THE WOLD NEWTON UNIVERSE
The Wold Newton Articles pages contain several types of articles, ranging from pure information about the Wold Newton Universe (such as Lou Mougin's The Continuing Crossovers Affair and Brad Mengel's The Edson Connection), to more speculative pieces (such as Chuck Loridans' The Daughters of Tarzan), to a mixture a both.
The presence of an article on these pages does not necessarily constitute an integration of that article's theories and speculation into the history described imy own Wold Newton Universe Crossover Chronology. Rather, the purpose of the articles pages is encourage free thinking, theorizing, hypothesizing, and research into the mysteries of the Newtonverse.
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By Win Eckert
In mid 2003 I was surfing the web and came across a reference to a Wold Newton article to be published in an upcoming issue of a fanzine called Thriller UK. I e-mailed them and they replied that they were happy to hear from me. They attached a copy of the article, by someone named C.D. Stewart (aka Catherine D. Stewart).
She had never e-mailed me, or any other Wold Newton players in preparation for her article. To my knowledge, she had never participated in any online discussions. Of course, that's her prerogative.
I read the article, and it was, frankly, not well done, not only in a gross twisting and mischaracterizing of some post-Farmerian theories, but also in getting so many easily checked facts plainly wrong, misattributing certain theories to the wrong people (like attributing Farmers Korak theories to J.T. Edson), and so forth. I e-mailed the editor of Thriller UK back and offered to help the author clean it up, even going so far as to send a Word doc back correcting each and every mistake. Brad Mengel and Chuck Loridans also participated in creating the corrected Word document. Eventually I heard from Stewart and she said that most of my corrections would make her article too complex.
So I washed my hands of it.
Last Spring, Rick Beaulieu, from the Official Philip Josť Farmer Website, sent me a photocopy of Part I of Stewart's article, and the actual Thriller UK issue containing part II. Some of my corrections had been incorporated, verbatim, without acknowledgement. Many other corrections were still never made. Very sloppy. I decided that since her article was such a poor portrayal of not only our post-Farmerian speculation, but of Phil's work itself, I had better respond. I crafted a "Reply" and sent it to the editor of Thriller UK. After suitable passage of time, he has agreed that the "Reply" will appear in the next issue of Thriller UK.
In the meantime, Stewart has obviously seen my "Reply." The text of her article is now online and it has been revised beyond what originally appeared in the two issues of Thriller UK last summer. She now -- sort of -- has addressed a few of the problems which were in the Thriller UK version of her article. From a reading, it is clear that she made these revisions in direct response to my as-yet unpublished "Reply."
However, she still has failed to make general factual corrections.
Since my "Reply" is to what actually appeared in print in Thriller UK, I will not revise it to correspond to her newly-revised online version. That kind of back-and-forth could go on forever.
So, for those of you who are interested, here is the link to the newly revised online text version of Stewarts article. Note that the hyperlink from her website still does not work, as I state in my "Reply." To find this version of her article, you need to do a deep Google search with the initially-omitted results included.
Finally, when (or if) you read my Reply you may note that I call Stewart to task on items which now appear to be fine in her online version of her article. Again, keep in mind that my "Reply" is to her previous, uncorrected version which actually appeared in print.
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Thursday, July 22, 2004: 3:00-4:00 Comics Arts Conference Session 2: Literary Archaeology and ParascholarshipContributors to Creative Mythography: An Expansion of Philip Josť Farmer's Wold Newton Universe, editor Win Eckert, Pete Coogan (Fontbonne University), and Wold-Newton scholar Chuck Loridans explain the literary archeology of works of parascholarship such as Farmers hoax biography Tarzan Alive, Mark Gruenwalds prozine Omniverse, and James Sturms Unstable Molecules. They discuss the theory and methodology of parascholarship and trace the composition of an article from their forthcoming book. Sociologist Clyde McDaniel (University of North Carolina, Wilmington) responds.
Here is the presentation. You can either view it in frames with the Outline, with or without the Notes displaying, or in full-screen Slide Show mode. Click the "Back" button on your browser when you are done.
Here is the Response by Dr. Clyde McDaniel. Win Eckert, Pete Coogan, and Chuck Loridans would like to thank Dr. McDaniel for his interest in, and attention to, our efforts.
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Is Tarzan Alive?
By Unknown, The Return of Tarzan, DC Comics Limited Collectors' Edition No. C-29, 1974
There's a bit of a personal story behind this article. It appeared on the inside back cover of a DC Comics Limited Collectors' Edition in 1974, which collected Joe Kubert's five issue comics adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs' The Return of Tarzan. One nifty thing about these oversized collections is that they had cut-out dioramas on the outside back covers. In the summer of 1974, I was seven years old.
You can guess the rest.
The neat-o Tarzan Table-Top Diorama which I cut out of the back cover has long since gone the way of the dodo, but I still have that (back-coverless) Tarzan Limited Edition. And all this time, with all my research, investigations, and expansions upon Philip Josť Farmer's Wold Newton theories, I never knew about the Tarzan Alive article on the inside back cover which I mercilessly cut to pieces. (Thank goodness the following summer a family friend gave me about ten Doc Savage novels and a copy of Farmer's Doc Savage: His Apocalyptic Life.)
So in June 2004, I was talking to my friend Chuck Loridans and we got to talking about the illustration for Tarzan's coat-of arms, which accompanied Farmer's article, "The Arms of Tarzan." Chuck mentioned that his first exposure to the coat-of-arms was in the back of the oversize comic from DC. Huh?? He quickly filled me in and I knew I had to have a replacement for my copy with the missing back cover. Perhaps "replacement" is too strong a word, as I have no intention of parting with my original copy. Chuck and I met at the San Diego Comic Con in July, and, it being the world's largest comic book convention and all, I was quickly able to locate a copy.
So, without further ado... Is Tarzan Alive?