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ERB and Grandsons: Mike, John,
Danton ~ ERB Letter to Danton ~ Baby John Ralston with Mom and and Dad
John with Linda, Dejah &
Llana Burroughs ~ James "Tarzan" Pierce ~ Pierce with Marx Brothers
~ ERB letter to Jack
*** 1942: Jack (John Coleman) and Jane's first son,
was born on this date. Ed shared a "military secret" in a letter
to Jack. He wrote how pleased he was that his grandson has been named
John as it is his favorite "he-name." He explains, for the first time,
his fascination with the name John. A 12-year-old tough guy used
to bully the younger Eddie during his walks to Brown School in Chicago.
Eddie was scared stiff and wanted to grow up to be just as tough and to
be named John... rather than Edgar. ". . .
at the age of eight or nine, I used to meet a tough guy by the name of
John on my way to Brown school. He was about twelve, and I was scared as
hell of him. Up to now it has been a military secret."
Baby John Burroughs and Family
ERB Bio Timeline
*** ERB was
the type of person who saved things and kept track of things, and he raised
a family who pretty much did the same.
For instance, ERB had reason to be optimistic about the
future of the world when his grandson Danton was born, and he stated
his reasons for that belief in a letter to his new grandson, which he suggested
be saved for Danton to read when he was fully grown. And saved it was.
At his luncheon on the day he wrote the letter to Danton, Ed dined with
a French colonel (the Governor of Tahiti), Colonel Frank Capra, Captain
Phil Bird, and Captain Lawrence. They all drank a toast to Ed's new grandson,
Danton. In the evening at Fort Shafter, a colonel, a lieutenant colonel,
two majors, and four wahinis stand and toast the newborn. Ed admits to
constantly bragging about his grandchildren.
The letter, written June 22, 1944, a day after Danton
was born, has even been saved in cyberspace on Bill Hillman's ERBzine:
ERB's Letter to Baby Grandson Danton
*** In an age without email and other forms of instant-messaging,
mail was the most effective way to communicate. On June 22, 1932, ERB wrote
to his son, John, and mentioned a couple of things of interest:
First, he updated John on the latest from his son-in-law,
H. Pierce, who had played the ape man in 1927's "Tarzan and the
Golden Lion" and who would soon be playing him again, on radio, that
fall. In the letter, ERB noted, "He is working in
the new Marx Brothers' picture as a foot ball player. Has a contract at
a good figure this time. Cecil DeMille is much interested in him for his
new picture, and another man at Lasky's wants tests of him for the lead
in a jungle picture they are going to make this fall."
The Marx Brothers film was "Horsefeathers," released
that August, and Pierce was well cast since he had played college football
in Indiana. The IMDB plot summary notes that Groucho, president of Huxley
University, hires bumblers Baravelli (Chico) and Pinky (Harpo) to help
his school win the big football again against rival Darwin U. Pierce had
an uncredited role as Mullen, a Darwin player.
Another reference in the letter is to the pending Tarzan
radio program and other broadcast opportunities as well. ERB noted
in passing: "Nothing definite from NBC as yet, though
they promised Dahlquist they would give him a definite answer today, Joe
Neebe is hot after Tarzan for the Columbia network; says he has two hot
Frederick C. Dahlquist, producer for American Gold Seal
Productions, was successful in getting the Tarzan radio program going in
September of 1932, although it was syndicated rather than being a network
program of NBC or CBS. In addition to Pierce, his wife Joan was cast as
ERB Letter to John re: Pierce
James Pierce Autobiography and Photo Album
Feathers in IMDB
*** "Tarzan and the Mayan Goddess,"
by William Juhre and Don Garden, started June 22, 1936, and
ran for 150 days.
Tarzan and the Mayan Goddess: Read all 150 strips
*** "The Sad Gorilla," written
and illustrated by Rex Maxon, started June 22, 1945, and ran for
The Sad Gorilla: Read all 56 Tarzan strips
NOTES FROM OUR ERB BIO TIMELINE:
1865: Major George Burroughs was discharged from
the Union Army. George & Mary Evaline settled in Portland, Maine,
where George went into the furniture business with two partners
1918: Ed and Family were having trouble with Tarzan
the dog and have to muzzle and chain him while he is out. They are reluctant
to do away with him as the animal is loved by the kids and provides security
for Emma while Ed is away at nights.
1947: Rothmund expressed doubts to Western
Printing that ERB was ready to write the planned 25-cent
pocket book, My Life with Tarzan.
1989 First day of the ECOF in Tarzana, CA ~ hosted
by Mike Shaw and Ralph Brown ~ Guests: Irwin Porges ~ Eve Brent ~ Danton
Burroughs ~ Gordon Scott ~ Denny Miller ~ Gabe Essoe ~ Burne Hogarth ~
Jack Iverson ~ Forrest J. Ackerman
ERB Bio Timeline
Memoirs of a War Bride by Mary
Evaline Burroughs (ERB's Mother) ~ Nephew Studley Burroughs
ERB's First Typewriter ~ Maureen
O'Sullivan ~ Lex Barker Leaving for Africa ~ Denny Miller
*** 1914: June 23: Mary Evaline addresses her "Memoirs
of a War Bride" to "My dear son Edgar"
but this dedication is scratched out and replaced with "My
dear sons" in someone else's handwriting.
* Ed writes the foreword, "To Posterity"
for his mother's reminiscences.
* Ed's nephew Studley Burroughs did the Memoirs
title page illustration.
* The manuscript possibly went to press at the end of
the year at The Alderbrink Press, Chicago, in a possible run of
50 copies at a cost of $225.00.
Memoirs of a War Bride: All pages reprinted
Maureen O'Sullivan, who was the No. 1 movie Jane
for more reasons than one, and who did the female version of the famous
Tarzan yell, lived to be 87 years old before dying of a heart attack on
June 23, in 1998, in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Maureen O'Sullivan 10-page Tribute in ERBzine:
"Tarzan's Peril" was released in 1951, but the
work began before that. On June 23, 1950, Lex Barker and movie crews boarded
planes to fly to Africa to put movie scenes before the cameras.
Tarzan's Peril: ERBzine Silver Screen
in CBS News
*** When Denny Miller wrote his
biography -- "Didn't You Used to Be What's His Name?" -- he went
on a tour to promote the book. One of his stops was on June 23, 2005, in
Louisville, Kentucky, at Carmichael's Bookstore. The Courier-Journal, in
an article earlier in the day, recalled his role in 1959's Tarzan the
Ape-Man and also wrote: "Miller, who portrayed Duke Shannon on the
TV series Wagon Train, will sign copies of his book at 7 tonight at Carmichael's
Bookstore, 2720 Frankfort Ave. Miller, by the way, played basketball at
UCLA under coach John Wooden. One of his teammates and a lifelong friend
just happens to be Denny Crum. His book features anecdotes about his work
with such actors as Katharine Hepburn, Bette Davis, Peter Sellers, Charles
Bronson, Bob Hope, Sidney Poitier and Lucille Ball."
Denny Miller Flashbacks
Denny Miller Tribute Site
*** Disney's "Tarzan"
comes to Netflix today, June 23, 2018.
"Tarzan and Jane," the sequel, was a direct-to-video
release the same date, in 2002, three years after June 18, 1999, when the
first Disney effort made its theaterical debut.
Tarzan Log of TV Episodes
and Jane in Wikipedia
*** It wasn't easy to invent the first typewriter, and
it went through many models and concepts. But one version was patented
June 23, 1869, which proved to be the forerunner of the modern typewriter...or
should we say the modern "keyboard?" Christopher Latham Sholes was
one of the inventors who shared in that first patent, but he went on, in
1873, to develop a new key arrangement known as the QWERTY keyboard.
It proved so practical that that it has survived the age of typewriters
and is what we find on our computer keyboards. We have more books available
to us -- as well as all those ERB books -- thanks in large part to the
development of that keyboard.
ERB's Original Typewriter
*** "Tarzan and the Return of Dagga
Ramba," by Russ Manning, began June 23, 1968, and ran for 29
Sundays. It can be read at:
Tarzan and the Return of Dagga Ramba: All 29 Sunday
"Tarzan and the Panther-Man,"
by John Celardo and Dick Van Buren, began June 23, 1957, and ran
for 11 Sundays.
Tarzan and the Panther-Man
*** 1944: Ed meets with Robert
H. Davis (his editor after Thomas Metcalfe) of Munsey's in New York.
He quotes him as saying: "For God's sake send The World another picture
of yourself -- that thing they are running makes you look like ____."
1944: LETTER home to Joan. He described the souvenirs
he had sent previouslly to Joan and Jane's kids. "The Jap bill and photo
were for Mike. The soldier who found them in a Jap barracks bag when
we took Kwajalein gave them to me." The cowrie shell necklace was given
him by the soldier who made it on Kwajalein. "I tried
to get the silver or gold chains that the boys use in stringing these,
but there were none left in Honolulu. Our servicemen had bought them all.
The loose shells I got on Apamama. . . . Tell Mike that the knife was given
me by a 7th AAF Bomber Command Flight Surgeon on Kwajalein."
1945: LETTER home to Joan ~ "At anchor in a harbor
in the East China Sea" while aboard the USS Cahaba.
ERB Bio Timeline
Lillian "Kithnoue" Worth as Queen La in Tarzan
the Tiger ~ Hillmans visit the UFO Aliens in Roswell
Two Tarzan Sundays: Gray Morrow and Russ Manning's
last strip (with Mike Royer)
*** Lillian Worth was menacing two different Tarzans.
In 1921’s “The Adventures of Tarzan” she used her feminine wiles
against Elmo Lincoln to no avail and in 1929’s “Tarzan the Tiger”
she tried similar tactics against Frank Merrill, again without success.
In the first film, she was cast under her own name. In the second, she
was identified in the credits as Madamoiselle Kithnoue.
Lillian Worth was born June 24, 1884, in Brooklyn. There
was some controversy surrounding this as many sources claim that Kithnou
(aka Mlle. Kithnou) was actually a Hindu actress, and not Lillian
Tarzan the Tiger with a La Gallery
Adventures of Tarzan with Lillian Worth as La
ERB Heroines of Hearth ~ Stage ~ Screen
*** 1947: Sci-fi buffs got a shot in
the arm this date, June 24, in 1947, when Ken Arnold, a pilot from Chehalis,
Washington, was flying around Mount Rainier and reported seeing a bunch
of flying objects that resembled saucers. The name stuck. Sci-fi
buffs got a shot in the butt this date, June 24, 50 years later, when the
U.S. Air Force released a report suggesting that the alien bodies that
witnesses reported seeing in 1947 in Roswell, N.M., were actually life-sized
dummies. (We all know, of course, that the USAF was just engaging in a
During one of our motor trips to Tarzana
Sue-On and I made a detour and visited the UFO Museum in Roswell.
It was full of interesting displays and documents -- and of course had
a gift show. At that time they were planning to move from their old movie
theatre location to a new building. We took had chats with the curator
et al who seemed very interested in our ERB connection.
Hillmans Visit the UFO Museum in Roswell
*** 1984: Fingerprints prove something
to Greystoke: See “A Matter of Fate,” by Gray Morrow and
Kraar, which began June 24 in George Orwell's signature year and ran
for 12 Sundays. Through the years I've shared all the Morrow Sunday strips
in ERBzine, including this run of 12 Strips.
A Matter of Fate: Read all 12 Tarzan Sunday Strips
*** 1914: Ed received a letter from
Charles King at his 6415 Augusta Street, Oak Park, address:
have always kept in touch with him, and as I love him just as I did as
a kid. I sent him a copy of Tarzan." Since
the time that King was commandant during ERB's stint at Michigan Military
Academy, Ed was a devoted fan and supporter of King who was involved in
multiple US wars. and who wrote many books about the Civil War, Wild West,
Indian Wars. As I've displayed in my Personal Library of ERB Project, King's
books were well represented in ERB's book collection.
General Chartles King Tribute
King Books in ERB Library: K1 Shelf
*** 1942: ERB sent a letter home
to Jack and Jane. He liked the name John Ralston they had
chosen for their new baby. Ed had read a recent article that attributed
ERB's success to his name - a number of ERB heroes bore the name "John".
Young eight-year-old Eddie Burroughs had been tramatized by a big Irish
kid while growing up in Chicago. This bullying seemed to have left a mark
- he spoke of it often in later years . . . the bully's name was John.
ERB tried to attend first morning showing of the new
"Tarzan Find a Treasure or somein"
but the lines were too long.
ERB Letter to Jack and Jane
*** 1941: Popular ERB artist, Sanjulián,
was born in Barcelona on this date in 1941.
The ERB Art of Sanjulian
*** 1979: The last Russ Manning
Tarzan Sunday page Tarzan and the Games of Ibizzia ran Feb. 04,
1979 - June 24, 1979 ~ Story and Art by Russ Manning ~ Inks by Mike
Tarzan and the Games of Ibizzia: Manning's Last Tarzan
ERB in "Strange As It Seems" ~ ERB's Pocatello Book,
Stationery & Photo store ~ ERB's Fame Article
Son-in-Law Jim Pierce ~ Coriell's #1 Burroughs Bulletin
~ Bloody 7th US Cavalry Insignia ~ Tarzan and the Great River
*** Edgar Rice Burroughs was featured in a newspaper
cartoon similar in format to Ripley's Believe It Or Not, on June 25, 1955.
The caption below his picture celebrated his active participation in U.S.
World War II efforts, despite his older age. In addition, a copy block
beneath the cartoon added some details. It reads:
"STRANGE AS IT SEEMS--When he was
66, Mr. Burroughs enlisted in the Business Men's Training Corps in Honolulu.
This is a volunteer group of businessmen who banded together after Pearl
Harbor to frustrate any further Jap attacks that might occur. He was commissioned
an officer in this organization. In drill he could outwalk the younger
And for those concerned about the British forcing soliders
to wear itchy shirts, the copy block added: "The
undershirts are worn beneath the regular underwear. Soldiers report them
uncomfortable for the first few days, but soon become accustomed to them."
ERB in Strange As It Seems
An ERBzine Page of ERB Memorabilia
*** ERB's move to Hawaii and subsequent service with
the press corps put him in a position to get to know many important people,
one of whom was H.H. (Hap) Arnold.
In 1938, when Arnold became chief of the U.S. Air Corps,
his command consisted of 22,000 men. At the end of World War II, his force
had grown to 2.5 million men. The German Luftwaffe no longer existed, and
with the help of the U.S. Naval Air Arm, there was no Japanese air power.
In 1943, Arnold was promoted to five-star general, the first in the Air
ERB's son-in-law, Tarzan actor James Pierce, wrote:
I was trying to become a flying instructor in 1941 Mr. Burroughs wrote
me. saying, 'I am on good terms with Hap Arnold, top general in the Army
Air Force. I think Arnold can help you if your age is held against you.'
Arnold, who was born June 25, 1886, had another thing
in common with ERB besides being on good terms during the war effort: Both
would eventually be featured on U.S. postage stamps. Arnold's came first,
a 65-cent stamp issued Nov. 5, 1988, as part of the Great Americans
Series, which featured stamps in varous denominations designed to meet
existing postal rates for items that required more postage than the current
first-class rate. Such stamps are known as definitives, as distinguished
from commemoratives, which are usually the stamps issued for first-class
letters. ERB's stamp was a commemorative, issued Aug. 17, 2017, in Tarzana,
Calif., and was also rated as a Forever stamp, meaning it will always be
good for a first-class letter no matter what the current first-class rate
happens to be.
Pierce's reminiscenes about his "Famous Father-In-Law"
*** If you buy some old glassware that
is wrapped in the Los Angeles Times, check to see if it's the June 25,
1922 edition, before throwing it away. That issue has a story about ERB
and a lot of photos of the Tarzana ranch. The article was headlined: "Just
Made a Living in Business; Now He's Rich -- Creator of Tarzan Describes
His Amazing Rise to Fame and Fortunes as Author."
But in the event you don't run across the old newspaper,
you can read it and other old news stories here:
ERB Describes His Rise to Fame Article
*** When ERB was almost one year
old, Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer and 210 men of the 7th
Cavalry were killed by Sioux and Cheyenne Indians at Little Big
Horn. That was June 25, 1876. About twenty years later, ERB began his
own stint with the "Bloody Seventh." And Ft. Grant, of course, was
where the movie John Carter ran from after the Civil War on his
way to Barsoom by way of an Arizona cave.
ERB in the Bloody 7th US Cavalry
Custer's Last Battle by Captain Charles King
*** And some of you may not have
thought about ERB at all on June 25, 1966, when Dark Shadows premiered
on ABC television. Those fans who missed the premiere had to wait several
years for the invention of video players. One of the guest stars who showed
up on Dark Shadows was Diana Millay, who played sinister Laura Collins.
Her first appearance in Dark Shadows was on Dec. 14, 1966, and she was
in 62 of the soap opera's 1,225 episodes. A year later, she was on the
big screen as Dr. Ann Philips, one who was more interested in the good
health of people, in 1967's "Tarzan and the Great River" opposite
Tarzan and the Great River with Diana Millay
*** 1925: Clarence B. Hyde was born
to Mr. and Mrs. Ed Hyde of Warren, Ohio on this date. Bob became one of
ERB's greatest fans and was a staunch supporter of all things Burroughs.
President and Co-Founder of the Burroughs Bibliophiles. Bob Hyde's ODYSSEY
OF A TARZAN FANatic is featured in ERBzine. . . as well as his African
Safari Journals which were shared with us by George McWhorter from the
Bob Hyde Collection which is stored at the University of Louisville. Bob
passed away on April 7, 2006.
The Bob Hyde Tribute Site:
*** 1898: Pocatello Tribune: "Local Brevities"
column reported: "-- Mr. V.C. Roeder has sold
his book and stationery store to Mr. E.R. Burroughs who is now in
charge. Mr. Roeder has not yet decided upon what he will do, but if he
does not go to war with the volunteer engineers now being recruited by
Mr. F.F.J. Mills at Salt Lake, will probably locate some place in California.
Mr. Roeder's departure from Pocatello is a matter of genuine regret to
all. He is one of the old timers in Pocatello and will be missed by everybody.
Mr. Roeder's successor, Mr. Burroughs, is a recent arrival in Pocatello
but a young gentleman of due x abilities, and we have no doubt "Roeder's",
as it has always been known, will continue as popular as ever under his
ERB in Pocatello
*** 1947: Vernell Coriell
produced the first Burroughs fan publication: The Burroughs Bulletin
-- to be released with a July cover date.
Burroughs Bulletins (Old Series) Nos. 1-25
*** 1940: ERB Wrote Bert Weston
that Florence was discouraged with cost-saving measures and condition
of the house in Hawaii -- rats and scorpions.
1940: Ed relayed a chain letter with list of famous
names: Sen. Heflin, Bernard Shaw, Henry Ford, Col. Lindberg, Dorothy
Dix, John Barrymore
ERB Bio Timeline
ERB's Autographed Photo ~ Tarzan
of the Apes Cheque Payment for 1912 publication in All-Story pulp magazine
Early Pulp Reprints and Final
book edition of Deputy Sheriff of Comanche County ~ Celardo and
Maxon Tarzan Strips
*** 1930: On this date ERB wrote a letter to Blue
Book, telling them: "I am writing a Western which
is in an entirely different vein from anything that I have done before.
... I am trying to make it more lady-like in the hope of getting it into
some hermaphrodite publication like Red Book...."
The story ERB was writing at the time eventually became
a book titled "The Deputy Sheriff of Comanche County." But at the
time he was writing it he was toying with titles like "That Damn Dude"
and "The Brass Heart." When the yarn first saw print it was as "The
Terrible Tenderfoot," and it first appeared not in Red Book but in
Adventures. The pulp version -- which was also reprinted as a three-parter
in ERBdom numbers 71, 72 and 73 -- contains more words than the
The Deputy Sheriff of Comanche County
ERB's quote recorded in ERB Bio Timeline:
Deputy Sheriff of Comanche County: eText
*** 1912: The Frank A. Munsey
Company on June 26, 1912, cut a $700 cheque made out to Edgar Rice Burroughs
in payment for first publication rights to "Tarzan of the Apes."
ERB, who had received $400 for "Under the Moons of Mars," the first
story he had sold to The All Story, now knew for sure what he would
be doing the rest of his life. ERB, after such a long line of careers,
finally had found his niche.
ERB's Tarzan of the Apes cheque
Tarzan of the Apes: C.H.A.S.E.R. Biblio
*** 1944: "The End of the Sorcerer,"
written and illustrated by Rex Maxon, started June 26, 1944, and
ran for 24 days.
End of the Sorcerer: All 24 of them in ERBzine
Rex Maxon, Intro, Bio and Guide to all his strips
*** 1967: "Boss Lady," written
and illustrated by John Celardo, began June 26, 1967, and ran for
73 days. All of Celardo's hundreds of Tarzan strips are reprinted in ERBzine.
Boss Lady: all 73 Celardo Tarzan Strips
More ERB Bio Timeline Entries
*** 1939: ERB Authorized a Canadian branch
of the Tarzan Clan in Toronto
*** 1928: Ed ordered a home movie camera and projector
($287.00 less a 30% discount through Owl Pharmacy) from Bert Weston
few months later Weston gave a similar deal to Ed's friends the
He wanted it in time to experiment with it so he could get some good pictures
of Joan's outdoor wedding on August 8. They planned to use the area
between the chicken yard and the corral for the ceremony. He built a cabinet
similar to a small smoking stand that held everything pertaining to the
photo outfit. He made good use of the camera - many of these films -- including
family members starring in some of the playes that ERB had written -- still
survive in Danton's Burroughs Family Collection.
*** 1992 June 26-28: ECOF at Denver, CO
~ Life Achievement Award was presented to Bob Hyde ~ Guest: Danton
Bob Hyde Tribute in ERBzine
Danton Burroughs Website
ERB Bio Timeline
Black Pirates of Barsoom
in Amazing ~ Tarzan of the Air Radio Shows ~ Lamont Johnson: Radio Tarzan
1952 ~ Tarzan's Father Article
ERB's Brother-In-Law Eddie Gilbert
~ Elmo Lincoln ~ 1997 Greystoke Castle / London Dum-Dum
*** 1937: "I don't think it's 'literature',"
he admits without shame. "I'm not fooling myself
about that. I don't care whether it's filled full of dangling participles
or not... or split infinitives or anything else. It sells. That's the first
consideration. It amuses. That's the second. There are no more as far as
"You see, Tarzan has sort of got
me into a rut. I'd like to write heavier stuff... just to satisfy myself.
However, why should a man do that when he appears to be satisfying a world
of other people?"
The quotes above are from an article in the Los Angeles
Times June 27, 1937, titled "Tarzan's Father." For more of ERB's
thoughts on his major creation, read:
Tarzan's Father: LA Times Article 1937
*** 1932/1953: It's well known that
James Pierce, and his daughter, Joan, played
Tarzan and Jane in the
Tarzan radio series of the 1930s. But there
was another radio Tarzan, this one played by Lamont Johnson, in
the early '50s. The
Commodore radio series, "Tarzan, Lord of
the Jungle," began in 1951 and ended June 27 in 1953. Read more about
it and listen to shows in ERBzine.
The 1952 Tarzan radio series was one
of the many things that got me hooked on ERB back in the early '50s. I
recall how thrilled I was to hear the introduction ". . . and now in the
very words of Mr. Burroughs." Then another voice, supposedly that of Edgar
Rice Burroughs, carried on with the introduction. It years later that I
learned that Mr. Burroughs had died a few years before -- Imposter! :)
This farm kid on the Canadian prairies was a faithful listener to the series,
while reading Toronto Star Weekly Tarzan Sunday pages, Tarzan and John
Carter Dell comics, Tarzan and John Carter Big Little Books, View-Masters,
etc. . . . and saving my week's allowance for admission to the latest Lex
Barker film at the Strathclair Bend Theatre.
Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle Radio Series
Lamont Johnson: Radio Tarzan
Tarzan On Radio: Radio's Golden Age
about the Radio Series
in Radio Spirits
*** 1952/2000: Two people well known
to ERB fans died this date. Elmo Lincoln, the first Tarzan, passed
away in 1952, and Eddie Gilbert, ERB's brother-in- law, died in
2000 at age 83.
I never met Elmo but had an enjoyable meeting with his
daughter, Marcia in Tarzana. It was at this meeting that she gave me the
biography she had written on her father. I featured the book on an ERBzine
page: ERBzine 0283. Sue-On and I did meet Eddie Gilbert.
We spent time with him at the 1999 Tarzana Dum-Dum and learned that I had
probably been in his Hollywood Blvd bookstore a few decades back.
My Father, Elmo Lincoln
Start of tributes to Eddie Gilbert:
*** 1997 The British ERB Society
hosted a London Greystoke ERB convention ~ Guests were: Marcia
Lincoln and Burne Hogarth (In Memorium). Our English friend
Laurence Dunn shared photos and information on this event which I've share
at ERBzine 1689. We've had some great meetings with Laurence through the
years. He faithfully flew over for countless ERB Conventions and it was
during his stint as President of the Burroughs Bibliophiles that he was
a major force for my election into the BB board. Interestingly we spent
time together in Holland where we were both invited to the 2007 premiere
of Tarzan the Stage musical -- a resounding success.
Greystoke 97 Dum-Dum
Tarzan the Stage Musical in Holland: 2007
*** 1941: Black Pirates of Barsoom
and article: An Autobiographical Sketch appeared in Amazing Stories
Black Pirates of Barsoom: Segment of Llana of Gathol
*** 1946: In a LETTER
to Thelma Terry ERB commented on the ongoing shortages of food and
building supplies and how ironic it was that America feeds the world but
cannot supply its own needs. He was proud of his garden: blackberries,
Golden Bantam corn, cucumbers, peaches, pears, figs, grapes, oranges,
and lemons. Much of his produce he planned to freeze in his new deep-freeze
unit. Ed mentioned that he had never met Clark Gable, but admired
the man and his work. He also liked Greer Garson. Ed was saddened
by the suicide of actor friend, Charlie Butterworth. "He
was unquestionably soused when he ran his car into a light pole, for he
was usually soused. It was too bad, for he gave so much pleasure to so
many people." Ed's marriage advice to Thelma was "I
certainly hope that you marry a Yank. I think we make pretty good husbands
- we are such suckers."
ERB's Letter to Thelma Terry in the UK
Tarzan Sunday Pages artist: Ruben Moreira (Rubimor) (1922.06.27-
1984.04.21 Puerto Rico) was born on this date. He took over the Tarzan
Sunday page from Burne Hogarth in December 2, 1945. He was the sole artist
and writer of it until August 3, 1947, using the pen name "Rubimor." His
style was less spectaculair than Hogarth's, yet his storytelling had a
resemblance to the writing of Edgar Rice Burroughs.
Rubimor: Tarzan Artist
Tarzan Dell Four-Colour Comic
#161 - 1947 :: ERB Visits Mark Twain Home & Tom Sawyer
Later Accepted into the Mark
Twain Society :: Robert M. Thorson :: Mike Royer & Dale Broadhurst
:: Wizard of Venus
*** 1947: ERB received reports that Dell's
new 52-page Tarzan comic was a great success: Fires of Tohr
~ Art: cover and interior by Jesse Marsh ~ Writer: Robert P.
Thompson for the feature story.
Tarzan Dell 4-Colour Comic #161
*** 2007: Tarzan was recommended
reading in an article published this date, June 28, in 2007 in The Hartford
The article "Tarzan, A Great Jumping Off Point"
stated: "I recommend the pulp fiction Tarzan books
by Edgar Rice Burroughs for reading across the curriculum in middle and
high schools. These juicy adventure novels would agitate bored students
to learn more about human evolution, colonial racism, gender relations,
plot technique, and body movement than their dumbed-down, politically correct,
spiritually bland and dated textbooks.
"Sadly, textbooks designed for
public schools are the result of a mass-market economy where publishing
corporations defer to cautious administrators, who defer to school boards,
who defer to the voters. Anything remotely provocative will send the buyer
elsewhere. Texts are to publishers as fast food is to franchises. With
a guaranteed market, the goal is the delivery of palatable nutrition or
information to the broadest possible audience, not a memorable meal or
learning experience, respectively.
"To see how vetted and dated texts
are, I ask you to monitor how long (if ever) it will take for the publishers
to respond to a great idea that Tarzan, a.k.a. Lord Greystoke, would have
loved. In this month's Science, three British authors combined field observations
about orangutans with vertebrate anatomy, paleontology and paleoecology
to re-interpret the conventional wisdom about human walking...."
Who said all this? The answer is Robert M. Thorson,
a columnist at the Courant who is also a Professor of Geology at the University
of Connecticut and does a lot of other things as well, such as juggling.
He'd been writing his column for 14 years.
ERBzine News 21: Tarzan, A Great Jumping Off Point
*** 1941: Mike Royer, who
most recently was at the ECOF in Folsom, California, in May of 2018,
was born on this date in Lebanon, Oregon.
When Mike was young, he teamed up with writer Dale
Broadhurst to put together a comic book version of ERB's "The Wizard
of Venus." Since then, he has worked with some of the greats while
becoming great himself with work at Disney and on comics such as Superman's
Pal Jimmy Olsen, Kamandi, and others. He has worked with Russ Manning
on Tarzan comics.
Royer and Broadhurst's Wizard of Venus:
*** 1933: ERB was accepted into the International
Mark Twain Society, Webster Groves, Missouri. ERB was a fan of Mark
Twain and had many of his books in his personal
library. During his cross-country automobile trek, Ed and the family
even visited Twain's home in Hannibal, Missouri and later went on a tour
of Tom Sawyer's cave.
Twain books on ERB's T2 Library Shelf
Auto Trek in Joan's Tribute
ERB Bio Timeline Notes
*** 1985 ECOF was held at the University of
Louisville, hosted by George McWhorter. Burne Hogarth and Danton
Burroughs were Guests of Honour.
*** 1991 The ECOF at Williamston, Michigan
was hosted by Mike Conran
George McWhorter Tribute Site
ERB Bio Timeline
Herman "Tarzan" Brix sharing
Tarzan Ice Cream Cups with Cheetah and Nkima ~ Ad Posters for Tarzan Ice
National Tarzan and His Mate
Ice Cream Contest Medal ~ Dixie Cup Lids ~ Container of Tarzan Ice
*** 2008: In June of 2008 hopes were running high for Andrew
Stanton's "John Carter." Its debut was still four years away but the
project had the green light. Stanton's "Wall-E" had been released
and folks were taking note of what Stanton had done with CGI and visions
of Tharks, Thoats and things unrealized on the screen were dancing in the
heads of fans. On June 29, Jeff Vice of the Deseret News had an
article about the project, and others were writing about it as well.
Article on the progress of Stanton's John Carter Project
Our John Carter Film Site
*** 1935: Tarzan, or at least someone
with that name, made an appearance in the June 29, 1935, issue of The
New Yorker, in Harold Ross's The Talk of the Town column. He wrote:
"The Lily tulip-Corporation's latest
product is the Tarzan Ice Cream Cup (for serving ice cream to kiddies).
In order to popularize the product, a Mr. Bergman, planned to rig up a
Tarzan Ice Cream Truck, full of animals, with a real Tarzan in leopard
skin to tour the country and make speeches about Tarzan cups. It was quite
a problem to locate a real Tarzan, Mr. Bergman found one by getting a sturdy
giant six feet four, and weighed two hundred-and thirty-five pounds. Everything
was set for the tour when Tarzan called Mr. Bergman and told him it was
all off. 'Mother won't let me go,' he said."
Tarzan Like Ice Cream (and Other Treats)
*** 1952: "Tarzan and the Ghost Lion,"
by Bob Lubbers and Dick Van Buren, began June 29, 1952, in
the comics section and ran for 12 Sundays.
Directory to Lubber Sunday and Daily Strips
Featured at the ERBzine Comics Section
NOTES FROM ERB's BIO TIMELINE and JOURNALS
*** 1921: ERB wrote to Mr. Bosley of Universal
Film Distributing requesting that at the end of the The Moon Riders
serial that serials be replaced with two reel Century Comedies
starting July 12. Films shown up to this time accompanying the serial included
with Priscilla Dean ~ The Gilded Dream starring Carmel Myers
~ Rich Girl, Poor Girl ~ A Shocking Night ~ Under
Northern Lights? ~ The Secret Gift ~ Frank Mayo films
~ Two Kinds of Love ~ White Youth ~ Fixed By George
~ Puppy Love? ~ The kids set up the chairs for the viewings.
*** 1928: June 29 (circa): Ed, the boys
and Mr. Rosenberger went on a camping trip into Shasta County
taking two roadsters and a trailer. They travelled up the west side of
the Sierras, crossed over to Reno and came down on the east side.
They were impressed by the scenery and Mt. Shasta, Mt. Whitney and the
recently-active volcano Mt. Lassen.
*** 1931: Rothmund wrote to United Features
again attacking the childish atmosphere of the Sunday pages
*** 1940: John Carter and the Giant
of Mars by ERB's son John Coleman Burroughs was sent to
John Carter and the Giant of Mars: History ~ Art ~
Giant of Mars: Better Little Book
Giant of Mars: Dell Fast Action Book
*** 1990 June 29 - July 1: ECOF
at Binghamton, NY ~ Henry H. Heins (absent) and Bill Ross
ERB Bio Timeline
The Lad and the Lion:
A 1917 Film and Pulp Serial ~ Gale Gordon appears with Jim and Joan:
1932 Tarzan Radio Show
ERB in Print in Writers Digest,
Hawaii Magazine (Our Japanese Problem) and later in Thrilling Adventures.
*** 1917: On this date All-Story Weekly, readers began
following the story of "The Lad and the Lion." It was originally
novelette-length and was serialized over three weekly issues. The serial
appeared in connection with the release of the Selig Polyscope movie
of that title, and Modest Stein's cover for the pulp showed the
lad and lion on the screen above a theater audience painted by someone
If a reader missed the story in 1917, they would have
had to wait until 1938 for the first hardback. Readers who did not miss
the 1917 serial would still have had to read the 1938 book, because, as
B. Zeuschner reports in "Edgar Rice Burroughs: The Bibliography," ERB
revised the text and added 21,000 words to the story in the process!
The words he added had mostly to do
with a European intrigue thread and increased the number of chapters from
12 to 24. Zeuschner notes that "The end of chapter 12 of the magazine version
is the same as the end of chapter 24 in the book." However, for the book,
ERB added a 25th chapter, which is very brief.
The Lad and the Lion
The Lad and the Lion: Read the e-Text
*** 1930: ERB continued to write
other types of articles for various magazines over the years. The June,
1930, edition of Writer's Digest featured: Entertainment is Fiction's
Purpose. I've typed it out for an easier read in ERBzine 0057.
Entertainment is Fiction's Purpose
*** 1944: ERB gave his thoughts
on what should happen, or not happen, to Japanese living under the jurisdiction
of the United States after the war. The article, "Our Japanese Problem,"
in which ERB took a look at both sides of the issue, appeared in Hawaii
Magazine. ERB offered an opinion on both sides of the post-war issue
of what, if anything, to do with the Japanese residents of Hawaii and elsewhere.
He was quite sympathetic to the Japanese loyalty to the Islands
ERB was certain enough of the loyalty of the Japanese Americans
to employ a Japanese woman as a housekeeper. In the article, ERB twice
mentions "the Tule Lake affair." No more information is given about
what exactly he was referring to, but it is assumed it was something ERB
thought would be familiar to his readers on Hawaii. Tule Lake was a Northern
California internment came for Japanese Americans during World War II.
John Martin wrote an article on Tule Lake's connection to Lewis
County, Washington, close to where he lives.
There was a WWII Japanese Internment
camp near Minidoka - a name well-known by ERB fans. I incorporated
this information in my Book XI of an ERB-related parody: Ratnaz
- a 122-chapter parody that Tangor and I carried on via the Internet for
Our Japanese Problem article by ERB
Ratnaz Parody: Megadoka: Book XI by Bill Hillman
Lake in Wikipedia
Martin article on Tule Lake
*** 1995 Actor Gale Gordon passed
away June 30, 1995. He played Cecil Clayton in the "Tarzan of
the Apes" radio serial and was one of two actors who voiced the character
of O'Rourke in "Tarzan and the Fire of Tohr." He went on to have
a career as a character actor in numerous radio and television shows, mostly
comedies such as "Our Miss Brooks," where he played school principal
Osgood Conklin, and some of the many incarnations of Lucille Ball comedies.
On radio, he was the first to voice
Flash Gordon. Gale Gordon appears often in my Hillman Library
of OT Radio Shows. Interestingly, some of the first shows obtained
in that library back in the '60s were of the Tarzan series that I used
to parlay via trading into a collection of about 30,000 shows on tape,
ETs, disc and computer hard drive. I had also sent the series to the stars
Joan and Jim Pierce after meeting them in Tarzana. In appreciation they
sent me a huge box of ERB, Inc. editions and extra dust jackets from the
Tarzan of the Apes 1932 Radio Show: 77 episodes
Tarzan and the Fires of Tohr: All 39 Radio
*** 1919: Ed, owner of Packard Touring
Car 1-35 #80524 became a member of the Auto Club
*** 1930: Jack enrolled in Pomona College
*** 1930: Correspondence to sell That Damned Dude
includes this anecdote found in a letter to Collier's Weekly: "Your
telegram of (January 9, 1930) has been lying in the mountains near Cedar
City, Utah, for over five months, in the wrecked mail plane of Captain
Maurice Graham, who was lost in a heavy blizzard on January 10th. His plane
was found a few days ago, but no trace of Graham has been discovered. I
have kept the envelope to add to a number of mementos that I have
preserved of Captain Graham, with whom I flew to Salt Lake City in February,
1927. It is rather a coincidence that I was about to write you relative
to a story on which I am now working. It is a modern Western, located on
a dude ranch in Arizona. While it will be finished in a few weeks, it will
not be required for book publication necessarily for some time, as I am
two years or more ahead of my book publishers. . . . There are a
couple of reasons why this story may have value in addition to whatever
entertainment qualities are inherent in it. In the first place, my early
experience and inclinations were such that I should have written Westerns
exclusively. For some time during my youth I worked as a cow puncher; afterward
I soldiered in the 7th United States Cavalry in Arizona, and later still
I ran a store in a cattle country in Idaho. Further, just at present, my
stories and my name are receivng unusually wide publication through the
Tarzan illustrated strips that are running in some hundred and ten newspapers
in all of the larger cities of the United States; nor ever since I started
to write have my books enjoyed a greater sale, which seems to be increasing
rather than diminishing." Collier's rejected the story. The story
was also rejected by Saturday Evening Post, Liberty, Ladies Home
Journal, Blue Book, Argosy (twice), College Humor, Short Stories.
years later he re-submitted the manuscript to Liberty under the
title "The Brass Heart" using the pseudonym John Mann. Liberty
rejected it again. The story eventually saw print in Thrilling Adventures
Deputy Sheriff of Commanche County (Terrible Tenderfoot)
Notes From ERB's Bio Timeline
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