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MAY 15
*** "A Fighting Man of Mars," published this date, May 15, in 1931, ended ERB's brief, four-book association with Metropolitan as publisher of his first editions. The next books would bear ERB's own imprint at the bottom of the spine.
Perhaps it was Hugh Hutton's sub-par wraparound cover for the book that was the last straw. More interesting cover art has been featured in editions from later years: Canaveral ~ Doubleday ~ Charlie Madison's ERBgraphics alternate ~ and a host of paperback releases.
A Fighting Man of Mars: Full ERB C.H.A.S.E.R. coverage
A Fighting Man of Mars: Read the entire book in e-Text

Off-Site Reference
ERBlist Book Summary

*** Boy was away at school in England, so it was Johnny "Tarzan" Weissmuller and Brenda "Jane" Joyce dealing with the people of the water in "Tarzan and the Mermaids," released May 15 in 1948.
Tragedy struck during this film, as Weissmuller's stunt double Angel Garcia was killed. After diving from a cliff at Acapulco, he survived the dive but was swept by the surf into the rocks of the cliffs.
Linda Christian played Mara in this film. She also played James Bond's love interest in the Climax TV series early rendition of "Casino Royale."
Tarzan and the Mermaids: ERBzine Silver Screen
Tarzan and the Mermaids: Lobby Display
COOP chocolate card set

Off-Site Reference:
Mermaids at IMDB

"The Prisoner of the Cadi" was a short story, running for only 18 days starting May 15 in 1944. Rex Maxon did the drawing and the writing. The title reads "Cadi" but the strip itself has Tarzan battling the "Caid." Tarzan gets bonked on his head a couple of times in this short story.
The Prisoner of the Cadi

*** 1921: "Angel's Serenade" a story outline, was sent to the Century Film Corporation in Hollywood. It is rejected. Ed reworked the story in 1936 and three years later expanded it into a 24,000-word story.
1939: Ed sent a warning letter to a wrestler who is making unauthorized use of the name, Tarzan. Ed later expresses his concern to MGM over the bad publicity surrounding a Wyoming murderer called "Tarzan."
1943: LETTER home to Joan. Talks of going to battery dances and problems in getting his stories run in mainland papers -- bumped by the flood of war news.
ERB Bio Timeline

MAY 16
*** If you want pure jungle adventure with good guys, bad guys, and lots of animal action, "The Beasts of Tarzan" has it all. It even has Tarzan fighting a crocodile, something which was in just about every Tarzan movie, but not something that ERB normally dealt with in his books.
The first of five parts of "Beasts" appeared in the All-Story Cavalier Weekly dated May 16, 1914.
The Beasts of Tarzan: ERBzine C.H.A.S.E.R. Coverage

*** Viola Lynn Collins reached the 41st year of her life on May 16, having been born that date in 1977 in Houston, Texas. Lynn has had a successful film career and played many fantasy roles, including Dejah Thoris in "John Carter" and Kayla Silverfox in X-Men movies.
Conversation with Lynn Collins about "John Carter"
ERBzine's John Carter (of Mars) film site:
Lynn Collins as Dejah (art by Paul Privitera)

Off-Site References:
Collins in Wikipedia

*** "Tarzan on the Island of Mua-Ao," by Burne Hogarth and Rob Thompson, began May 16, 1948, and ran for almost a year, concluding May 1, 1949. The story has also been reprinted in "Tarzan in Color" Vols. 16-17 "Tarzan and the Lost Tribes."
Hogarth in the Tarzan in Color Series

Off-Site Reference
Lost Tribes: Amazon Purchase
"The High Priestess of Zimba" ran for 74 days, starting in daily newspapers May 16, 1952. It was the work of Bob Lubbers and Dick Van Buren.
The High Priestess of Zimba
Bob Lubbers Strips in ERBzine
The ERB Comics Files

*** 1927: Ed became a member of the Association Against the Prohibition Amendment, Inc., Washington, D.C. Ed had numerous problems and experienced many different attitudes toward alcohol over the years.
ERB Bio Timeline

MAY 17
*** Danton Burroughs' memorial service was on May 17, 2008. The following link begins a series of several pages of remembrance of Danton, along with articles on the service:
Danton Burroughs Memorial in Tarzana
Hillman Eulogy given at the Memorial Service
My Friend Dan
*** Canaveral put three ERB stories back into circulation in hardback form this date, May 17, in 1962, and tinkered with the titles of two of them in the process. For "The Moon Maid," they retitled it "The Moon Men." That was a lot better than titling it "The Men in the Moon." For "A Fighting Man of Mars," Canaveral worded the title correctly on the DJ front, but referred to it as "The Fighting Men of Mars" on the spine. The Moon title change was no doubt intentional; the Fighting Man/Men alteration was a goof.

The actual Fighting Man book uses a unique typeface on the DJ spine. The same typeface is used on the spine of the book itself, only there it is rendered correctly. One can imagine the typesetter taking a quick glance at the book's spine before setting the type for the dj. He (or she) obviously had a faulty memory and didn't doublecheck the spelling!
"The Monster Men" was the third book and its title made it through the Canaveral process just fine.
It was a big day for Mahlon Blaine as all three of the books were illustrated by him.
Canaveral covers and dates at:
Mahlon Blaine art for Canaveral

*** Maureen Paula "Jane" O'Sullivan was born this date in 1911 in Boyle, County Roscommon, Ireland.
Maureen O'Sullivan Tribute: 12 ERBzine pages

Off-Site Reference:
O'Sullivan in IMDB

*** Well-known and longtime ERB fan Darrell C. Richardson, "The Old Tiger," was born May 17, 1918. He was a Baptist minister and author of 40-plus books and had a collection of ERB which was legendary.
Darrell Richardson

*** "Tarzan in the City of Gold," began May 17, 1936, and continued for 51 Sundays. Hal Foster and Don Garden did the artistry and writing. also reprinted in "Tarzan in Color," Vols. 5-7, and House of Greystoke's "Tarzan Folio #6."
Hal Foster Tarzan Contents:
1931 and 1932 1933 and 1934 and 1935

"Tarzan and the Lion Emperor" 1957, 68 days. By John Celardo and Dick Van Buren.
Tarzan and the Lion Emperor: Read all 68 Strips

*** 1888: A news story in Chicago papers reports how the Burroughs family took in James M. Johnson, an ailing Confederate negro after the war. He was given an education, made practically one of the family and eventually became a prosperous businessman in Chicago.
ERB Bio Timeline

MAY 18
*** An ultra-limited edition of ERB's "The Moon Maid" was distributed at the 2000 ECOF, which began on May 18 of that year. Jim Thompson hosted the event in Clarksville, Tennessee, and the highlight for those in attendance was the acquisition of a copy of this rarity, a project headed up by Bruce Wood, with assistance from people whose names read like a Who's Who of ERB fandom.
Biographical information on the late Mr. Wood plus a picture of and information about his Moon Maid book project are featured in ERBzine.:
Bruce Wood and his Moon Maid Edition
The Moon Maid: Art ~ History ~ e-Text ~ Lost Text ~ Etc.
*** ECOF 2000 Clarksville, TN hosted by Jim Thompson

ERBzine coverage in 20 illustrated Webpages starting at:
ECOF 2000: Sue-On Hillman's Dejah's Diary ~ 4 pages

Russ Manning's Tarzan and the Safari To Opar ran from May 18 to Nov. 30 in 1969 and is presented by Bill Hillman beginning at this ERBzine link:
Tarzan and the Safari To Opar series of Manning strips
1932: "The golf course (El Caballero) is open and we are losing only about three grand per month. But everyone is having a good time."

1937: Ed suffers angina pains after the over-exertion of rowing and playing tennis with his young family.
ERB Bio Timeline

MAY 19
*** "Apache Devil," the serial, began in the issue of Argosy All-Story Weekly dated May 19, 1928. It ran for six installments, with a first-issue cover by Paul Stahr and illustrations for each interior by Morrison:
Apache Devil: ERBzine C.H.A.S.E.R. Biblio
Apache Devil: ERB Pulp Bibliography
was exactly one year older than Tarzan, both having been born on the same day -- May 19.
The Jane to whom we refer was the one played by Natalie Kingston in "Tarzan the Tiger." She also played a gal named Mary Trevor opposite Frank Merrill in "Tarzan the Mighty." She was born in 1905.
Natalie Kingston: Bio and Photo Gallery
Tarzan the Mighty: Film and Novelization
Tarzan the Tiger: Film and Photo Galleries

*** The Tarzan was Herman Brix, who was born in 1906. Herman starred in "The New Adventures of Tarzan" serial and its shorter movie version, "Tarzan and the Green Goddess." He didn't play two different Tarzan movie characters as Natalie did, but he did act in other films under two different names, later changing his moniker to Bruce Bennett.
According to Wikipedia, Natalie was the granddaughter of Gen. Mariano Vallejo. for whom the California city of her birth is named.
Wikipedia says: "The Washington Post quoted Gabe Essoe's passage from his book Tarzan of the Movies: 'Brix's portrayal was the only time between the silents and the 1960s that Tarzan was accurately depicted in films...'"
Herman Brix in The New Adventures of Tarzan
Tarzan and the Green Goddess

Off-Site References:
Kingston in Wikipedia
Bennet in Wikipedia

Polly Walker, who played the mean Thark woman Sarkoja in Disney's "John Carter," was born May 19, 1966, in Warrington, Cheshire, England. She previously had roles in movies such as "Clash of the Titans," when she played Cassiopeia and, since "John Carter," has had on-going roles in several television mini series.

Off-Site References
Walker in IMDB

*** 1898: Teddy Roosevelt rejected Ed's offer for enlistment in the Rough Riders preparing to drive the Spanish  out of Cuba. "I wish I could take you in, but I am afraid that the chances of our bing over enlisted forbid my bringing a man from such a distance." It is rumoured that Ed received a commission in the Nicaraguan army but his family would not let him go.
1942: Oahu: Singapore or Wake? Ed's article was printed in Honolulu Adviser. Ed expresses his impatience with the limited participation of the BMTC and civilian apathy.
1939: LETTER to Joan at 5714 Bantage, Studio City, California. Joan has enquired about some missing Tarzan Clan music by Schermer. Ed thinks it might be in a cabinet at Emmas Bel-Air place along with some photos he would like back.
1944: May 19-24: A 1,787-word horror story, "Uncle Bill," was written. George Luther? of Hawaii Magazine drops by to invite Ed to friends' home.
ERB Bio Timeline

MAY 20
*** Hollywood has gone a long way from Africa to cast Tarzan, and a long way from Paris to cast Olga de Coude.
Tony Goldwyn, who was the voice of Disney's Tarzan, was born May 20, 1960, in Los Angeles, back when some of us were in high school!
Estelle Taylor, who played Olga in "The Revenge of Tarzan," was born in 1894 in Wilmington, Delaware. She died two years before Goldwyn was born.
But, in case you're wondering, the movie makers did once cast the role of Olga with a genuine French native, Lydie Denier, who was born April 15, 1964, in Saint-Nazaire, Loire-Atlantique, France. She, of course, also played Tarzan's true love, Jane, in the 1991-1995 syndicated series opposite Wolf Larson's Tarzan.
Walt Disney Tarzan Review
Special Tarzan Screening on the Disney Lot
Revenge of Tarzan: Estelle Taylor Bio and Photos
Lydie Denier Autobiography and Photos in ERBzine

Off-Site References:
Goldwyn at IMDB
Taylor at IMDB
Denier at IMDB

1924: In a letter to the LA Times Ed registers a protest against the "ruthless and inconsiderate methods of the government Biological Department in placing of poison in the hills without proper posting or other notification." As a result of ths procedure the Burroughs family's beloved Airedale, "Tarzan," has died.
"Tarzan" Died!: LA Times Letter from ERB
1942: LETTER ~  ALTERNATE home to Joan. Ed sends photos of his friends taken by Hully: Cecile Burnside is the wife of a submarine commander, Jean Armor's husband is a lieutenant on a cruiser, "Duke" Willey, a BMTC major, is manager of the Remington-Rand branch on the island.
ERB Bio Timeline

MAY 21
The release date for "The New Adventures of Tarzan" serial is listed as May 21, 1935, but an early poster near the top of an ERBzine page shows the date of April 29! The April 29 date doesn't seem to be found anywhere else on the internet, so perhaps this poster carried an incorrect date!
The New Adventures of Tarzan

Off-Site Reference:
New Adventures in IMDB

Elsewhere on the Hollywood scene, Jane of "Tarzan and the Slave Girl," Vanessa Brown, died this date in 1999 in Woodland Hills, Calif.
Tarzan and the Slave Girl: ERBzine Silver Screen
Tarzan and the Slave Girl: Lobby Display
ERB Heroines of Hearth ~ Stage ~ Screen ~ Radio

Off-Site Reference:
Brown in IMD

*** "The Egyptian Saga III" by Hal Foster and George Carlin, began May 21 in 1933 and ran for 12 Sundays. The May 21 episode was called:
The Death: Episode #1 of Egyptian Saga III
Story Summarized by Bill Hillman starts at:
The Egyptian Saga reprinted in a 64-page comic
*** "Tarzan and the Amazons" started May 21 in 1939, with Strip #1: The Mysterious Spectator by Burne Hogarth and Don Garden doing the honors, and ran for 10 Sundays.

The Mysterious Spectator
ERB Comics Archive

*** 1919: Ed Burroughs wrote to the Jewish Congress stating that he was glad to lend his approval to their cause and wished them all the success in their battle against persecution. The discrimination they face had always aroused his disgust. In fact, he had always been perplexed by the intolerance and inhumanity that all religions -- Jews, Christians, Muslims, Pagans, etc. exhibit toward each other.  He finds Clause 6 unclear, however, as he always believed that every alien should be expected to read and write in the language of the country to which they are migrating.
ERB Bio Timeline




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