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Tarzan and Manu Companion, Nkima: Frazetta and Floyd art ~ Wallace's King Kong ~ 11 Film Tarzans in
TV Guide ~ John Carter Premiere in Japan ~ Barsoom News: Mystery figure seen on Mars
*** N'Kima was born April 1, 1875, and that's no April Fools joke!
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 Apes.)
    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 Entry
*** 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 for yourself:

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 with Weissmuller and O'Sullivan: Posters and Slide ~ ERB with Tantor and Stars
 A Princess of Mars fully illustrated by Thomas Yeates ~ Tarzan Big Little Book
*** "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, "In 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 Man
Tarzan the Ape Man Log Notes and Study Guide by Bill Hillman

Off-Site References:
The IMDB report
As seen by AMC

*** 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 on April 2, 2009, Yeates talked about his enthusiasm for ERB and the Martian trilogy project.
Read it and see more information about Yeates at:
Thomas Yeates in ERBzine's Companion Site:
Our ERBzine Yeates Tribute contains
a mulitude of spectacular Barsoom illustrations

Off-Site Reference
Thomas Yeates website

*** 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


Peter Ogden: ERBANIA Publisher and BB Award ~ Jane Goodall & BB Award and The Hillmans
ERBANIA Early and Later ~ ERB, Emma and Hully: Death Valley ~ Tarzan, Maynard's Wonder Horse
*** 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,

Off-Site References:
All about Tarzan in IMDB
Somewhere 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," he said.
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

Off-Site Reference
Tarzan Married the Wrong Jane


ERB and Bride Florence: Honeymoon and Marriage Certificate ~ Sy Weintraub and Tarzans
Mexican Tarzan Reunion ~ Tarzan's Quest: St. John Art ~ ERB article in Urbanite Magazine
*** 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 easier read.
The Return of Tarzan: ERB C.H.A.S.E.R. entry
The Return of Tarzan: Read the e-text edition in ERBzine
*** 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 Tarzan novel."

"How I Became An Author" article by ERB - Keyed for easier read
*** 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 150)

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.


Off-Site Reference
Weintraub in IMDB


Mary Eveline Burroughs: ERB's Mother and Memoirs of a War Bride author ~ ERB Family and
Tarzana Ranch views ~ Tarzan and the Huntress: Weissmuller & Morison ~ Celardo Tarzan strip
*** "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 companions.
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

Off-Site References
Mesquite Local News
Patricia Morison Wikipedia bio
Tarzan and the Huntress in IMDB

*** 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, Dr. 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 Bill 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 Celardo


"Tarzan Yell" sound graph and Film Tarzans doing the Yell
ERB: WWI Militia Uniform and St. John Portrait ~ ERB Oak Park home on Linden Ave
*** "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 eclectica
ERBzine pages on evolution of the Tarzan yell: Parts I and II
Tarzan Yell Contest in Tarzana with guest Jane Goodall
Sample Yells
Elmo's Original 1918 Tarzan Yell
Weissmuller MGM Tarzan Yell
Weissmuller RKO Tarzan Yell
The 1950s Radio Show Yell

Off-Site Reference:
You, 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 Webpages)
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 ERB Bio by Fenton and Republished  Edition by GTM
George T. McWhorter through the years ~ Worlds of ERB Art ~ Horseman ERB on Tarzana Ranch
"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.
The Works of Edgar Rice Burroughs
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Lost Words

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ERB Collected Works in Kindle



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