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*** The first edition of "Jungle Girl" was published
by ERB inc. on this date, April 15, 1932. The pulp version, published by
Book magazine, had been titled "The Land of Hidden Men" and
that title was used for the Ace paperback edition published in 1963. ERB's
original title for the work, however, was "The Dancing Girl of the Leper
King," and some regret the fact that title has never been used!
Jungle Girl: C.H.A.S.E.R. Online Bibliography
Covers, Interior art, Pulps, Publishing history, Comics,
Jungle Girl: Read the full book in eText
Jungle Girl: Maxon's art in newspaper serializations
Hillmans in search of Angkor Wat and Jungle Girl
Jungle Girl: ERB, Inc. comic version by Powell,
Meugniot and Poliwko
Jungle Girl: Film Serial in 15 Chapters
Jungle Girl variant DJ
*** "Jungle Girl" was published by ERB inc. on
this date, April 15, 1932. A memorable character was Lodivarmin, the mushroom-gobbling
king, and we all know about the magic trick that hero Gordon King managed
to pull off with those mushrooms! The story was titled "The Land of
Hidden Men" when it was reprinted in 1963 with an exotic Krenkel cover
that far surpassed the original of Fou-tan riding a decorated elephant.
ERB's working title was "The Dancing Girl of the Leper King." Maybe some
day someone will reprint it with that title.
Those who didn't want to watch a Tarzan movie that night
could have chosen "A Man Called Hawk" on ABC or "Golden Girls" on NBC.
"Cops" was on the independent channel. The TV Guide descriptive paragraph
said, "Johnny Weissmuller enjoyed 'Tarzan's New York Adventure'
(1942), and now Joe Lara is 'Tarzan in Manhattan,' where the Lord
of the Jungle uncovers a plot to monkey with simian intelligence."
Tarzan's New York Adventure
Tarzan in Manhattan and other ERB movies:
TV Promo on Youtube
*** Income Tax Day was a day for Tarzan movies. The Swedish
debut of "Tarzan's Desert Mystery" was April 15, 1944, about three
and a half months after it had been released in the U.S.
Tarzan's Desert Mystery: ERBzine coverage:
*** Estelle Taylor died April 15 in 1958. She
had been Olga de Coude in "The Revenge of Tarzan."
The Revenge of Tarzan
Taylor films: IMDB
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*** "The War Chief" rode out of the imagination and
the experience of ERB in the April 16, 1927, edition of Argosy All-Story
Weekly when the magazine with the first installment hit the newsstands.
The cover art for the first part was by Paul Stahr, and the same
cover art appeared later on the dust jacket of the hardback book. Each
of the five serial installments had a black and white illustration by Roger
ERB's time in the 7th Cavalry in Arizona put him
in the very spot where the Apaches roamed and provided him with a familiarity
with the region that enabled him to write descriptively of it in the story
The War Chief: Covers, Pulps, Background, Publishing
The War Chief: Read the complete e-Text edition
The War Chief: ERB, Inc. Comics: Martin Powell
and Nik Poliwko
The War Chief: ERB / US Cavalry / Apaches Connection
*** On April 16, 2012, Armchair Fiction & Music
published an extra large edition of a stories about a couple of sirens
of our solar system. The first story was "Captive of the Centaurianess"
by Poul Anderson and the companion story was "A Princess of Mars"
by Edgar Rice Burroughs. The "Princess"
cover is pictured. This cover, as well as many other PM reprint
covers are featured on our C.H.A.S.E.R. Bibliography series.
A Princess of Mars
*** One of ERB's short reader-challenging mystery stories
-- "Who Murdered Mr. Thomas?" -- appeared in the edition of "Rob
Wagner's Script" dated April 16, 1932. Use the back-forward button
at the bottom of the page to navigate to other stories in the series:
Who Murdered Mr. Thomas? mystery The Script
ERB's Script Mysteries were also reprinted in
Forgotten Tales of Love and Murder
Wagner in Wikipedia
*** It's common to hear how ERB failed at "everything" until
he started writing. ERB himself made jokes about his previous endeavors
that have helped to create that impression. And, it's true that not everything
he did worked out, but that is probably typical of many in the work force.
However, he also had his pre-author successes. On April
17, 1907, ERB was promoted to manager of the Stenographic Department
at Sears, where he exceled!! Read that tidbit and other key events
The ERB / Sears Connection
ERB's life in the Sears era
*** Speaking of books about ERB, John Taliaferro's "Tarzan
Forever" quoted an April 17, 1924, New York Times article by correspondent
Walter Duranty who, in turn, quoted a Moscow newspaper that Russians preferred
reading Edgar Rice Burroughs over Karl Marx. Find out what authors besides
ERB that the Russians liked. If you don't have the book itself, read that
page of Taliaferro's
ERB's Words: "Having been
pirated in Soviet Russia, he gained such popularity among the proletariat
that the Soviet government was forced to take official cognizance of him.
Whether they murdered him in a cellar or knouted him to Siberia, I do not
know; but they got all het up because groups of illiterate peasants gathered
in the streets while a more educated fellow, oftentimes a soldier, read
Tarzan out loud to them instead of Soviet propaganda or the intriguing
dream books of Mr. Marx."
Collier's 1953: "The
Reds got their Tarzan pictures in 1945, when the Russians stormed into
Berlin and grabbed some German-dubbed versions. Since Tarzan was raised
in the jungle by apes uncontaminated by the democracies, the Russians took
the pictures back to Moscow and released them in the Soviet Union. Fragmentary
reports indicate the movies are extremely successful there, too."
In Paul Mandel's Life Magazine article, "Tarzan of
the Paperbacks," the Russians were also mentioned: the "Soviets felt
that although Tarzan was a peer, he had been brought up by proletarian
apes so it was all right for young Communists to like him."
ERB speaks of Tarzan in Russia in "Story of Tarzan"
Tarzan in Russia: The Burroughs Boom
He Tarzan - You Fan: Collier's 1953
*** Would you like small fries with that? ERB replied:
On April 17, 1931, ERB advised George Carlin
of United Features against the use of children in the Sunday color page.
He wished to impress upon people that his stories were primarily for adults.
ERB's secretary, Ralph Rothmund, later met with Carlin in New York
to emphasize these concerns. Nonetheless, the syndicate didn't get rid
of the kids in the Maxon-Carlin strip until Hal Foster took
Maxon's Tarzan Sunday Pages featuring children
ERB Comments on the Maxon strip
*** Though he was playing John Carter on Mars,
Kitsch was actually "over the moon" with excitement about the coming
film. What were they saying a year before the premiere of Disney's "John
Carter." Read some of Kitsch's comments from April 17, 2011, as well as
several other articles from that time period: Kitsch
is in great company and he knows it. “I wake up, I’m working with [Willem]
Dafoe, [Mark] Strong, I’ve got Lynn Collins as Dejah Thoris.” Before wrapping
up, Kitsch humbly added, “I’m a lucky man to go to work with these guys.
And while we're on the subject of Mars, don't miss these
thoughts on ERB's Mars. Not only was ERB the author of Barsoom, but he
was also the "Arthur"!
From April 17, natch, in 2013:
Taylor Kitsch John Carter Comments
Interviews/Trailers with Taylor Kitsch, et al
John Carter Film Reviews in the Press
April 18 is a day for some rather strange ERB connections.
*** First, it is the date in 1931 that Otis Adelbert
Kline's "Jan of the Jungle" began as a serial in Argosy All-Story Weekly.
The reason that has anything to do with ERB is that it is included on what
Bill Hillman calls a web page on ERB that is in an "archaic state as a
curiosity reference." To find out more, take a look at the page at:
Remnants of the first ERBzine page created in 1996
*** Another strange one is that Saddam Hussein apparently
loved the same type of art as many of us ERB fans do! On April 18, 2003,
an article, "Rogue's Gallery of Blonde Bombshells," reports on some
of the Iraqi dictators specialized taste. Also, see another article, "Don't
laugh at Saddam's art collection," by Franklin Harris on this page.
It comes to the defense of the ERB fans' taste in art.
Read about the type of art Hussein collected for his
The ERB / Saddam Connection: Personal Fantasy Art
*** And finally, Paul Revere made his famous ride this
date, as immortalized by William Wadsworth Longfellow when he wrote:
Listen my children and you shall hear ~ Of the midnight
ride of Paul Revere, ~ On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five; ~ Hardly
a man is now alive ~ Who remembers that famous day and year.
What was the ERB-Longfellow connection? Pretty darn wispy,
apparently. We could say that H.H. Knibbs was encouraged, as a youth,
to read the works of Longfellow and others, and he grew up to write his
own poems, including "Out There Somewhere," which served as a literary
device in the second half of ERB's "The Mucker." Or, we could say
that ERB is said to have been influenced by Longfellow's "The Wreck of
Or, we could mention that ERB placed the poet's name
as an Easter egg into "Tarzan and 'The Foreign Legion' " when he
"Well, so long, fellow." "So long, Bum." A couple of
soldiers entered the room. They cut away the bonds, and dragged the two
men to their feet....
Henry Herbert Knibbs Tributes in ERBzine:
Knibbs' Poem that inspired The Mucker
POEM THAT INSPIRED THE
Knibbs' Out There Somewhere
Knibbs and a little Longfellow in ERB's Library
Longfellow's Hesperus mentioned in Prindle's Article:
Tarzan and 'The Foreign Legion': ERBzine ERB Bibliography
The Return of the Mucker
*** When William Bradford Ross, governor of Wyoming
in 1922, passed away, his loyal supporters did not tell his wife, "Whoa,
Nellie!" To the contrary, they hitched their hopes to Nellie and
urged her to run for governor in the special election to fill the sudden
vacancy. Nellie obliged, but did not campaign. Nonetheless, she won easily,
thus demonstrating that most people appreciate it when politicians keep
their mouths shut! Nellie eventually paid a visit to Los Angeles and there
she encountered ERB, who interviewed her for an April 19, 1928, article
in the L.A. Examiner. The Examiner also syndicated the article to other
newspapers and so it also appeared April 19 in The Cincinati Enquirer.
A couple of weeks later, on May 1, it showed up in the St. Petersburg
Times, and the Florida newspaper's display of the article can be enjoyed
With his tongue, typically, in
cheek, ERB wrote: "By reason of heredity and sex I am congenially antagonistic
to the idea of lady sheriffs, lady governors and lady everything else except
lady ladies. Of course the foundation of my antagonism lies deeply imbedded
in the bed rock of intolerance and bigotry and fear. I am, like other men,
afraid that if women get the reins they may show us up."
Check the link above to find out what else ERB had to
say about ladies in politics and this lady in particular.
ERB and the Press: '20s/'30s Decades: Nellie Ross
Bio in Wikipedia
history on Nellie
*** On another April 19, this one in 1990, Patrice Apodaca
of the L.A. Times had an article about ERB's foresight in incorporating
himself. Burroughs was the first American author to have incorporated,
she wrote. "All his works are property of the corporation."
The article quoted Don Mastrangelo, an independent
agent for ERB Inc. at the time. He noted that "...the
Burroughs corporation wields veto power over how the character will be
used." One company, for instance, wanted to make a plastic Tarzan figurine,
said Mastrangelo. "He was squatty, the arms were out of proportion and
the face was wrong," he said. "So we just walked away."
Danton Burroughs was quoted in the article as
saying he also has high hopes for a motion picture then in development
at Disney that was to be based on his grandfather's first adventure novel,
"Princess of Mars." Variety reported that Disney hoped to land Mel
Gibson, Tom Selleck or Kevin Costner for the lead. Disney, however, wouldn't
confirm or deny that the project was in the works.
It's interesting to look back and see that this Disney
project would not come to pass until 22 years after this article appeared,
when the three stars suggested were getting a bit long in the tooth. And
when the article appeared in print, somewhere in Canada a boy named Taylor
Kitsch had just celebrated his ninth birthday a few days earlier, on
John Carter recalled no childhood, but Taylor Kitsch
did. His life goal was to be an actor and he made it to the big screen,
playing ERB's interstellar traveller, Captain Carter, CSA, among other
Taylor Kitsch Interviews and Bio in our JC Film Site
Our Danton Burroughs Tribute Site
ERB Incorporates Himself: ERB, Inc.
Kitsch's biography and filmography
Times: ERB, Inc.
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*** "Tarzan and His Mate" was released this date --
April 20 -- in 1934. Jane's nude swimming scene stayed on the cutting room
floor for several decades before being picked up, dusted off and spliced
back in. But while movie-goers were denied a view of that, watchers from
every era have always been treated to another scene which gets the adrenalin
going: The climactic convergence of beasts and men when a few dozen lions,
summoned by fierce natives, ganged up on the safari to kill and eat as
many people as they could cram into their cavernous maws.
Fortunately, Tarzan and the elephants showed up in time
to rescue Jane and they lived happily ever after, including long enough
to go broke so that Tarzan would have to make a trip to a lost African
city to restock his safe. That account was actually delivered to the public
some years earlier, also on April 20, in 1918, when that adventure was
published in book form under the title of "Tarzan and the Jewels of
Tarzan and His Mate: Full Coverage in ERBzine
Tarzan and His Mate: Lobby Displays starting
Tarzan and His Mate: Big Little Book Adaptation
and Stills :: Weissmuller
Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar: ERBzine Biblio:
Art, History, Links
Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar: Complete e-Text
Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar: Part II plus
St. John Art
II :: St.
John Art Collage
and His Mate in IMDB
of Opar Summary
Rosalie MacDowell was born this date,
April 21 in 1958,
And one fine evening at Greystoke Estate,
She chose Mr. Clayton to be her mate.
Rosalie's middle name was Anderson,
Shortened to Andie for her movie run;
It may be true that blondes have more fun,
But Greystoke thought she was No. 1.
Yes Andie was born, a' way back when,
Down in the state of the Carolina wren,
When she said "can" it came out "ken,"
So all of her lines were dubbed by Glenn.
Yes, Andie played Jane and she did just fine,
Even though Close spoke her every line.
But voice lessons soon made her speech divine,
And she snagged a role in "Jane by Design!"
~ John "Bridge" Martin
Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan: ERBzine Silver Screen
Andie MacDowell: Then and Now
Andie MacDowell: IMDB
*** On April 21, 1930, at the request of Writer's Digest,
ERB sent the magazine an article titled "Entertainment is Fiction's
Purpose." The article was published in the June issue and can be read
ERB's "Entertainment is Fiction's Purpose"
*** John Coleman Burroughs created a special piece
of art and sent it to longtime ERB fan Sgt. Frank E. Shonfeld of
the British Army on April 21, 1941. This was done at the request of ERB,
then living in Hawaii, to show his appreciation for Shonfeld's support
over the years. The artwork features some of the major ERB characters that
John Coleman Burroughs had illustrated: Tarzan, John Carter, Dejah Thoris,
Tars Tarkas and David Innes.
The dedication on the artwork reads: "Best
Regards and Lots of Luck"
JCB's Art created for Sgt. Frank E. Shonfeld
Our JCB Tribute Site
*** On April 21, 1998, astronomers announced in Washington
that they had discovered possible signs of a new family of planets orbiting
a star 220 light-years away. It's not quite beyond the farthest star (which
would be in a galaxy at least 13.3 billion light years from Earth), but
it's a good start.
*** "The Life and Times of Edgar Rice Burroughs,"
a 28-page tome written by who-knows and bearing the imprint of Golgotha
Press, was published April 21, 2012.
Edgar Rice Burroughs in ERBzine
and Times: Amazon.ca
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