Scott Tracy Griffin is an actor, author, and adventurer and is an internationally recognized authority on Edgar Rice Burroughs and his literary characters, including Tarzan and John Carter of Mars. He is the author of Tarzan: The Stories, The Movies, The Art, the official Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc centennial celebration book on 100 years of Tarzan. The book will be released on October 2, 2012 — you can preorder it now at Amazon on this link. Tracy was one of the participants in the panels and he’s provided us with a report:
100 Years of ERB in the Spotlight: The Tarzan Panels at Comic-Con
Edgar Rice Burroughs was well represented at Comic Con International in San Diego, July 11-15, 2012. The Centennial of Tarzan and John Carter was commemorated with a Tarzan cover on the events guide with art by Joe Jusko, several articles and original art commissions in the souvenir program book, and two panels.
The first panel, at noon Thursday, Jul. 12, featured David Lemmo, Thomas Yeates, Joe Jusko and Ron Ely, moderated by Mark Evanier. Every chair was filled, as eager attendees waited a half-hour for seats to become available. Ely regaled the capacity crowd with anecdotes from his years playing Tarzan for Banner Productions’ 1966-68 television series, while Yeates discussed his work on the Barnes and Noble Fall River Press edition of the Princess/Gods/Warlord of Mars trilogy and Lemmo gave a guided tour of the ape-man’s history via slide show. The finale of the panel was the unveiling by Jusko of an original Tarzan painting commissioned by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.
The second panel included Yeates, Jusko, novelist Robin Maxwell (“Jane: The Woman Who Loved Tarzan”) and author Scott Tracy Griffin (“Tarzan: The Centennial Celebration”), moderated by Jim Sullos, President of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Incorporated. Sullos introduced the panel and recapped the corporation’s role in licensing books and art to commemorate the centennial. The panelists then presented a slide show covering the Tarzan franchise’s history in books, films, and art. In addition to Ron Ely celebrity contributors to the Tarzan franchise signing autographs at Comic Con included Casper Van Dien (Tarzan in “Tarzan and the Lost City”) and Olivia D’Abo (Jane in Disney’s “The Legend of Tarzan”).
Comic Con Guests of Honor included artists Jusko, Yeates, Mark Schultz, Gary Gianni, Larry Hama, Rudy Nebres, and writer Mark Evanier, all contributors to Tarzan and John Carter’s comic-book and prose adventures.The “Take Me Back to Barsoom” drive to incentivize a sequel to Disney’s feature film John Carter was also a prominent part of the convention, with a prime location at the convention hall’s entrance-way B. Cosplay attendees included a pair of Dejah Thorises, a Disney Jane, and a “Steampunk” Jane. Perhaps next year some Tarzans and John Carters will join the festivities to provide Burroughs fans with even more photo opportunities.
Dotar Note: And in case you missed the link in the intro — click on the image below and go to the Amazon page for Tracy’s book….