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ERB'S LIFE and LEGACY :: DAILY
A COLLATION OF THE DAILY
EVENTS IN ERB-WORLD
FROM THE PAGES OF ERBzine
CREATED BY BILL HILLMAN
Collated by John Martin and
With Web Design, Added Events,
Illustrations and Photo Collages
by Bill Hillman
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ERB's John Carter and Tarzan Celebrations in Tarzana
~ Lord of the Louisiana Jungle Festival:
Morgan City ~ Bridgewater College Conference ~ Tarzan
Birthday Celebration at U of Louisville
*** The era of ERB can be said to have had many starting
points, but a major and essential one was the publication of his very first
story, "Under the Moons of Mars," in "The All Story" magazine,
serialized from February to July of 2012.
One hundred years later, as might be expected, there
were a lot of events that took place to celebrate a century of ERB. The
years of celebrations can be said to have begun with the ECOF on Thursday,
March 1, 2012, when fans toured the office of Edgar Rice Burroughs,
Inc., and then gathered at the home of the Danton Burroughs family
in Tarzana, Calif., for an evening of friendship and fellowship.
Then, it was on with Friday and Saturday events at the
Warner Marriott Hotel in nearby Woodland Hills, Calif., and the
very special Saturday night advance fans-only showing of Disney's "John
Carter" at the studio's theater.
There are too many highlights of the weekend to list
here, but they included a Friday showing of the videotaped ERB play, "You
Lucky Girl!," a presentation by author Robin Maxwell on her soon-to-be-published
"Jane, the Woman Who Loved Tarzan," and appearances by Tarzan actors
Ely and Casper Van Dien and Jane, Lydie Denier.
And all of that was only the beginning.
2012 TARZANA ECOF: ERB CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION
*** Next, on April 13-14, many fans
were able to gather in Morgan City, Louisiana, for the "Tarzan
Festival," a special event designed to premiere the documentary, "Tarzan,
Lord of the Louisiana Jungle," by Al Bohl and daughter Allison
Bohl, as well as showcase a newly restored presentation of the original
ape-man film, "Tarzan of the Apes."
TARZAN: LORD OF THE LOUISIANA JUNGLE FESTIVAL 2012
*** After that, it was a four-month
wait for the next big event, the Dum Dum, Aug. 15-18, once again
in Woodland Hills. The highlight here was unquestionably the issuance of
a commemorative postage stamp honoring Edgar Rice Burroughs and
featuring an image of Tarzan himself beneath the face of his creator. Three
Tarzan actors were present for the ceremony, Van Dien, Ely
and Denny Miller, the latter being the one who had made the suggestion
for the stamp directly into the ears of the then chairman of the Citizens
Stamp Advisory Committee five years before.
Robin Maxwell's "Jane" still
had not been officially published, but fans present were given a copy of
the pre-publication edition, along with a cassette tape of the book, items
which they were sure to treasure as much as the finalized book itself when
it came out shortly thereafter.
Jane Goodall, who drew inspiration
from Tarzan for her studies of primates in Africa, was guest of honor at
the Dum Dum.
2012 TARZANA DUM-DUM
Jane: By Robin Maxwell
*** But the year wasn't over yet,
and on October 28, 2012, there was a Happy Birthday Tarzan party
at the Edgar Rice Burroughs Memorial Collection, Ekstrom Library, University
of Louisville, attended by Miller, Maxwell, Scott
Tracy Griffin, John Burroughs, ERB Inc. President Jim Sullos,
and ERB collection patriarch George McWhorter among many others.
TARZAN BIRTHDAY PARTY: ERB MEMORIAL COLLECTION, U
*** Finally, at Bridgewater College
in Bridgewater, Va., ERB fan Dr. Stan Galloway hosted the Tarzan
Centennial Conference, which once again put the spotlight on a century
of Edgar Rice Burroughs
TARZAN CENTENNIAL CONFERENCE at BRIDGEWATER COLLEGE
*** 2012 ERB CELEBRATIONS AND EVENTS
ERB and Bert Weston in their younger days 1901 and
much later in 1947 ~ USS Shaw ~ Tarzana Mansion and
Tarzana Ranch Grounds ~ Tarzan Coffee ~ ERB War Correspondent:
Photo and John Coleman Burroughs Painting
*** Winter had its trials and tribulations but warmer weather
brought about the hope of healing.
In the winter of 1943, ERB was serving as a war correspondent
and had boarded the USS Shaw, a Mahan Class Destroyer. While ERB
was aboard, it chased an enemy submarine and had about as much luck finding
it as ERB had chasing apaches in the 7th Cavalry in Arizona years before.
ERB may have made a big mistake aboard the Navy ship,
though: He may have washed his coffee cup too many times! Navy coffee is
legendary and ERB had been drinking it 'round the clock. As a result, he
was having trouble sleeping. Not only that, but his hands were starting
to shake. Finally, on March 1, 1943, when ERB was back at Pearl Harbor,
he cured the shakes by simply giving up coffee.
Perhaps if he hadn't washed his cup, though, he may have
been okay, at least according to this article which claims that the best
-- if not the only way -- to enjoy good health while drinking Navy coffee
wash your cup! ~ Tarzan's
Another cure for those blahs might have been if ERB had
been drinking Tarzan-brand coffee. He probably could have picked some up
at a store in some of the exotic Asian ports he visited. Of course, he
would then have needed to file lawsuits because of the likelihood that
the name of "Tarzan" was being used without permission!
The USS Shaw / Edgar Rice Burroughs Connection
ERB's World War II timeline:
*** It wasn't the first time ERB
would try to cure his ills on March 1. Back on that date in 1918 he was
visiting Coldwater, Michigan. He had been enduring a seven-year battle
with neuritis, a condition that causes pain and loss of function.
He wrote to his friend Bert Weston, in Nebraska, saying,
dope which I obtained is put up by a druggist in Coldwater from a prescription
given to one of the Coldwater plutes (plutocrats) by a traveling salesman
-- but where the traveling salesman got the prescription, deponent sayeth
not. Anyhow, it cost one and one half bucks per bottle and is absolutely
guaranteed to be harmless. Dr. Earle pooh-poohs the idea that it helped
me and so do I; however it was a remarkable coincidence that immediately
after commencing to take it the pain left me for the first time in years
and I have been steadily improving since. To show what a narrow minded
chump a man can be, I quit taking it because they doubled the price."
ERB/Weston Connection: Hillmans visit Beatrice, NB
Ed's Letter to old friend Bert Weston
*** The seed for Tarzana was
sown on March 1, 1919. On that date, ERB purchased Mil Flores, the
540-acre estate of the late L.A. Times founder, Harrison Gray Otis.
ERB renamed the ranch Tarzana...and the rest is history.
The ERBzine Tarzana Site
Exploring ERB's Tarzana
Tarzana: Then and Now
John Carter Anniversary ECOF Program and Logo ~ "Bridge",
"Waldo" and Sue-On with Bob's Leathercraft
ECOF Attendees Collage ~ Mary Burroughs, Billy York,
Thomas Yeates, Stan Gallowway and his Teenage Tarzan book
*** (Burroughs, Badges, Bridgewater, Bledig)
Friday, March 2, 2012, was the first full day of activities
at the 2012 ECOF, an event which would feature the Saturday night
advance showing of Disney's "John Carter" and an event which would
also kick off a year of ERB celebrations on the 100th anniversary
of publication of ERB's first Mars and Tarzan novels.
Nels Myrhoj and John Martin, who had traveled
to the ECOF together on Amtrak, joined Brad Vinson for breakfast
and then checked in to get ERB golf shirts with the names of Tarzan and
John Carter emblazoned on them instead of an alligator. The packets included
25 large art prints of the Mars stories from pulps to present. Bob Zeuschner
wrote a guide to the artwork explaining where each piece was originally
used and naming those responsible for making the art available for the
ECOF packets. ERB Inc. supplied many of the goodies, including John Carter-Tarzan
100th anniversary coffee mugs.
Billy and Bonnie York along with Tim Clark
were handling the check-in area at the Hidden Harbor Room of the Warner
Center Marriott hotel, site of this and several other ERB gatherings
over the years.
*** This 100th Anniversary Year was one not to be missed.
and I made a point of flying and driving to both the Tarzana events:
ECOF and Dum-Dum. The trips were certainly worth the effort. . . major
celebrations which I've covered on the Web coverage from the year.
The 2012 Annual ECOF: March 2nd and 3rd, Tarzana,
Celebrating the Opening of the Disney John Carter
John Carter (of Mars) Film
Bob Zeuschner's Barsoom Art Prints
ECOF Presenters and Attendees
*** Mary and Stacy Burroughs had the huckster
room table next to John's and were selling packets of note cards featuring
art by Mary's late husband, John Coleman Burroughs. Bob and Lindy
Zeuschner were just behind them and there were around 20 tables on
the main floor of the room with several more on a platform up a few steps.
Those included an ERB Inc. table and one for Cryptozoic trading
cards, plus some for use by illustrator Thomas Yeates and former
Tarzans Ron Ely and Casper Van Dien and former Jane Lydie
Shortly after the huckster room opened,
"Waldo" Hibbard came in with the leather name badges he had made in
advance for everyone who had requested one. The badges were about four
inches in diameter, the size depending on how much room Bob needed for
our names. The background was the initials JCM in the style used
by Disney for John Carter (of Mars). Sue-On displays our two badges in
our accompanying photos.
*** But Bob had a secret. He had made one
badge a lot larger than the rest, about the size of a pie tin. During one
of the discussion sessions in the Pearls Room, he advanced to the podium
and called Bob Zeuschner up front to present him with the extra-large badge.
I can't remember what it said, but it had a bunch of titles on it. "Waldo,"
as Hibbard is sometimes known, said he made it because he heard that Zeuschner
"liked long titles." That was a humorous commentary on the title of Zeuschner's
earlier bibliography,"Edgar Rice Burroughs: The Exhaustive Scholar's
and Collector's Descripitive Bibliography." When the book was reprinted
in paperback, the title became even longer:
"Edgar Rice Burroughs:
The Exhaustive Scholar's and Collector's Descriptive Bibliography of American
Periodical, Hardcover, Paperback and Reprint Editions."
Zeuschner, of course, had wanted a shorter title, but
the publishers had overruled him! Since then, he has come out with a newer
edition of his book with a much shorter title, "Edgar Rice Burroughs,
The Bibliography," by Robert B. Zeuschner.
Tarzan's father-in-law, Professor A.Q. Porter
himself, showed up in the Pearls Room to give a dime lecture on "Percival
Lowell's Influence on Princess of Mars." For the lecture, Prof. Porter
used notes compiled by well-known ERB fan J.G. "Huck" Huckenpohler.
*** Friday afternoon, Stanley "Woola"
Galloway of Bridgewater College, Virginia, delivered his paper on comparisons
and contrasts between the characters of Tarzan and John Carter. Afterward,
some of those in attendance chimed in with observations of their own.
Stan wrote "The Teenage Tarzan," which explores
the teen years of the ape man, as chronicled in ERB's "Jungle Tales
of Tarzan." Stan and his interest in ERB was also featured in a recent
edition of the Bridgewater College magazine. He brought a few copies to
the ECOF and, after his presentation, made them available to those in attendance.
Next came a panel discussion by contributors to the forthcoming
book, an annotated "A Princess of Mars," which featured ERB's story
plus several short stories by Michael Kogge, Chuck Rosenthal, Dan Moran
and others. Dan Parsons,
artist on the publication, was there as well.
Kogge had the idea for his Martian anthology a year ago,
but publishers told him there wasn't enough time to do it by the time he
wanted. So, in the spirit of American entrepreneurism, he decided to do
it himself to get it out earlier in both print and electronic form.
*** Later it was time for a presentation
of Joan Bledig's videotape of "You Lucky Girl!" in three
acts, ERB's only play. ERB Inc. and the play personnel had approved her
request to tape it, and she attended the first two performances at the
Palmdale, Calif., Playhouse in April of 1997 and edited the two tapes together
to get the best overall presentation of the play.
It was during the play that it occurred to John that
we were actually watching a film production of something that was virtually
exactly as ERB wrote it (the director was present and later told us that
the only changes they made were in a couple of places where non-contractions
were changed into contractions for the easier presentation of the actors
and the listening of the hearers).
The first and third acts were in daytime and the middle
act was at night, helping to show the passage of time. The original audience
present could be heard laughing and applauding several times, demonstrating
that the ERB style and wit worked fine in a format with which he really
did not have much experience.
*** In comments after the play, the director
said they wanted to stick as close as possible to ERB's original script
because it is important to stick very close in the first presentation of
a play, which this was. ERB wrote "You Lucky Girl!" in 1927 and
its first presentation before an audience was 70 years later! The director
noted that, unlike many playwrights, ERB never had a chance to see his
play performed, even in a rehearsal, and thus he had no opportunity to
see how well everything would work on stage. Apparently, those who write
plays sometimes revise parts of them when they see how the dialogue and
actions actually work out with real actors, as opposed to what the author
envisions when he puts those words and instructions on paper.
For more information about the play, see my many ERBzine
You Lucky Girl!
You Lucky Girl! Review by Bob Zeuschner
Meet Joan Bledig:
Stanley Galloway and The Teenage Tarzan:
J.G. "Huck" Huckenpohler's Lowell Presentation
Mary and Stacy Burroughs
Bob Hibbard: Master Leatherworker
Article in Bridgewater Mag
*** For Friday night dinner, Nels and
John joined a group that eventually totaled nine and went across the street
to the China Bistro, where we were seated at a large round table
near tables full of other ERB fans. The place was noisy, and unless you
were a lip reader it was hard to understand what someone across the table
from you was saying. But that made for the opportunity to get to better
know those sitting next to you. To John's left was John Pappas and his
wife Paula. They talked for most of the meal and shared quite a few
things in common besides ERB, including the fact that he occasionally comes
up John's way to visit his son, who, at the time, was maintenance chief
for the old steam engines run by the Mount Rainier Railroad, which operates
a tourist excursion line along the edge of the county in which John lives.
"I have since enjoyed visiting with John and Paula at other ERB gatherings
as well as in my home of Centralia when they have stopped in on the way
to visit their son. Back at the hotel, there were more informal discussion
groups in the lobby. I asked Joan Bledig about the exploration she and
Tyner did of Edgar Rice Burroughs country in Southern Idaho, in preparation
2011 Dum Dum in Pocatello."
They made many exciting ERB-related discoveries and Joan
has written an account of them which appeared in "The Burroughs Bulletin."
Photos of most of the ECOFers dining at P.F. Chang's
John Martin with John and Paula Pappas
2011 Pocatello Dum-Dum
WWII Oldest War Correspondent, Edgar Rice Burroughs
~ USS Show and its Commander's Autograph
Bob Lubbers: Photos through the years and sample Tarzan
work ~ Celardo's Tarzan Strip
*** (Burroughs, Biggs, Bird, Bob)
The USS Shaw, with ERB aboard, ended a month-long
cruise March 2, 1943, pulling into Pearl Harbor. The captain of the Shaw,
Cmdr. G.P. Biggs, signed ERB's autograph book with these words:
wishes to a grand shipmate." Over the course of the patrol,
others on the ship also signed his book, which he purchased in Sydney,
Capt. Phil Bird wrote in the book, "And when he said
Sydney, Australia, he should of said "Whoopee!!!!"
During one of the many visits that Sue-On and I made
to Tarzana to visit Danton at his home we discovered among the Dan's large
collection of his Grandfather's collection, a series the series of autograph
books that ERB had brought to important. . . and unimportant . . . events.
I spent a long afternoon taking photos of the pages which I since shared
in ERBzine. For an easier read I attempted to decipher all the handwritten
names and comments and key them onto Webpages. To actually see what his
other shipmates wrote in Ed's autograph book, see:
ERB's WWII Autograph Books:
February 1943 (On the USS Shaw)
ERB's WWII Autograph Books Project
Photographed from Danton's personal collection and
Transcribed by ERBzine where legible ;)
*** "Tarzan and the Incas"
by Bob Lubbers and Dick Van Buren, began in Sunday newspapers on
March 2, 1952.
"Tarzan and the False Legionnaire" by Lubbers
and Van Buren began a 70-strip daily run March 2, 1952.
Feature on Bob Lubbers:
*** "Tarzan and the Diamond Smugglers"
by John Celardo, started March 2, 1967, and ran for 53 days.
Actor Casper Van Dien and ERB, Inc. President Jim
Sullos ~ T-Shirt Logo ~ Robin Maxwell ~ Mary and Stacy Burroughs
Michael Sellers: Presentation and Book ~ John Carter:
Hillman at Pre-release, Books, Logo, Posters
*** On March 3, 1866, Capt. James K. Powell said farewell
to fellow prospector John Carter and started out for civilization to purchase
more mining tools. As we know from "A
Princess of Mars," he never made it.
On Saturday evening, March 3, 2012, ERB fans said farewell,
temporarily. to the Warner Center Marriott and started out for the
Studio to watch a movie about the further adventures of Powell's gold-mining
partner, John Carter.
Saturday morning at that Woodland
Hills/Tarzana ECOF John Martin came downstairs to the hotel gift
shop and bought a copy of the Saturday edition of the "Sunday" L.A. Times,
which was wrapped in "John Carter orange," a large-size movie poster covering
the front of the newspaper.
The day was filled with more huckstering
in the huckster room and several special presentations. They included meetings
Maxwell and Michael
Jim Sullos, president of ERB Inc., gave fans a
preview of previewed coming events, mentioning that Warner Bros. had optioned
a new Tarzan movie (that turned out to be "The Legend of Tarzan,"),
Films of Germany had plans for a motion-capture Tarzan movie, and Al
Bohl was finishing his documentary, "Tarzan,
Lord of the Louisiana Jungle."
In the merchandising department, he mentioned Tarzan
slot machines in Vegas and the upcoming release of the Cryptozoic
In books, he mentioned special
edition Disney books was publishing that would feature both a novelization
of the "John Carter"
movie as well as ERB's
A change in attitude at ERB Inc. resulted in the allowance
of books by other authors, he said, noting the authorization of books by
Briggs, aimed at juveniles, as well as Robin Maxwell's forthcoming
"Jane: The Woman Who
"When Edgar Rice Burroughs died," said Mr. Sullos, his
family was running the business and at first they wanted to leave the canon
alone. "But that attitude has changed." The corporation has made the decision
to allow others to take up the keyboard to write stories about ERB characters.
Introduction to ERBzine's coverage of the 2012 Centennial
Jim Sullos ~ President of ERB, Inc.
Meet Robin Maxwell
JANE: The Woman Who Loved Tarzan By Robin Maxwell
ECOF PRESENTERS: JIM SULLOS ~ ROBIN MAXWELL ~ MICHAEL
Casper Van Dien in Tarzan and the Lost City
A Conversation with Mary Burroughs
Special Edition Disney books related to the John Carter
*** Robin Maxwell said,
"Tarzan was my first heart throb."
She explained how she had gotten the idea for telling
the story of Tarzan's early life in the jungle from Jane's point of view,
and of her meeting with Jim sullos to win approval for the idea. She also
did a lot of research on Africa (among her discoveres was the fact that
tigers do not live there :))
Her Jane woud be a modern, forward-thinking
woman, someone that modern readers could relate to, she told everyone.
And at that point, the ERB fans became rather alarmed. That was because
a beep was sounding from the hotel's fire alarm. Everyone obediently left
the room but it soon became apparent it was a false alarm so we all went
back and Robin continued her talk, outlining differences between her approach
to Tarzan and Jane's story and ERB's. ERB fans are a brave lot and quite
used to coping with such emergencies :)
Robin Maxwell's Presentation
*** Everyone wants kids to be interested
in ERB. Michael Sellers, who would later write a book titled "John
Carter and the Gods of Hollywood," had set up "The
John Carter Reading Project" in some area schools. Becky Garland,
along with some of her elementary school students who had read "A Princess
of Mars," put on one of the programs.
Garland shared the results of a survey she had given
the students. One question was whether they thought the story was too old-fashioned,
noting ERB's use of words such as "vouchsafe." In response, none of the
young people thought it was old-fashioned and all said they would recommend
it to a friend.
One said that, because the book was written 100 years
ago, he thought it might not be interesting. "But you could understand
personally," he said. "I read it and was thoroughly shocked. I thought:
This book interersts me...and it's old!"
The group of nine, including boys and girls from Caucasian,
Black, Asian, Middle East and Hispanic cultures. Among the reasons they
liked reading about John Carter on Mars was that ERB spent more time talking
about the makeup of his Martian world and its culture, than talking about
The young people each shared some positive thoughts on
the book and then several of them answered questions from the older ERB
After the session, the young people went shopping in
the huckster room and, later that evening, accompanied the group to the
Disney Studio theatre for the preview showing of "John Carter."
Michael Sellers' John Carter Reading Project
*** The big moment
of the ECOF came Saturday night, with everyone piling onto buses and braving
a ride through heavy traffic instead of through hostile Apaches.
As we walked to the theater entrance, young Disney employees
gave us lanyards with a "John Carter" placard to wear, and checked
in any cameras or cell phones that people had. Inside the small lobby,
we were given 3-D glasses, a plastic bucket filled with popcorn, and our
choice of bottled water or soft drinks.
The last number we heard on theater attendance was 227,
but it could have ended up being more. They showed a short introductory
film that had been prepared for Disney employees to help give them director
Stanton's vision for the film.
After the movie, we saw a couple of the young people
who had read "A Princess of Mars," so we asked them how they liked the
movie and they were quite thrilled with it.
Outside, Disney people were handing out free John Carter
posters in tubes, suitable for mailing home, and smaller collectibles.
One was a pack of John Carter trading cards and the other was a fold-out
cardboard promo with movie scenes.
Most fans can appreciate the film for what it is -- a
well-done action movie based on one of ERB's worlds. It can be said to
have been based on an ERB story, and brings to life many of the fantastic
things of which ERB wrote, and has many moments that bring ERB scenes to
ERBzine's coverage of the 2012 ECOF starts at:
Disney's John Carter of Mars film: Full report in
*** In the world of newspaper comics,
on March 3, 1963, "Tarzan and the Poachers," written and illustrated
by John Celardo, began in Sunday newspapers and ran for 10 weeks.
On March 3, 1985,
"The Price of Honor," by Gray Morrow and Don
Kraar, began in Sunday newspapers and ran for 12 weeks.
The Price of Honor: 12 Tarzan Sundays by Gray Morrow
*** As reported by Scott
Tracy Griffin, Edgar Rice Burroughs is included in an exhibit which
opened March 3, 2018, at the Pasadena, Calif., Museum of History. The exhibition
is "Dreaming the Universe: The Intersection of Science, Fiction, &
Southern California," which ventures into the world of sci-fi that was
created in the surrounding areas of Southern California.
Under the Moons of Mars: Serialized in All
Story 1912 ~ Beasts of Tarzan: All Story and 1st. Ed
Lost On Venus: Argosy and 1st Ed ~ John
Carter: Still and Poster ~ Planned Sequel ~ Celardo Strips
*** John Carter's gold-prospecting days were ended
on March 4, 1866, when he was astrally projected -- in a brand new body
-- from an Arizona cave to the surface of the planet Mars, where he then
took up residence for the rest of his very long life, a life which continues
at this very moment.
This story was first told by Norman Bean (later
proved to be a nom de plume for Edgar Rice Burroughs) in "The
All-Story" in a serial beginning in February of 1912. The account,
under the title of "Under the Moons of Mars," appeared each month
in the magazine through July.
The story has been retold many times in various book
publications and was told again in 2012, this time in a major motion picture.
Through the magic of computer-generated special effects,
the movie showed John Carter arriving on Mars wearing the same dirty and
wrinkled clothing he wore while prospecting. The original story had stated
that his clothing had been left back with his dead body in the Arizona
Thus, John Carter originally arrived on Mars just 146
years and five days before he arrived in theatres. He hardly noticed the
passing of the time.
A Princess of Mars
The All-Story Pulp Magazine Covers for "Under the
Moons of Mars"
Film version of A Princess of Mars: John Carter
*** The A.C. McClurg & Co.
first edition of "The Beasts of Tarzan" was published March 4, 1916,
exactly 50 years after John Carter arrived on Mars. The story had appeared
earlier in "All-Story Cavalier Weekly" in 1914 and McClurg
had also published sample editions for reviewers and salesmen, but this
was the public's first opportunity to buy the book off the store shelves.
The Beasts of Tarzan
All-Story Cavalier pulp serialization of The Beasts
*** Seventeen years after "The
Beasts of Tarzan" was published, Burroughs fans could find an ERB other-worldly
story, "Lost on Venus," in "Argosy All-Story Weekly." The
date on the magazine was March 4, 1933. However, magazines usually are
on the stands a few days earlier than the actual date shown on the cover.
So, no doubt some fans were enjoying this story -- a sequel to "Pirates
of Venus" -- even before March 4 of that year.
Lost On Venus
Argosy pulp serialization of Lost On Venus
*** "Tarzan and the Strandlopers,"
by John Celardo and Dick Van Buren, began March 4, 1958, and ran
for 60 days in newspapers.
Tarzan and the Strandlopers: 60 Daily b/w strips by
A quick paste-up while storm-stayed at Winnipeg Airport
. . . waiting for our flight to Japan
MANY OF OUR EVENTS POSTS
FOR THE REMAINDER OF MARCH 2018
WILL BE SPORADIC AND TEMPORARY
WE ARE ON TOUR ACROSS 4 ASIAN
FULL EXPANSION THE COLLATIONS
WILL BE DONE UPON OUR RETURN
~ Bill and Sue-On~~
Forgotten Sea of Mars by Mike Reznick ~ Tarzan
Battles Ape: Joe Jusko Art ~ 200 Year Stramp for
ERB's Birth State ~ Mike Resnick ~ Morrow's Tarzan/Barsoom
*** Terkoz breathed his last this day in 1901 when
Tarzan trailed him and then killed him after the ape had abducted Jane
Porter, the young lady the ape-man was destined to marry. (Or, it could
have been March 5, 1893, according to Greystoke Chronologist James Michael
Moody) The "jungle idyll" episode.
A CHRONOLOGY OF LORD GREYSTOKE
Adapted from Tarzan Alive by Philip Jose Farmer
Read the episode in Chapter 19: The Call of the Primitive
*** Mike Resnick, author of "The
Forgotten Sea of Mars," sequel to "Llana of Gathol," was born
March 5, 1942, in Chicago, which was also the birthplace of Edgar Rice
Burroughs 67 years earlier. Resnick was born eight years before Burroughs
Resnick's "Forgotten Sea" was originally published in
a fanzine-size magazine with color front and back cover, as a supplement
to ERBdom 12. It was authorized by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., and
is one of the best pastiches ever written, reading almost as if ERB himself
had written it.
It was included in the 2013 anthology, "Worlds of
Edgar Rice Burroughs," edited by Resnick and Robert T. Garcia
The Forgotten Sea of Mars
Worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs
Forgotten Sea of Mars Reviewed
*** Speaking of Chicago, the U.S.
Postal Service today issues a Forever stamp honoring the 200th anniversary
the state of Illinois.
*** "Tarzan and the Cattle Rustlers,"
by John Celardo, began in newspapers March 5, 19 67, and ran for 12 Sundays.
*** In 1995 on March 5, "Odyssey Part II," by
Gray Morrow and Don Kraar, began and ran for 12 Sundays.
Odyssey Part II: (Barsoom) ~ Pt. 1: Sunday Strips
by Gray Morrow
Frank Hoban: Photo and Sample Art ~ ERB and Bert Weston
~ Bill Hillman visits Weston's hometown Beatrice
Bob Hyde Interview Clipping ~ Tarzan of the Apes:
Handwritten MS and All-Story ~ Maxon and Morrow Tarzan Strips
*** Frank Hoban, who illustrated ERB stories for "Blue
Book Magazine," was born March 6, 1870. According to Robert R. Barrett,
"The June 1926 issue of Blue Book was the first to place spot illustrations
throughout a story. Prior to that the magazine had used only illustrated
headings, which was the custom with most pulps. The July 1926 issue was
the first to feature the drawings of Frank Hoban, who illustrated
"Mountain Mail" by Reginald Barker. Throughout the remaining months of
1926 Hoban illustrated one story per issue. By the last months of 1927
he was illustrating two, three, and occasionally four stories per issue."
Frank Hoban in the ERBzine Art Encyclopedia plus Blue
Frank Hoban illustrations for "A Fighting Man of Mars":
A Fighting Man of Mars in the ERBzine C.H.A.S.E.R.
*** From the middle of the Pacific Ocean,
ERB touched Beatrice, Nebraska, in a rather roundabout way, he reported
in a dispatch which was published this date, March 6, 1945, in "The Vidette
ERB the war correspondent, on "an island base in the
Pacific," wrote an article on the type of treatment wounded warriors were
receiving in Medical Corps hospitals. His aim was to reassure mothers that
their offspring were getting the best of care. In addition to the Vidette,
the article was released to other newspapers in the U.S.
ERB noted that on his tour of the hospital he was taken
by the hand and led around by Josephine Jack who, while not named
Beatrice, was from Beatrice, Nebraska. Therefore, ERB reasoned,
she was also a link to his dear friend, Bert Weston, who lived in
which provided a setting for part of his story, "The Mad King."
See the newspaper article at:
The Mad King entry in ERB C.H.A.S.E.R. Bibliography
The Hillmans Visit Bert Weston's Hometown of Beatrice,
*** "Pen Pals Meet to Talk Tarzan"
was the headline over an article which appeared March 6 in 1959 in the
"Minneapolis Morning Tribune." Longtime fan and ERB expert Bob
Hyde had been interviewed for the article, while visiting a collector
friend. After the article appeared, Hyde realized that one is never safe
in the hands of a newspaper reporter. Any ERB fan can spot at least a couple
of errors in the article and know that Bob Hyde never gave out that misinformation.
Read the article and judge for yourself:
Bob Hyde article
*** Perhaps ERB's first description
of his "Tarzan of the Apes" story in progress was written March
6, 1912, when he wrote to Thomas Metcalf about his current project.
He assured Metcalf, editor of "The All Story," that he planned to
write a sequel to "Under the Moons of Mars," which at that time
was being serialized monthly in the magazine, but said he had another story
he was going to finish first:
"The story I am now on is of the
scion of a noble English house -- of the present time -- who was born in
tropical Africa where his parents died when he was about a year old. The
infant was found and adopted by a huge she-ape, and was brought up among
a band of fierce anthropoids. . . . I am especially adapted to the building
of the 'damphool' species of narrative."
Letter to Metcalf re: new story
about man and apes
*** "The Yellow Triangle,"
by Rex Maxon, began March 6, 1944, and continued for 24 days.
The Yellow Triangle: 24 Maxon strips
*** "The Most Dangerous Prey,"
by Gray Morrow, began March 6, 1983, and ran for eight Sundays.
The Most Dangerous Prey: 8 Sundays by Gray Morrow
The Eternal Lover: Both parts in All-Story,
Newspaper serial, 1st Ed. ~ Harrison Gray Otis and ERB: Tarzana Ranch
Madame Sul-Te-Wa: Tarzan of the Apes ~ Scott
Tracy Griffin's Tarzan On Film book ~ WWII Autographs
*** The March 7, 1914, edition of "All-Story Weekly"
is collectible for more than one reason. First, it has ERB's entire novelette,
"The Eternal Lover," inside. Later, that story was combined with
another an ERB pulp sequel, "Sweetheart Primeval," and published
in hardback with the title of the first story.
The pulp featured a Modest Stein
cover and told readers that they would meet Tarzan again in its pages,
since Tarzan makes an appearance in this story.
However, the magazine is also collectible and sought-after
because of a letter to the editor, which many believe was written by H.P.
All-Story letter and reasons why the issue is collectible
The Eternal Lover: History, Art, Info
A larger and more defined picture of the cover is
The Eternal Lover: Read the e-Text Edition
*** On March 7, 1919, The Van
Nuys News ran a feature story on the fact that ERB had purchased the
estate of Los Angeles Times founder Harrison Gray Otis. The article
told of ERB's plans to rename the spread Tarzana Ranch. See:
News article on ERB and Tarzana purchase
*** Thanks to Scott Tracy Griffin,
we know that Madame Sul-Te-Wan played Esmeralda in 1918's "Tarzan
of the Apes" movie. Oddly, neither her present-day IMDB page or wikipedia
page acknowledges her role, but Tracy dug up the fact while researching
his book, "Tarzan on Film." As a result, she receives credit on
Hillman's erbzine page about the movie. Interestingly, she was to play
years later in another Tarzan film, "Tarzan and the Trappers," with
She was born March 7, 1873, in Louisville,
where photos of her no doubt reside now in the Edgar Rice Burroughs
collection at the University of Louisville. "Jet" magazine reported
on Sept. 10, 1953, that plans were set to "Honor Hollywood's Oldest
Negro Actresss" The story said "Madame Sul-te-wan,
oldest Negro actress in Hollywood, will be honored at a special program
Sept. 12 which will commemorate her 40th year in motion pictures, her 70th
year in show business and her 80th birthday. During the program, slated
for the Hollywood Playground Auditorium, a showing will be made of the
actress' first role in the movies, a part in 'In Old Chicago.' Madame Sul-te-wan,
a native of Louisille, Ky., signed her first movie contract in 1913. A
character actress, she has played in such movies as Tarzan of the Apes
and Mighty Joe Young."
Madame Sul-Te-Wan info
Edgar Rice Burroughs is the name of a man
Movie Data Base
*** ERB's autograph books include
more than one poem and one of those was written on March 7, 1944, by Navy
Lt. Walter R. Alleton, one of the interpreters quartered next to his
office. ERB seems to bring out the poetic muse in some people, and Alleton
was so affected and wrote:
Who is known the world over, including Siam
For his story of "Tarzan" has reached great acclaim
And his autograph hobby may soon be the same
So I feel it an honor to have signed my name
Along with the Admirals and Generals of fame.
When this war is all over I hope you will say
"My neighboring officers all were okay."
See that and other autographs from ERB's WWII Autograph
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