Tarzan of the Apes: Simian-man saga celebrates a century

Batman gets a lot of credit for being the only superhero with no superpowers, but 27 years before Bruce Wayne was even glimmer in Bob Kane’s eye, Edgar Rice Burroughs created an orphan hero that not only had no superpowers – he hardly had any clothes, let alone a costume, a fortune in bat-gadgets and a butler to pull his butt out of the fire on a regular basis. I’m talking about Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle, a man raised by the great apes, who has captured the imagination of millions of fantasy fans, artists, writers and filmmakers since he first appeared in 1912.

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Phoenix Comicon: Artist profile – Chris Burkheart

Chris Burkheart is one of the founding members and creative geniuses behind the local art collective known as Oddity Commodity. In 2008, Chris and his super-team of eccentric artists took Phoenix by storm and became cult favorites at pop-culture events throughout the valley as they produced their unique brand of original art on-the-fly for long […]

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Get your Mars on!

A long time ago, on a planet far away, alien races fought in good versus evil battles prompted by complicated politics and religious & ideological differences. No, I’m not talking about the Star Wars story, but its predecessor by 65 years, A Princess of Mars, otherwise known as the John Carter of Mars saga (AKA […]

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Fantasy artist Frank Frazetta passes away

Frank Frazetta, a sci-fi and fantasy artist known for his musclebound heroes and scantily clad damsels on book and record covers who cut his teeth on comic books, has died at the age of 82. The Beat confirmed Frazetta’s passing with his agent, who said the cause of death was a stroke. Frazetta illustrated early […]

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