of Pellucidar. Comrade Trotsky, the Soviet leader, sends his troops to hunt them down—and destroy them.
Mikhail Kirillivitch Kirov, a young conscript caught up in this mad scheme, is fascinated by this new world. Formerly a student anthropologist, he finds Pellucidar’s Stone Age landscape and inhabitants a revelation—until he’s grabbed by a mammoth Skal and flown back to its aerie to feed its giant offspring.
Thus begins Kirov’s astounding adventure in the Northern environs of Pellucidar, rife with its incredible Paleolithic animal life, including Skals, Trals and Dyals, tremendous birds with sharp talons and fierce beaks; Ryths, the huge Stone Age cave bears whose claws can tear a man apart; and the vicious Jaloks, hyaenodons whose wild packs slaughter their prey mercilessly. These and other fantastic beasts stalk Kirov as he navigates the complex world of Pellucidar’s most dangerous predator: Man.
To survive, Kirov must escape slavery from the Beautiful Ala and her mighty Black Birdriders, foster a civil war, impress the natives with his “inventions,” conquer the terrifying Pulka Horde, and become a warlord of several tribes as they flee the Soviet invaders. It’s a tale in the grand tradition of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ epic adventures at The Earth’s Core.
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Lee Strong Lee Strong’s heart was captured by the dinosaurs found At the Earth’s Core in 1962—he has been a Burroughs reader ever since. Lee also worked for the US Department of Defense (DOD); changed international policy with a single report; deployed to Kuwait; saved taxpayers $5 million; and reformed the $2 billion DOD Personal Property Program. A Soldier of Poloda is Lee’s first novel. He is currently working on two Pellucidar novels with more to come. Lee’s motto: More Adventure ! More Excitement !! More Burroughs !!!
COVER and INTERIOR ART: Douglas Klauba An award-winning illustrator, Douglas Klauba was born and raised in Chicago, and is a graduate of the American Academy of Art. Doug’s paintings have been included in the art annuals of Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, the Society of Illustrators, and Imagine FX magazine. His painting, “Mercury Jack,” exhibited in the Spectrum Show at the Museum of American Illustration and another of his paintings,”Da Vinci’s Dream” was awarded Best in Show at the 2005 World Fantasy Convention. A poster of his painting, “Stella 7” can be seen hanging on Howard Wolowitz’s bedroom wall on the hit television show, The Big Bang Theory. He was Artist Guest at the 2016 Oum Oum, and previously provided interior art for Tarzan Trilogy..
The Medusae Fossae Formation rises near the equator of Mars. The soft rock has been carved by wind erosion into a collection of ridges, valleys and striking mesas. It’s massive. It’s strange. And scientists are now tracing its origin to explosive volcanic activity in Mars’ deep past.
NASA has referred to Medusae Fossae as “an enigmatic pile of eroding sediments.” UFO enthusiasts once spotted what they believed to be a UFO there, which is mainly a testament to the exotic shapes formed in the wind-blasted area.
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