Pellucidar nights

I enjoy victorian and edwardian era fiction, i love the works of Edgar rice Burroughs and just wanted to have a place to pour out my thoughts on these subjects

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A happy fellow with a lovely wife and great family. Never really grown up so made a career out of drawing cartoons. Happy to come from a hardworking background, so i know what it's like to be a grown up.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Victory in Europe

I always loved the fact that Tarzan was from English roots and that the search party of Caspack (Out of time's Abyss)were British. However the British girls are light on the ground until "Beyond 30" and the gorgeous Victory, queen of England.

The thing that made me laugh however was the fact the women were all tanned and topless in Granbrittan (England) because it was summer. I can only assume global warming really kicks in later on. I Live in the exact area where Victory was first discovered and it rains alot in the summer.

Anyway enjoy the rendition

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Ah the indian like Horib, yes thats how i saw these guys. I mean north American by the way. They fight well from horseback well lizards in this case. they hunt large horned beasts but not to excess and they are alien from the whiteman.

I chose a horned viper for my base model so the horns appear in the eye ridges, apart from that i believe this is exactly how i saw them first time i read Tarzan at the eaths core

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Tarzan of the Apes.
But what apes.
To big for chimps and too small for gorillas (in fact gorillas are their enemy).
Philip Jose farmer suggests they were cavemen, throw backs to a much primitive time.

The fact is that ERB never really saw a gorilla or a chimp outside of a zoo. He relied on the tales of adventurers and game hunters.

So the beasts that tolerated Tarzan as he grew (only Kala raised him)were ERB apes alone, creatures of imagination, powerful brutes but family creatures. inteligent enough for leaders and councils, clubs and drums but still beasts.

Thats how i love them, not categorised as a creature we know, just similar to one.

Tarzan is as much fantasy as John carter and for that he needs his imaginitive world.
A world where Kong exists and atlantis sank beneath the waves and Ayesha lives eternal waiting the return of her love.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Okay i admit i am a gentlemen that who tends towards the hirsuite. i've had and still have a goatee and tash. ive styled my tash to sweep majesticly down from my hairline in the victorian style often leaving my chin bare or maybe with a strip of hair or a soul patch. Ive gone days in designer stubble too. (see profile pic)

What i'm trying to say is i grow facial hair because im a man and i like it as does my wife.

ERB on the other hand seems destined to remove facial hair from his whole universe (unless your evil)

Carson gets a cream (something like nair for women) to remove his beard for ever

Pellucidar is swarming with clean shaven cavemen

and Tarzan is upset by his non-hairy face, but never chooses to grow a full beard (even when he's old enough)

and my favourite Carter of mars, changes his hairstyle often to fit in, but has to have a beard glued on (to be a yellow man).

I was once told that this is because heroes don't have beards
and you cant be sexy with facial hair

So what about Sean Connery (only really beardless as bond) , Rasputin (russia's greatest love machine, according to bonnie M) Shaft, barry white (okay just a tashes but you get the point) and finally jack sparrow to bring it up to date.

So any ideas why?

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Ah! the noble Zitidar. So highly used for food, transport and shoe leather.
It however is just a mastadonian beast of burden.

So i thought lets have fun with it. First off im thinking elephant or at least mammoth. Seeing as nothing else seems to have fur and the green martians have fur blankets lets give it fur.
A huge hump for storage of fat to extract water from on the long marches.
A mouth going back past the ears and silly number of legs a must

add a rider and a cart and hey presto. A Zitidar

Monday, April 30, 2007

Imagine if you will the orluk. Well thats exactly what you have to do in the ERB novel "Warlord of Mars"
The occational creature is mearly hinted at. Which i must admit to a concept artist is a dream. A yellow and black stripped beast of prey, elephantine in size.

Well it could be anything and thats the fun, it's upto the reader to decide.
I looked at the hints for my picture. The fur colour and the fact it's a predator suggested tiger to me.
Barsoom's lion has an extra wide mouth passing behind its ears and 8 /10 legs depending on the description. So i thought a tiger would be in the same family. So i gave it the extra wide mouth and rows of teeth. I decided on 8 legs as i just dont seem to be able to add the extra set without the creatures becoming comicaly long.

So their i have my Orluk. Imagine it the size of an elephant and you start to quake.
I'm sure however that others have pictured the beast differently and thats the joy, but this is what scares me.

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Okay Pellucidar is underground. check
The Corpi are underground in pellucidar, check
So their actually closer us than the people, that makes my brain hurt.
Hats off though to a writer for managing to create a dark sunless world in a land of eternal sun.