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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 15 ~ MAR
16 ~ MAR 17 ~ MAR 18
~ MAR 19 ~ MAR 20 ~ MAR
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*** Beware the Ides of March. It was the day the monsters
In 1929 on that date, it was "The Monster Men"
which was published in hardback by McClurg, daring readers to follow
the story of a nutty professor who turned out misshapen humans to tromp
around a Java Sea island and cause problems for heroine Virginia Maxon.
In 1940, by some bizarre coincidence (or was it a mere
coincidence?) the presses rolled out the first copies of "Synthetic
Men of Mars," published by ERB Inc., in which similarly malformed
humans walked the surface of the red planet, some merging into a giant
"mass" that kept growing throughout the story.
Yes, March 15 -- A day to rival Halloween!
Monster Men publishing history, cover art,
Art Gallery, Summary, Review, Links
Monster Men: Read the full e-Text Edition
*** Synthetic Men of Mars publishing history,
pulp covers, book covers, JCB Interior Art, Summary, Links
Synthetic Men of Mars: Read the full e-Text
Synthetic Men of Mars: Interior art by John Coleman
Men summary in erblist
Men summary in erblist
*** While we're waiting around for Hollywood to turn
its special effects and makeup maestros loose on film versions of Monster
Men and Synthetic Men, we can wish Kellan Lutz a happy birthday.
He was willing to wear body gear and cavort around like an ape-man to provide
the basics for another kind of movie magic -- the motion capture effects
used for the Constantin Films version of "Tarzan," which came out
in 2013 to give ERB fans something to complain about while waiting around
for 2016's "The Legend of Tarzan," which at least had plenty of
enthusiasts as well as critics.
Lutz was born March 15, 1985. Just a baby!
Owen Williams wrote a 2014 article about 100 years
of Tarzans and led it off with comment on Kellan Lutz as Tarzan:
“Well, I don’t see what’s so funny,”
huffs Kellan Lutz with mock affront, as Empire points at him and laughs.
The reason for our mirth is the fetching grey one-piece performance capture
jumpsuit that Lutz is forced to wear on the Munich set of Constantin Films’
new animated Tarzan. Joking aside though, it’s actually a significant moment.
Lutz’ Tarzan will land during the centenary celebrations for Edgar Rice
Burroughs’ most famous creation, and despite its digitally-rendered end-point,
it marks the first time an actor has worn a costume and played the lord
of the jungle on a set for fifteen years. “I feel honoured,” Lutz beams.
“I grew up on a farm in the mid-west, and I loved playing pirates and firemen,
but I always loved playing Tarzan too. It’s a dream come true to play him
in a film… even if he won’t have my face!”
See the rest of the article at:
Planet of the Ape Man article with Kellan Lutz reference:
Constantin Films' Tarzan promo and news release in
details about the film
*** The first Tarzan Sunday comic began on this
date in 1931. It was "The Perils of Bob and Mary Trevor," drawn
by Rex Maxon and written by R.W. Palmer. It ran for 28 weeks
and was reprinted in the House of Greystoke Tarzan Folio #1 and
the LOHAE Press Vol. 0, done in manner of "Tarzan in Color" by fan
Or, read the gritty capture-rescue saga here:
The Perils of Bob and Mary Trevor: Rex Maxon's Tarzan
*** "D'Arnot's Fiancee" began in the Sunday funnies
March 15, 1998, and ran for 17 weeks. Mark Kneece wrote it and Gray
Morrow drew it.
D'Arnot's Fiancee: 17 Gray Morrow Tarzan Sundays
One of the writers on some of the Tarzan films from the Weissmuller-Barker
era was Cyril Hume, who was born this date, March 16, 1900, in New
Hume's pen was at work on "Tarzan the Ape-Man,"
"Tarzan Escapes" and "Tarzan Finds A Son!", all Weissmuller
outings, and "Tarzan's Savage Fury," with Barker.
Before he turned to Tarzan, Hume wrote the dialogue for
"Trader Horn." One of his later films was "Forbidden Planet."
He also worked on a number of popular television episodes, including westerns
such as "The Rifleman," "The Rebel," Disney's "Texas John
Slaughter," and many others.
Hume died in 1966 in Palos Verde, Calif., on March 26,
just 10 days after his 66th birthday.
(I have wondered from time to time if the mythical Hollywood
director Cyril Wayne in "Tarzan and the Lion Man" was named for
Hume and John Wayne.)
ERBzine coverage of all the Tarzan films:
Trader Horn Film Booklet
Trader Horn: Read the text
"Tarzan and His Jungle Friends" was copyrighted
March 16 in 1936. It featured 62 illustrations by Juanita Bennett
in its 128-page abridgement of the last half of the "Tarzan of the Apes"
Big Little Book. It was an odd size (3" by 3") and was a Tarzan ice cream
Picture of cover among those at:
BLB data page:
Read the entire text of the original Tarzan of the
Hake's auctioned one for in 2009
March 16, 1940, in ERB comic strip history saw the start
of "Tarzeela the Wild Girl," which ran for 258 days. Artist was
Maxon and the writer was Don Garden.
Tarzeela the Wild Girl: 258 daily strips in ERBzine:
General Charles King died March 17, 1933. He was influential
in ERB's life. At Michigan Military Academy in 1892, Charles King,
then a captain, was commandment. ERB was not a model cadet at first and
King had to write a letter to his parents on April 18 of that year: “Cadet
Burroughs’ offenses have been most serious, but not irretrievably so. He
has been reckless; not vicious. He has found friends here including the
Commandant, who best knew the boy in the Cavalry squad and on drill, and
it is not impossible for him to return and wipe out his past.”
Like ERB himself, King became an author. In his lifetime,
he wrote 62 books and many short stories and articles. He spent only a
brief time at the academy, but his influence on young cadet Burroughs would
last a lifetime. Regarding King, Burroughs wrote:
“That was the famous Captain Charles
King, writer of the best army stories ever written; a man who has been
an inspiration to me all my life because of his outstanding qualities as
a soldier, a cavalry man and a friend.”
ERB still had some of King's books on his library shelf
at the time of his own death in 1950. And ERB sent his own books to King
as well. King's son, Rufus, a Navy commander, noted in a letter to ERB:
going through the personal effects of my dear old Dad... I came upon several
books you had sent him... among his cherished possessions. Right then I
made up my mind... I would look up the pupil, old friend and admirer of
ERB-King pages: Bio ~ ERB Connection ~ eTexts ~ Art
Illustrated King Bibliography
King's books on ERB's shelf:
*** 1883 March 17: Death of Abner Tyler (Thomas)(Born
June 10, 1838) in Chicago, father to Major George Tyler Burroughs.
*** 1916 March 17: ERB started work on The New Stories
of Tarzan series for The Blue Book ($350 each). He finishes the 12th
and last story on March 18, the series is written at Oak Park, on the camping
tour and in Los Angeles
ERB Online Bio Timeline
In a day of instant communication via email, instant
messages, cell phones and the like, it's instructive to note that 100 years
ago things were a bit different. Those were the days of snail mail, primarily,
and, even though it was slower, people who meant business could still communicate
with each other efficiently in a relatiely short period of time.
ERB meant business on March 12, 1917, when he wrote to
McClurg, complaining that the dedication for "The Son of Tarzan"
had been left off the newly published book. Joseph Bray, of McClurg, was
just as businesslike, writing an answer to ERB's letter just five days
later -- March 17 -- probably within a day after receiving it.
ERB had written: "I was very much
pleased with the appearance of the book. In only one thing was I disappointed
and that was that you forgot the dedication. I wanted a book dedicated
to each of my children and wrote you in Decmber to dedicate this one to
Hulbert Burroughs. Could the error be rectified in future editions?"
Bray replied in his letter: "I
have to apologize to you about that dedication. It seems that I clean forgot
to make a note of it and give it to the proper persons. Sure, it shall
appear in future editions."
And it did.
The Son of Tarzan
Inscriptions in the Eddie Gilbert Collection
St. Patrick's Day in ERB comic history:
"Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar," illustrated by
Maxon and scripted by R.W. Palmer, started in newspapers March
17, 1930, and continued for 102 days. The ERBzine reprints were adapted
byOHAE Press as the Illustrated Tarzan Book No. 5 in 2009.
Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar: ERBzine's reprint
of all 102 strips
"Tarzan and the Loggers," drawn by Bob Lubbers
written by Dick Van Buren, began March 17, 1952, and ran for 52
days. It has also been reprinted in "Comics Revue" numbers 297-298 and
Tarzan and the Loggers: all 52 strips reprinted in
"Children of the Wing" began in the Sunday newspaper
March 17, 1966, and ran for 11 Sundays. Gray Morrow was the artist
and Jack C. Harris the writer.
Children of the Wing: all 13 Sunday pages reprinted
*** 1904: March 18: The death of Major Burroughs' 67-year-old
brother, Henry Rice (born June 10, 1838), who resides at 580 Washington
*** 1930: ERB's Brother Frank Coleman Burroughs (48)
dies in Wilmette, IL.
ERB Online Bio Timeline
*** On March 18, 2012, John Carter Tibbetts presented
a program on Edgar Rice Burroughs and his two most famous creations --
Tarzan and John Carter -- at the Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public
Tibbetts had a father who read "A Princess of Mars"
to him and who, in fact, had given his son the middle name of Carter specifically
in honor of ERB's creation. When ERB learned of this in 1949, the year
before he passed away, he sent Tibbetts an autographed copy of "A Princess
of Mars" with a letter inside.
Tibbetts became associate professor in the Department
of Theatre and Film at the University of Kansas. In
an email to me, he said he is looking forward to retirement next year.
In the meantime, he has been doing "a fair amount of publishing over the
last ten years, including "The Gothic Imagination," "The Gothic Worlds
of Peter Straub," "Douglas Fairbanks and the American Century," and "Peter
He interviewed Joe Lansdale
for an article in the "Journal of American Culture" and has done several
paintings based on the Schoonover Martian art. "Burroughs is in my DNA,"
An article published a few days
earlier featured an interview with Tibbetts about the upcoming presentation,
which was titled, "From Africa to Mars! 100 Years of Tarzan and John Carter."
Vern Coriell Remembered by John (Carter) Tibbetts
in Burroughs Bulletin No. 82
Joe Lansdale Presentation at the 2017 Texas ECOF
Carter Tibbetts Article and Video
*** Peter Graves was born this date, March 18,
in 1926 in Minneapolis. When not thinking up complicated plots to topple
corrupt dictators or evil crime bosses on "Mission: Impossible," he took
time out to host the A&E Documentary, "Tarzan, The Legacy of Edgar
Graves' complicated plans as Mr. Phelps worked so well
that, in his younger days, he might have been a logical choice for the
lead in a film of ERB's "The Efficiency Expert."
The Efficiency Expert
Peter Graves arm-wrestles Tarzan
and the "Jungle Gents"
*** March 18 in ERB comic strip history:
"Tarzan Against the Goru-Bongara Monster" started
March 18, 1945, and ran for 17 Sundays. It was written and illustrated
by Burne Hogarth.
It can be read in Volume 14 of "Tarzan in Color"
and in the Titan Books Burne Hogarth collection, "Tarzan versus the
Nazis." (Note: The Table of Contents lists it as Gorm-Bongara Monster
but the lettering in the comic panels themselves say Goru.")
An Informal chat with Burne Hogarth
Tarzan In Color Series
*** "Tarzan and the Rogue Elephant" began March
18, 1956, and ran for 12 Sundays. John Celardo drew it and Dick Van Buren
John Celardo Bio and Strip Index
*** "On Sunday, March 19, 1950, Ed finished his breakfast
and sat in bed, reading the comic pages. He was alone, and death came to
him suddenly and quietly. The discovery was made by his housekeeper who,
by prearrangement, notified his family and his physician, Dr. Herman Seal.
Ed's desire for cremation had been expressed often in the past and in 1945
he left instructions that his ashes should be buried beside his mothers...under
the...tree on my pet lot."
After cremation at the Chapel of the Pines In L.A., the
ashes were buried beneath the tree that shaded the offices in Tarzana.
Ed was 74 when he died -- five months short of his 75th
birthday. His remains were "now a part of the nature
he had worshipped and sought to protect -- the nature whose creatures he
had always viewed as superior to man." -- Irwin Porges, Edgar
Rice Burroughs: The Man Who Created Tarzan
The tree which stands over ERB's ashes:
*** Two of the last photos of ERB, taken on the set of
"Tarzan and the Slave Girl" with Lex Barker, at the bottom of ERBzine
The next time ERB would be in a movie studio was in the
person of an actor who portrayed him in the opening and closing segments
of John Carter in 2012. Although John Carter never spoke his famous
words, "I still live," in the film, the very fact that such a film was
made, 100 years after ERB's story was first published, was a demonstration
that the words still rang true, describing Edgar Rice Burroughs and his
ERB last visit to a film set: Tarzan and the Slave
John Carter 2012 film
*** "The Red Star of Tarzan" was serialized beginning
this March 19 in 1938 in Argosy and ran for six installments. It
was one of three versions of a story which started out as a radio script,
written by Rob Thompson, which was titled "Tarzan and the Diamond
of Asher." ERB revised the story as "Tarzan and the Forbidden City"
when it eventually came out as a book, but the Argosy version was as radically
different as the "Red Star" title! According to Bob Zeuschner, "Robert
R. Barrett reports that Chandler Whipple, editor at Argosy, turned ERB's
manuscript over to Ben Nelson and Burroughs Mitchell, the son of Edward
Page Mitchell, to rewrite and expand. In general, Burroughs allowed editors
to make changes, but when the hardback book was finally published, it was
always ERB's own words."
More on the Red Star-Forbidden City controversy:
Tarzan and the Diamond of Asher
Listen to all 39 episodes in ERBzine
Tarzan and the Diamond of Asher: Bill Hillman's Summary
of all 39 episodes:
Tarzan and the Forbidden City: ERB C.H.A.S.E.R. Entry
*** That dastardly villain, Rokoff, finally met
his end on March 19, 1946, in Los Angeles. Well, actually it wasn't the
real Rokoff...he was killed by Sheeta back in The Beasts of Tarzan. This
was Frank Whitson, the actor who played Rokoff in "The Adventures of
Whitson shared the role with Frank Inslee:
The Adventures of Tarzan: 1921 Film Serial
*** "Tarzan Against Hitler," illustrated by Rex
Maxon and written by Don Garden, had a 114-day run beginning
this March 19, 1934.
Tarzan Against Hitler: 114 daily Maxon Strips
*** "Tarzan Against the Nazis," written and illustrated
by Burne Hogarth, had a 32-Sunday run starting March 19, 1944. It was also
reprinted in NBM's "Tarzan in Color," Vol. 13, as well as in the Titan
Books volume, "Tarzan Versus the Nazis."
Huck's list of comic start and stop dates in ERBzine
*** "Tarzan and the Golden Lion," released this date,
March 20, in 1927, was a very special Tarzan film.
For one thing, four stills from the production were printed
in a special photoplay edition of ERB's story of the same name, along with
a colorful dust jacket of Jim Pierce, the star of the film, with
Like a lot of books that were made into movies back then,
the script didn't have much to do with the original story. And readers
of photoplay books (not just this one, but a lot of them) would often be
puzzled by photos of scenes and actions that didn't match anything in the
Another reason this was a special movie is that ERB got
a son-in-law out of it. Jim Pierce married ERB's only daughter, Joan,
and unlike some Hollywood marriages it was one that lasted. They are buried
side by side today in Shelbyville, IN.
Tarzan and the Golden Lion: Biblio entry in ERBzine
Tarzan and the Golden Lion: Movie Edition
Tarzan and the Golden Lion: The Film in ERBzine Silver
Tarzan and the Golden Lion: Online eText Edition of
The gravesites of Jim and Joan Pierce and how Bill
and Sue-On Hillman found the graves:
The Hillmans Visit Jim and Joan in Tarzana
Off-site facts about the movie:
*** A Jane who was actually named Jane was born this
date, March 20, in 1973, in Edgware, London, England, United Kingdom.
She was born Jane March Horwood but she dropped
the "r" and inserted "lly" to become Jane March of Hollywood and starred
as Tarzan's jungle love opposite Casper Van Dien in 1998's "Tarzan
and the Lost City."
Since appearing in Tarzan, she has gone on to play in
several other films, including the role of Lidia in the TV movie "Dark
Prince: The True Story of Dracula," Hestia in "Clash of the Titans" and
Queen Gwendolyn in the video of "Grimm's Snow White."
Tarzan and the Lost City film in ERBzine Silver Screen
series with many photos
*** "Tarzan and the Valley of Luna" began in the
"All-Story Weekly" dated March 20, 1920. The first issue with the
serial had a
P.J. Monahan cover. The next four issues continued
the story, which was a follow-up to the adventures of Tarzan begun in "Tarzan
the Untamed," a serial which ran the previous year in "The Red Book
Later, both parts were combined in the hardback book
titled "Tarzan the Untamed."
In the story, Tarzan discovered a lost city populated
by lions, parrots and genuine Luna-tics!
Tarzan the Untamed: Full Bibliography Coverage
Tarzan the Untamed: More Info
Tarzan the Untamed: Read the entire e-Text edition
See the five pulp covers: ERBzine Pulp Bibliography
*** ERB's 21st book was published on the 21st of March in
1925. On the front were the words "The Cave Girl." On the spine
it simply said: "Cave Girl." However, on the jacket the "The" was in both
Heins' one-line plot description says "Nadara,
a stone age cave girl, helps a civilized weakling to become the mighty
cave man, Thandar." Zeuschner reports that this is one of the McClurg
editions which was known to have been preceded by a printer's dummy --
a volume that looked exactly like the first edition on the outside, but
had only a few pages printed on the inside. These were used by salesmen
to promote the book with stores. Other McClurg ERB titles known to have
dummy editions were "The Return of Tarzan," "The Beasts of Tarzan,"
"The Son of Tarzan" and "The Eternal Lover." Perhaps there were others!
Cave Girl: Publishing History ~ Pulps and Book cover
art ~ Interior Art ~ Links
The Cave Girl: Read the e-text edition of the book
The Cave Girl, summarized:
*** "The Mad King," originally titled "The
Mad King of Lutha," was published in its entirety in the March 21,
1914, edition of "All-Story Weekly." However, that entirety did
not turn out to be the complete story. ERB wrote a sequel titled "Barney
Custer of Beatrice," which ran in three issues of "All-Story Weekly"
about a year and a half later. The two parts were combined and published
later the book, "The Mad King."
The Mad King: Editions ~ Art ~ Documents ~ Articles
~ Graphic Novel pages
The Mad King: Read the e-text edition
*** Otto Poll was born this date, March 21, in
1893 in Newark, N.J. He grew up to play an Arab guard in "The Adventures
of Tarzan" and also did stunts for Elmo Lincoln's Tarzan. After
that, he became Tarzan himself, identified in the credits for "Tarzan
the Tiger" and "Tarzan the Mighty" as Frank Merrill.
Merrill originated the vine-swinging techniques used in later Tarzan films
and the Tarzan yell, played on a record accompanying a "semi-sound" version
of this second Tarzan movie. His voice was thought unsuitable for talkies,
so he retired from movies to work with children, as park commissioner and
recreation director for the City of Los Angeles. On retirement in 1963,
following a serious operation, he donated his services to the YMCA as a
Frank Merrill Remembered: Hercules of the Screen
Tarzan the Mighty
Tarzan the Tiger
*** "Tarzan and the Trappers," drawn by John Celardo
and scripted by Dick Van Buren, began in the Sunday newspaper on March
21, 1954, and ran for 16 Sundays.
Huck's list of Tarzan strip stop and start dates:
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