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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
MAR 1a ~ MAR
1 ~ MAR 2 ~ MAR 2a ~ MAR
MAR 4 ~ MAR
5 ~ MAR 6 ~ MAR 7
TO MONTHLY EVENTS CONTENTS
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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
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
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
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,
"This 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
The ERBzine Tarzana Site
Exploring ERB's Tarzana
Tarzana: Then and Now
(Burroughs, Badges, Bridgewater, Bledig)
Six years ago, 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.
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, Bob "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).
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:
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:
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 John Tyner did
of Edgar Rice Burroughs country in Southern Idaho, in preparation for the
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
(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, Lt.
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, Australia.
Capt. Phil Bird wrote in the book, "And when he said
Sydney, Australia, he should of said "Whoopee!!!!"
To see what his other shipmates wrote in his autograph
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.
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 Disney
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 Maratin 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 include meetings led by
Sullos, Robin Maxwell
and Michael Sellers:
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's 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
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 will be a modern, forward-thinking woman, someone
that modern readers can 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.
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 I 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, I saw a couple of the young people who
had read "A Princess of Mars," so I 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.
On my first viewing, I did not like the movie. Too many
unnecessarily different things from the way ERB wrote "Princess."
However, it has grown on me since then and I like it
better now. I can appreciate it 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 life. But it also has its
own brand of baggage.
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
The Price of Honor
As reported by Scott
Tracy Griffin, Edgar Rice Burroughs is included in an exhibit which
opens today, 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.
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 theaters. 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
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 OF JOHN'S COLLATIONS
WILL BE DONE UPON OUR RETURN
~ Bill and Sue-On~~
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.
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
Or, it could have been March 5, 1893, according to Greystoke
Chronologist James Michael Moody:
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 passed
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 (so say I).
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 of 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
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 Enclopedia 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 Messenger."
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 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.
Read the letter and other reasons why the issue is
Publication info is at:
A larger and more defined picture of the cover is
The Eternal Lover: ERB C.H.A.S.E.R. Biblio
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 Bill Hillman's erbzine
page about the movie. Interestingly, she was to play years later in
another Tarzan film, "Tarzan and the Trappers," with Gordon Scott.
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
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
Edgar Rice Burroughs is the name of a man
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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