Author Michael Hatt gives a presentation on ERB’s association with Coldwater, Michigan, and the research he’s done on his book “Tarzan Slept Here: Edgar Rice Burroughs and the Coldwater Connection”at the 2016 Dum-Dum in Morris, IL, hosted by the Burroughs Bibliophiles.
As an aside, it turns out the 2017 Dum-Dum is planned to be held in Coldwater, Michigan.
The Valley of the Death Goddess is possibly a reference to Issus, whom the Therns worship.
Xanesha mentions an alliance of Empress Camilla’s has barred simians of all kinds from the Shareen Arena. According to Mona, Issue #2 will introduce us to the other side of the alliance, Gorilla King, Ruthazek from Pathfinder’s own world of Golarion.
Pha appeared in the original Thun’da comics by Frank Frazetta and Gardener Fox.
“I’ve killed three minotaurs, an ogre, a woman made…I think she was part metal.”
I’m not sure who the woman made of metal could be, but it sounds like a reference.
The man who ruled by Pha’s side is none other than Thun’da.
This looks to be a collection of spectators from multiple fictional worlds. The golden robot looks some-what familiar, but I can’t place him. According to Mona, the shouting guys with helmets are meant to be Red Martians from Barsoom, but there was a coloring mistake.
I’m not sure if her scepter is a reference to anything, or if it’s an original item for this series.
Enter Red Sonja, the She-Devil with a Sword, based on the heroine first created by Robert E. Howard, Red Sonya of Rogatino in the historical adventure “The Shadow of the Vulture” in the January 1934 issue of Magic Carpet Magazine, adapted into a Hyborian Age comic book character by Roy Thomas and Barry Windsor-Smith in Conan the Barbarian #23 in February 1973.
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