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ANNIVERSARIES OF ERB'S LIFE & LEGACY
A COLLATION OF THE DAILY EVENTS IN ERB-WORLD
FROM THE PAGES OF THE HILLMANS' ERBzine
Collated by John Martin
With Web Design, Added Events, Links,
Illustrations and Photo Collages by Bill Hillman

MARCH CONTENTS
WEEK 3
MAR 15 ~ MAR 16 ~ MAR 17 ~ MAR 18 ~ MAR 19 ~ MAR 20 ~ MAR 21

TO THE WEEK THREE PHOTO GALLERY
www.ERBzine.com/mag63/6321pics.html
BACK TO MARCH WEEK II
www.ERBzine.com/mag63/6320.html

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MARCH 15
*** Beware the Ides of March. It was the day the monsters came out.
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
http://www.erbzine.com/mag7/0756.html
Monster Men: Read the full e-Text Edition
 http://www.erbzine.com/craft/monster_men.html

*** Synthetic Men of Mars publishing history, pulp covers, book covers, JCB Interior Art, Summary, Links
http://www.erbzine.com/mag7/0737.html
Synthetic Men of Mars: Read the full e-Text Edition
 http://www.erbzine.com/craft/m9smm.html
Synthetic Men of Mars: Interior art by John Coleman Burroughs
http://www.erbzine.com/mag3/0352.html

Off-Site Refs
Monster Men summary in erblist
Synthetic 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:
http://www.erbzine.com/mag49/4975a.html
Constantin Films' Tarzan promo and news release in ERBzine
http://www.ERBzine.com/cards/film/tarzmov.jpg
http://www.erbzine.com/mag41/4138.html

Off-Site Reference:
IMDB 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 Dick Spargur.
Or, read the gritty capture-rescue saga here:
The Perils of Bob and Mary Trevor: Rex Maxon's Tarzan Sundays debut
http://www.erbzine.com/mag8/0819.html

*** "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
http://www.erbzine.com/mag58/5807.html


MARCH 16
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 York.
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 Cyril Hume and John Wayne.)
ERBzine coverage of all the Tarzan films:
http://www.erbzine.com/movies
Trader Horn Film Booklet
http://www.erbzine.com/mag64/6416.html
Trader Horn: Read the text
http://www.erbzine.com/mag64/6416a.html

Off-Site Ref:
IMDB



"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 cup giveaway.
Picture of cover among those at:
http://www.erbzine.com/mag0/0044b.html
BLB data page:
http://www.erbzine.com/mag0/0044.html
Read the entire text of the original Tarzan of the Apes
http://www.erbzine.com/craft/t1ta.html

Off-Site Ref
What 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 Rex Maxon and the writer was Don Garden.
Tarzeela the Wild Girl: 258 daily strips in ERBzine:
http://www.erbzine.com/mag47/4731.html


MARCH 17
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: “While 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 my Dad.”
ERB-King pages: Bio ~ ERB Connection ~ eTexts ~ Art ~ Photos
http://www.ERBzine.com/king
http://www.erbzine.com/mag11/1170.html
Illustrated King Bibliography
http://www.erbzine.com/mag12/1268.html
Also:
http://www.tarzan.org/bio/
http://www.ERBzine.com/bio
King's books on ERB's shelf:
http://www.erbzine.com/dan/k1.html


*** 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
http://www.erbzine.com/bio

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
http://www.erbzine.com/mag4/0487.html
Inscriptions in the Eddie Gilbert Collection
http://www.erbzine.com/mag7/0781.html


St. Patrick's Day in ERB comic history:
"Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar," illustrated by Rex 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
http://www.erbzine.com/mag20/2060.html
"Tarzan and the Loggers," drawn by Bob Lubbers and 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 299-300.
Tarzan and the Loggers: all 52 strips reprinted in ERBzine
http://www.erbzine.com/mag53/5302.html
"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 in ERBzine:
http://www.erbzine.com/mag48/4809.html


MARCH 18
*** 1904: March 18: The death of Major Burroughs' 67-year-old brother, Henry Rice (born June 10, 1838), who resides at 580 Washington Boulevard.
*** 1930: ERB's Brother Frank Coleman Burroughs (48) dies in Wilmette, IL.
ERB Online Bio Timeline
http://www.erbzine.com/bio


*** 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 Library.
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 Weir: Interviews."
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," Tibbetts said.
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." ~ JM
Vern Coriell Remembered by John (Carter) Tibbetts in Burroughs Bulletin No. 82
http://www.erbzine.com/mag33/3355.html
Joe Lansdale Presentation at the 2017 Texas ECOF
http://www.erbzine.com/mag60/6041.html

Off-Site Reference
John 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 Rice Burroughs."
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
http://www.erbzine.com/mag7/0768.html

Off-Site References:
See Peter Graves arm-wrestles Tarzan
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
http://www.erbzine.com/mag2/0298.html
Tarzan In Color Series
http://www.erbzine.com/mag45/4564.html

*** "Tarzan and the Rogue Elephant" began March 18, 1956, and ran for 12 Sundays. John Celardo drew it and Dick Van Buren wrote it.
John Celardo Bio and Strip Index
http://www.erbzine.com/mag38/3801.html


MARCH 19
*** "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:
http://www.erbzine.com/mag35/3578.html


*** 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 1104.
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 timeless creations.
ERB last visit to a film set: Tarzan and the Slave Girl
http://www.erbzine.com/mag11/1104.html
John Carter 2012 film
http://www.cartermovie.com


*** "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:
http://www.erbzine.com/mag1/0145.html
Argosy's presentation:
http://www.erbzine.com/mag1/0146.html
Tarzan and the Diamond of Asher
Listen to all 39 episodes in ERBzine
http://www.erbzine.com/mag31/3140.html
Tarzan and the Diamond of Asher: Bill Hillman's Summary of all 39 episodes:
http://www.erbzine.com/mag1/0151.html
Tarzan and the Forbidden City: ERB C.H.A.S.E.R. Entry
http://www.erbzine.com/mag7/0729.html


*** 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 Tarzan."
Whitson shared the role with Frank Inslee:
The Adventures of Tarzan: 1921 Film Serial
http://www.erbzine.com/mag5/0590.html

Off-Site Ref:
IMDB



*** "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
http://www.erbzine.com/mag54/5418.html

*** "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 2291
http://www.erbzine.com/mag22/2292.html


MARCH 20
*** "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 a lion.
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 book itself!
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 C.H.A.S.E.R.
http://www.erbzine.com/mag4/0495.html
Tarzan and the Golden Lion: Movie Edition
http://www.erbzine.com/mag4/0496.html
Tarzan and the Golden Lion: The Film in ERBzine Silver Screen
http://www.erbzine.com/mag5/0591.html
Tarzan and the Golden Lion: Online eText Edition of the book
http://www.erbzine.com/craft/t9gl.html
The gravesites of Jim and Joan Pierce and how Bill and Sue-On Hillman found the graves:
http://www.erbzine.com/mag13/1385.html
The Hillmans Visit Jim and Joan in Tarzana
http://www.erbzine.com/mag1/0193.html

Off-site facts about the movie:
IMDB



*** 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
http://www.erbzine.com/mag0/0038.html

Off-Site References
Jane March Movies: IMDB



*** "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 Magazine."
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
http://www.erbzine.com/mag4/0493.html
Tarzan the Untamed: More Info
http://www.erbzine.com/mag1/0126.html
Tarzan the Untamed: Read the entire e-Text edition in ERBzine
http://www.erbzine.com/craft/t7tu.html

See the five pulp covers: ERBzine Pulp Bibliography
http://www.erbzine.com/mag2/0224.html


MARCH 21
*** 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 places.
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 printer's 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
http://www.erbzine.com/mag7/0755.html
The Cave Girl: Read the e-text edition of the book
http://www.erbzine.com/craft/cavegirl.html

Off-Site Reference:
The Cave Girl, summarized:
http://www.erblist.com/erblist/cavegirlsummary.html



*** "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
http://www.erbzine.com/mag7/0758.html
The Mad King: Read the e-text edition
 http://www.erbzine.com/craft/o5mk.html


*** 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 gym instructor.
Frank Merrill Remembered: Hercules of the Screen
http://www.erbzine.com/mag28/2870.html
http://www.erbzine.com/mag28/2871.html
http://www.erbzine.com/mag28/2872.html
Tarzan the Mighty
http://www.erbzine.com/mag5/0592.html
Tarzan the Tiger
http://www.erbzine.com/mag5/0593.html

Off-site Reference
IMDB



*** "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:
http://www.erbzine.com/mag22/2293.html
http://www.erbzine.com/mag22/2292.html


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