Names in the news, June 8

Posted June 07, 2011, at 7:02 p.m.

The founder of a Jewish human rights organization said Tuesday the group has acquired a document by Adolf Hitler believed to contain his first written comments calling Jews a threat that should be removed. Rabbi Marvin Hier of the Simon Wiesenthal Center the center paid $150,000 to a private dealer last month to obtain the 1919 writing, known as the Gemlich letter. Hier said the letter was typed by Hitler on a German army typewriter and that it “set the gold standard about for man’s inhumanity to man.” … Marvel Entertainment said Tuesday that it will do new graphic novel adaptations of Edgar Rice Burroughs‘ Martian series, starting with “John Carter, Warlord of Mars,” as a five-issue miniseries in September.  The 10 novels in the “Barsoom” series are set on Mars and include Princess Dejah Thoris, a four-armed warrior Thark named Tars Tarkas and plenty of fighting. Burroughs is best known for his creation of Tarzan.