and Only Weekly Online Fanzine Devoted to the Life and Works of Edgar Rice
1996 ~ Over 10,000 Web Pages in Archive
A Text Outline
Alternate Intro Page: www.erbzine.com/matrix
Edgar Rice Burroughs in our
Main Goal of ERBzine - the World's Largest
Online Author Tribute Website:
To follow the Achievements of the Pioneering
Master of Entertainment Technology
Edgar Rice Burroughs (l875-l950) is known as the Grandfather
of American Science Fiction.
He predicted the invention of radar, sonar, television, teletype,
the radio compass, the automatic pilot, homing devices on bombs and torpedoes,
genetic cloning, living organ transplants, antigravity propulsion and many
other concepts deemed totally fantastic in his time.
His soaring imagination, coupled with the sure instinct of a master
storyteller, assures him a position of honor among American writers of
the twentieth century. -- George T. McWhorter ~ ERBzine
INTRODUCTION TO THE MATRIX USING ERBZINE
Edgar Rice Burroughs Web Museum - Curator Bill Hillman
Daughter adapted from our
SOO'S Restaurant Logo. Classic Tarzan font used in all the Sunday pages
and other Tarzan logos.
and Only Weekly Online Fanzine Devoted to the Life & Works of Edgar
Rice Burroughs: Since 1996 ~ Over 10,000 Web Pages in Archive
LOGO HOT LINKS:
~ ERBzine Weekly ~ ERB
bio info ~ Research ~ Craft
(books, film, radio, etc.) ~ Fandom
(articles Dum-Dum etc.) ~ Archive
Web pages are collated into
groups of 100 - mag0, mag1, mag15, mag36, etc.
First Webpage of every
100 contains descriptive links: Chrono and Theme
Lead off logo links
for Back Issues of ERBzine Weekly from 2004-2011
Leads to the "erbzine.tarzan" site.
Leads to the "erbzine" account and eventually other accounts we manage.
Art by Thomas Yeates: Jeddak of the North
and his Princess in John Carter pose
Bill and Sue-On versions
(also represented by bamboo in logo) - Bill, Sue-On, Ja-On, Robin (lines)
- China-Li (dot)
A page with breaking news
of interest to ERB and SF fans - plus archived news
Click on St. John's Tarzan
and Golden Lion images to hear both the MGM and RKO Weissmuller yells
ERB's Life in 17 Photos
accompany the Themes contained across the site.
Access and Compile info
on almost any ERB topic and related illustrations by using internal Google
search at bottom
FULL ADDRESS and PHONE NUMBER
To all other Websites and
Webzines I've created and maintain for ERB, Inc.: tarzan.com
~ tarzan.org ~ johncarterofmars.ca
(plus many mirrored JC sites) ~ pellucidar.org
~ dantonburroughs.com ~ erbzine.com/edgarriceburroughs
~ tarzana.ca ~ and numerous weekly
and monthly Webzines: Danton's
Den, Tarzine, ERBzine
The latest sites are the
John Carter Film News site: www.cartermovie.com
The soon to be launched
ERB, Inc. Corporate Site which will sell ERB-related merchandise: www.edgarriceburroughs.com
Edgar Rice Burroughs in our Electronic Matrix
PART II: As a Research, Media and Fan Resource
The ERB Electronic Matrix - ERBzine the Online Electronic Resource
may be used to explore how ERB has been on cutting edge for last
120 years in
Entertainment and Electronic Media.
CHICAGO'S 1893 COLUMBIAN EXPOSITION
The marvels of this futuristic Expo set the teenaged Ed Burroughs on
a life's journey in which he remained on the cutting edge of the entertainment
media until his death in 1950. . . and beyond. ERB spent the entire summer
of 1893 on these grounds which showcased many of the scientific and social
advances that would launch America into the 20th Century.
ELECTRIC HORSELESS CARRIAGE : Ed and
His Electric Flyer
ERB promoted Chicago's first electric horseless carriage driving it
around the Exposition grounds - an event staged by his father's American
Battery Company. This new invention was also part of the ABC display in
the Electricity Building.
Nikola Tesla's exhibit in which he demonstrated his amazing futuristic
inventions was located near the Burroughs battery company and horseless
Hagenbeck Animal Exhibit, Midway, first Ferris Wheel, hot air balloon,
futuristic architecture, pavilions from far off exotic countries, finger
printing, stereoview arcades, etc. all had an incredible influence on the
mind set of this adventurous teenager.
1892-95: ERB the Writer - Artist - Publisher
While at Phillips Academy, Andover and Michigan Military Academy he
wrote and edited school newspapers/magazines using some of the most up-to-date
printing equipment available at that time. Ed is a probable founder of
the The Military Mirror and is a contribuor of drawings and articles
to the Cadet newspaper, The Adjutant. He was under the tutorage
of Commandant Charles King one of the most successful novelists of the
Indian Wars and US Cavalry exploits in the West.
Gold Miner ~ Cowboy
Worked with his Yale-graduate brothers on a revolutionary gold dredging
They built a steam dredge, the Argus, to mine gold on the Snake
River. They live in a large houseboat.
1895: MMA Instructor: Darwin Geology
ERB returned to MMA as an Assistant Commandant where he studied and
taught Charles Darwin's groundbreaking Theory of Evolution in his geology
courses. Years later he incorporated variations of this revolutionary scientific
concept in numerous novels.
1895 Gatling Gun Instructor
Instructed students in the Gatling gun. . . forerunner of the modern
This knowledge served him well when he later joined the 7th US Cavalry
in Arizona Territory. 1896-97
1898: Photographer and book/magazine
Returned to Idaho : Introduced a photography service to Pocatello as
a service of his stationery and magazine store 1898.
Private Rail Car and Travel
Toured Eastern USA and Canada in a state-of-the-art private rail car
belonging to a friends father. A night on the town in Toronto resulted
in receiving severe head injuries from a street brawl. Third of three serious
head injuries which many attribute to the lifelong fantastic nightmares
- many of which were fodder for his imaginative thinking and writing.
ERB found time to continue to dabble in writing, cartooning, poetry,
Reading/Research: ERB Personal Library:
Sketching: Cartoon Diary and
Political Cartoons ~ Family Xmas Cards
Poetry: Published anonymously
in the Pocatello Tribune and in Chicago papers under the name Normal Bean
"Black Man's Burden": Parody on Kipling's "White Man's Burden" ~ Pocatello
Tribune April 8, 1899
Writing: Carbon copies of all
letters ~ Booklets for family ~ Minidoka filed away and forgotten
1907 ERB managed the Stenographic
Department at Sears-Roebuck:
Busiest Sears Department: This "high tech" department consisted
of 150 stenographers, dictaphone operators, multigraph operators and typists,
and as such, was a kind of showroom. ERB over job was to oversee all of
this and was also in control of stereoview development and distribution
- magic lantern projection - catalog engraving, photos, publishing, distribution,
mail order, etc.
"If Sears, Roebuck & Co. records go back far enough, I'll bet
they show I was a good departmental manager for them." ~ ERB
First big success was Mars Science Fiction Under
the Moons of Mars - drawing upon his own brilliant imagination
and the science of the day:
ERB: The Prophet ~ Predictions and Images of Future Innovations
and Inventions Compiled by Bill Hillman
His Mars, Tarzan, Pellucidar,and Venus series set the mold and blazed
a trail for future SF/Adventure stories.
Follow-up success: Tarzan
of the Apes drew from existing research on Africa integrated
with latest theories on feral children,
evolution, genetics, finger printing, as well as his own very enlightened
views on women, minorities, environment/ecology, and free thinking.
One of the very early Cross-Country
Auto Trips to California using the latest vehicles, tent, gramophone,
Moved to California to learn the film technology and business, resulting
in the first million grossing film: Tarzan
of the Apes with Elmo Lincoln
Al Bohl's Documentary on the Making of this film is revealing a tremendous
number of behind the scenes stories.
He designed a ballroom/film room at the Tarzana mansion to project
films weekly for valley neighbours. . . and also used the projection
room as a cutting room to edit Tarzan films. . . and assisted in the
editing of Tarzan serials into feature films
Added a large garage to house his fleet of modern luxury cars
Ed obtained the latest camera and 16mm equipment (from friend Bert
Weston) to produce home movies such as Them Thar Papers
Film-making associate, Ashton Dearholt, and Ed designed and used a
fully equipped land yacht
- early version of a mobile home or RV - loaded with hi-tech toys of
One of first authors to incorporate himself: Edgar Rice Burroughs,
Tarzana was accepted as a Post Office
Subdivided Tarzana Ranch which he promoted through self-created illustrated
booklets and innovative promotions.
In 1922 he first experimented with dictating some of his novels into
an Ediphone dictation machine (Moon Maid)
- he later switched to a Dictaphone in the '30s
One of first adventure comic strips - collated into early comic book
Tarzan illustrated by Foster and Maxon - in latest 4-colour printing
Created one of first syndicated radio serials on 16" ET discs - Starring
daughter Joan and son-in-law James Pierce
ERB was always in the forefront of merchandising and promotion: ice
cream, cereal, toys, games, clothes, razor blades, glue, etc.
using the latest technology in creation, promotion and distribution
of merch . . .including the formation of associated youth clubs
Signal Oil Tarzan Club
George McWhorter: Lord of Tarzan ~ ERB Memorial Collection
He endorsed plans for a John Carter adventure animation feature that
pre-dated Disney's Snow White.
Animators were son John Coleman Burroughs and the legendary Bob Clampett.
ERB took pilot training, earned his wings and bought a modern aircraft
FILM AND RADIO
He promoted ongoing radio serial syndication and Tarzan film features
which used the latest technology
Formed own film production company - Burroughs-Tarzan: used
latest film and recording equipment to produce numerous films including
the New Adventures of Tarzan on location in Guatemala.
ERB: The War Years : www.erbzine.com/mag10/1019.html
ERB witnessed the Pearl Harbor attack and formed a Business Man's Melitia
BMTC, wrote columns for newspapers, became WWII Pacific Theatre's oldest
correspondent travelling through war zones in ships, bombers and transports
all over the Pacific.
ERB Interrogating Jap Prisoner
Masters of Imagination Meet
The 1952 Commodore Tarzan Radio Serial was produced on
tape. . . and since then has been released on disc, cassette, CD, and MP3.
Currently, nearly every Tarzan radio show from 1932 onward is available
on CD or via electronic download.
Pop songs - 78, 45, 33 1/3 - adapted short shows, Tarzan songs, re-broadcasts
The popularity and mass distribution of paperback books contributed
to an explosive "Burroughs Boom" in the early '60s.
The second boom was brought about by the widspread emergence of the
Internet in the '90s.
This boom spawned online Groups/Listservs such as ERB-List,
and soon led to the creation of hundreds of Websites devoted
to the works of ERB which may be found via any casual Google search.
The popularity of the Internet evenetually led to an avalanche of Social
Media activity - the most popular venues being FaceBook and
ERB's words - many of them written 100 years ago - are currently being
downloaded electronically and read on computer screens and hand-held
devices: iPods, iPads, Kindles, etc. ~ Project Gutenburg, etc. : www.gutenberg.ca
Many ERB-related books are sold as
publications www.lulu.com and in various
reprint formats as a search of www.Amazon.com
ERB books, films, TV and radio shows, art, and memorabilia are currently
fetching record prices from online dealers and eBay auctions
ERB, Inc. control legacy - enforce
print and electronic copyrights - licence use - Andy Briggs: Greystoke
Legacy : www.erbzine.com/mag34/3424.html
Nearly all the ERB films ever produced, from 1918 to present day, are
show regularly on TV. . . and hundreds of TV shows have been produced over
the last 50 years.
The ongoing ERB Films exhibit the most advanced technology of the
day: colour, wide screen, exotic locations, Disney animation, released
on 8mm, 16mm, 35mm, Video Disc, DVD, surround sound, YouTube, downloads
from the Internet, Pay-Per-View, etc.
What was Burroughs' first novel 100 years ago is currently being produced
as a mega-million dollar, 3D film production: JOHN
CARTER. Previous attempts at this all failed because film technology
hadn't yet caught up with ERB's imagination. Developments in filming techniques,
equipment and projection, CGI, and 3D should make ERB's vision of a century
ago finally come alive. : www.cartermovie.com
A debt is owed to James Cameron who perfected 3D techniques for the
top-grossing film of all time: AVATAR. The ERB legacy carries on since
Cameron has often attributed his inspiration for this innovative blockbuster
to be: Edgar Rice Burroughs ~ www.erbzine.com/mag30/3038.html
The popularity of cell phones has opened a market for ERB-related
apps. . . the most popular being the Tarzan Yell ringtone :
2012 will see the introduction of an ERB/Tarzan stamp from the
United States Postal Service, in recognition to Burroughs' literary and
cultural achievements : www.erbzine.com/mag36/3611.html
For decades now, many generations of Tarzan games have been popular:
These games started with board games and progressed to video computer
games which recently evolved into Casino Slot Machines.
Recently an ERB, Inc. licensed, hi-tech Tarzan Slot Machine
has generated much excitement in gambling casinos : www.erbzine.com/mag35/3558.html
Remarkably, this "pulp" author who
first put pen to paper a century ago has created worlds and characters
who have invaded every thread of the electronic matrix to survive and multiply
and to capture the imagination of generations -- worldwide. Edgar Rice
Burroughs was the first popular author to so totally take over the Electronic
Matrix. Edgar Rice Burroughs, as truly the first Avatar, still lives.
Emma's Lament - Ramblin' OB
(Thanks to Ian Tyson's Someday Soon)
There's a young man that I know, whose age is twenty-one
He's workin' with the Bar-Y boys in the Idaho wilds
Just out of the service, he's lookin' for his fun
Someday soon, goin' with him, someday soon
My parents can not stand him 'cause he loves to ramble on
My father says that he will leave me cryin'
I would follow him right down the roughest road I know
Someday soon, goin' with him someday soon
But when he comes to call, my pa ain't got a good word to say
Guess it's 'cause he's just as wild in his younger days
So blow, you old Blue Norther, blow my love to me
He's ridin' in tonight - my Pocatello fellow
He loves his damned old ramblin ways as much as he loves me
Someday soon, goin' with him someday soon
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