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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 8 ~ MAR
9 ~ MAR 10 ~ MAR 11 ~
12 ~ MAR 13 ~ MAR 14
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*** 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 "Anniversaries"
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 Maxon
*** "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
Tarzan, My Father by Johnny Weissmuller Jr.
*** 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
Atlantic: 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
*** 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
*** 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 it.
Nancy was born Nancy Kovach on this date, March 11, in
1935, in Flint, Mich., according to IMDB, and is currently known as Nancy
Mehta, having retired from show biz in 1969 to marry orchestra leader
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."
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 Kovack got the job.
Tarzan and the Valley of Gold film and book report
ERBzine Valley of Gold photos:
Kovack photo gallery
*** "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 aking 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
Read The Son of Tarzan online e-text edition
*** "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
*** 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 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 of erbgraphics.
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
*** "Tarzan's Peril," the third of Lex Barker's
five Tarzan films, was released March 13 in 1951.
According to trivia compiled by Bill Hillman, 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
*** "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
Bridge's 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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