An Evening With Danton Burroughs, Grandson of Edgar Rice Burroughs

Earlier this week I wrote about comparisons between Avatar and the great planetary adventures of Edgar Rice Burroughs, particularly the John Carter of Mars series which is currently in production with Andrew Stanton (Wall-E, Toy Story) directing. As a teen I truly fell in love with Burroughs’ stories, which in those days were being reissued on paperback by ACE and Bantam Books. I was living Germany, an Army brat, and I ordered the books in the mail and would be sent into near ecstacy when a US Mail Jiffy Bag with 4 or 5 books in it would arrive. To my testosterone drenched teen adolescence, Burroughs had uniquely managed to create an otherworldly experience anchored in the hero’s honorable and romantic love for an exotic and uniquely beautiful woman. Great stuff. Anyway, in the back of the books there was always a page explaining about the various Burroughs fan clubs, with an address in Tarzana, CA. I often wondered what the heart of Burroughs ‘empire’ was like. A couple of years back I got the opportunity to go there and visit with Danton Burroughs, the grandson of Edgar Rice Burroughs and the keeper of the flame for the Burroughs tribe. I wrote an article called “An Evening With Danton Burroughs” which was published by ERBzine,Burroughs’ top fansite. I just discovered that it’s still up on the net — so am putting a link to it here.   An Evening with Danton Burroughs

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~ by Michael D. Sellers on January 23, 2010.

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