Edgar Rice Burroughs Tribute and Weekly Webzine Site
1996 ~ Over 15,000 Webpages in Archive
ERB'S LIFE and LEGACY :: DAILY
A COLLATION OF THE DAILY
EVENTS IN ERB-WORLD
FROM THE PAGES OF ERBzine
CREATED BY BILL HILLMAN
Collated by John Martin and
With Web Design, Added Events,
Illustrations and Photo Collages
by Bill Hillman
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Tarzan Clans Guide: John Coleman Burroughs Art ~ Tarzan
Brother Harry and Nellie Burroughs ~ Nick Cardy: Artist,
Hard-Luck Harrigan Tarzan Strip
*** 1939: The Official Guide to the Tarzan Clans of America
was published this date. 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."
A letter from Hulbert Burroughs
to Rev. Henry H. Heins, November 28, 1962: "In your letter of March 20,
1962, you inquired about the Clan Guide Book for the Tarzan Clans of
America. My brother states that all of the contents were written by
Edgar Rice Burroughs and that the cover design was drawn by my brother,
John Coleman Burroughs, adapted from one of J. Allen St. John's illustrations.
The sketch of a spear appearing on page 25 was drawn by my brother. John
says specifically that E.R.B. prepared the dictionary of the ape language
appearing on Pages 28 through 32. To the best of our knowledge, your assumptions
are correct that the Tarzan Clan idea was an experiment which for one reason
or another never actually became airborne.
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)
The Tarzan Clans of America was ERB's
version of a boys' club similar to the Boy Scouts of America. Burroughs
probably wrote all of the booklet.The Clan's yearly $1.00 membership fee
gave each member the booklet, a membership card, and the latest ERB, Inc.
first edition (autographed). Movie Tarzan, Johnny Weissmuller, was
the "Chief of Chiefs." Cyril Rothmund, ERB's secretary, was "Chief Scribe."
. . . What? You don't have a Tarzan Clans Guide? Yes, you do. It's
right here in ERBzine:
Official Guide to the Tarzan Clans of America
The Tarzan Clubs and the Boy Scouts
*** May 22 in Tarzan comic history:
*** 1950: "Tarzan and Hard-Luck Harrigan," by
Cardy & Burne Hogarth, began May 22 in 1950 and ran for 54 days.
Tarzan and Hard-Luck Harrigan
Nick Cardy: The Artist At War
*** 1953: "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 Lubbers strips
*** 1955: "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
McNally & Co. for book publication. They decline.
*** 1913: Ed submitted some of Harry's wife Nellie
Oldham Burroughs' stories to All-Story. They were not published.
Still impressed with his sister-in-law's artistic talents, two years later
Ed wrote his film producer Selig to ask that she be given a tryout as an
actress. "It is not the emotional notoriety-longing of a young girl,"
he said," but the desire of a mature woman to utilize her talents and
training for purposes of bread winning. . . . It is with a full realization
of the fact that you must be bored to death with similar requests from
people who have a right to ask favors of you, which I have not, that I
ask this of you."
In her long story, "The
Bride," which appeared in 1913 in the popular magazine The Metropolitan,
Nellie created a situation in which a delicate protected Southern girl
finds herself, as a young wife, abruptly transferred to a ranch in a rough
frontier area. Here, Nellie may have been recalling her own Southern background
and her unanticipated experiences after she had married Harry and moved
with him to Idaho where she faced a difficult adjustment to life in a primitive
Ella Oldham Burroughs, was killed
in a car accident on March 30, 1933, near Ann Arbor, Michigan. She and
Harry had shared a strong affection, and some years later Harry became
involved in unusual psychic experiences as he sought to contact his wife.
Ella Oldham Burroughs
"The Bride" by Ella O. Burroughs
ERB Bio Timeline
ERB and fellow Troopers: US 7th Cavalry ~ ERB sketches:
Life at Fort Grant
J. Allen St. John Photos and Tarzan Art ~ Jetan Art
by Jusko and Game Pieces by James Spratt
*** 1896: A young Edgar Rice Burroughs started his
hitch with the US 7th Cavalry 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
Excerpts from ERBzine 3469: Ed
enlisted at the Detroit recruiting station on this date. Since he was underage
he had to have his father's permission. He was assigned to the Seventh
Cavalry at Fort Grant, Arizona Territory in response to his request that
he be given "absolutely the worst assignment in the United States Army."
The "Bloody Seventh" had seen action at the Little Bighorn in 1876, Wounded
Knee in 1890 and on the streets of Chicago during the Pullman strike in
1894. Coincidentally, Ed's father, Major Burroughs, had once hosted a reception
in Chicago for Fort Grant's namesake, Ulysses S. Grant.
Entries in Ed's notebook present a
fascinating narration of the ten months he spent with the U.S. Cavalry.
On the date of his enlistment, he noted that his weight was 153 and his
height five feet nine inches. "Sworn in 9 am. Assigned to Troop B 7th U.S.
Cav. May 24th 1896. Arrived Fort Grant May 23rd."
The journey to the fort began with
a railroad trip to Willcox, Arizona where he had to spend the night. Since
he had used up all his funds during the rail journey he spent a hungry
and sleepless night waiting for the morning stage coach to Fort Grant.
His fellow passenger on the 26-mile stage coach trip was a young prostitute
who was employed at the nearby brothel that catered to troops.
Porges Notes: "Fort Grant in
1896 was a dreary collection of dusty barracks and tents set in the midst
of parched Arizona country. The bleakness of the natural environment was
more than matched by the drudging monotony of the life and work at the
fort and the bad relationships between the officers and enlisted men. The
duties, a prisonlike form of hard labor, consisted of road work, ditchdigging,
and what Ed described as "boulevard building". The commanding officer,
enormously fat, and lazy, set an uninspiring example of leadership for
the other officers. Ed commented scathingly about the colonel that he 'conducted
regimental maneuvers from an army ambulance. It required nothing short
of a derrick to hoist him onto a horse. He was then and is now my idea
of the ultimate zero in cavalry officers. . . Fort Grant was superimposed
upon a chaos of enormous boulders, some of them as large as a house. .
. .' The soldiers' first appalling task was to remove these before
the road work began."
ERB in US Cavalry: 10 ERBzine Webpages starting at:
Arizona Cavalry Days Sketches
*** 1957: J. Allen St. John,
the illustrator most closely associated with ERB characters in the first
half of the century, passed away on this date in Chicago at the age of
84. He was born in 1875 in Chicago, like ERB, but was ERB's junior by one
month, being born Oct. 1.
In 1913 St. John and his wife moved
to 3 East Ontario Street in Chicago. This remarkable three-story building,
known as "The Tree Studio," was designed with living and working areas
for resident artists. The St. John's lived on the ground floor, which also
included a picturesque private garden. In 1915 he illustrated chapter headings
for The Return of Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs for McClurg Publishing.
The dust-jacket was painted by N. C. Wyeth. In 1916 he drew the story illustrations
as well as the dust-jacket cover for The Beasts of Tarzan. This
was the first of many painted covers for Tarzan books, for which the artist
is most renowned. He was ERB's favourite artist. He also illustrated stories
for many of the top magazines, such as Colliers, The Rotarian, and Liberty
and painted covers for The Green Book, The Red Book and Blue Book.
In 1928 he taught a painting class
at the Businessmen's Art Association in Chicago, which was a private club
for professional artists that worked for newspapers and advertising, but
wanted to hone their skills, work from nude models, and enjoy weekend outings
to paint landscapes and socialize with other professional artists. During
the years of the Great Depression he worked for Boy's World, Amazing Stories,
Fantastic Adventures, Magic Carpet and Weird Tales. In the 1940s and the
1950s he worked for Amazing Stories, Fantastic Adventures, Fate, Other
Worlds, and Mystic Magazine.
J. Allen St. John: Colour Gallery
J. Allen St. John: Bio and Line Art:
J. Allen St. John: Bio and Art
J. Allen St. John Illustrations for ERB Novels: The
*** 1963: "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)
Sculptor, Artist and Writer, James
Spratt, a longtime contributor to ERBzine presented me with a beautiful
set of Jetan pieces that he had created. He had also donated a set to George
McWhorter's Memorial ERB Collection at the Ekstrom Rare Books Library at
the University of Louisville. James' set was a major improvement over the
one I had created as a youngster back in the early '50. I had drawn propellers,
swords, crowns and other symbols on light cardboard discs and milk bottle
caps. I then had to teach my young sister the rules so that I had someone
to play this unusual game with.
Rules for Jetan in Chessmen of Mars:
Jetan Creations by James Spratt:
*** 1913: Someone at Rand McNally
made a random McNally decision, rejecting a manuscript which had been submitted
on this date in 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!
This novel, the third written by Burroughs,
was eventually published by A.C. McClurg and Co. It has never been out
of print since and has sold millions of copies.
ERB Bio Timeline:
Tarzan of the Apes: Full info at ERB C.H.A.S.E.R.
Tarzan of the Apes: Full e-Text Edition
*** 1918: May 23 - July 16: Out
of Time's Abyss was written. Blue Book paid $1,000 for each
of the three Land That Time Forgot stories.
Land That Time Forgot: History ~ Art ~ Info
Michael Chabon: John Carter Script Writer and
Richard Lupoff: ERB, Master of Adventure
Lanikai Beach and ERB poem ~ Boris Karloff autograph:
Tarzan and Golden Lion photoplay edition
*** 1963: Michael Chabon won a Pulitzer Prize for
his novel, "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay," and has also
picked up Hugo, Nebula, Sidewise and Ignotus awards along
His participation in the "John Carter" film project
was a dream come true for him as well as the others scripters -- Andrew
Stanton and Mark Andrews. Chabon was born on this date in Washington,
D.C., and continues to write best-selling novels and attend fan conventions.
I learned during my correspondence
with Richard Lupoff that he knew and lived near writer Michael Chabon.
Since Chabon was working on the movie script for Pixar's John Carter of
Mars, we thought it would be a good idea for Dick to interview Michael
about the project. They met in a restaurant and Dick taped the intervew
which he sent me. I transcribed every word on an ERBzine page and shared
it with my readers. The result was a good insight into the project and
Chabon's love and respect for the writings of Edgar Rice Burroughs. The
transcription is featured at ERBzine 3047. I've added many photos, bios
and bibliographies of these talented writers.
Our interest in ERB has led us on
many adventures around the world. A major thrill for Sue-On and I was to
be invited to a preshowing of the John Carter film on the Disney lot. This
was the film I had been waiting for since my first introduction to ERB's
John Carter adventures on Barsoom back in 1952. I had suffered through
countless renderings of ERB's creations on film and TV through the years,
so this was a rare treat. It was a major production from a world-known
film company, employing the best screenwriters, producer and director,
actors, crew, etc. and a fellow-Canadian playing the lead role. Since that
debut I have enjoyed the film scores of times -- with many of the showings
and DVDs in Asian countries where the film was a blockbuster.
Richard Lupoff interviews Michael Chabon in 2010:
Michael Chabon bibliography in ERBzine:
Richard Lupoff: Master of Adventure:
John Carter of Mars film project
*** 1912: 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. It was very popular all over Asia
and we brought back many DVDs that we bought in malls and from street vendors
in Malaysia, Singapore, China, etc.
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 I 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
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
Where the liquid sunshine tumbles and the thunder
And a cloud-burst is a sun-shower on the beach at
I love the buffo buffo and the rain upon my roof,
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
ERB Adventures in Wartime Hawaii
*** 1896: The new recruit
Ed Burroughs, arrived 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 passed much of his time sketching and soaking up knowledge
about the geography and history of the area. He became 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
ERB Cavalry Days at Fort Grant
*** 1924: Ed completed 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.")
The Bandit of Hell's Bend
*** 1927: Boris Karloff who
played a Waziri chief in the Tarzan and the Golden Lion movie, wroteto
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
Tarzan and the Golden Lion: Photoplay
*** 1939: ERB launched 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 saw "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's Oak Parker article for WWI Militia ~ ERB: War
Correspondent on USS Cahaba
Tarzan Epic Adventures ~ Diamond of Asher
on Radio ~ Manning's "Stone Pharpah" Tarzan Strips
*** 1918: 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
*** 1945: On this date, 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
ERB Reports From The USS Cahaba
Edgar Rice Burroughs on Ulithi Atoll
ERB: The War Years Timeline
*** 1997: "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
Tarzan and the Stone Pharoah: Complete strips
*** 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 is expecting.
Tarzan and the Diamond of Asher: Listen to
all 39 radio episodes
Asher Promo Collage: Full Size
*** 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
*** 1934: ERB warned Melbourne, Australia police
of imposter who is posing as ERB.
ERB Bio Timeline
Michael Sanford: Tarzan on the Precipice, with
his wife and Bill Hillman ~ Peter Cushing: Abner Perry in
At the Earth's Core ~ Rick Johnson plays the
Tarzan Slot Machines ~ Grey Morrow's Tarzan Strip
*** 2016: 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 at amazon. 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
*** 1913: Abner Perry,
that lovable genius who made it possible for David Innes to discover
was born this date 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
*** 2011: 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 Morrow Sunday Pages
Rudolph Belarski: Art for four ERB pulp covers: Carson
of Venus, Jungle Murders,
Synthetic Men, Red Star ~ ERB WWII Correspondent:
Uniform, Letter Home, with crew of USS Cahaba
*** 1900: 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
*** 1945: 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
Sy Weintraub: Tarzan film producer with one of his
Tarzans, Ron Ely ~ Dorothy Dunbar and
James Pierce in Tarzan and the Golden Lion
~ Tarzan and the Lost Empire ~ Script Magazine
*** 1929: ERB went to New York where he struck a deal with
Elser and Metropolitan Service to publish "Tarzan and the Lost Empire."
Books published the book on September 28, 1929 -- this was the first title
not published by AC McClurg. It contained 313 pages with a word count:
66,000. A. W. Sperry did the wrap-around DJ and b/w frontispiece.
The story features another "lost race" theme: Tarzan and a young German
find a lost remnant of the Roman Empire hidden in the mountains of Africa.
This novel is notable for the introduction of Nkima, who serves as Tarzan's
monkey companion in it and a number of later Tarzan stories. It also reintroduces
first seen in Tarzan and the Golden Lion, as sub-chief of
Tarzan's Waziri warriors.
Somewhere in the heart of Africa,
a man had disappeared—Erich von Harben, son of an old friend of Tarzan
of the Apes. Now the ape-man was seeking to rescue him. The trail led to
a mysterious valley where Tarzan discovered two surviving outposts of ancient
Rome, almost unchanged by time. And there, Tarzan was thrust into the bloody
arena, to face every peril the cruel and corrupt Emperor of Castra Sanguinarius
could devise to ensure the ape-man's death. Miles away in Castrum Mare,
Erich von Harben was also awaiting execution upon the sands of another
tyrant's arena. There are 23 untitled chapters (original pulp version had
Tarzan and the Lost Empire: History ~ Art ~
Reviews ~ Comics
Lost Empire: Read the e-Text Edition
Tarzan and the Lost Empire: 84 Maxon Strips
*** 1932: "The Red Necktie"
an 800-word short story, related to the Murder Mystery Puzzles was
published in Rob Wagner's Script Magazine. Burroughs experimented
with a new type of fictional writing. His Short Murder Mystery Puzzles
featured Inspector Muldoon, master detective and mathematical genius who
displayed evidence of his remarkable talent at an early age: "At nine,
he could mentally multiply numbers of six or seven digits, or extract square
or cube root, almost instantaneously." Muldoon's crime-solving technique
was based "on his ability to carry a complicated array of figures in his
mind and to correlate them instantly and accurately. . . ."
The Red Necktie
*** 1923: 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
Sherlock 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, 1923.
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:
*** 1967: "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
*** 1939: 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
Phantom: A New Kind of Tarzan Strip
Tanar of Pellucidar: Blue Book cover art by
Hoban ~ 1st Ed DJ by Berdanier ~ Land That Time Forgot:
1st and Webster Editions ~ Teenage Tarzan by
Stan Galloway, Art by Thomas Yeates ~ Maxon Tarzan Strip
*** 1930: "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
The 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 and Frank Hoban did the 1st
edition DJ art.
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
- to save confusion her name was later spelled Joanne and still later she
became 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
*** 1946: "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: 40 Maxon strips in ERBzine
All Rex Maxon Strips: Complete in ERBzine
Clink Walker: Tarzan Parody with 3 Stooges ~ Tarzan
on Broadway 1921 with Ethel Dwyer
and Ronald Adair ~ Griffin's Tarzan Centennial
Polar Opening ~ Morrow: Atlantis Tarzan Strip
*** 1927: Clint Walker (1927.05.30-2018.05.21) "A
Tarzan That Coulda Been" was born in Hartford, Illinois on this date. Clint
Walker's first film (uncredited as a Tarzan-type jungle man) was in "Jungle
Gents" a 1954 Bowery Boys movie. 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.
Jack Elam, who periodically showed up as a villain
in Tarzan films, was also in "Grizzly." Walker was perhaps best known
for his starring role as cowboy Cheyenne Bodie in the ABC/Warner Bros.
western series Cheyenne from 1955-63.
ERBzine Eclectica Excerpt: "Hully's
ideal Tarzan (and mine as well, I guess) was Clint Walker. His height,
bearing, voice, carriage and presence seemed the embodiment of those great
J. Allen St. John illustrations that graced the early Burroughs books.
It's a damn shame Walker never got a chance to don the loin cloth for real
(although he did appear in a 'cameo' as an ape-man in Jungle Gents) and
it's too bad that the movie going public still hasn't had a 'real' Tarzan
film. Just think what Ray Harryhausen, a good cast and a big budget could
have done with Tarzan the Terrible. "~ Tom Tolley excerpt from ERBzine
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.
ERBzine Eclectica January 7, 2000
An ERBzine Tarzana Hall of Fame Member
ERBzine Eclectica: Sept. 2010
Ron Ely TV Series: Synopses for all episodes
Obit in NY Times Obit
*** 1946: 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 again.
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
*** 1899: 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
*** 2007: 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
*** 1999: "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: ERB received a letter from
son Jack, who signs it "your hair-non-apparent."
ERB's Wartime Letters
Camille Cazedessus Jr. and his ERB-dom fanzine: Krenkel
logo, 1st Issue and more covers
Peter Ogden's ERBANIA ~ Vern Coriell's Burroughs Bibliophiles
~ ERB: Mayor of Malibu
*** 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
ERB Bio Timeline
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