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ANNIVERSARIES OF ERB'S LIFE
A COLLATION OF THE DAILY
EVENTS IN ERB-WORLD
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Collated by John Martin
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Illustrations and Photo Collages
by Bill Hillman
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Having polished off the opening John Carter-Dejah Thoris
saga in three volumes, ERB turned his attention to their son, Carthoris,
with his fourth Mars book, although it was named after his lady love rather
than him. "Thuvia, Maid of Mars," began appearing in All-Story
Weekly on this date, April 8, 1916, and was complete in three issues
Both Thuvia and Carthoris had been active participants
in the series starting in the second Mars book, "The Gods of Mars."
Thuvia, Maid of Mars: Publishing History ~ Art ~ St.
John Interiors, Links, etc.
Thuvia Pulp Magazine Covers in ERBzine Pulp Biblio
Thuvia, Maid of Mars: Read the e-Text edition
The Gods of Mars: C.H.A.S.E.R. Biblio entry
ERB liked to start a series with one character and then
branch out to another. In the Pellucidar series, the third book was about
son of David Innes's colleague and friend, Ghak, the Hairy One.
In "The Land That Time Forgot," it was Tom Billings, Bowen
Tyler's friend, and in the Tarzan series, it was the apeman's son,
That story, "The Son of Tarzan," was also serialized
beginning on an April 8, in 1920. The serial appeared over several weeks
in the Indiana Weekly Messenger. Links above each piece of artwork at the
following ERBzine webpage will show full-page scans of the installments
of the series:
The Son of Tarzan: Newspaper Serial Art
The Son of Tarzan: ERBzine C.H.A.S.E.R. entry
"Diary entries indicate that Ed has fallen into deep
depression & complete withdrawal," according to the April 8, 1941,
ERB Odyssey Calendar compiled by Bill Hillman.
ERB Odyssey Calendar: April
A look at another ERBzine page, the ERB Bio Timeline
from 1940 to 1950, adds this for April 8: In letters to the family around
this time he begs that they never doubt his love for his children nor believe
that he ever doubted their devotion for him. He feels he may have been
a lousy father. He never really liked kids until he had his own... he found
them interesting from a scientific point of view. He jokingly notes that
his hopes raised for the future of the children when he saw them chase
each other around with heavy furniture and even start to steal nickels.
He thought they just might have a future as gangsters.
ERB Bio Timeline 1940-1950
About 80 years later, it's hard to know for how long
he was feeling glum. But a further look at the ERB Bio Timeline from 1940
to 1950, suggests it may not have been for very long. Six days earlier,
ERB had been thinking of others, suggesting to son Jack and business
manager Ralph Rothmund that they send something to Frank Shonfeld
of the British Army who had written them numerous times, "something
to give him a thrill." Frank became quite a well-known fan of ERB
and, in fact, started the Edgar Rice Burroughs Chain of Friendship,
the ECOF, which holds the 2018 annual gathering May 18-20 in Folsom,
ERBzine's Dum-Dum Dossier:
Ed had death on his mind April 17 and April 19. On the
first date, he wrote to daughter Joan, saying,
"I am reminded of a scene of ruin painted on the curtain of the old Hooley's
Theater in Chicago, beneath which appeared: 'So fleet the works of men,
back to their earth again ancient and holy things fade like a dream'."
Much of the world is at war: ". . .contemplate the horrors of war, but
not fearfully, as I realize that some two hundred thousand armed men, the
United States fleet, and a swell air corps are gathered all about to protect
Two days later, ERB sent Rothmund instructions to be
followed after his death.
But he may have nailed down the cause of any depression
by May 3 of that year, when the Bio Timeline states: "Ed decides to
swear off drinking. He has lost 11 pounds in the last month."
Then, on May 5, ERB wrote a scathing letter which appeared
in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin that date. In it, "he
blasts the Hawaii Legislature. In a follow up letter he outlines a plan
in which an intelligence test could be administered to potential leaders
to better help the voters choose the best people for the job of governing."
Ah, a "scathing letter." Sounds as if ERB was out of
his depression and back to more of his old self, trying to make the world
a better place!
ERB Bio Timeline
*** Korak the Killer, the son of Tarzan, made his
online comics debut April 9, 2015, at the Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.,
website, written by Ron Marz and illustrated by Rick Leonardi.
This site also has 23 English language comics adventures along with eight
The ERB, Inc. ERB Sunday Page Comics Site
Korak: The Son of Tarzan: C.H.A.S.E.R. Biblio entry
Korak Strips by Russ Manning
Korak Comic Books
*** "The Sunday Times Magazine" of Great Britain
published an edition with an Africa flavor on April 9, 1972. One article
in the issue was "African Elephant" and another was "Tarzan and Edgar
Rice Burroughs" by Robert Lacey.
ERBzine ERB Eclectica: 2018.03
in auction at eBay
Cheeta, the chimp of Tarzan of the movies, probably has
as many birth dates as there are ways of spelling his name.
However, April 9 has often been celebrated as Cheeta's
birthday, not because he was born that date, but that was the date when
he was smuggled into the U.S. Even that may not be quite true. To read
the details, go to the Cheetah Scrapbook in ERBzine ...and then scroll
down...way, way down...to the article headlined: "Mystery
surrounds Cheeta, purportedly the world's oldest chimpanzee."
You can have a grand celebration of the event today by
eating Cheerios with sliced bananas for breakfast, banana bread sandwiches
for lunch, and banana cream pie for dessert tonight.
We Have No Bananas!" on YouTube
April 9 was also the day in 1865 that Robert E. Lee
his Confederate Army to Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant. This released
John Carter from his service to the First Virginia Cavalry regiment.
Then, using his worthless Confederate money as campfire tinder, he began
making his way to the West and the Arizona Territory, enroute to Barsoom.
Ulysses S. Grant by Charles King: King Bibliography
Meet Captain John Carter: On The Arizona Hills
*** The first hotel opened in Hawaii on April 10, 1825. A
few more were built after that, and 110 years later, Edgar Rice Burroughs
and his new bride, Florence, came to Oahu and stayed in the
Royal Hawaiian, for their honeymoon at Waikiki Beach. The Honolulu
Star-Bulletin ran a story, on April 10, 1935, saying that the couple
would arrive the following day, a Thursday.
The article also noted that ERB was one of the most popular
authors of the day.
ERB Article in Honolulu Star-Bulletin
*** 1935: During their 40-day Hawaiian honeymoon, Ed
and Florence sailed on the S.S. Lurline, a Matson Line ship. During
the voyage they dined at the Captain's table with Jeanette McDonald
and her mother. Ed also found time during the voyage to write a letter
to Joan, Hulbert and Jack (started on the 7th, finished on the 10th) in
which he described their adventure aboard ship. They played deck tennis
in the morning and contact in the afternoon. There were horse races every
morning at 11, movies at 8:30 pm and dancing afterward.
ERB's Bio Timeline
Ed's letter to the Kids written during the S.S. Lurline
*** A few years earlier, on April 10, 1912, the Titanic
sailed from Southampton, England. Fortunately, ERB was not aboard, and
there were no books by him in the ship's library since none of them had
been published at that time. AbeBooks has an article speculating that there
might have been a copy of "Under the Moons of Mars" aboard but perhaps
the author of that article, who said he sought authenticity, should have
dug a bit deeper. It's conceivable that a couple of copies of The All-Story
might have started out on the ill-fated voyage, but since the complete
story was serialized in that magazine from February to July of 1912...no
way that the whole thing was there!
thought to have been in the Titanic's library
*** 1934: Ed and Jack visited
Lion Farm. Ed talks while Jack takes photos of lions. In the evening
Ed and Hully went to the evening fights at Olympic Stadium.
1943: Ed writes in a letter to Joan that he is sending
the kids a huge parcel of souvenirs of his travels in the Pacific area.
ERB's Bio Timeline: 1930s
ERB's Letter to Joan
*** It was April 10, 2015, when Edgar Rice Burroughs,
Inc., announced ERB's "I Am A Barbarian" as the newest comic
to start serialization on its web page.
ERB, Inc. announces debut of the "I Am A Barbarian"
I Am A Barbarian: ERB C.H.A.S.E.R. coverage of the
John Sheffield was born this date, April 11 , in 1931
in Pasadena, Calif. Eight years later, he got a starring role in his first
full-length movie, "Tarzan Finds a Son," playing the part of Boy,
a child who was adopted by Tarzan and Jane after his parents died in a
jungle plane crash.
John was billed as "John Sheffield" in his first three
Tarzan movies, before being listed as "Johnny" Sheffield in others. He
also starred in a series of film as "Bomba the Jungle Boy."
Johnny passed away in Chula Vista at the age of 79, dying
of a heart attack four hours after he fell off of a ladder on Oct. 15,
More on Johnny Sheffield and, of course, many Tarzan
and Janes, is in David Fury's "Kings of the Jungle," which was published
by McFarland & Co. on April 11, 2001.
Tarzan Finds a Son
films in IMDB
of the Jungle on Amazon
The Honolulu Star-Bulletin on April 11, 1935,
featured a large picture of ERB and his new wife at the top of the front
page. It reported that one of the world's great adventure writers was met
aboard ship by a living image of his creation -- Tarzan. The "ape man"
who greeted ERB at the dock was a husky, dark-skinned Hawaiian youth who
looked every bit a "Tarzan." In the article ERB is quoted as saying, "My
first Tarzan story was just a vagrant idea...a new type of story and not
more unusual than a new type of stove." He mentioned how he had
sent it in on the backs of old discarded letter paper with little hope
of it being accepted and was "completely surprised" it sold. The rather
lengthy article goes on to tell that ERB had never swung from a tree and
had never been to Africa. At the time of this article, ERB had 43 books
published and the filming of the 12th Tarzan movie had just been completed
ERB and Florence stayed at a cottage owned by friend,
actress Janet Gaynor. ERB and his bride swam, surfed (ERB took surfing
lessons) and relaxed on their honeymoon in Hawaii.
ERB in the Hawaiian news:
RELATED OFF-SITE REVIEWS
~ "Pellucidar: At the Earth's Core," an illustrated
version of ERB's stories by Dennis O'Neill and Len Wein, features
a cover by Mark Schultz and interior art by Mike Kaluta.
It collects the DC Comics versions and was published April 11, 2017, by
Dark Horse. The volume takes readers along for the journey as explorers
descend to the land of Pellucidar, located at the center of the earth.
The explorers find a land inhabited by prehistoric reptiles, strange creatures,
and beings enacting dark rituals. But most importantly, they discover the
beautiful Dian, who captures their hearts and leads them on a wild adventure
to aid her and win her trust.
~ A totally unrelated line from a Sherlock Holmes novel
came to the mind of Michael Dirda when he wrote a review of John
Taliaferro's "Tarzan Forever." The review was published April
11, 1999, in The Washington Post. To read both lines that Dirda is talking
about, as well as the whole review:
~ Ryan Harvey is one of many who has stepped across
the threshhold of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. He tells of his visit
in a Black Gate blog article posted April 11, 2013:
~ On April 11, 1956, the British humor magazine Punch
a full-page "Map of Mars." It wasn't specifically an ERB map. However,
most of the locales shown on it were places from ERB's stories. After all,
ERB is the king of Mars!
~ Michael Hatt's account of ERB's Michigan vacations,
"Tarzan Slept Here," was reviewed by Chuck Carlson in the Battle
Creek Enquierer April 11, 2014.
Slept Here: Author Meet Michael Hatt in ERBzine
Hatt's 2017 Coldwater Dum-Dum: ERBzine
Maps of Barsoom
At the Earth's Core on Amazon
Review of Taliaferro's Tarzan Forever
Harvey's visit to ERB, Inc.
Hatt recounts Tarzan creator's affection for Coldwater
Hatt's "Tarzan Slept Here" facebook page
*** The Louisiana State Museum in Patterson opened
a special Tarzan exhibit on April 12, 2012, to celebrate the legacy
of the ape-man, who first appeared on the silver screen in a movie filmed
in the wilds of Morgan City. The Museum's exhibit was opened in
connection a Tarzan Festival, which took place in Morgan City starting
the very next day for a two-day run.
The festival was set up by Al Bohl who, with his
daughter, Allison, filmed a documentary, "Tarzan, Lord of the
Louisiana Jungle," which told the story of the production of the first
Tarzan movie. The Bohls treated Festival attendees with a screening of
the documentary and their restored version of "Tarzan the Ape Man"
-- complete with live music. Elmo Lincoln had played the adult ape
man in this classic silent.
"Tarzan, Lord of the Louisiana Jungle" project
Film Centennial Celebration
Al Bohl Tarzan Festival in Morgan City, Louisiana
*** Seven years after the death of Edgar Rice Burroughs,
Tarzan fans may have been surprised to spot a new Tarzan book on the shelves
of their variety stores -- it was "Tarzan and the Lost Safari,"
featuring a color photo of Gordon Scott beating a drum. Although
authorized by ERB Inc., the book was not actually written by ERB, but reportedly
by a fellow named Frank Castle, who was not credited as the author.
The book was a novelization of the first Tarzan movie to be shot in color.
The film was also released in 1957.
Whitman, the publisher, later came out with a
second edition of the book, featuring an illustrated cover instead of a
photo cover. The illustrated cover showed Tarzan looking toward a crashed
airplane, from which he rescued the "lost safari" members whom he would
lead out of the perils of the jungle during the rest of the film.
There is next to nothing on the internet about Frank
Castle as far as who he was. There was more than one writer named Frank
Castle so I'm not even sure if the one who wrote several westerns is even
the same one who wrote the Tarzan book.
One important difference between the book and the movie
is that the movie has star Gordon Scott speaking in Tarzan's broken English,
but the book shows Tarzan speaking in the normal way that Tarzan speaks
in the ERB books.
ERBzine on the book and movie: Tarzan and the Lost
Gordon Scott Memorial
Safari in Wikipedia
Castle in Goodreads
*** Ed Burroughs' rank was reduced from second lieutenant
to "cadet" on April 12, 1894, as punishment for alleged gross neglect of
duty while pulling duty as officer of the day at the Michigan Military
Academy. ERB managed to take it all in stride.
ERB's Early Military Timeline
*** It was official: There would be a book publication of
ERB's pulp story, "Tarzan of the Apes." It was official because
on April 13, 1914, ERB and A.C. McClurg & Co. finalized
a contract for the terms of the publication.
Read more about the contract, which eventually found
its way into the collection of ERB's brother-in-law, Eddie Gilbert
McClurg Contract for Tarzan of the Apes
Tarzan of the Apes: ERB C.H.A.S.E.R. entry
*** The Tarzan Festival in Morgan City, Louisiana,
got under way in earnest this date, after the opening of an exhibit at
the Louisiana State Museum the day before. The Festival was April 13-14,
2012, and was arranged by Al Bohl to present his new documentary,
"Tarzan, Lord of the Louisiana Jungle," filmed and edited by his
daughter Allison, an expert in such things.
If you're enjoying a quiet day
at home, sifting through your ERB-related email, you're missing all the
fun! Down in Morgan City, Louisiana, they're having a wild time at the
Tarzan Festival in honor of Tarzan, Lord of the Louisiana Jungle. The first-ever
such festival (may it not be the last) is taking place this weekend, April
13-14, thanks to mover and shaker and documentary maker Al Bohl!
Read all about it here. Opening page with links to other
Al Bohl's 2012 Tarzan Festival in Morgan City, Louisiana
Full 13-Webpage Coverage
*** On April 13, 2011, Dark Horse released its
paperback and hardback editions of "The Outlaw Prince," its beautifully
illustrated version of ERB's "The Outlaw of Torn."
The Outlaw Prince a graphic version of ERB's
Outlaw of Torn in Dark Horse
Adapted by Rob Hughes and Illustrated by Thomas Yeates
and Michael Kaluta
*** Hey, tonight's the night! If you're anywhere near
Florence, Oregon, "Disney's Tarzan," the stage play, opens there
this evening, April 13, with more performances Saturday, April 14, and
Sunday, April 15.
Tarzan the Musical Premiere Performances
Reviews ~ Backgrounds ~ Photos
Tarzan Musical: 2018 Performances I
Disney's Tarzan Musical:
2018 Performances II
*** "Tarzan on the Isle of Ka-Gor" debuted in
Sunday newspapers April 13, in 1947. For 17 Sundays, it was drawn by Ruben
Moreira and written by Don Garden; for the next five Sundays
after that, Burne Hogarth took over the artwork. At the end of that
run, Hogarth assumed the writing chores as well and took another 13 weeks
to finish the story.
Checklist of Hundreds of Tarzan Sunday Comics
with links to their reprints in ERBzine
*** Michael Sellers is author of "John Carter
and the Gods of Hollywood" and a man who has been involved in other
aspects of ERB fandom. For instance, he organized the John Carter Reading
Project, which resulted in many elementary school students reading "A
Princess of Mars" (some attended the 2012 ECOF); made fan-produced
trailers for "John Carter," and operates the web fan page, The
John Carter Files.
On April 14, 2012, Sellers posted on one of his web pages
an article titled, "An Evening with Danton Burroughs, Keeper of the
Flame for Edgar Rice Burroughs." The article told of an evening Sellers
and his wife, Lorena, spent visiting with Danton Burroughs at Edgar Rice
Burroughs, Inc., several years earlier. The article was originally published
at ERBzine, along with a biography of Sellers.
Later, the article was also published on Sellers' web
page along with a new introduction by Sellers of how his love for ERB was
stoked while he was in Germany.
Michael Sellers' Evening With Danton Burroughs
Danton Visit Reprint
*** There's nothing quite so thrilling as making a successful
escape. ERB's characters would make many of them over the years. When he
wrote about escapes, he wrote from experience.
At Michigan Military Academy, ERB was under
discipline (and not for the first time) on April 13 in 1894, and made an
unsuccessful escape attempt. He was caught while trying to climb out a
window. Undaunted, he made a new attempt the next day, learning from his
mistakes, and this time -- on April 14 -- he was successful. Free at last,
ERB hightailed it for Chicago and home, utilizing a railroad pass.
However, his father, Major Burroughs, received
a telegram from Capt. Charles King, Academy commandant, which read:
"Your son deserted Thursday. Letter will follow."
ERB said, "I think it was the word
'deserted' in the telegram that got me, and the next day I was back at
Orchard Lake walking punishment. But walking punishment has its compensations,
one of which was that the old boys could not subject us to any of the refined
and unrefined torture of hazing, which was carried on to an exaggerated
extent at Orchard Lake at that time."
Ed redeemed himself well, later serving in the 7th
Cavalry in Arizona and, much later, serving in uniform as a war correspondent.
He also was a major in the BMTC -- Business Mens Training Corps
-- in Hawaii, when civilian men were training in weapons and military discipline
just in case the Japanese invaded the islands as a followup to their sneak
attack on Pearl Harbor. As a major, ERB was a public relations director
and a drill instructor. He also returned to MMA to serve a stint as an
ERB at Michigan Military Academy
ERB's military experiences and other life events
*** Richard A. Lupoff's "Edgar Rice Burroughs:
Master of Adventure" was first published by Canaveral Books
in 1965 and featured a plain green dust jacket. Three years later, Ace
Books published it in paperback, with a cover featuring the classic Frazetta
illustration originally used for the Ace edition of "The Beasts of Tarzan."
In Lupoff's "Introduction to Second Edition," he noted:
"The present Ace edition is not
a simple reprint of the hardbound Canaveral edition. Considerable new material
is included in the text. A number of errors which had crept into the first
edition despite all efforts at accuracy have been weeded out and correct
information supplied. Certain new information, both of historic and current
matters, has been added. Finally, a number of points which were made in
the first edition have been somewhat clarified and expanded." Richard
A. Lupoff, April 14, 1968
Richard Lupoff's ERB: Master of Adventure
Richard Lupoff: The Canaveral Press ERB Editions
editions of Lupoff's Master of Adventure: Wikipedia
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