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*** N'Kima was born April 1, 1875, and that's no April
To be absolutely accurate, however, it was Edgar Wallace
who was born that date and he was born in Greenwich, London, not Africa.
Wallace grew up to become a writer of 175 adventure novels,
some set in Africa, plus other works, including his efforts on the first
draft of the script for what became the movie classic "King Kong."
He is given a credit, along with Merian C. Cooper and Delos W. Lovelace,
on the book which features the novelization of that first film.
Among the books Wallace wrote were a series of jungle
stories featuring Mr. Commissioner Sanders, who was in a number of books
with the word "River" in the title. ERB had four of these books in his
library and some see an influence on ERB's writing from the books,
primarily in "The Beasts of Tarzan." Sanders also invented the name
of N'Kima for monkeys, and that may have lingered in ERB's mind when he
finally provided Tarzan with a monkey companion named Nkima, starting
in "Tarzan and the Lost Empire." (Tarzan also had a monkey companion
in the previous book, "Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle," but he was known simply
as "Manu," the generic name for monkey in the language of the Great
Since Tarzan is at home with jungle creatures, it was
only natural that efforts would be made to feature him in some way with
King Kong. There was a German-language book, "Tarzan Jagd auf King-Kong,"
in which the ape-man battles the behemoth, and the more recent Will Murray
entry, "King Kong vs. Tarzan," in the Wild Adventures of Edgar
Rice Burroughs series. There have also been some foreign-produced movies
with "Tarzan" and "King Kong" in the titles.
R.E. Prindle writes about the ERB/Wallace connection
Recent ERB Book Releases
The Beasts of Tarzan: ERB C.H.A.S.E.R. Bibliography
*** Eleven Tarzans, up to and including Gordon Scott,
were featured in a two-page spread in "TV Guide" on April 1, 1961. The
article, "Me Tarzan No. 11" was about the fact that a Tarzan television
series was in the works. Scott had been considered for the role earlier
but it ended up going to eRB.
*** And, considering today's date, one's attention is
directed to an erbzine news page which has an item which might just tie
in with the traditional celebrations which are under way on this date.
It is left to you, dear reader, to find the article on this page and judge
ERBzine News Page 24
*** ERBzine contributor, Rick Barry, has noted that
on April 1, 2012, JOHN CARTER had its Japanese premiere in
Tokyo, with Andrew Stanton, Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, and something
green, resembling a Thark, in attendance.
John Carter (of Mars) - 2012 Film
*** While in wartime Hawaii in 1942, Ed completed the
first of a series of radio programs which CBS plans to air weekly
on the mainland.
In 1929 ERB made a formal complaint about royalties paid
by McClurg. . . just one of the reasons he decided to incorporate himself
and to publish his own books under ERB, Inc.
On April 1st, 1935, LA Times photographers, hearing rumours
of ERB's planned second marriage, started to stake out Ed's house and on
April 4th Ed and Florence took a Western Air Express flight to Las Vegas
where they were married.
ERBzine's Perpetual Calender of ERB Events
"Tarzan the Ape Man," perhaps the most well-known
Tarzan movie of them all, was released this date, April 2, in 1932.
Johnny Weissmuller was the face of the ape-man
for 12 movies total over a 16-year period and, for many, is still the one
who comes to mind when Tarzan is mentioned. And if there's anyone who wouldn't
recognize his face, they would certainly recognize his yell.
While many fans of today appreciate the personas of Johnny
Weissmuller and Maureen O'Sullivan as Tarzan and Jane, and can enjoy
the screen stories for what they are, many wish that the Weissmuller movies
would have portrayed Tarzan more in the way he is in the books.
However, it was ERB himself who insisted in his initial
contract with the movie makers that they were to leave out "...any
material which conflicts or infringes upon any story heretofore written
by author," and ERB visited the set frequently to make sure they
stuck to the bargain.
So, accordingn to a "background notes" section at ERBzine,
exchange for substantial royalty cheques, Burroughs now seemed quite willing
to give up his long, ongoing feud with Hollywood over the liberties taken
with his original view of Tarzan that he often had found objectionable
in earlier years. In fact, he made a public statement to MGM: 'Now that
I have seen the picture I wish to express my appreciation of the splendid
job you have done. This is a real Tarzan picture. . . . Mr. Weissmuller
makes a great Tarzan. He has youth, marvelous physique and magnetic personality.'
With that outlook, one can only speculate as to what
ERB would have thought of 2012's "John Carter," which also presented a
story with many alterations from what ERB originally wrote.
Tarzan the Ape Man: ERBzine Silver Screen
Tarzan the Ape Man: 5 Lobby Displays starting at:
BLB Summary of Tarzan the Ape Man
Colour Trading Cards Adaptation of Tarzan the Ape
Tarzan the Ape Man Log Notes and Study Guide by Bill
As seen by
*** The Barnes & Noble illustrated edition
of the John Carter opening trilogy in its "Library of Wonder"
series featured illustrations by well-known artist Thomas Yeates,
who has provided illustrations for many ERB projects, for a Zorro
newspaper strip, and, currently, for Prince Valiant. The handsome
volume was titled "John Carter of Mars" and contained "A Princess
of Mars," "The Gods of Mars," and "The Warlord of Mars."
In an interview published at Comicon.com on April 2,
2009, Yeates talked about his enthusiasm for ERB and the Martian trilogy
Read it and see more information about Yeates at:
Thomas Yeates in ERBzine's tarzan.org Companion Site:
Our ERBzine Yeates Tribute contains
a mulitude of spectacular Barsoom illustrations
*** On April 2, 2012, JOHN CARTER held a press
event in Tokyo the day after its Japanese premiere, with Andrew Stanton,
Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, and singer Sachiko Kobayashi present.
John Carter: the 2012 film from Disney
*** In 1956 on April 3, more than 60 years ago, D. Peter
Ogden published his first issue of "ERBANIA," in England. It
was a 20-pager and included an article by Peter on "The American Tarzan
Strip" and a bibliography of the original appearances of the novels.
Later, Peter moved to Florida, where he continued to
publish ERBANIA up through issue 103 a few years ago.
Peter passed away last fall.
Peter Ogden at the Dayton Dum-Dum:
Guide to Peter's ERBANIA - All the covers, dates and
contents starting at:
"Somewhere in Sonora," released April 3, 1927.
featured the first appearance of Tarzan the Wonder Horse. Tarzan
was born in 1925 and Ken Maynard, star of many old cowboy movies,
trained Tarzan to do amazing tricks. ERB was at first very unhappy that
Maynard had named the horse Tarzan and filed suit, but the issue was settled
amicably and Tarzan was allowed to keep his name. ERB thought Maynard went
too far, however, when, in 1932, one of the movies bore the Tarzan: "Come
on, Tarzan." Note: There was a remake of "Somewhere in Sonora" in 1933,
starring John Wayne
Ken Maynard's Tarzan, the Wonder Horse
Ken Maynard's Wonder Horse,
about Tarzan in IMDB
in Sonora: IMDB
*** Most of us couldn't tell what we were doing on past
April 3's if our lives depended on it. ERB kept better records than most,
though, so we do know some things that he did on April 3's, such as:
1917 -- ERB returned to Oak Park to buy a larger
home at 700 Linden Avenue.
1921 -- Ed's Packard was hit by a dangerous driver
on Ventura Boulevard. He fired off a letter to the Automobile Club
asking them to prosecute the driver, the likes of whom should be kept off
the roads, he asserted. "Only my good driving prevented a serious accident,"
1933 -- From April 3 to 7, the Burroughs family took
a vacation trip to Death Valley. ERB wrote a humorous account of
the expedition in a nine-page, 2,700-word piece titled "The Death Valley
Expedition of the Intrepid Thirty-Threers."
The 1933 trip is described on pages 549-50 of "Edgar
Rice Burroughs: The Man Who Created Tarzan," by Irwin Porges. It says in
part that "Burroughs sets the amusing theme in which
he contrasts the obstacles and dangers faced by the original gold pioneers
[the Forty-Niners] with the 'sufferings' of the intrepid Burroughses."
ERBzine's ERB Perpetual Calendar:
ERB Bio Timeline
*** April 3, 1934 is the birthdate of Dame Jane Morris
Goodall DBE, the world's foremost expert on chimpanzees and fan of
the Tarzan books. She once said, "Tarzan married
the wrong Jane." Tarzanís story was a big inspiration for Dr. Goodall
when she was a young girl.
Meeting Dr. Jane Goodall in Tarzana
Married the Wrong Jane
*** Among ERB's writings published in 1918 were an April
4 article in the Chicago Tribune, "How I Became an Author," and
the novelette, "Out of Time's Abyss," published in Blue Book Magazine
in December of 1918.
Six years later, on April 4, 1924, ERB used the "Out
of Time's Abyss" title for another piece of writing. This was an article
for the weekly Urbanite, the official organ of the Urban Military
Academy in Los Angeles.
In keeping with his "time's abyss" theme, ERB indicated
in the Urbanite article that his own days at a military academy had been
"eighty or ninety years" ago.
One of ERB's experiences at the Michigan Military
Academy may well have been the seed for the duel that Tarzan fought
in "The Return of Tarzan."
ERB described the great Michigan Military Academy "duel
to the death" in his Urbanite article, which may be read here:
ERB's "Duel to the Death" article in Urbanite
ERBzine has scanned and typed out the text for an
The Return of Tarzan: ERB C.H.A.S.E.R. entry
The Return of Tarzan: Read the e-text edition
*** As for the 1918 article, "How I Became an Author,"
ERB's tongue was in cheek about as much as it was in the 1924 article.
Among other lines was this: "At home Tarzan is vulgarly
known as our meal ticket. Whenever the sheriff gains on me and is about
to levy on my coat-tails I draw my trusty Underwood and dash off another
"How I Became An Author" article by ERB - Keyed for
*** ERB married Florence Gilbert Dearholt on April
4, 1935. In his book, "Tarzan: The Centennial Celebration," Scott
Tracy Griffin noted that shortly after the marriage ERB began writing "Tarzan's
Quest," which explores the concept of immortality: "The
eternal-youth formula that drives this story may represent a personal fantasy
for Burroughs....At 30, Florence was half his age; Burroughs' April 4,
1935 marriage to her began a cycle of nightly socializing and parties with
Hollywood friends as he approached life with redoubled vigor." (Page
Florence Burroughs Photo Album
Tarzan's Quest: ERB C.H.A.S.E.R Biblio entry
*** Sy Weintraub held the rights for the "Tarzan" franchise
from 1958 to 1984. According to IMDB, "His depiction
of Tarzan was an educated well-spoken lone adventurer...." His Tarzans
were played by Gordon Scott, Jock Mahoney, Mike Henry and Ron Ely.
At a Tarzan reunion in Mexico, a few ape-men sat down with Sy Weintraub
to give voice to the Tarzan yell. In the ERBzine Photo: from left, Jock
Mahoney, Johnny Weissmuller, Jim Pierce, Weintraub and Ron Ely. Man in
back is an AP reporter with a microphone.
Sy Weintraub Obituary in ERBzine
SY WEINTRAUB, PRODUCER OF TARZAN MOVIES DIES
*** "Tarzan and the Huntress" was released April 5,
1947. Modern fans might think of a "huntress" as someone in a skimpy, two-piece
animal fur bikini, leading about two wild saber-tooth tigers, as depicted
by Frazetta for the Ace edition of "Savage Pellucidar." But this
huntress was more conservatively dressed, armed with a black whip instead
of spears and with safari-outfitted men instead of savage cats as hunting
Patricia Morison was born on March 19 in 1915,
35 years to the day before ERB died in 1950. She has a terrific singing
voice and used it in productions of "Kiss Me, Kate" and "The King and I."
She is 103 years old. She shared memories of filming "Huntress" (with a
romantically preoccupied Johnny Weissmuller, a rampaging chimpanzee, and
a loose lion).
Tarzan and the Huntress: ERBzine Silver Screen Entry
Morison Wikipedia bio
and the Huntress in IMDB
Bridge's first viewing of Tarzan and the Huntress (N/A)
*** In the last month of her life, while staying at ERB's
Tarzana Ranch, his mother, Mary Evaline Burroughs, enjoyed herself
and wrote cheerful letters to family members. But undiagnosed disease was
taking its toll, and she passed away this date, April 5, in 1920. "As her
condition worsened, Mary Evaline asked that she be examined by Ed's physician,
Egerton Crispin. The doctor found that her heart was badly affected
and, in addition, discovered a tumorous growth on her kidney. Her death,
at age seventy-nine, came shortly afterward. The Burroughs family had shown
a preference for cremation, and this practice was followed with Ed's mother.
The first plan had been to scatter her ashes, but it was decided to place
them in a receptacle at the Los Angeles Crematory.
"The ashes were stored at a crematorium for over 24 years.
In response to a letter from ERB in Hawaii, John Coleman Burroughs moved
the ashes to Tarzana. A memo dated Oct. 13, 1944 states:
"Today the cremated remains of
Mary Evaline Burroughs were buried at 18354 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana, California,
in the ground at the south side of the walnut tree growing in front of
the building at that location." It is signed "John Coleman Burroughs,
Joan Burroughs Pierce, C. R. Rothmund."
Six years later, her son Ed's ashes would be buried next
to hers by that same walnut tree.
Mary Evaline Burroughs last month at Tarzana Ranch
Mary's book, "Memoirs of a War Bride":
ERB's bio and burial of his ashes:
*** "Professor Plandome's Secret" was eventually
revealed in the Tarzan Sunday comics story which started this date, April
5, in 1959 and continued for 10 weeks. John Celardo drew it and
Elliot wrote it. It was fortunate the story was not titled "Professor
Palindrome's Secret," as it would have had to reverse itself halfway through!
Huck's list of comic start and stop dates at:
Professor Plandome's Secret: Tarzan strips by John
*** "Tarzan yell may hold lesson for today's kids"
was the headline April 6, 2008, in The Wichita Eagle, in which the author,
Patric Rowley, reminisced about the yell and what, exactly, it meant when
kids used it.
"The yell," he wrote, "was an opportunity
to exercise free speech without fear of impediment by parents, teachers,
cops -- or any other authoritarian figures. In a culture where kids were
expected to be seen but not heard, it gave us our own unique voice."
Patric went on to say other things about the yell as
well. Robert (Bob) Barrett saw the article, clipped it out, and
sent it to George McWhorter, who published it in The Gridley
Wave. See the article in that issue of the Wave, along with another
of Barrett's discoveries -- a page that was supposed to be in a Tarzan
comic book but didn't make the cut:
Gridley Wave #308 in PDF
Alt: A typed-out copy of the article, and other ERB
ERBzine pages on evolution of the Tarzan yell: Parts
I and II
Tarzan Yell Contest in Tarzana with guest Jane Goodall
1918 Tarzan Yell
The 1950s Radio
too, can do the Tarzan yell
*** Well-known Burroughs fan Stanleigh Vinson
passed away April 6 in 1982. He was vice president of The Burroughs
Bibliophiles and also a contributor to its publications. The Vinson
family is still represented in the ERB community by his son, Brad, who
is a regular at ERB conventions.
Stanleigh Vinson: A Burroughs Biblio-Pro-Phile (5
ERB's Portrait by J. Allen St. John
*** On the same day that the U.S. declared war on
Germany -- April 6, 1917, ERB and his family moved into their new three-story
brick house at 700 Linden Avenue in Oak Park, Illinois. Because
of his patriotism and military know-how, ERB immediately had a desrie to
join the Army to help in the war effort, but he was a bit past the prime
of his life and his wife at that time, Emma, prevailed upon him to join
only a U.S.-stationed militia, which he did, helping to train recruits
for the war effort.
ERB And The Great War
Burroughs Home: 700 Linden Avenue in Oak Park, Illinois
Photos of ERB Residences and List of Books Written There
Visits to Oak Park Residences
*** 1893: At the Columbian Saddle Horse Show at
the Detroit Riding Club, Ed rode with the Orchard Lake Cadets' in
exhibition drills with and without saddle and equipment. Ed and his horse,
Captain, won second prize. The audience and newspapers are enthusiastic.
*** 1927: Ed commences writing his play: "Mary Who?"
aka "Why Razz the Kids" aka "Holy Bonds of Wedlock". It was perhaps
written for Joan but was never published.
*** 1932: Ed writes Lost on Venus at ERB's
beach home at 90 Malibu La Costa.
"The Big Swingers," by Robert Fenton, a parallel
biography of Edgar Rice Burroughs and Tarzan, was published this date,
April 7, in 1967.
If it had been published today, we would have known about
it months in advance, through the internet and facebook groups such as
this one, where it would have been discussed, and anticipated.
It may have been known about among some fans in advance
back in 1967 too, but the knowledge was not as widespread as it would have
been today. I was a subscriber to a fanzine or two back then, and it's
possible it was mentioned in one, but I never saw it. Rather, my first
knowledge of it was when I saw the book itself for sale in a store in Chehalis,
Washington, the town next to where I live. It was quite a thrill to wander
into a bookstore (probably looking around for some ERB stuff) and to see
this book on a table of newly arrived publications! It was a great find,
and I enjoyed reading the book.
In 2003, it was republished by McFarland with
a new introduction, by George T. McWhorter, along with a new title:
"Edgar Rice Burroughs and Tarzan."
Edgar Rice Burroughs and Tarzan by George T. McWhorter
George T. McWhorter Tribute Site
The ERBzine Swag Site
Another ERB book, made available April 7, 2016, was an
ebook that claimed to have just about everything. The description at amazon
states: "One of the most imaginative writers of the twentieth century,
Edgar Rice Burroughs created popular and exciting heroes such as Tarzan
and John Carter, whose thrilling adventures continue to entertain millions
of readers across the world. This comprehensive eBook presents most complete
edition possible of Burroughs' works in the U.S., with numerous illustrations,
rare texts, informative introductions and the usual Delphi bonus material."
To find out if the eBook is what it is cracked up to
be, it will cost you just about two bucks.
Collected Works in Kindle
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