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May 8 ~ May 9 ~ May 10 ~ May 11
May 12 ~ May 13 ~ May 14


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Lex Barker: Tarzan's Magic Fountain ~ Tarzan and the Slave Girl
Tarzan's Peril ~ Tarzan's Savage Fury ~ Tarzan and the She-Devil
*** Alexander Crichlow Barker Jr. was born this date, May 8, in 1919 in Rye, N.Y. When Lex (for short) grew up, he was the man chosen to replace Johnny Weissmuller in the role of Tarzan, and made five films.
Lex Barker Film Coverage in ERBzine
Tarzan's Magic Fountain
Tarzan and the Slave Girl
Tarzan's Peril
Tarzan's Savage Fury
Tarzan and the She-Devil
Lex Barker in View-Master
Lex Barker Dell Comics Covers
Barker Magazine Article

Off-Site References:
Barker Films in IMDB
Barker in Wikipedia
More about Lex Barker

*** "Tarzan and the Ononoes," with art by Burne Hogarth and story by the team of Rob Thompson and James Freeman, debuted as a Sunday strip on this date in 1949 and kept going for an additional 25 Sundays, The story is also found in "Tarzan in Color," Vols. 17-18, and the Titan Books Tarzan, Vol. 4, "Tarzan and the Lost Tribes."
Tarzan in Color Series
ERB Comics Compendium
*** 1924:  Ed, in a letter to Time's editor Henry R. Luce, reveals his amusement over his great popularity in Russia and England.

ERB Bio Timeline


Tarzan Sunday Strip by John Celardo ~ Article: He Tarzan - You Fan ~ J.M. Barrie: Peter Pan vs Tarzan
Sol Lesser ~ ERB and Tarzan and the Lion Man ~ Tarzan and the Forbidden City newspaper strip ad
*** In what movie did Tarzan nearly "(talk) himself to death"? Sol Lessor's answer, along with other interesting insights into the popularity of Tarzan, can be found in the article, "He Tarzan -- You Fan," which appeared this date, May 9, in 1953 in Collier's Magazine.
"He Tarzan -- You Fan" article
*** Sir James M. Barrie, born May 9, 1860, wrote "Peter Pan." He had success with that and other stories and lived well, but he never achieved the level of financial success that Edgar Rice Burroughs did. Their eras overlapped, with ERB born 15 years after him and dying 13 years after him. What was one difference?

    One major one could be this: "Imagine if the J.M. Barrie family had kept all subsidiary rights to everything connected to Peter Pan. Tinker Bell lunch boxes alone would have made them millions!" That quote comes from an article on the Ventura Boulevard website, explaining the business foresight of Edgar Rice Burroughs which resulted in lasting financial success.
The article doesn't tell all of the story, though. According to a Wikipedia article, "Before his death, he gave the rights to the Peter Pan works to Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London, which continues to benefit from them."
    J. M. Barrie's The Admirable Crichton, was represented in ERB's personal library. Barrie's wife, Mary Ansell, was also an author and wrote "Dogs and Men" which has numerous ties with Peter Pan. This book was on the shelves of ERB's personal library:
J. M. Barrie in ERB's Personal Library
Mary Ansell in ERB's Personal Library

Off-Site Reference
Venutra article
Barrie in Wikipedia
Peter Pan vs Tarzan

***1937: The appearance of the first Burne Hogarth illlustrated Tarzan Sunday page: "A Long Chance".
"Tarzan in the City of Gold" began May 9, 1937, and ran for 22 Sundays.
It's also found in "Tarzan in Color" Vols. 5-7, Titan's "Tarzan in the City of God," and The House of Greystoke's "Tarzan Folio #6." Burne Hogarth is the illustrator and Don Garden is the writer.
"Tarzan and the Forbidden City" began May 9, 1938, and ran for 132 days. Rex Maxon, artist, and Don Garden, scripter, did the deed.
Tarzan and the Forbidden City
*** "The Bongo-Batusi Treaty," by John Celardo, artist, and Bill Elliot, writer, began in daily newspapers May 9, 1960, and ran for 86 days.
The Bongo-Batusi Treaty
*** 1932: In response to Tarzan the Ape Man's huge success, Ed joins director Van Dyke and Maureen O'Sullivan in a personal stage appearance at a Los Angeles theatre.

ERB Bio Timeline
Tarzan the Ape Man

MAY 10

George T. McWhorter and his ERB Collection at U of Louisville ~ Scott Tracy Griffin, ERB, Inc.
Director of Special Projects with other staff: Tarzan On Film ~ Ronald Adair: Stage Tarzan
*** The documentaries, "Tarzan: Silver Screen King of the Jungle" and "Investigating Tarzan," as well as some others, featured Scott Tracy Griffin as himself, talking about his favorite subject.
"The Guy from Hollywood" has come a long way since his birth on this date, May 10, back in 1965 in Starkville, Mississippi.
But those documentaries were not the last the world was to hear of Griffin. He has more recently researched and written two major "coffee table" books on Edgar Rice Burroughs's most famous creation. "Tarzan: The Centennial Celebration," was published in 2012 and "Tarzan on Film," was available in August of 2016.
Griffin has contributed articles to a number of print and online publications as well as appeared in television interviews, all to promote Tarzan and Edgar Rice Burroughs.
Most recently he joined the staff of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., itself, serving there as Director of Special Projects.
Tracy's Tarzan story in Gray Morrow Sunday comics:
Tarzan: The Centennial Celebration
Tarzan On Film
Promotion, additions at ERB Inc.

Off-Site References:
Tracy's books in Amazon
Scott Tracy Griffin Website

*** Speaking of Mr. Griffin, his research for "Tarzan: The Centennial Edition" also produced the information that it was on his birthday-to-be, May 10, 1920, that ERB signed a contract with Arthur Gibbons to produce "Tarzan of the Apes" as a play in Great Britain. It was an enthusiastic audience that was able to view the play during its two-week run, with a prologue and four acts telling the story in the early part of ERB's 1914 novel, "Tarzan of the Apes."
    Ronald Adair and Ivy Carlton were Tarzan and Jane in that production and the part of young Tarzan was played by a girl, Gwen Evans! The play and its offspring are discussed on page 274 of Tracy's book. 1914 Tarzan of the Apes stage production in England

*** May 10 is also the birthday of another pretty well known gent in ERB fandom, George T. McWhorter, whose contributions to ERB's legacy are so "deep and wide" that the full extent of them may never be fully known.
George is most well-known for his efforts in building and preserving the Edgar Rice Burroughs Memorial Collection at the University of Louisville in Louisville, KY. George is retired from that position now and is enjoying his time at Treyton Oaks Towers in Louisville, where he receives regular visits, along with telephone calls and mail, from other ERB fans. George no longer does email and is not on Facebook.
George is a humble and approachable man and is quick to give credit to others. In 2012, after J.G. "Huck" Huckenpohler sent George an online birthday greeting, George sent a message back, stating "There are 3 of us born on May 10: Tracy, me, and Bob Roehm who formatted the BURROUGHS BULLETIN so beautifully over the years. Bob is available to share my birthday cake, but Tracy is too far away to get here in time. Cheers! George"
And if there are other ERB fans born on this great date, Facebook is pretty good at revealing birthdays so we'll no doubt know that before long!
A link to many other links on the worlds so loved by George T. McWhorter:
George T. McWhorter Tribute
Tours of the McWhorter ERB Collection
TOUR ONE: 18 Galleries
TOUR TWO: 30 Galleries

*** 1895: Ed received a document from the War Department stating that the President had selected Ed to write a West Point entrance examination. Inspired by Capt. King, Edgar dreamed of going to West Point and becoming an officer in the U.S. Army. Unfortunately to get into the military academy a candidate had to be appointed by a member of Congress and Illinois had already used up its quota of entrants. Ed wrote to his brothers and Lewis Sweetser in Idaho, asking if their Congressman Wilson could get him appointed as a cadet from that state.
*** 1913:  "Number Thirteen" is completed and Ed starts work on a sequel to The Gods of Mars - The Warlord of Mars (Alternate writing titles: Yellow Men of Barsoom ~ The Fighting Prince of Mars ~ Across Savage Mars ~ The Prince of Helium ~ The War Lord of Mars)
*** 1919: A letter arrives forwarded from 700 Linden, Oak Park, from the American Jewish Congress in Washington, DC Reubin Fink requests that ERB sign a card endorsing the Jewish Bill of Rights -- an appeal to put a stop to the persecution and discrimination against  Jews -- "a call to justice for the Jew." Recognizing his tolerance and humanity they request his assistance in legitimizing the merits of this document. Ed responds on May 21.
*** 1919: A flood of Tarzana-related news
*** 1920: In a letter to Bert Weston Ed explains the reason for his killing off and then resurrection of Tarzan's Jane in Tarzan the Untamed: "... I left Jane dead up to the last gasp and then my publisher and the magazine editor rose up on their hind legs and roared. They said the public would not stand for it as I was having Tarzan fall in love with Bertha, so I had to resurrect the dear lady. After seeing Enid Markey take the part of Jane in the first Tarzan picture I was very glad to kill her."
*** 1931: Birth of George McWhorter future curator of the Burroughs Memorial Collection at the University of Louisville and responsible for the resurrection of the Burroughs Bibliophiles and Burroughs Bulletin (after the death of founder Vern Coriell).
*** 1933: Nazi students burn Tarzan books
*** 1939: ERB revived the Tarzan Clans of America with the printing of a 32-page booklet, the "Official Guide of the Tarzan Clans of America."  He sent a proof to MGM to obtain permission for a tie-in to Weissmuller and the movies. The cover design of a native chief had been adapted by son Jack from a St. John illustration in The Beasts of Tarzan.
ERB Bio Timeline in ERBzine
2010: The Amazing Frank Frazetta passed away on this date. Frank started his long career by drawing comic books in the '40s. He went on to work on a great number of projects, and even collaborated with other artists such as Al Williamson, Roy Krenkel, and Dan Barry. He worked on Al Capp's Li'l Abner for nine years, and did work for MAD, Creepy, Eerie as well as Harvey Kurtzman's Little Annie Fanny for Playboy. He did a multitude of movie posters and during the Burroughs boom his exciting art graced millions of ERB paperback and hardcover releases. This fantasy adventure work coincided with his creation of paintings -- many of which sold for hundreds of thousands of dollars. In his later years, Frank and his lovely wife Ellie -- she actually modelled for many of his exotic paintings -- opened an art gallery/museum to display much of his work. Frank suffered a disabling stroke in his later years and carried on with his craft by learning to paint with his left hand.

We've shared most of his Burroughs-related art in our Frazetta Tribute Pages.
Frank Frazetta Tribute Site

MAY 11

Lex Barker ~ Doug McClure: At Earth's Core, Land Time Forgot, People Time Forgot
Princess of Mars: Stage Play ~ ERBapa: An OE: Tracy Griffin ~ Tarzan Strips: Celardo and Morrow

*** Doug McClure, born this date, May 11, in 1935, played two ERB characters -- David Innes in "At the Earth's Core" and Bowen Tyler in "The Land That Time Forgot" and its sequel, "The People That Time Forgot." He wouldn't have made a bad Carson Napier, either, if someone had decided to make "Pirates of Venus" back in the 70s.
At the Earth's Core: ERBzine Silver Screen
The Land That Time Forgot:
The People That Time Forgot:
*** In 1973 on May 11 Tarzan Lex Barker died of a heart attack on the sidewalks of New York, just a few days after his 54th birthday.

Lex Barker: Princeton-Bred Tarzan article
Lex Barker 3-D Trading Cards I
Lex Barker in View-Master

Off-Site References:
Doug McClure at IMDB
McClure at Brian's
Barker at Brian's
Barker in Wikipedia

*** The Hardcover Theater Company of Minneapolis premiered "A Princess of Mars" May 11, 2006. The play was presented several times, with the last performance on June 5.
The props used to depict Tharks, Woola, flyers and other Barsoomian scenes were, of course, limited by resources, and would not have worked at all in a movie. But, for an amateur production, they worked amazingly well and sparked the play-goers imagination to fill in the blanks.
For more details and photos on the Hardcover production, see the upcoming (Spring) issue of ERBapa. John Martin was able to talk recently by telephone with Steve Schroer, "Princess" script writer and prop visionary for Hardcover, and include his comments in his ERBapa article.
ERBzine's reports on Hardcover's Princess:
*** The ERBapa's new official editor, Scott Tracy Griffin, recently shared information from ERBzine about how to join ERBapa, the rules, back issues indexes, etc.

More about ERBapa: History and Joining
ERBapa Rules in the ERBzine APA Webpage:
Latest ERBapa Index compiled by Bill Hillman
with links to previous indexes and all cover art

Off-Site Reference
Hardcover Theater's page on "Princess"

*** "Tarzan Meets I.B. Pompus" began May 11, 1964, and ran for 76 days. It was drawn and written by John Celardo. Later, he did a sequel, "The Return of I.B. Pompus."
Tarzan Meets I.B. Pompus: 76 Tarzan daily strips
*** "The Lost Library of Alexandria," drawn by Gray Morrow and written by Mark Kneece, began May 11, 1997 and ran for 14 Sundays.
The Lost Library of Alexandria - 14 Tarzan Sunday pages

*** 1930: Ed's diary entry indicates that he has just originated '83' (or "Tarzana')." He proceeds, in a ten-page manuscript, "Tarzana Bridge," to describe the card game he has invented during a bout of lumbago. The idea and booklet are presented to Metropolitan as a promotion but nothing comes of it.
ERB Timeline Bio

MAY 12

Robert B. Zeuschner: ERB Bibliography ~ Joan Burroughs: Actress ~ You Lucky Girl!
Henry Hardy Heins: ERB Golden Anniversary Bibliography ~ ERB's Scientists Revolt and Beware!

*** Acclaimed ERB researcher and writer, Robert B. Zeuschner, was born on this date in 1941.  Dr. Zeuschner's EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS: THE BIBLIOGRAPHY is the most comprehensive, entertaining and visually stunning guide to the works of ERB ever published.  Bob, one of the world's most highly respected ERB scholars, has compiled a one-of-a-kind illustrated bibliography that is a must for anyone interested in ERB, the history of pulp fiction and the works that inspired Superman and every other pulp hero since. Packed into the book's 600 pages is an incredible amount of factual information to which Bob has also added hundreds of illustrations and fascinating stories.
ERB The Bibliography by Robert B. Zeuschner
The Zeuschner ERB Bibliography information
is a major component of our ERB C.H.A.S.E.R. Project
Religious Themes in the Novels of ERB
by Robert B. Zeuschner, Ph.D

Off-Site Reference
ERB: The Bibliography by Robert Zeuschner

*** "The Scientists Revolt" first appeared in Fantastic Adventures, Vol. 1, No. 2, the issue dated July 1939. Fantastic Adventures was the new sister magazine to Amazing Stories. The actual copyright date for "Revolt" was May 12 of that year, by the Ziff-Davis Publishing Co., as part of a general copyright on the entire contents of the magazine (Heins).
ERB had written the story years earlier under the title "Beware!" but editor Ray Palmer vastly revised and rewrote it for the magazine publication. Both "Revolt" and the original "Beware" are reprinted in ERBzine and have also since been published in fanzines (Zeuschner), as well as in hard- and softcover editions by ERBville Press. Many of these editions can be found on the usual websites that sell new and used books.
Beware! and The Scientists Revolt:
Background, Art, read the e-Texts
The Scientists Revolt: Read the e-Text Edition
ERBzine Pulp Biblio: Fantastic Adventures - July 1939

Off-Site Reference:
Mike Hoffman's Beware Edition

*** The first publication of Henry Hardy Heins's "A Golden Anniversary Bibliography of Edgar Rice Burroughs" was a softback, either spiral-bound or with binder holes punched, on May 12 in 1962.
A Golden Anniversary Bibliography of Edgar Rice Burroughs
Henry Hardy Heins Tribute plus many ERBzine links:
*** Joan Burroughs took the first step on the road to playing Jane on the radio, starting as "Kathie," in "The Student Prince" in her school play on May 12, 1926 and llater in Enter Madame.

She also took the first step toward giving her father the idea of writing "You Lucky Girl!" He wrote the play with his daughter in mind, but it was never performed back then, finally arriving on the stage in 1997 and published in book form two years later by Donald M. Grant.
Joan Burroughs Biography in ERBzine (4 Chapters)
You Lucky Girl! ERBzine Coverage: Illustrations
Danton Burroughs ~ Zeuschner ~ Heins
Robert Zeuschner ERB Bibliography
*** Danton Burroughs tells a little more of the story, saying there was no doubt that "You Lucky Girl!" was "was written expressly for Joan as an aid to her theatrical career. Ed gave Joan a copy on which he had written a short note: "This is the first copy of the longhand ms. It has not been corrected or revised and is rather rough. Please explain this to Mr. Gould when you hand it to him." Dr. Gould was probably the director of the theatrical company which Joan belonged to at the time. Although Ed would correct and revise the play, it was never performed by Joan or anyone else at the time, probably due to the fact that Joan would soon become engaged to James Pierce and married in 1928. Four years later Joan and her husband would portray Tarzan and Jane on the radio.
"You Lucky Girl!" was the second play ERB wrote. The first had three working titles. For more about it, see the Biblio info, articles and introductions on "You Lucky Girl!" in ERBzine.
You Lucky Girl! Danton Burroughs Introduction

*** "The Return of the Ark-of-ology" began May 12, 1963, and ran for 15 Sundays. Both art and the Tarzan story were the work of John Celardo.
Meet John Celardo and Directory to Celardo Strips
ERBzine Comics Compendium
*** 1915: The Son of Tarzan is mailed to All-Story.

1930: Elser makes a proposal for handling radio arrangements and granting Ed 60% of the proceeds. Nothing develops on radio for another two years.
1950:  Rothmund replaces Thompson as continuity writer for Tarzan strips. Burne Hogarth will take over both writing and illustration of the daily and Sunday Tarzan
ERB Bio Timeline

MAY 13

Samantha Morton as Sola in John Carter of Mars film ~ Sola's Story and Art by Thomas Yeates,
John Coleman Burroughs ~ JCB's Model Thark ~ Tarzan Strip by Celardo

*** Could she be a descendant of the Sheriff of Nottingham? Samantha Morton was born in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England, this date -- May 13 -- in 1977. She grew up to become an actress and, in 2012, turned in a role much appreciated as Sola, the Thark with a heart, in Disney's "John Carter."
Of course, before Sola was Disney's, she was ERB's, and still is, and was a major supporting character in both "A Princess of Mars," the book, as well as the big screen version.
Guide to ERBzine's John Carter movie features:
Sola's Story
John Coleman Burroughs' #65 Sunday Page featuring Sola
JCB's complete run of John Carter Sunday Pages

Off-Site Reference:
Samantha Morton IMDB

"Tarzan and the Convict" was a 65-day story which debuted May 13, 1958. John Celardo and Dick Van Buren did the honors.
Tarzan and the Convict: 65 daily strips
*** 1896: After resigning from his Academy position Ed travels to Detroit to enlist in the army. Three and a half  months shy of 21 he was caught lying about this age... but his father followed up with a letter of permission.

*** 1915: May 13 - June 10: The Man-Eater is written.
*** 1927: May 13 - July 22: Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle is written. ERB starts the  manuscript at his office at 5255 Avenida Oriente and completes it at the new office, 18354 Ventura, where he moves on July 14.
*** 1934: May 13 Ed starts Tarzan and Jane (Tarzan's Quest) at 2029 Pinehurst - ends at Tarzana (rejected)
*** 1940: LETTER "I sailed April 24th, the day that Florence and the children arrived here, and landed on the 29th. Had a reasonably pleasant trip. Me some nice young people from the mainland and some Australians who were mighty good company. Won both nights that they played Keno and two nights at poker. Did very well for myself.  We have a comfortable house smack on the ocean, with a nice white, sandy beach and good swimming. We can wade out for a hundred yards or more and then not be in deep water. No coral nor seaweed. There is good surf fishing here, but I haven't a pole nor hook. Duke Kahanamoku's brother told me that all I needed was a bamboo pole, a piece of string, a hook, and some fresh shrimp to catch more fish than we could use. I was especially warned by another Hawaiian not to have any bananas on the beach when I was going fishing; and that if Florence asked me where I was going, I should reply: 'I am going for a walk up in the mountains.' this is quite necessary, because the fish would hear me. It has rained every day since we arrived; and some days, like today, all day. A naive who came to see me today told me that in a storm like this it rains about an inch an hour. In a day, we get more than the entire annual rainfall of Los Angeles. Lanikai, the name of our postoffice, means Heavenly Sea; and Oahu, the name of the island, means Place of Assemblage, or seat of government, as it has been since King Kamehameha I conquered the islands. God! You should hear it rain. I have my office in one of two small rooms in the garage. I'll bet Florence is going nuts in the house, with the two kids shut up there. She doesn't like a rain that never lets up -- neither do I. If someone hadn't already done it, I could write "Rain." Am thinking of writing a play called Suicide on the Beach in the Rain, or Somep'n."
ERB Bio Timeline

MAY 14

Edgar Rice Burroughs: Tarzan of the Apes MS ~ Forrest J Ackerman: Hillmans Visit Ackermansion
ERB's Lad and the Lion Film 1917 ~ Cyclops and the Ivory Poachers by John Celardo
*** It was late, but Ed Burroughs was determined not to go to bed until he was finished. He was almost done. The end was in sight. He grabbed another piece of paper with the letterhead from one of his failed businesses and added the last few paragraphs. Then, he wrote the final sentence: "I never knew who my father was."
ERB looked at the clock and made a note that it was 10:25 p.m. It was May 14, 1912, and he had just finished writing "Tarzan of the Apes."
May 14 in 1912: ERB Online Bio Timeline
Tarzan of the Apes: ERBzine ERB C.H.A.S.E.R. Biblio
*** Many years later, Forrest J Ackerman visited Edgar Rice Burroughs and asked a question about that famous manuscript. Wrote Forry: "I asked if it was true that he wrote his first stories on the backs of old envelopes, as I had read somewhere. That wasn't so, he said. But he did use old letterheads which he had printed when he went into business for himself years ago, and for which he had no better use when, as invariably happened, his venture failed."

    The Hillmans were royally entertained and given tours of Ackermansion during a Tarzana visit.
Forrest J Ackerman's 1940s visit with ERB
Hillmans visit Forry Ackerman and Ackermansion
*** The first ERB movie to grace the silver screen was "The Lad and the Lion," filmed by Selig Polyscope Co. and released on May 14, 1917. No copies of the film are known to survive.

Several years later, another version of ERB's book was filmed as "The Lion Man," but it strayed far, far from ERB's original plot.
The Lad and the Lion: ERB's first film 1917
*** "Cyclops and the Ivory Poachers," by John Celardo and Dick Van Buren, debuted on the comics page May 14, 1956, and ran for 55 days.

Cyclops and the Ivory Poachers: 55 daily Tarzan strips:
*** ERB Artist Dave Hoover was born on this date in 1955:  (May 14, 1955 September 4, 2011)

Dave Hoover: Six Art Tribute Galleries
*** 1872: Frank Coleman, the Burroughses' third son -- ERB's brother --  is born.

*** 1925:  Red Hawk manuscript is sent to Davis for publication
ERB Bio Timeline




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