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Mastermind of Mars: Covers & Art ~ At
the Earth's Core Art ~ ERB, Inc.: Wilbanks, Mann, Sullos, Griffin
Burroughs' Idaho Partner: Lew Sweetser ~ Weissmuller
Tarzan DVD Set~ Cowboy ERB in Idaho~ Zane Grey
*** 1925 "One greater than either of us," a mystery man whose
identity Edgar Rice Burroughs took with him to his grave, was responsible
for delivery to ERB of a manuscript and letter. The epistle had been written
June 8, in 1925, (Jasoom time) in Helium on the planet of Barsoom (Mars).
The manuscript told the story of Capt. Ulysses Paxton,
a soldier fighting in the trenches of The Great War, who had been suddenly
and mysteriously transported to Mars, just as the famous John Carter
had been some years earlier.
ERB, who seemed to acquire more than his share of such
manuscripts of strange adventures in exotic lands, dutifully did the right
thing, publishing the story so the world, once again, could know that life
did exist on the fourth planet. ERB's contribution to scientific knowledge
of Mars is, thus, incalculable.
This story is still in print today and available to readers
under the title Master Mind of Mars. Those not possessing a copy
of this scientific treatise may simply perform a search on ebay, abebooks
or other sales websites to obtain a copy. It may also be read online via
Master Mind of Mars: Paxton's story
Master Mind of Mars: Full Story in eText
Master Mind Art Collage
*** 1914: Eleven years earlier,
on June 8, 1914, the world was given another true account of adventure
in a strange land, when At the Earth's Core began serialization
in The Evening World, and ran for six installments. Some believed the amazing
stories that found their way into ERB's hands; some didn't. But the fact
is, they're there, and those who accept them as the truth are the richer
At the Earth's Core: History ~ Art ~ Info
At the Earth's Core: Read the e-Text Edition
on Master Mind
*** A June 8, 2017, news release by
Rice Burroughs, Inc., announced some promotions. Cathy Wilbanks
became vice president and Tyler Wilbanks was placed in charge of
the company's publishing division. It was also announced that
Tracy Griffin had joined the firm in the newly created position of
director of special projects.
ERB, Inc. Promotions
ERB, Inc. Staff at LA WonderCon
*** 2004 "Tarzan: Silver Screen
King of the Jungle" was released on this date, featuring Weissmuller
The documentary covered the first six Tarzan movies
that starred Johnny Weissmuller, and Johnny Weissmuller Jr. and Scott Tracy
Griffin, aka Lord Passmore, both provided commentary, along with Rudy Behlmer
Griffin's Tarzan On Film
ERBzine Silver Screen Series
Documentary in IMDB
*** June 8, 2012, was originally scheduled
to be the release date of Disney's "John Carter." The studio moved
it back to March 9, which happened to be the release date for "Prometheus,"
a Twentieth Century Fox film. The makers of "Prometheus" apparently didn't
want to tangle with John Carter, so they moved its release date to June
John Carter of Mars Film Coverage
NOTES FROM OUR ERB TIMELINE BIO
*** 1930: Tarzan and the Man Things
(Tarzan the Invincible) dictation was finished on five wax
cylinders. Both Dictaphone and Ediphone were used over the years - cylinders
were shaved and reused.
~ Ed met with Marks of MGM
who felt his asking price of 75,000 for the Tarzan film was too high as
Zane Grey was only getting 50,000.
~ Joan visited in the afternoon and
they rode out to the canyon where water pipes were being installed. Ed
was captivated by pretty little baby Joan.
The Zane Grey / ERB Connection
*** 1944: George's close friend, Lew Sweetser,
died. He and George Burroughs were cremated together.
The Sweetser / Burroughs Connection I
The Sweetser / Burroughs Connection II
Tarzan and the Madman: Reed Crandall DJ and
Interior art in Canaveral ~ NY Times: Ballantine Review
with CE Monroe art ~ Ruben Rubimore strips in Tarzan
in Color book
*** 1964: The first edition of "Tarzan and the Madman"
was published on this date by Canaveral Press, 25 years after ERB
wrote it and put it in the ERB, Inc. office safe. When the Burroughs boom
of the '60s occurred, it was finally sent to Canaveral Press, to sate the
appetite of fans eager for another Tarzan book. The book may not have been
the best Tarzan story ERB ever wrote, and maybe that explains why he allowed
it to languish in the safe. But it was, after all, Tarzan. And fans were
happy. Illustrations were by Reed Crandall.
This was the 23rd Tarzan book by ERB to see print. The
last one would be published a few months later, in 1965.
In a review you can read this: "Tarzan
and the Madman is not so much an awful book as it is uninspired."Doc
Hermes, author of the review, tells why he believes that to be the
Read his review and also read about the history of the
book and see a different jacket design, put together by Jeff Jones
in the ERBzine C.H.A.S.E.R. Biblio Series.
Tarzan and the Madman: Art ~ History ~ Reviews
*** 1974: "Lord of the Absolute
Elsewhere (A Serious Look at Ballantine's Tarzan Series)" by Leslie
A. Fiedler, was published June 9, 1974, in the New York Times Review.
Fielder review on the Ballantine Tarzan Series
*** 1946: "Tarzan and the Scourge"
began in Sunday newspapers June 9, 1946, and ran for 44 weeks. It is the
work of Ruben Moreira and Don Garden and was reprinted in
black and white in Tarzan in Color, Vol. 15B. When NBM printed the
Foster and Hogarth Sundays in the 18-volume "Tarzan in Color" series, the
only strips by Rubimor to be included were the ending of a story Hogarth
had started and the start of a story Hogarth ended up finishing. But there
were other Rubimor stories in between. Fans demanded that those "missing"
Rubimor stories be put into book form, too. So NBM did, but since it felt
Rubimor pages would be less popular than Hogarth's, they printed them in
black and white and numbered the volume as "15b." That way, those who didn't
want the Rubimor volume would have 18 volumes sequentially numbered, and
those who did want it would be able to shelve "15b" next to "15."
The title of each individual Sunday strip in the Scourge
story is here, along with a whole slough of other info about ERB comic
ERB and the Press: Rubimor Tarzan Strips Listed
Amilcar Ruben Moreira (Rubimore) in ERBzine Artists
Rubimor strips reprinted in Tarzan in Color 15B
Click or go to links referenced below for more info and larger images
Moon Maid: 3 parts in All-Story ~ Later covers
in McClurge and art in reprints in ACE, Dover,
Canaveral, Ballantine, Bison, Wood ~ Tarzan the
Magnificent ~ Rex Maxon 1st Tarzan strip
*** 1967: Edgar Rice Burroughs was still spry at 92
years of age as the famed author sat in the Blue Room on the Transoceanic
Liner Harding, celebrating Mars Day with everyone else. It was there
he met that interesting fellow Julian, who told him of the future
lives that he was somehow able to "recall."
The date was June 10, 1967, 17 years after the inaccurate
report of the death of Burroughs. ERB had quickly found that correcting
an erroneous news story was like trying to put toothpaste back into the
tube. A few newspapers had made one-paragraph corrections on back pages,
but other than that, there was nothing. So, the public at large believed
that ERB had died and finally he just gave up trying to correct it.
The stories told him by Julian on
that and future occasions, however, ERB did manage to record and eventually
published them in a trilogy he titled "The Moon Maid."
To help keep his continued existence a secret, ERB used
a time machine to go back several times to the 1923-25 era to have the
I've created a Moon Maid: Poster of
the best covers and art: OPEN
FULL POSTER HERE
The Moon Maid: Art ~ History ~ Summaries ~ Lost Text
1. MOON MAID: e-Text Edition
2. MOON MEN: e-Text Edition
3. RED HAWK: e-Text Edition
ERB's Alternate Bio: The "Other" Burroughs
Classic Moon Maid Dutch Illustrations 1946
*** 1939: Alexandra Stewart,
born June 10, 1939, in Quebec, played the part of a young woman named Lori
in "Tarzan the Magnificent." Lori was one of several whom Tarzan
was attempting to lead through the jungle at the same time he was herding
prisoner Coy Banton (played by future Tarzan Jock Mahoney) to justice
in Kairobi, with other members of the Banton family in pursuit. Johnny
Banton succeeded in getting his paws on Lori members of the small expedition
who actually made it to their destination.
She also had a role in Otto Preminger's
"Exodus," which was released the same year as "Tarzan." She had cameo roles
in "Highlander: The Series," "The Saint," and "Danger Man." She has worked
in English language and French productions and her most recent film was
Tarzan the Magnificent: Credits ~ Stills ~ Posters
*** 1929: Rex Maxon began his
long career of illustrating
Tarzan through newspaper comics on June
10, 1929. Hal Foster had done 60 panels, illustrating the first
ERB Tarzan story, "Tarzan of the Apes." When United Feature Syndicate
made the decision to continue the strip, he was no longer available, so
they turned to Maxon. His first strips followed the story line of ERB's
sequel to "Apes," "The Return of Tarzan." Maxon did the first 10
weeks of the strip for free. Maxon did the Tarzan
Sunday Strips from March 15, 1931 ~ September 20, 1931
Rex Maxon Biography
The Return of Tarzan: Maxon 10 Daily Strips
Tarzan of the Apes: 60 strips by Hal Foster
1956: *** Tarzan and the Vikings,
by John Celardo and Dick Van Buren, began June 10, 1956,
and ran for 16 Sundays.
Meet John Celardo: Guide to the Celardo Tarzan Strips
Guide to the ERB comics reprints
*** 1915: A novelization of Ben,
King of Beasts scenario was sent to All-Story and New Story (rejected)
*** 1945: ERB wrote a letter home to Joan from "In
Port Somewhere" while aboard the USS Cahaba.
ERB's Letter to Joan from the USS Cahaba
ERB Bio Timeline
Munsey 1912 cheque: Tarzan of the Apes ~ Disney
Lot Tarzan 1999 Showing ~ DD Guests: Byrne,
McWhorter, Gilbert, Ackerman, Hyde ~ Hillmans Visit
Ackermansion ~ Lubbers Tarzan Strips
*** 1999: Those who enjoyed the ECOF's March 2012
excursion to Disney Studios to see the premiere of "John Carter"
may have felt a bit of nostalgia if they were among those who made a similar
trek to the Burbank lot in 1999 to have an advance look at Disney's
"Tarzan." That was on June 11 back then. Bill Hillman offers
18 webpages photos of the animated Tarzan event, as well as other scenes
from the 38th Dum Dum. ERB fans got their advance showing of Disney's
"Tarzan" June 11, 1999, at the studio's Burbank lot. But they also had
the opportunity to visit the El Capitan Theater where the movie would premiere
a few days later. This was Hollywood glitz, with a larger-than-life Tarzan
and other amazing decorations throughout the lobby area. Bill and Sue-On
Hillman, erbzine editors, and daughter China, were some of the
happy Tarzan fans to see the displays.
A memorable side-visit was to Forry
Ackerman's Ackermansion. Rare photos of the man and his home which
are now gone. We displayed the many photos across two Webpages - unfortunately,
computer systems, Web storage and Internet speeds were much more limited
in 1999 so the photos are small.
Tarzana 1999 Dum-Dum: Hillman 18-page Account
Hillmans Visit Forry Ackerman's Ackermansion
Ackermansion Visit Collage Poster
*** 1912: There was a quick turnaround
for ERB when he submitted "Tarzan of the Apes" to The All-Story.
It went in the mail on June 11, 1912, and he heard back from the magazine
almost immediately, "immediately" in this case being about two weeks later.
It was the enclosed $700 check, dated June 26, though, that made it really
Scroll down a bit to find the article
headlined "Tarzan from Magazine to Movie" to read a few important
dates from around that time.
All-Story Cover in the ERBzine Pulp Bibliography
Tarzan from Magazine to Movie Article
ERB's TA Cheque and Other Papers
*** 1951: "Tarzan and the Mine,"
by Bob Lubbers and
Dick Van Buren, began June 11, 1951, and
ran for 60 days.
Tarzan and the Mine: All 60 of the Lubbers strips
Bob Lubbers Bio and Directory to His Strips
Hulbert Burroughs: 2nd Lt, US Army 1942 ~ ERB's Telegram
& Letter announcing Hully's commission
JCB WWII Cartoon ~ Daughter Joan Burroughs ~ Author
James Oliver Curwood
*** Edgar Rice Burroughs was an author who took care
to write letters, often long, informative, friendly and helpful ones, to
readers who took the time to write to him.
Another author, a contemporary of ERB, was of the same
mind as ERB, and would write back to his fans as well. One of those who
read James Oliver Curwood's books was ERB's daughter, Joan.
Perhaps she borrowed Curwood books from the library of her father.
Curwood books in ERB's Personal Library:
Kazan, one of the Curwood books on ERB's shelf
ERB's Personal Library compiled by Bill Hillman
*** 1878: Just as fans of ERB
wrote to him, his daughter Joan, a fan of Curwood, wrote
to him. And just like ERB, Curwood wrote her "a very lovely letter in return."
That description of Curwood's letter to his daughter
was written by ERB himself in a letter he sent to the editor of the Ossowo,
Michigan, Argus-Press. ERB had taken the occasion of the town's celebration
of its first century to praise their famous native son, Mr. Curwood, who
was born there this date, June 12, in 1878. Curwood Castle in Ossowo
houses a museum dedicated to the author.
ERB Letter to the Press concerning Curwood:
Joan Burroughs Bio: 4 Webpages starting at:
*** 1932: "The Return of Korak,"
by Hal Foster and George Carlin, ran for eight Sundays, starting
June 12, 1932.
The Return of Korak: All 8 Hal Foster Strips
starting with episode 1: Robbery in the Jungle
*** 1940: In his letter to Joan
Ed talked about trying to swim in Hawaiian surf. Step-Daughter
Lee had been stung twice by a Portugese Man-o-War.
ERB's Letter to Joan from Hawaii
*** Hully was sent to the
Islands, Guadalcanal, etc. as a documentary and combat photographer.
In his letter home to Joan. Ed wrote that
he had experienced one of his greatest lifetime thrills: "when
I ran into Hulbert on the Niumalu Hotel grounds and saw that he
was wearing an officer's overseas cap and the gold bars of a 2nd Lieutenant.
I damn near cried." Ed noted that Hulbert used to be something of
a pacifist but "Now he would like to go out and shoot
Japs before breakfast every morning." Everyone on the post
was elated over the Midway victory.
ERB's Letter about Hully
***1942: Hulbert received
his commission as 2nd Lieutenant: "TELEGRAM: LOSANGELES
CALIF NFT JUNE 12 1942 ~ EDGAR BURROUGHS ~ TARZANA CALIF ~ ADVISE FAMILY
HULBERT COMMISSIONED 2ND LIEUTENANT YESTERDAY ~ EDGAR BURROUGHS ~ HONOLULU
~ 809 AM."
ERB Letter to Joan about Hully's Commission
NOTES FROM ERB'S BIO TIMELINE:
*** 1914: All-Story's Davis encouraged Ed to "rehabilitate
Tarzan," lengthen The Girl From Harris's, and write sequels to The
Mucker, The Mad King, and At the Earth's Core. Ed complied.
*** 1918: Ed signed a contract with William Parsons,
president of the National Film Corporation of America, located on
42nd Street in New York.
*** 1931: Crime story Calling All Cars was written
- rejected by all slicks It is rejected by Saturday Evening Post,
Cosmopolitan, Liberty, Colliers and College Humor. It was not published.
*** 1939: MGM authorized the use of Weissmuller's
name and image but did little to publicize the Tarzan Clans -- they
ordered only 60 copies of the club booklet.
ERB Bio Timeline
Pioneer 10 Jupiter Photos ~ Skeleton Men of Jupiter:
St. John pulp and Crandall 1st Ed. art
Williamson John Carter art ~ ERB's Western art: Mitchell
and JCB ~ West Point Article by King
*** 1895: After his graduation, from the Michigan Military
Academy ERB was appointed to the United States Military Academy at West
Point by a member of the United States House of Representatives, Edgar
Wilson, but he failed his entrance examination and did not enter the Academy.
ERB was one of the 104 (out of 118 candidates) who failed the West Point
ERB's Long Association with the Military
*** 1930: In a letter to Blue Book Ed states:: "...
I think I shall write a Western. . ."
The Deputy Sheriff of Comanche
Read the e-Text
*** 2010: Al Williamson --
a very popular ERB illustrator died on this date
Al Williamson Tribute: Bio ~ Art ~ Obit
*** 1983: On this date, Pioneer
10 became the first man-made space object to achieve the escape velocity
necessary to leave our Solar System, waving goodbye to Pluto as it went
on its way to deep space.
Before then, it had snapped photos of Sasoom.
Maddeningly, the photos it took of Morgor cities and military installations
on our system's largest planet have been supressed by the government and
are said to be filed away at Area 51.
Trivia Quiz: Who was the ERB
fan who, in 1957, substituted as guest host for Ralph Edwards on
"This Is Your Life"?
The Skeleton Men of Jupiter
All the pages from the Pulp edition
Hardcover edition in e-Text
Skeleton Men of Jupiter Chapter Summaries
Collage of Skeleton Men Art
Mission in Wired
*** 1949: "White Savages of Vaar"
Paul Reinman and Rob Thompson, began June 13, 1949, and
ran 54 days.
White Savages of Vaar:
ERB's Flag Day Speech ~ Denny "Tarzan" Miller: Uncle
Sam ~ Burroughs Family Auto-Gypsying
Forgotten Tales ~ Jimber-Jaw (Elmer)
~ Danton and Elmer's Head ~ Land That Time Forgot
*** 1918: "This flag stands for the
best and noblest ideals which we, as a nation, cherish -- it is no better
and no worse than these ideals - the flag is what we make it. If as individuals
our ideals are unworthy so will our flag become unworthy in the eyes of
the other peoples of the world and thus it behooves us to foster in our
own bosoms characteristics of honor and integrity, of chivalry and humanity
that our beloved flag may reflect only the highest. This is our duty."
spoke Capt. Edgar Rice Burroughs of the Illinois Militia in a
Flag Day speech he delivered June 14, 1918.
Read the speech, and see ERB's original, slightly edited
ERB Flag Day Speech by Captain Burroughs
Gridley Wave Reprint of ERB's Speech
***1916: Ed began "Auto Gypsying"
- A 37,000-word diary of a three-month, 6,000-mile automobile camping trip.
Ed drove a Packard Twin Six touring car with his family as passengers.
The trip really started off as a trip to Maine via Michigan in two vehicles:
a Packard Twin Six 1-35 touring car and a converted Overland delivery truck,
"Happy Thought," with a trailer, "Calamity Jane." They left Oak Park during
a late afternoon rainstorm on June 14, 1916: "The party leaving 414 Augusta
street, Oak Park, upon this fateful day consisted of Emma Hulbert Burroughs,
Joan Burroughs (8 1/2), Hulbert Burroughs (6 1/2), 'Jack' Burroughs (3
1/2), Theresa Witzmann, maid, Louis J. Ziebs, chauffeur; Edgar Rice Burroughs,
Emma Hulbert's husband; Dickie, canary bird; and the Jinx."
Louis Zeibs chauffeured a later-bought
three-qurter ton Republic truck outfitted with stove, refrigerator and
kitchen cabinet. A trailer loaded with trunks, tents, bedding, tools and
a bathtub is pulled by the truck. Other passengers included Tarzan, the
family Airedale and "the Jinx" a poltergeist which guaranteed that they
have a large dose of bad luck. The first stops are Oak Park - Chicago -
Gary - South Bend - Coldwater - Detroit and back to Oak Park. CAMPS:
1. Gary: Emergency Camp #1 ~ 2. Camp Despair ~ 3. Camp Joy ~ 4. Camp Disaster
~ 5. Misawana: Emergency Camp #2 ~ 6. Camp Branch ~ 7. Eagle Lake Camp
~ 8. HOME
ERB's Auto Gypsying
Joan Burroughs Tribute including "The Trip"
An Auto-Biography by ERB
Auto Gypsying Photo Collage
*** 2001: "Forgotten Tales
of Love and Murder" was published June 14, 2001, according to Robert
B. Zeuschner in "Edgar
Rice Burroughs: The Bibliography."
The book collects nine previously unpublished or very
scarce ERB short stories along with seven of his brief mysteries that were
originally published in Rob Wagner's Script.
Among the treasures to be found in the book is "Elmer,"
ERB's original version of what was eventually revised by editors at Argosy
and published under the title of "The Resurrection of Jimber-Jaw."
The revised version was also published in Canaveral's "Tales of Three
Planets" and "The Pulps," by Tony Goostone. But for ERB's version see
This volume was a labor of love by two Louisiana ERB
fans, John H. Guidry, founder of the Edgar Rice Burroughs Amateur
Press Association (ERBapa), and the late Patrick H. Adkins,
author of mythological fantasies and other writings.
Forgotten Tales of Love and Murder
The Resurrection of Jimber-Jaw
Read Jimber-Jaw e-Text Edition
Read Elmer: e-Text Edition
The Bibliography by Zeuschner
*** 1924: "The Land That Time Forgot"
appeared in a McClurg first edition June 14 in 1924, bringing together
the three novelettes which had first appeared separately in the pulps in
1918. 422 pages ~ 1st Ed. Print Run: 10,000 ~ Total: 100,250 ~ Heins word
The Land That Time Forgot
Read the Complete LTF Trilogy in e-Text
*** 1992: Edgar Rice Burroughs
was born June 14 in 1992, in Torrance, Calif. Wait! That wasn't ERB! That
was Daryl Sabara, the guy who played the young ERB in Disney's "John
Carter." See Daryl's movie credits at:
John Carter (of Mars):
Photos ~ Trailers ~ Reviews ~ Interviews
*** 1959: "Tarzan and the Gun Runners,"
by John Celardo and Bill Elliot, began this date, June 14,
in 1959, and ran for 77 days.
Tarzan and the Gun Runners: Read all 77 strips
*** 1928: Ed is furious over the
liberties Universal Pictures have taken with Jungle Tales of Tarzan
(Ed sold the rights in 1922) in turning it into the serial, Tarzan the
Tarzan the Mighty
*** 1930: June 14 - July 12: That Damned Dude
is written (60,000 words) -- dictated to cylinders. It is rejected many
times before its publication in Thrilling Adventures in 1940.
ERB Bio Timeline
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