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When I was a kid, I thought pulp writers Robert E. Howard, creator of Conan, and Edgar Rice Burroughs, creator of John Carter (and Tarzan), were two of the greatest writers who ever lived. Decades later, I.d still say they were two of the supreme masters of fantasy and Sf, even though I now see their weaknesses as well as their strengths. So naturally, I was eager to see the recent movies based on their works, and in each case, I had a good time at the multiplex. I found things to like about the "Conan" movie even though in many respects, it.s flawed. I enjoyed "John Carter" quite a bit. But evidently, mine is not the majority opinion. "Conan the Barbarian" crashed and burned last year, and John Carter just had a dismal opening weekend. What does this mean? Are the movies in question »

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