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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
TO DAILY EVENTS CONTENTS
MAR 8 ~ MAR
9 ~ MAR 10 ~ MAR 11
MAR 12 ~ MAR
13 ~ MAR 14
WEEK 2 PHOTO ALBUM
BACK TO MARCH WEEK I
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Authors: Jane Goodall, Robin Maxwell, Johnny Weissmuller,
Jr., Russ Manning
NY Times Article on the Ballantine Tarzan Releases:
Sample Ballantine cover Art
*** Leslie Aaron Fiedler, born March 8, 1917, was
a literary critic known for his interest in mythography and his championing
of genre fiction.
Among his writings was "A Serious Look at Ballantine's
Tarzan Series, Lord of the Absolute Elsewhere," which appeared June
9, 1974, in the N.Y. Times.
Agree or not agree with the prof, the article can be
read at ERBzine:
Fiedler article on the Ballantine Tarzan paperback
*** Opinions on Robin Maxwell's
"Jane: The Woman Who Loved Tarzan," one of which appeared March
8, 2013. The reviews on this web page are largely favorable.
Reviews on Robin Maxwell's Jane
*** People will always have opinions
about ERB's Tarzan, and always write pastiches which may or may not present
him as he really is, but then there is Russ Manning, who did his best to
present Tarzan as ERB wrote him in story and illustration. Accompanying
this ERB Events installment is a scene from a March 8, 1970, Manning Sunday.
The full story ran from Feb. 15 to May 31, 1970.
KORAK AND THE RIVER OF TIME by Russ Manning
*** "Tarzan, My Father,"
by Johnny Weissmuller Jr., included this: "...my
father was presented with a gold watch, which was engraved 'To Johnny Weissmuller,
World's Greatest Swimmer, 1900-1950. From his Johnny Weissmuller
Jr.friends, March 8, 1950.' This gold watch was
one of Dad's most prized possessions. As I said earlier, he valued his
movie fame far less than his athletic fame."
Tarzan, My Father by Johnny Weissmuller Jr.
My Father in Amazon
John Carter film posters and art by Paul Privitera
~ Tarzan Twins/With Jad-Bal-Ja:
1st and 2nd books, Juhre comic strip adaptation ~
Gil Kane Tarzan Sunday Pages
*** The great big book with the colorful cover and the long
title, "Tarzan and the Tarzan Twins with Jad-Bal-Ja The Golden Lion,"
was published this date, March 9, in 1936.
The book is a sequel to "The Tarzan Twins," published
nine years previously. The earlier book was a prequel, in a sense, to "Tarzan
and the Lost Empire," since it introduces the Von Harben family.
Since this novel and its predecessor were written for
the juvenile market, they are usually not listed as part of the regular
Tarzan series, although some would doggedly disagree.
Tarzan and the Tarzan Twins with Jad-Bal-Ja The Golden
Covers, publshing history, interior art, summary,
cast, chapters, etc.
Read the e-Text edition in ERBzine:
Tarzan Under Fire: The William Juhre/Don Garden Comic
entry and brief plot summary
story summary from erblist
*** On this date in 2012, Disney's "John
Carter" opened at theatres throughout the nation. Because of Disney's
"remarkable" advance publicity, some people actually went to theaters to
see the movie! IMDB reports the Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $284,139,100.
. . but it still fell short of making a profit for Disney.
ERBzine coverage of the John Carter 2012 film
John Carter Did Not Bomb
*** On March 9, 1980, "The Sankuru
Princess Suvivors" story started and ran for 19 Sundays. It was drawn
by Gil Kane and written by Archie Goodwin.
The Sankuru Princess Suvivors - 13 Tarzan Gil Kane
The Return of Tarzan: 1st Ed N.C. Wyeth Cover
Art ~ The Son of Tarzan: 1st Ed McClurg with
St. John cover art and interiors ~ The Master Mind
of Mars: 1st Ed. St. John Illustrations
*** March 10 was the publication date for at least three
"The Return of Tarzan" was published in 1915,
with an N.C. Wyeth dust jacket and J. Allen St. John interior
illustrations -- small ones, that is, at the start of each chapter.
"The Son of Tarzan" came out March 20, 1917, with
St. John doing it all -- wraparound scene on dust jacket, double-page
frontispiece, full-page and partial page illustrations, and chapter headings
featuring a tiny scene along with a large hand-drawn letter for the first
letter of the first word of each chapter.
"The Master Mind of Mars" was a 1928 book and
had five St. John line-drawing illustrations that were printed on
coated paper with a yellow background. Plus there was a small rectangular
illustration by St. John on the title page, showing Ras Thavas operating
on Valla Dia and Xaxa. If St. John had added a couple of music notes in
the air then it would have shown that Thavas was whistling while he worked.
ERBzine C.H.A.S.E.R. Bibliography Entries
The Return of Tarzan
The Return of Tarzan: Read the novel in e-text
The Son of Tarzan
The Son of Tarzan: Read the novel in e-text
The Master Mind of Mars
The Master Mind of Mars: Read the novel in
e-text in ERBzine
~ Son ~ Master
~ Son ~ Master
Tarzan and the Valley of Gold: Mike Henry Dave
Hoover Art, Film Posters and Stills,
Nancy Kovak photos, Mike and Sharon Tate with Numa
*** 1935: Nancy Kovak gave a new meaning to the term
"blonde bombshell" when she starred opposite Mike Henry as Sophia
Renault in "Tarzan and the Valley of Gold." She was in constant
danger and it was difficult for even the ape-man to help, since villain
Augustus Vinero, played by David Opatoshu, had placed a chain around her
neck with a locket that would explode and blow her up if she tried to remove
Nancy was born Nancy Kovach on this
date 1935, in Flint, Michigan where her father was the manager of a General
Motors plant. She enrolled at the University of Michigan when she was 15
years old and graduated by age 19. She was an active participant in beauty
contests, winning eight titles by the time she was 20.
She is currently known as Nancy Mehta, having
retired from show biz in 1969 to marry Indian orchestra conductor Zubin
Mehta, then music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and later
music director of the New York Philharmonic.
Besides the Tarzan film, she played
Medea in 1963's "Jason and the Argonauts" and has been in other
movies and numerous TV shows, such as "Star Trek," "I Spy," "The Invisible
Man" and "The Man from U.N.C.L.E."
Sharon Tate was originally slated
to have the female lead in "Valley of Gold" but Martin Ransohoff
had her under contract and changed his mind about this being Tate's first
film, so Kovak got the job.
Nancy Kovack's other 1966 film release
was the Elvis Presley film, Frankie and Johnny.
Besides her acting in the United States,
Kovack starred in three films that were made in Iran.
Tarzan and the Valley of Gold film and book report
ERBzine Valley of Gold photos:
Kovack photo gallery
Tarzan and the City of Gold in Argosy pulp
~ Son of Tarzan: St. John art,
Dedication to Son Hulbert ~ Hully Birth Day Poem ~
Hal Foster and Russ Manning strips
*** "Argosy" gave the world its first look at "Tarzan
and the City of Gold" in its issue of March 12, 1932, and it also gave
the world a look at a golden-haired Tarzan. Paul Stahr illustrated
the opening installment of the serial, painting Tarzan with a hairdo some
what akin to that of a blonde Breck girl.
There was also one interior illustration with each of
the six installments, done by Samuel Cahan.
See Tarzan's golden locks in all their glory and other
Tarzan and the City of Gold
Read the e-text edition in ERBzine
*** It didn't take ERB long to react
back in 1917, when he examined the first hardback edition of "The Son
of Tarzan." The book had been published March 10 and two days later,
on the 12th, ERB was firing off a letter to McClurg, complaining about
the fact that his newest book did not have the dedication to Hulbert
Burroughs as he had ordered. They put it into subsequent editions,
thus making it simple for bibliophiles to tell the difference between a
true first and all the rest.
The Son of Tarzan
The Son of Tarzan online e-text edition in
*** "The Egyptian Saga II: Wrath
of the Gods," with illustrations by Hal Foster and scripting
by George Carlin, began March 12, 1933, in Sunday newspapers and
ran for a total of 10 weeks.
The Egyptian Saga II: Wrath of the Gods: 10 Sunday
*** "Tarzan and the Cult of the
Mahar," written and illustrated by Russ Manning, began in the
daily newspapers March 12, 1971, and played out over a total of 122 days.
Tarzan and the Cult of the Mahar: 122 daily strips
The Cave Girl and Cave Man in All-Story
~ 1st Ed with St. John art, Island map
on Dell Paperback ~ Tarzan's Peril: Poster,
Lex Barker and Virginia Huston, native
*** 1917: After you've written a novelette titled "The
Cave Girl," what do you call the sequel? "The Cave Girl Returns"? ERB
decided to call it "The Cave Man," which makes a lot of sense, too.
The story of Waldo Emerson Smith-Jones and Nadara the cave girl continued
in this story, which began in the edition of "All-Story Weekly"
dated March 13, 1917. It was a four-parter.
Eventually, both novelettes were combined into one book,
"The Cave Girl."
ERB wrote "The Cave Man" in 1914,
but readers of "The Cave Girl," originally published in 1913, had to wait
four years to read it, unlike readers of the book, who had only to turn
a page to continue the story.
The magazine cover was a silhouette
of Waldo sitting in a tree, backed by the moon, a shot somewhat on the
same order as the original Fred Arting cover for Tarzan of the Apes. "The
Cave Man" illustration cover was by Fred, too -- Small, not Arting. That
cover image has been made into a variant book jacket by Charlie Madison
The Cave Girl: ERBzine C.H.A.S.E.R. entry
Publishing History ~ Cover Art ~ Pulp Covers ~
Artists: St. John, Frazetta, Krenkel, etc.
The Cave Girl: Read novel in the e-text edition
*** 1951: "Tarzan's Peril," the
third of Lex Barker's five Tarzan films, was released on this date.
According to trivia items I compiled for my ERBzine 1951,
it was the first Tarzan film to be shot in Africa. The first time Barker
showed up on the set in a loin cloth, the native extras burst out laughing.
I wonder if they also laughed at one of their own, whose headdress looked
like a giant toilet brush? See the photo montage along with other information
about the film at:
Tarzan's Peril: ERBzine Silver Screen Entry
*** 1921: Al Jaffee, American
cartoonist, was born on this date He is notable for his work in the satirical
magazine Mad, including his trademark feature, the Mad Fold-in. Jaffee,
a regular contributor to the magazine for over 65 years was its longest-running
contributor. In the half-century between April 1964 and April 2013, only
one issue of Mad was published without containing new material by Jaffee.
In a 2010 interview, Jaffee said, "Serious people my age are dead." In
2008, Jaffee was honored by the Reuben Awards as the Cartoonist of the
Year. New Yorker cartoonist Arnold Roth said, "Al Jaffee is one of the
great cartoonists of our time." Describing Jaffee, Peanuts creator Charles
Schulz wrote, "Al can cartoon anything."
On March 30, 2016, it was officially
declared that Jaffee had "the longest career as a comics artist" at "73
years, 3 months" by Guinness World Records. Guinness noted that he had
worked continuously, beginning with Jaffee's contribution to the December
1942 issue of Joker Comics and continuing through the April 2016 issue
of Mad Magazine.
ERBzine Comics Archive
Tarzan's Savage Fury: Lex Barker, Dorothy Hart,
3-D Trading Cards ~ Gil Kane Tarzan Sunday Pages
*** "Tarzan's Savage Fury" was released March 14,
1952, almost exactly a year after "Tarzan's Peril."
The movie spawned a set of 3-D trading cards,
as did its successor, "Tarzan and the She-Devil."
More racial prejudice. The movie has black killers, too,
but only the white ones get a mention in the poster ;)
See the reviews, photos and reprints of all of the cards
in four pages at ERBzine, beginning at:
Tarzan's Savage Fury: Silver Screen Entry and start
3D Trading Cards series
Tarzan's Savage Fury: Lobby Display and links for
Savage Fury on IMDB
somewhat irreverent synopsis
*** "Tarzan and the Wildlife Artist" began in
the Sunday papers on March 14, 1982, featuring the work of Mike Grell,
illustrator and writer. It ran for 12 Sundays. Read it for yourself, thanks
to Bill Hillman and Dennis Wilcutt, at:
Tarzan and the Wildlife Artist: 12 Sunday pages
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