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*** 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 Savage Fury
Tarzan and the She-Devil
Lex Barker in View-Master
Lex Barker Dell Comics Covers
Barker Magazine Article
Films in IMDB
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
*** 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
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
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
"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
*** 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
"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.
books in Amazon
*** 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
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.
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
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
NOTES FROM THE ERB BIO TIMELINE:
1895: Ed receives document from the War Department stating
that the President has 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
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 revives the Tarzan Clans of America
with the printing of a 32-page booklet, the "Official Guide of the Tarzan
Clans of America." He sends a proof to MGM to obtain permission
for a tie-in to Weissmuller
and the movies. The cover design of
a native chief has been adapted by son
Jack from a St. John illustration
in The Beasts of Tarzan.
ERB Bio Timeline in ERBzine
*** 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
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
*** 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
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
ERBzine's reports on Hardcover's Princess:
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
*** 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
*** 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
The Bibliography by Robert Zeuschner
*** "The Scientists Revolt" first appeared in
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
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
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
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
"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
Could she be a descendant of the Sheriff of Nottingham?
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
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:
John Coleman Burroughs' #65 Sunday Page featuring
JCB's complete run of John Carter Sunday Pages
"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
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
*** 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
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."
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
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
ERB Bio Timeline
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