Edgar Rice Burroughs is finally licked

Posted: September 21st, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

Honestly — I didn’t mean for that header to sound so … ugh … but there’s no turning back now.

Anyway: This seems like as good a time as any to confess that — along with a lot of other come-and-go interests that appeal to my collector’s gene — I’ve considered taking up stamp collecting as a hobby. Because, apparently, I don’t think I’m nearly nerdy enough.

What’s always grabbed me about stamps is pretty obvious; the art. The more generic stamps don’t do anything for me — snapshots of kittens is what the Internet’s for — but a lot of the portraits have a kind of timeless, etching-like quality to them, and other images are like 1-inch x 1-inch works of stunning pop art. Of course, other stamps just slot neatly into the comic book/sci-fi geekery that’s my crack of choice, so how can I resist something like this Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan stamp?

Issued last month, the stamp features the Lord of the Apes in action under the watchful gaze of his creator, and I really like the old-school movie poster feel of the artwork. I also get a kick out of it being a “forever” stamp so I can read it as, “Edgar Rice Burroughs Forever!!” (Exclamation points mine. Mine!!!) Granted, I’m more of a John Carter guy, but I’ll take what I can get.

And now that I think about it, the U.S. Postal Service has issued a bunch of superhero and comic strip stamps in the past. The shouldn’t be that hard to find, right? And I’m sure I could find some room on the bookshelves for some albums and, and …

… aw, crap.

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2 Comments on “Edgar Rice Burroughs is finally licked”

  1. 1 rob! said at 7:12 pm on September 23rd, 2012:

    Damn it, I have to have this…

  2. 2 Maxo Romero said at 7:34 pm on September 23rd, 2012:

    Me too, even though I can see this becoming a habit pretty easily.

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