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ANNIVERSARIES OF ERB'S LIFE
A COLLATION OF THE DAILY
EVENTS IN ERB-WORLD
FROM THE PAGES OF ERBzine
Collated by John Martin
With Web Design, Added Events,
Illustrations and Photo Collages
by Bill Hillman
February 1 ~ Feb
2 ~ Feb 3 ~ Feb 4
~ Feb 5 ~ Feb 6 ~ Feb
Click for full-size images
Schramm spent half of her Hollywood career playing Jane, appearing
in "The Son of Tarzan"
and "The Revenge of
Tarzan," both in 1920. She made just two other movies, both with
uncredited roles. She returned to private life after her jungle "career
cappers." Karla was born this date, Feb. 1, 1891
The Karla Schramm Photo Gallery
"The Revenge of Tarzan":...
"The Son of Tarzan":
On Feb. 1, 2000, Disney released its animated "Tarzan"
on VHS and DVD. Today, in addition to positions on the shelves of ERB collectors,
they can be found most often at garage sales and second-hand stores.
Special pre-release screening on the Disney Lot
Actor Stuart Whitman, born Feb. 1 in 1928, was
originally picked to play the role of Bowen Tyler in "The Land That
Time Forgot." Doug McClure got it instead. Both got stars on the Hollywood
walk of Fame, Whitman being honored on his birthday in 1998.
From Bill Hillman's erbzine, an ad published in the Anderson,
Indiana, Daily Bulletin Feb. 1, 1919, pumped up the movie, "Tarzan
of the Apes."
The Starland Theatre ad described it, among other glowing
terms, as "Thrills for every human mood...romance to feed the hunger of
every moral heart that cries for the primitive."
It was undoubtedly talking about some of us today as
well as those who lived back then, when it said: "How few of us have not
longed for the realm of Tarzan? Man, woman, child, each tug at the chains
of convention, while the heart cries out for the wildwood."
It spoke of Tarzan as "He who leaped from tree to tree,
as did the Apes who were his sole companions -- Who slew the Lion, and
made Great Tusks his slave-- Who spoke no tongue save that of those whose
tails entwined the trees-- Who feared not the dread gorrilla (sic) and
who, with bare hands, ripped hides from skulking jaguar-- Who nestled at
the breast of a mother ape-- but who, when first his primordial eyes fell
upon a white woman, smothered her with kisses."
That last part sounds a bit like the intro to the old
Superman TV series, doesn't it? "Who could change the course of mighty
rivers, bend steel in his bare hands and who, disguised as Clark Kent...."
See more at:
Feb. 2 was a transitional day for "Tarzan
of the Apes." He was in the process of outfitting himself with
weapons and ornaments, to distinguish himself from his ape buddies, and
lacked only the loincloth. However, he acquired one later in the day by
killing a cannibal named Mirando and later tossed Mirando's dead body into
the village of Mbonga, scaring the devil out of the tribe!
Tarzan also probably gave himself a fresh shave that
day, as Chapter
XIII (His Own Kind) of "Apes" reveals his habit of scraping and
whittling his persistent whiskers to lessen any resemblance his face bore
to those of the hairy apes. (He didn't want to acquire a 5 o'clock shadow
like Nixon and have to go around saying, "I am not an ape!")
All of this was very good, since Tarzan was about to
experience another transition, seeing his first set of white men and, in
the process, meeting his future wife. It was fitting that he be properly
clothed and shorn for the occasion.
Yes, it was Feb. 2. But what year was it?
According to the chronology by Philip Jose Farmer,
it was in 1909:
Tarzan of the Apes: ERBzine C.H.A.S.E.R Biblio including
full text of the book
Read Chapter VIII of Tarzan of the Apes
8: The Tree-top
But Mike Moody would disagree, offering his own chronology,
with his research for all of this taking place earlier, in 1893. See:
The first installment of "Tarzan
and the Ant Men" appeared Feb. 2, 1924, in "Argosy
All-Story Weekly," with a cover illustration by Stockton Mulford
and one black and white interior illustration for each installment by Roger
When I originally posted about the events of this date
on erblist back in 2012, Scott Tracy Griffin commented: "I like the Stockton
Mulford 'Ant Men' painting, where Tarzan has short hair and some nice,
distinguished gray sideburns . . . like a business executive in a leopardskin."
The erbzine "Ant Men" roundup:
Ant Men covers in the ERBzine Pulp Bibliography: 1923-1928
Read the e-Text Edition in ERBzine
In 1986 on this date, the Sunday strip story about Mokele
Mbembe started and ran for 12 weeks. This was the work of Gray
Morrow, artist, and Don Kraar, continuity.
Read it at:
Vital Statistics: Michael T. Weiss, voice of Tarzan on
TV's The Legend of Tarzan, was born in Chicago Feb. 1, 1962.
Two other ERB players died this date, Boris Karloff,
Owaza in "Tarzan and
the Golden Lion," in 1969, and Natalie
Kingston, who played Jane in "Tarzan
the Tiger" and Mary Trevor in "Tarzan
the Mighty," in 1991.
and the Golden Lion film
Screen shots of Boris Karloff
Natalie Kingston Photo Gallery
Tarzan the Tiger
Tarzan the Mighty
Jane Porter wasn't entirely sure, because so much
had happened so quickly the past several days, but she thought it was Feb.
3. Just to be safe, though, she put a question mark in parentheses after
the date she wrote on the letter she composed to her friend Hazel Strong.
It was 1909, and Jane and party were marooned on a tiny
beach where they had found a cabin belonging to someone known as Tarzan
of the Apes. In Chapter
XVII, "Burials" she had written the letter and Tarzan, who had
been watching her through the window, sneaked in later and stole it. He
read it in the next chapter, "The
Jungle Toll," and learned, among many other things, that the newcomers
had not made the connection between him and the owner of the cabin. So,
he decided to write a letter back to Jane to tell her and the others, in
simple language: "I am Tarzan of the Apes."
Tarzan of the Apes ~ ERBzine C.H.A.S.E.R. Entry
Tarzan of the Apes: Chapter XVII, "Burials"
Tarzan of the Apes: Chapter XVIII: "The Jungle Toll"
18: The Jungle
It was Feb. 3...but was it actually 1909?
Farmer's chronology agrees:
James Michael Moody, though, has reasons to name the
year as 1893:
Also on Feb. 3, this time in 1957, John
Celardo, illustrator, and Dick Van Buren, writer, began
a 20-week Sunday comics story, "Tarzan and the Coffee Planter."
Alongside Tarzan titles that include such words as "Terrible," "Untamed"
and "Leopard Men," the title of "Coffee Planter" doesn't exactly get one's
blood stirring. Yet, where Tarzan is concerned, one can always count on
a yarn that will induce something equivalent to a caffeine high!
Meet John Celardo and Guide to his daily strips in
List of Tarzan Sunday start and stop dates are at:
ERB had another of his poems published Feb. 3, 1914,
in the "Chicago Daily
IT HATH NOT GONE
Oh, who hath copped the Wailing Place
I ask you, dear old pal.
No Place they keep where one may weep
In sunny southern Cal.
The butcher man he robs me blind;
Robs me the grocer deft;
The brigand cruel who sells me fuel
He taketh what is left.
The garage man (accent the gar),
Unmindful of my groans,
He wrecks my car with loud Har! Har!
And later picks my bones.
And now the Wailing Place is gone
Where shall we find us rest?
Unless you say: “Come hither pray,
And weep upon my vest.”
ERB's NAY, IT HATH NOT GONE posted at:
NAY, IT HATH NOT
More ERB poems at:
Several years ago, J.G. "Huck" Huckenpohler, an active ERB
fan who gets around here in the ERB groups on facebook as we all know,
did one of his many tremendous services for ERB fandom when he, with an
assist by several others, made a comprehensive list of the dates that various
Tarzan stories started -- and stopped -- in the daily and Sunday comic
strips. His list also includes notations of where those strips have been
reprinted with access links in ERBzine and some references to the magazine
"Comics Revue" and other publications. Huck likes lists, and has also published
an Edgar Rice Burroughs checklist of books, by which one can keep track
of which editions they own, and an online Barsoom glossary.
Huck not only goes by the shortened nickname of "Huck"
but also is known in some places, such as the quarterly ERBapa publication
and the online email discussion lists, as Professor A.Q. Porter. And Huck
does appear to bear a resemblance to the esteemed academian.
Huck is also the author of "Professor Porter's Dime
Lecture Series," which appears in both ERBapa and at erblist. In it,
he explores various topics of interest to ERB fans. In addition, he is
one of several well-known ERB fans and artists who contributed to "Edgar
Rice Burroughs the Second Century," a publication put together
by the National Capital Panthans. Huck's "Biker Babes of Mars" is
one of several pastiches and essays in the book, which is available at
Those given credit, at the ERBzine website, for
assisting Huck in compiling his lists of comics were Bob Barrett, Bill
Hillman, Rick Norwood, Ken Webber and Wayne James.
Even with the efforts of all of these studious stalwarts,
there are still a few dates that are not known. If you happen to look at
any of these lists and spot a gap that you can fill, you can let Huck know
via his facebook page.
Thanks to the efforts of Huck and his dedicated team,
"Anniversaries of ERB" is able to acquaint readers with many of
the dates in this daily feature. And thanks to Bill Hillman's ERBzine website,
we are also able to link to some of them so you can read them for yourselves.
Thanks, all you guys!
More about Edgar Rice Burroughs the Second Century
and the Panthans
More about the book in the Gridley Wave
Read an ERBzine excerpt: ERB In Cyberspace
And so today, Feb. 4, we report:
In 1934, on Feb. 4, Harold Foster's Egyptian Saga
continued with the opening of part 6, "The Pharoah's Command."
with "In the Ravine."
That particular part of the story ran for 19 Sundays. George Carlin
was the writer.
Summaries start at:
(These Hillman summaries are also featured at the
top of every Sunday Page Reprint
Foster Tarzan Reprints
Egyptian Saga Reprinted in Comic Book format
On Feb. 4, 1966, the daily strips saw a new story, "Tarzan
and the Captive Princess." It was illustrated and scripted by John
Celardo and ran for 74 days.
Finally, in 1979, another Sunday story started on this
date. It was "Tarzan
and the Games of Ibizzia," and ran for 21 weeks. The artwork was
by Russ Manning, and the story was a team effort of Manning and
Read them at:
Tarzan and the Captive Princess
Tarzan and the Games of Ibizzia
Huck's lists of Tarzan daily and Sunday start and stop
with links to the reprints in ERBzine:
Huck's Barsoom Gazetteer:
Huck's Barsoom glossary:
Huck's "Outline of Luthanian History"
Professor Porter's Dime Lectues:
An ad for "The Lad and the Lion" was featured this
date, Feb. 5, 1938, in "Publishers Weekly." The ad and more can
be seen at:
More on "The Lad and the Lion" along with art
for the book by ERB's son, John Coleman Burroughs, at:
Bob Hyde had a couple of unpublished illustrations
by JCB for "The Lad." That and other neat stuff from Bob's collection:
Doug McClure played
Trampas, not Tarzan, but is endeared to ERB fans for bringing two of ERB's
other major characters -- Bowen Tyler and David Innes -- to the silver
screen. McClure passed away this date, Feb. 5, 1995, in Sherman Oaks, Calif.,
and is buried in Santa Monica, Calif., near to the place where many ECOFs
and Dum-Dums have been held and likely will take place in the future.
He played David Innes in At the Earth's Core:
And Bowen Tyler in The Land That Time Forgot...
...and The People That Time Forgot...
His wikipedia entry, his IMDB bio, and his gravesite:
When George Lazenby took over for Sean Connery,
he might have wished he'd had as much success as Lex Barker, who
took over the role of Tarzan from Johnny Weissmuller. Barker lasted
five films to Lazenby's one role as James Bond.
Barker's first Tarzan film, "Tarzan's
Magic Fountain" was released on Feb. 5, 1949.This film had two
Tarzans: Elmo Lincoln had an uncredited role as a fisherman.
Barker's wiki entry and imdb page:
Another biography page of Barker:
On Feb. 5, 1962, "Tarzan
Rescues Ito" ran in newspapers for 42 days, illustrated and written
by John Celardo
Read it starting here:
Russ Manning wrote and illustrated "Dead
Moon of Pellucidar" which began Feb. 5, 1978, and ran for 52 Sundays.
It was reprinted in Comic Strip Preserves #3 and also appears at:
Rochester was more than a character on The Jack Benny Show.
It is also the name of several cities in the U.S., including one in Indiana,
where -- on this date, Feb. 6, 1889 -- Otto Elmo Linkenhelt was
born. Otto, of course, was the first actor billed as Tarzan in 1918's "Tarzan
of the Apes." Elmo was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of
Fame at 7042 Hollywood Boulevard.
Marcia Lincoln Rudolph tells her father's story:
Elmo: Tarzan of the Apes Lobby Display and Promo Booklet
Lincoln's IMDB page:
Moon Maid" -- with three parts originally published in pulp
magazines -- was released as a book this date, Feb. 6, in 1926. Unfortunately,
parts of the story were cut -- including key passages in the middle section,
"The Moon Men." The Ace paperback edition of "Moon Men" uses
the text from the original pulp and is, therefore, complete, as are several
other later published versions, like this one:
All about The Moon Maid - History- Art - e-Text
- Articles - Missing Text:
The Moon Maid Original Pulp Covers
Moon Maid Glossary I
Moon Maid Glossary II
Conquest of the Moon - Early pulp art
A review of The Moon Maid:
A new entry in the officially authorized Moon saga is
"Swords Against the Moon Men" by Christopher Paul Carey:
Andy Nunez Review and Interview with author Carey
and artist Mark Wheatley - plus interior art:
Bridge looks at the "Wobbly" link to ERB's "The Girl
from Hollywood" and "The Moon Men:
A summary of The Moon Maid:
Rescue of Bobby Barnes" began in the Tarzan daily strip this date
The story, illustrated by John Celardo and written
by Dick Van Buren, ran for 84 days.
Read it at:
One thing ERB didn't want was ugly red men. On Feb. 7, 1930,
ERB wrote to the editor of "Blue Book," saying,
"Will you tell your artist if it is not too late, that
the red men of Mars are supposed to be an unusually handsome race,
as masculine looks are judged by our standards. They
should have strong, regular features."
For that and other ERB eclectica, including Tarzan
the Wonder Horse, see:
Eclectica Issue for January 21, 2000
One thing ERB did want was for his chauffer to drive
a little slower past the naked girl.
On Feb. 7, 1943, ERB climbed an iron ladder to board
the McKean for dinner followed by a trip ashore in the landing barge.
Ed and a fellow named Ramey made a 30-mile sightseeing
tour via taxi through hills, jungles and villages.
"They would have been a disappointment to Tarzan. We
saw a young girl getting a bath by the roadside.
She was no child, and she was entirely naked. Several
natives were bathing her as she stood smiling as we passed within a few
feet of her.
I was highly incensed. It was shocking, the speed with
which our driver drove past."
For more of ERB's events of early 1943, and a thumbnail
picture of some other National Geographic-style naked women, see:
Bill Hillman's Illustrated Time Line of Events: 1943
The War Years
Larry "Buster" Crabbe was born this date, Feb.
7, 1908, according to:
His IMDB site:
His wikipedia site:
The Buster Crabbe Timeline portion of the following page
lists a date of Feb. 17, 1907.
However, further down the page, in an article headlined
"Paying homage to Isles' Buster Crabbe,"
it is explained that there have actually been several
dates listed publicly as the real birthdate of Buster Crabbe:
The Feb. 7 date is generally considered to be correct,
which means that it is the birth date of two Tarzans.
Jock Mahoney was born in Chicago Feb. 7, 1919.
His birth certificate reads: Jacques O'Mahoney.
Jock Mahoney played a villain in
before becoming the ape-man himself for
Goes to India":
He was also in four episodes of Ron Ely's TV Tarzan
-- both parts I and II of "The Deadly Silence,"
"Mask of Rona" and "The Ultimate Weapon."
Listed in the credits as Jack O'Mahoney, he also served
as the stunt coordinator for Derek's
the Ape Man."
Feb. 7 start dates for Tarzan comic strips reprinted
-- 1944, "The
of the Volcano" 24 days, illustrated and written by Maxon.
-- 1947, "The
Rage of Tantor" 56 days, illustrated and written by Maxon
-- 1949, "Tarzan
and the Fires of Tohr," 54 days, illustrated by Paul Reinman
and written by Rob Thompson.
-- 1932, "Hulvia
the Beautiful" Hal Foster, artist; George Carlin, continuity,
The following two as listed in the ERBzine
List of Sunday Strips compiled by J.G. "Huck" Huckenpohler
-- 1965, "Tarzan's Fever," John Celardo, artist
and writer, 21 weeks
-- 1999, "Jane's Quest" drawn by Gray Morrow;
written by Allan Gross; reprinted as a souvenir of ECOF 2003.
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