Erbzine.com Homepage
Official Edgar Rice Burroughs Tribute and Weekly Webzine Site
Since 1996 ~ Over 15,000 Webpages in Archive
Volume 6311

JOHN MARTIN'S
ANNIVERSARIES OF ERB'S LIFE & LEGACY
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

CONTENTS
JANUARY Part One
January 1 ::  January 2  ::  January 3 ::  January 4  ::  January 5  ::  January 6  ::  January 7

JANUARY 1
*** 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 Moon Maid.
The Moon Maid: ERB C.H.A.S.E.R Biblio - Art: Covers - Pulps - Interiors, Publishing History, etc.
http://www.erbzine.com/mag7/0767.html
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.
 http://www.erbzine.com/mag14/1441.html
Horse Talk
http://www.erbzine.com/mag21/2148.html



*** 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
http://www.erbzine.com/mag11/1156.html
http://www.erbzine.com/mag14/1460.html


*** 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
http://www.erbzine.com/mag16/1697.html

*** 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
http://www.erbzine.com/bio/years75.html

*** 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 novels. See:
Farmer's Tarzan Chronology from Tarzan Alive in ERBzine 1501
http://www.erbzine.com/mag15/1501.html


JANUARY 2
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
http://www.erbzine.com/mag4/0490.html

*** 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"
http://www.erbzine.com/mag21/2171.html
ERBzine Directory to all the Maxon Tarzan Strips
www.ERBzine.com/mag20/2009.html

*** 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
http://www.erbzine.com/mag5/0591.html

*** 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
 http://www.erbzine.com/mag0/0044c.html
Tarzan the Terrible Daily Strips by Rex Maxon
 http://www.erbzine.com/mag32/3201.html

***  "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
www.erbzine.com/mag21/2135.html

*** When Canaveral Books first published "Tarzan and 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 1975 reprint!
More info on page 333 of the Zeuschner book. Also:
Tarzan and the Castaways - Canaveral Edition
www.erbzine.com/mag7/0730.html


JANUARY 3
*** 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 "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."

"Laugh It Off" Columns reprinted in ERBzine at:
http://www.erbzine.com/mag17/1754.html



*** "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 is here:
Tarzan and the Fox: Hal Fosters strip reprinted in ERBzine
http://www.erbzine.com/mag55/5516.html

*** "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:
www.erbzine.com/mag35/3523.html


***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
http://www.erbzine.com/mag10/1023.html
*** 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" at: www.erbzine.com/mag17/1754.html

JANUARY 4
*** 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 ODD
 http://www.erbzine.com/mag17/1756.html#aussiecustomsodd
Edgar Rice Burroughs in Australia
http://www.erbzine.com/mag10/1046.html


*** "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:
http://www.erbzine.com/mag48/4855.html

*** "The Shiftas," by Gray Morrow and Don Kraar, began Jan. 4, 1987, and ran for 14 Sundays, numbered 2890-2903.
The Shiftas: 14 Tarzan Sunday pages by Gray Morrow
 http://www.erbzine.com/mag35/3519.html

*** "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:
http://www.erbzine.com/mag29/2910.html

JANUARY 5
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 3336
...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
http://www.erbzine.com/mag33/3336.html

"Tarzan 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 low-wing monoplane.
Tarzan and the Ant-Men: ERBzine Biblio Entry: Cover and Interior Art ~ Publishing History ~ Reviews ~ ERB Article
 http://www.erbzine.com/mag4/0497.html
Tarzan and the Ant Men in Tarzan Gold Key Comic #174
http://www.erbzine.com/mag25/2574.html
ERB and his Kinner Security low-wing monoplane
http://www.erbzine.com/mag11/1104.html
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 entry
 http://www.erbzine.com/mag6/0622.html
Ed attends special MGM film screening in Sydney, Australia
www.erbzine.com/mag10/1036.html
"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
http://www.erbzine.com/mag26/2674.html


JANUARY 6
*** 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: "...the 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
http://www.erbzine.com/mag3/0319.html#Hollow
*** 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
 http://www.erbzine.com/mag7/0767.html

*** 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
http://www.erbzine.com/mag4/0483.html
Tarzan of the Apes: Newspaper Serialization
http://www.erbzine.com/mag17/1750.html
http://www.tarzan.org/pdf/19131209.pdf

*** 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
http://www.erbzine.com/mag3/0335.html
Tarzana Ranch 1921: A Docu-Novel by Bill Hillman
http://www.erbzine.com/mag10/1044.html

*** "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 and Simmons
 http://www.erbzine.com/mag34/3492.html

JANUARY 7
*** 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
http://www.erbzine.com/mag7/0737.html
Synthetic Men of Mars: Read the Complete e-Text Edition in ERBzine
 http://www.erbzine.com/craft/m9smm.html

Off-Site Reference
ERB summary project


*** 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 strip
 http://www.erbzine.com/mag23/2390.html
The Illustrated Tarzan Book No. 1: Hal Foster's 1929 daily Tarzan strips collated in book form
 http://www.erbzine.com/mag16/1602.html


*** 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
http://www.erbzine.com/mag55/5500.html
Tarzan Sunday Pages by Hal Foster II: 1933 and 1934
http://www.erbzine.com/mag59/5900.html
Tarzan in Color: Covers for the series:
 http://www.erbzine.com/mag45/4564.html

The history of ERB comics
http://www.erbzine.com/mag3/0355.html



*** 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, Tarzan's Revenge, featuring Olympian Glenn Morris, had little to recommend it.

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:
 http://www.erbzine.com/mag6/0619.html
Tarzan's Revenge: Film Summary
http://www.erbzine.com/mag2/0208.html

Off-Site Reference
Tarzan's Revenge in IMDB


VISIT THE PHOTO ALBUM FOR JANUARY WEEK ONE
 http://www.ERBzine.com/mag63/6311pics.html

GO TO JANUARY WEEK 2
www.ERBzine.com/mag63/6311.html

BACK TO MONTHLY EVENTS CONTENTS
www.ERBzine.com/mag63/6310.html

 


BILL HILLMAN
Visit our thousands of other sites at:
BILL AND SUE-ON HILLMAN ECLECTIC STUDIO
ERB Text, ERB Images and Tarzan® are ©Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.- All Rights Reserved.
All Original Work ©1996-2018 by Bill Hillman and/or Contributing Authors/Owners
No part of this web site may be reproduced without permission from the respective owners.