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The Pulp Fiction Cover Art of Bruce Pennington

The Abominations of Yondo Bruce Pennington has beenin the business a long time. His first sci-fi cover commission came in 1967, for the New English Library 1970 paperback edition of Robert Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land. Not a bad start! The book became the sacred text of The Church of All Worlds, a religious group [...]

The First Tarzan Yell

(YouTube link) This clip is from the 1929 film Tarzan the Tiger. It was not the first Tarzan film, but the first with sound. Frank Merrill did his best to illustrate vocally what Edgar Rice Burroughs had written about. The final product sounds totally lame to our ears, after decades of hearing Johnny Weissmuller’s iconic yodel. [...]

The Disputed History of the Tarzan Yell

Johnny Weissmuller made it famous. Carol Burnett made it funny. But the origin of Hollywood’s iconic jungle cry is shrouded in mystery. Getty Images Back in 1932, in movie theaters across the country, the actor Johnny Weissmuller stood high on a cliff and let fly with a savage cry, roughly translated as “Aah-eeh-ah-eeh-aaaaaah-eeh-ah-eeh-aaaaah!” The Tarzan yell has long [...]

Concept Art From Sci Fi Film John Carter

The movie adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ seminal science fiction novel A Princess of Mars may have been a commercial failure, but the visual effects, and the concept art behind the visuals, represent the highest level of industry excellence. Artist Michael Kutsche has kindly shared some of the character and creature designs he created for John [...]