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ANNIVERSARIES OF ERB'S LIFE
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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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*** The world of ERB was shocked to learn of the May 1, 2008,
death of Danton Burroughs, grandson of the Master of Adventure,
who was to become, that very day, the chairman of Edgar Rice Burroughs,
The day before he died, a fire in the Burroughs home
destroyed some family memorabilia that Danton had spent a long time gathering.
Hillman, editor and webmaster for thousands of internet pages on Edgar
Rice Burroughs, his family, and his creations, was quoted in a May 15 article
in the L.A. Times that "it was heartbreaking for Dan to put his life's
work into preserving material for the family and see it go up in flames."
Danton was 63 and had been suffering from Parkinson's
Disease, the same malady that afflicted his father, John Coleman Burroughs.
He was a familiar face at ERB fan gatherings, as well as a friend to many
fans, and seemed to be full of energy and enthusiasm. Thus, his sudden
and unexpected death was especially hard to take.
His wife, Linda, and daughters Dejah and
Llana Jane, carry on his tradition, mixing with fans at many ERB gatherings.
Many more Danton web pages at ERBzine.com. Search "Archives" for "Danton
Danton Burroughs Remembered
MEMORIES OF DANTON I By Bill Hillman
Official press release:
Our Danton Burroughs Site:
*** "Wild" and "ludicrous." A quote from a book reviewer
who didn't like ERB?
No. 'Twas said by ERB himself of a brilliant idea he
had for publicizing his No. 1 character.
"Tarzan: The Centennial Celebration," by Scott
Tracy Griffin, has a section called "Tarzan on Radio," and Tracy
leads it off with this paragraph:
"On May 1, 1930, Edgar Rice Burroughs proposed a 'wild
and possibly ludicrous plan of publicity' to publisher Max Elser as a promotion
for 'Tarzan and the Lost Empire': to have the Tarzan books read
over the radio.` " (Page 220)
Maybe that particular idea might have been a bit "wild"
and "ludicrous," but the idea of Tarzan on the radio was not, and about
two years later "Tarzan of the Air" was being broadcast. ERB's son-in-law,
H. Pierce (star of the movie, "Tarzan and the Golden Lion,")
and his wife, ERB's daughter Joan, were speaking the parts of Tarzan
and Jane in those radio adventures.
Radio's Golden Age: ERBzine Radio Show Broadcasts
James and Joan Burroughs Pierce Tarzan Shows:
Tarzan of the Air
Tarzan on Radio
*** Fans lacking an iron mole or dirigible could still
have traveled to Pellucidar on May 1, 1915, in the pages of Cavalier
All-Story Weekly, which began its serialization in its magazine with that
date. In a bit of an oddity, the first two installments appeared in that
magazine, and the last three in a magazine titled "All-Story Weekly."
Of course, it was the same magazine, just with a title change about midway
through the run.
And for those who wanted to wait until later to go to
Pellucidar, they could have waited another 29 years and gone there by reading
"Land of Terror," which was published in book form on May 1, 1944.
There was no magazine appearance for "Land of Terror."
"Pellucidar" was the second book in the seven-volume
series ERB wrote about the inner world, the first being "At the Earth's
Core." "Land of Terror" was the sixth volume, and the last of the seven
to be published in ERB's lifetime.
Pellucidar: C.H.A.S.E.R Bibliography Coverage
Pellucidar: Read the e-Text in ERBzine
Land of Terror: ERBzine C.H.A.S.E.R.
Land of Terror: Read the e-Text in ERBzine
and Land of Terror
*** "The Treasure of Opar" took off on May 1,
1983, and ran for 12 Sundays. Gray Morrow drew it and Don Kraar
wrote it. You can read it all in ERBzine.
The Treasure of Opar
"Tarzan and the Drug Smugglers" began in Sunday
newspapers May 1, 1966. It was written and illustrated by John Celardo
and ran for 18 weeks.
Huck's list of Sunday comic start and stop dates at:
*** 1914: Final agreement is reached with A. C. McClurg
& Co. for the book publication of Tarzan of the Apes.
1915: The first of five installments of Pellucidar
appears in All-Story Cavalier - complete with Ed's map of the inner world.
1918: Ed researches a Tarzan story based upon the campaign
against the Germans in Africa
1930: ERB shares a promotional plan with Elser in which
he would read from one of his books on radio each night for 15 minutes.
Ed, Elser and Joe Neebe, who is now working for Detroit's Sound Studios
Company, are all excited about the potential of radio.
1936: Ed moves to LA
1940: Ed introduces the new Tarzan radio series debuting
on Hawaii's station KGU. He said that his Mars stories would soon
be on the air as well, adding that they would be guaranteed not to scare
the listening public into believing Mars was attacking the Earth, as had
been done by Orson Welles.
ERB's Bio Timeline Series
*** ERB didn't tell us the exact date, but on "a bright May
morning in 1888" John Clayton, Lord Greystoke, and his wife, Lady Alice,
set sail for Africa.
Foster's Pictorial History of Tarzan of the Apes
A TARZAN CHRONOLOGY by Farmer
*** Three years earlier, on May 2, 1885, Hedda Hopper
was born in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania. She played Penny Reed in Tarzan's
Revenge, was in a bunch of other movies, and eventually became a well-known
Hollywood gossip columnist. According to IMDB, Hedda didn't want her true
age to be known, so she started listing June 2, 1890, as her birthday.
Hedda Hopper played Eleanor Holm's mother in Tarzan's Revenge:
Tarzan's Revenge: ERBzine Silver Screen Series
Doug Wildey was born May 2, 1922, in Yonkers,
N.Y. and eventually moved out west. He was involved with just about every
kind of comic art there was -- newspaper, comic books and animation.
Said historian Quattro, "Wildey
shifted seamlessly between pen and brush, from the finest pen strokes imaginable,
to the soft nuances of wash, from the monumental close-up of a grizzled
Martin Landau, to the sunny sweetness of two women waiting for a stagecoach."
In the mid-1960s, Wildey collaborated with writer Gaylord
DuBois on Gold Key Comics' licensed series "Tarzan" when that
long-running comic, which had been reprinting stories drawn by Russ Manning,
began producing new work beginning with issue 179 (September 1968). The
duo's work appeared through issue 187 (September 1969).
He died Oct. 5, 1994, in Las Vegas.
Doug Wildey GK Tarzan: "Pirates of Korsar"
Wildey's work in the Gold Key Tarzan Comics
Wildey's Johnny Quest
"Romance," drawn by Gray Morrow and written
by Don Kraar, ran for 12 Sundays starting May 2 in 1993.
Tarzan Sunday Page: "Romance"
*** 1937: Hal Foster leaves the illustrated Tarzan
Sunday page to do Prince Valiant.
*** 1945: LETTER
Ed continues a long distance relationship with DD (Dorothy Dahlberg)
whom he dated during his stay on the mainland. He eventually sends her
at least thirty tender letters. She writes of her deep affection for him
and of her relief at finally ending her marriage with G. and has moved
out on her own. Ed is impressed by hearing of DD's kid sister's knowledge
of the instruments in the cockpit of a Liberator. He grouses over
the disapproval that J., H. and R are all displaying over his relationship
with DD and the lack of control he seems to have over his own destiny.
He has no plans for the future as other people seem to have them. He doesn't
know when he will return to the mainland and thinks he may be shipped to
the Philippines. He tries to convince the family that both he and
DD have had enough of marriage and only want to share each other's company.
Ed is pleased with Jack having been reclassified A-1 which will
mean he will be sent to basic training before he is sent over... it will
help him take off his excess weight.
*** 1946: ERB starts "Xonthron" but nothing
remains of this mysterious work.
*** 1964: Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine reprints
a Tarzan story
Hal Foster Prince Valiant Sunday Pages:
ERB Bio Timeline
ERB's Wartime Letters: 1945
Many ERB fans have at least one book with a sticker or insert
showing the above message. If they do, that book likely may also have some
pages with brown edges, not from aging but from the proximity of that warehouse
fire which happened on this date -- May 3 -- 60 years ago. Photo spread
of the carnage is featured in ERBzine.
Disastrous ERB, Inc. Warehouse Fire
The warehouse in 2012, among other scenes:
Or, start at the beginning of the Hillman 2012 tour
and navigate the rest of the pages with the links
at the bottom:
An earlier tour with and some familiar faces:
An insurance ad harkening back to
"The Day Tarzan's Home Burned"
*** "Xonthron" was mentioned in ERB's diary for
May 3, 1946, but no manuscript, or partial manuscript, for something with
that title has ever been found. The word was used by Jake "Buddy" Saunders
in his story, "The Martian Legion, In Quest of Zonthron," in which
he brought together Tarzan, John Carter and other fictional characters
created by ERB and others.
Xonthron mention in ERBzine's Lost Words of ERB
The Martian Legion, In Quest of Zonthron
"Tarzan and the Fatal Fountain" isn't online yet,
but it is in three different book collections, the NBM "Tarzan in Color,"
the Titan Books reprints, and is paired with "Tarzan Against Dagga Ramba"
in the Comic Preserves No. 1 collection. It was illustrated by Burne Hogarth
and written by Don Garden and ran for 14 Sundays beginning May 3, 1942.
ERBzine Comics Compendium
*** 1920: Ed assigns rights
to an English theatrical company, who produce Tarzan of the Apes
and The Return of Tarzan as a stage play. Ed receives $1000 and
10% royalites, but the production meets with limited success.
1924: Former ERB secretary Shea, now working at
Hollywood Studios, returns a Burroughs scenario titled "The Savage Breast."
The work has since disappeared.
1931: Ashton Dearholt informs Ed that his and
vagabond, "land yachting" days are over and that they are taking an apartment
in West Hollywood.
1941: Ed decides to swear off drinking. He has lost 11
pounds in the last month.
ERB Bio Timeline
***The movie "Tarzan's Fight for Life" was that very
thing in more ways than one. The script called for Gordon Scott
to wrestle a python. The 19-foot constrictor had been given a sedative
so it wouldn't be too active, but they did take after take, giving the
snake time to wake...and wake...
On May 4, 2007, following his April 30 death, Scott was
quoted in many a remembrance article about the hazards that can accompany
the wrestling of a big python. See the first article after the introductory
information in ERBzine. And a later article recalls how it took six men
to pull the python off Scott.
Scott's Python Fight: Articles ~ Obits
Tarzan's Fight for Life
*** There's a "Secret World of Edgar Rice Burroughs"
out there. Maybe it's not secret to some, but it was to me, until I happened
across this article. So I assume it was probably unknown to a lot of others,
too. May 4, 2012, was the deadline for an Edgar Rice Burroughs writing
contest sponsored for young students by an organization called Reading
Rockets. It was planned as something to tie in with the 2012 release of
Disney's "John Carter," based on ERB's "A Princess of Mars."
The organization's website gave some biographical information about ERB
and added: "To celebrate the long life of Burroughs' beloved characters,
and to recognize the inspiration Burroughs has provided to many readers,
writers and filmmakers, you can give your students the chance to learn
more about Edgar Rice Burroughs and have a writing adventure of their own
with these thought-provoking prompts." The winners were announced on the
website. Categories included designing a bookplate, designing a travel
brochure, writing a science-fiction haiku (skifaiku), and "What's In A
Name." The entries were not necessarily supposed to be on ERB and his worlds,
but rather the pupils were urged to use their imagination in the various
for writing contest on ERB
*** After his divorces from Emma and, later, Florence,
ERB's children weren't enthusiastic about him ever marrying again. For
awhile, he showed an interest in Dorothy Dahlberg, who had divorced
her husband. ERB wrote to her and expressed his love for her, but apparently
they both decided ultimately that they were better off not becoming man
and wife. ERB mentioned as much in a letter he wrote to her May 4, 1945:
think that you and I agree that we had each had about all the matrimony
we could stand and that marriage was often a swell way to spoil beautiful
friendships. I also told him [Jack] that I was very fond of you and that
I intend to see a lot of you if I ever get back home. That should clear
the atmosphere and relieve any future misunderstanding about our association.
I hope that he passes on the information to Joan and Hulbert."
Some letters to Dorothy Dahlberg
A few years earlier, May 4 had a different marital significance
to ERB. His second marriage was to Florence Gilbert, on April 4,
1934. Eight years later, on May 4, 1943, their divorce decree was to become
final. Florence, however, didn't want to wait a whole year and was anxious
for it to be official sooner, so she went to Mexico and filed a second
divorce suit, reported in an L.A. Times article of June 26, 1942,
one that was to take effect sooner than the May 4 date of '43. Articles
on the marriage, divorce and other events in ERB's life are at:
LA Times Articles On ERB
*** 1942: LETTER
home to Joan. Ed reflects that since he had arrived in Hawaii
two years ago for "a short stay" that his life "has been radically changed;
and it finds me happy and contented, in good physical condition,
and still with three of the finest children any man ever had." Ed
has been on strenuous drills in the mountains with the BMTC.
1942: The Honolulu Advertiser reports the finalizing
of the Burroughs divorce.
1944: Captain Hulbert returns to the island. The
Blackout is called off - after 879 nights. Because of the multi-racial
situation the 10 PM curfew stays in effect.
ERB Bio Chrono Timeline
*** "The Moon Maid" began its five-part run in the
All-Story Weekly dated May 5, 1923. "Maid" was actually written several
years prior to its sequel, an unpublished story about communism, titled
"Under the Red Flag." ERB reworked the plot into "The Moon Men,"
conquerors of Earth used the same tactics as the communists. "Maid" was
written to provide an opening story in what eventually became a trilogy,
with the final story titled "The Red Hawk."
In an odd but irrelevant coincidence, the date of the
first installment of ERB's anti-communist trilogy coincided with
the anniversary of the birth of Karl Marx, author of "The Communist Manifesto."
The Moon Maid Trilogy: History ~ E-text ~ Art
Moon Maid Pulp Covers: ERBzine Pulp Biblio
Moon Maid: Read the e-Text Editions in ERBzine
MAID :: 2. MOON
MEN :: 3. RED HAWK
*** ERB was an equal opportunity critic, and lambasted
all elected officials without regard to party. In a letter to the editor
of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, he called for an intelligence test
to be administered to any seeking public elective office. "I
believe that if bulbous domed psychologists went into a huddle they could
evolve such a test as would at least keep a majority of the nitwits out
of public office," he wrote. "If this fails,
we can put the street cleaners in our legislatures. At least, we know that
they can read and write."
The editor tacked a brief note to the bottom of ERB's
letter, asking him to design such a test himself, but ERB probably did
not regard himself as having the "bulbous dome." The letter, all of which
remains just as valid today in regard to politicians as it was then, appeared
May 5, in 1941.
ERB's Letter to the Honolulu Star Bulletin
*** Actor Tyrone Power was one of many Hollywood
stars who volunteered for service during World War II. Power joined the
Marines and became a pilot, and, in midsummer of 1945, was at the controls
of a plane which took combat correspondent Edgar Rice Burroughs from his
final war patrol in Guam, back to Honolulu. According to ERB's Wartime
Journals he left Pearl Harbor on the U.S.S. Cahaba, a fleet oiler,
commanded by Lieutenant Commander Julius Burnbaum. they sailed to the Carolines
and other islands in the Western Pacific. They came under sniper fire at
Ulithi Atoll, a bombing and kamikaze attack on Kerama Retto atoll. A spoof
of the visit appears in William Brinkley's satiric novel, Don't Go Near
The Water. He then flew in the plane piloted by Tyrone Power and on
to Hawaii, having travelled 5,000 miles by air and 11,000 miles by ship
over a period of two months. This was also described in Scott Tracy Griffin's
"Tarzan: The Centennial Celebration." He writes that ERB's visit
to the South Caroline Islands, which include Guam, resulted in a photo
op which may have inspired the opening chapter of William Brinkley's humorous
World War II novel, The first chapter featured a discussion among a group
of Navy P.R.types on how best to capitalize on an impending visit from
the creator of Tarzan.
After the war, Power -- who had previously turned
in a memorable performance in "The Mark of Zorro" prior to the war, returned
to Hollywood after the Japanese surrender. He starred in 1947's "Captain
from Castile" and stayed in the reserves long enough to be promoted to
a Captain of the Corps in 1951. Power was born this date, May 5, in 1913.
ERB's Wartime Journals adapted by ERBzine:
*** "Tarzan and the Peoples of the Sea and the Fire"
began May 5 in 1940 and ran for 51 Sundays. It was done by Burne Hogarth,
illustrator, and Don Garden, writer. It has also appeared in several
"The Temple of Golconda" began this date in 1954
and ran for 52 days, drawn by John Celardo and written by Dick
The Temple of Golconda
*** 1934: Production of the debut series of the Radio
Branch of ERB, Inc. was completed at Hollywood’s Radio Recordings
Inc. Hulbert Burroughs is assigned the job of salesman for the
series and makes the rounds of potential markets to which he distributes
a full colour brochure: Tarzan of the Air.
to Australian friend Thelma Terry whom he met while in Sydney during
Xmas leave 1942/1943. He writes that he is just back from some island
hopping -- twelve islands in six atolls. "Got
as far as Eniwetok. Had a wonderful time. Passed over several Jap held
islands, from which they threw everything they had at us - which was not
much. Was in a heavy bomber that dropped 500 pounders on them -- a beautiful
sight. On two different atolls I bumped into my son, who is in the Army
Air Force. He was recently promoted to captain." He asks if she
knows the British officer, Lieut. Lieth, G.E.I.D.F.
ERB: The War Years
ERB Bio Timeline
*** When ERB wrote history-based novels, he had some difficulty
getting them published. He wrote "The Outlaw of Torn" in 1912 and
it didn't appear in a magazine until 1914 and not in book form until 1927.
Nearer to the end of his writing career, in 1941, he wrote "I Am a Barbarian,"
a first-person account of a slave of Caligula, and that hadn't even gotten
into print by the time of his death in 1950. When his heirs finally published
it, in 1967, it was well-liked by fans.
After writing a slew of fictional adventures from characters
of his own invention, ERB really was getting tired of the same old thing,
and yearned to break out into other types of writing. Scott Tracy Griffin,
in "Tarzan: The Centennial Celebration," quoted ERB in a May 6,
1940 interview with the Honolulu Advertiser: "When
you've written a book about a character and told all you can about him
and then have to write about twenty more it gets to be a chore. I'd rather
write along different lines...historical novels, for instance, but I've
been typed!" Tracy's comment, on page 308 of his book, is: "If Burroughs
felt he missed his calling, at least he was able to work ancient Romans
and doughty knights into his Tarzan tales," a reference to "Tarzan, Lord
of the Jungle" and "Tarzan and the Lost Empire."
"The Efficiency Expert" first appeared as a serial,
beginning Oct. 8, 1921, in Argosy All-Story Weekly. It would be
awhile before it appeared in a book, and that was a softcover edition published
by The Burroughs Bibliophiles imprint, House of Greystoke, on May
6, 1966. It featured a Frazetta cover and was similar in format to the
Bibliophiles edition of "The Girl from Farris's," published the
previous August, which also featured a Frazetta cover. Today there
are hardback editions of both, published by ERBville Press and any number
of print-on-demand publishers.
The Efficiency Expert: ERBzine C.H.A.S.E.R. Biblio
Efficiency Expert: Read the original pulp version
The Full-Size Efficiency Collage in the Photo Bar
ERB's "I've been typed" quote in Honolulu Advertiser
*** Destiny limited their friendship to just three years,
but they enjoyed each other's company while they could. ERB met L. Frank
Baum, creator of the Oz books, in Hollywood in 1916. In an ERBzine
page titled "ERB and LFB: The Wizards of California," it is written:
"The two became fast friends from the start. Baum took the younger Burroughs
under his wing and even invited him to join the prestigious men's club,
the Uplifters. After studying the biographies of the two men, it comes
as no surprise that the two got along so well -- there are many striking
similarities in their backgrounds."
Baum passed away May 6, 1919.
To read more about Baum and ERB's friendship, check out:
ERB and LFB: THE WIZARDS OF CALIFORNIA
Baum, Burroughs, and the Theosophy Connection
Another May 6 death, this one in 1991, was that of Wilfrid
Hyde White, a character actor who usually played the definitive elderly
Englishman, sometimes a friendly or even comical old chap, and other times
one whose persona was outwardly friendly but concealed a bit of skullduggery
he was up to.
He is credited with roles in two Tarzan movies. His first
was as "Doodles" Fletcher, one of the passengers on the airplane
which crashed at the start of "Tarzan and the Lost Safari." His
second role was voice-only, one of the gentlemen at the men's club discussing
the story of Tarzan of the Apes before Bo Derek took to the screen as Jane,
followed by Miles O'Keeffe as a mute Tarzan, in 1981's "Tarzan the Ape
Man."Among his other roles, Hyde White played the character Dr. Goodfellow
in the TV series, "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century."
Tarzan and the Lost Safari.
Tarzan The Ape Man
White in Starlog
"The Last of the Tribe of Kerchak," drawn by Gray
Morrow and penned by Don Kraar, began May 6 in 1990 in the Sunday newspaper,
running for a total of 12 Sundays.
The Last of the Tribe of Kerchak
*** Nora Louise Kuzma was born this date -- May 7 -- in 1968
in Steubenville, Ohio. She grew up to play the incomparable Dejah Thoris,
the lady heroine in ERB's first novel, "Under the Moons of Mars,"
published in 1912.
In Hollywood, she changed her name to Traci Lords
and after a remarkable and stormy career played the Martian heroine in
2009's "Princess of Mars," which has also been released under the
titles of "John Carter of Mars," Avatar of Mars" and "The Martian
Den Valdron's in-depth review of Princess of Mars
PRINCESS OF AZ-LIUM: The Novel in 80 Chapters
Novel adapted from Princess by Den Valdron
TRACI LORDS: ASYLUM'S PRINCESS OF MARS
of Mars in IMDB
York's review of Princess
*** "Tarzan and the Poachers" was a strip that
began this date -- May 7 -- in 1962 and ran for 132 days. It was drawn
and written by John Celardo.
Tarzan and the Poachers
*** There's only one Tarzan, but, sadly, there are many
crooks in the jungle who like to shoot or capture animals illegally. Fortunately,
there are other jungle men on patrol in addition to Tarzan to contend with
these interlopers. Here is the saga of one, as reported by Bridge:
The crackle of khaki awoke Benedict,
the Egg-Man, who was napping in his nest. He rolled over easy and saw a
"Poachers," he said, eyes narrowing
at the dozen.
Boiling, he scrambled from his
"You trespass in the land of Ben,
King of Feasts," he said. They had brought two oxen to carry plunder and
Ben broke their yoke.
"Now beat it, all of you!" sizzled
"You're kind of rotten aren't you?"
said the chief hunter, Foo Young.
"Don't mix with me if you want
to save your bacon," warned Ben. "Pop up around here again and you're toast."
*** 1929: Bray,
while promising better promotion and larger royalties, refuses to apply
larger royalties on titles covered by previous contracts.
ERB Bio Timeline
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