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Major George Tyler Burroughs saw his son, Edgar, grow up
to drift through a variety of occupations and may have wondered if his
boy was ever going to find a niche. But when 1912 rolled around, his son
was suddenly a published author, with "Under the Moons of Mars"
and "Tarzan of the Apes" both showing up in pulp magazines of the
day. In January of 1913, a third story, "The Gods of Mars," began
serialization in "The All Story," which was published monthly at
that time. The serial ran through May but the senior Burroughs did not
live to see the finish of the tale, passing away this date -- Feb. 15 --
Had the publication of three novel-length stories by
his son in the cheap pulp magazines of the day been enough to assure Major
Burroughs that his son had, at last, landed on a successful career path?
We don't know his thinking, of course, but we do know he at least had the
satisfaction of knowing his son had found a way of supporting his young
Had he lived, the elder Burroughs would no doubt have
been proud of his son's success, popularity and business acumen.
Remembering GEORGE TYLER BURROUGHS
From the Burroughs Family Stories Series in ERBzine.com
At least seven of ERB's non-Tarzan novels were published
on the same date, Feb. 15, for a period of seven years,. They were "Apache
Devil," 1933; "Pirates of Venus," 1934; "Lost on Venus,"
1935; "Swords of Mars," 1936; "The Oakdale Affair and The Rider,"
1937, "The Lad and the Lion," 1938, and "Carson of Venus,"
Apparently, after polishing off a non-Tarzan book, ERB
would then get back to the ape man. By September, they were ready to go.
Four of them -- "Triumphant," "City of Gold," "Lion Man" and "Quest,"
out in different years on his birthday, Sept. 1 -- and several other Tarzan
books, including some published by prior publishers, came out on other
dates in September.
For more on the Feb. 15 seven, see:
Seven non-Tarzan Novels Published on Feb. 15
Pirates of Venus
Lost on Venus
Swords of Mars
Oakdale Affair and The Rider
Lad and the Lion
Carson of Venus
Just a few days after delivery of his new Security Airster
plane, ERB's son, Hulbert, crashed it. On Feb. 16, 1934, Hulbert
was attempting to land amidst a strong crosswind.
Bob Hyde recorded in his Odyssey
of a Tarzan Fanatic how he once had a chance to ask Hulbert in
person about the crash. He quotes him as saying, "I
crashed the Security Airster that Dad owned. I took my first solo flight
on Feb. 15, 1934, and crashed on February 16, just six days after Dad had
acquired the plane. I did fly again for a short time after that, after
I recovered from the crash, when Dad bought another Airster from Kinner."
Ten years earlier, ERB had unwittingly prophesied such
an event, only the roles of father and son were reversed. Korak had acquired
an airplane and let his dad, Tarzan, fly it. Tarzan crashed on his maiden
flight and had the adventure related in "Tarzan
and the Ant Men." Coincidentally, part three of the story's seven-part
serialization in "Argosy
All-Story Weekly" had run in the Feb. 16 issue 10 years before.
See the Hyde Odyssey, Chapter XXVII:
Danton's Hully page (mirrored from ERBzine
Tarzan and the Ant Men
Argosy All-Story Weekly
Hidden Jungle," starring Gordon Scott in his first role
as the ape-man, opposite Vera Miles, whom he wound up marrying off-screen,
premiered this date, Feb. 16, in 1955.
All about the movie in the ERBzine Silver Screen series
Tarzan's Hidden Jungle
And more about the movie:
In 1943, ERB went for awhile without writing any more
books. Instead, he let other people write his books for him -- his autograph
books, that is. On Feb. 16, 1944, ERB noted that his pride and joy was
his autograph books in which he had obtained signatures of almost 600 signatures
and, very often, brief messages in the autograph books he carried with
him during his time as a war correspondent in World War II, Pacific Theater.
ERB's WWII Autograph Book - February 16 page:
The ERBzine ERB Autography Project scanned from Danton
Burroughs personal Tarzana Archive
One autograph he didn't have in the book is that of
Ernest Hemingway :)
"Tarzan and the Lion Cub," written and illustrated
by Rex Maxon, began Feb. 16, 1946, and ran for 36 days.
"Korak and the Amazons of the Mammoth/Elephants' Graveyard,"
written and illustrated by Russ Manning, began Feb. 16, 1975, and ran for
The first ERB character to be honored on a U.S. postage stamp was Geronimo,
also known by his given name of Go-Yat-Thlay.
Geronimo, died at Fort Sill in Oklahoma Territory Feb. 17, 1909.
ERB documents some of Geronimo's adventures in "The
War Chief" and "Apache Devil" as seen through the eyes of
Shoz-Dijiji, the Black Bear.
Apache influences on ERB: Texts, Sketches, Old Photos, 3D Stereoview
Cards - 4 ERBzine Pages starting at:
ERB Cavalry Days: Memories, Photos, ERB's sketches, etc. in 6 ERBzine
pages starting at:
References used by ERB for his Apache Novels
The War Chief
Some info about Geronimo here:
ERB was always good for some great quotes and interesting insight,
local newspaper reporters learned.
In one article for which he was interviewed, headlined "Edgar Rice
Burroughs Sees Valley As World Mecca For Men At Play,"
he gave some opinions about the San Fernando Valley. The article appeared
in the Van Nuys News Feb. 17, 1928.
Among other things, ERB said: "With our freedom
from persistent fog, with ten months without high winds, with our ideal
winter climate, the only danger that I can see menacing lies in the possibility,
which is by no means a remote one, that San Fernando Valley may eventually
become as over-populated as are many of the districts that were formerly
the playgrounds of Los Angeles."
To learn what else ERB had to say in the interview, see:
Van Nuys News Feb. 17, 1928
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