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ANNIVERSARIES OF ERB'S LIFE
A COLLATION OF THE DAILY
EVENTS IN ERB-WORLD
FROM THE PAGES OF ERBzine
CREATED BY BILL HILLMAN
Web Design with added links,
illustrations and photo collages by Bill Hillman
JANUARY Part One
January 1 :: January
2 :: January 3 :: January
4 :: January 5 :: January
6 :: January 7
*** On this date in the year 2100, over 80 years from now,
Julian 9th is scheduled to be born in the Chicago teivos. He will be the
great-great-grandson of Julian 5th and Nah-ee-lah, title character ofThe
The Moon Maid: ERB C.H.A.S.E.R Biblio - Art: Covers
- Pulps - Interiors, Publishing History, etc.
The Moon Maid: Read the e-Text editions in ERBzine
1. MOON MAID
2. MOON MEN
3. RED HAWK
*** The many talents of Edgar Rice Burroughs included
the ability to sit tall in the saddle, as he -- and some of his characters
-- did on many occasions. ERB shared his love of horses publicly by writing
an article about a horse-riding trail which ran from the mountains, through
the L.A. area, to the sea. The article appeared in the L.A. Times Jan.
1, 1925, headlined:
The Saddle Horse in Southern California, and can
be found at ERBzine.
*** In return for ERB's loyalty, the Horse returned the
favor many years later -- Dark Horse, that is. The comics company published
several different Tarzan mini-series, including Legion of Hate,
which began with the first of its four parts, Friend or Foe, on
Jan. 1, 1997. Bill Ross, the collector's collector, having been
inspired by Larry Burrows, chronicled the
Dark Horse titles featured in an ERBzine article
*** Cheetah was upset. He knew something was missing.
It was the statue of him! A Jan. 1, 2005, article told the sad story of
the stolen statue, which had disappeared in Palm Springs sometime over
the Christmas holidays. But Cheetah and others were able to breathe easier
a few days later, when a man who had purchased the statue from the thief
called to say that he just might have some stolen property in his possession.
The statue was soon back where it belonged.
See Cheetah's Scrapbook in ERBzine
*** In 1876, Emma Centennia Hulbert was born and
became the childhood sweetheart and later the wife of ERB, who had been
born the year before. Her middle name was in honour of the 100th year since
the signing of the nation's Declaration of Independence.
ERB's Bio Timeline for 1876
*** Sixteen years later, on Jan. 1, 1890, Jane Porter
was born in Baltimore. This historical tidbit was among those that Philip
Jose Farmer claimed to have uncovered in his extensive research for
the true story of Tarzan, the man on whom ERB had based a series of fictional
Farmer's Tarzan Chronology from Tarzan Alive
in ERBzine 1501
January 2 was a Tarzan kind of day in ERB history.
*** On that date, in 1920, "The Declo Independent," a
newspaper published in the town of Declo in Cassia County, Idaho, had a
page one illustration and announcement that it would be serializing "Tarzan
and the Jewels of Opar." The page was on display at the Cassia County
Museum in Burley, Idaho, and was found by my wife, Peggy, while were were
exploring ERB Country several years ago.
Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar: ERB C.H.A.S.E.R. Entry
*** In 1929, the "Olean
Herald" of New York ran an announcement Jan. 2 promising that Rex Maxon's
daily comic strip, telling the story of "The
Return of Tarzan," would start right after "Tarzan
of the Apes" was finished in a few days. In the announcement, "The
Fiction Editor" wrote: "The big boss has agreed with me that there is really
a tremendous interest in our Tarzan picture serial story and has ok'd an
order for the sequel to 'Tarzan of the Apes.' Response to my request for
letters and postcards from Tarzan fans was so great that I was just about
able to bury him under the avalanche of mail. He almost had to yell for
help but I gave no quarter until I actually saw his name on the dotted
line of the contract to run the 'Return of Tarzan' immediately after
the present Tarzan picture serial ends."
More on the "Olean Herald"
ERBzine Directory to all the Maxon Tarzan Strips
*** On Jan. 2, 1927, the New
Year got off to a great start with the release of the film "Tarzan
and the Golden Lion," starring Jim Pierce,
who was to take Tarzan from silent movies to talking
radio and even marry the boss's daughter!
Tarzan and the Golden Lion - 1927 Film Entry in ERBzine
Silver Screen Series
*** In 1942, on the second
of January, "Tarzan
the Terrible" was copyrighted by Whitman for its version of the
story in its continuing series, The Better Little Books. The book features
illustrations from Rex
Maxon's strip, along with "corner flip" animation art and a cover
by John Coleman Burroughs.
Tarzan the Terrible Big Little Book covers
Tarzan the Terrible Daily Strips by Rex Maxon
*** "Tarzan and the
Jungle Revolution," with art and story by Russ
Manning, began Jan. 2, 1977, and ran for 35 Sundays.
Tarzan and the Jungle Revolution
*** When Canaveral Books first
the Castaways," in December of 1964, 400 copies were sold before
the firm decided a little tweaking was necessary. The tweaking was done
and the rest of the books, containing a label with some revised info, went
on sale Jan. 2, 1965.
It's a bit complicated, but Robert B. Zeuschner explains
it in "Edgar Rice Burroughs: The Bibliography":
He notes that those 400 copies “list five copyright dates
on the copyright page, including two dates for 'Tarzan and the Castaways,'
1941 and 1965. The second state of about 2,600 are the same, but they have
a label affixed which reduces the number of copyright dates to four by
eliminating the 1941 'Tarzan and the Castaways' date and correcting the
other to 1964.
"Henry Hardy Heins informs us that after 400 or more
copies were distributed with the erroneous dates in December 1964, distribution
was halted for almost a month until January 2, so that a printer's sticker
with the correction could be printed up and attached to the copyright page.
The second variant constitutes books which were then distributed in January
of 1965 with the correct sticker attached to the copyright page."
And in doing so, Canaveral produced a set of interesting
contradictions: The edition sold in 1964 was dated 1965. And the edition
sold in 1965 was dated 1964!
Other than the sticker, there really is no difference
in the two editions. I don't have to worry about it, though: I have the
More info on page 333 of the Zeuschner book. Also:
Tarzan and the Castaways - Canaveral Edition
*** In the wake of extreme angst among the folks of Hawaii
after the Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese sneak attack on Pearl Harbor and other
strategic locations, ERB began writing a regular humor column in the Honolulu
newspapers to help ease tensions. He did it for only a short time, but
while it lasted he doggedly pursued the task, always eager to sink his
teeth into any little item which might bring even a momentary smile.
On Jan. 3, 1941, he used about half of a rather brief
It Off" column to perk up the ears of dog lovers. The opening item
was bound to get favorable reactions from dog, cat and perhaps even canary
caretakers everywhere: "Greater love hath no man than this: A couple who
own three dogs, hearing the wild rumor that fifth columnists had poisoned
our water supply, sampled the water themselves before allowing the dogs
The last item in his column, however, might have had dog
owners barking and snapping at him: "This may be
apocryphal, but it sounds reasonable: A woman walked into one of our markets
with a poodle under each arm and complained that she was unable to buy
enough food for her dogs. 'Madam,' said the clerk, 'There is a war going
on and you may be lucky if you don't have to eat the pooches before it
is over.' " Of course, ERB had any critics on defense from the start.
If anyone were to criticize his column, he could simply point to its heading
and tell them to "Laugh it off."
"Laugh It Off" Columns reprinted in ERBzine at:
*** "Tarzan and the Fox" by Hal Foster and George
Carlin, was featured in newspapers Sunday, Jan. 3, 1932. At first, Tarzan
felt a little silly in his fox-hunting outfit. But soon he was caught up
in the thrill of the chase. But who will ultimately outfox who? The answer
Tarzan and the Fox: Hal Fosters strip reprinted in
*** "The Gold of the Phoenicians" by Gray Morrow
and Don Kraar, began Jan. 3, 1988, and ran for 12 Sundays.
Read it here in a lot less than 12 Sundays:
The Gold of the Phoenicians: 12 Gray Morrow Sunday
pages reprinted in ERBzine at:
***In the wake of extreme angst
among the folks of Hawaii after the Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese
sneak attack on Pearl Harbor and other strategic locations, ERB began
writing a regular humor column in the Honolulu newspapers to help ease
tensions. He did it for only a short time, but while it lasted he doggedly
pursued the task, always eager to sink his teeth into any little item which
might bring even a momentary smile.
Edgar Rice Burroughs at Pearl Harbor
*** On Jan. 3, 1941, he used about half of a rather brief
"Laugh It Off" column to perk up the ears of dog lovers. The opening item
was bound to get favorable reactions from dog, cat and perhaps even canary
caretakers everywhere: "Greater love hath no man
than this: A couple who own three dogs, hearing the wild rumor that fifth
columnists had poisoned our water supply, sampled the water themselves
before allowing the dogs to drink!"
***The last item in his column, however, might have had
dog owners barking and snapping at him: "This may
be apocryphal, but it sounds reasonable: A woman walked into one of our
markets with a poodle under each arm and complained that she was unable
to buy enough food for her dogs. 'Madam,' said the clerk, 'There is a war
going on and you may be lucky if you don't have to eat the pooches before
it is over.' "
*** Of course, ERB had any critics on defense from the
start. If anyone were to criticize his column, he could simply point to
its heading and tell them to "Laugh it off." This and more "Laugh It Off"
*** ERB's duties as a war correspondent took him to Australia
in late 1942 and early 1943. On Christmas day of '42, he wrote an article
about several experiences. The article wasn't published until Jan. 4, 1943.
Here's some things he had to say:
After hunting up the billeting and
public relations officers, it was 4:30 before Capt. Freeman and I got together
again for a spot of tea. Only it was coffee with milk and some little sandwiches
-- the first thing even remotely resembling a meal that we had had for
exactly 24 hours.
There are quaint customs here,
like driving on the wrong side of the street and walking on the wrong side
of sidewalks. It is quite confusing, and might even prove fatal. Street
cars are trams and cops are constables. Whiskey means Scotch, the implication
being that Bourbon and Rye are not whiskies. If you wish coffee American
style, you order "a large cup of black coffee with cream." But instead
of getting annoyed with our ignorance, the natives are good-natured and
helpful. I have had a perfect stranger walk a block or so out of the way
to direct me to my destination. I like Australia and Australians.
Two people have stopped me on the
street today to ask me what my green brassard with the white C means. There
are a lot of war correspondents in the South Pacific area and Australia,
but I seem to be the only one who hasn't lost his brassard. By wearing
it, I saved Freeman a penny today. We took a tram to get to a chop house
that had been recommended to us. I paid the fare up -- three pence each.
Coming back, we had a lady conductor. She asked me what the C meant. I
told her "cannibal." When she gave Freeman back his change he discovered
that she had charged the two of us only one penny. So, being an officer
and a gentleman from Richmond, Virginia, he called her attention to the
fact. She explained that I rode free!
We decided that the one penny returning,
rather than the three pence fare going, was because coming back was down
hill all the way. I wouldn't know. Or maybe it is just another quaint custom.
But why I rode free I shall never know. She was a pretty girl, and maybe
she is afraid of cannibals.
The articles in ERBzine:
TARZAN'S CREATOR, NOW COVERING WAR, FINDS AUSSIE CUSTOMS
Edgar Rice Burroughs in Australia
*** "Tarzan and the Father
of Diamonds" by Bob Lubbers and Dick Van Buren began Jan. 4, 1953,
and ran for 22 Sundays.
Background on Bob Lubbers and list of appearances
of his work:
*** "The Shiftas,"
by Gray Morrow and Don Kraar, began Jan. 4, 1987, and ran for 14 Sundays,
The Shiftas: 14 Tarzan Sunday pages by Gray Morrow
*** "Korak and Pasha Rochi"
by Russ Manning began Jan. 4, 1971, and ran for 58 days. Read at:
Korak and Pasha Rochi: 58 Russ Manning daily strips:
Jan. 5 is Robert Abbett's day, for he was born that
date in 1926 and grew up to illustrate for "True" and "Argosy" magazines
and, eventually, for Edgar Rice Burroughs paperbacks.
You can go to your bookshelf and pull out his Mars and
Tarzan books and examine the covers, many of which feature Barsoomian airships
prominently, or you can click on this link... ERBzine
...and look at them without leaving your computer chair.
The link leads to a bio of Abbett with four top-page links to his artwork
and five bottom-page links to other Abbett sites.
Robert Abbett Illustrations
and the Ant-Men," in which Tarzan flew, and
crashed, his first plane, was published in 1924. But it wasn't until a
decade later that ERB himself took to the skies in his first flying lesson,
Jan. 5, 1934. The 58-year-old ERB began learning in a Kinner Security
Tarzan and the Ant-Men: ERBzine Biblio Entry: Cover
and Interior Art ~ Publishing History ~ Reviews ~ ERB Article
Tarzan and the Ant Men in Tarzan Gold Key Comic #174
ERB and his Kinner Security low-wing monoplane
Speaking of airplanes, there's been
a rumor for years that the airplane used in the opening segment of "Tarzan's
New York Adventure" was the same one used in "Casablanca." That
rumor isn't true, according to Snopes,
but it could be claimed with much more likelihood that the Tarzan plane
is the same one that's part of Disney's Great Movie Ride in Orlando.
Tarzan’s New York film also ties into today's date. On
Jan. 5, 1943, ERB, while in Sydney, Australia, went to a special screening
of the film.
Tarzan's New York Adventure: ERBzine Silver Screen
Ed attends special MGM film screening in Sydney, Australia
"The Magii of Pal-Ul-Don,"
by Russ Manning, began Jan. 5, 1970, and ran for 120 days.
The Magii of Pal-Ul-Don: 120 strips by Russ Manning
*** During the decade that many of us were buying ERB paperbacks,
we all felt some validation when, on Jan. 6, 1967, the world was rocked
with the news that the polar opening to Pellucidar had been discoverd:
satellite ESSA-3, in very high polar orbit around the Earth, took a remarkable
photograph, from straight above the North Polar area, showing a huge HOLE,
about 1400 miles in diameter, centered where the North Pole should be!
The ESSA-7 satellite took an even better quality photo of this HOLE on
November 23, 1968. Both photos were published in the book 'Secret of the
Ages--UFO's from Inside the Earth,' by Brinsley Le Poer Trench, 1977."
See the whole hole for yourself here:
Hollow Earth Opening Satellite Photo
*** While the discovery of the opening
to Pellucidar was an exhilarating event for many fans, those who are alive
in 2026, just eight years from today, will have to experience the disappointment
of a tragedy in the ERBiverse. On Jan. 6 of that year, in "The Moon Maid"
the traitor Orthis will get drunk and sabotage "The Barsoom."
The Moon Maid: ERB C.H.A.S.E.R. Biblio entry
*** The "Evening World Daily
Magazine" began the serialization of "Tarzan of the Apes" on Jan.
6, 1913, making the story available to those who weren't in the habit of
buying and reading the pulp magazine "The All-Story," which had
published the story complete in one issue in October 1912. Book publication
of the saga would eventually come in 1914.
Tarzan of the Apes: ERB C.H.A.S.E.R. Bibliography
Tarzan of the Apes: Newspaper Serialization
*** In 1920, the "Van Nuys
News" reported on Jan. 6 that the two young Burroughs boys received late
Christmas gifts, two lion cubs and monkeys, courtesy of a movie company.
Just what every boy wants!
However, "The monkeys turned out to be quite vicious....and
the lions had voracious appetites -- a more suitable home was soon found
for the animals."
ERBzine's John Coleman Burroughs Bio
Tarzana Ranch 1921: A Docu-Novel by Bill Hillman
*** "Day of the Hunter"
by Eric Battle and Alex Simmons, began in newspapers Jan. 6, 2002, and
continued for 20 Sundays.
Day of the Hunter: 20 Sunday Tarzan Strips by Battle
*** Synthetic Men of Mars is a marvelous story
of Frankenstein-like Martian scientist Ras Thavas, who creates monstrous,
misshapen humanoids known as hormads, who ride around on giant brids known
as malagors. A highlight of the story is a blob-like mass of living flesh
put together out of castoff hormads, which keeps getting bigger...and bigger!
When "Argosy" published the first installment of the story
on Jan. 7, 1939, pulp readers were probably instantly attracted by the
wonderful cover by Rudolph Belarski, which showed one of the huge,
ugly birds -- a malagor -- swooping toward earth while ridden by a shapely
woman in a two-piece outfit with "some guy" behind her. John Coleman Burroughs
provided a somewhat similar weird and wonderful scene for the cover of
the hardback book which came out a year later. See these covers atop this
ERBzine page, with other Synthetic Men art further down the page:
Synthetic Men of Mars: Cover and Interior Art
~ Publishing History ~ Summary ~ Links
Synthetic Men of Mars: Read the Complete
e-Text Edition in ERBzine
*** When ERB's stories were
translated to other medium -- such as comics and movies -- the transitions
met with varying degrees of success. One long-lasting success was the art
of Harold Foster, whose retelling of "Tarzan of the Apes" through a
daily comic strip was first printed by some newspapers beginning Jan.
7, 1929. Later that year, the strips were published by Grosset & Dunlap
in book form as "The Illustrated Tarzan Book No. 1," and again by
House of Greystoke, 1967 and more recently in ERBzine.
Tarzan of the Apes: Hal Foster's daily 1929 comic
The Illustrated Tarzan Book No. 1: Hal Foster's 1929
daily Tarzan strips collated in book form
*** Foster didn't stay long with the daily strip but
did illustrate the Sunday strip for several years, and those too have been
collected and published in the opening volumes of the "Tarzan
in Color" series by NBM as well as in the three-volume "Edgar Rice
Burroughs' Tarzan: The Sunday Comics," published by Dark Horse.
They are also being reprinted every week in ERBzine Weekly Webzine and
all are in archive.
Tarzan Sunday Pages by Hal Foster I: 1931 and 1932
Tarzan Sunday Pages by Hal Foster II: 1933 and 1934
Tarzan in Color: Covers for the series:
The history of ERB comics
*** Less successful was a Tarzan movie which was released
on Jan. 7, 1937, during the Johnny Weissmuller era. But one of its problems
was that it didn't star Weissmuller. It was not quite as bad as having
Woody Allen play Jimmy Bond during the Sean Connery era, but the movie,
Revenge, featuring Olympian Glenn Morris, had little to recommend
An IMBD review stated: "The story has an expedition
heading to Africa to capture some zoo specimens, with Tarzan indicating
a strong preference for allowing his animal friends to stay in the wild.
Meanwhile, a lecherous sultan has spotted a young woman in the expedition,
and would like to add her to his harem, so he has made plans accordingly.
Most of the screen time, though, does not advance the story, instead focusing
on a variety of vignettes, and adding a lot of footage of lions, elephants,
and many other animals, including a couple of cute lion cubs. The real
action consumes just a small fraction of the running time."
Tarzan's Revenge: ERBzine Silver Screen series entry:
Tarzan's Revenge: Film Summary
Revenge in IMDB
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