Edgar Rice Burroughs Tribute and Weekly Webzine Site
1996 ~ Over 15,000 Webpages in Archive
ANNIVERSARIES OF ERB'S LIFE
A COLLATION OF THE DAILY
EVENTS IN ERB-WORLD
FROM THE PAGES OF THE HILLMANS'
Collated by John Martin
With Web Design, Added Events,
Illustrations and Photo Collages
by Bill Hillman
May 22 ~ May
23 ~ May 24 ~ May 25 ~ May
May 27 ~ May
28 ~ May 29 ~ May 30 ~ May
VISIT THE MAY WEEK IV PHOTO ALBUM
BACK TO MAY WEEK III
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The Official Guide to the Tarzan Clans of America,
without which no ERB Tarzan collection is complete, was published this
date -- May 22 -- in 1939. The 32-page booklet includes "a
table of contents, rules and instructions for forming a new clan group,
duties of procedures at meetings, initiation ritual, a Tarzan Pledge and
Tarzan 'Clan Grip,' lyrics to four songs (but no melodies provided), a
section on sports and games, and a 500-word Ape-English Dictionary."
The Ape dictionary, however, "cannot be regarded
as a dictionary of 'classical ape' since in an effort to provide a larger
vocabulary for the Clan members' use and enjoyment, Mr. Burroughs included
in it a sizeable number of words from the language of Pal-ul-don -- thus
creating a sort of 'Pidgin Ape'." (Heins)
For one dollar, purchasers got the guide, membership
card and a complimentary copy of a new Burroughs first edition -- autographed
by the author!
What? You don't have a Tarzan Clans Guide? Yes, you do.
It's right here:
Official Guide to the Tarzan Clans of America
The Tarzan Clubs
*** May 22 in Tarzan comic history:
"Tarzan and Hard-Luck Harrigan," by Nick Cardy
& Burne Hogarth, began May 22 in 1950 and ran for 54 days.
Tarzan and Hard-Luck Harrigan
Nick Cardy: The Artist At War
*** "Tarzan and the Foaming Death," by Bob Lubbers
and Dick Van Buren, began May 22 in 1953 and ran for 70 days.
Tarzan and the Foaming Death: All 70 strips in ERBzine
*** "Tarzan and the Diamond Thieves," by John
Celardo and Dick Van Buren, began May 22, 1955, and ran for 14 Sundays.
ERBzine Comics Archive
Cardy in Wikipedia
Nick Cardy Website
*** 1868: ERB's brother Henry Studley (Harry)
was born in Portland, Maine to George and Mary Burroughs.
1913: Tarzan of the Apes was submitted to Rand
McNally & Co. for book publication. They decline.
1913: Ed submits some of Harry's wife Nellie Oldham
Burroughs' stories to All-Story. They are not published.
1918: May 23 - July 16: Out of Time's Abyss is
written. Blue Book pays $1,000 for each of the three Land That
Time Forgot stories.
ERB Bio Timeline
*** A young Edgar Rice Burroughs started his hitch
at Fort Grant, Arizona, on May 23, 1896, and left, no doubt with a sigh
of relief, on another 23rd, this one in March of 1897. ERB was sick a lot
of the time while there and was fruitlessly chasing Apaches the rest of
the time but the hitch did give him background for his Apache stories and
his surroundings were also used as the earthly John Carter port of call
for some of his trips to and from Mars.
ERB in US Cavalry: 10 ERBzine Webpages starting at:
Arizona Cavalry Days Sketches
*** J. Allen St. John, the illustrator most closely
associated with ERB characters in the first half of the century, passed
away May 23 in 1957. He was born in 1875 in Chicago, like ERB, but was
ERB's junior by one month, being born Oct. 1.
J. Allen St. John: Colour Gallery
J. Allen St. John: Bio and Line Art:
J. Allen St. John: Bio and Art
*** "Jetan" is pronounced with the accent on the
first syllable and a short "e" and a short "a." So wrote Hulbert Burroughs
on May 23, 1963, in a letter to the Rev. Henry Hardy Heins. Hulbert added
that the Burroughs family had probably played Jetan on at least one occasion,
but they all preferred Old Maid. (Heins, p. 121)
Rules for Jetan in Chessmen of Mars:
Jetan Creations by James Spratt:
*** Someone at Rand McNally made
a random McNally decision, rejecting a manuscript which had been submitted
May 23, 1913, by an unknown and unproven author named Edgar Rice Burroughs.
The title of the manuscript was "Tarzan of the Apes." But hey, if
you need a good map sometime or want to look up something in a dictionary,
they're your go-to people!
ERB Bio Timeline:
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*** Michael Chabon won a Pulitzer Prize for his novel,
"The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay," and has also picked up
Hugo, Nebula, Sidewise and Ignotus awards along the way.
I haven't heard of any awards he has won as one of the
writers for 2012's "John Carter," but his participation in the project
was a dream come true for him as well as the others scripters -- Andrew
Stanton and Mark Andrews.
Chabon was born May 24, 1963, in Washington, D.C., and,
on his 55th birthday, is still going strong.
Richard Lupoff interviews Michael Chabon in 2010:
Michael Chabon bibliography in ERBzine:
Richard Lupoff: Master of Adventure:
Speaking of "John Carter," some may have wondered
why the film was titled "John Carter" in the first place, instead of by
the well-known book title of the Edgar Rice Burroughs' novel, "A Princess
of Mars," on which it was based.
At first, Disney said the movie would be titled "John
Carter of Mars," which was also a bit odd, since that was actually
the name of the 11th book in ERB's Mars series, whereas "Princess" was
the title of the first book.
Many felt that dropping "of Mars" would hurt the movie,
since the name "John Carter" might mean nothing to most theater-goers.
However, Hollywood has had plenty of successful movies with only the name
of a person as the title, e.g., "Erin Brockovich," "Jerry McGuire," and
"Tony Rome," to pluck just a few titles out of the air.
In the end, the movie failed to achieve top box office
-- at least in the U.S. -- more because of Disney's lackluster promotion
than the title with which it ended up.
See an article on the name change along with lots of
other news from "back then" on the "John Carter" film, and a link to an
interiew with Michael Chabon:
John Carter News Page collated by Bill Hillman
ERBzine's John Carter Film Site
*** MUD IN YOUR AI or MAY 1940 ~ Edgar Rice
Burroughs sent a poem to son Hulbert on May 24, 1940, making
an amusing attack on a supposedly idyllic Hawaiian setting. It is featured
in one of the first ERBzine Webpages typed out and created back in 1996:
On the beach at Lanikai, lovely, lovely Lanikai
Where the mud comes down from mauka, from mauka to makai;
Where the piebald fishes ply through the mud at Lanikai;
There's where I love to be beside the yellow sea
With my water-wings and slicker, and umbrella over me.
Where the liquid sunshine tumbles and the thunder rumbles,
And a cloud-burst is a sun-shower on the beach at Lanikai.
I love the buffo buffo and the rain upon my roof, oh!
And the mildew and the rust and the typhoon's throaty
And the roaches, and the ants that have crawled into
I love it! oh, I love it! I cannot tell a lie,
From Kalama and Kailua all the way to Lanikai
Mud in Your Ai poem by ERB
ERB's Other Side: Poetry
*** 1896: The new recruit Ed Burroughs, arrives at Fort
Grant, Arizona Territory to join Troop B, 7th U.S. Cavalry. The "Bloody
Seventh" had seen action at the Little Bighorn, Wounded Knee and the Chicago
Pullman strike. This was the start of many adventures, including a search
for the Apache Kid, separated by long periods of boredom. He
had expected to spend most of his time chasing Apaches but much of his
time is spent on guard duty and digging ditches. He passes much of his
time sketching and soaking up knowledge about the geography and history
of the area. He becomes friends with Carson Napier, a cashiered
British Army officer who had served in India and was starting a new life
in the USA. "Carson Napier" later becomes the model for the hero of Burroughs'
Amtor (Venus) stories, written between 1931 and 1941.
1924: Ed completes the 81,000-word western, The
Bandit of Hell's Bend - a story he wrote at the request of England's
Algernon Methuen. He drew heavily from his experiences in Idaho and
the 7th Cavalry in Arizona. (Working titles were "The Black Coyote"
and "Diana of the Bar Y.")
1927: Boris Karloff who played a Waziri chief
in the Tarzan and the Golden Lion movie, writes to thank Ed for
sending him an autographed motion picture edition of the novel. Twenty-five
principals in the film, including Ed, Kennedy, Pierce, Karloff, etc. had
signed and received 25 copies of the special photoplay
1939: ERB launches the promotion of the Tarzan Clans
by mailing out a circular describing the clan and a membership application.
One dollar would pay for a membership card, an Official Guide, a two-dollar
Burroughs novel, the initiation fee, and the yearly dues.
1939: Ed and Florence see "Tarzan" White defeat
the Masked Marvel in a wrestling match at the Olympic Auditorium after
which they went to Marvel's Nightclub to hear Gertrude Mess sing.
ERBzine's ERB Bio Timeline
ERB Cavalry Days
Tarzan and the Golden Lion: Photoplay
The Bandit of Hell's Bend
*** The patriotic Edgar Rice Burroughs had events
to remember on May 25, in 1918, and again in 1945.
In the earlier time, World War I still raged and 1,400
men from Oak Park were in the service. But ERB urged others to become involved
in other ways, and in particular by joining the militia. So an article
he wrote to that effect was published May 25, 1918, in Oak Leaves,
the newspaper of Oak Park, Illinois.
Among other thoughts in that article, "Patriotism
by Proxy," ERB wrote:
"There are several kinds of patriotism
and each is good. There is patriotism of the head, patriotism of the heart,
patriotism of the feet, patriotism of the entire body patriotism of the
soul, and patriotism of the pocketbook. Some men have one kind, some several
and some all of them -- these last are the true patriots; all wool and
a yard wide. These are the men who give up high-salaried positions and
go across to fight in the trenches as common soldiers for love of their
country. In them, patriotism of the heart and soul has risen to its highest
and noblest pinnacle."
Patriotism by Proxy article by ERB
*** Then, on May 25, 1945, ERB the war correspondent
was accepted by the U.S. Navy as a correspondent and he left Pearl Harbor
on the USS Cahaba, a fleet oiler. He wrote of fleet procedures,
being shot at by a sniper at Ulithi Atoll, a kamikaze attack on Kerama
Retto atoll, and flying in a plane piloted by Lieutenant Tyrone Power.
ERB Reports From The USS Cahaba
ERB: The War Years Timeline
"Tarzan and the Circus Hunter," the last of 22
episodes of "Tarzan: The Epic Adventures," initially aired May 25, 1997.
Tarzan: The Epic Adventures: 22 Shows, Credits, Pics
Adventures in Wikipedia
Adventures in IMDB
"Tarzan and the Stone Pharoah" had the ape-man
and family taking off on a wind wagon. Read the Russ Manning strip,
which began May 25, 1970, and concluded Jan. 2, 1971,at this link:
Tarzan and the Stone Pharoah: Complete strips
*** 1932: Bert Weston wrote that he and everyone
he knows are thrilled with the new MGM Tarzan picture. . . but. .
.."I think you took too little for the next three
Tarzans. Also, where did Metro get the Tar-ZAN pronounciation?
I have been around a whole lot with Tarzan's papa, and know all you Tarzan
folk fairly well, even to being well acquainted with two Tarzans of the
canine species, and I have never noted any accent on the ZAN!"
*** 1932: Weston wrote: "I do not
know whether it is the climate, or what, but you certainly have shaken
off at least ten years since '31. I hate to see you guys, who are my seniors,
looking a good ten years younger than I do, but, someway, all the rest
of the family seem to like it, and even go so far as to twit me about it.".
. . "Hulbert is a real golfer, if I ever saw one. He has got whatever a
golfer has to have. That little final wiggle, before he starts his swing,
is just the sort of thing that all rating golfers have, in some form or
another. That is just a warning that here goes a long one straight down
the center!" . . . "I cannot imagine being better situated than you
are, with your ranch-house in the San Franando, and that fine beach
*** 1934: ERB warns Melbourne, Australia police
of imposter who is posing as ERB.
*** 1934: The 39-part radio serial, Tarzan
and the Diamond of Asher, began its run. Stage and radio actor Carton
KaDell played the Tarzan role and a large group of experienced actors
were in the supporting cast. Each story was planned to be a 39-episode
serial spread over 13 weeks. Burroughs provided the plot outline. His story
continues on from the point in The Return of Tarzan where the previous
series had been interrupted. For continuity he keeps the characters Lord
Tennington and Hazel Strong, but he writes Jane out of the script, as she
Tarzan and the Diamond of Asher: Listen to
all 39 radio episodes
Asher Promo Collage: Full Size
ERB Bio Timeline
The second offering in "The Wild Adventures of Edgar Rice
Burroughs" series was "Tarzan on the Precipice" and it went
on sale May 26, 2016. Michael Sanford, the author, gathered up a
bunch of copies and went to the ECOF in late June to have some fun and
to do the Warner Bros. Studio tour with other ERB fans and then see the
advance showing of the studio's "The Legend of Tarzan. The book's
cover and interior illustrations are by Will Meugniot
Michael's book has a four-star rating and 19 reviews
One of those reviews stated:
"With "Tarzan on the Precipice,"
Michael A. Sanford has achieved something new: a thoroughly exciting and
enjoyable novel that in every respect lives and breathes Edgar Rice Burroughs'
Tarzan. The elements are all in place: well-drawn villains, a lost civilization,
and a "princess" in need of rescue. Narrative perspective and tone are
perfect. Sanford's language is much as Burroughs would have delivered it
with only minor stylistic differences that enhance the story; and the author
even uses archaic words that Burroughs favored, such as "succor." Tarzan's
characterization is just right and, as always, he demonstrates that 'where
there is life there is hope.' The pacing is excellent and the novel elements
Sanford brings to the story are a delight! It is my fervent hope that Edgar
Rice Burroughs, Inc. encourages Michael Sanford to write many more Tarzan
Tarzan on the Precipice in the Wild Adventures
of ERB Series
Michael Sanford was Guest of Honour at the 2006 Dum-Dum
Tarzan on the Precipice: Available
Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. Store
Abner Perry, that lovable genius who made it possible
for David Innes to discover Pellucidar, was born this date,
May 26, in 1913 in Kenley, Surrey, England. Well, okay. Abner couldn't
have been born that recently and still been an old man who invented the
Iron Mole in which he and David Innes went to Pellucidar around the dawn
of the 20th Century. So, if not him, then who? Why, of course, it's the
birthday of the only man to ever protray Abner Perry "on the screen, Peter
Cushing. Cushing starred with Doug McClure in the 1976 epic,
"At the Earth's Core."
Sadly, plans fell through for the sequel, combining two
of his greatest genres, in which Abner was to return to Pellucidar after
inventing an undead disposable device in a movie that would have been titled
"David Innes Vs. Dracula at the Earth's Core."
At the Earth's Core in ERBzine Silver Screen
At the Earth's Core: Lobby Display
Tarzan® Lord of the Jungle™, the slot machine
game, made its debut at Wynn Las Vegas in the "crown jewel of the
gaming industry" on this date, May 26, in 2011.
Tarzan® Lord of the Jungle™: Johnson Wins Big
Slot Machine Game release in ERBzine News
"The Roof of Heaven" story began in the Tarzan
Sundays May 26, 1985, and ran for 12 weeks. It was the work of Gray
Morrow and Don Kraar.
Roof of Heaven: All 12 Sunday Pages
One may wonder why the sky above Carson Napier for
the initial Argosy installment of ERB's "Carson
of Venus" was dominated by what can only be the planet Saturn,
which is a long, long way from Venus and, even if close enough to be seen,
would be unviewable due to the the ever-present cloud cover of Venus. But
wait! Maybe that's what artist Rudolph
Belarski had in mind: A cloud shaped like the planet Venus!
Whatever one may wonder about why Belarski painted what
he did, all could agree that he painted it well. He also did covers for
the ERB stories of "Tarzan
and the Jungle Murders," "Synthetic
Men of Mars," and "The
Red Star of Tarzan," the latter being a mixture of ERB and an Argosy
editor or staff members.
Belarski was born May 27, 1900, in Dupont, Pennsylvania,
a mining town. His parents were unskilled immigrants from Galicia, an Austrian
Polish nation. Young Belarski attended school until he was twelve, when
he was legally entitled to quit school and work in the coal mines, which
he did for ten years. He studied mail-order art courses at night from the
International Correspondence School, Inc. of Scranton, PA. After that humble
start, he did all right, and made a living painting covers for pulp magazines
and paperback books.
Belarski in ERBzine artist encyclopedia: B-1
Aboard the USS Cahaba for his
last major combat correspondent duties of waning World War II, ERB wrote
to daughter Joan on May 27, 1945:
"As you have learned through Hulbert,
I am off again on another adventure. This one bids fair to be the best
of all. It will certainly be the plushest. It all came about in nothing
flat, because Dr. Wieman. phoned me late one afternoon that he was in Honolulu
and had recently seen Jack and Jane. He had his skipper with him, and I
took them to dinner at the Outrigger. And at 1:55 the next afternoon I
went aboard their ship. I didn't know for sure that I was going until 12:00
noon, I had to do some tall hustling in two hours, but I made it.
"Hulbert went to the ship with
me, and later Phil came aboard to say goodby. We all had to cross the channel
at Pearl Harbor, as the ship was tied up on the opposite side. It was mighty
nice of Phil to go to all the trouble he did to come down, I dragooned
Hully, but he will be repaid by the use of the Buick while I am away.
"This ship is a fleet oiler. It
meets task forces and gives them gas and oil at sea. I am looking forward
to seeing this operation which must be thrilling." He mentions
he is sending a letter to "D" Dorothy Dahlberg, at Joan's address.
Letter to Joan with descriptions of shipboard life
From Our ERBzine Lost Words Series: A Letters Section
Read the 2-page May 27 Letter to Joan:
ERB's news dispatches from the Cahaba
*** 1929: ERB goes on to New York where he strikes a deal
with Elser and Metropolitan Service to publish "Tarzan and the Lost
Tarzan and the Lost Empire
*** 1932: "The Red Necktie"
an 800-word short story, related to the Murder Mystery Puzzles is
published in Rob Wagner's Script Magazine.
The Red Necktie
*** The name of Sy Weintraub is well-known to
ERB fans as the producer of several Tarzan movies in the late 50s and throughout
the 60s, including the Tarzan television series. He also made some
Holmes movies. But what other movies did he make? The answer is none.
When you've made movies featuring two of the greatest
literary characters ever, anything else is a step down, or at least Weintraub
seemed to think so.
Science fiction writer Harlan Ellison called Tarzan
and Sherlock Holmes two of the five fictional characters known to
just about everyone on the planet. The other three were Superman, Robin
Hood and a mouse named Mickey.
Nowadays there are those who could make a case that the
list could be expanded, and James Bond and Harry Potter might be given
that status as well.
Weintraub first cast Gordon Scott as a more intelligent
Tarzan in several movies, beginning in 1959, and then followed those up
with movies starring Jock Mahoney and Mike Henry as the ape-man.
Ron Ely appeared in five dozen episodes of Tarzan
on television, making him the most on-screen Tarzan actor of all time.
Weintraub also gave Tarzan stunning female leads, some
of which he showed a slight attraction to. The character of Jane, Tarzan's
wife, appeared only in "Tarzan's Fight for Life" but was ignored in the
rest of Weintraub's films.
The 60s were a great decade for Tarzan...thanks to Ballantine,
Dover, Canaveral and Ace...and Sy Weintraub. Weintraub was born May 28,
Weintraub Discusses Tarzan without Jane
The Tarzan Films
TV Tarzan with Ron Ely
*** While Jane didn't show up as a rule in Weintraub's
movies, she was definitely on the scene in movies prior to that time, as
well as afterward. One of those Janes was played by Dorothy Dunbar,
the fourth actress to play the role of Lady Greystoke, which she did in
"Tarzan and the Golden Lion," the last silent Tarzan film, in 1927.
Dorothy was was born May 28 in 1902 in Cripple Creek,
She did one more movie after "Tarzan." It was "What Price
Love?" After that, she married Thomas Wells, who turned out to be the second
husband of the seven in her life.
Tarzan and the Golden Lion with Pierce and Dunbar
Dunbar in Golden Lion Screen Captures:
*** "Tarzan and the City of Gold," drawn and written
by John Celardo, began on the Sunday pages May 28 in 1967 and ran
for 21 weeks.
Strip Dates in Huck's list of colour strips in ERBzine:
Meet John Celardo
Tarzan got some jungle competition
on the Sunday pages this date in 1939 when "The Phantom," which
had started as a daily strip three years earlier, added a Sunday story.
Phantom: A New Kind of Tarzan Strip
*** "Tanar of Pellucidar," third book in ERB's inner
world series, was published by Metropolitan on May 29, 1930. It
had run as a serial in several monthly installments the previous year in
Blue Book Magazine. When the magazine story appeared, it broke a six-year
silence from ERB on happenings in the Earth's interior. The second book
in the series, "Pellucidar," had been published in 1923 and had
wound up all the loose ends left over from the first volume, "At the
Earth's Core." Tanar introduced new loose ends. Paul F. Berdanier
did the wraparound dust jacket painting and frontispiece.
ERB Bio Timeline
Note: The Tanar book edition contains 312 pages ~ Word count
estimate: 78,000 ~ The dedication is: "To Joan
Burroughs Pierce II." She is the ERB's first grandchild
- she later becomes Mrs. Charles Anselmo, Jr.
Tanar of Pellucidar: Full Info in C.H.A.S.E.R.
Tanar of Pellucidar: Pulp Cover Collage
Read the Complete Tanar e-Text Edition in ERBzine
*** The 2009 ECOF in El Dorado
Hills, Calif., began on May 29, 2009, hosted by Don Gray at the
Holiday Inn Express. Guest of Honor was illustrator Thomas Yeates,
who did the cover art for Stanley Galloway's "The Teenage Tarzan,"
a study of ERB's "Jungle Tales of Tarzan." Thomas and Stanley showed
off the cover artwork at the ECOF. Yeates had also been signed to illustrate
an omnibus with the first three Mars novels, due out in the fall
ECOF 2009: 7-photo page coverage starts at:
ECOFs and Dum-Dums of the Past
Teenage Tarzan in "ERB Still Lives" Books
*** "The Land That Time
Forgot" (Webster's English Thesaurus Edition)" became available
on May 29, 2008. What, one may ask, is a "Thesaurus Edition"?
According to amazon, it is an edition "Designed
for school districts, educators, and students seeking to maximize performance
on standardized tests...." It adds, "Webster's
paperbacks take advantage of the fact that classics are frequently assigned
readings in English courses. By using a running thesaurus at the bottom
of each page, this edition of The Land That Time Forgot by Edgar Rice Burroughs
was edited for students who are actively building their vocabularies in
anticipation of taking" various academic merit tests.
They have these available in many languages, in case
English is not your preferred mode of communication:
The Land That Time Forgot
Read the Complete LTF e-Text Edition in ERBzine
*** May 29: The Tandem
edition cover of "The Cave Girl" was singled out as one of "the
worst" by the dubious website, Good Show Sir: Only the worst Sci-fi/Fantasy
The Cave Girl: All the Many Covers
*** "Tarzan and Norma" began
May 29 in 1946, written and illustrated by Rex Maxon, and ran for 40 days.
Huck's list of comic start and stop dates at:
Tarzan and Norma: All 40 strips in ERBzine
Rex Maxon Strips: Complete in ERBzine
*** The news from a few days ago was that actor Clint
Walker had died (May 21), and memories were shared of his walk-on in
a Tarzan over-the-shoulder loin cloth in the 1954 Bowery Boys comedy, "Jungle
Gents." After their zany adventures in the jungle, the boys were preparing
to leave but "Sach," played by Huntz Hall, was thinking seriously about
staying behind with Anatta, a jungle girl who constantly wanted to "Kiss,
kiss, kiss." Walker put a stop to that, stepping from the jungle foliage,
his barrel-chested body standing at 6-foot-7 and, with gestures, letting
Sach know it was time to leave, and to leave the girl behind.
Walker had another brush with Tarzan in a later movie,
"Night of the Grizzly" (1966), in which he had to fight Tad Curry,
played by Ron Ely, whose "Tarzan" TV series began that year.
Elam, who periodically showed up as a villain in Tarzan films, was
also in "Grizzly."
Walker had died just before his 91st birthday, which
would have been on May 30. He passed away from congestive heart failure
in Grass Valley, Calif.
Clint Walker in the Tarzana Hall of Fame
Ron Ely TV Series: Synopses for all episodes
Obit in NY Times Obit
*** Anyone who has a wartime edition of an ERB Tarzan
book knows, from the browned pages of those books, about the shortage of
quality paper in World War II. The shortage persisted for a few years after
the war, until paper mills had the wherewithal to turn out quality material
According to "Tarzan: The Centennial Celebration,"
by Scott Tracy Griffin, ERB "noted in a May 30, 1946 letter to his friend
Louise Rogers that he had an order for 100,000 books, but could not print
them due to the lack of paper. By 1948, books were available as ERB, Inc.
reprint editions." (Page 158)
It's nice to know that 100,000 people, probably weary
from the horrors of war, were anxious to get their hands on some ERB fiction
and "escape" to lands of princesses and jungle lords.
Tarzan Centennial Celebration by Scott Tracy
*** The name of Ethel Dwyer does not come up often
in discussions about actresses who played Jane, but she played as legitimate
a Jane as anyone else. She starred as the ape man's girl friend in the
1921 Broadway stage play, "Tarzan of the Apes." And she got good
reviews in New York newspapers.
She was born May 30, 1899, in Tarrytown, N.Y.
Tarzan on Broadway 1921 with Ethel Dwyer and Ronald
*** I don't know if B.A. stands for Brooks Agnew
or if he even has a B.A. degree. But no doubt he is qualified as a B.S.
On May 30, 2007, an article appeared detailing his plan
to lead an expedition through the Polar opening to Pellucidar. I haven't
heard of such an expedition being undertaken, so he is probably still involved
in the fund-raising aspect. By googling Brooks Agnew's name, one can learn
much more, even more than one would want to know, and even watch videos
of this singular person!
ERBzine article on Polar Opening
*** "Tarzan and the New Atlantis," illustrated
by Gray Morrow and written by Allan Gross, began in Sunday
newspapers May 30, 1999, and ran for 16 weeks.
Tarzan and the New Atlantis: Read all 16 Strips
Atlantis Strip Summary
*** 1941: LETTER
received from son Jack, who signs it "your hair-non-apparent."
ERB Bio Timeline
*** On May 31, 1960, the first issue of the fanzine ERB-dom
appeared, published by Alfred Guillory Jr. and Camille Cazedessus
Only two issues had been published when Guillory was
killed -- in a car-train accident, I believe. In issue 3, Caz wrote a dedication
to Guillory, saying, "I do not depart from the truth
when I say that this very magazine you are reading was Al's dream and his
alone. I offered my assistance and soon it became my dream too, but without
Al's continued initiative ERB-dom would not be the reality that it is today.
"Now, even though Al is gone from
this world, his efforts were not in vain, his dream lives and will live
on, and he will not easily be forgotten."
Guillory was U.S. agent for D. Peter Ogden's ERBania,
which began publication in 1956 while Pete was living in England. Ogden,
who passed away in the fall of 2017, had later moved to Florida and published
ERBania from there for many years.
*** In his biography, Vern Coriell, president
of The Burroughs Bibliophiles, publisher of The Burroughs Bulletin,
had this to say:
"A young fan named Alfred Guillory,
Jr., who was Pete Ogden's U.S. agent for ERBANIA, started corresponding
with me requesting information and articles about ERB and his works. Al
thought, and correctly so, that if a zine from England did well, why not
publish one of his own. Al went into partnership with Camille Cazedessus,
Jr. And ERB-dom came into being. A year later, Al was killed in a tragic
accident and Camille became editor and publisher of the zine. Caz was a
real live wire and did everything he could to make his zine financially
successful and succeeded . . . even to the extent of reprinting and selling
photocopy pages of my out-of-print Bulletins! I enjoyed the new zines as
they came and went but I was a bit peeved about it too. All of these zines
were being sold while the Bulletin had reached a stalemate because I was
unable to sell it without breaking my word to Edgar Rice Burroughs . .
. whom I had promised that I would never sell copies of the BB."
I guess there was a little "rivalry" between Caz and
Vern, to say the least. But both men contributed immeasurably to ERB's
legacy and to ERB fandom and we appreciate them both.
And, of course, The Burroughs Bulletin was never sold...but
there was that annual membership fee in The Burroughs Bibliophiles and,
in return, you received the free Bulletin.
ERBzine Guide to Caz's ERB-dom issues:
Across 5 Illustrated Pages Starting at:
ERBzine Guide to Ogden's ERBania issues:
Across 4 Illustrated Webpages Starting at:
Peter Ogden Remembered
Vern Coriell: An ERBzine Burroughs Biblio-Pro-Phile
The Burroughs Bibliophiles
*** 1927: ERB contributed an
article to The Daily Maroon of the University of Chicago
in which he discussed the origin of the Tarzan idea, as well as his thoughts
on what he thinks a child actually raised by apes would really be like.
1932: Ed commented on the new Tarzan, the Ape Man
film: "I thought Maurine (sic) O'Sullivan
added quite a bit to the picture. As a matter of fact, she is far more
attractive off the screen than she is on, which is unusual for motion picture
actresses. Their pronunciation of Tarzan was their own. I
don't give a damn what they call him as long as their checks come regularly.
One reason they did not premier Tarzan and roadshow the picture is because
they all underestimated its value. One of their publicity men told me yesterday
that it was their biggest money maker so far this year. As a matter of
fact, it just swept them off their feet."
*** Additions to the Malibu beach house began.
ERB: Malibu's First Mayor
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