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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 -- in 1913.
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 family.
Had he lived, the elder Burroughs would no doubt have been proud of his son's success, popularity and business acumen.
From the Burroughs Family Stories Series in

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," 1939.
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," came 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
Apache Devil:
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 1985)
Tarzan and the Ant Men
Argosy All-Story Weekly

"Tarzan's 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 26 Sundays.

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
Apache Devil
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:
 ERB Article in Van Nuys News Feb. 17, 1928

"The Chessmen of Mars" is a favorite of many ERB fans because of ERB's use of it to invent the game of Martian chess. Jetan, as it is known on Barsoom, can be played with a pocket-size board like the one John Carter always carries on his person, all the way up to a giant, stadium-size playing field with live players battling one another to the death for possession of squares.
The game is a major feature of the novel, and ERB even includes the rules in the back of the book, inspiring many ERB fans to create their own 100-square boards and appropriately configured pieces.
The magazine appearance of "Chessman of Mars" (without the "The") was first published on Feb. 18, 1922, as a seven-part serial in "Argosy All-Story Weekly." The first issue had a P.J. Monahan cover and each installment had black and white art on the lead page. The first edition hardback cover art was by J. Allen St. John and showed the Jetan combatants.
Some Jetan websites:
Chessmen in ERBzine C.H.A.S.E.R.:
the publishing history including the text, art and game rules
James Spratt: Sculptor of Jetan-variant pieces and rules
6-Part Review of Chessmen and Jetan starting at:
The Seven Wonder of Barsoom: The Field of Jetan at Manator
"Chessmen," the magazine covers:
ERBzine's Tribute Pages to Artist P.J. Monahan

Off-site references
The Jetan-Sarang variant: A site using the ERBzine info
Chess Variants: Intro and Jetan Rules
Paul Burgess
A Portal Jetan Set

In 1932, Pirates of Venus first appeared as a pulp serial, and readers read that lead-in about a figure in a white shroud enterting ERB's bedroom at night. Three years earlier, on Feb. 18, 1929, ERB had written a letter to The Boston Society of Psychic Research, telling of his first-hand experience with such events.
ERB didn't really believe in psychic phenomenom, and he had a logical explanation for the strange occurences in the middle of the night. The shrouded figures he saw were definitely not shrouded in mystery, as far as he was concerned. However, he didn't seem to have much of an explanation for the case of the relocated key, which formed the major part of his letter.
To read about ERB's own "locked room" - Pirates of Venus mystery, check out:
Pirates of Venus

Edgar Rice Burroughs thought, at the time, that "The Outlaw of Torn" was the best story he had ever written. However, trying to get others to agree proved frustrating. The story didn't charm Thomas Metcalf, editor of "The All-Story," so finally ERB gave up trying. He found the editors of "New Story" magazine more agreeable, and it ran there as a five-part serial in 1914.
But taking the next step proved nearly as difficult. No one wanted to publish the story between hard covers. So after some frustrating attempts, ERB had to set the book aside and wait a few years. During those years, he wrote the highly successful "Tarzan of the Apes," and added sequels to his first story, "Under the Moons of Mars," as well as to Tarzan.
Finally, 13 years later, on Feb. 19, 1927, A.C. McClurg was happy to add "The Outlaw of Torn" to its stable of other ERB titles, because his rising fame had ensured that his name on a book spine would bring big sales.
Probably out of gratitute, ERB dedicated the book "To my friend Joseph E. Bray," who was one of the editors of McClurg at that time.
ERB's The Outlaw of Torn
Publishing history:
Read the entire book in e-Text in ERBzine
The Outlaw Prince Graphic Novel: Hughes ~ Kaluta ~ Yeates
Outlaw of Torn Illustrated Series in ERB, Inc. Comics: Simmons and
ERB Correspondence with Thomas Metcalf of "The All-Story" pulp

Off-Site Reference: Plot summary

RKO had taken over the Tarzan movie franchise and Maureen O'Sullivan was under exclusive contract to MGM and reportedly tired of playing Jane anyway, so Johnny Weissmuller and Johnny Sheffield went their way without her in the wartime film, "Tarzan Triumphs," which premiered this date, Feb. 19, in 1943. Jane's absence in this movie was explained away as her visiting friends in London.
Pulchritude was provided by Frances Gifford, who played Zandra, princess of a lost civilization who sought Tarzan's help against the Nazis.
All about "Tarzan Triumphs" in the ERBzine Silver Screen Series
Triumph Photo Gallery 1
Triumph Photo Gallery 2
Triumph Photo Gallery 3
Triumph Movie Trailer

Off-Site Reference:

On Feb. 19, 1954, "Tarzan and the Blood Ruby" started and ran for 64 days, featuring the artistry of John Celardo and the scripting of Dick Van Buren.
"Tarzan and the Blood Ruby": All 64 daily strips reprinted in ERBzine: Nos 4535-4598
Portal to the thousands of ERBzine ERB Comics Reprints

"Tarzan," the motion-capture effort by Constantin Films, was released Feb. 20, 2013, in Germany.
The computer images of Tarzan and Jane were created from action recorded from the body-suits worn by Kellan Lutz and Spencer Locke, who also voiced the characters.
Tarzan by Constantin Films

Off-Site References

ERB's boys had a human skull in their den and it had a name -- Elmer. When ERB wrote a novelette about a stone-age man released by thawing of glacial ice, his working title for the story was "Elmer" in honor of the boys' bonehead. However, when it was first published in "Argosy" on Feb. 20, 1937, it was a revised version that bore the title of "The Resurrection of Jimber-Jaw."

As a novelette, it never rated a hardback volume all its own, but its first appearance between hard covers was in "Tales of Three Planets," which contains "Jimber-Jaw," who hails from one of those planets, Earth, along with two other novelettes, "Beyond the Farthest Star" and "The Wizard of Venus."
ERB's original version, "Elmer," can be read in the anthology, "Forgotten Tales of Love and Murder."
"Jimber-Jaw" ~ ERBzine C.H.A.S.E.R.: Publishing History ~ Art ~ Text ~ Links
Jimber Jaw: Read the e-Text Edition in ERBzine

Off-Site Summary of the story:

ERB's second wife, Florence Gilbert Burroughs, was born this day in 1904 in Chicago, near where ERB himself grew up.
Florence Gilbert Burroughs

"Tarzan and the Fires of Tohr," by Rex Maxon and Don Garden, began Feb. 20, 1939, and ran for 162 days.
"Tarzan and the Fires of Tohr: All 162 strips
"Tarzan and the Crocodile," by Mike Grell, began Feb. 20, 1983, and ran for two Sundays. (Yeates' lion Sunday also shares this page)
Tarzan and the Crocodile

Happy Birthday, Richard Lupoff, the man at the helm back in the 60s when Canaveral brought back hardback editions of Edgar Rice Burroughs books and also published some new ones for the first time.
Lupoff also wrote a book of his own, "Edgar Rice Burroughs: Master of Adventure," which remains a fan favorite.
The Canaveral Press Story - Editor: Richard Lupoff
It has been republished in paperback editions and more recently by Bison Frontiers of Imagination with a slight change in title, "Master of Adventure: The Worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs."
"The Worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs" is also the title of an anthology of new, authorized fiction on the worlds of ERB, put together by Mike Resnick and Robert T. Garcia. Lupoff contributed to that with a short story, "Scorpion Men of Venus," which takes Carson and Duare to adventure unlike any before!
In fact, after I read Mr. Lupoff's story in that anthology back in 2013, I emailed him with a question or two and he was gracious enough to respond:
"In actuality," he said, "I think that Edgar Rice Burroughs had his tongue slightly in his cheek when he wrote the Amtor books. After all, he'd been in the interplanetary romance business for a long time, and he may have been getting a little bit tired of it. Having Carson Napier set out for Barsoom by spaceship and forget that there was a little thing called the moon in the way, I think that rated a chuckle and I think ERB thought so too. I tried to capture his style and his mood in my story."
In commenting specifically on one of the elements of his Venus story, Lupoff added, "I grew up on comic books and while I'm not really 'au courant' with the present comic book scene, I do retain a strong nostalgic fondness for the superheroes I followed in my childhood, and for their adventures. Of all these. My favorite was Captain Marvel. His arch-enemy, the self-proclaimed 'Rightful Ruler of the Universe,' was the classic mad scientist, Dr. Sivana.
"In the earliest Captain Marvel stories, which I read at the age of five, we learned that the villain's full name was Thaddeus Bodog Sivana. He was a little, scrawny guy who wore glittering eyeglasses and always dressed in a white laboratory outfit. He had two children, the gorgeous Beautia (pronounced Byoo-tee-uh, not Byoo-sha, BTW), and the handsome, muscular Magnificus.
"They lived on the planet Venus. As far as I know, how they got there was never explained. (In later stories, Beautia and Magnificus seemed to disappear from the story line, to be replaced by Georgia Sivana and Sivana Junior -- but these two never really sparked my imagination as did Beautia and Magnificus.) Beautia, incidentally, looked exactly like a movie star of that era, Alice Faye. I don't recall any specific model for Magnificus.
"Anyway, I think that will tell you a little more about the background of 'Scorpion Men of Venus.'"
He went on to discuss the amazing surprise ending of "Scorpion Men," something I won't reveal here for the benefit of those who have yet to read his story. But he did say that the ending was his idea of a "springboard to a novel," although he doubted that he would be writing such a novel.
Mr. Lupoff is a gentleman and always happy to sit down and talk ERB with someone.
More on Richard Lupoff at:
Richard and Pat Lupoff as Captain and Mary Marvel
The Canaveral Press Story - Editor: Richard Lupoff
MICHAEL CHABON INTERVIEW (Writer of the screenplay for John Carter of Mars)
Conducted by Richard Lupoff for ERBzine in 2010
The Lupoffs at the 2012 Tarzana Dum-Dum
On stage with the always entertaining Hillman/Goodwin Rockettes :)
Lupoff's "Scorpion Men of Venus" in the Resnick Worlds of ERB Anthology

and. . .
Off-Site References:
"Scorpion Men of Venus" has also been published in Lupoff's anthology of 12 of his stories, "Dreamer's Dozen."
"Edgar Rice Burroughs Worlds of Adventure":

Stockton Mulford sounds like the name of a guy who ought to be illustrating Hopalong Cassidy stories, but instead he illustrated the cover for ERB's "The Moon Men" when it began as a four-part serial Feb. 21, 1925, in "Argosy All-Story Weekly." It was the story of Julian 9th who -- uncharacteristically of ERB heroes -- doesn't live forever.
The story formed the middle part of ERB's trilogy, titled
"The Moon Maid":
Moon Pulp art/cover gallery:

In honor of the 100th anniversary of the year in which ERB was born,
Alabama Gov. George Wallace proclaimed the week of March 7-13, 1975,
to be Edgar Rice Burroughs Week in that state.

The aircraft is ready; now we just need some volunteers to pony up the cash to buy the fuel, food and other supplies for a trip through the North Pole opening to Pellucidar. From a news release of Feb. 21, 2006. During a visit to Tarzana Bill Hillman visited and toured the factory, but there were restrictions against my taking photos. I was surprised to learn that the company had Canadian roots. The operation was short lived.
Tarzana Aeroscraft Airship Company

Off-Site Reference

"Tarzan and the Egyptians," by John Celardo and Dick Van Buren, began Feb. 21, 1954, and ran for four Sunday.
"Jane in Pal-ul-don," by Russ Manning, began Feb. 21, 1971, and ran for 59 Sundays. Read it starting at:
Jane in Pal-ul-don


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