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ANNIVERSARIES OF ERB'S LIFE
A COLLATION OF THE DAILY
EVENTS IN ERB-WORLD
FROM THE PAGES OF THE HILLMANS'
Collated by John Martin
With Web Design, Added Events,
Illustrations and Photo Collages
by Bill Hillman
Feb 8 ~ Feb
9 ~ Feb 10 ~ Feb 11
~ Feb 12 ~ Feb 13 ~
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Jules Verne was born 190 years ago on this date --
Feb. 8, 1828. Before some of us discovered ERB during the publishing surge
of the 60s, Verne was the go-to guy for fantastic adventures. Most of us
probably first heard of him through the movies "Twenty Thousand Leagues
Under the Sea" (1954) or "Journey to the Center of the Earth"
(1959). Either that, or we'd bought the Classics Illustrated comic
books of his tales and if we got the comics first we were soon watching
the movies, or vice versa. And if we had discovered Verne, we had also
discovered H.G. Wells.
Then came ERB.
Edgar Rice Burroughs, too, was a Verne fan and
had several Verne books on his shelf: "The Castaways of the Flag,"
"Doctor Ox and Other Stories," "English at the North Pole,"
"Journey to the Center of the Earth," "Tour of the World in 80
Days" and "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea."
To see the images of the Verne books on ERB's shelf,
go to the
ERBzine ERB Personal Library Project:
Jules Verne books in ERB's Library
There's a link at the bottom to take you back to the
Contents page if you want to see what other authors were represented on
ERB, Verne and Wells all have stories in at least one
omnibus volume together. "Classic Tales of Science Fiction & Fantasy"
contains Verne's "Journey to the Center of the Earth," ERB's
"A Princess of Mars,"
and "The War of the Worlds" by H.G. Wells. Others represented are
Doyle, Nowlan, O'Brien, Bellamy, London, Gilman and Lovecraft. With all
that, it's a book with more than 1,000 pages. The volume might be easily
located at Barnes & Noble or ordered off amazon or other places on
The "Classic Tales" foreword to "A
Princess of Mars" has some complimentary things to say about ERB:
"Without Edgar Rice Burroughs there
may very well have been no Star Wars. There are essentially two great styles
in science fiction: the philosophical science fiction descended from H.G.
Wells, and the pure adventure science fiction descended from Burroughs's
John Carter books. When he was writing the screenplays for Star Wars, it
was to John Carter that George Lucas turned for inspiraion. The desert
planet, the hero's extraordinary abilities, the strange beasts and aliens,
the evil cult, the speeders, and the sword fights all find their antecedents
in John Carter's Barsoom....
"Tarzan was even more influential
from a business standpoint, in that it laid the groundwork for the merchandising
that made Lucas and Disney so wealthy. Seeing the incredible popularity
of the ape man, Burroughs wanted to exploit him in every medium that he
could -- books, comic strips, film, toys, etc. Others advised against it,
but Burroughs went ahead and created a multiplatform business that became
the formula for Disney's and, later, Lucas's success.
"But it was the popularizing of
science fiction as pure adventure, putting it in the same category as pirate
stories, westerns, and chivalric romances, where Burroughs made his biggest
impact. Astronomers, writers, filmmakers, and astronauts have all listed
the John Carter stories as the inspiration for their careers. Ray Bradbury,
author of 'The Martian Chronicles' and 'Fahrenheit 451,' called Burroughs
the most influential writer in history."
A Princess of Mars in ERB C.H.A.S.E.R
A Princess of Mars e-Text edition
In 1950, the tombstone marking the grave of Billy
the Kid was stolen and remained missing for 26 years. After it was
found, it was stolen again on Feb. 8, 1981, but recovered four days later
in Huntington Beach, Calif.
ERB wrote about "The
Bandit of Hell's Bend," not Billy the Kid, but we have transported
this into "Anniversaries of ERB" anyway because it is thanks to ERB fan
Bill Hillman that we even know this. When Bill and his wife Sue-On
drove Route 66 during their "High
Desert Eden Adventure" on their return from visiting the author
of "Jane: The Woman
Who Loved Tarzan," Robin Maxwell. they took lots of pictures,
as they always do, and some of them are of Billy's grave in Fort Sumter,
N.M., which is now surrounded by iron bars so that no one can take the
Kid's tombstone again.
And yes, while he was down that way, Bill was immortalized
standing on the corner in Winslow, Arizona.
High Desert Eden Adventure
Billy the Kid's Grave
The Bandit of Hell's Bend
Robin Maxwell's "Jane: The Woman Who Loved Tarzan"
Ciaran Hinds got to hold the hand of Dejah Thoris
in Disney's "John Carter."
Hinds played the part of Tardos Mors and he holds Dejah's hand when
he leads her down the aisle toward an overgroomed groom, who she ends up
not marrying after all because she quickly was reunited with someone she
Hinds was born this date, Feb. 9, 1953, in Belfast, Northern
Disney's John Carter (of Mars) film
Scenes of Hinds in John Carter in the slide show at the
bottom of this page:
...and biographical and film information:
Back in 1928 on this day, the great Frank
Frazetta was born.
See his work on several pages in ERBzine, beginning at:
More at: http://frankfrazetta.org/
Stellan Windrow, who beat Elmo Lincoln into the
treetops as Tarzan of the Apes, is another one whose birthday is
Stellan Windrow was born Sept. 2, 1893
. . . No, Stellan was born this date, Feb. 9, in 1893:
In the world of ERB comics:
-- Feb. 9, 1931, "Tarzan,
Lord of the Jungle" began and ran for 96 days.
It was illustrated by Rex Maxon, with continuity
by R.W. Palmer. Read it for yourself at:
-- Feb. 9, 1945, "Bogdu
the Ape" began and ran for 56 days. Maxon did both the art
and the continuity.
See the links to all the ERBzine Maxon reprints which
include all the start and stop days
Collectors of ERB doodads would probably love to have at
least the tail section of ERB's airplane. It is the ultimate ERB "doodad,"
since that's what he named the Security Airster airplane he took possession
of on Feb. 10, 1934. The famous ERB doodad, which appears on the spine
of his self-published books, is on the aircraft's tail.
For more information and a photo of ERB standing next
to the doodad, see:
Bill Hillman's ERB Odyssey Calendar notes that,
on Feb. 10, 1922, ERB began dictating "Tarzan
and the Golden Lion" on his new Ediphone. That may have been "the
problem" as seen by David Adams, who wrote that use of the recording
device was "...probably not the best way to come up with a solid plot no
matter how much story-telling talent you possess. Burroughs himself judged
this effort to be 'rotten,' and confessed that he felt himself 'written-out'
with his Tarzan.' "
The comment appeared in an essay written by Adams, telling
why he didn't think much of "Golden Lion." He wrote: "I can't think of
another novel even by ERB in which a writer has been able to write two
opening chapters with such promise only to throw his entire premise away
to a botched patchwork of messy meandering. Tarzan of the Apes has a reputation
as a heroic figure, but this novel does nothing to enhance his stature,
nor does this novel raise the confidence of the readers of his tales that
Burroughs could tell a decent story."
You may or may not agree with Adams. To see what else
he had to say about the novel, see:
Bill Hillman's ERB Odyssey calendar:
and the Golden Lion
"Tarzan the Avenger" was a Dell Fast-Action Book
which was copyrighted on this date, Feb. 10, in 1939. It was the story
of "The Son of Tarzan"
all over again, using 95 Rex Maxon interiors from his 1929-1930
of Tarzan" strip. However, some editorial changes were made in
the copy, mostly in the area of names, with the name of Korak changed to
Meanwhile, "The Son of Tarzan" was published as
a separate Better Little Book in 1939. Thus, fans could read the story
twice -- once with the protagonist as Tarzan and once with him as Korak!
Dick Moores did the cover for this book, showing a brown-haired
Tarzan in an over-the-shoulder loin cloth pointing out something to a very
interested great ape. That's probably the same Dick Moores who eventually
took over the "Gasoline Alley" strip.
"The Son of Tarzan" strips by Rex Maxon
The Son of Tarzan in ERB C.H.A.S.E.R. Bibliography
"Tarzan the Avenger"
On Feb. 10, 1946, "Tarzan and the Vampire Queen"
began in the Sunday Comics and ran for 17 weeks. It has been reprinted
in black and white in Tarzan in Color Volume 15B. Art is by Ruben Moreira
and story by Don Garden.
Huck's list of comic start and stop dates at:
On Feb. 11, 1977, Valley News in Van Nuys, Calif.,
reported on the latest news coming out of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. Danton
Burroughs in an interview said, "...very soon Warner Brothers will
begin the most spectacular of all Tarzan movies, a brand new film of Tarzan
of the Apes.
"The new movie is going to be a
million dollar production that is written by Robert Towne (who won
an Oscar for Chinatown), that will star an Oscar-winning actor (whose name
will soon be revealed), and that will be produced on location in an actual
tropical rain forest.... The most important thing about the movie, however
will be that all the action will be real. You'll see a real Tarzan as a
brilliant orphaned son of Lord and Lady Greystoke, instead of the inarticulate
oaf previously pictured by Hollywood (to the disgust of my grandfather).
You'll see a scientifically researched dramatization of the relationship
between infant Lord Greystoke and the tribe of apes that raised him as
one of their own and gave him the name Tarzan, meaning white skin. In other
words, the new movie will show the authenic story of Tarzan's origin."
It took a few years, seven to be exact, but that movie
finally made it to the big screen as "Greystoke, The Legend of Tarzan,
Lord of the Apes."
Towne did do the script, at least part of it, but it
was revised to the point where he hated the ultimate script so much that
he substituted his dog's name for his on the film's credits.
And the "Oscar-winning actor" who played Tarzan was Christopher
Lambert, who had not actually won an Oscar and did not win one for
"Greystoke," either. However, he did win one a year later for the movie,
"Subway," so Danton's remarks about an Oscar-winning actor proved to be
See the article, headlined "Tarzan," among those
Zdenek Burian, ERB artist, was born this date,
Feb. 11, 1905, in Noravia. See his work at:
David "Nkima" Adams, sitting safely on Tarzan's
shoulder, tells why he likes the "Trashin' the Camp" segment of Disney's
"Tarzan," and shares other thoughts as well, in a column he wrote on Feb.
This date in the comics:
1955 -- "Tarzan
and the Ugambis" started, running for 56 days. John Celardo was the
artist and Dick Van Buren the writer.
1963 -- "Tarzan Tells His Story," Part 2, 52 days,
written and illustrated by John Celardo.
1990 -- "In
Forests Dark" 12 Sundays, illustrated by Gray Morrow with text by Don
Merrill passed away this date, Feb. 12, 1966, at the age of 72
in Los Angeles. Merrill was a stunt double for Elmo Lincoln, the ape-man
in the first Tarzan movie, before taking on the role himself a few years
later, starring in "Tarzan
the Mighty" and "Tarzan
Read more about Frank Merrill in this ERBzine
feature, reprinting a three-part 1973 Jasoomian article, "The Hercules
of the Screen."
Frank Merrill Remembered I in ERBzine
Frank Merrill Remembered II in ERBzine
Frank Merrill Remembered III in ERBzine
"Tarzan the Mighty" Film Coverage and Many Photos
Read the Novelization in ERBzine Starting At:
"Tarzan the Tiger."
Off-site IMDB page:
Off-site Youtube video "Tarzan the Tiger" here:
On this date in 1934, ERB took the Doodad for his
first solo flight. He had received delivery of the airplane two days
earlier, after first taking flying lessons. That solo flight went well,
which is why we look back and see that ERB died in 1950 while reading the
Sunday funnies in bed, instead of being killed in an airplane crash. Had
he been, there would have been fewer ERB stories and fewer "surprises in
His diary entry for his solo flight that day:
“Soloed Perfect. Got My Wings. Great Thrill.”
Entry in ERBzine's ERB Bio Timeline at:
All-Story Weekly" on this date in 1921 published the first of a
seven-part installment of ERB's latest story, "Tarzan
the Terrible." The story became a great favorite with ERB fans,
taking Tarzan to Pal-ul-don, a new, unexplored land in Africa, where great
prehistoric beasts roamed and where people had tails. "Terrible," in the
language of the people of Pal-ul-don, was "guru." So, the ape-man was "Tarzan-jad-guru"
to the people of Pal-ul-don. ERB included a lengthy Pal-ul-don glossary
in the back of the book.
All the All-Story covers for the "Terrible" pulp editions
Tarzan the Terrible: Publishing history, art,
link to the Maxon strips, comics, titles, articles,
and other features:
ERBzine Glossary comparing Pal-ul-don and Mangani
Off-site story summary:
The set of Tarzan figures commissioned by the Foulds Macaroni
Company was copyrighted as of this date, Feb. 13, 1933.
The figures were given away by the company as a promotion.
They came unpainted, but you could get the paints and color them as you
liked. Thus, today, the figures are found in all manner of colors.
For the completists of the day, there was a standup background
that proclaimed "Tarzan in Jungle Land."
To see the figures and brief descriptions, check out
The "Jungle Land" background, referred to as the
"theater," along with the figures and many other Tarzan toy collectibles:
Tarzan in Jungle Land
The Tarzan figures came in two varieties: They were nearly
identical except that one had Tarzan and the chimp standing on a base with
the word "Tarzan" on it. Hake's once sold a set of the two figures, unpainted,
along with an original packaging insert sheet, for $555.62. See:
In a Sunday comic reminiscent of Mark Trail, Thomas Yeates
did a Tarzan one-shot on Feb. 13, 1983, titled
The Thomas Yeates website:
Feb. 14 is Valentine's Day in ERB History.
On this day in 1905, ERB drew a cartoon Valentine
honoring Saint Jessica the Good. You can see it, and other witty ERB illustrations,
ERB's "tongue-in-cheek" Valentine sketch for sister-in-law
Ed's nephew, artist Studley Oldham Burroughs drew
Valentine cards for his two daughters
In 1927 on this day, Ashton
and Florence Dearholt visited ERB to discuss adapting his books
Could the first spark of ERB and Florence's future romance
have been struck that Valentine's day?
In February 1934 Ed left Emma and moved into residence
at the Garden of Allah in LA
In 1935 Ed and Flo were married in Las Vegas and honeymooned
at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel in Honolulu
In 1929, Tommy guns roared in Chicago and seven dropped
dead in the St. Valentine's Massacre.
According to ERB, one of the gunmen was Danny "Gunner"
Patrick, who eventually wound up in "Tarzan's Jungle"
and fell in love with the exotic Jezebel in "Tarzan
An essay about St. Valentine's Massacre gunman, Danny
by ERBzine contributor RE Prindle:
ERB C.H.A.S.E.R. coverage of Tarzan Triumphant
art by Studley Burroughs
An apology was in order on Valentine's Day in 1936, when
ERB addressed a letter
to daughter Joan,
saying: "Darling Joan: Another paving stone for Hell.
I wanted to send valentines to Joan II and Mike,
and here it is Valentine's Day and nothing done." (We
can probably all relate to that!)
The Valentine letter and more about Joan:
1938 was better between ERB and Joan, though.
On that date, "Papa" autographed a copy of "The
Lad and the Lion" to her, writing "with love...." What lady would
not appreciate such a gift?
Valentine Day Inscription to Joan
The Lad and the Lion
In 1948 on Valentine's Day, ERB loved himself enough
to quit taking his medicine and switch to bourbon instead.
Those last two years were, thus, very happy ones.
ERB's Bio Timeline: Feb 14, 1948
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